August 22, 2017

Release Day Excerpt: Allerleirauh

Allerleirauh by Chantal Gadoury

Allerleirauh Full Cover

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy /
Fairytale Adaption / Historical
Romance   

Published by Parliament
House Press © 2017

Once Upon a Time…  

In the kingdom of Tranen, a king makes a promise to his dying wife that he'll only remarry a woman who possesses her golden hair. In time, the king's eyes are turned by his daughter. Realizing her father’s intentions, Princess Aurelia tries to trick him by requesting impossible gifts: dresses created by the sun, moon and stars, and a coat made of a thousand furs. But when he is successful, Aurelia sacrifices her privileged life and flees her kingdom, disguised by the cloak and a new name, Allerleirauh. 

She enters the safe haven of Saarland der Licht, where the handsome and gentle Prince Klaus takes her under his care. Hoping not to be discovered by her father’s courtiers, Allerleirauh tries to remain hidden under her new identity when she finds unexpected love with Prince Klaus, even though his arranged marriage to the princess of a neighboring kingdom approaches. Risking everything, Allerleirauh must face her troubled past and her fears of the future along her journey to self-acceptance in this triumphant retelling of the classic Grimm Fairy Tale.


  

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About the Author:
Chantal Gadoury is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published three novels, “Seven Seeds of Summer,” Allerleirauh” and “The Songs in Our Hearts.” Writing has always come naturally to her, beginning at the early age of seven. Her love of writing evolved from a passion to read and document everything about her life in journals. (A Real-Life Harriett the Spy, without the Spying!) While Chantal is pursuing writing avenues, she enjoys acrylic painting, watching Disney and romantic historical movies and spending time with her family.

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Excerpt:
“I won’t ever let them near you again, Aurelia. I swear it,” he promised as his grief- filled eyes met mine. “You must know I love you. It never mattered to me whether you were a princess or not. It matters not to me if you think you are soiled, because to me . . . you are more . . . You are more than what has happened to you, and you always shall be,” he said softly as his hand slid to my cheek. Carefully, his thumb wiped a tear away.
“You are this wonderful, head-strong, and brave woman,” Klaus continued. “No one has any right to ever try to take such a thing away from you. It should only ever be admired
and cherished.”
More tears began to spill over my cheeks as relief flooded me. Klaus would not turn me away; instead, he accepted me. I rested my forehead against his shoulder, as I felt his arms slowly wrap around me.
“Tell me what you wish for me to do, my sweet Aurelia, and I will do it.”

August 21, 2017

Review: Divergent

Divergent (Divergent, book 1) by Veronica Roth

Divergent  (Divergent #1) by Veronica RothGenre: Young Adult Dystopian
Edition Reviewed: Ebook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Divergent (1)

Paperback features over fifty pages of bonus materials, including a sneak peek of Insurgent, an author Q&A, a discussion guide, a Divergent playlist, faction manifestos, and more!

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.


Review:

Four sets his hand on my back and says, “Welcome to Dauntless.”

This was such a surprise for me. Honestly I've already watched the movie, but I felt compelled to check out the book. Apparently other readers found themselves in the same boat. There is definitely something undeniably addicting about Divergent. It's not just the train jumping and fear defying stunts. Though that doesn't hurt.

I think the real fun of the book is that it's like a mash up of other good books. Mild tones of The Hunger Games. Not to mention Houses! What if you could pick your Hogwarts house? Hmmm? Ha-ha. In all honesty it is a creation that borrows from many other books. To some how create something fun even while it manages to be predictable.

There are some stand out things that I do wish to highlight. Such as Tris's mother. Yes, her mother keeps secrets from her daughter. However, it's to be expected for legit reasons of this book. I love how amazing her mother is. Not to mention the highlighting of how despite trying to brainwash people into factions, they are all tied somehow to each other. Aspects that one faction may cherish and rely on are simply called something else in another faction.

Divergent manages to balance Tris's coming of age story with the building unease of political unrest and revolution. Not to mention the power hungry crazies' actions when normal brainwashing isn't enough and scarier things are on the horizon. I'm very curious as to what is going to happen to and within Dauntless in the next book. Because yes, I need to continue this series.

Content Warning: There is talk of sex and ones boundaries. I enjoyed the different views on it by factions. Not to mention Tris's frank—and honest—feelings about sex. How refreshing. There is killing, death, murder, horrible sabotage of initiates, and violence. Violent acts against people do to prejudices and for power plays. Some kissing and modest making out.

 
3/5 - A solid read despite minor flaws.


