Feb 28, 2016

| Review | Forsworn by Emily Wibberley - Kick Butt, Take Names Later!


Title: Forswon (Book Two of The Last Oracle Series)
Author: Emily Wibberely
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action
Release Date: June 27th, 2015
Publisher:  Self-Published
Clio can see the future, but what she doesn’t know about her past could destroy her.It’s been a year since Clio made her sacrifice to the Deities and embraced her destiny as the Oracle to save her people.The only family she has left is a brother who wants her dead.The prince, her oldest friend, is a king with his own agenda.And the man who once loved her, now hates her.All she can do is try to forget about Riece, the enemy commander whose heart she broke to save his life, as she serves the Deities. Her days are filled with Visions and bloodshed in a never-ending war against the Untouched. To add to her problems, she must pose as King Derik’s mistress to conceal her forbidden powers from the Emperor’s spies.When Riece unexpectedly returns to Sheehan with a new and beautiful ally, Clio knows she must put him out of her mind once and for all, but first, they are thrust together into battle against a mysterious Untouched warrior with otherworldly power. To reclaim her city, she must team up with the man she hurt, the man she still loves but can never be with, and finally confront the questions about her origin—questions with answers that Clio may not be prepared to face.





There is no denying the fact that Emily Wibberley is taking the fantasy and action genre by storm with this thrilling, action packed series! This author is one you don't want to miss!

Due to this being the second book of the series and since I am not one for spoiling other readers, I have blanked out a paragraph of my review to avoid spoiling you. Also be advised that the synopsis above does contain spoilers for the first book, so read at your own risk! Note: Drag your mouse over the blank space to view the hidden paragraph, if you'd like.

Not long ago, I was given the chance to read the first book in this series, Sacrificed. I had absolutely nothing but good things to say about it and I was thrilled to be given the chance to read the second book of the series, Forsworn and let me tell you: this book did not disappoint! From it's stunning cover, to it's intriguing synopsis, to the very words on the pages, everything about it was spectacular and it will certainly be at the top of my favorites list for a very, very long time.

***SPOILERS START HERE****In this second installment of the series, Clio's story continues. It has been a year since since she made the sacrifice to the Deities and embraced her destiny as the Oracle. She also must pose as King Derik's mistress to protect herself and her powers from the Emperor's spies. Recently, her visions from the Deities have been filled with nothing but blood and war from the Untouched, who continue to reek havoc through the cities. But soon after, Clio is touched with an unknown mark that threatens her visions and soon her city and loved ones are now unprotected and in danger. To make matters worse, Riece, the man whose heart she broke to save his life, has returned to Sheehan and he has brought a beautiful young woman by his side, a woman he is betrothed to. But, in order to save her city, she must put her feelings behind her and work together with Riece to go face to face with the hard truth of her origin - something she might not truly be prepared for...****SPOILERS END HERE****

Even better than the first book, Wibberley's writing style captured me from the very beginning. Straightforward and exact, she created an exciting, fast-paced and thrilling story that once again intrigued me from the very beginning and I am positive it will capture even the most reluctant of readers. The author also had a way of connecting you to the story just by the descriptions of her world. From the city of Sheehan to the characters profiles, I could perfectly picture every detail in my head and I absolutely loved that when reading this book.

With our main character, Clio is an such extremely compelling character and easy to connect with due to her fierce intelligence, determination and strength, physically and spiritually. Clio's situation's was one that left me intrigued, yet sympathetic and I am without a doubt sure that other readers will feel the same way. Clio's bravery, maturity, and grace under such horrific and shocking moments also captivated me. Wibberely gracefully captured each of those moments in precise and agonizing detail until Clio's every emotion and thought begin to feel as though they were my own.

One of the last aspects that I loved about this book was that even though this series has romance, it doesn't make it an important priority. Yes, there certainly is romance and there is definitely some steamy scenes, but the author didn't make it an major part of the book and that's what made me love it even more. I wanted a series with a true kick ass heroine, a girl who was strong, passionate and intelligent and didn't rely on a man or change herself for him, and that's exactly what I got and I couldn't be more happy about it! 

