Monday, March 19, 2018

COVER REVEAL: Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga

I'm really excited to be a part of the Cover Reveal for Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga. Thank you to Entangled Teen and Lindsey Duga for letting me be a part of it. It comes out July 3, 2018. So let's see that pretty cover!!

Let us know what you think of the cover for Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga, which releases July 3, 2018!

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled Teen.

About Kiss of the Royal:

In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair—but try convincing Zach of that. Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of love, and love is the most powerful weapon they have—but try convincing Ivy of that. With the fate of their world on the line, the battlefield has become a testing ground, and only one of them can be right. Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan—but try convincing their hearts of that.

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About Lindsey Duga:
Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, and basically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University. Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show and practicing yoga.
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Oooh I like that cover! And the book sounds like something I'd love to read too. Thank you for stopping by my blog to check out the Cover Reveal for Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga. Look out for it in July 2018 when it comes out. It's definitely going to be on my list. Thank you Entangled Teen and Lindsey Duga for letting me take part in the reveal.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Reading Right Now! (156)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...

-- Reign of the Fallen (#1) by Sarah Glenn Marsh -- I'm not very far into this one yet, but I'm enjoying it. It's about necromancers, a kingdom where the dead never really die, and possible zombies, (??) they are called Shades in this. I'm liking it. I remember hearing the hype about it when it was released, but I feel like that hype quickly died down. I was excited to see it on my library shelf and I grabbed it. I can't wait to read more of it.

I don't know what else I want to do this weekend, week, whatever. I have some books that I need to read for blog tours, so I'll have to get on that. And like a dummy, I left my kindle at work. I feel so empty without it. So yeah, I don't know what I want to do. I feel like I'm in kind of a weird reading mood.
But anyway, that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading? Have you read Reign of the Fallen? If so, what did you think of it?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Review: Bakuman, Volume 1: Dreams and Reality by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

Title: Bakuman, Volume 1: Dreams and Reality
Story by: Tsugumi Ohba
Art by: Takeshi Obata
Published by: VIZ Media, LLC
Released: August 2010
Source: Library

Summary: Moritaka Mashiro is living the life of an average Japanese middle school student. His exam to get into a good high school is coming up, so he must study, study, study! Fourteen is the age where you must start thinking about your future and career. He enjoys drawing, but knows that must always remain a hobby.
Then Akito Takagi comes up to him with a proposition, team up and become manga artists! Takagi will write the stories and Mashiro will do the art. Mashiro is unsure about this because his uncle was a manga artist, and Mashiro knows how he struggled. After much convincing, Mashiro agrees and puts his all into becoming a great artist and publishing a series by the time they turn 18.
Sure becoming manga creators is a gamble, but Mashiro and Takagi are determined to succeed!!
My Thoughts: I just think the concept for this manga is super interesting. A manga about creating mangas. I've never heard of a series like that before. I don't know what kind of plot this will have, or how they will stretch it into multiple volumes, but I'm interested. It will be cool seeing all that it takes to create a manga.
This manga is from the duo that created Death Note, which made me more interested to read it.
Volume 1 was a pretty interesting read. I liked learning more about Japanese culture. I already knew that school was important there, but the level of pressure is unreal. Deciding what you want to do with your life and career at 14 just made me panicked. I'm a lot older than that, and am still unsure.
I'd read a lot of reviews where people were complaining about the sexism in this series. I didn't really see it that way. To me, it just showcased a different culture. 
One thing about this duo and the mangas they create is that they are always so wordy. They tend to take me a little longer to read. The art is really pleasing though.
I'm pretty sure I'm going to continue with this series. I just find it interesting. All the work that goes into making a manga, and just the process of it all. I do wonder how it will get stretched into multiple volumes. Will the story be enough to keep my interest?
Interesting, Very Interesting

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Children's Books to Read as an Adult

I decided to do another Top 5 Wednesday. I know I've been off and on with them, but sometimes I just have nothing when it comes to the topics. Not every topic is for me. This week's topic, I think I can work with. My Top 5 Children's Books to Read As An Adult. I'm just going to pick some of my favorite middle grade books, that's it. I might not be doing the prompt right, they might mean children children's books, but I've got none for that. I'm one of those readers that is not a middle grader, but still likes reading middle grade fiction. There's a lot of exciting stuff in that genre. A lot of adventure, a lot of fun, and it's written to kind of get kids excited about reading. So, here's my Favorite Middle Grade books that I definitely recommend!


