Thursday, October 18, 2018

Review: Born, Madly by Trisha Wolfe

Title: Born, Madly
Author: Trisha Wolfe

Series: Darkly, Madly Duet #2
Publication: February 6th 2018

Genre: Dark Romance
Purchase it on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo

Rating: 4/5

Duet: a performance by two.

But who is acting, and who is devolving?

A buried past is unearthed, and Grayson Sullivan—AKA The Angel of Maine—retaliates against the system who made him, deploying psychological warfare on the woman who initially set him free. Dr. London Noble probes deep into the mind of the killer she’s fallen for, searching for answers, as a copycat killer threatens their unity. Are they partners, lovers, or enemies? One final trap will reveal all.

This duology has been quite the ride for me. I read both books in only one week. Something like this actually never happens so you can say that I really loved them. If you've read my review of the first book Born, Darkly then you know how obsessed I was with it. (if not you can read it here.) My obsession certainly didn't end with the second book. I do have to say I loved the first book a tiny bit more but all in all Born, Madly was definitely a worthy sequel in my opinion. I absolutely couldn't stop reading it.

Born, Madly continued the twisty love story of Dr. London Noble, criminal psychologist and Grayson Sullivan also known as The Angel of Maine killer. This book was probably a little more predictable than its predecessor because I could guess a couple of things that happened but other than that I loved the darkness and slightly disturbing feel that was also present in the first book.

I knew as soon as a copycat killer was mentioned that this was going to be an excited sequel. The first book had it's fair share of suspense but this one probably had a tiny bit more of that. Needless to say I loved this aspect of the story very much. I wasn'r even sure if everyone would survive and I don't want to say if they do or don't but let me tell you I was sweating a little by the end. The suspense nearly destroyed me. 

The romance was as deliciously dark and overpowering as it was in book one. I've got to admit I did have my doubt about London and Grayson as a couple and if this could possibly work but oh they certainly convinced me of that. Nothing about their romance is sweet or even kind but damn it if they haven't grown into one of my favorite couples ever. 

Born, Madly will have your eyes glued to the book to make sure you read every single word of this amazingly dark and scrorching hot book. London and Grayson's story will have you rooting for them even if you didn't think it could be possible. This is one duology that I would so very highly recommend. Go read it now!


Read my review of the first book Born, Darkly here.


About the author:
From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up imaginary worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her imaginary worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Cover Reveal: Piper Prince by Amber Argyle


Piper Prince
Amber Argyle
(Forbidden Forest #2)
Publication date: April 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

All magic is light. If that light be darkened, shadow and punishment come.
Long ago, a curse fell upon the land—a curse of forgetting and wraiths, a curse that ensured no daughters were born to the pied pipers in over three centuries. The pipers were all that stood between the humanity and utter destruction, so they did the only thing they could: they stole the daughters of the nearby kingdom with their hypnotizing melodies. With the sons born from those unions, they continued to defend against the wraiths and fight the curse, even though they were slowly losing.
Larkin was one of those daughters. Stolen by Denan and married against her will, she found herself falling in love with the very man who had taken everything from her, the man who had made her a princess. Together, they discovered that she was the first woman in three centuries to possess the magic of the pipers, and therefore, the only person capable of breaking the ancient curse.
But breaking the curse means unraveling the very past the curse is intent on keeping secret. The answer lies buried in the crypts of the Black Druids, men who consider Larkin a traitor they’ll kill on sight. Embedded in the intrigues of their court, she unearths a dark conspiracy destined to hasten the destructive power of the curse—a conspiracy aimed at destroying her piper prince.
Sequel to:


Author Bio:
Bestselling author Amber Argyle writes young-adult fantasies where the main characters save the world (with varying degrees of success) and fall in love (with the enemy). Her award-winning books have been translated into numerous languages and praised by such authors as NYT bestsellers David Farland and Jennifer A. Nielsen.
Amber grew up on a cattle ranch and spent her formative years in the rodeo circuit and on the basketball court. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in English and physical education, a husband, and a two-year-old. Since then, she and her husband have added two more children, which they are actively trying to transform from crazy small people into less-crazy larger people. She's fluent in all forms of sarcasm, loves hiking and traveling, and believes spiders should be relegated to horror novels where they belong.
To receive her starter library of four free books, simply tell her where to send it: http://amberargyle.com/freebooks/

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Review: Born, Darkly by Trisha Wolfe

Title: Born, Darkly
Author: Trisha Wolfe

Series: Darkly, Madly Duet #1
Publication: September 19th 2017
Genre: Dark Romance
Purchase it on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book DepositoryGoogle Play | iBooks | Kobo
Rating: 5/5

He challenged her sanity.

