Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Book Shelf: Wolf's Mate (Wind Dragons MC #5) by Chantal Fernando

From USA TODAY bestselling author Chantal Fernando comes the latest in her steamy Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club series featuring biker bad boys and the strong women who love them.

Vinnie was once the youngest prospect at the infamous Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club but finally, he’s going to be initiated as a full-fledged member! But when Vinnie (now known as Wolf) puts on that WDMC leather for the first time, little does he know what he’s in for. The Wind Dragons have made enemies, and being a member means being on the front lines…


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Review:

Wolf’s Mate is the 5th instalment in Chantal Fernando’s deeply sensual and addictive Wind Dragon’s MC series and is another edge of your seat romance that brings a world of tempting bikers and mouthy heroine’s alive once more!

There’s nothing more important in Vinnie’s life than his brothers. Proving that some things are stronger than blood, the Wind Dragons are the family Vinnie always yearned for as a discarded foster child without a home. Vinnie is as loyal as they come and he’s determine to be the most honourable man he can be, even if means he’ll need to repay a debt to a rival MC president who straddles the line between friend and pain in the ass. Protecting Talon’s cousin Shayla seems like the easiest marker he could be given, but with the stunning beauty both mouthy and alluring, Vinnie finds himself fighting to keep his hands to himself. With Shayla’s father in prison for fraud and his enemies after Shayla, it becomes clear that the individuals after Shayla will stop at nothing to hurt her, and Vinnie will need the help of his brothers if she’s able to protect the woman he’s coming to care about. 

Back again with another stellar tale, Chantal Fernando details another addictive romance in Wolf’s Mate. As someone who doesn’t read a lot of MC novels, Wind Dragon’s MC manages to beautifully balance club life with family, friends and romance. It’s not too brutal for my tastes but still allows readers to become immersed in a motor cycle club world. It’s raw and gritty, but there’s wonderful bonds of friendship and respect amongst the characters; from the club members to the partners of the members and the women behind the men. 

I found myself enjoying Vinnie’s story a lot more than I was expecting. Some characters you anticipate their stories for what seems like forever, while others sneak up on you when you’re not expecting. Vinnie’s was one of those stories for me. I’d liked Vinnie when were saw him in past Wind Dragon novels, but he hadn’t made the biggest impression on me so I was unsure how much I’d enjoy his story. Thankfully Chantal Fernando made me really care about Vinnie and Shayla and I very much enjoyed their romance. 

I always appreciate being able to see other characters and past couples in series’ and Chantal Fernando certainly allows this to be the case with the Wind Dragon’s books. All our past couples continue to feature and be a part of each new novel, continuing to enhance the feelings of friendship and family exhibited in the MC club. 

Ending perfectly and giving Vinnie and Shayla the HEA they deserve, Wolf’s Mate was another solid tale from Chantal Fernando that doesn’t disappoint. I can’t wait to read Ranger’s tale next and get to know this intelligent biker who has my interest piped! 

Rating:
Source:
Purchased by me from Bookworld
Publisher: Gallery Books      
Format:
Paperback
Release Date: August 16th 2016
Purchase:
Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts:
Another great read in my favourite MC series. Can't wait to read the next one!

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Free Ebooks

Hi guys and happy Monday!

No Owl Post this week; instead I have some fabulous FREE Amazon ebooks to share with you. Enjoy :)



Did you manage to get something new? I know I did!
 
 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Book Shelf: Defy the Stars (Defy the Stars #1) by Claudia Gray

Noemi is a young and fearless soldier of Genesis, a colony planet of a dying Earth. But the citizens of Genesis are rising up - they know that Earth's settlers will only destroy this planet the way they destroyed their own. And so a terrible war has begun.

When Noemi meets Abel, one of Earth's robotic mech warriors, she realizes that Abel himself may provide the key to Genesis' salvation. Abel is bound by his programming to obey her - even though her plan could result in his destruction. But Abel is no ordinary mech. He's a unique prototype, one with greater intelligence, skill and strength than any other. More than that, he has begun to develop emotions, a personality and even dreams. Noemi begins to realise that if Abel is less than human, he is more than a machine. If she destroys him, is it murder? And can a cold-blooded murder be redeemed by the protection of a world?

