The Corner Store Witch, H. D. Lynn – Book Review

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31550666The Chronicles of Narnia but with more swearing, more katanas, and less allegory. It’s nerdy, anime inspired fun for the whole family.

Leone owns Pulp Magic (Comics, Books, Games, & More). Angry customers are her biggest concern-until a man from another world literally drops into her shop. And oni have followed him. Leone defends herself with a magical staff, which marks her with powerful runes. Her supernatural tattoo sleeves make her desperately thirsty, yet practically allergic to water-and oh, they foretell the fate of the realms of demons, gods, and men.

With her four friends and inter-dimensional guide, Leone travels to the realm of the gods, searching for magical cosmetic surgery. She doesn’t want to carry the fate of the world literally on her arms. But the truth she finds-of a war raging between worlds-changes her, challenges her.

What’s a nerd to do with the fate of all worlds at stake? Ah yes, kick some demon ass.

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*Review copy provided via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. The views are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

The Corner Store Witch is a must read if you’re into fantasy. This book has a huge element of Dungeons & Dragons and cosplaying and nerdcons and the like, so you should also pick it up if you’re into that sort of thing.

I like that the book is so diverse. There are all these different kinds of characters. Black, disabled. They’re there. It’s something that I hugely appreciate. It’s not always we get to read about all these characters together in one novel. It’s a little different and that makes it so much better.

The story is fascinating and fast paced. It also pretty action packed. So, there’s twists and turns and anticipation of what is going to happen next throughout the entire story. There is no point in the story where you’ll get bored because the other shoe is always waiting to drop, so to say. Which is nice.

I don’t know if this is a good thing or bad thing, but the romance in this story is absolutely zero. Going into a book where the main characters are around 23 – 25 years of age, one would expect a romantic angle, even if it doesn’t form the main crux of the story. But, here, Leone and Abinar only shared an easy friendship and nothing more. Maybe that’ll change in the coming books, but it hasn’t happened yet, so I don’t know. I mean, I was definitely expecting some sort of romance, but was surprised that there wasn’t any. Still haven’t decided whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

The characters are great. Though, I think that there’s room for development because there’s glimpses of these characters which tells that they have so much more to say than what has been conveyed till now, but we have more books coming, so I’m not that worried about it. The wroldbuilding is also great!

So, all in all, this story is definitely worth your time. If you like fantasy with lots of plot and action, and little romance, please go read this!

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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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14777224As a child, Colleen Halverson used to play in the woods imagining worlds and telling stories to herself. Growing up on military bases, she found solace in her local library and later decided to make a living sharing the wonders of literature to poor, unsuspecting college freshmen. After backpacking through Ireland and singing in a traditional Irish music band, she earned a PhD in English with a specialization in Irish literature. When she’s not making up stories or teaching, she can be found hiking the rolling hills of the Driftless area of Wisconsin with her husband and two children.

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The Book of Shade, K. C. Finn – Book Review

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24749811Lily Coltrane’s to-do list for starting university life is pretty simple:
1. Make friends
2. Meet a cute guy
3. Survive her first year in Modern History
In the little English town of Piketon this seems more than achievable, so much so that Lily even joins The Illustrious Minds Literary Society, an extra-curricular club that promises a truly unique social experience. What Lily doesn’t bank on are the Society’s monthly visits to the mysterious Theatre Imaginique at the edge of town, a dark venue that houses the most obscure cavalcade of carnival performers she has ever laid eyes on.
Stranger still is the emergence of the theatre’s enigmatic proprietor Lemarick Novel, a stupendous showman with a frosty wit who never seems to smile, and who raises a plethora of questions in Lily’s fearful mind. How does he levitate with no sign of wires or mirrors? How do the lightning bolts that shoot from his hands look so real? And why, of all the people in the theatre, do his pale eyes keep locking on hers?
The answers to this and more lie buried in heritage and blood. The Book of Shade is opening, and Lily Coltrane will read it, whether she wants to or not.

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This story! Oh! I love it! This is such an amazing book! Oh my God! I LOVE IT!

The characters, the plot, the dialogue and just about everything in this book is phenomenal. I’m just so happy that I got to read this book because it is just so very, very amazing.

I am pretty sure, I am just so in love with Lemarick Novel. Not only is his name Novel, but also his personality. He’s dark and broody and mysterious. And just so amazing, you can’t help fall for him through the course of the book! Because that’s just what I did! I fell for him through the book. Each and every scene made me like him even more, slowly and slowly till found myself so in love with him as a person and as a character. He’s so complex and deep and broody. Really. But, beneath all the mystery, is a man with a heart of gold and I just adore him so much. I really, really do.

