Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh (ARC TOUR + SPOILER-FREE REVIEW)

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Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

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MY THOUGHTS
When I picked up this book, I went into it blind. I joined the tour knowing that this book would be good because of how many people had blurbed it, one of them being this tour host, Brittany. I can’t thank her enough for allowing me to be apart of this tour, and I am so excited for this book to finally release!

Let’s begin with Odessa. During a Twitter chat with the author, I asked her some questions about the chapters I had been reading at the time. We somehow got into talking about Legend of Korra, and I found out that the main character, Odessa, will be played by Alex McKenna (otherwise known as Korra’s mom Senna in the series) in the audiobook. I find the voice actor perfect for the job, for I did imagine Odessa having a bit of a raspy voice that was lower than normal women’s standards.

Odessa’s lover/boyfriend Evander, who is nothing but supporting and caring toward her, and he has to be one of my most liked characters. Though they have to keep their relationship a secret because of the fact that his mother does not want him marrying another Necromancer. Tragic, I know, but it really helps build the story into something great.

Then an attack occurs. One of the Necromancers is killed by a shade, disrupting whatever peace they thought they had amongst the deadlands and Karthia. Everyone is scared of what might happen if they were to continue going about the world the way they are, and this is where the princess steps in.

This book took me down a spiraling staircase and continued to take different turns as I read. I was not expecting half of what happened, and I may have shed a tear or two while reading. Sarah Glenn Marsh is definitely an author worth reading from, and I highly suggest this book once it releases. For this, I give the book 5/5 stars.

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download (2)ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah Glenn Marsh has been an avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life; she’s been making up words and worlds ever since. When she’s not writing, Sarah enjoys painting, ghost hunting, traveling, and all things nerdy. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and their menagerie: four rescued greyhounds, a bird, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep and Reign of the Fallen.

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BEAST: A Tale Of Love And Revenge by Lisa Jensen (SPOILER-FREE REVIEW)

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They say Château Beaumont is cursed. But servant-girl Lucie can’t believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup Christian Henri LeNoir, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. But when the chevalier’s cruelty is revealed, Lucie vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants her wish, with a spell that transforms Jean-Loup into monstrous-looking Beast, reflecting the monster he is inside. But Beast is nothing like the chevalier. Jean-Loup would never patiently tend his roses; Jean-Loup would never attempt poetry; Jean-Loup would never express remorse for the wrong done to Lucie. Gradually, Lucie realizes that Beast is an entirely different creature from the handsome chevalier, with a heart more human than Jean-Loup’s ever was. Lucie dares to hope that noble Beast has permanently replaced the cruel Jean-Loup — until an innocent beauty arrives at Beast’s château with the power to break the spell.

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MY THOUGHTS
*I WAS SENT AN ADVANCE READERS COPY IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*
When I requested this book, I already knew what was going to happen. I was going to fall in love with this tale, this story, and showcase it on my ARC shelf forever and always. However, I did not realize how deep the effect of reading this book would hit me.

I’ve always been a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings, and when this one arrived on my doorstep, you can only imagine how loud I squealed. I was so excited that I put down the other ARC I had been reading just to get this one done. Now, I wish I had taken a bit longer to read it.

This story is centered on a young maiden named Lucie. She’s poor, which is a normal occurrence in these retellings, and her father is dead. Because of this, her mother sent her away to basically be a maid at an estate called Château Beaumont. Supposedly, there has been a curse placed on the estate. But Lucie doesn’t care. The only thing she cares about is not making a fool of her aunt, who had kindly let her into the estate and recommended her to the headmistress/head maid.

We go through a bit of the story just kind of following Lucie around as she struggled with her new life. To be honest, I was expecting the action to come quickly while it was still the beginning of the story. That did not happen. No, we didn’t get any real new movement until two quarters into the actual book. Now, I know that this book may look small, but it is far from it. This book was long and wordy, and I was ready for it.

Unfortunately, there was no actual warning of what would happen to Lucie because of the master of the estate, Jean-Loup Christian Henri LeNoir. I’m going to warn you now, there is a detailed rape scene as well as, what I considered to be, abortion. Not only are those two involved, but there is also a suicide attempt. I was not expecting these two at all, nor was I warned of this. Which is why I am warning you now. If you are, at all, triggered by these three things, please do not force yourself to buy or read this book.

After that happens, Lucie meets a sorcerer/witch who eventually turns Jean-Loup into the Beast. From there, we are given even shorter and stilled movement of following Lucie around.

