Friday, August 18, 2017

Blog Tour: Rowan Wood Legends by Olivia Wildenstein- Teasers

I'm excited to be participating in the Blog Tour for Rowan Wood Legends by Olivia Wildenstein thanks to YA Bound Book Tours!

Rowan Wood Legends is the second novel in the Lost Clan and is a brilliant tale in a series I just adore and highly recommend!
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SOME LEGENDS ARE BETTER LEFT UNTOLD.

I wasn’t the sort of girl who believed in fairytales, let alone tales about faeries. But that changed the day Faeries came to my small town and Hunters rose from their graves.

On that fateful day, I received a book, a peculiar collection of myths and legends. Turns out it was so much more than stories. And just as I was on the verge of unlocking its secrets, it was stolen from me by someone I called a friend.

Now, I don’t know whom I can turn to, whom I can trust. All I know is that there are two sides, and I am straddling the great divide because I am both Faerie and Hunter. And although I swore I would never choose, I am slowly falling for one of those sides…



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Wildenstein grew up in New York City, the daughter of a French father with a great sense of humor, and a Swedish mother whom she speaks to at least three times a day. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor's in comparative literature. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for a laptop computer and a very comfortable chair. This line of work made more sense, considering her college degree.

When she's not writing, she's psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, baking up a storm (that she actually eats), going to the gym (because she eats), and attempting not to be late at her children's school (like she is 4 out of 5 mornings, on good weeks). Wildenstein lives with her husband and three children in Geneva, Switzerland, where she's an active member of the writing community.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Shelf: Rowan Wood Legends (The Lost Clan #2) by Olivia Wildenstein

SOME LEGENDS ARE BETTER LEFT UNTOLD.

I wasn’t the sort of girl who believed in fairytales, let alone tales about faeries. But that changed the day Faeries came to my small town and Hunters rose from their graves.

On that fateful day, I received a book, a peculiar collection of myths and legends. Turns out it was so much more than stories. And just as I was on the verge of unlocking its secrets, it was stolen from me by someone I called a friend.

Now, I don’t know whom I can turn to, whom I can trust. All I know is that there are two sides, and I am straddling the great divide because I am both Faerie and Hunter. And although I swore I would never choose, I am slowly falling for one of those sides…


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Review: 

Rowan Wood Legends is the second novel in Olivia Wildenstein’s Lost Clan series and is as brilliant as its predecessor, if not better and will catapult readers into a vividly rich and compelling fantasy world of faeries, hunters and untold dangers!

Catori Price has had a tough last few weeks. First her beloved mother passed away and she returned to her home town of Rowan only to discover that not only do Faeries exist but Cat’s family are descended from a tribe of Hunters who are at war with them. Ancient Hunters have risen from their graves and are determined to reignite their centuries old feud with the fae that once decimated their tribe. Caught in the middle, Cat finds herself torn between the two sides as she must decide who her loyalties lie with, while reconciling her heritage with both races. Hearts and lives are on the line as Cat struggles with who to trust amidst betrayal and deception. Both Faerie and Hunter, Cat desires to remain neutral but as she slowly finds herself falling for one side over the other, will her choice cost her not only her heart but her very life as well?

Wow! What another wonderful instalment! Having just devoured this sequel, I’m seriously in love this series having been first entranced by Rose Petal Graves and now Rowan Wood Legends. I cannot get enough of Catori’s tale and adventures at the heart of two feuding races and unfolding dangers. Entrancing readers, The Lost Clan is well told, well-paced and very addictive. Continuing on where she left off with the first novel, Olivia Wildenstein continues to develop and strengthen the storyline in Rowan Wood Legends with her story arcs revealed and players taking on new roles within the story.

Wildenstein has created a very personable main character in Cat who, despite her duel fae/hunter heritage is very human in nature while also managing to be headstrong, kind and caring. I honestly very much like Cat. She has accepted everything very well considering she was in the dark about her family’s secrets only a few short months ago and was leading a very normal life. Now Cat is front and centre, straddling the divide between two races as she tries to prevent a war that would put those she loves in danger.

