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Blog Tour Event: The Devil's Daughter, Plus a cozy giveaway

FBI Agent, Eden Collins is going home...to catch a killer!
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Tawny Weber's Call to Honor Release Event

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Amanda Hocking's dazzling new read FREEKS, now available!

Bestselling author Amanda Hocking draws readers inside the dark and mysterious world of Freeks.
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Team Urban vs. Team Epic Fantasy!

What's your team?
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Sneak Peak of Second Circle Tattoos Spinoff: Jordan Reclaimed!

Preview Scarlett Cole's latest novel.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Are you Team Urban or Team Epic? Let the Fantasy Battle Begin!



Entangled Teen has put together an awesome week for you to claim your allegiance to Team Urban or Team Epic fantasy. If you already know your fantasy preference, then sing it loud and proud! If you're still unsure whether you love epic fantasy or urban fantasy, stick around. This week is all about swaying you one way or another! Plus, there's a super awesome prize for one fantasy fanatic.

Here's the schedule for the week:
  • Tuesday, February 28th: Team Urban vs. Team Epic Fantasy Twitter Chat @ 9-10 pm EST
  • Wednesday Mar. 1st: Bloggers post a feature with authors who ascribe to #TeamUrban
  • Thursday, Mar. 2nd: Bloggers post a feature with authors on #TeamEpic
  • Friday, Mar. 3rd: Bloggers and authors can write / share related posts, including: why they’re Team Urban or Team Epic, their Top 5/10 Fave Urban or Epic Fantasy Reads, and/or the Top 5 Reasons They Loved _____ (an urban or epic fantasy read)
Follow along and you just might be tempted to switch teams! I'm joining Team Epic Fantasy, and later this week I'll share why I loved my most recent favorite epic fantasy read.


And if you have time tonight, root for #TeamEpic and join the twitter chat @ 9pm EST! Be there, or be square. (Yeah, I had to 😉)

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Proof of Lies (Review)

Some secrets are best kept hidden…

Anastasia Phoenix has always been the odd girl out, whether moving from city to international city with her scientist parents or being the black belt who speaks four languages.

And most definitely as the orphan whose sister is missing, presumed dead.




She’s the only one who believes Keira is still alive, and when new evidence surfaces, Anastasia sets out to follow the trail—and lands in the middle of a massive conspiracy. Now she isn’t sure who she can trust. At her side is Marcus, the bad boy with a sexy accent who’s as secretive as she is. He may have followed her to Rome to help, but something about him seems too good to be true.

Nothing is as it appears, and when everything she’s ever known is revealed to be a lie, Anastasia has to believe in one impossibility.

She will find her sister.
Proof of Lies
Anastasia Phoenix #1
Diana Rodriguez Wallach
Pub Date: 3/7/17
Entangled: Teen
Genre: YA Mystery
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Diana Rodriguez Wallach's Proof of Lies follows young Anastasia Phoenix as she steps into a world of espionage and secrecy while fighting to get her sister back.

Anastasia and Keira have already dealt with the blow of losing their parents in a fiery car crash. When Anastasia discovers signs of her sister's possible demise, she sinks into a depression so deep only the barest scrap of evidence that Keira's alive can pull her out of it. Along with their best friend, Charlotte, and a new transfer student, Anastasia uncovers a shocking conspiracy.

Proof of Lies is very similar to AnnaLisa Grant's Oxblood, but with a more complex storyline that ties into a larger plot. Where Victoria Asher becomes whatever she needs to become to save her brother, Anastasia Phoenix would rather beat down walls to get answers. In other words, Anastasia is a blunt force that dives head first into a situation that could end in her death. Someone with no experience, no resources or knowledge of the secretive world she has stumbled upon, can't just demand answers. Otherwise, the dialogue sounds like someone asking a lot of questions that won't be answered.

The story moves at a decent pace that allows you to absorb the facts that are revealed throughout the story. There isn't a lot of action in the traditional sense, but the tone of the story is just the same. There's an adrenaline rush that comes from wanting to find out what happened to Keira and discovering what's at the end of Anastasia's journey. Compared to the time it took to get to the climax, the ending seemed a little rushed. On the other hand, it could be that the revelations at the end of the story will be more focused on in the next installment. Either way I'm definitely willing to see where Lies That Bind takes us. There are more secrets to unfold and plot twists to explore!
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

Previous Review: Mer by Joelle Sellner
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Monday, February 27, 2017

Sneak Peek of Second Circle Tattoos Spinoff: Jordan Reclaimed! (plus Giveaway)


Jordan Steele’s life began when he was ten. When he was taken from his parents and a house that was never a home. When he met his brothers, the other lost and abandoned boys in his group home. When he learned what friendship and family and love looked like.

