Spotlight : The Ceruleans Series Anniversary Party

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This February marks 2 years since the publication of the first Cerulean novel Death Wish and 1year since the publication of the fifth and final title of the series.

To celebrate this momentous occasion the novels are being relaunched with new covers, plus join the giveaway to win all five books in the series.

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Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blake is haunted by death. Her sister has made the ultimate dramatic exit: run away from school, join a surfing fraternity, drown in a tragic ‘accident’.

Following in her sister’s footsteps, Scarlett comes to an isolated English cove to uncover the truth. And, as it turns out, to fall in love with the place and its people, especially a certain blue-eyed surfer with a serious case of the heroics.

But as Scarlett’s quest for the truth unravels, so too does her grip on reality as she’s always known it. Because there’s something strange going on in this little cove. A dead magpie circles the skies. A dead deer watches from the undergrowth. Hands glow with light. Power.

What transpires is a summer of discovery: of what it means to conquer fear, to fall in love, to choose life, to choose death.

To believe the impossible.

 

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Once upon a time a little girl told her grandmother that when she grew up she wanted to be a writer. Or a lollipop lady. Or a fairy princess. ‘Write, Charlotte,’ her grandmother advised. So that’s what she did.
Thirty-odd years later, Charlotte is a professional writer. For authors and publishers, she writes and edits books as The Book Specialist. For herself, she writes soulful, coming-of-age romance for young adults.
Charlotte grew up in the Royal County, a hop, skip and a (very long) jump from Windsor Castle, but these days she makes her home in a village of Greater Manchester with her husband and two children. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her walking someplace green, baking up a storm, or embarking on a DIY project. She recently achieved a lifetime ambition of creating a library in her home to house her ever-increasing collection of books. She pretends not to notice that the shelves are rather wonky.

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Blog Tour Stop: Quanta Reset (Shadow Ravens #3) by Lola Dodge

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Quanta Reset (The Shadow Ravens #3) by Lola Dodge
Genre: YA
Release Date: September 27th 2016
Publisher: Ink Monster

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Quanta has escaped her laboratory prison, but that’s where the good news ends.

Life at the Shadow Ravens’ compound is a disaster. She’s drowning in visions of the dark pasts and darker futures of her fellow Ravens and is plagued by her own panic-inducing memories, but Lady Eva still expects her to “train” and “participate in missions.” Plus, the food tastes like burnt plastic.

The only bright spot is her genetic pairing to the brilliant Altair Orpheus. As their relationship grows, she’s positive that chemicals aren’t the only things drawing them together—although chemistry is definitely involved.

While they test the limits of her game-changing new ability to reset time, word arrives from Eva’s agents: Doctor Nagi is still experimenting with her DNA. If he succeeds in duplicating her power…

Forget the Shadow Ravens. The whole world is toast.

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Quanta’s POV

Futures fizzed through my dreams.
Tair and me giggling and smiling. Then Tair and me running and dying. Tompkins staring blankly into space.
The Ravens and Eva and Nagi. Millions of possibilities swirled. The past tugged at me, too. Like an underwater cave of phantoms, dying to pull me in.
Darren’s chemical-green eyes bored into me while he cackled from the darkness.
I woke up panting. And on the floor.
Gulping deep breaths, I tried to concentrate on my stinging back, hoping the pain would push away the ghosts. There were a million and one terrible things in those dreams, but one image stuck out more than all the others:
A future Quanta on her knees, clapping her hands to her ears, surrounded by limp bodies. So, so many bodies.
I pulled my blanket down around me and tried to even out my breathing. If my vitals spiked too much, Tair would come running, and I’d have to explain. I didn’t want to explain, even to him.
The nightmares didn’t bother me. Darren was dead, and he could laugh all he wanted now that he wasn’t breathing.
The past was like a bonfire I’d passed through. It couldn’t hurt me anymore. But the future… It’s just a possibility.
I hugged the blanket tight. It doesn’t have to happen.
Either way, it sucked that reality was my biggest fear.
I couldn’t let myself kill that many people. I’d end it before it went that far.And wasn’t that another chipper thought?
I grabbed the closest paper and pencil from the floor and started sketching. A time ghostly forest hovered at the edge of my vision, and I focused on it, losing myself in the shapes of the trees and mountains. By the time the paper was filled, my cold sweat was gone and panic had stopped making my vision shake.
Action. I had to do something or I was going to lose it.
But what?
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Lola is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University—and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.