Forsworn was a riveting and thrilling novel, one that will surely leave you anxious to see what happens next at almost every page. This series is one that I guarantee you don't want to miss out on!




What are your thoughts on this series? Interested or no? Have you already read the series? What were your thoughts? I'd love to hear what you think so let me know down in the comments below!



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Feb 14, 2016

Promo Post: Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision - Excerpt + A Sea of Colors in Sassy & Classy Outfit!

Title: Threats of Sky and Sea
Author: Jennifer Ellision
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: May 20th, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Sixteen year-old Breena Perdit has spent her life as a barmaid, innocent to her father’s past and happily free from the Elemental gifts that would condemn her to a life in the Egrian King’s army. Until the day that three Elemental soldiers recognize her father as a traitor to the throne and Bree’s father is thrown in jail—along with the secrets from his last mission as the King’s assassin. Secrets that could help the King win a war. Secrets he refuses to share. Desperate to escape before the King’s capricious whims prove her and her father’s downfall, Bree bargains with him: information for their lives. It’s a good trade. And she has faith she’ll get them both out of the King’s grasp with time. But that was before the discovery that she’s the weapon the King’s been waiting for in his war. Now, time is running out. To save her father’s life and understand her own, Bree must unravel the knot of her father’s past before the King takes his life– and uses her to bring a nation to its knees.



“Da.” I rap sharply on his door. Light taps won’t do anything to rouse him; Da sleeps like   the   dead   sometimes.  A brief   shuffling   issues   from   inside   the   room   before   he’s blinking into the unexpected light of my candle.

“The inn had better be burning down,” he says, rubbing wakefulness into his brown eyes.

That’s not completely out of the question. I think fleetingly of the two Torchers I’ve left downstairs with a Rider who could fan the flames. Striving for nonchalance, I say,“Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. I need you downstairs for a moment.”

He grumbles but pulls his quilt from his pallet without further protests, winding itaround his body like a caterpillar in a cocoon to follow me. 

“Got a squad of Elementals here that say they’re on the trail of a truant,” I explain as we descend. “Figured you could put in an appearance and we’ll both get back to bed quick enough once they realize whoever they’re looking for isn’t here.” He stops dead on the second floor landing. I hold my candle higher. Maybe it’s just the flickering light, but I would swear I’ve never seen that look on his face before. He’s clutching his quilt tighter. His fists are clenched around the edge.

“What—” he croaks and clears his throat. “What exactly did you tell them?”A tremor of anxiety runs through me, sending my weariness fleeing. Why does he look worried? 

“That it’s ridiculous,” I say slowly. “It is, isn’t it?” Comprehension dawns over Da’s features. Dread hooks into my stomach with clawed talons. He doesn’t respond but sets his quilt down on the landing and thumps down the stairs, shoulders squared. He’s walking with a grim resignation. Like a man on his way to his own execution. 

A chill steals over me. “Da?” I fly down the steps behind him, heart pounding, wings suddenly at my feet.He’s already taking the last few steps into the tavern when I catch up with him. I take a worried look at the Elementals. Tregle looks to be practically asleep on his feet and Baunnid slides a tankard back and forth across the counter between his hands with a bored look on his face. 

Katerine turns when we bang into the room. A slow predatory smile slides across her face, revealing gleaming white teeth that could rip skin from bone. “Hello, Ardie,” she purrs.That’s Da’s name. I look back and forth between the two of them as fear tears into me anew. It suddenly feels as if the ground beneath me has vanished and my stomach is plummeting as I fall. Da nods once, stiffly, and raises his chin.

“Hello, Kat.”



As I sat down to work on the outfit for this post, I was extremely excited. I took a few minutes to study the cover and it's design, trying to find some ideas and inspiration for when I started on the outfit itself. There were many things I could go with for the outfit--jeans and a blouse, shorts, skirts and even dresses. But seeing as though the model on the cover was wearing a dress herself, I thought it would be best to go that route as well.  