Now he’s made good, touring the world with the band he and his brothers formed in that crowded group home. No one but his found family really knows the man under the fame and fortune, the scars he hides behind the rockstar lifestyle. Until he sees her through the windows of the National Ballet, dancing, and suddenly the world doesn’t seem so dark.

Aleksandra Artemov ticks all the ballet boxes. Father a legendary Kirov dancer. Check. Prepping since birth for classical ballet. Check. Compulsive control over the food she eats. Check. Principal dancer at The National Ballet of Canada. Check. But what she craves is freedom.

She craves Jordan.

Everything about him should terrify her. His size, his tattoos, his edge. But he doesn’t. He stirs her very soul. Jordan has nothing but himself to offer her, and he's never been good enough for anyone. Can he figure out how to face his own demons before he loses his light for good?
Jordan Reclaimed
Preload #1
Scarlett Cole
Pub Date: 2/28/17
Swerve (Macmillan)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Excerpt from JORDAN RECLAIMED:

Copyright © 2017 by Scarlett Cole

He got it.
He finally got it.
He got why John Lennon left the Beatles for Yoko.
He got why Dred wrote a love song for Pixie.
From the moment Jordan’s lips touched Lexi’s, he couldn’t imagine anything else feeling and tasting quite so perfect for the rest of his life.
He ran his tongue along the seam of her lips and she groaned, opening for him. He thrust his hands further into her hair as their tongues touched. She tasted of wine and sweetness, and he couldn’t get enough.
While her eyes were closed, his were open, unwilling to miss a single moment of what was happening between them. He angled her head, and she rose up on her toes to meet him. He thought he was going to faint as the blood rushed from his brain to his cock, which ached for contact.
Lexi’s arms wound their way around his waist, her hands finding the way under his leather jacket and sweater to rest upon his back. Skin on skin. How he wanted them to be. Naked. Exposed. Nothing between them as he made love to her in a huge bed that they could stay in for days.
Except he didn’t have a huge bed. And he didn’t have the kind of room she deserved to stay in. He had an attic. And a box under his bed that held his most treasured possessions that nobody else would understand. A secondhand copy of Scales, Chords & Arpeggios, and the first birthday card he ever received from Maisey and Ellen. Random shit nobody else would care about.
Jordan pulled away slowly and looked carefully at Lexi. Her lips were pink and plump, her cheeks flushed, her eyes wide.
“Jordan,” she whispered.
“I gotta go. Bye, Lexi,” he said. He needed to get home and then drink enough to forget about her. Banish the stupid idea swirling around in his mind that they could have any kind of relationship. He should never have kissed her. It was hard enough to walk away before, but now that he had a clearer idea of what it was he was actually walking away from, it hurt all the more.
“Wait,” Lexi said as she grabbed his arm.
The small voice in his brain told him to keep walking, but he couldn’t. Instead, he turned to see what she wanted.
Lexi grabbed a pen from her purse, the one she had given him to sign the napkin in the restaurant. She reached for his hand and turned it over so his palm was facing up and quickly scribbled something on it. When she was done, she stood on her tiptoes again and kissed his cheek.
Weakness was a new sensation, but he felt it down to his boots as, against his better judgment, he leaned his cheek ever so slightly toward her lips.
“Good night, Jordan,” she said and bounced up the porch, grabbing her hat from the chair where Jordan had tossed it.
She paused in the doorway to wave good-bye and then closed the door silently shut.
Only when he was certain that she was definitely gone did he allow himself the luxury of seeing what she had written on his hand. It was a phone number. Despite himself, he felt a murmur of excitement that she found him worthy of a second date.
Jordan turned toward home. As snow began to fall again, he hurriedly made the short hike across the Don Valley river and ravine to his neighborhood, trying to halt the avalanche of emotions because of ten hand-scribed digits.

Note from the author on the Preload Series!


Dear Reader, 

I know how much you loved the couples at Second Circle Tattoos. So for my next series, I wanted to give you more of the characters you have already come to care about. Welcome to Preload. For those who have read The Purest Hook, Preload is hero Dred Zanders' band. And yes, for all of you who wrote to me asking for the band members to each get their own stories after reading The Purest Hook, here they are. Jordan is up first and will be followed by Elliott, Nikan, and Lennon. I can't wait for you to get to know and fall in love with these men who grew up in a group home together and the women who bring them to their knees. 

And for those who haven't read The Purest Hook, it doesn't matter because these stories are all completely stand-alone. 


Love, Scarlett

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About SCARLETT COLE

Scarlett Cole is a writer of contemporary romance and a two-time RITA finalist. Her debut, THE STRONGEST STEEL, has already become an Amazon best seller in romantic suspense, was a Best Debut Goodreads Author Finalist 2015, and Authors On The Air Global Radio Network Contemporary Romance Pick of 2015.