Something that makes this series so thrilling and bewitching is that the line between who is good and who is evil isn’t very clear. Wildenstein has introduced readers to a multitude of characters throughout the series who are alluring and addictive regardless of whether they are Faerie or Hunter. Main character Catori has interactions with both the fae and hunter world and has connections to both. We experience the Hunter side through Kajika while Ace, Cruz and Lily often appear in the story to support the Faerie infusion.

Passionate, with an intriguing love triangle—more like a love square if I’m being honest, Rowan Wood Legends sees Cat resolve one of her love interests; discovering that what she felt wasn’t as real as she thought it was, and leaving only two men in possible positions for her affection. Whilst I do like them both, one contender seems to have stepped up into the lead and I’m doing happy dances in my mind as I’m very much in love with this specific person. I adore them as a character and love the addictive banter and relationship he and Catori are developing---I only hope it lasts!

Concluding Rowan Wood Legends perfectly, Olivia Wildenstein continues to amaze me with this series. Weaving together all the elements I enjoy in a good solid faerie tale and even giving it something different with a bit of a native American twist, The Lost Clan is a fantastic series and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next novel as soon as I possibly can!

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Source: Sent for review by YA Bound Book Tours and the author (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Published independently by author Olivia Wildenstein
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: August 14th 2017
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Final Thoughts: I'm absolutely in love with this series and adored Rowan Wood Legends. Cannot wait to see what Olivia Wildenstein has in store for readers with the next book!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Excerpt Reveal: Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel


A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What's more, she knows something most don't. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.



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I’m seriously questioning the wisdom of coming here. Who is this boy? Who are these people? I may not want these answers. Whatever illusion I had been weaving about this being a normal family can’t be true. This is a family, yes, but one putting on an elaborate show to appear to be something they are not. “Everyday life can’t be so bad,” I say lightly, eager to change the subject before I start luring myself down a hole. “You have a beautiful home, a nice family. You’re popular at school. Kiera Shaw certainly likes you.”

He turns his gaze to me, slowly. “Kiera Shaw? You think I like her?”

“I don’t know what you like.” I don’t blink. I don’t look away. “I know only what I’ve seen.”

Reece leans close, gently entering my personal space. Close enough to put me on edge, but not close enough to intimidate. His voice is silk on gravel. His narrowed eyes glitter down at me. “And what, exactly, have you seen, Angie?”

Shivers race up my skin. I want to defuse this so badly, but I feel like this is a challenge I can’t lose. “I’ve seen and heard things that don’t make sense. Things I can’t understand.” I shift my gaze to my crow sitting on a branch above my head. It watches me with an intensity that would scare me if I wasn’t accustomed to it. “Tell me about the crows.”

He shakes his head. “Sorry. Either you know about them, or you don’t.”

My jaw tightens, even as I step toward him. I can feel his body heat. His clean, guy scent fills my senses with a unique magnetism that draws me close. Closer still. “I will find out.”

His gaze sweeps my face, lingering on my lips. “I hope not.” His breath warms my temple, sending a shiver under my skin. “There are worse things out there than a few watchful birds.”

“Like what?” I’m breathless, damn him. My words are barely audible.

His lashes fan low over his eyes. The narrow space between us crackles with tension. “Oh Angie, you don’t want to know.”

Meg Kassel is an author of fantasy and speculative books for young adults. A graduate of Parson’s School of Design, she’s always been creating stories, whether with visuals or words. She worked as a graphic designer before realizing the thing she did for pleasure (writing) was something she should do for real. Meg is a New Jersey native who lives in a log house in the Maine woods with her husband and daughter. A fan of ’80s cartoons, Netflix series, and ancient mythology, Meg has always been fascinated and inspired by the fantastic, the creepy, and the futuristic. When she’s not writing, Meg is reading, hanging out with her family, hoarding peanut butter cups, or playing video games. She is a two-time finalist and the 2016 winner of the RWA Golden Heart© contest in YA. 

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Release Day: Death's Betrayal by Janeal Falor- Excerpt & Giveaway


I'm thrilled to be helping one of my favourite authors celebrate her latest release, Death's Betrayal, the second novel in Janeal's Death Queen series.