I will say, I was not as impressed as I made myself out to be. I’m hugely against abortion for my family in general, but in some cases, I can understand it. I did not let that affect my judgment on this book though, for that would just be making me out to be a petty, teenage girl and I am not that. I wanted to be able to read this book and think about how I would feel in Lucie’s position. I wanted to place myself in the character’s feet and understand why they did what they did.

I can tell you, that saved this book from getting a lower rating. After going over a few parts that I did not understand, I decided what I would give the book. I loved how the scenes with Beast and Lucie played out, and I loved how their relationship grew over time in the book. The problem I have with this is that there are so many scenes where we just listen to Lucie rant and talk about things that, in some of the cases, have no relation to the events. For this, I give  4/5 stars to this upcoming release.

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1131057ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lisa Jensen is the author of the adult novels Alias Hook and The Witch from the Sea. She is a longtime film critic and columnist for the alternative weekly Good Times, and she runs an arts and entertainment blog. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Twisted Fate (Twisted #1) by Jessi Elliot Cover Reveal + GIVEAWAY

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Title: Twisted Fate
Series: Twisted #1
Author: Jessi Elliott
Genre: Urban Fantasy (New Adult)
Release Date: February 13, 2018
Cover Design: Okay Creations
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SYNOPSIS
Being kidnapped by the leader of the fae really puts a dent in your senior year.

Aurora Marshall is sharp, witty, and always has a plan. Ready to finish her business degree and graduate, her life is going smoothly—until the night she meets Tristan Westbrook.

Tristan, the overbearing, gorgeous fae leader, and an admired businessman in the human world, is all kinds of dangerous. While he finds Aurora intriguing, her refusal to bend to his will keeps them locked in a constant power struggle.

Entering into a deal is the only way to escape Tristan’s clutches, which only plunges Aurora deeper into the fae world. With her future at stake, she is forced to handle his arrogance and extraordinary fae abilities as she fights to stay grounded in her mundane life.

Not to mention her struggle to ignore the growing attraction she knows she shouldn’t feel for the man who kidnapped her.

When people said college would be the most exciting time of her life, Aurora never thought this is what they meant.

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Author_PhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 Jessi Elliott is a newly graduated law clerk and debut author of both young adult and new adult romantic fiction. Her love of writing was born after many years of reading and reviewing books on her blog Living Within Fiction.

She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her family and two adorable cats

When she’s not plotting her next writing project, she likes to spend her time hanging with friends and family, getting lost in a steamy romance novel, watching Friends, and drinking coffee.

You can find Jessi at www.jessielliott.com, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up to date on book news and upcoming releases.

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Remember Me Always by Renee Collins *SPOILER-FREE REVIEW*

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Shelby is nervous to start her senior year after spending the whole summer away from home. After all, it’s hard to be carefree when you’re trying to protect a secret.

Shelby was in a devastating car accident, and everyone in town thinks that she was undergoing more physical therapy in Denver. Instead, Shelby’s mother enrolled her in a clinical program to stop the panic attacks that started after the crash. The treatment erased Shelby’s memory of the accident, but she can’t help feeling as if a piece of herself is missing, that the treatment took more than the doctors claimed.

So when Shelby starts hallucinating a boy with dark and mysterious eyes, she knows it must be a side-effect of the clinical program. Except you can’t kiss hallucinations. And this boy insists that they know each other and are in love.

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MY THOUGHTS
*I WAS SENT A PHYSICAL COPY BY THE PUBLISHER IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*
When I first laid eyes on the synopsis of this book, I fell head over heels for this story. I know you’re never supposed to judge a book by the synopsis or cover, but I couldn’t help but notice both! The synopsis pulled me in with immediate interest. The cover was even more gorgeous in person than I thought!

But now its time to get into the actual story. This book centers on a girl named Shelby who was in a terrible car accident that scarred her for life. Because of the panic attacks and events that happened afterward, she decided to have a treatment that erased her memories. It was after she returned, right before school started, that she began to see a boy. She’s convinced herself that she’s hallucinating him, but when he begins to bring up crucial evidence that proves it otherwise, she begins to freak out again.

The fact of the matter is that she begins to regret her decision of having her memory erased because of the fact that no one will tell her the truth. Everyone is keeping a secret: her mom, her best friend, even the boy she’s “hallucinating.” It all makes her angry because all she wants is the truth of what happened.

During this entire book, I was clawing my way through the pages. As someone who has experienced panic attacks before, I know the feeling of what the author was describing exactly. I felt that she delved deep into the medical background of how people experience these attacks and how they feel afterward. It really means a lot to me because it wasn’t just forced onto the page without a care of how it would affect the people who actually experience them. It was thoroughly written out, and all of the characters were affected by it; even the ones who didn’t have them.