Stranded together in space, they go on a whirlwind adventure through Earth's various colony worlds, alongside the countless Vagabonds who have given up planetary life altogether and sail forever between the stars. Each step brings them closer - both to each other and to the terrible decision Noemi will have to make about her world's fate, and Abel's.


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Review:

Defy the Stars is Claudia Gray's breathtaking latest release and is an exhilarating sci-fi tale masterfully blending well developed romance and high stakes action in this incredibly addictive and beguiling novel!

Noemi is a well trained and capable soldier from the planet Genesis, fighting to defend her people from their enemy planet Earth. Abel is one of Earth's mechs; a perfectly created super machine, designed to fight in the war against Genesis and completely one of a kind. Highly intelligent and capable, Abel has spent thirty years alone on a ship lost in space, his conscience developing well past the expected levels of any mech. When one of Noemi's friends is injured in a battle against Earth, they seek refuge on the ship Abel inhabits, and Noemi quickly finds herself forced to rely on the human-like Abel to survive. When tragedy strikes, Noemi decides to make one last ditch effort to protect her people, but when it becomes clear Abel is far from the mindless machine she first thought him to be, will Noemi be able to make the ultimate sacrifice or will love change everything....

Claudia Gray is an author I have been reading for years. I first became a fan when I read her debut novel Evernight and have followed her career ever since. This woman never fails to write a stunning novel, but may have truly outdone herself with Defy the Stars! Perfect for fans of the Starbound series by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, Defy the Stars is a beautifully told and emotionally vivid story. I was very impressed with the well paced progression of the story and the way the characters and storyline developed.

I felt Noemi and Abel were well rounded and wonderfully developed. With the novel unfolding through the back and fourth point of views of both of them, Gray will make you fall absolutely in love with these two individuals who start out as enemies but soon come to develop a close and unexpected bond. Noemi and Abel are both honorable and noble characters who will make you contemplate who is in the right and who is in the wrong as they journey throughout the galaxy and come to see different point of views of the worlds around them and the ongoing war between planets.

As a mech, Abel was admittedly the highlight of the novel for me. Though I loved Noemi, Abel thrilled me from start to finish as he continued to experience new thoughts and feelings and became so very human. It was beautifully written on Claudia Gray's part, especially the complex relationship Abel has with his creator and the little things, such as adoring Casablanca, that made Abel such a personable character.

As the novel progresses, Defy the Stars will make you continually think and question things as you follow Noemi and Abel on their life changing journey. Entertaining and exciting, Defy the Stars was a spectacularly told story, well balanced and perfectly woven together story. Even if the ending of the novel did slay me and break my heart somewhat.

Perfectly written and so very good, Defy the Stars is a 2017 read I highly recommend and something I will continue to think about even though it's over. Can't wait to see what Claudia Gray has in store with this series next as there's so many facets of this world she could explore!
 

Rating:
Source:
Sent for review by publisher via Allen & Unwin (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Format: Paperback
Australian RRP:
$19.99
Release Date: 29th March 2017
Purchase:
Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts:
Despite featuring an ending guaranteed to make you emotional, I absolutely love Defy the Stars and really hope we have a chance to see more Noemi and Abel in the future!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Blog Tour: Quanta Rewind by Lola Dodge- Excerpt & Giveaway


Welcome to the Blog Tour for Quanta Rewind by Lola Dodge thanks to YA Bound Book Tours! Quanta Rewind is the fourth novel in The Shadow Ravens series and I absolutely love this series, having now read all four books. Highly recommend you check out this brilliant series!
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With more and more Red Helixes turning up missing or dead, the Shadow Ravens are ready to take their fight to Doctor Nagi himself.

But breaking into Alpha Citadel is no cakewalk, and Quanta isn’t so sure about this whole “teamwork” thing.

If she and the Ravens can’t learn to work together, no amount of rewinding time will save them from the inevitable.

And if the Seligo win, everyone loses.




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Purchase:
Check out my other reviews of the books in the series:
Cipher | Quanta | Quanta Reset

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From Quanta Rewind......

"GUYS!" Dex's voice boomed across the hangar.

I groaned. He had to mess with us now?

"Get over here," Knight called. "Now."

Dex would jerk us around, but Knight? Nope.

My brain clicked straight into action mode. "Emergency?"