It didn't take long for me to find the perfect dress to match with the cover and the second I saw the one pictured above, I knew there couldn't be another one that would fit as perfect as that one! Now, even though there is a huge amount of blue in the cover, I didn't want the outfit to be focused on just that color. Blue and white almost always go perfectly together, so I decided to add a few white accessories into the mix. The shoes and purse definitely add a nice touch to the outfit and they really stand out from the dark blue. A huge bonus that I noticed about the purse was that it also has small areas where the color gold is, which also went and matched with the flower earrings. Yes...I totally fangirled when I noticed that!  

With the beauty products such as the nail polish and lipstick, I didn't want to go to crazy with either of them. The dress already is such a bold color, and I wanted to go easier and lighter with everything else. With an outfit like this, a nude or light pink lipstick would definitely work well, but it depends on whichever you'd like best! 

Jennifer Ellision was born and raised in South Florida and lives in perpetual fear of temperatures below 60F. She spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn't find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She has an OTP, loves character analysis, and is a master of the fangirl flail, with a particular soft spot for fanfiction. She frequently bursts into song (and they are often of a Disney persuasion). Sailor Moon is one of her favorite things on this planet. .

She also blogs at The Bevy Bibliotheque, where she talks about books, TV, movies, and other things that she goes fangirl over.
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Feb 9, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - A Whole New Walking Dead, Baby!



Welcome to Waiting on Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spines. This meme is to talk about the books you just can not wait for to come out! This week I'm waiting on...



Title: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Genre: Young Adult, Mental Health
Release Date: September 27th, 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched. The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die. Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan. Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara. Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting.


The other day, I had stumbled upon a tweet of Rosamund's cover reveal for her upcoming novel, Bright Smoke, Cold Fire and let me tell you...I was definitely not expecting this! I absolutely love the font style, the women surrounding the circle and everything else on this cover. A huge round of applause from me to the cover artist because this one looks fantastic! I have yet to get the chance to read one of Rosamund's novels before, but this one will certainly be on my bookshelf the minute it hits shelves! From the intriguing synopsis to the outstanding cover, is it really any wonder why I'm anxious for the release date? Long story short...I need September to come quicker because I need this book like I need air!





So there you have it! What are your thoughts on this upcoming title? What are you waiting on this week? Let me know down in the comments below and feel free to leave the links to your WOW posts!


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Feb 7, 2016

Earth's End by Elise Kova - Tales From the Front + Giveaway!



Happy Monday my darlings! Today is such an exciting day for me because I was given the oppurtunity by the lovely author Elise Kova herself to host the eleventh (and last!) exclusive POV chapter for Tales From the Front, from the bestselling Air Awakens series! If you haven't already noticed, I am absolutely in love with this series and I have sometimes found myself randomly recommending these books to strangers that I see in bookstores. Trust me--these books are that good! If you'd like to read my review for the first book in the series, Air Awakens, you can click HERE! Now, you are probably wanting to know a bit more information on what exactly Tales From the Front is, right? Don't worry, Elise and I got you covered! 

TALES FROM THE FRONT

Tales from the Front is a series of notes, alternate POV chapters, and other teasers that take place from just before the end of Fire Falling (Air Awakens, #2) to the beginning of Earth’s End (Air Awakens, #3). They are being sent out at random with the idea that bloggers and readers can ban together to put the puzzle pieces together to find out a different side to the story and uncover truths about the characters.

Bloggers and readers are invited to re-post information so long as they link back to the individual who posted it originally. In fact, this is generally encouraged, as it’ll help connect all the pieces! You never know who will be receiving information and when. 

Like I said above, this POV chapter is the eleventh and last one, but if you'd like to read the first one, click HERE to view it!


Title: Earth's End (Book Three)
Author: Elise Kova
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: February 11th, 2016
Publisher:  Silver Wing Press
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A woman awoken in air, a soldier forged by fire, a weapon risen from blood. Vhalla Yarl has made it to the warfront in the North. Forged by blood and fire, she has steeled her heart for the final battle of the Solaris Empire’s conquest. The choices before Vhalla are no longer servitude or freedom, they are servitude or death. The stakes have never been higher as the Emperor maintains his iron grip on her fate, holding everything Vhalla still has left to lose in the balance.