I highly enjoy and recommend this series. I also have an ecopy of Death's Queen, the first novel in the series OR an ecopy of the Mine series to give away to one lucky follower. Winners choice.

Ryn finally has a name, and a chance at life now that Daros has been taken to the dungeons. Or at least she did until he escaped. Not knowing whether to be scared or filled with rage, Ryn sets her guards out to find him.

As much as she wants to help, Ryn must be the Queen her people needs. Or try to be. There's much she needs to do, but she sees Daros everywhere, hunting her. No one can seem to catch Daros, despite her spotting him, and his ruthlessness knows no bounds. When the unthinkable happens, Ryn must face her fears or lose all she's gained
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From Death's Betrayal......

 I nudge open the door of my old room.
Let me go first,” Nash says.
But I'm already in.
It's as I left it. Bare. There's nothing here except a couple of blankets.
I flex my fingers over the handle of my dagger. Memories fly at me—Daros choking me, dunking me in water until I couldn't breathe, breaking me and molding me into who he wanted me to be…
Are you all right?” Nash's voice is barely above a whisper as he moves deeper into the room.
Am I?
Ryn?”
This was my room.” The words tumble from me. “The whole time he raised me, I lived here.” I remember believing there were monsters in the corners when I was little. None were as scary as the monster that haunted my days, though.
He glances around, probably taking in the small area again with new eyes. “Did he move the furniture out?”
There never was any.” My voice sounds dead. I step back, so I’m next to the entrance.
His eyebrows mush together before rising up high. “Why wouldn't he give you furniture? A bed, at the very least?”
I don't answer. Can't.
He takes a step toward me. There's a soft creak of someone on the stairs.
Daros, coming to wrap his hands around my throat.
I bring my blade up to the neck of the person coming inside the room. The blade presses into their skin. He holds still as can be.

Janeal Falor lives in Utah where she’s finally managed to live in the same house for more than five years without moving. In her spare time she reads books like they’re nuts covered in caramel and chocolate, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and enjoys the outdoors. Her husband and three children try to keep up with her overactive imagination. Usually they settle for having dinner on the table, even if she’s still going on about the voices in her head. 

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Book Shelf: Death's Betrayal (Death's Queen #2) by Janeal Falor

Ryn finally has a name, and a chance at life now that Daros has been taken to the dungeons. Or at least she did until he escaped. Not knowing whether to be scared or filled with rage, Ryn sets her guards out to find him.

As much as she wants to help, Ryn must be the Queen her people needs. Or try to be. There's much she needs to do, but she sees Daros everywhere, hunting her. No one can seem to catch Daros, despite her spotting him, and his ruthlessness knows no bounds. When the unthinkable happens, Ryn must face her fears or lose all she's gained
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Review:  

Death’s Betrayal is the brilliant sequel in Janeal Falor’s Death Queen series and is another action packed and fast paced tale that as easily as good as, if not better, than is predecessor and will sweep readers up into a dangerous world of danger, politics and betrayal.

Now with a name of her own, Queen Ryn is determined to do the best for her people and bring peace and happiness to her kingdom. Yet doing what no queen that came before her has been able to do is difficult, with Ryn’s past a dangerous cloud hanging over the her head and various factions determined to disrupt her rule. When Ryn’s former mentor Daros escapes the dungeons and someone close to Ryn is kidnapped, making choices that best serve her people becomes harder than ever before as Ryn’s heart and desires war with what is expected of her. With dangers mounting and lives on the line, will Ryn be able to face her fears and do what needs to be done? Or will putting herself and her desires cost her everything she holds dear?

As far as sequel’s go, Death’s Betrayal is pretty darn solid. Janeal Falor continues the series with the same excitement, danger and hint of romance that encompassed the first book and made it such as thrilling fantasy. Death’s Betrayal details the next chapter in Ryn’s life as she is now queen and looking to make changes in her kingdom. As always, there are those who oppose our strong willed and capable heroine, but Ryn does things her way; making both friends and enemies along the way.