--The whole League of Princes Series by Christopher Healy! I've recommended this series countless times and I'll recommend it many times more. I love it! It's fun reading. It's funny, there are tons of adventures these characters get involved in. The characters are all just really, really fun. It's a book series that made me laugh. I keep waiting for the next book Christopher Healy is going to write. Where is it??


-- The Shadow House Series by Dan Poblocki! I've only put the first two books on the list because that's all I've read. The third one is on my tbr though. This series is perfect for the horror fans. It's pretty freaky. Pretty scary. It also has a mixed media aspect with a ton of creepy pictures. There's even an interactive game(ish) that you can download on your phone. If you want a scare, read this!

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. This is just a personal favorite of mine. I loved it when I read it, but I haven't reread it for a very long time. In my head, it's a classic.


And lastly I would recommend checking out these series Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer and Pendragon by D.J. MacHale. These are both longer series, but they are a lot of fun. They are a commitment to get through. Artemis Fowl is just kind of fun with an evil little mastermind kid who eventually turns good. Pendragon is an adventure series where a boy finds out there are multiple worlds and he has to travel to them all to stop a baaaaad guy. I still need to finish the Artemis Fowl series and reread the Pendragon series. So many books, too little time.

So that's my take on this week's Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Children's Books to Read as an Adult! If you want to join in on the Top 5 Wednesday fun, you totally should. Check out all the other Top 5 Wednesday-ers HERE!

Monday, March 12, 2018

COVER REVEAL: Echoes by Alice Reeds

I'm really excited to be taking part in the Cover Reveal of Echoes by Alice Reeds! It sounds like a really fun ride. Thank you Entangled Teen and Alice Reeds for letting me be a part of it. Now time for the cover!!! Keep scrolling to see it.

 Echoes by Alice Reeds releases August 7, 2018!

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled Teen.

About Echoes:

"Fast-paced and thrilling. ECHOES is a heart-pounding and addictive love story." —Mia Siegert, author of Jerkbait They wake on a deserted island. Fiona and Miles, high school enemies now stranded together. No memory of how they got there. No plan to follow, no hope to hold on to. Each step forward reveals the mystery behind the forces that brought them here. And soon, the most chilling discovery: something else is on the island with them. Something that won’t let them leave alive. Echoes is a thrilling adventure about confronting the impossible, discovering love in the most unexpected places, and, above all, finding hope in the face of the unknown.

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About Alice Reeds:

Alice Reeds was born in a small town in Germany but spent her first eight years in Florida, USA. Later on, she moved back to Europe, where her family moved around a lot. She was raised trilingual and has a basic understanding of Russian, read and spoken. After getting her International Baccalaureate Diploma, Alice is studying English Language and Literature at University. In her free time Alice mostly writes, reads, figure and/or roller skates, or watches countless let's plays and figure skating videos.
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And that's the beautiful cover for a book that sounds super intriguing. What did you think of it? Thank you for checking out my Cover Reveal Post for Echoes by Alice Reeds. Remember, it comes out August 7, 2018! Thanks to Entangled Teen and Alice Reeds for letting me take part.

BLOG TOUR and FIRST IMPRESSIONS REVIEW for: The Big Bad Wolf by Jus Accardo

Hey Everybody! I'm excited to be a part of The Big Bad Wolf by Jus Accardo Blog Tour. Thank you to Entangled Teen, Netgalley, and Jus Accardo for providing me with a free e-arc for a honest review. As soon as I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read it. Werewolves, fake relationships, and shifter romance called to the book addict inside of me.