The other characters are just as deep and amazing. There’s just so much to know and unearth and find out about each person and that is amazing. The aura of mystery that surrounds people is such a plus point. I liked discovering new things about the different characters in the book so much. It was an amazing experience.

All in all, this is one awesomesauce book that you HAFTA READ! Like, seriously. Go read this. Now!

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K. C. Finn was born and raised in Cardiff, South Wales, where her love for storytelling grew at a precociously young age. After developing the medical condition M.E. / C.F.S., Kim turned to writing to escape the pressures of disabled living, only to become hooked on the incredible world of publishing.

As an author for Clean Teen Publishing and Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Press, Kim spends most of her time locked in the writing cave with an obscenely large mug of tea. When not writing, she can be found studying for her MA in Linguistics, watching classic British comedy, or concocting evil schemes in the secret laboratory in her attic.

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Mayan Blood, Theresa DaLayne – Book Review

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27777361Their empires have fallen, but their mythology lives on…

Zanya Coreandero is a seventeen-year-old orphan with only a single friend and no hope for a normal life. Diagnosed with anxiety and night terrors, no one believes her cuts and bruises are a result of an evil entity, and not a brutal case of self-harm.

With the only home she’s ever known being the isolated institution—where breakfast is a handful of medications, the psychiatry sessions are mandatory, and her every move is watched—the only relief is her red-haired roommate named Tara, who’s more like a little sister than her best friend.

Free will is strong, but destiny is stronger.

When Zanya is kidnapped, she meets a group of gifted Mayan descendants, each with a unique ability. Gone from a nameless castaway to the only hope of mankind, Zanya is forced to make a grueling decision: bond with an enchanted stone and save humanity from rising underworld forces, or watch helplessly as Earth falls victim to a familiar dark deity from her dreams. This time, he’s playing for keeps.

A wicked secret hides behind a handsome face…

When Arwan, a dark-eyed timebender, takes interest in Zanya’s mission, it’s unclear if his intention is to help, or if he’s on a hell-bent mission for revenge. Wary of falling for another guy with major secrets and a tainted past, Zanya fights to keep her distance. If only her heart gave her a choice.

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This book? Well, this book is awesome! I really like it. It’s greatly written, has a lot of facets, the characters are great and the plot is good!

Again, this is one of those stories which do not fit in one genre. There’s action, fantasy, paranormal and romance. So, yeah, a little bit of everything for everybody. Which, I like. I like books that cater to a large variety of people. Books that cannot be restricted to one genre and which have so much to offer to their readers.

And this story is one of those. I like the story and the pace and the way it flows. The best thing is that there is no waiting around and the plot just moves and moves and moves. It certainly keeps things a whole lot interesting, but at times, it can get a little too much because stuff keeps happening and you don’t have a breather. But, hey, other than a few times when I felt that, I liked that the plot was fast paced. Nothing seems to be forced or stiff. It flows beautifully.

The characters are interesting and grow on you. They’re likable and just grow so much through the course of the story. It is great to read. Like, nobody is the same after the story and everyone has something to take away from the experience. And that is just done greatly.

All in all, this is a great, great read and I would definitely recommend this to others!

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Theresa DaLayne is a north-south-east-western kind of girl with a quirky personality to match her nomad life. Born in California, she migrated to three different cities in Washington State, a tiny island in Alaska, North Carolina, and finally to the suburbs of Ohio where she currently lives with her husband, three kids, vegetarian cat, and her ungrateful fish.

Always on the lookout for a new story, Theresa is a shameless eavesdropper and will take anyone who provides inspiration and mold them into a character without a second thought. She enjoys writing both paranormal and contemporary stories, considering her mind wanders between worlds of fantasy while she’s forced to live in the real world, very much against her will.

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Call Me, Maybe, Ellie Cahill – Book Review

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25894369Clementine Daly knows she’s the black sheep. Her wealthy, powerful family has watched her very closely since she almostgot caught in an embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementine’s sent on a mission to live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t even an option. Of course, the last thing Clementine does before departure is grab a stranger’s phone by mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—which is just the way Clementine likes it.

Despite all the hassles, Justin Mueller is intrigued to realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when they’re both back in town, but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin doesn’t want to let her go that easy. The only problem? It turns out that Clemetine has been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people can’t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real.