She shattered his reality.

They dared each other to the brink of madness.

A dark and twisted maze awaits criminal psychologist London Noble when she falls for her patient, convicted serial killer, Grayson Pierce Sullivan. As she unravels the traps, her sanity tested with each game, she's forced to acknowledge the true evil in the world around her.

I got this book when it was a Kindle freebie back in March but I hadn't picked it up to read until recently. I actually randomly decided to read it when I was away one weekend and I had only brought my Kindle so I thought I'd just start it and see how far I'd be able to read. It didn't take very long for me to get completely hooked by the story. As some of you may know I'm a huge dark romance fan. It's definitely one of my favorite genres, although it is really rare that I find a dark romance book that I'm really into that isn't written by Pepper Winters. But I guess I have now!

Born, Darkly is a story about criminal psychologist London Noble who falls for her patient Grayson Sullivan who is a convicted serial killer. I know initially this sounds like it could be a little cringy and at first even I was wondering how in the world it could even work between these two characters. But I've read my share of dark books and this one was just something different from any other book I've read in the same genre and yes, it does actually work for them in a twisty sort of way. But of course not without it's unexpected twists and turns. 

I was completely enthralled by London and Grayson's relationship. It all started when London decided to take him on as her patient and it all kind of spiraled out of control from there on because Grayson definitely was different from any other patient of hers. He really got under her skin and manipulated her from the start so she really didn't stand much of a chance even though she's a really smart woman. Grayson was something else entirely. He was delightfully sinful, mad and very intelligent. He killed people who did bad things but even so I don't think he's redeemable at all. And yet I couldn't help but love his character and root for him and London. The story is told in dual POV so you can really get a feel of both of the characters, which is something that I always love in any book.

This was also my first book by Trisha Wolfe and I'm not saying this might but I was really impressed with her writing style because it was really beautiful and descriptive. But it wasn't overly descriptive that the story would get boring. It was just perfect as it was. And I just can't wait wait how the story will continue in the next book. I'm sure all the minderfuckery and madness will continue. 

Born, Darkly by Trisha Wolfe is a twisted and dark read that's both unsettling and captivating at the same time. I never read anything quite like it, which makes for an even more amazing reading experience.


About the author:
From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up imaginary worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her imaginary worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself.
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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Stacking The Shelves: October 13 2018

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly bookish feature hosted @ Tynga's Reviews & Reading Reality.


Bought:
Player
by Staci Hart
I always buy Staci's latest book even though I still have multiple of her other books to read. Oh well... 🙈

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Obviously I'v already read Artemis Fowl many times but the Kindle version of the newly released edition is now on sale for only 99 cents (GO BUY IT HERE!) so I bought it because it has extra content like a sneak peek to The Fowl Twins. So exciting!

For Review:
The Jinni's Last Wish by Zenobia Neil
A historical fantasy novel set in the Ottoman Empire. Sounds perfect for me, right? I'll be reviewing it for the blog tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

Breakeven by Michelle Diener
I'm always excited to read Michelle's newest book!

Freebies:
The Darkest
Part by Trisha Wolfe
I found this free Trisha Wolfe Kindle book the other day. 

The Neolithic Revolution by in60Learning
I've already read this nonfiction about the Neolithic Revolution and I of course loved it. My review will be coming up soon.

I love nonfiction, especially Hourly History nonfiction and these two sounds pretty interesting. Can't wait to read them!



I hope you will all have a great weekend and happy reading! ♥


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Release Blitz: Player by Staci Hart

I should have known it was only a game.

I should have known he was too good to be true.

He’s nothing but a player...

Player, an all-new sexy, standalone romantic comedy from Staci Hart, is LIVE!

He’s a player.

He plays the bass with expert fingers. He plays women with intoxicating charm. And he’ll play me with the ease of a virtuoso.

Who better to teach me to play than the master himself?

I’m his model student, front row, pencil sharp. Pick up lines? I’ve got them. Free drinks? By the dozen. Kissing? Let me grab my chapstick.

But the most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that there’s so much I don’t know. Like why his touch sets off a chain reaction straight to my nethers. Or how I’m certain each kiss is the best I’ll ever have, until the moment his lips take mine again.

There’s so much I don’t know.

Like the fact that I’m only a bet.

But we are what we are. He’s a player, through and through.

And I’m the fool who fell in love with him.


Download your copy today or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited! 
Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/PlayerSH
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About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

Connect with Staci
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Lotus Effect by Trisha Wolfe

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting On Wednesday hosted at Breaking the Spine.


Lotus Effect by Trisha Wolfe
Expected publication: January 8th 2019

“I whisper the word, and my soul feels as light as air… Revenge.”