When Scarlett isn't writing, she spends her time reading, hoarding mason jars, and working out to off-set an epic sour candy habit. She likes hot men, cold beer, and expensive shoes.

Having travelled the world for work and fun, Scarlett is a citizen of both Britain and Canada. A true city-dweller, she considers Toronto and Manchester home and likes to set her books in vibrant locations such as Miami and Toronto.
Rep'd by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency, and published by St. Martin's Press.

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Hope you all enjoyed this sneak peek into Scarlett Cole's latest release! Let me know if you'll be reading the full story in the future, it sounds pretty intense!
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Friday, February 24, 2017

Quirky YA Comic Book: Mer (Review)



Twilight meets the legend of Atlantis in this gripping graphic novel from writer Joelle Sellner and artist Abby Boeh. After the death of her beloved mother, Aryn’s father has moved her family to a new town hoping for a fresh start. At first things seem to be going well—Aryn is making friends and has even caught the eye of one of the hottest guys in school. But there are dark forces moving under the surface that Aryn cannot see; and her new crush may not be … human.
Mer
Joelle Sellner; Abby Boeh (Artist)
Pub Date: 4/19/17
Roar Comics (Lion Forge)
Genre: YA, Comic Books/Graphic Novels
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Mer is such an amazing comic book! Joelle Sellner captures the heart of the teen voice which pairs equally well with the illustrations drawn by Abby Boeh.

After the death of her mother, Aryn's dad moves their little family to Connecticut. A new school means Aryn has to start all over and make new friends and a new life for herself. She makes quick friends with Julia Silverglade. She also happens to move in next door to the ultra hottie, Adrian, who is a little more than human. He and his friends, Rafe and Tressa, are Mers from Atlantis.

The story progresses quickly and even so I didn't want it to end. Aryn is fierce and sassy, the kind of character I love to read about. She struggles with the grief of losing her mother, but the friendships she forges help her get through it. The romance between Aryn and Adrian is exactly what you might expect from YA relationships, gushy and squeal worthy!

I hope there's another volume coming after this one, because this story was not enough. The snarky, quirky characters made Mer a fun read that can't be missed. I recommend it to everyone, especially YA readers who love the mythology of mermaids and other fantastic sea creatures.
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Blog Tour: In Farleigh Field (Review)

World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham’s middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility.

As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela’s help, stop them before England falls?

Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal.
In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II
Rhys Bowen
Pub Date: 3/1/17
Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction
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In Farleigh Field is a historical fiction novel that blends spy action and romance into a story that everyone can enjoy. Rhys Bowen, author of the Molly Murphy mysteries, crafts an intriguing read set in the thick of World War II.

I was quite surprised when this story fully engaged me from the very beginning to the end. I'm not a big history buff and war reads aren't my forte, but In Farleigh Field touches on more than either of those topics. Farleigh Place, the home of the Westerham family, has become occupied by soldiers. Two of Lord Westerham's daughters, Margot and Pamela, are assisting with the war effort although their actual duties are not to be disclosed to their family or friends. During the war the people are cast into a manner of living in which they have to be secretive, to keep sensitive information from reaching the wrong ears, and learn how to live with less. Everyone feels the pressure and suspicions arise as some seem to be doing too well, even with all the rationing, and everyone is aware of the possibility of infiltration by German spies. When a soldier crashes to his death onto Farleigh land with no identification, Ben Cresswell is sent home to investigate. As an agent of MI5, he is also assisting in the war efforts in London.

As the story unravels Ben travels along the country working to uncover a devious plot and sniff out traitors. Along the way readers get a genuine feel of what it must have been like for people during that era. While some, like the RAF pilot Jeremy Prescott, want to fight hard and party even harder others just hoped the war would end soon. Rhys Bowen masterfully weaves in a multitude of different perspectives on the war. Some want the Germans to invade while some couldn't think of what the country would come to should that happen. In Farleigh Field is a lively account even as the characters face dangerous situations.

In Farleigh Field is a story for everyone. There's romance to lighten the serious tone and a sense of adventure that will keep you reading. Rhys Bowen hit all the right notes in this World War II drama!
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*


Rhys Bowen is the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty mystery novels. Her work includes the Molly Murphy mysteries, set in 1900s New York City, and the Royal Spyness novels, featuring a minor royal in 1930s England, as well as the Constable Evenas mysteries about a police constable in contemporary Wales. Rhys’s works have won fourteen awards to date, including multiple Agatha, Anthony, and MacAvity awards. Her books have been translated into many languages, and she has fans from around the world, including the 12,000 who visit her Facebook page daily. She is a transplanted Brit who now divides her time between California and Arizona. Connect with her at rhysbowen.com. 