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Blog Tour Stop + Review: Blood of the Prophet (The Fourth Element #2) by Kat Ross

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Blood of the Prophetby Kat Ross
Series : The Fourth Element #2
Publication date: September 12th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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Visionary. Alchemist. Savior. Saint.

The Prophet Zarathustra has been called many things. Now he spends his time drawing pictures of weird-looking goats. That’s what happens when you’ve been stuck in a prison cell for two hundred years. But the man who might be mad, and is definitely supposed to be dead, has suddenly become very valuable again…

It’s only been a few weeks since Nazafareen escaped the King’s dungeons with her daēva, Darius. She hoped never to set foot in the empire again, but the search for the Prophet has led them to the ancient city of Karnopolis. They have to find him before Alexander of Macydon burns Persepolae, and Darius’s mother with it. But they’re not the only ones looking.

The necromancer Balthazar has his own plans for the Prophet, and so does the sinister spymaster of the Numerators. As Nazafareen is drawn in to a dangerous game of cat and mouse, her newfound powers take a decidedly dark turn. Only the Prophet understands the secret of her gift, but the price of that knowledge may turn out to be more than Nazafareen is willing to pay…

 

The Review

If you  haven’t read book 1, then please stop now as this has some spoilers.
You can read my review of book 1 here – The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross

The book pretty much picks up from where book one left off. Although they escaped all the madness in the city of Persepolae, it seems they must return to Karnopolis to find the prophet who can free the daeva’s in the coming war with the queen of Bactria.
So Darius, Myrri , Tijah and Nazafareen leave for Karnopolis to meet with an ally known as Arshad.
Meanwhile, a necromancer and former Magi Balthazar is on a mission to also find the prophet and in the process crosses paths with the former water dogs. Will they be able to rescue the prophet before it is too late?

What did I think? So I won’t lie, I have been in a reading slump and this book didn’t manage to pull me completely out of it. But I will add that this is a really brilliantly written story.
I actually like all the characters in this book, as the author manages to create an awesome depth to them all.
We get to find out more about Darius and what he has experienced in his time when he lived in Karnopolis, there isn’t much concerning Victor in this book and I am really hoping he will be in the 3rd book.
I enjoyed the way the relationship between Darius and Nazafareen developed, they are my 2 favorite characters in the book.
Balthazar is truly a worthy villain in this book, I even fear him more than the so called queen of Bactria, this is because even when he is killing off his victims he does with interest, not malice. Now if that is not crazy person behavior I don’t know what is.
I have keen to see where the author is taking Nazafareen with the new discoveries in her abilities, she is a protagonist like no other, her strength and determination is amazing. Although her impulsive decisions might cause her more harm than good.
I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next book in the series.

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Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She lives in Westchester with her kid and a few sleepy cats. Kat is also the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day (Skyscape, 2014), about a world where the sea levels have risen sixty meters. She loves magic, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Preferably with mutants.
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Blog Tour Stop + Review: Dragon in the Blood by Juliette Cross

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Release date: 26th July 2016
Series:  Vale of Stars #2
Genre:  Paranormal/Fantasy Romance

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When desire bites, there’s no patience for a slow burn.