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Divergent (1)
Insurgent (2)
Allegiant (3)       

Divergent (1)
Insurgent (2)
Allegiant (3)     
Divergent (1)
Insurgent (2)
Allegiant (3)

July 19, 2017

Wednesday Wishes + Cover Coveting

Okay I've been enjoying watching Still Star-Crossed. It's been so hard to know when it airs that I've just been catching it on Roku when an episode hits. So now I've found out that they've dumped it and at least—thankfully—they will have a full season 1. However, didn't it ever occur that maybe because they made it so hard to know when it was airing that people had a hard time watching? Sighs. Feels like any of the summer shows they try are dumped before episode 3.

Moving on to books. I decided to use my WW header because I haven't used it in ages! However, the cover has been dropped.

Oh, and the book? It's a merging of AWESOME SAUCE authors. Gaze upon it.


Honor Among Thieves
by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

Honor Among Thieves  (The Honors #1)Get it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Series: The Honors, book 1

Zara Cole has been in and out of New Detroit’s rehab facilities for treatment of her antisocial disorder. There’s no adjusting Zara’s attitude, though. A painful past has made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in the Zone instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan–a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned to along with fellow Honor Beatriz, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time, along with a devotion she’s never experienced before. Yet nothing—not her Honors training or her street smarts—could have prepared her for the dark, dangerous truths that lurk behind the glitter of starlight.

Honor Among Thieves is the first book in a daring new sci-fi series by bestselling authors Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre.

I'm so excited that Caine will now be part of a Sci-Fi series. Ah!!! Though my most anticipated Sci-Fi of this year was a huge disappointment. I bet this won't be!

I love the look of this alien spaceship. Looks so unique!

July 18, 2017

Review: The Black Lily

The Black Lily (Vampire Blood, book 1) by Juliette Cross

The Black Lily  (Vampire Blood #1)Genre: Paranormal Romance
Edition Reviewed: Ebook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: The Black Lily (1)

 

Cinderella like you’ve never seen before…

With the threat of the vampire monarchy becoming stronger every day, the Black Lily must take drastic measures. As the leader of the underground resistance, Arabelle concocts the perfect idea to gain the attention of the Glass Tower. Her plan? Attend the vampire prince’s blood ball and kill him. Fortunately for Prince Marius, her assassination goes awry, and Arabelle flees, leaving behind only her dagger.

Marius is desperate to find the woman whose kiss turned into attempted murder, hunting for the mysterious assassin he can’t push out of his mind. But what he uncovers could change the course of his life forever…


Review:

Apparently it was not the first chapter of this book I read that captured my attention, I wish I knew which book it was. All the glowing reviews from Goodreads Friends and the promise of a vampire historical romance retelling Cinderella had me. Sadly after the first few chapters things went south for me. It's nothing against the writer. The writing is good and the banter is fun. The sad truth is that once you've read so many romance titles it gets old and even vampire love follows standard clich├ęs. I know I haven't read as many as others, but apparently I'm reaching a limit for myself. I'm finding myself the same way with erotica. It now takes more to capture my attention.

The Black Lily did sport a fun cast of characters. They have great chemistry, but you can find them in any romance novel. This book held no surprises and I predicted the entire storyline for the book. Even predicted the next book. Who the next couple was and how things would go. I asked a friend and I guessed it all right.

The writing is decent and pretty clever at a few turns. I think that from the glowing reviews there is an audience for it. Sadly it's not me. I've just read too many Paranormal Romance titles and for me that means checking off the boxes for things romances with fangs need. Predictable isn't always a good thing and I wasn't in the mood for an easy read.

Content Warning: Sexual humor, tame sex scenes, brutal murders, killings, and the birth of an uprising. Oh, and a horrible cover. Maybe that was my warning. ^_- JK, some of my fave books have bad covers . . . though tacky dragons that could have been done better are different.

 
1/5 - Couldn't finish it or wished I hadn't.


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
The Black Lily (1)
The Red Lily (2)       

The Black Lily (1)
The Red Lily (2)
The Black Lily (1)
The Red Lily (2)

July 17, 2017

Nasty Romance Covers

So I don't think these are the worst romance covers I've ever scene, let alone the most WTF. I got a kick out of them though!

That butt one was super odd. I love what comes through the Ms Mojo channel every now and then.

July 13, 2017

Cover Coveting (10)

 
Cover art is found from Goodreads, Wicked Scribes, ATUF, social networks, and other sources.
***All cover art may not be final.***

Still doing my big catch-up so you may find some not so fresh covers in here.


Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Reign the Earth  (The Elementae #1)

Series: The Elementae, book 1            
           
Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Young Adult Epic Fantasy             
           
Shera’s thoughts:           
         

This might be a double post, or the one that got deleted due to issues.

