[Review] Banshee at the Gate – Wendy Knight

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Half-breed banshee, Seven, likes her life. She leads souls safely to Death and she has the planet’s most awesome dad and little brother. But a cryptic message from Atlantis asking for her help changes all that. And then there’s Death, who has decided it’s time to take her brother’s soul. Now she’s racing across the world, trying to stay one step ahead of Death. 

Unfortunately, getting to Atlantis from Ireland isn’t easy, and there are evil minions determined to keep her away every time she turns around. But fighting for their lives teaches Seven one important lesson – she isn’t human, and she isn’t a banshee. She has to be both if she wants to save her brother and make it back home alive. 

I purchased this book quite awhile ago, based purely on the author’s name. And because I was already committed to reading so many other books, it sat on my Kindle shelf. As soon as I picked it up and started reading, however, it was impossible to put down!

I am a sucker for anything about Atlantis, so of course, I was eager to see where Wendy took this story. And it never disappointed. Of all the characters, my favorite ended up being tied between Akie the demon and Seven’s little brother, Haran.

I loved the sense of adventure as the characters travelled from one exciting place to the next . . . the pyramids, Rio, a volcano! And, of course, Atlantis! I loved it all! Now I am itching to read the next book in the series and see where it all leads!

Check Banshee at the Gate out on Goodreads or buy it on Amazon, if it sounds like something you’re interested! It’s a bit younger of a read, YA bordering on Middle Grade, but that didn’t bother me. The story is still adult enough to hold your attention!

Happy Review Tuesday!

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[Audio Tour] Paradise Cove – Patrice Wilton [Review & Giveaway]

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This new heart-warming contemporary romance takes place in the Florida Keys and promises romance/passion, and plenty of adventure. 

Cardiac surgeon, Sean Flannigan, lost his daughter to a rare form of leukemia; he can mend broken hearts, but his is beyond repair. Kayla Holmes, along with her sisters, inherited guest cottages in the Keys after their stepfather died. Their high spirits and positive energy are a beacon of light that directs Sean’s sailboat into Paradise Cove. Can Kayla’s compassion find a crack in Sean’s armor? Sometimes love isn’t enough to heal a wounded heart.

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For the first half of this book, I completely intended to give it 4 stars. Then, I finished up the last 50+ pages in the middle of the night and ended it with a silly grin on my face (yes, those are pretty frequent). The end of the book definitely brought it up to 5 stars.

I did have one issue in the beginning and that was figuring out which of the women was the one speaking. All the voices blended together . . . in the beginning. So I downloaded the Kindle version and tried to read along with the audio. Then, about 1/3 of the way through the book, this wasn’t a problem anymore. The characters’ voices seemed distinct enough, I think. And I really enjoyed the accent Cynthia Vail gave Sean *almost swoons just thinking about him* She did a great job with Sean, as well as with Miguel and his family.

This book was definitely an easy read/listen. I loved the characters and the story had a very good flow/rhythm to it. There were very few, if any, downtime spots. Everything kept moving along so I always wondered what was going to happen next. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to dive into the next one (also an audio for me!).

Disclaimer – This book does have a few very steamy sexual encounters but it wasn’t over the top. I suppose I would call it an 18+ novel but it wasn’t too bad. 

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How about an extra little treat? We even have a little music playlist to go with the book! How fun is that 🙂

Like that? How about another little treat? Who doesn’t love a giveaway!
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With that, I leave you to your Thursday! But don’t forget to come back tomorrow for a special extra interview with the author of this amazing book, Patrice Wilton!
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[Review] Meet Your Match – Lindzee Armstrong

Have you ever loved a book so much that you couldn’t wait to devour all the books in the series? That was me with this book! meet your match - lindzee armstrong

Sixteen-year-old Brooke Pierce doesn’t need her mom to tell her all boys are trouble. After watching her dad break up the family for a woman half his age, dating is the last thing on her mind. 

On the first day at a new high school Brooke meets Luke, the school flirt with a reputation for heartbreak. He’s interested. She’s not. That only makes him chase her more. 

After a shocking revelation from her dad, Brooke and Luke form an unexpected bond, complete with crazy rules to keep them safely in the friend zone. Problem is, that’s the worst place to be when you’re falling in love.

I received this book free from the author by signing up for her newsletter. I knew the author but hadn’t read anything by her when I picked this one up. So, with Mr. Chu drawing a chalk picture on the chalkboard bar that has long-since been removed (too little space, too much chalk dust) and Lady Quinn nestled in my arms, finally asleep (we seem to go through these phases quite a bit), I opened up my Google Play Books app and started reading.