"Let's find out." Tair grabbed his glasses and tugged me to my wobbly feet. Together, we booked it to mission control.

I could tell it was bad from halfway across the hangar, but everyone stood staring at the vid screen in horror instead of arming up. The hangar wasn't under attack. So what was happening? Tair and I sprinted so fast we were on top of the group before the timeghosts could hint what I'd missed.

"What —" As soon as I spoke, the future twisted. My vision cut to pure blue as timeghosts took over my head, flashing me a thousand death scenes at once. Tair. Cipher. Knight. Devan. Dex. And me.

All falling, screaming, bleeding.

I gripped my temples hard and tried to shake free of the images, but they kept hold, death after death after death. Whatever was set in motion, it wasn't just the six of us who'd suffer. Oliver. Mona. Lady Eva. Kiri and Aliya. More Shadow Ravens.

Everyone.

Everyone was in danger.

"Quanta." Tair held me in his arms, and panic rang through his voice. "Quanta."

I gripped his T-shirt and rebuilt my mental walls. When the timeghosts disappeared, I finally blinked back to the present, where I needed to finish the question I'd started.

I staggered out of Tair's arms. "What just happened?"

"Eva sent ... Just watch." Knight only stepped away from Cipher long enough to cue up a video file. Then he wrapped her back into his arms, whispering reassurances I didn't get to hear.

The vid screen stole my breath away.

Doctor Nagi stared dead at us. He wore his dark hair slicked back the same as ever, and his thin lips twisted in the cold, familiar smile that made me want to throw u p everything I'd ever eaten.


Lola is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University—and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Book Shelf: Quanta Rewind (The Shadow Ravens #4) by Lola Dodge

With more and more Red Helixes turning up missing or dead, the Shadow Ravens are ready to take their fight to Doctor Nagi himself.

But breaking into Alpha Citadel is no cakewalk, and Quanta isn’t so sure about this whole “teamwork” thing.

If she and the Ravens can’t learn to work together, no amount of rewinding time will save them from the inevitable.

And if the Seligo win, everyone loses.


More info on Goodreads.....


Review:

Quanta Rewind is the fourth instalment in the Shadow Raven’s series, featuring Quanta and Altair for the third time around as they continue on their fight against Doctor Nagi and the Seligo in a fast paced, action filled and adrenaline pumping novel.
 
As more and more Red Helixes go missing or turn up dead, the Shadow Ravens find themselves having to take the fight to Doctor Nagi as he kidnaps those that are near and dear to them in an effort to lure them out of hiding. Breaking out of Alpha Citadel was one thing, but breaking in will be a new issue as Quanta, Tair and the other Shadow Ravens decide to launch a rescue mission to save their friends, and hoping to stop Doctor Nagi once and for all. With so many factors in play and all scenarios seeming to end in bloodshed, the Shadow Ravens are in for their most dangerous fight yet, and this time Quanta’s ability to rewind time may not be enough to save them…..
 
In another fast paced and enjoyable read, Quanta and Tair take centre stage again in Quanta Rewind, going up against the controlling and overzealous Doctor Nagi in an effort to save those they love. Lola Dodge writes another quick and entertaining read with Quanta Rewind. Entertaining, endearing and exciting at times, Quanta Rewind is just a solid read.
 
I loved seeing Quanta and Tair join Ciper, Knight, Devon and Dex once more. This series is such a fun one to read. After the first novel featuring Ciper, we've had the pleasure of following Quanta and Altair for three who novels, but really all the characters are highly entertaining to follow.
 
The world of the Selgio is very intriguing. Those perfect and altered genetically individuals mixing with the underground worlds of rebels and tech savvy risk takers--it's got a lot of potential. Quanta Rewind ends really well but I still want to see so much more of this world. Devon and even Tair's sister Cassie would make such great heroines to follow and I can only hope to see more of the Shadow Ravens down the track!
 
Highly entertaining and action packed, Quanta Rewind is another great read in a fabulous series. Definitely recommend!
 
Rating:
Source:
Sent for review by YA Bound Book Tours and the author (Thank you ladies!)
Publisher: Ink Monster LLC      
Format: Kindle ebook

Release Date: April 25th 2017
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

Final Thoughts: Another solid Shadow Ravens instalment. Hope to see more of this series in the future!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #175

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.....
 