While all seems quiet in Gladium Province, the Morgon Guard—the global justice
force for the dragon hybrid race—knows their enemy is rebuilding its forces in the
underground.
Valla Moonring, an assassin for the Order of the Morgon Guard, is ordered on a
mission into the Wastelands of Aria—a formidable, icy wilderness fraught with all
manner of dangers, including outlaws, deadly weather, and big-game predators.
To her great distaste, she’s partnered with a Nightwing Security operative, Conn
Rowanflame, a Morgon with the aggravating ability to get under her skin. While
she takes her mission seriously, Conn’s confident charm throws her off balance, a
dangerous place to be in conditions like these. Especially when cold nights require
close contact.

Sensual attraction binds them ever closer, igniting a passion of unexpected
force—the soulfire. But when the hunters become the hunted, their bond could
prove perilous. Even fatal…

The Review  ★★★★☆

I read book one in this series and loved it so I just had to get my hands on this book 2. If you haven’t read book 1 then please don’t read further as there will be a few spoilers from book 1. You can check out the review here.
The book picks up mostly from where book 1 left off, Moira has been rescued but the so-called blood king seems to still be alive and hiding out in the wastelands of Aria. It up to Valla, Kol’s baby sister and the rest of the morgon guard to venture out there to gather information on how to track him down before more deaths occur.DragonInTheBlood_Teaser1_Final (1)
Valla is more than ready to get the mission started but when she is partnered with Conn Rowanflame she can’t help but be irritated and almost annoyed as he always seems to wind her up. But with the passing days and events that occur there is no denying the attraction between them.

What did I like? I am secretly loving this author with every book. This series has to be my guilty pleasure. I knew exactly where the story was leading but I guess the author threw in a curve ball or two which makes me so anxious to read book 3 in the series.
I really liked this book more than the first one, the banter between Conn, Valla and Bowen was awesome, it made the story soo much more fun.
I really liked Conn in this book, please tell me he is in the 3rd book? Bowen seemed a bit too restrained to me I would like to know more of his story and I believe book 3 will be about him…. I hope.DragonInTheBlood_Teaser3_Final
I liked Valla as one of the key characters in this book, there were moments I felt she just needed to dial back her attitude, especially towards Conn but in all, she was a really strong character. I hope she is in book 3 too. The introduction of the supporting characters just helps expand this story even further and I can’t wait to see what the author plans to do with this story in the coming books.
Overall a great entertaining read, I can’t wait for book 3 and what exactly will happen to the blood king.

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Juliette lives in lush, moss-laden Louisiana where she lives with her husband, four kids, and black lab, Kona. Multi-published author of paranormal and urban fantasy romance, she loves reading and writing brooding characters, mysterious settings,persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

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Blog Tour Stop + Review : The Snake Den by Nikki Rae

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The Snake Den by Nikki Rae
Release Date: 31st May 2016
Series: Shadow and InK Series #1
Genre: Paranormal romance

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The box has opened a door to the dark place where the voice Corbin hears dwells. Not only that, but she’s brought it forth in human form, into her world, into the light. But others have been alerted to her existence, and Six is only the beginning of the imaginary becoming real. Torn between her love for Six and wanting a normal life, Corbin must decide if she should live in the light or hide in the dark.

The Review ★★★☆☆

A very Special thanks to the author for this ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

I read the first book of this series earlier this year and even though a lot of it seemed vague I was spurred on to read book 2. I wanted to know where the story of Corbin and Six would lead.
Book 2 picks up from where book 1 ended. Corbin wakes up in this world where Six is no longer just a voice but a person, a real solid person she can touch and see. But Corbin does not quite trust her mind as a lot of what Six can do does not make much sense to her. School is also starting soon and Corbin tries to make it all work, having her private world with Six and also her normal everyday life with her mom, Jordan, and school.our world But Corbin wants more, she wants Six to be with her in her everyday world so she must help him “become”.
Everything seems to be going great and then she meets a new guy in her art Class names Rust who seems normal enough or is he?
What did I think? All I can say is what a rollercoaster. This book is seriously messing with my mind, and why does the author always end on some cliffhanger moment that makes me so unbelievably upset because I need to read the next book asap.
In this book we get to know more about Six, what he is but there are still way too many holes in the story. I felt the story moved a bit too slow but I guess it was for Corbin to get closer to Six. Half of the book to me was still a big tease because I kept wanting much more. When all the good stuff started happening it was the end again. the snake den teaser
I would have loved more of a back story about where Six came from, they kept going on about labels and what not which was annoying.
Again I appear to have been blindsided by Rust but her what else is new.
Jordan just seemed like an unwanted extra in the background, I mean why was she so angry? I do how book 3 is around the corner as I really need to know how this all ends.

