Seaside Whispers, Melissa Foster – Review Tour

 

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Seaside Whispers
Melissa Foster
(Seaside Summers)
Publication date: November 30th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance

Having a mad crush on her boss’s son, Matt Lacroux–an intriguing mix of proper gentleman and flirtatious bad boy–is probably not the smartest idea for single mother Mira Savage. Especially when the company, and her job, is already on shaky ground. But as a Princeton professor, Matt’s life is hours away from Mira’s home on Cape Cod, keeping him safely in the fantasy-only zone. And as a single mother to six-year-old Hagen, with a floundering company to save, fantasies are all she has time for.

With hopes of becoming dean off the table, and too many months of longing for a woman who lived too far away to pursue, Matt’s publishing contract couldn’t have come at a better time. He heads home to Cape Cod on a brief sabbatical, intent on starting his book, and finally getting his arms around sweet, seductive Mira.

A surprise encounter leads to white-hot passions and midnight confessions. The more time Matt and Mira spend together, the deeper their relationship grows, and the love and attention Matt showers on Hagen is more than she has ever dreamed of. But Matt’s sabbatical is only temporary, and Mira’s not saving his father’s company so she can leave it behind. Will their whispers of love be enough for one of them to change their life forever?

Seaside Summers is a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.

 

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Oh this story! It is so sweet! Kind of like the ‘oh let my heart skip a beat at the romance’ things that happen (very rarely in reality, I know).

The characters are really well written. They’re three dimensional and have a lot to themselves than just being a couple in love. They’re great individuals and very capable of functioning by themselves. So, it’s not that kind of love where the lead couple is constantly saying ‘they can’t live without the other’ because they can, they just choose not to. And that’s beautiful.

The best part about this was that there was no unnecessary miscommunication. In romance novels, more than half the time, problems arise because people don’t talk to each other, don’t try to understand the other person’s point of view. In this story, Matt and Mira were always upfront about their feelings, they communicated and talked everything out. They were always truthful with each other, even if the truth hurt. No secrets, no lies, no hiding things because they felt they were protecting themselves or someone else. I like that. I really, really like that.

As a couple, they were a house on fire. So sexy and hot, yet so sweet and adorable. Gah, it made my heart melt. It was so good to read about their relationship developing. It was kind of insta love because they were together by chapter three, but they’d been friends for almost a year before they got together and they’d always been attracted to each other, so it wasn’t as insta as we’re talking about.

As individuals, Mira was the epitome of a loving mom. She always kept her baby boy on the forefront if every decision she made. But, she’s smart, sexy and so savvy. She wasn’t some damsel in distress and totally capable of holding her own. Which is so amazing, because so many times single moms are portrayed as these weaklings who just need a man to hold them up and that’s not right. They’re women. They’re effing shiz self sufficient. They can definitely raise a child all on their own.

Matt is hot as fuck, okay. Thats it. He’s super hot. But he’s also so sweet and caring. He’s always lavishing all his attention on Mira and her son. He’s protective of them and he can go to any lengths to keep them both safe and happy. Despite being hot and sexy, he’s an adorkable nerd. With the glasses. Yes. Hotter than ever. I really adore him.

And then there’s the cutie, Hagen. He’s so adorable. He’s super smart and very perceptive. He loves to read and he wants to be nerdy because a girl in his class said that nerdy boys are the best.

So, yes, a great story and great characters which leave you with the fuzzies. I love this story! Definitely read it, romance fans!

 

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Author Bio:

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

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Shadow Fall, Audrey Grey – Blog Tour

Are you ready? The shadow is falling, and the meteor is coming… SHADOW FALL by Audrey Grey has arrived! You can get your copy now for the special release price of 99 cents, and be sure to meet us at the Facebook Party happening right now!

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The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.
The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.
When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her. But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive. The question is who?

 

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This book.  Uh, this book. It’s like Hunger Games meets Maze Runner. Yes, I’m aware you’ve read that about this book in thousands of places, but it’s the most apt description to this that there is.