Ryn continues to be a stellar main character to follow. She’s kind at her very base and wants to make things better for those with little within the kingdom, but she’s also daring, capable and headstrong. Ryn doesn’t want to cower behind guards; she wants to be on the frontline, protecting herself and those around her. It’s nice seeing the growth in Ryn as she begins to let people in and make connections with those around her in Death’s Betrayal. There are a few people she’s letting in including her servant Inkga and her hand-maiden Jem, though the biggest influence and most important individual to her is her Head Advisor and confidant Nash.

Nash is someone you can’t help but like and I do really like his place within the story. The relationship between Nash and Ryn is a lovely undercurrent to a fast paced and forward moving story that is filled with plenty of action. Ryn and Nash are so endearing and I’m enjoying reading about the romance between them, especially with the aspect of forbidden that coats their relationship. Stolen glances, stolen touches, stolen kisses—they're all so enticing and Falor has me eagerly reading for another heated moment between them with the turn of every page.

Exciting from beginning to end, Death’s Betrayal races towards an extremely riveting last few chapters with plenty of twists and turns. Janeal Falor continues to detail a thrilling fantasy series and leaves me dying to see what happens to Ryn and Nash next!

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Source: Sent for review by author (Thank you Janeal!)
Publisher: Published by author
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: August 16th 2017
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Final Thoughts: Death's Betrayal is a brilliant read and even better than the first novel, leaving me ready for more.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Owl Post #128


Inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox, Owl Post allows us bloggers to showcase the books we've bought, won or received throughout the week and is hosted by Brodie over at Eleusinian Mysteries. We all know that the Owl Post is the fastest way to send and receive mail and they certainly make me happy every time they drop a book off.
 
Hello book lovers and welcome to another Owl Post. I only have a couple of books to share with you this week but they're good one :)

I Bought:
 - The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney
I really like the idea of The Fire Artist and when I saw this hardback pretty cheap, I had to snag a copy. Can't wait to read it.  
 
- Trust by Kylie Scott
Trust is easily my FAVOURITE novel by Kylie Scott I've ever read and quite possibly my favourite book of 2017 so far! This novel is beyond brilliant and with Kylie Scott at Fictional Yours Melbourne, I had to get myself a physical copy to get signed. Check out my review here!
 
And that's me this week!
What did the owls bring YOU?
 
 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Book Shelf: Long Way Home (Thunder Road #3) by Katie McGarry


Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.


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Review: 

Long Way Home is the third novel in Katie McGarry’s Thunder Road series and is another emotionally driven tale, this time focusing on teen lovers Violet and Chevy as they attempt to navigate their lives as children of an MC club and individuals with their own wants and desires…..

Seventeen year old Violet has grown up with the Reign of Terror motorcycle club. Her late father was a member and Violet is well versed in the Terrors attitude towards women sitting back and letting the men take charge. Ever since her father’s death, Violet has done everything she can to distance herself from the club, angry over their role in her father’s passing, but when she and her ex-boyfriend are kidnapped by a rival club, Violet finds herself discovering secrets long protected. In order to protect those she loves, the headstrong teenager has no choice but to face all her fears, even if it means putting her life and heart on the line. Chevy McKinley is a legacy; the son of a Reign of Terror member and the grandson of the club president. He knows when he turns eighteen he’ll be expected to patch in. Chevy loves the club, but having already lost the girl he adores when he made a choice she didn’t like, Chevy finds himself struggling with what he wants for his future. Then an unexpected development gives Chevy not only the opportunity to win Violet back, but to discover all the secrets about his father those around him have always kept. Suddenly the future isn’t so black and white and both Chevy and Violet will have to lay it all on the line if they want to come out in one piece….

Long Way Home is another wonderful read from Katie McGarry that continues a very easy to read and satisfying series. Told from the dual point of views of characters Violet and Chevy, who we’ve interacted with numerous times throughout the series, Long Way Home is a story of forgiveness, strength and the power of deciding for yourself who you want to be. Well told, exciting and romantic, Long Way Home keeps readers reading along to see how Violet and Chevy will get themselves out of the sticky situations they find themselves in.