Lakin Hale, true crime writer and victim of an attack that left her for dead, has written numerous bestsellers under an assumed identity, helping crime solvers and victims close cold cases, yet there is one crime she hasn’t been able to solve:

Her own.

As she embarks on a new case, working closely with local authorities, the details of the murder begin to eerily resemble the event that nearly ended her life. A silhouette of a man haunts her dreams, but there were only two people there that night—Lakin and her murderer. Is her phantom hero who pulled her from the water real, or is he a devil sent to torment her, sparked by her desire for vengeance?

Buried in a watery grave of lotus flowers, the victim calls out to Lakin, unearthing painful memories of what was stolen from her that fateful night. For those that played a part, it’s now time to answer for their sins.

After obsessively binge-reading the Darkly, Madly Duet (reviews to come soon) where I read both books in only one week I was left wanting to read more by Trisha Wolfe and found out her next upcoming book releases early January 2019. It sounds like it's gonna be pretty close in atmosphere to the Darkly, Madly Duet but of course I could be wrong. I won't actually know until I read it. In any case I'm really looking forward to reading Lotus Effect


Share your thoughts!
What do you think of this book?
Have you read any Trisha Wolfe books before? If so which ones and would you recommend them?


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

ARC Review: Lost by Constance Roberts

Title: Lost
Author: Constance Roberts

Series: Twisted Fairy Tales #2
Publication: October 20th 2018 by Gryfyn Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
Purchase it on: Amazon
Rating: 3/5

What if Peter Pan was a girl?

Neverland sits in ruins.

The Pirate Queen wages war.

Pandora’s only hope lies in a boy… with no powers.

It’s been a century since the Pirate Queen banned all men from the island. Pandora and her Lost Girls hide in crumbling palaces of rulers long gone while pirates terrorize the land. Pan’s only solace is sneaking off to the human realm with her pixie, Tinkerbeau, and spying on the most fascinating creatures she’s ever seen… humans.
Tucked away in the flats of London, Pan discovers a lonely boy with an astonishing connection to Neverland. She whisks him away to give as a present to the Lost Girls, convinced he is the key to restoring peace. But as they prepare to battle the Pirate Queen, a terrible truth is revealed.
There’s only one way to save Neverland.
But Pan’s past has a hidden secret, one that puts her friends— and all of Neverland— in danger.


I'm always jumping on the chance to read a retelling of a story that I love. And I was into the story for sure but overall I can't say it was the best I've ever read. I do have to admit I'm a bit hard to please when it comes to retellings like this one, especially related to Peter Pan, so this is definitely a personal thing and I'm sure a lot of other readers might enjoy it a little bit more.

In ways Lost was a very different read in contrast to the original story of Peter Pan (of which I'm a huge fan.) But there were also a lot of the same elements that we all know and love from the original. It was a genderbent story so instead of Peter Pan we have Pandora a.k.a. Pan. Instead of the Lost Boys there's the Lost Girls. Instead of Tinker Bell we have Tinkerbeau. It goes on like this for a couple of more of the characters. But I think you all get it now. And what can I say? I absolutely loved this concept. 

Another possitive thing is that at 200 pages (according to the Amazon page of the book) it's not a very long read. At least not to me. So I finished it fairly quickly. It was quite the page-turner too and I had a hard time putting my Kindle down to stop reading because I always wanted to know what Pan was going to do or say next. I really liked her. Maybe even more so than a male Pan? 

Lost by Constance Roberts is a unique and modern twist on the story everyone knows at least a little bit. It's definitely worth checking out!

About the author:
Constance Roberts is a retired flight attendant who turned in her wings to stay at home with her adventurous daughter and to write. She and her husband live in St. Louis, Missouri where they spend the weekends playing board games with friends. She spends way too much time on Pinterest and her house is littered with half-finished craft projects. She is currently working on three titles at once, and has big plans for another fantasy series.
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Monday, October 8, 2018

Book Blitz: The Scythian Trials by Elizabeth Isaacs + Giveaway (INTL)


Don't forget to enter the giveaway below to win a $20 Amazon gift card


The Scythian Trials
Elizabeth Isaacs
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: October 16th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction

Descendants of the Amazons, the Scythians work alongside prominent governments but answer to no one. Warriors living on the fringe of civilization, they live by one credo: Strength through Equality. Power through Knowledge.
Nya Thalestris is the brightest Scythian of her generation. Strong, capable, ruthless, she is sure to earn a spot in the Trials, a time-honored mating ritual responsible for the evolution of her species.
Abducted by their sworn enemy, the Drahzda, Nya is forever altered and spirals out of control. The Society sends in Jax Nickius. Infamous psychologist and one of the most brutal warriors of their kind, he discovers triggers planted in Nya’s mind. As Nya solidifies her spot in the Trials, Jax develops a plan to help her heal—while pursuing her as a mate. But, Nya’s attraction to Jax is at war with her instinct to never let anyone get too close.
During the Trials, Nya’s repressed memories surface, revealing a new enemy—one from inside the consulate walls—and a traitorous alliance on the horizon that could irrevocably change the course of history.
Since before the Bronze Age, the Society has managed to safeguard humanity from itself … until now.
EXCERPT:
Nya knelt, her fingertips grazing the embedded paw print in the dark soil. Deep grooves on one side revealed the mountain lion had been favoring its right flank. The impressions were fresh, which meant they were closing ground.
Her prey had led her deep into the heart of the dense forest.
She slowly rose from her crouched position. The bright moon’s light broke through the thick clouds, casting a soft glow on the path ahead. The cat’s lopsided tracks wove between the trees, skirting dangerously close to the mountain’s ledge.
She glanced over her shoulder, watching Jax weave through the trees. He chose to stay a few hundred yards back. She had mixed feelings about the gesture. Tomorrow was her last challenge before graduating from the academy, and Jax was giving her the rare gift of space, which she appreciated. But he also insisted she lead, which made her leery.
In her culture, being treated as an equal was a dangerous thing.
Nya picked up the pace, following the path until it ended at the edge of a bluff. She stopped for a moment to watch the brooding mist that crept along the valley’s floor. From this vantage point, the streetlights looked like fireflies trapped under frosted glass.
The average human, or Allos as her people called them, knew little of her kind. They stayed on the forest’s fringe, consumed with the newest technology, choosing instead to take in the mountain’s beauty through windows and distant porches. Most Allos lacked the physical stamina to reach her compound, and those foolish enough to venture too close never came back.
Her stomach flipped as the hair on the back of her neck prickled. Even though Jax hadn’t made a sound, she knew he was behind her.
“Do you think the cat fell to his death?” His deep voice, always so calm, muttered in her ear.
She shivered. Jax officially was the academy’s weapons expert, but he also carried a Ph.D. in psychology and had been her counselor since her first year. He knew she hated people getting in her space. Until a few weeks ago he’d always respected the boundary. Now, he seemed to go out of his way to cross it.
Her brow lowered. “What do you think?”
“You’re the tracker. You tell me.”
The tension eased as she stepped closer to the ridge, putting some distance between them. She looked at the steep angle leading to the small town below. “I don’t think it’s down there.”
“And why not, Vtachi?”
Nya scowled, hating the nickname only he used. He’d given it to her the first time she snuck out of the compound. It meant ‘little bird’ in her native language, Dacian, and it made her feel small and weak. “Stop calling me that. I have more in common with that mountain lion than I do a helpless vtachi.”
Jax’s perceptive eyes held her gaze. He sighed. “Sadly, that may be true. But it’s become my priority to help you change that. Now, how do you know the cat has not fallen to his death? Answer the question, please.”
The stubborn part of her wanted to stay silent, but knowing Jax, he’d keep her there all night discussing the finer points of tracking. Or worse, he’d delve into the significance of her having more in common with a wounded predator than an animal gifted with flight.


Author Bio:
Elizabeth is an author, teacher, and publishing professional who began her career as a national presenter for Resource Profiles, where she developed teacher seminars designed to foster creative brain stimulation. Moving into formal education, she helped at-risk students improve their writing skills as well as created and implemented a creative writing/blogging program that centered on teaching the 21st-century learner. Works stemming from this initiative were published online and seen in over 40 countries.
Elizabeth receives invitations to speak nationwide at schools and book clubs. She co-founded the popular book site, Chirenjenzie, which reaches thousands of people throughout the world. The writer support and reader interest group promotes and interacts with followers on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and various other blog sites. Elizabeth has a Master's degree from Austin Peay State University, where she studied classical opera. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.
"The Light of Asteria" received Honorable Mention at the New York Book Festival. Her newest work, "The Scythian Trials" will be released in 2017 by Vesuvian Media.
For more information, please visit www.elizabethisaacs.com

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Stacking The Shelves: October 6, 2018

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly bookish feature hosted @ Tynga's Reviews & Reading Reality.


A short haul for me this week but a really good one! :D


Bought:
The Lost Sisters by Holly Black
This is a companion e-novella to The Cruel Prince. I haven't read it yet but it's next on my list to read!

Born, Madly by Trisha Wolfe
I finished the first book Born, Darkly a few days ago and I just had to buy the sequel right away. SO GOOD!



I hope you will all have a great weekend and happy reading! ♥