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Nikki Rae is an independent author who lives in New Jersey. She explores human nature through fiction, concentrating on making the imaginary as real as possible. Her genres of choice are mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.

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Blog Tour Stop + Review: Shadow (Romany Outcasts #2) by Christi J Whitney

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Shadow by Christi J Whitney
(The Romany Outcasts series  #2)
Published by: HarperCollins/ Harper Voyager UK
Publication date: June 2nd 2016
Genres: YA Fantast/ Urban Fantasy

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The second volume in this incredible YA trilogy.

When stone hearts break they shatter.
Sebastian Grey used to be a normal teenager. Now he’s a creature whose sole purpose is to be a guardian for secretive gypsy clans.
When the Romany gypsies need his help, Sebastian is given a second chance to protect Josephine Romany – the girl he loves. But this is no easy task when some of them think he’s as bad as the shadow creatures attacking their camp.
Yet to keep Josephine safe, Sebastian might have to embrace his darker side. Even if that means choosing between his humanity and becoming the monster everyone believes him to be.

The Review ★★★★☆

I read book one last year as part of a blog tour and immediately fell in love with Sebastian. He just wants to be a normal teenager and make the girl he loves like him back but that’s not how it goes for him. At the end of book 1 we see that Sebastian decides to let Josephine leave with her family and he chooses to stay with Hugo and the Corsi clan.
Book 2 starts off where book 1 ends, it’s been a few months since Sebastian has been away from Josephine, it’s hard most days but he seems to be coping quite well. He binds up his wings and wears a big coat and a hoodie to go around Sixes, he still can’t bring himself to accept who or what he is. This is until the Corsi’s get a visit from Nicolas (Josephine’s father) to ask for Sebastian’s help. Still yearning for Josephine he accepts willingly even though Quentin and his marksmen make him feel very uneasy.
It takes time but it seems the gypsies at the circ are starting to accept Sebastian, that is until he gets a visit from some old shadowean creatures and this time it might not be so easy to walk away from them.
What did I think? First of all, let me just say that I absolutely loved every page of this book. Maybe it was because I loved Sebastian a bit too much. My heart was breaking into pieces over and over again for him. It just seemed like he couldn’t catch a break no matter what he did. It was nice to get to know more about Josephine and Francis in this book and let’s not leave out Quentin who I seriously and officially detest (I know right he just has it in for Sebastian). The book was a bit slow in some bits but I can see that the author was trying to get us to know Sebastian the guardian a bit more. Nicolas was just soo annoying, I felt like he didn’t stand his ground enough as the so-called bandoleer especially towards the end, I mean when Augustine is involved it just can’t be good right? I can visualize the apology he will be making in the near future. Josephine didn’t do much except sit and think and second guess herself, but at the end I was giving her a standing ovation for what she did ( took her long enough).
I still feel like there is so much more about the gypsy backstory that we don’t know and I hope the author addresses most of it in book 3. But overall a fantastic read, the book has left me a bit hungover and I can’t wait to read book 3.
Dear author, please send me book 3….. I’m dying here thank you!

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Christi J. Whitney is a former high school theatre director with a love for the arts. She lives just outside Atlanta with her husband and two sons. When not spending time with them or taking a ridiculous number of trips to Disney World, she can be found directing plays, making costumes for sci-fi/fantasy conventions, obsessing over Doctor Who, watching superhero movies, or pretending she’s just a tad bit British.

