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!