Overall, the plot is good, the characters are complex enough to keep you engaged and the writing is good. The world, however, isn’t explored to it’s full potential, or so I believe. I mean, there’s no proper explanation as to the status of people. Why Gold? Why Silver? Why Bronze? We know that’s who they are, but not why. Money, lineage? What decides it?

I think that the story has an extremely powerful beginning in the prologue, but then the following chapters don’t do justice to the beginning. It took me sometime to actually start enjoying the book and reading the first few chapters was a huge task for me. Be as it might, I couldn’t bring myself to like what was going on. The characters are so VILE AND MEAN AND CRUEL, gosh! It’s kind of unbelievable. It’s all really dark. People cut off each other’s body parts. And that is considered normal. Yeah, no. That’s not for me. At all. I can’t bring myself to understand why people would be so evil. Is it the coming Doom? I guess, maybe. Survival instinct, sure that could be the reason.

Also, there’s a love triangle. Which is a pet peeve of mine. I hate them. With a passion. But somehow, I didn’t mind it much in this. Maybe because it wasn’t what was central to the story and the actual plot was more engaging than the romance. I have to say, I’m totally rooting for Riser. He’s definitely more interesting than Caspian. He’s dark and mysterious and has a whole lot of depth that Caspian fails to possess. He’s like the bad boy with a heart of gold. Yeah, you’ve read that elsewhere, but that doesn’t make Riser any less delectable. He’s so good. He’s also definitely my favorite character in the book.

I like the heroine’s drive to find her brother. She’s so determined to find him and save him and make him believe that she didn’t abandon him. It’s really heartbreaking at times. All the familial bonds in this story are so well depicted. It’s great to see YA where authors give importance to family and not just the romance.

All in all, this is a great read. A little sluggish in the beginning, but then it picks off great. All you sci – fi dystopia fans out there have to read this! You’ll absolutely love it!

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audreyAudrey Grey lives in the charming state of Oklahoma, with her husband, two little people, and four mischievous dogs. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said little people and dogs, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.

 

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The Bad Boy Bargain, Kendra C. Highley – Blog Tour

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30415027Baseball player Kyle Sawyer has many labels: bad boy, delinquent, ladies’ man, fearless outfielder… Only one of them is actually true. But then sweet ballet dancer Faith Gladwell asks him to help wreck her reputation, and everything goes sideways.

Faith knows a thing or two about love, and what she had with her cheating jerk of an ex wasn’t it. When he starts spreading rumors about her being an Ice Queen, Faith decides it’s time to let a little bad into her life.

Lucky for her, Kyle Sawyer—dark, dangerous, totally swoonworthy Kyle Sawyer—is landscaping her backyard over Spring Break. Shirtless. And if she can convince him to play along, “dating” Kyle will silence the rumors.

But Faith’s plan threatens to expose Sawyer’s biggest secret of all…and that’s a risk he’s not willing to take.

Disclaimer: This book contains drop-the-book-and-fan-yourself kisses…and touches. Fall in love with a bad boy at your own risk.

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Oooohhhhh. This was a really cute, fun and quick read! The plot is something we’re all aware of, but I really liked the way it was handled here.

The writing is nice and the flow of the plot is very good! What I like is nothing felt forced. In plots like this, at times, things can feel really forced between the couple, but apart from the awkwardness which was there with pretending, it wasn’t forced. Things fell into place so naturally that you’d never question how it happened or that it just happened because that’s the plot and there wouldn’t be a story if this wasn’t happening. And I really, really liked that.

Another great thing was the importance of friendship which was emphasized in the story. Many a time, in such stories, the friends are forgotten as the couple gets involved within each other, but in this story, the friends were always there. In fact, there was a lot of mending of relationships which had been screwed in the past. Heart to hearts with your best friend and seeking their advice and opinion formed an important part of the book and it really warmed my heart.

The characters were real and believable. The situations they got into while heartbreaking at times, were what we might face in reality and that grounded the story. I like that.

Faith is the typical goody two shoes who’s everyone’s favorite, is focused and knows what she wants with life. She’s funny and sarcastic and can flirt like a pro. So, yeah, she’s a really well rounded character and I like that about her. She’s shy in some aspects but she’s never afraid to speak her mind out. I mean, she’s all sorts of awesome!