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Monday, February 20, 2017

A Mystery that Ends Unresolved: Cut to the Bone (Review)

For fans of the TV show The Fall, this debut thriller is a fresh spin on a classic police procedural that explores the psychological implications of a life lived online. 

For fans of the TV show The Fall, this debut thriller is a fresh spin on a classic police procedural that explores the psychological implications of a life lived online.

Ruby Day is a young vlogger, a rising star of YouTube, and a wholesome role-model to millions of teenage girls. And she is missing. Detective Inspector Kate Riley, the head of a new high-powered team of detectives, and Detective Superintendent Zain Harris, the newest member of the team and a poster boy for multiracial policing, are brought in for what they expect to be a routine runaway. Then a video of a wild-eyed Ruby running through the woods and begging for her life is posted online. Amid mounting hysteria and heightened media coverage calling for Ruby’s safe return, Riley and Harris must decode the dark secrets of this seemingly squeaky-clean internet darling. Their hunt leads them to a smug ex-boyfriend who hungers for online fame of his own, a culture of online cyber bullying by anonymous thugs, and a corporation of ruthless advertisers who exploit online celebrities for their network of eager consumers. It becomes increasingly clear that the case is more complicated and nightmarish than Riley and Harris could have imagined. And the videos keep coming . . .

This debut novel is a slick, contemporary police procedural that explores the dichotomy of public life and one lived online. For fans of Megan Abbot and Kimberly McCreight, Cut to the Bone provides a harrowing glimpse into the friendships, ambitions, and secrets of the internet generation.
Cut to the Bone
Alex Caan
Pub Date: 3/7/17
Skyhorse Publishing
Genre: Mystery/Police Procedural
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I'm a big fan of the mystery genre. Whenever I fall into a reading or T.V. slump I know where to turn because mystery offers a wide range of options. From the classic whodunit to the traditional cozy I'll find something to perk me back up. Cut to the Bone, Alex Caan's debut novel, is of the police procedural variety, however, it's one mystery that left me off-kilter.

To me mystery is like pizza. I always expect it to be good, because it has simple elements put together to make something fantastic. You really can't go wrong, but sometimes you find a slice that just doesn't cut it. For me that slice is Cut to the Bone. Ruby Day is a vlogger who goes missing and is later seen on a video of her murder. The reason for this crime is unknown although the detectives first assume it stems from cyber bullying or tension between Ruby's producers, Mindnet.

Reading this story was honestly a source of frustration. Mostly towards the middle and end, which left many plot points unresolved. Not only did a particular lead in the case of Ruby's kidnapping/murder get pushed aside, because it really had nothing to do with Ruby's murder, it was left blowing in the wind. Why let the characters pursue a lead to that depth that would not tie into the main crime. I understand the concept of using red herrings to make it seem as though the story is going in one direction when actually the answers lie elsewhere, but Caan put explicit attention on one lead that didn't even touch on the true culprit's motivations. The connection was stretched very thin. Then, the true culprit came out of left field with no previous suspicions placed on that character.

I love when mystery follows a course that I can't get a jump on, but this story left no clues for me to attempt at making my own conclusions. Just waiting for Kate Riley and her team to recover information, dig for clues, and interview suspects wasn't enough for me. Even when interviews took place, like when Riley interviews Ruby's parents, the dialogue is forced in a repeated series of questions and answers. Every scene should serve a purpose, whether it's revealing a secret that leads to more clues or that a-ha moment when the detective finds a new way of looking at the case, but I'm sure readers don't want to sit through that type of dialogue to reach the purpose. Instead of adding suspense it makes me feel like the author is trying to slow walk me to a point that could just be stated.

Police procedurals highlight the aspects of how police detectives solve crimes using certain methods like technology or forensics. I think Caan stuck with those aspects but overshadowed the usefulness of those tools by dumping too much detail into the scenes. If used in the right way a substantial amount of explanation can be used to give readers a feel for the techniques used, but here it seemed like overkill.

Another aspect of police procedurals is a touch on the main character's dark past or drive to be on the force. There was some of that involved in Kate Riley and Zain Harris' characterization, but there were too many vibes that somehow Kate's past was going to pop up during the story. So while I'm waiting for something to happen to Kate she doesn't have an opportunity to confront her past. The story reverts to its original purpose -- to solve the Ruby Day kidnapping/murder.

Whether I loved the concept used to develop a mystery, or not, by the end of the novel the mystery has to click and there be closure. I can appreciate where the author might have been going with Cut to the Bone, but the elements used to create this story just didn't fit in a way that made sense to me.
*eARC provided in exchange for an honest review*


Previous Review: Splinter by Sasha Dawn

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mystery Falls Flat: Splinter (Review)

Sixteen-year-old Sami hasn't seen her mother in ten years—and neither has anyone else. The police suspect Sami's father had something to do with her mom's disappearance, but Sami's never believed that. Her mother chose to abandon her and start a new life. It's that simple.