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Blog Tour Stop + Review : Withering Rose (Once Upon a Curse #2) by Kaitlyn Davis

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Withering Rose

(Once Upon a Curse #2)

Release dare: 17th May 2016

Genre : YA Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling

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 **A USA Today Recommended Series!**

What if Beauty was cursed, and the Beast was the only one who could save her? Don’t miss WITHERING ROSE, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Beauty & The Beast. This is the second book in Once Upon A Curse, a series of interconnected stand-alone novels all set in the same fantasy universe.

“As the heat finally disappeared, I felt the bloom blossom in the very core of my soul, a rose just like my name—a ticking clock hidden behind a façade of beauty. From that moment on, my life would become a countdown, and all I could do was wait and watch as the petals of time slowly started to fall.”

Omorose Bouchene has a secret—magic. There’s only one problem. At the age of seven, an earthquake struck, catapulting her into a new world. A land made of skyscrapers and cell phones. Fast cars and fluorescent lights. A land where magic isn’t supposed to exist and anyone who wields it is the enemy.

But after ten years of hiding, she’s desperate to find a place where she can be free. Because all magic comes with a curse, and her curse is time—every ounce of power she uses strips days off of her life. The clock is winding down, and the only option left is to escape to the realm ruled by a man known only as the Beast. But the king of monsters isn’t what he seems. And the more Omorose opens her heart, the more she comes to realize that the only person she may need to fear is herself.

The Review   ★★★★☆

This is book 2 in the once upon a curse series and I must say I actually enjoyed reading this one.
The story kicks off with a 7year old princess Omorose who is traveling with her father to visit her betrothed. But their journey is cut short by an earthquake which rips her world and everything she knows away. She awakes to inherit her mother’s gift and curse and by this it could only mean one thing, it was going to be her and her father from now on. For years, Omorose has hidden her powers and kept her head down until she can no longer contain it and so she decides to go in search of the king of beasts where she may belong as it seems magic is not forbidden in the mountains where he lives. But the king of beasts is not quite who she thinks he is. But the biggest question of all is if he can help her before she is consumed by her curse.
What did I think? Well.. I honestly liked that the author spun this fairy tale on its head and did something fun with it. The plot was really brilliant, a bit predictable but the again I don’t have any issues with predictability. The characters in this story were well written and I liked how Jade and Asher from book 1 were somehow part of this story.
I liked the main characters, Omorose was awesome although it seemed she had to give herself a pep talk every time she was faced with a dilemma or danger. I didn’t understand the big deal with sharing what her curse was with Cole , that annoyed me a bit but hey ho! it is what it is. I liked Cole a lot but one question I have for the author is that, as he is a shifter, whenever he shifts from animal back to man “what happens to his clothes?” random I know but I kept waiting for that awkward moment but it was never addressed and I have read a lot of fo books about wolves and shifters. I like the continuity that the author puts into this series that I am really keen to read book 3 to find out where the story leads.
If you love a really good fairy tale retelling with a really good spin then this is definitely for you.
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Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie.

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found indulging in some puppy videos, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her–about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general–you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com

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Blog Tour Stop + Review: Dragons Among Them by Kyra Jacobs

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Dragons Among Them

(Kingdoms of Fire & Ice #1)

Release date: April 19th 2016

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Prince Zayne Godfrey, heir to Edana’s throne, is betrothed to the lone princess of rival kingdom Forath. While his heart is not in the arranged marriage, he will do his royal duty.

When he finds a beautiful stranger cornered by a pack of wolves, he doesn’t hesitate to shift into his golden dragon form to save her. She thanks him by taking one look at him and fainting dead away.

Photographer Adelaide Miller is in England for a career-making shoot when a bizarre jogging mishap lands her in a dangerous, medieval-like world of royals, wizards and dragon-shifting men. Her first instinct is to find her way back, but the fire-breathing prince intent on protecting her threatens to melt her heart.