And then, there’s Kyle. He’s hot as fuck but he’s also this sweet, amazing boy who’s been through a lot in life. He’s caring and kind and gentle but also a little frightening when angered and is an all round badass. He’s like any 18 year old boy and the way he projects himself to others is really important to him. He’s scared to be who he really is because he thinks people will judge him for it and after all that’s happened in the past, he doesn’t want to give others a chance to hold something over him, which is why he pretends to be the detached bad boy who isn’t faxed by anything. I really like the way he comes into himself through the course of the story. Some of it because of Faith, some because of his friends and some because of his family. It’s a really great journey and I like that!

All in all, this is a nice read and I’d definitely recommend it to you if you’re looking for a deep but quick read!

 

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Chapter One

Kyle

Badass, troublemaker, girl magnet—familiar words always followed Kyle from his locker to his senior English classroom. Or from the cafeteria to the parking lot. Or from the locker room to the baseball field. Anywhere he went, the whispers followed.

Today, it went something like, “Ooh, I know who we should vote most likely to drop out before graduation,” as he walked by. Or, “I heard he banged two girls at once at North Texas last weekend. College girls, man!” Or, “Dude, I heard MLB scouts are coming to the games to watch him play.”

He wished that last one were true.

Kyle zipped his hoodie up tighter, acting like he couldn’t hear a word. The dark red hoodie and a pair of headphones were pretty thin armor, even if he did encourage the stories…the lies. Suttonville High was a big enough maze of suck without letting the truth out.

And no way, no how, was he showing any sort of weakness ever again.

“Dude! Wait up!” a guy called.

For a second, Kyle stiffened. Old habits died hard. But he recognized the voice and let his shoulders relax. Cade Adams, unlike the hundreds of rich, snobby kids crowding the halls, was worth waiting for. He slowed his stride until Cade caught up, looking disheveled. For an amused moment, he wondered if Cade was running from a pack of zombified football players, then he noticed the pleading look on Cade’s face. The same one he’d ignored from a half dozen other guys.

He shook his head. “Nope, still not going.”

“It’s supposed to be a great party,” Cade said, running a hand over his hair to coerce it back into shape. It was a little too long, and curls kept springing up on his head. “First night of spring break, man. All the seniors are going.”

“Everyone except me,” Kyle said, quickening his pace.

“Come on,” Cade pleaded. “I need to be your wingman. Just once. Your leftovers would be a feast to us mere mortals.”

That’s what half the baseball team said, too. But if he let someone be his wingman, they’d find out really quick that he wasn’t what everyone assumed. “Sorry, not my scene.”

“Fine. Okay, I get it.” Cade’s crooked smile didn’t do much to hide his disappointment. “Just…think about it.”

He strode off, breezing through the hall filled with students in designer clothes as if his Iron Man T-shirt, wild hair, and faded jeans didn’t matter to him. And it didn’t—at some point last fall, Cade had become cool. Either that, or he’d stopped caring what any of them thought.

Lucky bastard.

Kyle stalked to chemistry, praying he’d pass today’s test. Being dyslexic turned the periodic table into a medieval torture device, even if his teacher was good about giving him tutoring on the down low. He couldn’t let anyone know he actually cared about his grades, aside from passing to play baseball.

“I heard he’s going out with some girl at Texas Woman’s,” a girl whispered to another as he walked in, as if he couldn’t hear them.

“Wish I knew for sure if anyone here has a chance,” said the other girl, a pretty senior who had a reputation of being a man-eater. “Because I’d ride that pony all over town.”

Kyle’s ears flamed up. To hide his discomfort, he rolled his neck, getting a little satisfaction out of the wary stares after the vertebrae cracked. That’s right, the scary kid just cracked his back. You puny humans shouldn’t try that at home.

The bell rang and he sank into his desk, adopting his typical pose of “I’m only here because the truant officer made me show up today” with his legs stretched out in the aisle. Mrs. Moody, the chem teacher, rolled her eyes. She saw right through him. And if she could, how much longer would it be before everyone else did?