I really love the look and feel of this one. A desert transport portal or something. Love the Moab texture to the arch.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Renegades

Series: Renegades, book 1
           
Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi            
           
Shera’s thoughts:           
       

This cover is so badass. Everything about it is simply brilliant.

From the placement of the text to, well, everything.

Ruins & Revenge by Lisa Shearin

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Ruins & Revenge  (Raine Benares #9)

Series: Raine Benares

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Genre: High Fantasy           
         
Shera’s thoughts:           
         

I tried to find a better image to blow up, but couldn't. Even though I couldn't this is still great too look at.

Shadowhouse Fall by Dannile Jose Older

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Shadowhouse Fall  (Shadowshaper #2)

Series: Shadowshaper, book 2

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Genre: Paranormal Young Adult             
           
Shera’s thoughts:           
         

I love the colors of this cover. Not to mention the cover models hair and how all the lovely colors are incorporated into it.

My question is in the bottom right is that more city or crypt?

Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Siege of Shadows  (Effigies #2)

Series: Effigies, book 2

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Genre: Young Adult Dystopian             
           
Shera’s thoughts:          

Oh, I love this! The clouds and smoke bellowing up.

Not to mention how the smoke and sparks are circling the logo/symbol thing.

Red Rising songs of Ares by Pierce Brown

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Sons of Ares  (Sons of Ares #1)

Series: Son's of Ares, book 1
           
Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: N/A

Shera’s thoughts:           
         

This artwork is phenomenal.

The text kind of gets lost especially the smaller text.

Successor's Promise by Trudi Canavan

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Successor's Promise  (Millennium’s Rule #3)

Series: Millennium’s Rule, book 3
           
Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Epic Fantasy             
           
Shera’s thoughts:           
         

This isn't a bad cover. No. It's just a sad ode to how dull and boring Epic Fantasy covers have become. Yes, I know not all artists can be like Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books.

Still. I miss ambitious work.

The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


The Becoming of Noah Shaw  (The Shaw Confessions #1)

Series: The Shaw Confessions, book 1
           
Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy             
           
Shera’s thoughts:           
         

So the Mara Dyer books had water themes, and I like that the Noah Shaw books seem to have sparks. Maybe even a fire/heat theme? That would be cool.

The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


The Brightest Fell  (October Daye #11)

Series: October Daye, book 11

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Genre: Urban Fantasy             
           
Shera’s thoughts:           
         

I do not like the blurred affect on the butterflies. Not at all. Though maybe there is a reason in the book?

Still cool artwork. Not one of my favorites for the series.

The Carnelian Crow by Colleen Gleason

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


The Carnelian Crow  (Stoker & Holmes #4)

Series: Stoker & Holmes, book 4

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Genre: Young Adult Steampunk          
         
Shera’s thoughts:          

Ooooooo, clockwork bird. Love it!

Simple and beautiful cover.

Review: Shadow Run

Shadow Run (Kaitan Chronicles, book 1) by AdriAnne Strickland, Michael Miller

Shadow RunGenre: Young Adult Sci-Fi 
Edition Reviewed: Ebooik
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Shadow Run (1)

 

Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can't resist her, even if her ship is an antique.

As for Nev, he's a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary.

But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they're more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive.

Nev's mission to manipulate Qole becomes one to save her, and to survive, she'll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. He may be royalty, but Qole is discovering a deep reservoir of power--and stars have mercy on whoever tries to hurt her ship or her crew.


Review:

HER SHIP. HIS PLAN. THEIR SURVIVAL.

Those were the only words I knew from the cover and that this was supposed to be some kind of “Firefly” YA mash up. So . . . this book went the average route and I'm disappointed. Though now reading the official synopsis I see the argument for reading the synopsis for books one is excited about. That's always a tough call. Because sometimes you want to be totally surprised by the awesome excitement, hopefully originality, ahead of you.

That said I loved-loved-loved the cast of characters!!! Sure they're all kind of standard to a degree. The coolest character is Basra who is gender fluid and we're never given which sex he truly belongs to. What we do know is that Basra is a badass and since this is clearly the first book in a series (literally the Goodreads page was just updated to series) I need more details darn it!! It was so cruel that Basra wasn't given more page time. (Okay, he/she does have quite a bit, but I wanted more. Then there's Arjan, the poor brother of Qole who is really not given . . . much of anything. Poor guy. Muscle Eton. Computer hack extraordinaire Telu. Nev our handsome prince. Qole the awesome captain!

It's odd to think that despite the character development saving this standard sci-fi for me, the characters are stereotypical. Actually quite a few of the characters could have used more work.

At least Nev really worked as the Prince. Because he wasn't some brooding face that made the lead simper or lose her mind over his good looks. Though he is good looking. Instead he's hopeful and witty. Wow, role reversal! I enjoyed not having a broody male lead for once! Thank you. He stayed awesome even when faced with  the reality of his families corruption. (Please, that's not any kind of spoiler.)