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Okay, so this one was a tough call. I mean, this book is really full of mixed feelings for me, because on the one hand, there’s stuff which is absolutely awesome! But, at the same time, the story isn’t all that appealing and falls into a rut midway through.

Like, I love how Clementine is a book blogger! (Go her! I especially love that part!) And I love the whole falling – in – love – on – the – phone thing. It just gives you the cutesy, adorkable, fuzzy, happily ever after feeling. So badly. The romance is super cute and absolutely adorable. That is the only good thing about this book.

Other than that, the only conflict in the book is how Clementine is insecure, how she is not ready, how she doesn’t know what to do… blah blah blah. The ‘me’ conflict in the book is sooooooooooooooooooooooooo dragged out and so huge and boring! Clemetine comes off as a whiny ass more often than not and all her problems seem to be in her head or self inflicted.

Like, take out her insecurities from the equation, and there is nothing that is stopping her from doing anything. I understand that insecurity and self doubt is ingrained in the human brain so deeply that there is no escaping it, but it seems to be overdone here, which I hate. Most of the things seem illogical and you just get so frustrated at her for being the way she is at times.

Like, girl, you would benefit so much if you just got out of your head!

But, like I said, the romance is so cute! And like a – dorable! Just squishy and fuzzy and huggy!

All in all, this was a pretty decent read and yeah. That’s it. It was a decent read. 🙂

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Ellie Cahill is the author of When Joss Met Matt, Call Me Maybe (2016), and Just a Girl (2016). Ellie is also the not-at-all secret pen name of Young Adult author Liz Czukas(Ask Again Later, and Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless). Liz’s books are often compared to John Hughes movies, while Ellie usually gets compared to Nora Ephron. Either way, if you like a good 80s rom-com, you’ve found the right place. When they’re not writing fun, funny romances full of shenanigans and awkward kisses, Liz and Ellie are at home with their family and a golden retriever with different ideas about the definition of “dog bed.”

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Happily Ever After, A Fairytale Anthology – Book Review

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 From princesses and princes, to witches, ice queens, imaginary friends, and dorks, Happily Ever After: The Write More Publications Fractured Fairy Tale Anthology has it all! Seven unforgettable stories by seven talented authors! Some stories are fractured takes on classics, while others are originals that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page!

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This book gives you warm fuzzies. Seriously, if you’re looking for fuzzzies and warmth and cuddling and feeling good, this is what you should read. Set in a fairy tale – esque background with humor, fantasy and romance, this anthology is perfect for an afternoon read snuggled in your bed as you dream about your Prince Charming.

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The stories are short and crisp, not taking too much of your time. So, yeah. That’s an added advantage. But, the stories are all sweet and cute and lovely and beautiful and made me swoon in parts and laugh in others and then cry in some.

Yes, this book is like the perfect package!

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I adore all the stories. They’re so cute and funny and adorkable! For real. There’s princesses and princes and warriors and knights and unicorns and evil queens and magic and ghosts and it is all so amazing! For real! 😀

It is the best thing ever! This compilation is something you should definitely read if you’re into fairy tales because this is made just for you. 😀

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Rescued, Phoebe Rose – Blog Tour

 

Welcome to my tour stop for Rescued by Phoebe Rose. Rescued is a New Adult romance with snark, witty banter, and kittens. Can be read as a standalone. It is rated 18+.

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Thomas is a hot geek, a twenty-three year old entrepreneur with no time for dating…and even less time to deal with the stray kittens who’ve claimed his patio as their home. Seattle college senior Tessa is a born rescuer, warm and caring–and sick of getting her heart bruised by guys like Thomas. But when he sees her rescue a kitten while wearing kitten heels, he’d do anything to kiss her. And while Tessa vows she’ll never let herself fall for a sexy, ambitious businessman, she fears she’s already in over her head.