During the test—in which chemical compounds morphed into ancient Hebrew right before his eyes—he couldn’t shake the conversation with Cade. He felt bad about letting the guy down, especially since he hadn’t been much of a friend the last few years, but he hated those parties because of the baggage that rode on them. Namely, his reputation.

Because who at Suttonville would believe that the resident delinquent, skateboard-riding, drag-racing, smart-mouthed chick magnet Kyle Sawyer was actually none of those things?

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The Bad Boy Bargain, Kendra C. Highley – Chapter by Chapter Blog Tour

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Top Ten Tuesday (#1) – I’m Thankful For

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So, I finally decided to do one of the Top Ten Tuesday prompts! It’s an amazing feature, hosted every week by The Broke & The Bookish. I’m really very excited about it! Let’s see how this goes!

This week, the prompt is things we’re thankful for. Not necessarily books, but just things we’re thankful for! So, here we go!

THINGS I’M THANKFUL FOR

1 Bookish Merchandise

I’m so very grateful for all the bookish merchandise available all around the world! From bookmarks to totes to tees and even wallpapers and screensavers and whatnot! I’m thankful for all of it!

2 Blogging

I’m also pretty thankful for blogging. It gives me a place to talk about all the books I read & love and read & hate and everything in between. It has been such a gift.

3 Bloggers

I’m pretty thankful for all the book bloggers out there because this community is so amazing. They’re all such great people and I love all of them! ❤

4 Wattpad

I’m extremely, extremely grateful for Wattpad! I can’t even describe how much I love that place! So many amazing people with so many amazing stories! ❤

5 Twitter

Twitter is the best platform to connect with fellow readers and authors. So, yeah, pretty grateful for that!

BOOKS I’M THANKFUL FOR

1 Harry Potter

It goes without even saying that I’m really, really thankful for the Harry Potter books! These books have helped me through a lot of stuff and it’s such a great story and the characters are amazing and GOD I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH!

2 Penny Reid Books

I’m so very grateful for all the books by Penny Reid! Gosh, she is such an amazing writer and all her books have tasteful stories with amazing female leads. I wouldn’t even be reading romance if it wasn’t for her, so yes! I love her!

3 The Fault In Our Stars

This book totally broke all my feels and then some. I don’t remember any other book that I cried over so much, except maybe Order of the Phoenix. Gah, such a beautiful piece of literature! ❤

4 The Universe of Us

Lang Leav is such a gifted poet. I’ve only read this one book by her and it has been such a profound experience! I cannot wait to read more of her books!

5 Percy Jackson

I’m really clueless when it comes to mythology other than my own heritage. But, I absolutely love finding more about other cultures. PJO opened the doors for Greek Mythology and I’m so very thankful for that!

 

So, that’s my list! What are you thankful for? I’d love to know! Please leave a comment! 🙂

Children of the Veil, Colleen Halverson – Blog Tour

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Elizabeth Tanner has one goal: to find her mother in whatever dimension she’s imprisoned. But to do that, she has to face her estranged father, and to do that, she needs a shot of whiskey…or seven. But after an attempt on her life and the return of her lost love, she wakes up with one hell of a hangover and a whole barrage of questions.

Finn O’Connell doesn’t know why the Fianna want him to aid Elizabeth in her search, but he’ll take any excuse to be near her again. Together, they dive headlong into the shadows of her mother’s secrets and find themselves embroiled in a Fae rebellion that will test Finn’s loyalties and their love.

With the Faerie realm verging on chaos, Elizabeth and Finn will embark on a quest that will lead them from the streets of Chicago to London’s seedy Fae underground. But rescuing Elizabeth’s mother means journeying to a place Finn can’t follow, and Elizabeth is forced to make a choice between finding her at last or saving her own soul.

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Okay, so this book! Gah! I really liked it. The world of Trinity is one that I’ve loved since the first book, so I was really excited to dive into the second one.