Baldair was tipsy.

Which, was rather impressive when one considered the sheer size of the man. Erion knew the Golden Prince’s tolerance as well as his own and knew just the right mix of spirits to get Baldair to the place he wanted him to be. Tonight, that place was just enough to loosen his tongue, but not enough to impede his performance. The prince looked like he could use a tumble in the sheets and Erion knew better than to get in the way of that.

It wasn’t that he relished in getting his sovereign inebriated. But, alas, sometimes it was necessary and this was one of those times. He blamed the young woman who had been Jax’s shadow for days on end. The same young woman who had just turned Daniel into a simpering puppy. The same young woman who had Baldair running to her the moment he arrived in Soricium. Yes, that young woman, the one he was nearly certain was the Windwalker and no one would confirm nor deny.

It was so irksome.

“Brother.” Erion let a little slur slip into the word, giving the impression that he was equally sauced. “You’re not yourself this night. Usually your return is more joyous. Tell me what’s heavy on your brow.”

“But I am joyous.” Baldair tapped Erion’s mug with his, taking another sip. “For I have returned to find that you and Jax have yet to burn down the place.”

“Burning is more Jax’s fashion.” Much to the lament of his own family, Erion mused. Erion should have been born a Firebearer to continue the Le’Dan line.

“Too true!” Baldair gave a full bellied laugh. “And he is rather wild with it.”

“You are not one to talk when it comes to being wild.” Erion smirked. “Tell me, when will you put the others aside and just take Raylynn for a bride.”

“She does not want it, and neither do I.”

“So you claim, but you spend an awful lot of time together.”

“Time does not mean marriage.” Baldair slung an arm around Erion’s shoulders. “Affection for affection’s sake is also possible.”

“And now you sound Eastern.” Erion shook his head in amusement. The prince was close, relaxed. It was time to strike. “Speaking of Eastern… The one who left with Daniel, she has Eastern eyes.”

Baldair stiffened, and it told Erion everything. “What of it?”

“Just an odd mix in the West.” Erion made a show of sipping his mug. “Much about her is odd. Much about your reaction to her has also been odd.”

“My reacting to a woman is not odd.”

“But she’s not your type.” Erion knew Baldair’s type: curvy, full-lipped, strong, tall, and generally breathtaking. The young woman who went by the name Serien Leral was none of these things. “She’s the type you make sport of to get a rise out of when you’re bored.”

“Truer than you know.” Baldair laughed more to himself than anyone else, looking beyond the Camp Palace in which they sat. Erion wondered what memory of the woman he’d triggered in the prince. “She’s more like family, I suppose.”

“Family?” Erion considered this for a long moment. “A new potential recruit for the Golden Guard?”

“She’s shaping up with skill enough,” Baldair agreed. “But, no, my brother would char me should I do something that he could perceive in the slightest as laying claim to the girl.”

Now, that was an interesting bit of information. In all the time Erion had known Aldirk he’d been an incredibly reserved noble. Really, it was impressive how close he managed to keep things to his chest. Erion would never give a Ci’Dan the pleasure, but he considered Aldrik to be a role-model prince for both Empire and Mhashan.

“Your brother…” Erion shifted the conversation as gently as possible. The golden haired prince stared into his mug as though it held every secret of the universe. He sighed heavily and shook his head. “There’s been no further word. I’m sure Jax told you what Elecia sent?”

Erion nodded.

“I know no more than that.”

The royal family was, indeed, in turmoil. Baldair’s brow was not prepared to ever wear the crown and Erion knew well that the younger prince didn’t want it. Erion sighed heavily. He’d been stubborn, but it began to make sense. Jax’s insistence. The woman’s secrecy. If Aldrik would no longer ascend the throne there would be mass uncertainty. The West would be none too pleased by the notion, even if they’d lost their connection to the throne due to the elder prince falling in battle. There would be questioning of Baldair’s capability to lead. And the North would see the Empire as fragile as it likely would be if such a truth came to pass. Erion would need to move carefully. Things were changing and his family was depending on him to keep the Le’Dans relevant in whatever the next world order would hold.

