Monday, February 12, 2018

Cover Reveal: Cursed by Grace White

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Title: Cursed (The Gaia Chronicles #1)
Author: Grace White
Genre: Urban Fantasy romance (reverse harem)
Publication Date: Mar. 5th, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Summary
It isn't easy being the girl who feels the world...
Isolation is all nineteen-year-old Terra Materson has known for the last six years. Hiding from the cruel whispers and judgmental stares of society, she suffers the pain of the world around her in silence. The air that moves … the water that flows …the fire that burns … the earth that grounds, Terra feels it all. Despite her grandmother’s insistence it’s a gift, she knows it is nothing more than a curse in disguise.
When her grandmother dies, leaving her alone and guideless, she is forced to step out of the shadows and into the light. Atchison College is the perfect place for Terra to learn to live again. Until she meets four guys with strange connections to the elements that torment her.
Together they lead her on a journey to the answer she’s always craved: Who is she? But as Terra quickly realizes, the truth is far more than her head, and heart is prepared for...
Cursed is the first book in an urban fantasy reverse harem series from Grace White

Click here to put it on your Goodreads to-read shelf 


All About the Author

Grace White is the paranormal pseudonym of romance writer, L A Cotton.
She resides in the UK with her family, and lives for binge watching series on her Firestick, losing herself in a good book, and reliving her younger days through trashy teenage movies ... not necessarily in that order.
Author Links:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorgracewhite/


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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Review: The Lost Savior by Siobhan Davis

The Lost Savior (Alinthia #1)The Lost Savior
By Siobhan Davis
My Rating: 4 Stars
Publication Date: February 1, 2018

Date Read: January 2018
Kindle Edition, 344 Pages























 Summary From Goodreads:
They came from another world to protect her. Now it’s her destiny to save them …

Tori King is a normal senior in high school. Head over heels in love with her childhood sweetheart, she is busy making plans for college when a chance encounter with an alien bounty hunter turns her world upside down. Now, she’s experiencing terrifying changes and developing supernatural abilities that leave her questioning her entire existence.

Then the arrival of four hot new guys at school has everyone talking—especially when they become fixated on Tori, following her wherever she goes. She can’t shake them off, and as they grow closer, she finds herself drawn to all four of them in ways she cannot explain.

When they finally reveal their true identity, and why they’re here for her, she discovers everything she thought she knew about herself is a lie.

Because there is nothing normal about Tori King.

And she’s about to discover exactly how underrated normal is.

This mind-bending alien reverse harem series is only suitable for readers aged seventeen and older due to language and mature content.


My Review:
First, let me start off by saying that I am voluntarily reviewing complimentary Advance Readers Copy of this book. All of the thoughts and opinions that are expressed below are completely and totally %100 percent mine, and I have not been compensated in any way for this review.

Second:


I’m not normally a big fan of sci-fi/alien books, because they tend to keep my attention for a very before I move onto something else. There’s only one book series with alien characters that I’ve finished, and that’s the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout, because *SWOONS* But I still signed up to be an ARC reader because something was telling me that I should… 

And boy am I ever so glad that I did.

This book jumps right into the action. Only a few pages in and our heroine is fighting off a bad guy to save not only herself, but her best friends as well.

It was nice watching Tori, and how hew character grew throughout the book. I feel like she handled all of the things that were thrown at her very well, and she stayed pretty composed, even when she had absolutely no idea what was going on.

I liked the guys, and their relationship with Tori (yes, even though Dane when he was being a jerk), although everything in me screamed in protest, because I didn’t like the way their bond made her so weak in the knees and dependent on the boys. But I liked how she tried to not let it stop her from telling them off when she didn’t like what they said/did. I also liked the way they were so supportive of her, and how they didn’t make her feel bad or rush her into anything that she wasn’t ready for.
And though this book is not all sex, drugs, and rock and roll, it’s definitely got its steamy moments, so even though the characters are 17 and in high school still, I would say that it’s definitely a NA book over YA. And that’s something that’s clearly stated when you read the summary on Goodreads, but this is me reiterating that, just because.

They (the boys) all had qualities that made me fall in love with them, but I think Beckett is my favorite (for the time being at least) or maybe Cooper... Hmmmmm. This is harder than I thought it would be.

I loved Tori’s relationship with her parents, and how supportive and caring they were. That’s hard to find sometimes in books, so I always appreciate the times when it’s able to be pulled off so well.

