Monday, September 22, 2014

Review - Talon by: Julie Kagawa

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.


Julie Kagawa, you have yet again slayed the fantasy category. Talon is not just any dragon story, but one filled with so many intense moments and feelings. This book rocked my world to fire-breathing little pieces.

Right away we enter the world of Talon and their hunters St. George and you right away get a glimpse into the intense lives of Ember and Garret. With Ember, I loved her fiery (pun totally intended) attitude and her will to be free and a dare-devil. She's one bad-ass hatchling and she knows it. I also have to mention her twin brother, Dante. First, I'm obsessed with twins! Two, I really really really like Dante and his easy charisma and protective brother side. Regardless of what we have seen in Talon, I want to see tons more of Dante and hopefully (really hoping) good things!

With Garret, putting his soldier aside, I just adored his innocence. His light hair, soldier body, and blue UNF factor! I hated watching his constant internal struggle, I wanted to just hug him so many times. Let me just say I really liked watching him start off so intense, come crashing down with all his realizations, and then turn into the perfect hero. Garret is just the total package for me.

On the other fella side, is Riley. Riley is the bad boy rogue dragon we all love to swoon over. Tall, dark, handsome, rides a motorcycle, doesn't follow rules...catching my drift yet? Riley right away catches your attention and his protectiveness for Ember is something I really liked about their dynamic. I admit, where Garret had more of the sweet and charming down, I felt as if Riley was all sex appeal. Don't get me wrong, the whole primal thing was hot and I did really, really like Riley but as of right now, I lean towards team Garret.

Gosh darn on toast, let me just say how much I adore dragons. Did I tell you how much I love dragons? OH, you do see that I am obsessed with dragons! Ha, I don't mean to be obnoxious, but ever since I was little I have always had a fascination with dragons. They're just so fierce, intense, strong, they fly and are just so beautiful, too. They're these big animals that dreams are made of and for an author to build such an amazing story around them, just made me so gosh dang happy.

With the world building, I really liked how Julie Kagawa didn't just make one enemy but multiple and different types of betrayal. It made the story have so many dimensions and twists and turns that kept you guessing during every chapter.

The ending slightly killed me! Especially Dante's epilogue, because regardless of what he's done...I still heart him so much and really want a happily ever after for him. Then with Garret...ugh I love him and watching him sacrificing so much and being so brave, I just wanted to squeeze him and run away with him forever. Overall, I absolutely adore everything about Talon. Julie Kagawa just killed this. It's easy to say I will be begging for two book!

- 5 out of 5 Splatters -

Friday, September 19, 2014


Hi lovely blog followers,

Gosh, this post is SO long overdue and I sincerely apologize for that.

Let me start off with, I've missed you! I am so sorry I have been neglecting the blog for the last couple weeks. I truly miss my blog and reading for that matter of fact so I decided I needed to write you all a post to let you know what's been going on.

First, I unfortunately a while back was going through a hard time personally and though I was still reading that's when my blogging started to take a hit. It only got worse from there because I started to focus my energy in the gym and going out with people to help clear my mind a little.

Second, on a more positive note, at the end of August I started student teaching! Unfortunately though, it has been TAKING OVER my life. I literally am at school 8-4 (sometimes later) then I eat, work on lessons and planning, go to bed, and then it starts all over. I have had rarely any free time during the week at all. It's been super stressful but I have to keep reminding myself student teaching is not easy, but it will get me to the job I want in life.

With all of that being said, my reading and blogging has taken a huge hit...which I'm sure you can all tell. Let me tell you though, I definitely miss it. I miss reading and the characters and the authors and bloggers and everything about the book world. As of right now though, I will unfortunately be taking a break from blogging. I will still try to post highlights here and there but that will probably be the extend of it.

I miss you all so much and I hope to be back soon!

Keep on smiling :)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Blog Tour + Giveaway - Blood Beyond Darkness

Title: Blood Beyond Darkness
Author: Stacey Marie Brown
Series: Darkness #4
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Publication: August 28th, 2014

After months of searching, Ember and her friends have finally located the Sword of Light, the only weapon capable of destroying Queen Aneira and ending her rule. This is Ember’s destiny. Or so she thought. Now a pact to save the man she loves changes everything.

In this final installment in the Darkness Series, when the truth comes to light, Ember will learn some things are better left in the dark as her world is ripped even further apart. It is no longer a rabbit hole, but a never-ending black void full of endless lies, betrayals, and secrets.

The fight for Earth has begun, and Ember will have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save millions of innocent lives and those she loves.

But this price may be too high—even for her.



Other books in the Darkness series:


Darkness of Light (book #1)

Fire in the Darkness (book #2)

Dwellers of Darkness (book #3)


About Stacey

Stacey Marie Brown is a lover of hot fictional bad boys and sarcastic heroines who kick butt. She also enjoys books, travel, TV shows, hiking, writing, design, and archery. Stacey swears she is part gypsy, being lucky enough to live and travel all over the world.

She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family's farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. She volunteers helping animals and is Eco-friendly. She feels all animals, people, and environment should be treated kindly.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Chapter By Chapter

There are so many great things happening at these two events!

New Rochelle, NY

1. You could be a secondary character in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s NEXT book! Learn how here: Secondary Character Contest

2. You can purchase a signed copy of STAY WITH ME if you cannot attend!

3. The day will be filled with a book signing, parties, giveaways, and more! Time is running out so get your tickets before there is not more!



Things you can do at HBR
1. Get your books signed
2. Mingle with all the authors before the signing
4. Have a Fun Photo Booth Session with Jay Crownover
5. Check out the Muscle cars from the Marked Men and Welcome to the Point Series
6. Meet cover model Pepe Toth at Jennifer L. Armentrout's table.

more to come!!
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