Monday, August 20, 2018

Review - Shadow of The Fox by: Julie Kagawa

Description: One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

Wowza. Not even sure where to begin with this one. The amazing Japanese lore, world building and characters just make this book into a total adventurous package. Julie Kagawa definitely nailed this one!

With our protagonist, Yumeko, she's young and very shielded from the world for good reason. I will say she came off very naive, almost baby-like, and while it annoyed me a bit in the beginning, I began to understand that she was growing with the story and becoming who she finally needed to be. She's the type of character you become proud of.

On the other side, I adored all of the side characters. Okame, Daisuke, and especially Tatsumi. Okame is the perfect character relief you’re always looking for. While much larger of a role is Tatsumi. He is our other main character on a journey of his own that quickly becomes tied to Yumeko. I adored his darkness and constant internal conflicts. He’s every bit the brooding protector and I loved every part of his story.

Overall, the world building and information on the accident Japanese demons and empires were out of this world. It look me a bit to get into the story, but once it took off, it really took off. I adored the last 40% of the book and honestly could NOT put it down. Absolutely fabulous read and cannot wait for the next book in the series.

- 4 out of 5 Splatters - 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Blog Tour - Unleashed by: Bella Jacobs

Author: Bella Jacobs
Pub. Date: August 17, 2018
Publisher: Bella Jacobs Books
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 298
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Amazon UK

One woman on the run. Four dangerously sexy bodyguards. And a war brewing that will change the shifter world forever…

I’m living on borrowed time, fighting for survival against a deadly new virus that has no cure and a cult doing its best to brainwash me. But when a mysterious note shows up on my windowsill one night, its chilling message--Run, Wren--launches me out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Within hours, everything I thought I knew about my life, my family, and my origins is obliterated, and I'm racking up enemies at an alarming rate. Between the cult I've just escaped, a violent shifter faction out for my blood, and an ancient evil who eats "chosen ones" like me for breakfast, my last hope is to join forces with four dangerous-looking men who claim they were sent to guard my life.

Luke, a werewolf with a rap sheet. Creedence, a lynx shifter who never met a mark he couldn’t con. Kite, a bear kin with a mean right hook and heart of gold. And Dust, my childhood best friend and dude voted least likely to be a secret shape-shifting griffin.

But are these men really what they seem?

Or are my alpha guardians hiding a secret agenda of their own?

I’m not sure, but one thing is for certain—choosing the right allies will mean the difference between life and death. For me, and everyone I love.

UNLEASHED is book one in the Dark Moon Shifter’s series. It is a true reverse harem featuring one woman and her four mates.

Kite lifts one big hand, gently smoothing my hair behind my ear, securing it against the breeze. “It’s okay. You do the best you can. That’s all any of us can do.”

“I just wish I had more energy,” I say, the words out before I can stop them. I never talk about my condition with Kite. I don’t want to remind him that I’m not the shiniest apple in the barrel. Fair to him or not, I want him to pick me.

At least for a little while.

His jaw tightens and something that looks a lot like rage flickers across his features before the expression is gone, but it still leaves me speechless. I’m so shocked by that glimpse of something other than the gentleness I’ve always seen in Kite that I flinch as he cups my face in his hands and says, “Things can change and they will change, Wren. I promise you. As long as there’s breath in my body, you’re not going to die. You’ve just got to be ready when the time comes.”

I tip my head back, bringing my lips terrifying, thrillingly close to Kite’s as my eyes go wide. I swallow hard, thoughts swarming in a mixture of confusion and longing. “What are you talking about? Ready for what?”

His brow furrows as he searches my face with an intensity that makes my stomach flip. “I’ve already said things I shouldn’t. Just promise me you’ll keep that beautiful mind of yours open, okay?”

“Kite, I don’t—”

“Do you trust me, Wren?” he asks, using my given name for a second time in just a few minutes, making me realize how rarely he uses it and how rarely I’ve seen him with this kind of fire in his eyes.

“I…” I hold his gaze, but no matter how deep I look, I only see concern. Caring. Maybe something even stronger than caring. Maybe something close to the way I feel when I’m in his arms and the world suddenly makes more sense than it did before.

I exhale, heart slowing as I say, “Yes, I do. I trust you.”

His shoulders sag with a relief that makes me feel like I’ve done something much more important than answer a question. “Good. Keep trusting me, Bird Girl, and I’m going to show you a whole new world. A world where you can be the powerhouse you are on the inside.”

The backs of my eyes begin to sting, but I’m smiling when I say, “There’s no cure, Kite. I might never go back into remission, let alone get better.”

He pauses, seeming to debate something silently before he whispers, “But then again, you might.” Before I can assure him that hope is a lost cause in this case, he leans down and presses his lips to mine and I’m the thing that’s lost.

My eyes slide closed as my heart lights up, each warm, sweet brush of his lips against mine making my body fill with magic. Electricity floods my nerve endings and my pulse races so fast I know I would fall over if Kite let me go.

But he doesn’t let me go, he wraps me up in his strong arms, hugging me close as he lifts me off my feet, bringing our lips onto a level playing field as he takes charge of holding us both steady. With a soft sob of gratitude for this kiss, this miracle, this moment of feeling like the luckiest girl in Seattle, I wrap my arms around his neck and kiss him with everything in me, not caring if I use up all the energy I’ll need to get home.