There were several plot twists that I didn't see coming, and holy moly that ending especially. I wasn't ready for it to end the way it did, and now I have to wait forever for the next one to come out *sad face*

All in all, this book had me sitting on the edge of my seat, biting my nails and wondering what was going to happen next, and it also had me swooning from the sexylicious boys. This is definitely a book that I would recommend to fans of the Lux series, or fans of the Reverse Harem Genre in general.











Thursday, January 25, 2018

Review: Demons at Deadnight by A & E Kirk

Demons at Deadnight (Divinicus Nex Chronicles, #1) Demons at Deadnight
By A & E Kirk
My Rating: 5 Stars
Publication Date: January 7, 2012

Date Read: January 2018
Kindle Edition, 404 Pages





















 Summary From Goodreads

For seventeen-year-old Aurora Lahey, survival is a lifestyle.

DEMONIC DESTINY
Aurora has the crappiest superpower on the planet. And it’s just unleashed a hit squad from hell. Demons are on the hunt, salivating to carve her carcass into confetti. ´

CHARISMATIC KILLERS
The Hex Boys—mysterious, hunky, and notorious for their trails of destruction—have the answers Aurora needs to survive. But their overload of deadly secrets and suspicious motives makes trusting them a potentially fatal move.

LETHAL ALLIES
The battle to save her family, herself, and stop demonic domination may cost Aurora everything worth living for, and force her to reveal her own dark secrets. But no worries. She needs the Hex Boys to pull this off, and, chances are, teaming up with these guys will get her killed anyway



My Review:

So this was actually the first book that I read in 2018 I've just been terribly terrible at getting around to writing a review for it. And honestly? It has set the bar pretty dang high for the rest of the books that I read this year, and has made me ask questions like:

Why is this such an unappreciated book? (much like Red Winter by Marie Annette)

How can I get this book more love that it so rightly deserves?

Why haven't I heard of this series before? (It's been out for 6 years and I'm just now reading it. SIX. YEARS.)

Why does Matty have such an extreme dislike for Aurora??!?  

I very very very much enjoyed reading this book. It had everything I liked; paranormal factors, action, romance, a clumsy kick butt heroine who could take care of herself and will do anything for her friends/family but also trips over nothing, so there's that... More than one super swoony male character. I wouldn't call it a love... whatever shape all those people make because she only shows "real" interest to one of the guys, a super awesome cat named Van Helsing, quirky guardians, character building, story building,  and and and... lots of other things. Like how there was something LOL-worthy on almost every page. There were a lot of twists and turns, betrayals, revelations, etc...

I loved Aurora and how relatable she was, she was funny and said some things that made me want to cover my face. I love how amazing her family is. There's so much love and support going on there, and it just makes me smile.

I adore the boys. Have I said that yet? They are amazing. They're all so protective of Aurora, and they're also so dang funny it hurts. Not to mention how beautiful they are, and how well they work together.Yes, I even like Matthias, even though he can be a douche canoe.

It definitely wasn't perfect. There were some plot holes, and parts of it seemed like it jumped around without explanation, and I thought that I had missed something so I went back and re-read it to try and figure it out, but no, that's just how it was written.

But obviously that didn't take away anything from it. Because I still loved this book to bits and pieces. It was just like, I don't know, it hit me in all the feels, and  just made me so happy while I was reading it. I am trying not to spoil anything, especially since I have finished all the available books in the series, and I don't want to accidentally talk about something that comes later on. But oh my gosh, it gets better and better with each book.

I can't wait to see how Aurora's powers develop, and what other hijinks she gets herself into.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Review: Trying to Live With the Dead by B.L Brunnemer

Trying To Live With The Dead (The Veil Diaries, #1)

Trying to Live With The Dead
By B.L. Brunnemer
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Publication Date: December 6, 2016

Date Read: January 2018
Kindle Edition, 351 Pages



















Summary From Goodreads:

Hi, I’m Alexis Delaney. I’m your average 17-year-old girl. Except I can see the dead. And talk to the dead. And push them away and, well, help them move on. So..okay, I’m not your average 17-year-old girl. For years I’ve been struggling to survive the souls still roaming around. The shitheads always seem to find me. Moving from town to town every few months never helped either. More dead just always find me. But things are changing for me now. I’m moving in with my uncle Rory and cousin Tara. I’m finally going to be able to do normal teenage stuff I’ve been missing out on. Right?