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This book is good. I like it. I mean, the story is not something that is new, but the writing is great. The way the characters are portrayed – their behavior, their personality, their emotions – it’s what makes it great. I like the quirkiness and the smart, sarcastic vibe that is there in this book the entire time.
The characters are really, really good. I like Tessa so much! She’s this ball of sarcasm and wit wrapped into procrastination and warmth and kindness who just demands to be loved by the reader. She’s a little insecure and a whole lot naive, but she is absolutely awesome! I love her. Really, I do. She’s such an amazing person. Kind and forgiving and loving. Always there to help her friends. Rescuing animals. Yeah, she’s great! 😀
Thomas is also real nice. He’s smart and stupid intelligent. Yes, I know that they’re opposites. I mean, he’s really, really intelligent. He’s younger than 25 and has already sold two of his start ups and is the CEO of his third. So, yeah crazy intelligent. He’s snarky and possessive and protective and just amazing. He’s super adorable and just melts your heart!
Like I said, the writing is what drew me in. The story is fast paced and doesn’t make you wait and doesn’t bore you. Which I like. I just wish that there had been a chapter or two before the epilogue. Seriously, the ending was a little rushed. I wanted to see more of the conflict resolution than what was shown. If the author would have done that, this book would have been so much better than what it is now. True story.
But, apart from that one issue I seem to have with this story, everything else is great! It really, really is! I loved it! So, so much! Makes your heart melt and smile so damn bad.
A definite recommendation for a light hearted, cutesy read on a weekend! 🙂
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Phoebe Rose writes New Adult and contemporary romantic comedy, connecting readers with witty, geeky, passionate couples. Couples falling head over heels in love for the first time.
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Cross the Stars, Venessa Kimball – Book Review

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00006]What would you risk for love? Would you cross the stars? Steal the moon?

She is American. A commoner, an outsider. Min barra. He is Jordanian royalty. A prince, already promised to another. And their worlds are about to collide.

A year shy of graduating from Georgetown University, Ella Wallace feels like she is losing direction. Having carved her own path through life, rejecting her family’s elitist influences, the last thing she wants is to waste time and prove her parents right. A happenstance summer-long program abroad offers the perfect opportunity to immerse herself in volunteer work, finding richness in family and purpose she has never experienced before.

Prince Rajaa bin Ammaar is returning home to Jordan from Georgetown University. His intent is to spearhead a refugee program meant to bring peace to his country. Amidst threats of civil war and revolt, Raj stands for his convictions, even when they challenge his family and the very culture he is preordained to uphold.

A chance encounter at a crowded party in D.C. brought Ella and Raj together for one fleeting moment – two people never thought to meet again. But it’s not until their diverse worlds collide in Jordan that they realize the power of their connection. With the refugee program as their reuniting bond, they must cross the stars and defy their clashing cultures to protect their forbidden love.

With the culturally rich Jordanian backdrop, Cross the Stars will take you on a journey into the geographical and cultural Middle East, the resilience of people amidst turbulent civil unrest, the parallel unrest of two lovers’ clashing fates, and the diversity they must challenge with every breath to keep their love alive.

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OH MY GOD! THIS BOOK! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!

I am a complete sucker for forbidden romances, so it is no surprise that I love this. As if there was a way I wouldn’t love it?!!?!?!?!

I mean, I fell in love with it the moment I saw the cover. It was so good! All amazing and breathtaking and gorgeous. And then, I read the description and I loved it even more. Then, I read the actual book and HOLY FUCK! Yes, it is that good!

I mean, it is such an amazing love story. And, it has kings and princes in it and centers around the love story of a prince and a commoner. What else do you need in a story? This has romance and drama and action all in one amazing package, signed, sealed and delivered to you so that you can shamelessly devour it.

I love how the author gave the characters a chance to grow properly before the romance began. Like, really began. And then, there was all that amazing drama to add to the mix. So, what is not to like?

The story flows so amazingly that I didn’t really mind the fact that it took sometime before the plot picked up. I was enjoying the read anyway. I mean it just leaves you asking for more and more and more. It is that good. That ending though, it fucked me up. Really, it did. I mean, I did sort of anticipate a cliffhanger, but not THAT! Why would you do this to me? It just left me wanting to read the next book right now! Which, sadly is not possible because I don’t think the second book is even close to releasing right now, so I have to sit and wait! I HATE THAT!

Apart from the cliffie ending, this book is amazing and a must read! Seriously, guys! So awesome. So, so awesome!

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Eerie, C. M. McCoy – Book Review

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28252234Hailey’s dreams have always been, well…vivid. As in monsters from her nightmares follow her into her waking life vivid.

When her big sister goes missing, eighteen-year-old Hailey finds the only thing keeping her safe from a murderous 3,000-year-old beast is an equally terrifying creature who has fallen “madly” in love with her. Competing to win her affection, the Dream Creature, Asher, lures her to the one place that offers safety—a ParaScience university in Alaska he calls home. There, she studies the science of the supernatural and must learn to live with a roommate from Hell, survive her ParaScience classes, and hope the only creature who can save her from an evil immortal doesn’t decide to kill her himself.