Having witnessed the turbulent relationship between Violet and Chevy in the first two books, it was wonderful to see them finally face the feelings and love still burning between them in Long Way Home. There was a lot of anger and sadness in Violet and so much of that stemmed from her father’s death. In Long Way Home, Violet must learn to let go of her anger and forgive those in her life while Chevy has to decide if he wishes to forge a path outside the club.

As characters, I did like both Violet and Chevy, although I think I prefer Oz and Emily and Razor and Breanna over them. I was very excited to finally explore them as the focus of their very own story, especially Violet. While I wasn’t necessarily disappointed, I wasn’t as blown away as I expected to be. That being said, I still think Katie McGarry did a good job writing them as characters and thought their developments sweet and endearing within the story.

As this third novel comes to a close, I’m still excited about the possibility of there being further books in the series. Breanna’s best friend Addison is still someone I want the chance to see feature in her own story and with references made in Long Way Home to a new club prospect who seems interested in her, I have hopes McGarry may write a fourth book. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed for a novel or novella featuring Terror member Pigpen who is attracted to Chevy’s teacher. Pigpen made me smile and he is charming enough that I think he can win over the straight-laced teacher if given the chance.

Ending Long Way Home in a hopeful and endearing way, Katie McGarry proves once again why she’s one of the go-to authors of contemporary YA fiction. I’m very much keen to read whatever she releases next!       

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Source: Sent for review by publisher (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN Australia
Format: Paperback
Release Date: February 2017
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Final Thoughts: Another great read by Katie McGarry. I can't wait to read what she releases next!




 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Blog Tour: The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer- Guest Post & Giveaway


Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer thanks to EntangledTEEN and Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours.

I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing The Third Kiss in the lead up to the tour and loved this paranormal YA! Be sure to check out my 5 star review which live went yesterday if you haven't already and help me in welcoming Kat Colmer to The Rest Is Still Unwritten today.
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Love curses don’t exist. At least that’s what Jonas, master of the meaningless hookup, tells himself when a letter warns him he’s an Eros Guardian cursed to endure a test of true love or forever be alone. His levelheaded longtime friend Cora figures it’s a revenge prank by an ex. The way Jonas stamps each girlfriend with a weeklong use-by date, it serves him right.

But when an impulsive kiss between the two friends reveals potential for more, Cora becomes the target of the Groth Maar: demons sent to wipe out the Eros Guardian line. And suddenly the curse becomes dangerously real.

Breaking the curse means Jonas’s biggest challenge yet. Failure guarantees Cora’s death. But success may cost him his own life…and the loss of his carefully guarded heart to the one girl far too sensible to fall for him.


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Let me start by saying a big thank you to Rachel for having me on her fabulous blog! I was super excited to be invited over to share a little about my YA paranormal romance The Third Kiss. 

Popular culture would have us believe that there’s something magical about our first kiss. Sure, this might be the case for some first kisses, but realistically—and possibly statistically—the first kiss is kinda doomed to the land of “Smooches I’d rather Forget”. It’s the first time two people get real close and personal, and, let’s be honest here, it’s very rare for the first time we do anything to go smoothly. Think bumping teeth, and squishing noses, and maybe a tad too much saliva? I’m sure first kisses are memorable—but maybe not for the rose coloured reasons we’re led to believe.  

Now, the third kiss, on the other hand, has a much better chance of leaving a lasting mark on us (and I’m not talking of the hickey kind!), because you’ve had two run throughs during which you can iron out any kissing kinks and help make number three worthy of an Oscar nomination. The gazebo kiss between Jonas and Cora in chapter sixteen of The Third Kiss is not their third kiss, but their second. However, it’s Jonas’s third kiss, and the kiss that causes him and Cora a hell of a lot of trouble. It may not have won any Oscars, but it did win the Romance Writers of Australia First Kiss competition a couple of years back, so it must be a solid kiss. I’ll let you judge for yourself. 

Here’s an excerpt leading up to that all important third kiss where Jonas has just interrupted Cora post-date with another guy. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.  


Jonas snorted. “The guy has a backyard designed to charm girls out of their underwear.” 

Did he seriously just say that? When he himself went off with— Unbelievable! I grabbed the rough wood of the gazebo railing so I didn’t lash out with more than my words. 