Title: The Big Bad Wolf
Author: Jus Accardo
Published by: Entangled Teen
Released: March 5, 2018
Source: Free Review Copy Provided by Entangled Teen and Netgalley

Synopsis: Here's the Goodreads Summary for the book: 
Kensey Deaton comes from an elite werewolf lineage, but just because her family is royalty, doesn't mean she'll fall in line like some perfect little princess. She has plans and they don't include an arranged marriage!
Slade McAlister has his own family drama. His Alpha father happens to be the most reviled wolf on the eastern seaboard, and it's a stigma he can't escape. So when his neighbor Kensey--the girl of his dreams and his nightmares--proposes a solution to solve *both* of their problems, he sees an opportunity he can’t ignore.
Kensey and Slade aren't only from opposite sides of the tracks, they're from opposite sides of the war. But if they can sell their 'relationship', they might just make it out of this with their freedom.
You know, as long as all that fake PDA doesn't turn into more...
My Thoughts (So Far): I can't give a full review because I haven't finished it just yet, but I can give my thoughts so far. I'm about 52% through the book and it's a very fast and addictive read. I'm really enjoying it! When I do finish, I will post a full review. So really, it's going to be two posts about this book. A Win For Everyone!
I love werewolf stories, shifter romances, and fake relationships that turn into so much more. It's fun reading. The kind of book I like reading. The Big Bad Wolf has just been something that has hooked me. I can sit down and before I know it, have finished about 20 or 30 pages. It's really fast paced. The romance has that pull, the characters have that certain special chemistry. Jus Accardo can write some good romance. Really, she can write a good any kind of book. I'm definitely going to check out some more stuff by her. She has that easy style of writing that just pulls me into the story and keeps me reading.
The Big Bad Wolf, in certain ways, reminds me a lot of the feeling I get from watching Teen Wolf. I just finished the First Season, so it's fresh on my mind. It has that same kind of fun, mixed with danger, steamy romance feeling. It's just a good time to read.
Slade McAlister is that perfect bad boy who is hiding some hurt. I feel so bad for what he has to endure at home, the abuse that he gets from his father. Kensey Deaton is a fun character to follow too. She's got some spunk. I think they make a good pair.
I'm finding this world interesting too. I always am really interested in arranged marriage sorts of things, even though I wouldn't want that for myself. I'm glad Kensey decided on this fake relationship plan, because her other choices didn't sound that great. I'm also curious about the affinities these werewolves have. Not only are they werewolves, but the males of each clan have a certain power. I would like to know more about that because I find it really interesting.
My thoughts so far are that it's really good! I'm really enjoying it. It's addictive, steamy, and fun. I can't wait to finish it. I'd recommend it.

The Big Bad Wolf is already out. 
If you want it get it Here!

Here's an Excerpt!