I felt that Renee Collins did an amazing job of writing this story. The plot was well thought out, the characters were well described and had beautiful character development, and the setting was relatable to small-town residents and understandable to those who aren’t. I have never wanted to reread a story more than I have this one, and I can’t even believe something as real as this story exists.

For this, I give the book 5/5 stars. Everything was well plotted and well written, and I cannot thank the author enough for bringing such a book into this world.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I’m the author of Relic, Until We Meet Again, and Remember Me Always. I love historical settings, magic, and semi-tragic romance. I am represented by Jessica Regel.

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Fragile by Jandra Sutton *SPOILER-FREE REVIEW*

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What does it mean to be normal?

It’s such a loaded word, with about a billion different meanings, and every one of them makes Ava Collins sick.

At 17, Ava has been deaf for as long as she can remember. She grew up constantly reminded that she wasn’t – and couldn’t – be normal, that she needed to be ‘fixed’, but it wasn’t until she met Theo De Vries that she learned the truth.

Deaf doesn’t mean broken, it means different. And different isn’t a bad thing.

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MY THOUGHTS
First, I want to address how short this book is. It only has one hundred fifty-two pages. That’s really short in my book. I’m not picking on the author or her book because of how short it is; I’m just saying that I don’t normally read that short of a book.

When I first picked up this book, I decided to go into it blind. I quickly found out, from reading non-spoiler reviews about it, that this book was a very loved book from Wattpad, and the main character was deaf and bullied.

In the beginning, I found the book very intriguing and the characters to be very realistic and relatable. But then, toward the middle, I noticed that it was getting a little bit rushed. This is where the book being a little short comes in. Sometimes, in short books, the plot gets a bit rushed. That’s what happened in a few of the chapters in this book. One minute she was depressed and completely alone, and the next, she was happy, bright, and hopeful. Now, I’m not saying that can’t happen. I used to be friends with a deaf boy before I moved out of that area and back into another school district. I knew what it was like for him to experience school without being able to hear because he told me every day how he felt and what went on with the other kids. I’m saying that, in this plot, it seems a bit rushed for a bullied, deaf girl to just suddenly have hope the minute she meets a new guy she may or may not like.

For my old friend, he said that it was hard to trust people because you never knew what they said behind your back or what they would do to you after they gained your trust; that, I can understand and that was what I was mainly looking for in this book. I was looking for the trust build up. I was looking for Ava to have problems trusting people, not only because of her family life but because of her disability. When I didn’t find that build up, it really kind of crushed me. It would have made the book so much better and more realistic and relatable.

After that, I kind of became a bit more closed off to what I was reading. The rest of the book wasn’t bad, and I am thankful for that. Though this book had good morals, characters, theme, and plot, it was hard to look past that one thing I was looking for and never found.

Because of that, I give this book 3.5/5 stars. I will buy whatever Jandra has next because I never look down on authors if I don’t love the first book I read from them. I may not have loved this book, but I did like it.

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igT89HiiABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jandra Sutton is an author, historian, and journalist.

After graduating from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana with a B.A. in History, she went on to receive a Master’s degree in Modern British History from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.

In her spare time, Jandra enjoys fangirling, running, and anything related to ice cream. Pluto is still a planet in her heart. She lives in Nashville with her fiancé and their two dogs.

My New Crush Gave To Me by Shani Petroff *SPOILER-FREE REVIEW*

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Charlotte (Charlie) Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He s the school s star athlete, in the National Honor Society, invited to every party, contributes to the school paper (where Charlie is co-editor), and is about to be featured as One to Watch in a teen magazine basically, he’s exactly the type of guy Charlie s meant to be with. The only problem he barely knows she exists.

But Charlie is determined to be Teo’s date to the Christmas ball. And she has a plan: To rig the paper s Secret Santa so that she can win his heart with five perfect gifts. But to do that she needs help. Enter J.D. Ortiz Teo s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He s easy going, laid back, unorganized, spontaneous, and makes a joke out of everything the exact opposite of Charlie (and Teo). But he s willing to provide insight into what Teo wants, so she’s stuck with him.

Yet, the more time Charlie spends with J.D., the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?

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MY THOUGHTS
I have never before read a book with such a pushover, girl character. When I opened this book, I expected it to be light and airy, but then again, that’s what I expect of any book when I go into it blind. This was the exact opposite. This book was seriously annoying but in a good way. It made me laugh while cringing, and it made me want to scream at the characters at the same time.

I can say with embarrassment that I see a bit of myself in Charlie’s character. I may not be a time managed person, but I do like to hear what I want to hear. I feel like, throughout this whole book, she was terrified. I mean, who wouldn’t be? You have the photographer of your newspaper who is always late to meetings, and you have, like I mentioned, the newspaper to worry about. Then you have a know-it-all gossip girl who, honestly, could probably use a good punch to the nose. I wanted to jump into this book and scream at every single one of them.