The story didn’t disappoint. It was really good to get back to these characters and this story. The plot is really interesting and the characters are great and varied. I loved how all the realms are portrayed and all the mystery surrounding Elizabeth’s mother is handled really well. The flow of the story is great. Nothing seems forced or awkward. Also, there is a plethora of different kinds of beings in the story which is really interesting. You have your Fae & Fianna, but other than that, there’s also shape shifters and vampires and demons and whatnot. I really like that. A whole lot. And all the Finn & Elizabeth feels! GAAAHHHH! I’ve been rooting for them since the first book and I was just shipping, shipping, shipping them so hard in this one as well!

Elizabeth, like last time, is head strong and brave and stubborn and adamant. I like how she’s always on her feet, ready to do anything to find her mother. The plethora of emotions that she goes through are so well described. There’s so many issues she needs to work through and there are so many hurdles she has to cross before reaching her mother. They’re all handled really well in the story and I like it. The best part of the story is how she doesn’t give into every whim and fantasy of Finn. She actually calls him out on stuff she feels is wrong and doesn’t fall in line despondently. But, all said and done, she loves him dearly and literally makes a deal with the devil to save him. I admire that a lot.

Finn, as always, is hot as fuck. He’s such a great character. There’s so much to his story and we learn a lot of his backstory in this one. He’s smart and quick and sharp. He’s an amazing fighter. He’s ready to go to any and all lengths to protect Elizabeth and that’s really heartwarming. Though he makes some questionable decisions, his heart is always in the right place and that’s what matters. He isn’t perfect and doesn’t try to portray himself as such. I really like that about him. He has no airs and owns up to who he is.

The one thing that I would change about the book is that Elizabeth is kidnapped once every 3 chapters and she’s always getting conked on the head which I don’t like. I mean, seriously. That stuff gets old after the first few times. Other than this, it was a great read.

All in all, a good story that I would definitely recommend to other fantasy readers.

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Finn stood up and placed his hands on my shoulders, massaging my sore muscles. I turned my head to the side, allowing him access to my neck. He rubbed his thumb down my spine, and I let out a soft moan as the tension in my body released.
“The way you addressed that soldier tonight, and your oath to Phelan,” he said. “I have to admit, I was quite enamored by your display of power.”
“Oh, you ain’t seen nothing yet, Mr. O’Connell.” My fingertips hummed with aisling energy as he brushed my hair aside and kissed me between my shoulder blades. In spite of my exhaustion and everything I learned tonight, my body ached for him.
“I think royalty looks good on you.” He smoothed his hands down my arms, and breathed into my ear. “But then again, I think everything looks good on you, Princess.”
I placed my hand over Finn’s. “You just want to see me in a dress again.”
“I suppose I’m still stuck in the 18th century.” He stroked my hair, pulling my wayward curls behind my ears. “I’m not sure if I’ll ever get used to seeing women in trousers.”
I stood up and stretched, turning to the cot in the corner. “Well, get used to it, buddy.”

Finn grabbed my ass, and I squealed as he pulled me into his lap, the rickety wooden chair groaning beneath our weight.
“I could get used to these tight blue jeans, however.” Finn moved his hand down my hip.

“They are quite flattering in a twenty-first century sort of way.”
“I’m glad you approve,” I breathed into his ear, reaching back and placing his cheek close to mine.
“It’s just that a lady’s skirts made it much easier to do this.” Finn wrapped his arm around my waist and slipped his fingers inside the waistband of my jeans.
I gasped, grabbing at his hand—to release me or plunge deeper, I wasn’t sure.
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28240174Elizabeth Tanner is no Tinkerbell, and her life is no fairy tale. Broke and drowning in student loans, the one thing she wants more than anything is a scholarship from the Trinity Foundation. But after the ancient Irish text she’s studying turns out to be more than just a book, she becomes their prisoner instead. And when Trinity reveals Elizabeth is half-Fae, she finds herself at the center of a plot to save the magical races of Ireland from a brutal civil war.