Okay, so that was mid-morning. By evening, I had finished the book (yes, it’s only a 100-something page novella but I have two small children who seem to require A LOT of attention when I sit down to start reading!). And the verdict? It. Was. Amazing! I got to the last page and sat there staring at it. I couldn’t believe it was over. And oh, did I ever crave more! (I think this might be part of my problem . . . you know, why I just can’t get into stand-alones. I always want more). If I didn’t already own every book that had been published at that point, I would have been on Amazon within seconds, madly searching out the next book in the series. It’s that addicting (well, and I might have a teensy book buying problem but shush, no one needs to know that!).

Oh, and writing this review is torture because I just want to gush, gush, gush about this book! But, for obvious reasons (spoilers), I can’t. So, you’ll just have to go pick it up for yourself on Amazon (or, if you want it for free, sign up for Lindzee’s newsletter to get your own copy!).

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Happy Monday! Have any book suggestions for me? BookTube-A-Thon starts today and I think I am completely throwing my TBR out the window!
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[Review] Tied Up in You – Erin Fletcher [Blog Tour]

TUiY BannerThere are very few things I super-fangirl about. Amazing publishers that I love just happen to be one of the things. I have yet to find an Entangled Publishing book that I haven’t liked. Of course, the authors are amazing, too! Erin Fletcher is new to me with this book but I adored it! Had I not had to do silly things like go to work, I would have finished this book in a single day.
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Everyone says hotshot goalie Luke Jackson is God’s gift to girls, but the only girl he wants is his best friend, Malina Hall. He’s always known how brilliant she is, but now that he’s “accidentally” kissed her, he can’t stop thinking about her . . . or wanting to kiss her again. 

Problem is, things have been a little . . . awkward since the kiss. Because she likes him, too? Hopefully, but even if she did, their futures – and the ridiculous schedules that come with them – are in the way. And now one of his teammates is showing interest, and the guy has more in common with Malina than Jackson ever will. 

As her best friend, Jackson should get out of the way. But if there’s one thing he’s learned from hockey, it’s that you have to go for what you want, even if it means falling flat on your face. And he’s definitely falling for Malina. 

Disclaimer: This book contains a hot hockey player who goes after what he wants, a super-hot, super-distracting shirtless workout, and the kind of best friends to lovers romance every girl in the friend zone has dreamed of. 

This is one of those books where I raced to the end to find out what happened (great ending, btw) and was then sad that it was over. I loved these characters so much! Part of the fun of this book was the adventure through it! Watching Malina and Jackson with their teenage awkwardness as friends become something more. But let’s just say that this book was amazing enough that I not only bought the other book in the All Laced Up series (about Luke Jackson’s hockey teammate, Pierce, and his girlfriend – they were so cute together! I can’t wait to dive into their story!) but I also bought another book by Erin Fletcher.

I love the idea of best friends falling in love. I think it makes for some of the most romantic stories. And I really loved how much energy Malina and Jackson put into trying to pretend that they were still just best friends. And the way they finally tell each other how they feel had me laughing out loud (and then quickly covering my mouth, hoping I didn’t wake Lady Quinn or Mr. Chu because it was, after all, 3am!).

This was an absolutely amazing story! Thank you so much, Entangled Publishing, Netgalley, and Erin Fletcher for letting me devour this one! If you’re interested, it’s on Amazon right  now! Go check it out!

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Happy Tuesday!
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[Review] Cauldron Bubble – Wendy Knight

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I have to say that the only thing I didn’t like about this book was that it came to an end. Biggest plus? Twins for main characters! I did have a hard time deciding who my favorite character was in this book, however. I liked Fate, her spunky attitude and just generally who she is. Also, I read this along with listening to the Audible version (I will review that later), and I really liked how the narrator portrayed Fate.

In the end, I think Destiny came out on top as my favorite character. I related more to her. She’s quieter and usually more down-to-earth than her sister. I loved the way the twins interacted with each other, too . . . in a way that you only see with twins.

This book definitely deserves all five stars! Interested in checking it out? Not only can you find Cauldron Bubble on Amazon, but also it’s sequel (Fire Burn) and conclusion (Toil & Trouble). Why not binge-read them? Once you pick them up, it’s going to be hard to put them down!

Happy Tuesday!

[Review] Between the Reins – Liz Isaacson

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I am always a bit wary when trying out new authors and I joined this author’s Street Team on Facebook before really reading any of her books. So I sat down to read this one and I was sucked in right away. It was such a cute second-chance love story. The main characters had been together in high school and then he left to pursue his dream of music, leaving her behind. Years pass, he becomes guardian of his deceased sister’s daughter, and he ends up hiring her as his nanny. Sparks fly again and it was just so romantic! Of course, there are a few bumps along the way but I loved how the story progressed. The biggest thing I liked was that all three characters, adults and child alike, had their own voices. Many times, an author will make their characters all sound the same, basically an extension of themselves. But this book wasn’t like that. It made it really easy to tell who was talking without seeing a name on the page.