About Bella:

Bella Jacobs loves pulse-pounding action, fantasy, and supernaturally high stakes, mixed with swoon-worthy romance and unforgettable heroes. She's been a full time writer for over a decade and hit the USA Today Bestseller list multiple times in contemporary romance under her other pen name. She writes as Bella for her trips to the dark side and can't wait to take you on her next adventure. xo!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Cover Reveal - Not Quite Perfect

Today we are celebrating the cover reveal for NOT QUITE PERFECT by Rebecca Norinne. This is the first standalone title in The Rocky Cove Series, and it releases on September 26th. Check out pre-order links, and a trailer for the book, below!



NOT QUITE PERFECT by Rebecca Norinne

Releasing September 26th

Blurb: I can’t believe I met the perfect man ... On the ferry to my mother’s wedding, I met the most amazing man—his love of Faulkner notwithstanding. Professor David Carstairs was funny, intelligent, and had the sexiest hands I’d ever seen. A conversation about classic American literature led to a romantic dinner at his house ... and then a whole lot of dessert afterward. I’d never done anything like that before, but what we had was something special. Unfortunately, everything came crashing down the next day. Because my supposedly perfect professor? His dad just married my mom, and now he’s my stepbrother! Thanksgiving dinner just got a whole lot more complicated. I’ve finally found the perfect woman ... En route to watch my father marry yet another young gold digger, I met the perfect woman—her hatred of Faulkner notwithstanding. Victoria Witherspoon was kind, witty, and had the most kissable lips I’d ever seen. We spent the day together, and then stayed up all night exploring each other’s bodies. I don’t do relationships, but for someone as perfect as Victoria, I was ready to make an exception. If only her mom hadn’t just married my dad, putting the object of all my fantasies firmly in the “off limits” category. And I thought the holidays were awkward before.

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About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Norinne writes sexy romance from the heart. Her heroines are bold and headstrong, and her heroes will do anything for the ones they love. When not banging away at the keyboard, she is watching rugby, enjoying a pint of craft beer, or traveling the globe in search of inspiration for her next book. Originally from California, Rebecca currently resides in a small coastal community outside of Boston where she's renovating an antique colonial built in the 1700s and trying valiantly not to be eaten alive by mosquitos.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Review - Wicked by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

I look at the cover and instantly think oooh mermaids!! Basically my eight year old Little Mermaid self was bursting with joy. However, Wicked was not what I expected at all nor was I the least disappointed by that. This book is dark world filled with dangerous creatures, kick-butt moments, and tons of laughs.

The fact that it was set in New Orleans, made me excited. I have always wanted to visit and I feel like reading a story about the streets, shops, and quarters made me feel as if I got to know it a little better. Plus, now I just need some good 'ol southern sweets!

More than just the world building, I adored each of our main characters. The three we see the most are Ivy, Ren, and Tink. I like how Ivy is kind of a loner in this book. It shows that you still can be  strong and smart without being surrounded by a ton of friends. However, regardless of the life she's forced to live, I'm glad that Ren comes in and shows her that normal is possible. That flips me over to green-eyed handsome thing you. Ren appears pretty closed off yet cocky in the beginning but once you start getting into the book and getting to know him, you cannot help but fall for him. With the end of the book being pretty much on edge with how things will play out for these two...cannot wait to see how it will go down.

I mentioned one more character and that is Tink. Tink makes this book; I promise you. The role he plays isn't just comic relief but  an important part and role in Ivy's life and I absolutely adore him! Overall another stunner of a book by Jennifer L. Armentrout. She truly can write it all and I cannot wait to see what she has in that brain next.

- 4 out of 5 Splatters - 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Review - To Kill a Kingdom by: Alexandra Christo

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

This is not the little mermaid. This story is nowhere near the beautiful creatures we all believe that if we spend too much time in the ocean we could meet one. This story is especially not romantic in any sense of the meaning. To Kill A Kingdom is absolutely harsh, adventurous, and painstakingly gorgeous all in one.

I have to admit, it took me about a 1/3 of the way through the book to be absolutely hooked. However, once I got there, there was no stopping me. I read 70% of the book in 24 hours. I lived for Lira and Elian’s story and couldn’t help but keep hoping for a perfect ending.

To Kill A Kingdom is told in alternating view points between Lira and Elian. At first I didn’t realize that because there was no indication on the pages, however it became very obvious. The first thing you learn in this book is how harsh of a world these two live in, especially Lira. Lira is the heir to the Sea Kingdom, a harsh world where sirens steal human hearts. On top of that her mother is Ursula, the mer-people from Harry Potter, and a complete tyrant all in one. There were parts in the beginning of her story that had me completely cringing at the harshness.

On the other side we have Prince Elian who is the golden boy with no desire to rule and all the drive to explore the world. He made it his life-long threat to kill the sirens that so murderously destroy human-kind. You quickly learn that Elian really does have a heart of gold and wants the best for his crew and people.

When Lira and Elian meet, my world sped up with them. I couldn’t help being completely entranced with the two and their journey. I adored exploring the different kingdoms and lore along the way.Overall this book was a fabulous stand-a-lone and I loved it.

- 4 out of 5 Splatters -