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The One by Kiera Cass


The One (The Selection #3)
Published June 5th 2014


     THE SELECTION changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. Now, only one will claim Prince Maxon’s heart…

It’s swoon meets the Hunger Games in the final instalment of THE SELECTION trilogy!

For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve struggled with and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives.

Now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown – or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realises just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

It was such a let down for me. 

So much build up from the first and second book that I thought it would make up to something unpredictable, not for such a let down. I love the writing, but the storyline (in my opinion) was flawed in many ways.

For one, the entire story felt rushed and crammed into one book. There are some points in the story where I felt, what's the point of writing this if it were to just be brief and not thorough, and because of that I was not emotionally connected and the reading was less enjoyable.          

The review below may contain spoilers, read at your own risk. 

Back to the point that the story line was being not thorough, I was especially dissatisfied with the part where America's dad died, there was so much emotions to convey but it just doesn't deliver in words. A family's death is devastating and gripping, but a letter and a few tears doesn't effectively show how much her dad meant to her. I am not making up my own alternate ending, but I just feel that it needed more development. Speaking of deaths, Celeste, who was a huge part of the story seemed to be cut off from the plot with a simple bullet in the head. Despite her amazing transition from a total b**** to someone who would root for America, I didn't expect her method of mourning will include merely a short paragraph. Quote: I'm shocked by how much I wish Celeste was here. I can imagine her rolling her eyes and then winking, or something like that. Making some wisecrack that was almost snotty but not quite. I really, really miss her. By this point, I am just irritated at America. She was so much tougher in The Selection, but all I see her as now is just another lovestruck Bella who spends her time wondering if Maxon will choose Kriss or does he really love her. And the unnecessary tantrum at the end when Maxon found out about Aspen. It was childish beyond words, and I expected more from Maxon, considering he is a prince and all. I really don't like the way it all ended. There's so much story left untold, what happened to Anne's feelings for Aspen, what happened to Kota, what becomes of the country? To be honest, I was just not emotionally connected to the story
In the end, my feeling was:

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After Star by Ashley Lavering Blog Tour

After Star Release and Giveaway
YA Paranormal Romance
by Ashley Lavering

 Will Tayla and James find their happily-ever-after?


Find out now!


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Blurb

After Star book three in the Curse of the Beast Series by Ashley Lavering:

A Choice was Made
The Curse was Broken
Yet the Wolf Remains


Tayla’s life changed forever the day she became a werewolf in James’ pack (aka Beast). Now they must flee their Wyoming home to escape the increasing wolf hunts caused by Kyle. With James, her alpha and intended mate, she finds refuge in the remote area of Crouch, Idaho. 

Now that she's settled in to her new home with the man of her dreams by her side, Tayla wonders if she’s finally found some peace, but it doesn't take long for enemies to find her. They taunt her with secrets from James’ past, and revenge stalks the pack at every turn. 

When James is severely wounded with an unknown poison, it is up to Tayla and her best friend, Chel, to solve the mystery of the poison’s origin and find a cure. Will they be strong enough to handle the truth they discover and defeat their enemies? Or will time run out and werewolves die?

(A clean Young Adult Paranormal Romance)
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After Star Except:

The house smelled like I’d just walked into a Tuscan Villa. Roasted tomatoes and pasta with… I inhaled again, sautéed portabella mushrooms, yum. My stomach rumbled. James bent over to get two plates heaped with yumminess out of the oven. The sight of him in his cream colored apron and those tight Wrangler jeans made it a toss-up as to what I was hungrier for, him or the pasta. He set the plates on the stove top, and I closed the distance between us. I threw my arms around his neck and kissed his throat. “I am so in love with you right now.”
His arms squeezed me closer. “Hmm, are you sure it isn’t the food talking?”
I laughed. “It might’ve added more to your charm tonight than usual.”
“That hungry, huh?” The silver streaks in his eyes conveyed his double meaning, leaving me at a loss for words as my stomach fluttered, and I blushed.
“Eww you guys. Get a room,” Erika said, pushing us playfully out of her way. “So does the teacher get any dinner? I worked hard, too, so stop ogling each other, and feed me.” She grinned.
We chuckled, and he handed her a plate. She sat at the table and dug in. My stomach twisted in hunger as I watched her. That blending-in-with-nature exercise was energy zapping work. I hadn’t been this hungry in a while.
James stroked my cheek. “You better eat, too. Sounds like progress was made, and it carved a hole in both of your stomachs.” The hopefulness in his voice made me glad I hadn’t failed today’s lesson.
“I did have a little success.” I teased him with my vagueness. Smiling sweetly at him, I grabbed my plate and joined Erika, who was smirking behind her glass of water.
“Out with it you two.” James sat next to us. “From the way you both are grinning, and the fact that you are hours late tells me something big happened.”
“Go ahead,” I said to Erika, who was bursting to share the news.
“Tayla, blended with a fir tree! She did such a great job, I had to coach her back to her human rhythm.” Erika plopped a forkful of pasta between her lips, her eyes glowing with pride.
James’ mouth fell open. “No?”
Erika’s smile grew, and she swallowed. “I am so glad you found her and brought her into the pack, James. I will finally have someone to teach all my secrets to.”
My lips stretched into a full blown smile. “James, did you hear that! We can train together. This is going to be fun!”
Erika threw James a sarcastic smile, and they both looked at me with amusement. “What? I am just excited.” Finally, I was good at something werewolf.
“We aren’t laughing at you, Tayla. I was just teasing James. You see he has talent, but nothing like the raw skill you possess to master it like I have,” Erika said.
“I have never fully melded my rhythm with anything. I am excellent at mimicking, but could never understand the depth Erika always spoke of. It is truly an amazing gift you have, Tayla.” He touched my knee and looked at me with such admiration that I blushed.
“Really, it was Erika. I couldn’t have done it without her guiding me. I’m not really even sure I can do it again.”
“Oh, she’ll do it again.” Erika winked at me. “She’s experienced the high and is now addicted. I don’t know, James, you might lose her to the forest.”
“Then I’ll just have to entertain her better.” He gave me a wicked grin.
“You’re in a mood,” I whispered, needing to fan my flushed cheeks and settle my fiery nerves.


About Ashley Lavering:

In addition to being a mother and wife, I teach at a charter school and enjoy scuba diving. I love to be adventurous and try new and exciting things. Some of the things I have done are sky diving, glacier hiking, cave spelunking, and kayaking on the ocean. I want to experience the world, but will never be able to see it all, so I write. It is like the world is at my figure tips when I open a word document and delve into another story.  Oh, the places you'll go as Dr. Seuss says.

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Check out Ashley’s first two books in this compelling Young Adult paranormal romance series and retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a werewolf twist.


Book One
Curse of the Beast


Book Two
Star Cursed

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Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

4.5 STARS

When the world ends, can love survive?

For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?

Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.

I never expected Jamie McGuire to take such a swift turn from Beautiful Disaster to Red Hill, but she rocked it nevertheless!

I bought the book without second thoughts because I was just so in love with her works (both Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster) and was expecting the same for Red Hill.


 So I actually bought it without thinking that it would be about..well...zombies.

I was absolutely horrified! And scenes from The Walking Dead start replaying in my head whenever I read the book but I just couldn't bring myself to put it down. It started off with a slow tempo describing the lives of 3 different characters Scarlet, Nathan and Miranda, and it was interesting to see how their stories are inter-related towards the end of the book. I absolutely loved how horrifying Jamie described the end of the world, her writing was filled with desperation, frustration and fear that I was also somehow affected by the ferocity of the emotions dancing in her words. One word. Intense.

I usually enjoyed watching horror movies but Red Hill gave me the chills whenever I go to bed. The flow of the story was perfect and I could only imagine how challenging it was to write a story from 3 different perspectives, each with their personality, it was incredible!

However, as much as I loved the book, maybe the problems lies within me and my unwillingness to put down the book, or the simple thought that it wasn't enough, towards the end of the book I felt as if the story was a bit rushed and everything happened too fast for me to process. Just as I was grieving the death of one of the characters, another unfortunate incident took place and it was just too much and too quick for me.

Link to review on Goodreads for spoilers : https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/763027137?book_show_action=false

Another thing that I admire about the story is how brilliant the characters are! They are definitely in shape to survive a zombie apocalypse!

Jamie McGuire as always, is my favorite author!