“And you’d know all about that, now, wouldn’t you?”

His jaw clenched even as a wince tightened the line of his lips. “I don’t like him.” 

“You don’t know him.” 

“Neither do you.” He widened his stance and crossed his arms. “A few online chats don’t exactly mean much when it comes to getting to know someone.” 

My fingernails dug into the railing, the wood biting into my skin. “Nice. So all our conversations while I was in Manhattan were meaningless, too, were they?” 

“That’s different.” Jonas scowled under his balaclava of shadows. “We have history, a friendship. You hardly knew him before you left and haven’t seen the guy in over a year.” 

He took a half step closer. “Ever heard of taking things slower?”

Breathe. Deep and steady, in and out. “Do you hear yourself? You telling me to take things slower?” 

His hand twitched, like a gunfighter about to draw. “We’re talking about you, not me.” 

“No, let’s talk about you. And how you need to butt out of my life.” Letting go of the safety of the railing, I took a step toward him. “I don’t go around judging how you change girlfriends more often than your social media updates so where do you get off telling me how fast or slow I should go?” 

Jonas stilled. “I’m just trying to stop you from making a mistake.” 

My jaw dropped. “What, with your track record? You’re the master of the meaningless hookup. You do not get to lecture me on making mistakes.” 

Eyes locked on mine, his pulse punched out a frantic rhythm against the side of his throat. “A mistake for some isn’t necessarily one for others.” 

Of all the patronizing— “Are you listening to the garbage coming out of your mouth or has all the bullshit clogged up your ears?” I pressed my clenched hands against my sides, fighting the urge to grab his headphones and show him exactly what I thought of his double standard. 

“The guy is a player, Cora.” 

I scoffed. “Not every guy operates the way you do.” 

Jonas flinched but didn’t say anything. 

“And even if he is, maybe that’s all I’m after.” I wasn’t, but it felt good to bait him. 

His eyes narrowed, two glistening slits. “That’s not you.” 

I edged closer still, my frame vibrating with anger. “How do you know? Maybe that night a year ago gave me a taste for short and uncomplicated.” 

I felt more than saw something in him shift. Then a flash of lightning ripped the shadows from his face, leaving his expression exposed. 

Shit.

The light disappeared. And with it the space between us.

His lips came down on mine. Hard. Near desperate. My eyes slid shut, pushing all other senses wide open: the slide of his tongue, hot breath on my too-tight skin. The scent of him surrounded me, all freshly cut grass and licorice. 

Thanks so much Kat for this fabulous excerpt and insight into The Third Kiss! Guys, be sure to grab your copy of The Third Kiss because it's just brilliant!!



Kat Colmer is a Sydney-based Young and New Adult author who writes coming-of-age stories with humor and heart. The recipient of several writing awards, she has won the Romance Writers of Australia First Kiss contest, as well as the Romance Writers of America On the Far Side contest for her debut Young Adult Paranormal Romance.

Kat has a Master of Education in Teacher Librarianship and loves working with teens and young adults. When not writing, teaching, or reading the latest in YA fiction, Kat spends time with her husband and two children.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Book Shelf: The Third Kiss (Love's Mortal Coil #1) by Kat Colmer

Love curses don’t exist. At least that’s what Jonas, master of the meaningless hookup, tells himself when a letter warns him he’s an Eros Guardian cursed to endure a test of true love or forever be alone. His levelheaded longtime friend Cora figures it’s a revenge prank by an ex. The way Jonas stamps each girlfriend with a weeklong use-by date, it serves him right.

But when an impulsive kiss between the two friends reveals potential for more, Cora becomes the target of the Groth Maar: demons sent to wipe out the Eros Guardian line. And suddenly the curse becomes dangerously real.

Breaking the curse means Jonas’s biggest challenge yet. Failure guarantees Cora’s death. But success may cost him his own life…and the loss of his carefully guarded heart to the one girl far too sensible to fall for him.


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Review: 

Kat Colmer’s debut novel The Third Kiss is a bewitching paranormal YA that is superbly written, features delectable dialogue and tangible characters and will keep you entranced from beginning to end!