But now, evidence has emerged about another missing woman who used to be involved with Sami's dad. Coincidence—or evidence that the cops have been right all along?

As Sami investigates, she's forced to question everything she thought she knew about the dad who's always been there for her and the mother who supposedly abandoned her. And if her dad didn't kill her mother, what did happen?
Splinter
Sasha Dawn
Pub Date: 3/1/17
Carolrhoda Lab
Genre: YA Mystery
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In Sahsa Dawn's young adult mystery Samantha is searching for her mother. Over the years she has received postcards from whatever new place her mother has been with the numbers 7 and 11, her mother's favorite numbers. But why hasn't she come back for Sami like she promised? The police believe Sami's mother would have never left without taking Sami with her, but Sami hopes that is the case because, if not, there's only one other option.

Readers fall into Sami's story as the detective in charge of finding her mom reveals that there have been new developments to the case. They're making new connections that trace back to Sami's dad and his most recent wife Heather. The plot starts out strong: engaging readers and building up to what you might expect to be a complex mystery. Unfortunately, the story doesn't unfold in layers, but rather runs around in circles until the author finally decides to reveal what happened to Sami's mom. When the moment arrives to put the puzzle pieces together it doesn't add up to a strong finish. Where mysteries are usually webs of people, places, and actions connecting throughout the plot, Splinter proves to be more one-dimensional. For instance, a few characters are talked about, who could be key to cracking the case, but never fully brought into the picture. They remain in the peripheral instead of being brought into the thick of things for readers to analyze and flag as potential suspects. It's very emotionally driven as it focuses on Sami keeping up with her personal relationships in the heat of a scandalous case.

I loved the concept and would have loved it even more if Sami took on a more amateur sleuth role. Her role in the story was very passive. She asks questions and stumbles upon clues that she doesn't realize are clues until someone points it out. If you're looking for a traditional mystery, Splinter isn't it. However, if you want a young adult contemporary novel with elements of suspense you've hit the jackpot.
*eARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Powerful and Informative: Dreamland Burning (Review)

Some bodies won’t stay buried.
Some stories need to be told.

When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family's property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past... and the present.

Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what's right the night Tulsa burns.

Through intricately interwoven alternating perspectives, Jennifer Latham’s lightning-paced page-turner brings the Tulsa race riot of 1921 to blazing life and raises important question about the complex state of US race relations – both yesterday and today.
Dreamland Burning
Jennifer Latham
Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
Pub Date: 2/21/17
Genre: YA, Contemporary/Historical
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Dreamland Burning is a powerful, informative novel that sheds light on the 1921 race riots in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jennifer Latham impressively ties together the motions of that fateful year to modern day race relations.

I wondered how this story was going to work. It's told in alternating perspectives of modern day teen Rowan Chase and Will Tillman who was alive during 1921. Rowan discovers a skeleton in her home that leads back to Will's time. In the present she pushes to find answers while Will's story is superimposed to reveal some of the truths she seeks. Turns out this blend of contemporary and historical fiction works cleverly! I love that this isn't one of those stories where the MC's life is completely changed by the end of the novel. Instead, this is a story of awakening. Rowan is forced to acknowledge the racial issues still prevalent in the world that affect her, even if she's only half black. Will is a character that you think you might hate, but you can't because he's so open with his mistakes. So willing to admit when he's been wrong and has to do better. Reading the experiences of two completely different characters who are learning similar life lessons is the biggest part of what kept me reading and desperate to reach the end. I came to admire Rowan and Will because of their drive to do the right thing when it became clear that they could be apart of something bigger than themselves.

One thing that I didn't like is that the modern black women are portrayed stereotypically. Not all black woman have afros or 'press' their hair. In my reality black hair is much more versatile. I'd be happy to find a book that characterized black woman as they actually see them, not as how they might expect to see them. This was a point that I kept coming to whenever a black female character was introduced, but it didn't lessen my overall experience of the story.

I want everyone to read Dreamland Burning! It's a story that gets your brain moving and thinking about what you would have done in either Rowan or Will's situation. It's a story you won't soon forget, especially because it's so relevant.
*ARC won via NOVL early reviewer program in exchange for an honest review*

Previous Review: Gilded Cage by Vic James
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Unexpectedly Disappointing: Gilded Cage (Review)

For readers of Victoria Aveyard and Kiera Cass comes a darkly fantastical debut set in a modern England where magically gifted aristocrats rule—and commoners are doomed to serve.