Well, if this one bitch of a ghost could leave me alone on campus that would be great. Especially since I haven’t told my new friends about my abilities. Can you believe this? Five good looking guys practically adopt me on my first day of school, and I still think they’re a bit nuts for it. Now if I can only just keep my life with the dead from mixing with my normal life, everything would be great. Yeah...I don’t see that happening either. But I’m going to give it a shot. Who knows? It might work.






My Review:

So let's just talk about this book for a minute. I found it awhile ago while searching Amazon's Kindle store (which I really need to stay away from because I have about a million other things to be doing {like reading my library books}) and I resisted the urge to buy it for quite awhile (yay me!) but with my weakness for RH books right now, I finally caved and bought the book, because it sounded superb.

And it is.

There's lots of character building, and I love how blunt and no nonsense Alexis is. She's got one heck of a sailor's mouth and she'll tell you exactly what she thinks if you're being stupid. It's actually very refreshing, because you'll always know where you stand with her.

But at the same time, the thing that stops her from seeming like a total B***h, is the fact that she cares. She's been hurt before (big time hurt) and yet, it hasn't hardened her heart. Yeah she's skeptical of the boys and other people at first, because she is trying to save herself the pain of them leaving when things get too real/weird. But she doesn't let that stop her from being protective of others that are being bullied.

I like the guys and their relationship with her. They're obnoxious and protective, and they'll do anything to keep her safe. She also has a really great relationship with her uncle Rory, which I really enjoyed reading. It's hard with some books when the main character is keeping this giant secret from her family and things just go bad at every turn because she has to lie to her family about why weird things happen. So this was a nice change of pace. Everyone is so supportive.

I'm not sure where the book is going as far as romance is concerned. As I am typing this, I am a good part into book 2 and it doesn't look like she's going to "be" with any of her original gang. In fact even though she comments about how good looking they are and what not, there isn't any jealousy on her part or theirs (at least as far as outward appearances go) when the guys are hitting on other girls or dating someone, or vice versa. In fact, one of them set Lexie up with Dylan... But I guess that's okay too, as long as everyone is happy. And since I still have two and a half books to go, who knows what's going to happen.

However, I don't like the way she calls the guys honey and sweetie. That's more of a term of endearment for a little kid or someone you're dating, and it just doesn't sound right when I read it. Also there are some grammatical errors that jumped out at me throughout the story, but it's not enough to make me stop reading it. Also, I really don't like the way she keeps saying sweet. Like, "I said sweetly" or "I asked still using my sweet voice" occasionally that wouldn't bother me, but it's very repetitive. But those are just my opinions and pet peeves, and it probably doesn't bother most people.

Overall, this was a great start to the series, and I can't wait to see what happens next.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Kait's A-B-C of 2017 Part 1

So I did an A-C book challenge last year, where I tried to read through the alphabet. I wanted to read 26 books where each one corresponded with a different letter of the alphabet. I didn't do too bad, the only letters I didn't manage to get were "M", "X", and "Z", and hopefully I'll do even better for this year. So, without further ado, here are the books I read for the A-Z challenge! Click on the picture to be re-routed to the corresponding Good Reads page to find out more about it. Also, I'm breaking this up into three separate posts so as not to bombard you all with one mega list.


Alex, Approximately
A This is a new spin on You've Got Mail, and it's just the bees knees. (Psst, I wrote a review for this one! Check it out by clicking HERE...)
























By Your Side
B They get to spend the weekend locked in a library together... Yes, please (Check out my review for this one riiiiiight here




















  


Classi9, Vol. 1
C

So this was a super amazing Manga Series. It's Manga/Anime versions of a whole bunch of different musical geniuses. My only problem with it, was the fact that there weren't enough volumes!








Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1) D

I LOVE CAPTAIN HOOK... Oh wait, what I meant to say was, I love books about pirates, especially when it's written well. I tend to have a soft spot for fictional "bad boys" who are actually low key heroes (Captain Hook from OUAT, Warner from Shatter Me, Rhysand from ACOTAR, Dean Winchester, etc.) Plus, Alosa is my hero, so there's that too.
 







 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28114396-ever-the-hunted?ac=1&from_search=trueE

 This book was super interesting, there were some twists that I didn't see coming!




