This book definitely has me wanting to read more of the series. And there aren’t really any spoilers (at least, not that I’m aware of) because, although it’s book 4 in the series, they all pretty much stand on their own feet. Companion novels, I think is what they’re called.

If you’re looking for a great, clean romance read that’s perfect for summertime (or anytime), you can pick it up on Amazon! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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[Review] Princess of the Damned – Wendy Knight

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What do you do when the face in the mirror isn’t yours? Landon has never seen his own reflection. He saw hers instead. He grew up watching this girl in the mirror grow with him. Grew up memorizing every feature, every movement, every horror she endured. He can see into her palace, into the darkness she’s trapped in. 
When he was little, he told his parents about her. They thought she was an imaginary friend, and they humored him. 
But she didn’t go away. And when Landon was seventeen, he fell in love with her. She is a captive of the Queen of the Damned. Now he’ll risk everything to try to save her – his life, his home, his entire world. 
Bloody Mary.
The queen in the mirror. 
Bloody Mary.
Waiting to steal your soul.
Bloody Ma . . . 

Absolutely. Freaking. Amazing!

For the longest time, this book sat on my TBR pile, untouched. Wendy has been one of my go-to authors for a long time and I have always loved her books. But for some reason, I couldn’t make myself pick it up. Maybe it was Bloody Mary. So when the book of the month came around at the beginning of June and Wendy announced that we were reading Princess of the Damned, I pulled out the Audible version and put both feet in, ready to conquer my fears and face Bloody Mary.

Oh. My. Wow.

Hannah Preisinger did an amazing job with the narration for this book. Mary and Elizabeth like to squeal and scream a lot in this book and she captured their temperaments perfectly! So perfect, in fact, that I actually liked listening to Bloody Mary’s character for the majority of the book. Her voice isn’t evil and scary . . . it’s soft and sweet. Until she screams. And the mirrors! And the claws! And Cassie . . . oh, I want to ring her neck myself!

There is one point in the book, about two-thirds of the way through, when Mary really shows her true colors. I was listening to it in the car, by myself, at night, alone, in the dark. Get the picture? And now, I thank you Wendy, I can no longer use the bathroom in the dark in the middle of the night because I am terrified Bloody Mary will climb through my mirror!

In short, I loved everything about this book. I only wish it hadn’t taken me near as long to get to it. On the bright side? There are more Skeleton Key (that’s the series) books to read! But first, if you’re interested in this one (and I highly recommend it!), grab a copy on Amazon or check out some of Wendy’s other books. You won’t be disappointed!

Just remember . . . turn on the light before you enter a room with a mirror and never, under any circumstances, say the words “Bloody Mary” three times in a row. Never. Ever.

Happy Thursday!

[Review] Instruments of the Angels – Monica Leonelle

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I read this book over Father’s Day weekend (what a wonderful husband I have – he didn’t complain at all that I kept disappearing into my book when we weren’t out picnicking with the little ones). It did not disappoint at all! I loved the supernatural aspect of it, working in classic characters (Michael the archangel) and twisting others (Lucifer as Luci).

The main character (well, one of them – that’s another thing I loved – multiple points of view!), Brie, finds out in the beginning of the book that there’s something . . . different about her. She is a Hallow, and a very powerful one at that. She is a daughter of Michael, one of two. Very rare. So the whole book (at least Brie’s part of it) is about her figuring out who she really is and dealing with that, along with trying to deal with the death of her mother.

A big part of the book also centers around Brie’s brother, Pilot. He is having dreams about their mother and a nightclub, and trying to piece together all of these pieces that turn out to be clues to a bigger puzzle.

I love how everything fit together and at the end of the book, although it easily sets itself up for book two, you still have a few “aha!” moments where things start fitting together. I really did enjoy this book and can’t wait to start the next one!

Interested in checking it out for yourself? Pick it up on Amazon and give it a go! It’s even free on Kindle Unlimited right now!

Happy Tuesday!

[Review] Heartlocked – C.S. Moore

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I read this book almost a month ago and oh my wow! What a sequel!

I easily enjoyed this book as much as the first one! The characters grew and changed, and some new ones popped up, as well. Cass has really grown on me and I think he might be one of my new favorite characters.

Again, I was caught immediately by the cover on this one. And, though I haven’t read many mermaid books before, I feel like this one is still a unique take on it. I am anxiously awaiting book 3! If it ties up what I think it will (sorry, no spoilers here), it promises to be quite a finish. All in all, I loved this one and highly recommend it!

If you missed yesterday’s review on book 1, you can check it out here. If you’ve read either one (need a copy? Amazon has one!), I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! And check back next month for an interview with C.S. Moore! I’m excited . . . are you?

Happy reading!