One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
Releases on: September 19th 2017
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The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.
 
Thoughts:
I unexpectedly LOVED Three Dark Crowns last year and am super stoked for the second novel. Honestly, I hadn't expected to enjoy Three Dark Crowns to the extend I did, and even though it seems to be a mixed bucket when it comes to people enjoying that novel, I find myself so eager to see what happens next. I'm totally invested in the characters, even if September seems like too long to wait!
 
What do you think of One Dark Throne? Did you enjoy the first book?
And what are YOU waiting on this week?
 
 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Book Shelf: Rake's Redemption (Wind Dragons MC #4) by Chantal Fernando

In New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando’s latest novel in the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club series, Rake—baddest of the bad boys—gets his own romance at last!

Rake is known for being up for anything, in and out of the bedroom. He’s wild, he’s deadly, yet quick with a joke or a stolen kiss. Known as the player of the WDMC, he loves women, the more the merrier. However, behind his womanizing façade, Rake hides the pain of losing his first love, Bailey. He hasn’t loved anyone since, and doesn’t think he ever will.

Seven years after their split, Rake and Bailey run into each other at the MC’s favorite club. Old wounds resurface, secrets are spilled...and passionate feelings are awakened. But they’ve each done things to hurt the other, hurt them too badly to get over it—haven’t they? Only when Bailey’s connection to Rake puts her in danger from another Club member does he realize that there’s nothing he won’t do to protect her—and claim her as his once again.


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Review:

Kicking off the fourth instalment in the Wind Dragon’s Motorcycle Club series, Rake Redemption by Chantal Fernando is another deeply alluring and sizzling romance that is guaranteed to once again suck you into this dark, emotional world of bikers and the women who own their hearts. 

Wind Dragons MC member Rake is the ultimate manwhore; known for his darker sexual preferences and his pertinent for being with multiple woman at once. Rake enjoys no strings sex, the wilder the better. But underneath this is the pain of losing his first and only love Bailey. Her betrayal changed Rake forever, but when a chance encounter see’s the stunning single mother back in Rake’s life after several long years, will Rake and Bailey find a second chance at happiness? Or will the secrets of their past destroy their chance for a happy future?

Rake’s always been a character I’ve enjoyed seeing and I really loved what Chantal Fernando has done with him in this book. Rake and Bailey share a past; a powerful, consuming love that was shattered by a seeming act of betrayal that isn’t what it seems. Rake and Bailey have hurt each other, but after all these years, they still yearn for the other like no one in their life has ever made them yearn before. I liked that Chantal Fernando gave Rake and Bailey a history. Their feelings for one another aren’t anything new, and we get to discover them as they rediscover each other and get to know the people they are now.

As with all New Adult/romance type novels, not everything is as it seems in Rake’s Redemption, and as Bailey and Rake learn of each other’s mistakes and assumptions, it was really nice to see the truth revealed and them fall in love once moreif they were ever out of love that is! Chantal Fernando includes all our past cast favourites and introduces readers to some new ones too. I look forward to getting to know Tia, and thought Cara and Rhett were just the sweetest kids.

Rich in fun, chemistry and plenty of simmering sex scenes, Rake’s Redemption is another brilliant Wind Dragon’s MC novel and leaves me so excited for Vinnie’s story next. Can’t wait to start reading Wolf’s Mate as soon as I can!


Rating:
Source:
Purchased by me.
Publisher: Gallery Books      
Format: Paperback

Release Date: June 28th 2016
Purchase:
Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: Another great read that definitely entertains and leaves me wanting more!


Sunday, April 16, 2017

HAPPY EASTER

Wishing each and everyone of you a safe and Happy Easter!
 
I hope it is filled with fun, family and of course lots of chocolate ;)
 
 
Lots of love xoxo
 
 
 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Book Shelf: Fate's Fables (Fate's Journey #1) by T. Rae Mitchell

This beautifully intricate fantasy, with its feisty heroine, breath-taking action and heart-wrenching romance, will delight fans of The Lunar Chronicles and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Reality sucks. Make-believe rocks. That's been Fate Floyd's motto for as long as she's been a fantasy geek. But now she can hardly tell what's real and what's not. She's been spelled and mysteriously trapped within a deadly fairy tale world bound by the Book of Fables. Her only way home is to travel through the book's 8 unfortunate fairy tales and change them into happily-ever-afters. And if dealing with scheming sorceresses, greedy goblins and heartless faeries isn't enough to test her sanity, there's Finn. The Scottish boy who looks like he stepped straight out of her dreams. As it turns out, make-believe isn't as fun as Fate thought it would be. The reality is, her road to freedom isn't straight, and danger lurks around every bend.