Reviewed by
Natasha
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Baby Julia Feeds the Moon by Jason Sandberg


Blurb 

Baby Julia awakened in the middle of the night to discover that she has pixie wings and the moon is calling for her help! How does she help the moon? 

My review

19 pages of finely constructed imagination!

I guess I am growing fonder towards children' bedtime stories after I was introduced to Sandberg's works.

What I love about Baby Julia feeds the Moon is that there are so many elements that are in play (Yes, just from a bedtime story...). Firstly, I thought the artwork and graphics in this book was amazingly creative : pixie winged baby and a moon that talks! But it all comes down to this. In the end of the story, the objective is not to only put your kids to sleep, leaving them imagining and wandering in their self-make dreamland, but to want them to bring along the moral values that are expressed in the story. Although BJFTM is only 19 pages long, but I thought the moral value was clearly portrayed in the story.

A great read for you and your kids!


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Natasha 
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Fire & Shadows (Ashes and Ice #2) by Rochelle Maya Callen Release Day



Title: Fire & Shadows (Ashes & Ice, #2)
Author: Rochelle Maya Callen
Genre: Young Adult, Dark Fantasy


Fire and Shadows is the SEQUEL to Ashes and Ice.
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Book Description:

Secrets. Silence. Sacrifice.

Jade is only beginning to unravel her own secrets. Facing fate, a murky past and a brutal inner battle, Jade must become what she fears without giving into the darkness.

If she doesn't, the world will be devoured by Fire and Shadows.




Author Bio:

Rochelle grew up dreaming up stories. When she entered high school, she tucked away her creative side and jumped head-first into academics, work, and service projects. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Political Science and Communication when she was twenty years old. After years away from her writing, Rochelle picked up a pen and started fleshing out a character sketch that she outlined when she was twelve. That sketch was the start of the Ashes and Ice story. Rochelle lives in the DC metro area with her husband and daughter.

 Fire and Shadows is her second novel.

twitter: rockyiswriting



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THE STORY...

She is desperate to remember.

He is aching to forget.

Together, they are not broken.

But together, one may not survive.

Jade wakes up with no memory of her past and blood on her hands.
Plagued by wicked thoughts, she searches for answers. Instead, she finds a boy who doesn't offer her answers, but hope. But sometimes, when nightmares turn into reality and death follows you everywhere, hope is not enough.

LUST. LOVE. LOSS. Sometimes, all that is left are Ashes and Ice.

Praise for Ashes and Ice:

"For me, Ashes and Ice was a work of art. Rochelle Maya Callen wove a very intricate tale. A love story of sorts. Dark and sinister yet full of hope and light. Callen painted her world brilliantly. This story was intoxicating and electric. I was captivated to the very end."
-Shelley Bunnell, TSK TSK What to Read

"Dark and Wicked." -- The Book Diaries

"Dreamy and Poetic." -- L.L. Hunter, Author

"A stunning debut." -- Owlnestly Reviews

"This story will rock you to your core." -- The Shadow Realm

“Fans of Anna Dressed in Blood and Beautiful Creatures will love Ashes and Ice!”




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Curse of the Beast by Ashley Lavering Free Book Blitz!


I have once reviewed Ashley's Curse of the Beast and I am absolutely in love with it! It was a great joy when she contacted me again to help iin promoting her book blitz for free! So I am taking this opportunity to share this wonderful writing with you all, hope that it can make your day as how it made mine! 


I am so excited! 

Curse of the Beast is Free on Amazon, October 18-20! 

Don't miss your chance to grab this young adult paranormal romance
 & 
Retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a werewolf twist. 




A dark shadow stalks the night, watching her—waiting to claim what is his. 
Seventeen-year-old Tayla Jonas longs for a simple life, but an ancient curse forces a werewolf to hunt her, to claim what is his. Will Tayla be strong enough to survive the Curse of the Beast? Or will it consume her like so many before? Find out in the first installment of this unique retelling of Beauty and the Beast. **2012 Whitney Award Nominee**

Curse of the Beast (bk 1) 
Star Cursed (bk2) 
After Star (bk3) Coming April 2014


About the Author 



In addition to being a mother and wife, I teach at a charter school and enjoy scuba diving. I love to be adventurous and try new and exciting things. Some of the things I have done are sky diving, glacier hiking, cave spelunking, and kayaking on the ocean. I want to experience the world but will never be able to see it all so I write. It is like the world is at my figure tips when I open a word document and delve into another story.  Oh, the places you'll go as Dr. Seuss says.
Books that are like mine: Beastly by Flinn, Alex;  Scarlette by Davonna Juroe; Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock, Dragon Rose by Christine Pope, Scarlet Moon (Once upon a Time) by Debbie Viguié

Click your way into a great read and let the curse claim you!