NOT ALL ARE FREE.
NOT ALL ARE EQUAL.
NOT ALL WILL BE SAVED.

Our world belongs to the Equals—aristocrats with magical gifts—and all commoners must serve them for ten years.

But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England's most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of their noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family's secrets might win her liberty—but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.



Abi's brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?
Gilded Cage
Dark Gifts #1
Vic James
Pub Date: 2/14/17
Del Rey (Random House Publishing Group)
Genre: Fantasy
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Gilded Cage is the first novel of Vic James' Dark Gifts series. The fantasy series follows a cast of characters on different sides of a political battle. In this alternate Britain, aristocrats with special powers, or Skill, rule over ordinary, Skilless, people. The commoners must spend 10 years of their lives as slaves to the aristocrats. There are few of the aristocracy who would see the slavedays law abolished, but the majority revel in the power of their society.

I had high expectations of Gilded Cage, but unfortunately they were not met. I wasn't immediately hooked into the story and instead read on hoping for something to grab me. Gilded Cage is like a foundation story. The parameters of the world are established and the main players of the story are pinpointed, and that's the most this story accomplished. I expected to be able to connect to the characters who were oppressed and had a reason to fight for their freedom, or fight for the safety of their family. However, the characters were one dimensional and not impressive, like Luke and Abigail. I thought they were going to be the sparks to ignite revolution. Instead, they let others manipulate and prod them into actions that were thwarted or amounted to more trouble. Though I appreciate the fast pace of the plot and the efforts to add action and excitement, it wasn't enough to make me want more.

I walk away from Gilded Cage unsatisfied and strangely unmoved. It's rare that I find myself unhappy with a fantasy read, but Gilded Cage just didn't do it for me.
*eARC provided in exchange for an honest review*


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Friday, February 10, 2017

Enter to Win 5 New Books and Goodies from Harlequin!

For my amazing romance readers out there, here's a giveaway you'll love! There's a squeal worthy selection of books and lovely goodies for one fantastic winner. Enter using the Rafflecopter. The giveaway runs from February 10-15 and open only to US and Canada residents (exluding Quebec) who are 18 years old or older. 💘





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I loved Kristan Higgins' On Second Thought and (because I have a soft spot for cowboys) Diana Palmer's Wyoming Brave. What's your favorite Harlequin romance, or the last romance you read? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to see what you're reading! ~xoxo


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Thursday, February 9, 2017

I See You: A Jaw Dropping Mystery (Review)

The author of the smash bestseller, I Let You Go, propels readers into a dark and claustrophobic thriller, in which a normal, everyday woman becomes trapped in the confines of her normal, everyday world...

Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her...

It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her, a grainy photo along with a phone number and listing for a website called findtheone.com.

Other women begin appearing in the same ad, a different one every day, and Zoe realizes they've become the victims of increasingly violent crimes—including rape and murder. With the help of a determined cop, she uncovers the ad's twisted purpose...a discovery that turns her paranoia into full-blown panic. For now Zoe is sure that someone close to her has set her up as the next target.
And now that man on the train—the one smiling at Zoe from across the car—could be more than just a friendly stranger. He could be someone who has deliberately chosen her and is ready to make his next move…
I See You
Clare Mackintosh
Berkley Books
2/21/17
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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Clare Mackintosh offers a captivating story that you will surely lose sleep over. International bestselling author, indeed! Words cannot express how fulfilling this story is. I See You has everything you would expect from a mystery, but more daring.

The story is written from three perspectives. Zoe Walker, who becomes paranoid when she finds her picture in a newspaper ad; DC Kelly Swift, who is determined to catch all the bad guys; and of course, the killer. I believe this is the first mystery I've read that mixes first person and third person perspectives in this manner. It was strange at first, but I liked believing that every chapter had its own mini cliff hanger. It made me read that much faster so that I could get back to whatever situation was just happening.

If findtheone.com was a real website I'd be just as freaked out as Zoe Walker. As much as I don't want to believe that someone could aid in the stalking of women, I could picture it happening in real life. All of Zoe's paranoia throughout the story took a life of its own. I felt just as anxious as she did and I knew to expect something terrible. The steady pacing of the novel did absolutely nothing to calm my nerves, but I love that Clare Mackintosh keeps readers in the moment. She avoids jerking you around or stringing you along. Every moment of the story is crucial and leads to a place so unlike usual mystery conclusions.

I could not contain myself by the end of the novel. Clare Mackintosh steps away from a cookie-cutter ending and gives readers something to think about. I spent the next few hours after reading wondering about scenes in the story that were not focused on, but added to the story's conclusion. The ending was a genuine surprise, but going back through the book I can see how the story leads to the jaw dropping end.
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A New Fantasy Adventure: The Wish Granter (Review)

An epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother’s soul, from C. J. Redwine, the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen. Perfect for fans of Graceling and the Lunar Chronicles.