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Review:

Fate’s Fables by T. Rae Mitchell is an entertaining and adventure riddled fantasy tale that is brimming with magical creatures, powerful individuals and mysterious discoveries. 

Fate Floyd has always enjoyed fantasy over reality, but her love of all things fictional is put to the test when Fate finds herself sucked into a book of unfortunate fairy tales alongside a mysterious young man names Finn who is eerily familiar and the only way for them to escape the Book of Fables is for Fate and Finn to change the endings of each of the eight tales into happily-ever-afters. Each tale is more dangerous than the next and with plenty of unexpected forces determined to keep Fate and Finn from altering the tales, Fate and Finn will find themselves on a life changing journey where happiness is far from guaranteed….

T. Rae Mitchell has created a fun and adventure filled fantasy tale with Fates Fables, kicking off the Fate’s Journey series. Unfolding mainly through Fate and Finn’s POV, with an occasional different character thrown into the mix, Fate’s Fables takes you into the heart of eight very different fairy-tales, all sporting the trademark traits that make fairy-tales what they are; good versus evil, romance, monsters, magic and of course good triumphing over evil in the end. 

Fate’s Fables focuses on a decent bunch of characters. Fate and Finn were easy to follow and Sithias made me smile on more than one occasion. That snakeman was certainly unique and although he had his own form of a happily ever after in Fate’s Fables, I would love to see him again down the track as his personality really shone as a highlight in the story for me. 

I have to say I was surprised by the level of growth the main two characters undertake in Fate’s Fables. Fate and Finn become almost completely different people throughout the story; most especially Fate, who goes from normal teenage girl to a sword wielding, battle capable warrior from what seems like one moment to the next. Don’t get me wrong; I understand these developments within the story and seeing as large levels of time often pass throughout the novel (weeks, sometimes months are jumped) it makes sense that Fate would be drastically altered, but I still couldn’t help but feel it was a lot of change for one novel. It was the kind of growth I’d expected over the course of a series, not just the first book. That being said, Fate and Finn both go through a lot so it’s understandable they would develop because of this.   

Overall Fate’s Fables was an entertaining read, perfect for anyone who loves fairy-tales and wants to jump straight into the story. I look forward to seeing what T. Rae Mitchell has in store for Fate and Finn in the next instalment! 

Rating:
Source:
Sent for review by publisher via Netgalley (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Original Mix Media Inc              
Format:
Kinde ebook via Netgalley
Release Date: August 25th 2016
Purchase: 
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Final Thoughts: Unique and worth reading, I hope to read the sequel to discover what happens to Fate and Finn next.


Friday, April 14, 2017

April Book Affair

Thanks to GenreCrave, April marks a month of FREE BOOKS! Offering a range of titles including romance, fantasy, paranormal romance, sci-fi, dystopian and more there's 46 free books you can peruse and download to your hearts content!

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Here's a glimpse into NEPHILIM FALLING: A TRENTON INVESTIGATIONS NOVEL by Felicia Beasley whose novel DESCENT is one of the goes you can snag for free!
They say demons and angels don’t mix. I say people should mind their own damn business.

 My brother, Damian, has been my rock ever since mom left. Didn’t matter that I'm demon-blooded. I was his and he was mine.

But nothing lasts forever.

He wants me to go to college. I’d rather fight a hundred sentinels than lead a boring, safe life hiding who I am. So when a nephilim goes missing, I go behind Damian’s back to find the teen. Maybe if I can solve the case, he will upgrade me to his partner in crime solving.

As bodies begin dropping, I realize I’m in way over my head. But there’s no way I’m going to admit that, not when my future hangs in the balance. It's do or die time, and I'm not going down without a fight.

Veronica Mars meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this murder mystery with attitude. Nothing but snark, butt-kicking, and sass. You’ve been warned…

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Telling a girl she has to stay in the car and study while you and your bestie hunt down a swindling frog demon is like expecting a four-year-old to eat her broccoli while you eat a giant slice of chocolate cake.