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So, this is a paranormal romance, which I ABSOLUTELY LOVE! I am a sucker for paranormal romances, really. I just love them! I love everything about them. So, obviously I had to pick this one up.

The thing that I liked most about this book was the world building. Seriously, Colleen, A+ for the world building. I LOVED IT! It is kind of reminiscent of Harry Potter in some ways and I believe that that is the highest compliment I can pay to any book. So, there.

The flow of the story is good. It is fast paced and humorous and filled with adventure. There’s a ton of romance. So, yes, this book has something for everyone. You can’t say that you didn’t like this book because it essentially has something for everyone in this. Which makes it totally awesome in my books. Yes, it does. Totally, awesome.

The character development is great and I love how the emotions of all characters are projected throughout the story. They’re real and humble and help you connect with the characters a great deal. It is really, really heartwarming and heartwrenching at the same time. Like, the projection in this story is totally awesome. I love it, really. That’s the best thing about this book apart from the world building.

The only thing that I didn’t like about this book is the love triangle. Yes, there is a love triangle. Let me tell you something about love triangles – they’re my pet peeves. I hate love triangles with a passion. I simply cannot buy the fact that one person loves two other people almost equally at any given point in time together. Yes, you may love them both, but you always love one more than the other, even if you don’t want to admit it. And, of course, this is what leads to conflict and I hate that the character is moping, moping, moping about how they cannot chose, because to me, as a reader, the choice is kind of always obvious since the beginning. And maybe, you can chose the other character, but for the love of God, make your mind up and stop stringing the two poor things along!

Yeah, not really a fan of love triangles, so definitely negative points there for me. I do understand, to a certain extent how Haylie is drawn to the both of them, but I don’t really like how she’s going back and forth between the two boys, unable to decide who she should be with. COME ON, HAYLIE! Make your mind up, please!

Apart from this teeny – tiny drawback, this book is amazing! Really. The plot, the development, the characters, they’re all great. And, this is a great read! 😀

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I’m an Irish dancer and former military officer living in the Great White North. Though B.S.’d in chemical engineering and German, I’m far happier writing stories involving Alaska and a body bag (with an awkward kiss in the mix.) While working 911 dispatch for Alaska State Troopers, I learned to speak in 10-codes, which I still do…but only to annoy my family. In the writerly world, I’m the PR Manager at Inklings Literary Agency. My debut novel, EERIE, is fantasy adventure with romance and released 15 Dec 2015 through Omnific Publishing/Simon and Schuster. My memoir is out on sub through Martin Literary Agency, and my fiction is represented by Michelle Johnson.

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The Player And The Pixie, Penny Reid & L. H. Cosway – Book Review

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The Player and the Pixie
by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports, Humor

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How can someone so smokin’ hot be so bad in bed? I mean, Sean Cassidy is absolute rubbish. RUBBISH. He is the epitome of walking, talking false advertising and I want a refund! Plus he’s an arsehole. So… what is wrong with me that I can’t stop thinking about him?

The Pixie and the Player is a full-length, romantic comedy novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the second book in the Rugby Series.

THE PIXIE
Lucy Fitzpatrick doesn’t like rugby.

As the little sister of Ireland’s most infamous rugby player, Lucy can’t seem to escape the championship-sized shadow cast by her big brother, or her mother’s frequent attempts to micromanage her future. Her rainbow hair is as free-spirited as her quest for inner peace, yet overbearing expectations keep bringing her down. And when she’s down, her compulsive little problem lands her in seriously big trouble.

THE PLAYER
Sean Cassidy is a cold-hearted brute… or so he’s been told. Frequently. By everyone.

His blonde locks, baby blues, and rock hard bod make ladies the world over drool with desire. As the rugby world’s second most infamous player, he should be basking in his success. But Sean has never been content settling for second place, and his frequent confrontations with Lucy’s big brother leave him cold. And when he’s cold, his compulsive little problem lands him in the lap of Lucy Fitzpatrick.

THE PLAN
Sean has a problem only Lucy can solve. Lucy has a problem only Sean can fix. The solution seems obvious: you scratch my back, and I’ll bail you out of jail. But when their business arrangement unexpectedly leaves Sean scorching hot and Lucy on the precipice of inner peace, can they convince the world—and Lucy’s big brother in particular—that this is the real deal?

Either way, both the Player and the Pixie are about to teach each other some pretty monumental lessons about family, life, but most importantly, love.

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