The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of SĂșndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.
The Wish Granter
Ravenspire #2
C.J. Redwine
Pub Date: 2/14/17
Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA Fantasy
Amazon | B&N

The Wish Granter is an engaging edition to C. J. Redwine's epic Ravenspire series! Though the second novel of the series it can be read as a stand alone. So don't fret if you haven't read The Shadow Queen. I haven't read it yet, but that didn't diminish my experience reading The Wish Granter. 

Ari Glavan is not the typical princess, but she's a fierce young girl determined to save her brother from the mysterious, powerful Teague. She finds a partner in the new master of weapons when Teague proves to be a cunning, ruthless villain she can't defeat.

The characters of The Wish Granter are down to earth, which is strange to say given that it's a fantasy. They're totally relatable, and would feel at home even in a contemporary setting. Their desires and motivations are ones commonly found in YA adventure-fantasies but Redwine takes it a step further by adding intrigue. A formidable foe pitted against a scrappy princess becomes a battle to the death. Once the story picks up pace and you're in the thick of Ari's plight, you become obligated to reach the end.

Though the story is inspired by the fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin, the plot isn't cut and dry. It comes to a point where the story's solution is attainable but you just don't know how it will wrap up. I love that Redwine gets to the point in the outset of the novel while not giving it all away. She reels you in by giving you bits and pieces of information as needed, but doesn't lead you hanging in between. Romance sparks and simmers between our heroine and her wary sidekick. Ari and Sebastian learn much about themselves as they lean on each other to accomplish their goals. So there's a little more depth to the plot than finding the solution to a sticky situation. The characters grow and learn from their mistakes in a way that readers will be able to understand.

Not only is The Wish Granter a kick-butt fantasy, but it features an intelligent kick-butt heroine! There's no doubt that this fairy tale inspired story is a winner!
*eARC provided in exchange for an honest review*


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Friday, February 3, 2017

Island of Exiles is Fantastic! (Review)

In Khya’s world, every breath is a battle.

On the isolated desert island of Shiara, dying young is inevitable. The clan comes before self, and protecting her home means Khya is a warrior above all else.




But when following the clan and obeying their leaders could cost her brother his life, Khya's home becomes a deadly trap. The only person who can help is Tessen, her lifelong rival and the boy who challenges her at every turn. The council she hoped to join has betrayed her, and their secrets, hundreds of years deep, reach around a world she's never seen.

To save her brother’s life and her island home, her only choice is to trust Tessen, turn against her clan, and go on the run—a betrayal and a death sentence.
Island of Exiles
The Ryogan Chronicles #1
Erica Cameron
Pub Date: 2/14/17
Entangled: Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy
Amazon | B&N

Erica Cameron proves herself to be a master storyteller in this fantastic new series. Island of Exiles is the first of The Ryogan Chronicles and it blew me away. From the detail of the world building to the courageous heroine, I found this story to be original and utterly fantastic!

Khya is a powerful fykina with the ability to shield against magic. She wants nothing more than for her brother to become a warrior just like her. When he makes it through the herynshi, and is placed on a top ranking team, she believes they'll finally have more time together. Then Tessen, another Nyshin warrior, tells Khya that Yorri is gone and the very reason she breathes is lost. The story picks up here as Khya joins forces with a yonin who believes that Yorri is alive and being held for a secret purpose. She's pitted against the Miriseh, the clan leaders, and discovers their dark history.

Understanding Shiara and the layered world that Cameron created is part of the experience. Her attention to detail and style is remarkable. She paints a vivid picture of a girl who would do anything to save her brother, yet still cares about the welfare of the people who rally around her. I appreciate the depth of this story, because sometimes authors write as though they associate YA with a level of comprehension. Island of Exiles is written with an open mind; anyone can enjoy it. Cameron took a story we've heard before and weaved it into a fantasy world with twists and turns. The story isn't too simple, or so complex that reading is a chore, but it's balanced. Island of Exiles was so much more than I was expecting and I can't wait until the next installment. It only gets better from here!
*eARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Blog Tour: Call to Honor (Review + Giveaway)


The Poseidon team are hard-bodied, fiercely competitive navy SEALs. But when a sensitive mission goes disastrously wrong, three of the team's finest will have to trust their hearts and instincts to uncover the truth…

"No man left behind" is inscribed in the DNA of every SEAL and Lieutenant Diego Torres is no exception. But with a team member killed—and the body missing—Diego's honor is sorely tested. Now his career and reputation are on the line, and a traitor is hiding among them. Diego wants answers…and only one woman has them.