Don’t be surprised when she lunges across the table and snatches it from your lips.

Just as Damian shouldn’t have been surprised when I flew out of the car at the first sight of the demon ribbiting out the back door of the bustling demon-run casino.

The biting winds of February cut my cheeks and brought tears to my eyes, blurring my vision. I only had an insulated parka for protection. Really needed to remember to put on a hat, mittens, and scarf next time I wanted to chase a bad guy in the middle of a Minnesotan winter.

The stench of swamp and mold hit my nose. I gagged. Even if I were a blind, deaf mute, I’d be able to follow this guy just with my sensitive nose.

I slipped on the ice patches coating the parking lot. I thanked my demon reflexes that I was able to remain on my feet and not land on my ass.

They should put down more salt. Wouldn’t want a pesky lawsuit or something.

He glanced over his shoulder, beady black eyes bugging out at how much I’d gained in just a few seconds. His powerful legs launched him high into the air. He landed farther with each leap as his feet hit grass. He hopped straight for the tree line in the distance. Probably hoped he could lose me in the dense thicket.

He probably would.

The casino was in no man’s land, but because it appealed to demons rather than humans, there was a nearby waypoint, just through the forest.

It saved on gas.

If he made it to the portal, he’d be gone. I wasn’t dumb enough to follow into the demon domain of Sheol. I liked living.

Snow crunched under my boots. Boots made for walking, not traipsing through a winter wonderland.

I pushed my legs to go faster, calves burning, arms pumping. A five-mile run every morning did wonders for my long-term stamina but did nothing to give me the burst of speed I needed to catch the fat toad.

You had to do sprints for that. I hated sprints.

Luckily I had some demon abilities to make up for the human-side deficiencies.

He broke the tree-line, swallowed by impenetrable darkness. My job just got a hell of a lot harder.

My pace slowed as I followed him into the foreboding forest. The snow here was packed tighter, with a narrow path all the demons used to go from the waypoint to gamble and drink to excess.

At first, there seemed to be too many tracks to know which belonged to the mad frog. Then I noticed where each step sank deeper into the snow. The stride was farther apart as well. Like someone had leaped with powerful fervor.

Cha-ching! Jackpot.

The trail of his hops swerved into the thicker woods where the snow was fresh and untouched except for his imprints.

Stupid, stupid frog.

I burst into a ten-by-ten clearing and stopped. The pristine snow marked the end of the line. There were no more footprints to follow. It took me a second to put the pieces together.

Stupid, stupid Lex.

 
Want more? Head to: www.feliciabeasley.com to discover more!
 
 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #174

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.....
 
Buns by Alice Clayton
Releases on: May 23rd 2017
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Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.

Thoughts:
Alice Clayton is a genius in my mind. Having read and loved all her books, I always go gaga when I see she has a new release coming out and that includes Buns. The third book in her Hudson Valley series, I can't wait for Buns! I have absolutely no doubt it's going to be brilliant!

What are YOU waiting on this week?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Book Shelf: Wayfarer (Passenger #2) by Alexandra Bracken

All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta wakes up alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected - Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master's heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta's past could put them both at risk.

Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travellers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min, who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable ... and might just run out on both of them.


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Review:

Wayfarer is the second and final instalment in Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger duology and is a stimulating conclusion to an enjoyable tale that will transport you to another time and place. 

After the harrowing events that took place in the first book, Etta Spencer finds herself waking up in an unknown place and time, cut off from those she loves and orphaned in an unstable timeline. Alongside a surprising guide in Julian Ironwood, Etta knows the only way to stop the ever changing timeline is to find the astrolabe before Cyrus Ironwood does, a feat that grows increasingly more complex every day. Located in a completely different era and across land and sea, Nicholas Carter is desperately searching for a way to locate the woman he loves, but try as he might nothing seems to bring him any closer to finding Etta. Encountering old enemies and new friends, Nicholas travels alongside Sophia in his quest to locate Etta, but with multiple individuals hunting the astrolabe Nicholas may have to face a danger he could never have expected…..  