He took a sip of water and nodded. He eyed the new plate as the girl set it down in front of him. “Raw fish? You’re buying me a burger as soon as we’re done here.”
“It’s Japanese,” I whispered. “Odori don. When you pour—”
The maid leaned across him and poured soy sauce over his plate. The squid in the center twitched once, then started to squirm with spastic enthusiasm.
What the—” Slade flinched and jumped back, falling out of his chair and taking the maid—and the soy sauce—with him. She let out a squeak as the gravy bowl flew from her hands and hit the wall behind us. The ceramic shattered, splintering into a thousand tiny pieces as salty brown liquid splattered in all directions.
I managed to extract myself from my chair as Slade was helping the maid to her feet. Once she was up, she scurried into the kitchen, mumbling something about towels, and he turned back to the table. “My apologies,” he said with a bow toward our out of town guests. “I wasn’t expecting my dinner to dance.”
My father stood, the look on his face anything but forgiving, but I didn’t stick around. I grabbed Slade by the wrist and led him up the stairs to my bathroom to clean up.
Haven’t been in here in years,” he said as we passed through my room. “Your d├ęcor hasn’t gotten any better.”
I rolled my eyes and shoved him through the bathroom door. Once inside, I clasped his shoulder and pushed him on to the edge of the tub. “Neither have your manners.”
How was I supposed to know the damn thing was still alive?”
It wasn’t.” I ran a towel under the water, then rang it out. “It was dead.”
Beg to differ. It moved. It fucking started moshing on my plate.”
I knelt in front of him then paused. This wasn’t going to work while he was still wearing the shirt. “It was the salt in the soy sauce. The muscles in the squid were reacting to it. Take your shirt off.”
He waggled his brows. “Finally.”
I sighed and grabbed the back of his collar then gave a hard yank. The material caught on his chin for a second before coming over his head. “Says the guy who insisted I was a horrible kisser.”
He snorted. “That was years ago.Like I said, you’ve gotten a little bit better.”
He leaned back and I didn’t miss the way he flexed, the hard planes of his chest moving in an almost mesmerizing way. I also didn’t—couldn’t—miss the scattered assortment of marks and scars.
They’re not pretty, are they?” His voice was low calm, but the look in his eyes was anything but.
Gavin?” The scars were a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and left very little skin unmarred.
For the most part.” He shifted, almost like he was uncomfortable with my scrutiny.
I cleared my throat and turned away. “Ya know, scars are a sign of honor in the wolf community.”
 “Yeah?” There was a twinge of amusement in his voice and I was glad. “Then pick one. I’ll let you honor it with a kiss.”

About Jus Accardo:
JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and twelve angry chickens.

Thank you to Entangled Teen for letting me be a part of this Blog Tour and for providing me with a free e-arc from Netgalley to review. And thank you for checking out my Blog Tour Stop.

Friday, March 9, 2018

COVER REVEAL and PROLOGUE: The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

I'm very excited to be a part of the Cover Reveal for The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May. Thank you to Rachel's Random Resources and Nicola May for letting me be a part of it.
So, without further ado, the cover!

Tah Dah!!! Look how cute it is!
This comes out April 9, 2018 and I will include the purchase links!

Here's the summary from Goodreads 

Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy. While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he - or she - has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it. 
Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed - and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?
There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events. 
With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.

The Author, Nicola May

Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.

Check Out The Prologue!!

‘Are you sure you’ve got the right person?’
Rosa took off her bright red woolly hat and scratched the back of her head furiously, causing her dark brown curly hair to become even more unruly.
The tall, pinched-faced solicitor nodded. ‘Yes, of course we have. Evans, Donald and Simpson do not make mistakes. You, Miss Larkin, are now the official owner of the corner shop in Cockleberry Bay.’
He handed the bewildered twenty-five-year-old a battered leather briefcase and pointed to a small combination padlock on its brass clasp.
‘Here. The will stated that you - and only you - can open this, using your date of birth.’
‘This is all very strange,’ Rosa said. ‘And where exactly is this Cockleberry Bay?’
‘Devon, dear, Devon.’ The solicitor looked under his rimless glasses. ‘I take it you know where that is?’
‘I may have a cockney accent, Mr Donald, but I’m not stupid.’
‘Well, open it then.’ The solicitor was shifting from foot to foot in anticipation. He confided, ‘We’ve been wanting to know what’s in there for days.’
Showing no emotion, Rosa gazed at him with her striking green eyes and asked coolly: ‘Is there anything else I need?’
‘Er, no - but are you not going to . . .?’
‘I need to get to work.’ Rosa put her hat and scarf back on, zipped up her fur-lined bomber jacket and headed for the door. ‘Thank you so much for your help.’
And she was gone.
The solicitor peered crossly out of the window of the offices in Staple Inn and watched as the young woman, the briefcase in her arms, strode across the frosty cobbled courtyard and out into the bustle of London’s ancient legal quarter.

Thank you for checking out my blog tour stop for the Cover Reveal of The Corner Shop of Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May! And be sure to check out the book when it comes out.