As Commander of Trinity’s elite warriors, Finn O’Connell isn’t used to having his authority challenged. He doesn’t know whether to punish or protect the infuriating young woman in his custody. When he discovers the Dark Fae want to use Elizabeth’s abilities to control the source of all power in the universe, he’ll risk everything to help her.

At the mercy of Trinity and enslaved to the Dark Fae, Elizabeth finds herself alone on the wrong side of an Irish myth thousands of years in the making. Refusing to be a pawn in their game, Elizabeth has to fight her way back to the man she loves, but to do so, she must wage her own war against the magic that binds her.

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Forget Me Not, Angela Parkhurst – Book Review

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“I’ve never been to a ball or followed the yellow brick road, and I sure as hell never imagined myself living in a world of fairytale characters. Most of which want me dead. So when they come, because they will, I need to be ready.”

“And you think you could kill someone?”

“I know I could.”

When the academy in Nottingham burns down, sending in a new slew of fairytale classmates, Norah Hart comes face to face with new challenges, enemies and friendships. But the longer she is in this world, the more she realizes there is no getting out, leaving her with only one option–be prepared.

FORGET ME NOT is the second book in the Forgotten Fairytale series.

 

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Okay, so let’s be honest here. After the first book, this one was a disappointment. It suffered from what my friend Kru, likes to call it, the Sequel Syndrome.

Wolf and Norah are happy together after the events of the last book. But, when the story starts, there’s new kids at school who have transferred after a fire wrecked theirs. In the bunch on transfer students is Venessa, Wolf’s ex and Jaxson, who has the hots for Norah. Yes, recipe for disaster right there.

Venessa tries her everything in her power to break Norah & Wolf up, but Norah doesn’t budge. At the same time, Norah has been assigned extra lessons with Jax by her teacher so that she can pass her class. Wolf is not impressed. There’s a series of events which occur, leading to Wolf breaking up with Norah because he believes their story cannot end happily.

Norah is heartbroken and falls in the arms of Jax, who by the way, is the perfect replica of Wolf. Everything from the way he holds himself to his interactions with Norah reminded me of Wolf from book 1. She gets together with Jax around the same time that Wolf realises he was an ass for breaking up with her and begs for forgiveness. He blames some outside forces for his mood swings to get away with it, but yeah, you get the point.

So, this book was a total bust, except for the ending. OH MY GOD! THAT ENDING!

It totally broke me! I was so not expecting that to happen, but it did and WOW! HOW COULD IT EVEN! OHMIGOSH!

I have lots of thoughts on that ending. IT RUINED MY FEELS!

It was also the only redeeming characteristic of this book for me!

If you read this book, read it only for the ending. That end will make up for all that was wrong with the book, sort of.

Now, I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE THIRD BOOK BECAUSE I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!

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A psychotic, couture-clad, shoe obsessed Princess.
A not-so-charming, alcoholic Prince.
A hot Big Bad Wolf that she absolutely cannot fall for—no matter how well he kisses.

Seventeen-year-old, Norah Hart had no clue when she walked into boarding school, she’d be surrounded by reincarnated fairy tale characters, let alone learn she was one herself. In a world where the lines between good and evil blur, Norah struggles to find her place. When her actions throw off the balance of the fairy tale world and happily ever afters, enemies surface, ready to destroy her at any cost.

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The Forgotten Fairytales, Angela Parkhurst – Book Review

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A psychotic, couture-clad, shoe obsessed Princess.
A not-so-charming, alcoholic Prince.
A hot Big Bad Wolf that she absolutely cannot fall for—no matter how well he kisses.

Seventeen-year-old, Norah Hart had no clue when she walked into boarding school, she’d be surrounded by reincarnated fairy tale characters, let alone learn she was one herself. In a world where the lines between good and evil blur, Norah struggles to find her place. When her actions throw off the balance of the fairy tale world and happily ever afters, enemies surface, ready to destroy her at any cost.

 

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*ARC provided by Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are all my own and in no way biased.*

Ohhhh! This feels so good! It has been ages since I’ve reviewed and now the first one in ages is about a fairytale! Wooot! What a way to get back in the game!