After the thrilling ending of Passenger, Alexandra Bracken sees Wayfarer pick up where the last book left off, taking readers across vast lands and seas, jumping from one era to the next with intriguing characters and histological figures making appearances in the novel. Though a thoroughly enjoyable and well written read, I’m a little bit disappointed with the fact I didn’t love Wayfarer to the same extent I did Passenger. 

Don’t get me wrong, Wayfarer is still an exceptionally well told and depicted tale, but I wasn’t as blown away as I was with Passenger. Maybe because I missed seeing Etta and Nicholas together in the story and missed the “them-against-the-world” element that was evident in Passenger as they travelled together and gradually fell in love. That being said, Wayfarer was still a vastly engaging book. Bracken keeps her readers absorbed and continues to entertain. 

Alexandra Bracken has introduced her readers to a very enticing world of time travel and alternate timelines in this duology. The characters—especially leading characters Nicholas and Etta—have been vibrant and highly likable. There’s so much potential with the world she has constructed and I must admit I’d love the opportunity to explore more if the chance ever arose. Julian, Sophia and Li Min have so much promise and to see tales about them down the track would be just fabulous. I don’t know if it’s a possibility, but I definitely think there’s a story there and a great opportunity to learn more about this world of travellers. 

Entertaining and engaging, Wayfarer is a worthwhile follow up to Passenger and concludes Alexandra Brackens latest series in manner that leaves me satisfied but still hoping to see more of this thoroughly entrancing world.

Rating:
Source:
Sent for review by publisher (Thank you Holly!)
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia
Format: Paperback
Australian RRP:
$22.99
Release Date: February 1st 2017
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Owl Post #119


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.
 
For Review:
From Allen & Unwin:
- Avenged by Amy Tintera
I absolutely love by Amy Tintera and am sooooo excited to read this. Ruined was brilliant and I can't wait to join Em and Cas again!
 
.....Thank you SO much guys!
 
 
And that's me this week.
What did the owls bring YOU?
 
 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Book Shelf: Tracker's End (Wind Dragons MC #3) by Chantal Fernando

The third in a sexy romance series from the bestselling author of Saxon and Toxic Girl about the bad boys of the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club and the women who fall in love with them.

Tracker is everything I’ve ever wanted.

I see him. I’ve watched time change him.

I’ve been patient, but he still hasn’t noticed me. Not the way I want him to. The more time I spend with the MC, the more I understand.

When you want something, you have to take it. You have to fight for it.

And Tracker is more than worth fighting for…


More info on Goodreads......


Review:

Tracker’s End is the third instalment in Chantal Fernando’s Wind Dragons MC series and is in my opinion the best book of the series yet! Finally seeing joker and charmer Tracker act upon his feelings for the woman he wants, Tracker’s End is a luscious romance readers will certainly adore!

Lana has wanted Wind Dragons member Tracker since the first moment she saw him. At the time he was in a relationship with another woman, but there was no denying the connection was there, simmering between them. With Lana’s best friend Anna dating another Wind Dragons member, Lana has spent time with the motorcycle club and has watched Tracker change. And now he has finally decided to go after what he wants; Lana. Will Lana take a risk and begin a relationship with Tracker? Or will her fears keep her from finding lasting happiness?

Tracker’s End is easily my favourite book in this series to date! Lana and Tracker swept me up from the opening page and I was highly impressed by their relationship. Chantal Fernando writes another solid tale that is sensual, sexy and very fun. Personally I think Lana and Tracker’s relationship developed slower than the previous couples in the series and this appealed to me. I enjoyed seeing them interact and get to know each other before Lana was comfortable taking things further and entering into a relationship with Tracker.

Lana was a main character I really liked. She was someone I emphasised with and actually saw a little of myself in her. I loved her personality and her kind heart and that she grew and strengthened throughout the novel without losing that part of herself. She wasn’t mouthy like Faye or Anna, but she was a strong women; one I thought easy to follow.

Tracker too is one of my favourite male leads in this series. He doesn’t seem as hardened as Dex and Arrow were; he’s quick to make jokes and a bit cheeky. Don’t get me wrong, he’s an alpha man and fierce to boot, but Chantal Fernando writes him in a softer way than our previous two male leads. And I liked this.

Lana and Tracker have a brilliant chemistry and I loved the banter between them as well as their interactions together as they build to a relationship. Tracker’s End is not without its drama and its angst with the Club experiencing an unexpected loss and a betrayal.