I am so excited!
Curse of the Beast is Free on Amazon, October 18-20!
Don't miss your chance to grab this young adult paranormal romance
 and
retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a werewolf twist.

A dark shadow stalks the night, watching her—waiting to claim what is his.
Seventeen-year-old Tayla Jonas longs for a simple life, but an ancient curse forces a werewolf to hunt her, to claim what is his. Will Tayla be strong enough to survive the Curse of the Beast? Or will it consume her like so many before? Find out in the first installment of this unique retelling of Beauty and the Beast. **2012 Whitney Award Nominee**

Curse of the Beast (bk 1) 
Star Cursed (bk2) 
After Star (bk3) Coming April 2014

About the Author
In addition to being a mother and wife, I teach at a charter school and enjoy scuba diving. I love to be adventurous and try new and exciting things. Some of the things I have done are sky diving, glacier hiking, cave spelunking, and kayaking on the ocean. I want to experience the world but will never be able to see it all so I write. It is like the world is at my figure tips when I open a word document and delve into another story.  Oh, the places you'll go as Dr. Seuss says.
Books that are like mine: Beastly by Flinn, Alex;  Scarlette by Davonna Juroe; Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock, Dragon Rose by Christine Pope, Scarlet Moon (Once upon a Time) by Debbie Viguié
Click your way into a great read and let the curse claim you!


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Sweet Escape by Bailey Ardisone - Blog Tour




Title: Sweet Escape (Sweet, 2)
Author: Bailey Ardisone
Genre: New Adult Fantasy
Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours

Synopsis 

   Sometimes the hardest war to fight is the one raging within yourself…Life will never be the same for Nariella Woodlinn. Just when she thought she had it all figured out, her world comes crumbling down around her-yet again. With no idea who she is or even where she came from, how can she save herself?She once thought her biggest problems were the ones brought on by the mysterious man she refused to fall in love with—Mycah. But she quickly discovers none of that compares to what she is about to encounter next.This time, it isn’t because of who Mycah is.This time, it’s because of who she is.~Naminé risked everything to save her people. Her goal was to bring their only hope back to their Kingdom. As the war rages on around her, Naminé gets thrown into the lion’s den—the false King’s chambers. Can she fool a King who can’t be deceived on his playing field? Forced to do his bidding, can she prevent the downfall of the only hope she worked so hard to bring home? Will she be able to escape with her life and mind intact?With everyone’s world falling apart and deceit around every corner…can any of them truly Escape?

Author Bio 



   Bailey Ardisone was born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois. She married the love of her life and spends her days submerged in books, movies, music, or art, and loves traveling. Fantasy books and movies have been a huge part of her life, and she is desperately obsessed with Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Her sister contributed some of the writing in Sweet Oblivion and Sweet Escape

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Excerpt:

Nari~

    I pushed him back against the wall by his taut chest, never disconnecting my lips from his, and kissed him like I was starving for this one thing. Starving for him.

    And I so was.

    I couldn’t breathe, and I didn’t care. There was nothing else in this world but him and me, and I soaked it up like a dry sponge. He nipped my lip at the same time his hand savored the bare skin at the small of my back under my shirt.

    It sent a rush of blood to every nook and corner of my body, giving me a euphoric high. I pressed myself further against him, but it wasn’t enough.

    And I knew he felt the same when he slid his hands over my backside down to the inside of my thighs, picking me up off the ground. I instinctively wrapped my legs around his waist and let him lay me down along the cold, hard rock below.

               I wanted him. So badly, I wanted him. Desire pooled in my gut, just for him. And I could feel he wanted me just as badly. I grinned against his hot lips and suppressed a giggle—knowing the others were just an earshot away.

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