Erion genuinely sipped his mug, letting the ale wash over his tongue. “He’ll be all right,” Erion said, finally. “Aldrik will rise from the pass. The winds are howling here in Soricium for him. There is no other way.” Baldair considered Erion for a long moment. The prince knew clearly now of Erion’s suspicions about the woman. With one statement Erion had conveyed his understanding of the situation, his knowledge of the woman and her need for secrecy, as well as his assumptions surrounding Aldrik and the Windwalker.

The golden prince finally nodded, resting his shoulder lightly against Erion’s in support, just barely touching. “Yes, there is no other way.”




Elise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she’s honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye. 

 Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she’s currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of “geekdom.” She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook. Visit her website, EliseKova.com, for news and extras about her books!

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| ARC Review | Underwater by Marisa Reichardt - Just Keep Swimming


Title: Underwater
Author: Marisa Reichardt
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: January 12th, 2016
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive—first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself. But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school. When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside.







Powerful and mesmerizing, Marisa Reichardt's debut novel is one that I highly recommend to you if you'd like to try and venture into the waters of something new! 


Sadly, no matter where we are in the world, there is always some type of horrible act of violence happening. Almost every day we are come across reports of these events and we can't help but feel absolutely horrified that the world has come to something where every day we are greeted with hatred and anger. However, the things we aren't shown on the news is the aftermath from the victims of these tragic events and how they are coping with such life changing and heartbreaking situations. In this stunning young adult debut novel, you get exactly that. Instead of focusing on the tragedy itself, Marisa Reichardt perfectly captures the honest and raw truth of the victims struggling to cope after such horrific events.

Morgan no longer goes outside. She's switched from public school to home school, has regular meetings with her therapist inside the safety of her home and is only social with her brother, mother and therapist. However, she wasn't always this way. She used to be outgoing, social, and absolutely adored the water and the freedom from when she was swimming. But one day, everything changes when she was unintentionally involved in a school tragedy and she shuts herself away from society. Suffering from anxiety and PTSD, Morgan must cope with the after events of the incident and try to find some way to be reconnect not only with the outside world, but with herself.

Straight off the bat, Reichardt's writing style is one of the aspects that I took a liking to with this novel. Straightforward, honest and so full of emotion that you can't help but connect with each and every word written on the pages of this book. No matter what emotion Morgan was going through; anxiety, sadness, happiness, excitement--it felt real and I felt as if those emotions were my emotions in whatever moment that was presented in the book. Reichardt also captured the characters struggles with anxiety, and I applaud her for that! In most cases, novels that revolve around such tough topics such as this one, it either ends up being the best damn book you've ever read or it ends up falling flat and I am thrilled that is was the latter with this one!    

Another aspect I loved about this book was it's characters. No words can express just how much I loved these characters. In most YA novels, there always seems to be the "too perfect" of a protagonist, and how they almost never have any flaws. However, with Morgan, she was absolutely and perfectly flawed and that's what I loved about her. She was honest, complex, she was real and I loved that. Morgan wasn't the only character I loved as well. I had a strong liking to her family and her next door neighbor Evan, who develops into her love interest later on in the book.

Now even though there were many things that I loved about this book, the only thing that confused me was the mystery behind the school tragedy that occurred. I understood that this story was all about how the main character was coping and the author didn't want the readers to focus on anything else, but I wanted the story to go into a bit more detail as to why Morgan changed and why she is the way she is now. Obviously it wasn't hard to guess what the predicament was, but I was curious and slightly confused as to why the entire thing was all a mystery and didn't go into a bit more detail. 

Nevertheless, Underwater was such a raw and honest story that I couldn't seem to put down, not even for a second. Marisa Reichardt tackled so many topics in her debut novel in such a mesmerizing and haunting way and I highly recommend picking this one up if you'd like to try and venture into the waters of something new! 




What are your thoughts on this books with topics of mental health issues? Do you have any favorites? Will you be giving this novel a try? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!


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