Zayne’s burning passion for Adelaide not only jeopardises the fragile peace between two kingdoms, it uncovers a ruthless plot to destroy his family.

Remaining together may change Adelaide’s very definition of home—and expose one searing secret that could forever shift the balance of power in Zayne’s world.

The Review    ★★★☆☆

I thought the blurb for this book was interesting so I thought why now give it a try, besides its got dragons and you all know I love dragons!

This is a bit of a fairytale-esq ( I know, I make up the strangest words) type of read. It is quite predictable but most times I don’t mind that as long as the journey from start to finish is fun and entertaining.

The world building I thought was not really great, I never quite felt like I was transported to this medieval time as the only things that hinted at it were the use of scrolls, the words that they used and the fact that dragons and magic exist.

The plot was clever, I liked that the author gave a bit of background to the reason Addie was so enraptured by Zayne.

It took me a while to like Zayne, he just didn’t seem genuine enough to me but after a while I actually really liked him. For once the main female character was bearable. I liked Addie a lot, she showed her strength and independence, and in my opinion handled the situation she was in quite well, if it was me I would have been cursing people out left right and center (just glad its not me…moving on) The romance was ok with quite a bit of steam which I think the author executed tastefully. I really felt sorry for Queen Helena who is in a marriage with so much unhappiness. I do hope if this story continues in a book 2 she will have the opportunity to find love.

I liked how the book ended, there were no loose ends although I would have liked to hear more about Zayne’s father the king as he seems to have fizzled into the background at some point. The other secondary characters in the book were great although none of them left a lasting impression only Berinon, even Rosalind was really super annoying.

If you like a fantasy with a sprinkle of fairytale dust, then by all means this is for you!

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Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love, humor and mystery in the Midwest and beyond. When this Hoosier native isn’t pounding out scenes for her next book, she’s likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves to read, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan.

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Blog Tour Stop + Review : The Beltane Escape by Ariella Moon

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(The Two Realms Trilogy, #1)
Publication date: February 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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Lady Fenella, ever surrounded by guards, knows only responsibility and duty. She believes Merlin and the Lady of the Lake are myths, Gran’s warnings about Fairy are superstition, and Fairy was invented to make children behave.

But then Gran brands her, Lord Argonshire kidnaps her, and the Lady of the Lake makes her a pawn. The Highland heiress must betray her newly betrothed and fend for herself when she dives into a wormhole to save her cousin. She lands in a part of Fairy even fairies avoid, and joins forces with Talfryn, a half-Viking/half-Fairy.

Fenella must use her wits to find her cousin, free the Lady of the Lake, and reach the wormhole in Glastonbury by Beltane. Nine days to unshackle herself from a sorceress, prevent a war between rival clans, and decide in which realm—and with which lad—she truly belongs. Oh, and The Most Powerful Wizard stands in her way.

The Review  ★★★☆☆

I really liked the opening of this book with a bit of the Merlin mythology, to me it held that air of promise that there was so much more to come with this book.

Let me simplify the review for you… it was a fun and exciting adventure.

Fenella’s life is one day changed when she is kidnapped by the Blackwoods for an arranged marriage to the third son. She tries to stay true to the promise while in captivity but everything changes when she goes down a fairy wormhole when chasing after her cousin.  And even though she is afraid of this new world filled with magical creatures she never thought existed she gathers her courage and continues on to find her cousin Sorley who seems to have gotten lost.

I didn’t full connect with this book, maybe it was the English used by the author, it threw me off quite a bit but I guess once you get passed that you can enjoy the story. The author did  great job with the magical world building and a lot of history and a huge chunk of information to support the story.

This book is packed with so many layers and the way it all comes together was just totally awesome.