Chantal Fernando takes Tracker and Lana on an exhilarating and romantic ride in this novel, concluding Tracker’s End perfectly. With this third novel down, I’m raring to dive into the fourth, Rakes Redemption and see womanizer Rake brought to his knees!

Rating:
Source:
I bought
Publisher: Gallery Books      
Format:
Paperback
Release Date: August 11th 2015
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Final Thoughts:
Another satisfying and highly entertaining installment. I'm ready to read the next book.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Release Day Promo: Ignite by Danielle Rogland


Today on The Rest Is Still Unwritten I'm happy to be celebrating the release of Ignite by Danielle Rogland! Ignite is Danielle Rogland's debut novel and an is an enjoyable dystopian read.

My review of Ignite went live yesterday and I hope you enjoy the excerpt I have today to share.


In the ruins of dystopian London, the Empire rules through fear and fire.

“Everyone knew about ‘The Flames’ and how much trouble they had caused the Empire. They were the only rebel group anyone knew of that had lasted longer than a few months without getting caught, leaving candles behind whenever they snatched somebody out of the Empire’s grasp. To get involved with people like them is stupid. So stupid.”

Ever since her parents were murdered by the empire’s agents, Jacks has been living on the street as a pickpocket trying to keep away from trouble. When she accidentally witnesses the rebel group ‘The Flames’ in the middle of an operation she is unwillingly swept up into their world, and has to decide if she’s going to go back to looking after herself or join the rebellion and help them fight for the people of London Ruins.

She knows that getting involved was stupid, but does she really have a choice?


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From Ignite.....

Shouts. Warnings. I could hear footsteps echoing down the passageway, following after my distraction. I turned a corner and pressed up against a wall, listening to the footsteps slowing as they reached the scene of destruction.

 I still hadn’t heard the shot. Maybe my distraction worked. What did I do? What the hell did I just do? I was breathing hard, my muscles tense as my veins flooded with energy and adrenaline, but I stayed perfectly still. I could feel hot blood trickling down my head beside my left eye, but the pain hadn’t come yet.

 “It didn’t fall by itself,” I heard a burner’s voice say. How many of them had run after me when they heard the disturbance? Two, three, four?

 “There’s no one over here. No one on the map.” That must be the female agent with the sensor.

“No one you can see, but if they have enough technology...” said another voice. So there were at least three of them.

 “You think it’s The Flames?” the woman asked. 

 “Doesn’t seem very organized,” said the first voice. 

 “Spread out and look around,” the third voice ordered. “They’re bound to have run that way.” 

 Oh, shit. I’d never been followed before. I’d stolen things from the government, messed with equipment, cut wires when the gang was with me. We’d liked to pull pranks and play the rebels, but I’d never done something like this on my own. Even with the gang, we’d never been pursued, except that once, when it ended.

 I could hear their footsteps. I could hear their voices coming. I looked to both sides of me but there were no passageways, no caves, nowhere to run except farther down the tunnel, and they would see me. I couldn’t outrun a bullet.

A flood of terror surged through me. I couldn’t breathe. I heard them coming closer. I turned to flee, the only thing I could do, my one and only option even though I knew it was hopeless.

Just as I turned, a hand reached out from the wall behind me, clamped over my mouth as I screamed, and pulled me into the darkness......
 
Danielle Rogland began writing Ignite at the age of 17, and finished at age 21. She is now 25 and lives in Seattle, Washington, where she earned her English degree from Seattle Pacific University, and works in marketing and freelance writing while working on her second novel. She grew up near Portland, Oregon, and was always one of those kids who carried around giant books like The Lord of the Rings to read during recess. She can currently be found frequenting comic conventions, pestering her three younger siblings, or hiding out in her home and posting things on social media.
 
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Here's what Danielle had to say on whether Ignite will have a sequel.....
 
"Ignite was originally meant to be a stand alone novel - it's open ended, more because I wanted people to understand that the story of rebellion and re-building takes sometimes generations to end, not because I was intentionally leaving room for a sequel. But I do actually have some sequel ideas at the back of my mind that I've come up with recently, and I've considered writing one possibly after I finish working on some other projects."

YAY! I certainly hope to see more of this world in the future and join The Flames on more adventures!
 
Happy Release to Ignite! Be sure to check it out!