This is where it becomes real, and my real, I mean realistic. This book was more than relatable. In some books and a lot of movies, you will hear the characters say, “Oh, I have a free period. We should meet up then!” Let me tell you, there is no such thing as a “free-period.” If there was, I can tell you, I would be all up in that thing like there is no tomorrow. In this book, that wasn’t even mentioned! Thank God for the author taking into part the realistic aspect of teenage high school student’s lives. I mean, if I had seen anything closely relating to a “free period,” I would have automatically deducted half a star.

J.D. is so misunderstood in this book, and I wanted to just give him a big hug. I can see what he means when he says he wants to make the newspaper “artistical,” but then I can also see Charlie’s point of being “professional.” Between the two of them, I would probably side with J.D. just because you want to make it as nice as possible. Sure, you want to relate it back to the high school student body, but you want to include everyone as well, not just a few select students.

J.D. was also correct about his cousin Teo being a player. I could tell from what I picked up in the last few chapters that the character herself had not seen. He seems like a nice and awesome dude, don’t get me wrong, but he is a bit overly flirtatious and too into it. He reminds me of a girl I USED to be friends with; by that, I mean the overly flirtatious part (she classified it as being “naturally flirtatious” and that pissed me off to a point I can’t even explain. But that is a story for another time).

Though this book did have some faults, I did enjoy it. For that, I give this book 3.5/5 stars. If you are looking for the perfect high school Christmas book to read, this would be it.

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shani-authorpicABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She’s the author of the “Bedeviled” series, which includes Daddy’s Little Angel, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress, Careful What You Wish For, and Love Struck, and is the co-author of Ash. She also writes for television news programs and several other venues. When she’s not locked in her apartment typing away, she spends a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and shopping online.

Chasing Red by Isabelle Ronin *SPOILER-FREE REVIEW*

chasing-red-isabelle-roninSYNOPSIS
They said she was going to be my ruin…
Then let her ruin me.

Caleb Lockhart has everything—wealth, adoration, a brilliant future. Until a chance encounter with a siren in a red dress changes everything. Until he meets the woman he dubs Red.

Veronica Strafford’s past makes it hard for her to trust anyone. Now, kicked out of her apartment, she reluctantly accepts Caleb’s offer for a place to stay.

Caleb feels intensely drawn to Veronica. And, for the first time in his life, he really wants something—someone. Too bad Veronica’s heart might just be the one thing Caleb can’t win.

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MY THOUGHTS
When I first picked up this book, I thought, “Oh, it’s not going to be as spectacular as everyone has hyped it up to be.” Let me tell you, I joined the Wattpad party later than everyone else because I hadn’t even heard of the app until years after it came out. As soon as I passed Chapter One, I realized my mistake in judging a book that was very hyped. I should have known it would have been good because everything that Sourcebooks has published has been nothing but amazing.

Isabelle Ronin (which people somehow got me mistaken for in my school) is a spectacular author who brought about a non-smutty romance. I can’t tell you how happy I am that this girl has not made this so exotic. This romance is so different from other romances, and I loved it.

However, I did feel that, in the beginning, there wasn’t a lot of building. The first few chapters were a bit slower than I would have expected. That, and when it was first given that Veronica and Caleb were to obviously be together, I felt their relationship was a bit fast-paced as well. This is coming from someone who has only read five romance books in her entire life, so don’t take this too personally.

After getting more into the book, I began to, once again, realize my mistakes and understand that there was a reason Caleb and Veronica’s relationship was going to be fast-paced: they were honestly attracted to one another. I did enjoy this book, and I am so excited that ALWAYS RED is on its way to my house. I am also very proud to add this book to my Wattpad collection, as well as say congratulations to Isabelle for such an amazing piece of work.

Because of everything I have listed, I gave this book 4.5/5 stars. But because Goodreads AND Amazon do not allow an “in-between,” it will show up as 4/5 stars. If you haven’t decided to pick this book up already, I do suggest that you do. You will not regret it.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A1sBuX1vmtL._UX250_Isabelle Ronin is a Filipino-Canadian writer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her Wattpad story, Chasing Red, has garnered over 140 million reads and was one of the most-read stories of 2016. As a result of the story’s  immense popularity online, several major publishers around the world have acquired the rights to Chasing Red. When she’s not writing, Isabelle can be found hanging out in bookstores, cafes, and whenever possible, the beach. You can follow her and read her stories on Wattpad.