Single mom Harper Maclean has two priorities—raising her son Nathan and starting a new life. Her mysterious new neighbor may be impossibly charming, but Diego asks too many questions about her past—and about the father of her child. Questions she fears will reveal her burning attraction for Diego, and ultimately put them all in danger's path.
Call to Honor
SEAL Brotherhood #1
Tawny Weber
Pub Date: 1/31/17
Harlequin Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes

Call to Honor is the explosive beginning to Tawny Weber's new series, SEAL Brotherhood, which follows the elite Poseidon team.

Diego Torres couldn't imagine being anything other than a SEAL. When he made the decision to rise above a life of gangs and violence, he made a commitment. It's unthinkable that a fellow SEAL would betray his own, but when Brandon Ramsey is killed in action, and his body isn't found, Poseidon is put under investigation. Diego and Jared Lansky are ordered by their team leader to quietly investigate the matter of Brandon's death. Could he really have betrayed the team to sell classified information? Was he working alone? Diego is positioned next door to Brandon's former girlfriend and mother of his child. If he's still alive he might run to her for safety. Harper Maclean puts all her energy into taking care of her son, Nathan, and distancing herself from Brandon's abandonment. When Harper and Diego meet sparks fly and romance takes over the plot.

I really loved reading Call to Honor. Tawny Weber is a talented author who knows how to engage her readers and keep them hooked throughout the novel. It was a little hard reading at the beginning, however, because she introduces quite a few characters from the SEAL teams. It took me a few passes over certain scenes to understand who was talking or where someone was directing their glare. Despite the confusing opening scenes, though, I wanted to race through the story to the end. Diego and Harper were so good together. You can't read their story and miss the connection. I have no doubt the rest of the SEAL Brotherhood series will be just as fascinating as Call to Honor!
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The New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 40 books, Tawny Weber writes sassy, emotional romances with a dash of humor, featuring hot alpha heroes. The recipient of numerous awards, she has also hit number one on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists. Readers can visit Tawny’s website www.tawnyweber.com for free reads, first chapters, insider story info and much more. . You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads. Tawny lives in Northern California with her family. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

#CurrentlyReading: Upcoming February Releases


What's up book nerds! It's a new year and there are so many wonderful books to be read. I'm determined to read more this year and so far it's coming along nicely. My Goodreads Reading Challenge goal is 150 books and I'm ahead of schedule! I'm pretty sure I may come out past 150 by the end of the year, but there's always a chance I'll slow down at some point in this reading marathon. How many books have you pledged to read in 2017? Let me know below. And if you haven't entered the Goodreads Reading Challenge, do it! If you have no idea what to read, here are a few books I'm currently reading that you can add to your TBR.






Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron (2/7/17)
In this diverse, gritty survival fantasy, a girl warrior turns against her island clan to find the brother they claim died, uncovering secrets. Perfect for fans of Graceling and Snow Like Ashes.

In Khya’s world, every breath is a battle.

On the isolated desert island of Shiara, dying young is inevitable. The clan comes before self, and protecting her home means Khya is a warrior above all else.

But when following the clan and obeying their leaders could cost her brother his life, Khya's home becomes a deadly trap. The only person who can help is Tessen, her lifelong rival and the boy who challenges her at every turn. The council she hoped to join has betrayed her, and their secrets, hundreds of years deep, reach around a world she's never seen.

To save her brother’s life and her island home, her only choice is to trust Tessen, turn against her clan, and go on the run—a betrayal and a death sentence.


Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham (2/21/17)
Some bodies won’t stay buried. Some stories need to be told. When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family's property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past... and the present. Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what's right the night Tulsa burns. Through intricately interwoven alternating perspectives, Jennifer Latham’s lightning-paced page-turner brings the Tulsa race riot of 1921 to blazing life and raises important question about the complex state of US race relations – both yesterday and today.

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella (2/7/17)
(Read my review!)
Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers. But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.

Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?




I See You by Clare Mackintosh (2/21/17)
Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her...

It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her; a grainy photo along with a phone number and a listing for a website called FindTheOne.com.

Other women begin appearing in the same ad, a different one every day, and Zoe realizes they’ve become the victims of increasingly violent crimes—including murder. With the help of a determined cop, she uncovers the ad’s twisted purpose...A discovery that turns her paranoia into full-blown panic. Zoe is sure that someone close to her has set her up as the next target.

And now that man on the train—the one smiling at Zoe from across the car—could be more than just a friendly stranger. He could be someone who has deliberately chosen her and is ready to make his next move…

Gilded Cage by Vic James (2/14/17)
Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England's most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family's secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi's brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine (2/14/17)
An epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother’s soul, from C. J. Redwine, the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen. Perfect for fans of Graceling and the Lunar Chronicles.

The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of SĂșndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.


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