Cole is the broody one and a totally awesome Captain of Kaitan Heritage. She's broody and pretty cool. Huh, I just now realized that those are the key points. She's a nice lead. Though now I realize that I read Shadow Run for Nev and Barsa.

Well. This is awkward. Besides some fun humor and Nev and Barsa, oh and Telu's clever comments I didn't like too many other aspects of Shadow Run. I was disappointed by the predictable plot. The romance happened just like it "should". Really I wouldn't liken Shadow Run to Firefly even for the humor. Which I did really enjoy. In the end I probably will check out the next book for more Nev and definitely for more Barsa. Which would mean poor Arjan will—should—actually get some time to become developed and out from the role of Qole's brother.

In the end I will be checking out the next book for Nev, but truly Basra.

Sexual Content: There is a gender fluid character so there might be some homosexual relationship. Mild kissing and mild sexual humor. Really this book is pretty clean. There's some class/caste issues and human rights.

 
2/5 - It's rough, but there's still some hope.


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Shadow Run (1)
Shadow Call (2)       

Shadow Run (1)
Shadow Call (2)
Shadow Run (1)
Shadow Call (2)

July 12, 2017

Cover Coveting(10)

 
Cover art is found from Goodreads, Wicked Scribes, ATUF, social networks, and other sources.
***All cover art may not be final.***

I’m skipping my Wednesday Wishes post so that I can catch up on CC. Because some of these books are out or creeping closer. But like I said I'm not letting Windows 10 or Open Office mess this up for me. (Really starting to think I need to move to Ubuntu.)


Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Immortal Reign  (Falling Kingdoms #6)

Series: Falling Kingdoms, book 6 

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Genre: Young Adult High Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

It's pretty, fits the series well. More hooded figures.

Inferno by Julie Kagawa

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


inferno

Series: Talon Saga, book 5

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Genre: Paranormal Young Adult

Shera’s thoughts:
       

I truly love the covers for this series. I was hoping for more dragon close-ups. The lava looks good.

Love seeing which letter in the title is going to get the logo.

Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Lake Silence (The Others #6) by Anne Bishop

Series: The World of the Others, book 1 (The Others, book 6)

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Genre: Urban Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:
       

Huh, I was really hoping for better covers for this series. I do like that an Other is on the cover. So cool.

Loved by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Loved  (House of Night Other World #1) Cast

Series: A House of Night Other World novel, book 1

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Genre: Paranormal Young Adult (Though I think this is them as adults!)

Shera’s thoughts:
       

Well it is kind of a more adult feel. I do like this cover art more from the original series.

At first I thought it was a fire and ice theme. Now I'm wondering if it's blood and ice!

Magic of Wind and Mist by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Magic of Wind and Mist (The Hanna Duology #1 & 2) by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Series: The Hanna Duology #1 & 2

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Genre: Young Adult High Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:
       

Wow I love it! Love-love-love-live it! The artwork is beautiful. I love the boat and the prow on it. (Does that make it more a ship than if it has a prow?)

I love how much depth the birds add being in the forefront, behind, and all around the boat.

Mindstormer by A.J. Steiger

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Mindstormer  (Mindwalker #2)

Series: Mindwalker, book 2

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Genre: Science Fiction

Shera’s thoughts:
       

It's a pet peeve of mine when the title is all one word, but it's broken up into two words on the cover. So annoying.

Cool artwork for the cover though. It doesn't really fit with the first one to me.

Odd & True by Cat Winters

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Odd & True

Series: N/A 

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Genre: Paranormal Young Adult

Shera’s thoughts:
        

Oooooo, love the catch phrase. So awesome!

I love the look and feel of this cover. The bloody axe and suitcase.

Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


One Dark Throne  (Three Dark Crowns #2)

Series: Three Dark Crowns, book 2

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Genre: N/A

Shera’s thoughts:
       

Oooooo, Ahhhh. Love it. I hope any future covers will be able to keep the theme of looking through glass, wet glass. It's just so dramatic and there are so many endless possibilities.

Pacifica by Kristen Simmons

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Pacifica

Series: N/A 

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Genre: Young Adult High Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:
       

the water spouts are very cool and the ship. The dock looks off.

Though the truth is that if you look at this cover from afar it looks more like a dark forest scene.

Perfect Gravity by Vivien Jackson

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Perfect Gravity (Tether #2) by Vivien Jackson

Series: Tether, book 2

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Genre: Science Fiction

Shera’s thoughts:
       

She looks totally badass. Look at the width of her gun!

Love the gritty and raw—wink—feel of this cover.