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AriellaAbout the Author

Ariella Moon draws upon her experiences as a shaman to create magical Young Adult fiction. Her Two Realms Trilogy is a medieval fantasy adventure series with romantic elements. The Teen Wytche Saga is a series of sweet contemporary paranormal romances.

Ariella spent her childhood searching for a magical wardrobe that would transport her to Narnia. Extreme math anxiety and taller students who mistook her for a leaning post, marred her youth. Despite these horrors, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis. Ariella lives a nearly normal life doting on her extraordinary daughter, two shamelessly spoiled dogs, and an enormous dragon.

Ariella loves to hear from her readers.

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Release Date: April 1st 2015

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2015 Dante Rossetti Awards Finalist
2015 International Book Awards Finalist
2015 USA Best Book Award Finalist
Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.
You’re born.
You live.
You die.
She has no cause to believe that equation works differently for her, but there has to be a reason the world treats her like a pariah. When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He doesn’t shrink from her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends, who aren’t exactly comfortable with Allie, but they seem to get her in a way most people don’t.
Finally, Allie has a real shot at normal and rides that high right up to her sixteenth birthday when she wakes in agony—an experience Aidan insists they have all faced. She struggles in ignorance, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t. When she emerges, Allie is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special. As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world. A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright. …only Allie hates to fight.

The Review  ★★★☆☆

I was hoping to not start yet another series that will take years to complete, but when I read the synopsis, I just couldn’t resist not reading this book.

The book starts off really great….. Allie Carmicheal seems like just na ordinary high school student who has moved around a lot due to her parents job. She also has a hard time making new friends as everyone seems to flinch at her touch. When she moves to the Kelleys Island with her parents she runs into Aiden and she is shocked to realize that he does not flinch when their hands touch. From then on Allie and Aiden start to form a friendship but then strange things Allie cant explain seem to happening around her. And when she awakes in agony on her 16th birthday she is told she is immortal and is going through an awakening which is something they all go through. As Allie starts to come into her powers she struggles to maintain a form of normalcy in her everyday life and this new immortality which she is not entirely sure she really wants.

What did I like? The first 20% and the last 30% of the book, basically the pages in between didn’t do a lot for me. I know the author was giving depth to the characters but I just felt that most of it was not necessary. At Aiden and Sasha’s birthday where the family cam along, there were so many of them to remember that I found myself glossing over most of it. To me the important focus of the story was Allie, Aiden, Sasha and Vince. I feel we didn’t get to know anything about Vince but I digress. The main character Allie…. where do I start? I found her annoying and dare I say it infuriating. There was a bit too much of teenage angst in this book and that sometime made me question the direction of the story. She was quite selfish and childish which made me want to give up sometimes.

I really liked Aiden, he was a bit misunderstood but his loyalty and unwavering love was just awesome. It was fun to see how the relationship between him and Allie developed. I am still rooting for Aiden as I think he is just adorable. The history of the other immortals seemed to confuse me so I guess I might have to get that straight before I read the next book.
The book ended in quite a cliffhanger, so I am keen to find out what happens next.

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melissa a. cravenAbout the Author

Melissa A. Craven (the “A” stands for Ann—in case you were wondering) was born near Atlanta, Georgia, but moved to Cleveland, Ohio at the age of seventeen. She still thinks of Cleveland as home, so it was only natural for Emerge to take place there. Today, she is back in Atlanta—for some reason she can’t seem to stay away from the ungodly heat that makes her long for things like “lake effect snow” and wind that will knock you flat. Melissa decided a long time ago that the “life checklist” everyone else was clutching so tightly in their fists, just wasn’t for her. She does everything backwards because she is weird like that, but then, she is an artist and artists are notoriously “unique” and “quirky.” She is an avid student of art and design, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of West Georgia in 2009. She worked as an interior designer for several years, but she’s always thought she might like to be a writer when she grows up. In her spare time, if she has any, she enjoys shopping for derelict furniture she refinishes to exercise the interior design part of her brain.

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