So, The Forgotten Fairytales is very Once Upon A Time – ish. The characters in the story all belong to storybook characters. When one dies, a new is born to take their place and they all go to school to learn who they are destined to be. What their story is, who are they betrothed to be with. The usual cliches are still in place. The royals, the villains, the fairies, even the dwarves.

And Norah Hart is the new student. Her father dropped her and her sister off to this school before going away on business, saying it would be good for them to have some stability after moving around all their lives. Norah, who has no clue about the fairytales being real is convinced that the entire school is nuts for believing they’re out of a storybook. But, when her dad explains that all this is in fact true, she’s stumped. Everything her father told her has been a lie.

Everyone at school is convinced she’s a princess though they’re not sure which one she is, her sister hates her, a prince already betrothed to someone else is making moon eyes at her, she’s attracted to the Big Bad Wolf and Cinderella is a bitch who can stoop to any level to get what she wants.

I was skeptical to read this at first because the description made me feel like this might be a love triangle, but my love for fairytales made me read it anyway! And boy, am I glad that I did! Thankfully, it wasn’t a love triangle!

The thing that I love most about this book is that the struggles that Norah faced are so real. Any girl who is seventeen can identify with what she’s going through. She wants her sister to like her, her dad to be around, her mom to not have left her and she wants to be with the boy she likes, despite what anyone says about them not being able to be together because of their destiny.

Norah is smart, brave, intelligent and she speaks her mind freely. She believes that everyone is the master of their own destiny and just because Prince Charming ended up with Cinderella in the fairy tale doesn’t mean that that has to always be the case. She believes in freedom in a place where people are prisoner of their own fate, so scared and afraid of stepping out of character and doing what their hearts want that they can’t think beyond their destiny. She’s a kickass fighter which I absolutely love. She’s sarcastic as hell and is so full of snark. I adore her!

Wolf, on the other hand, he is so sexy! Man, I really want me some Wolf asap! He’s cunning and witty and all bulky strength. He’s sex on legs and utterly sinful. Gah, so good! He loves Norah so much, it’s amazing to read. He could literally go to the ends of the earth for her. But, at the same time he’s still stuck in the destiny bullshit and afraid to love her because there is no story where the princess and the wolf can get a happy ending and that scares him. Not for himself, but for Norah because he can’t see harm coming to her because of him. He’s seen things which make him reluctant to pursue his romance with her, but at the same time he’s so possessive of her that he can’t watch anyone making a move on her. That was kind of frustrating, but I think I understand where he was coming from, just a little.

And then, there’s Kate. Norah’s only friend at school. She’s a sweet, timid girl who’s been burned in the past which has made her the way she is. She’s an outcast and no one dares to talk to her after what happened last year. She’s the target of many a school bullies and it takes Norah scaring them away for Kate to have some peace of mind. She’s such an amazing friend, though. She’s there for Norah through every thick and thin and their friendship warms my heart!

All in all, this is one great story and you should definitely pick it up if you have the chance! 🙂

 

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“I’ve never been to a ball or followed the yellow brick road, and I sure as hell never imagined myself living in a world of fairytale characters. Most of which want me dead. So when they come, because they will, I need to be ready.”

“And you think you could kill someone?”

“I know I could.”

When the academy in Nottingham burns down, sending in a new slew of fairytale classmates, Norah Hart comes face to face with new challenges, enemies and friendships. But the longer she is in this world, the more she realizes there is no getting out, leaving her with only one option–be prepared.

FORGET ME NOT is the second book in the Forgotten Fairytale series.

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I’M BACK!

Hey guys!

So, exams are finally done and I will be able to return to blogging and reading and doing all kinds of awesome stuff!

I’m super pumped to get back into all the awesomeness that is the bookish community! I missed you guys!

Also, I know my blog was in a really bad shape before this, so I’m going to add new features and make it easier for everyone to follow me around here!

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And, for the lack of images in posts before this one, I was an idiot. I deleted a lot of pictures from my WordPress gallery. I didn’t know that it would make the pictures in the posts go away as well and then when I was done and viola! Most of my posts are without images! So sorry about that! Will never, ever do that again!

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