 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22402516-fish-out-of-water?ac=1&from_search=trueF
 So this book was amazing. I laughed, I cried, I learned a lot of random fish facts. It really hit me in the feels. Check out the rest of my thoughts on it by clicking here











GeekerellaG

So this book is Cinderella meets Fandoms and Cosplay, and it's absolutely wonderful












HuntedH
 This was one of the very first books that I read last year that actually really really impressed me. I love fairy tales that are retold, and this one knocked my socks off























It Started With Goodbye I


This one is a kind of sort of Cinderella retelling. I loved it, and the different relationships that form throughout.




























Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Review: Academy of Assassins by Stacey Brutger

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 Academy of Assassins
By Stacey Brutger
My Rating: 5 Stars
Publication Date: October 29, 2017
Paperback, 310 Pages





















Summary From Goodreads: 
 
 ONLY ONE THING STANDS BETWEEN HUMANS AND THE DEADLY SUPERNATURAL WORLD…THE ACADEMY OF ASSASSINS.

Abandoned as a child and unable to remember her past, Morgan was raised as a hunter, one of an elite group of fighters sworn to protect humans from the dangerous paranormal creatures who invade our world…creatures such as herself. Her life changes the day she’s summoned to the Academy of Assassins, a school that trains witches and hunters to eradicate paranormals who prey on humans. Her first assignment—find and eliminate the killer who is using the Academy as their own personal hunting ground.

As Morgan delves deeper into the investigation, she will need to dodge assassination attempts, avoid the distraction of romantic entanglements with the devilishly handsome security expert, Kincade, and his maddeningly overprotective teammates, while keeping the volatile magic in her blood concealed from those who would use it for their own purposes. When the danger increases and the school is threatened, Morgan must unearth her missing memories before someone finishes the job they started so long ago—killing her and unleashing a plague that will consume the world. 



My Review:



SO. I have been rather into Reverse Harem books lately. Uh uh... Stop right there, and get your mind out of the gutter (I know what you're thinking) Tut tut, shame on you.

As one reviewer so eloquently put it ( I don't remember who, I just remember reading it in a review somewhere) Harems are not all about the sex *insert slightly altered version of "All About That Base here* but more to do with the main character's relationship with her boys. For instance, some of my all time favorite Reverse Harem books are so PG  (some of them venture into the PG-13 Category, but oh well. For instance, I love Ouran High School Host Club, and Pretear, Classi 9... Yes, I know they're all Manga, but still. Reverse Harem. Cute. Not smutty. Also, you have the Academy by C.L. Stone,
which is super swoony and not smutty.

But I'm getting off topic.

I read Academy of Assassins, and oh my holy hot caaaaakes, it was magnificent. MAG. NI. FI. CIENT. I literally read it in one sitting, it was that good. And apparently I did not pay enough attention to the release date when I purchased the Kindle book, because I thought that there was more than one book already out. But no. Nope. Of course not. SO NOW I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL SOMETIME NEXT YEAR BEFORE THE SECOND BOOK COMES OUT.

I am not okay.

I

Am

Not

Okay

Well, I mean, yes I am. But I am also very emotionally distraught as well. it was so good, and I haven't had a book that I've been so obsessed with in a while. I loved it so much that not only do I own the Kindle version, but I also went and ordered the actual paper back, because I like to underline my favorite parts in pencil, and leave little sticky notes inside, so when my friend inevitably reads the book, she'll get to see it all.

The cover is abso-freaking-lutely gorgeous. It really matched with how I pictured Morgan in my head.

I loved Morgan, and how she was so independent and kick a$$. She wasn't a damsel in distress, and she did  not need saving, thankyouverymuch. 

I loved that she could hold her own with the boys, and didn't let anyone push her around. She also stood up for people when she saw that they were being treated poorly. She sometimes was a bit too independent and that caused her more trouble than it was worth, (if she would have just communicated better to people... but she'd been through a lot, and some people didn't want to be very communicative, so I understand)


I loved her relationship with the boys, yes even Kincade, even though he was pretty much a douche bag the whole way through.

I'm not sure who my favorite guy is.. I really like Ascher, and Draven, and Ryder, and I'm still on the fence about how I feel about Kincade and Atlas.

I totally called the Hellhound being an actual person, I just had no idea how important he'd actually end up being to Morgan.

There was so much going on so many twists and turns, and I love the fact that Morgan could take care of herself (which I have mentioned before) She was kicking a$$ and taking names, and she was also very tough emotionally as well. She went through so much growing up, but she didn't let it break her, instead she used that pain to make herself stronger.

So here I sit.

Waiting

waiting

waiting...


I need the next one now.

Please?