Jonas Leander is known for his short-term relationships. The master of meaningless hook-ups, Jonas doesn’t believe in love and certainly isn’t looking for it. The only girls who matter in his life are his twin sister Beth and his next-door neighbor/best friend Cora. A year ago, a reckless moment changed Jonas and Cora’s relationship and now with Cora returning from a year abroad, Jonas knows he’s going to have to face the awkwardness between them. Cora Hammond is thrilled to be back in Australia after a year spent with her mother in Manhattan, even if it means dealing with the fallout over a misplaced kiss between her and Jonas. Jonas has always been her best friend, so all Cora wants is to get to how they were, but when Jonas gets a mysterious letter claiming he’s something known as an Eros Guardian, a descendant of a family line cursed to lose their chance at love, Cora and Jonas are sure one of his disgruntled ex-s are playing a practical joke. Yet when strange things begin happening and Cora is attacked by a group of demons determined to make Jonas’s curse come true, the two best friends will have to face the possibility that not only is the curse dangerously real but facing the truth about their relationship may be the only thing saving Cora’s life. 


Having literally just devoured this novel, I have to say I was very impressed with The Third Kiss and enjoyed it very much. The novel was intelligently told, the prose sharp and the dialogue biting. The Third Kiss honestly was just a well written and solid read all-round. The Third Kiss focuses heavily around the relationships between the characters, driven by the sharp and sizzling chemistry and banter between the two leads Jonas and Cora.
The Third Kiss unfolds through their varying POV’s and includes the perfect amount of paranormal to support the characterizations and relationships we follow. The supernatural elements are there, but it's easy to focus on the interactions between the characters, and their relationships are never lost among the paranormal--it works out to be perfectly balanced. 

As our main characters and focus of the story, it was impossible not to fall in love with both Cora and Jonas. Cora was intelligent, practical, town to earth and also every kick-ass. Colmer writes her very capable; highlighting the importance of self defense and gives Cora a stubborn nature you can't help but cheer for. Jonas on the other hand is very smooth-talking and charming who does care very deeply for his sister, aunt and best friend. He's actually a good guy despite his cheeky--and womanizing--nature and I loved seeing him grow and face his true feelings about Cora. 


There's so much to love about The Third Kiss including the fact author Kat Colmer situates the story in Australia and gives it a very Australian feel that will also satisfy international readers. We're also introduced to Jonas's twin sister Beth who is also Cora's best friend and someone who brought a lot of potential to the story. They have a wonderful friendship together and had strong bonds. It was wonderful seeing the three of them interact as well as Jonas's friend Leo who loves his slogan shirts and isn't all he seems. 


The highlight of the novel for me is easily the relationship between Cora and Jonas. Their romantic development was admittedly somewhat predictable but being a romance as The Third Kiss is, you head into the novel expecting them to obviously fall for one another. What grabbed me is the easy way they interact with each other, the banter, the chemistry and attraction between them. It bleeds through the pages and Kat Colmer has you eagerly turning pages to witness the next electrically charged interaction between them and next smouldering kiss.


The Third Kiss features some interesting mythology I would love to explore more of and enough developments to keep things very interesting. With a breathtaking ending guaranteed to leave you raring for more, I for one can't wait to see what Kat Colmer has in store for these characters next and will be desperately looking for the continuation of what looks like a very promising new series! 


Rating:
Source: Sent for review by publisher (Thank you guys!)
Publisher:
Entangled TEEN 
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date:
August 7th 2017 
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Entangled | iBooks | Kobo
Final Thoughts: I honestly adored this book and am so very excited about the prospect of following Beth and Leo in the second novel. Highly recommend The Third Kiss!



 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #189

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross 
Releases on: February 6th 2018
 
When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

Thoughts:
Another fabulous sounding fantasy tale! What can I say? I love them--they're one of my fave genres. Magic, war between two kingdoms, plans to overthrow a king?? Sounds right up my alley! I'll be keeping my eye out for this one and it's stunning cover!

Do you like the sound of this? 
And what are YOU waiting on this week?


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Book Shelf: The Darkest Promise (Lords of the Underworld #13) by Gena Showalter

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Lords of the Underworld story about an iron-willed sovereign and the somber beauty who melts him with a glance

Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn't allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairy tale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption.

Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with a single unwavering focus: to build his army and annihilate his enemies. Nothing distracts him - until Cameo. He is relentless in his quest to make her smile and seduce her into his bed.

As dark forces conspire against them, threatening to destroy the fragile bond they've forged, the once-calm Lazarus grows crazed. Every heart-stopping kiss and wicked touch causes Cameo to teeter on the brink of happiness. But if she falls, she risks forgetting him forever
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More info on Goodreads.....


Review: 


The Darkest Promise is the 13th novel in Gena Showalter’s brilliant paranormal romance series, The Lords of the Underworld, and is an absolutely delicious story featuring the sole female Lord Cameo and the fierce individual Lazarus as they finally give in to the passion that burns between them.

Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn’t allowed to feel joy. If she dares, her demon will take those memories of happiness away, leaving her even emptier and saddened than she began. Centuries of pain and sorrow have taken its toll and with every word uttered by her mouth bringing sadness to those she loves, Cameo is desperate for anything that may turn things around; even if it means she’ll have to travel to a mysterious spirit realm in search of the one man who could offer her redemption. Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom of the dead with one driving purpose—compose an army strong enough to destroy his enemies…..until Cameo walked into his life. Though the raven haired beauty can’t remember their brief time together, it burns through Lazarus’s memory and he’ll do whatever it takes to lure Cameo into his bed. Betrayed more times than he can count, Lazarus is determined to enjoy Cameo and then walk away, but as he craves seeing her smile and happy more and more, will Lazarus find himself giving up on his vengeance for the woman he’s coming to love? Or will outside forces keep them apart regardless?

Yay! Cameo and Lazarus’s story! Though I was heartbroken at the time to discover Gena Showalter wasn’t pairing Cameo with Torin, I was stoked to discover her happily ever after would come in the form of the darkly seductive Lazarus. I honestly thought Lazarus had potential from the moment we met him and I think Gena Showalter did an absolutely brilliant job with The Darkest Promise!

As the only female Lord amongst a band of very fierce, fiery immortals, Cameo has always stood out as the only woman. She’s always been very a capable, strong and fierce warrior in her own right, something that doesn’t change within The Darkest Promise, but I admit it was nice seeing a softer, feminine side to Cameo. My heart really feels for all the pain and misery she’s experienced and how her afflictions have impacted her relationships with those around her, even the other Lords. They were never immune to her words of Misery and in The Darkest Promise we finally see firsthand how this made her feel. It was sad, but made me love Lazarus even more for being able to overcome that without too much difficulty.

And Lazarus…another fabulous male lead and someone I couldn’t help but adore. His history aside, Lazarus was self-assured, cocky, brutal and fierce and was sooooo swoon-worthy. A stellar PNR male lead who quickly came to adore his female and was willing to sacrifice himself to make her happy and be with her. Lazarus has always intrigued me ever since we first met him and it was interesting to get to know him in a new light. I would have loved to learn more about his experiences as Juliette’s consort, seeing as that fact was a big factor the first time we met him, however Gena Showalter only briefly touched on this in The Darkest Promise.

There’s a lot of sexy encounters between Cameo and Lazarus that litter the story and I loved seeing them fall in love. It was adorable seeing them fight for dominance over each other but ultimately become partners in everything. There’s was a story I’d been highly anticipating and I was thrilled with the final result.

Though Gena Showalter set the beginnings of a few potential storylines during the last book, The Darkest Torment, I admit I’m completely unsure which couple will feature next. I know I have a few I’m looking forward to seeing, including Viola who now intrigues me with her possible romance with a Sent One, but as far as the next Lords of the Underworld tale goes, I’m not certain who it will feature at all—looking forward to the surprise.

Fast paced, sensual and so addictive, The Darkest Promise is a satisfying and enjoyable novel that is sure to thrill fans from start to finish. 

Rating:
Source: Purchased by me from Big W
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Format: Paperback
Release Date: June 13th 2017
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: I'm so glad to have finally been able to read Cameo and Lazarus's story and I CANNOT wait to see who is next!