Monday, February 29, 2016

Earth's End by Elise Kova

Title: Earth's End (Air Awakens #3)
Author: Elise Kova
Released February 11, 2016
Bought on Kindle
Rating: 2/5


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 (Summary from Goodreads).


Ahhhh it pains me so much to rate this two stars after loving the first two books!

I think the difference between this one and the first two is the balance between romance and plot. The first two had a great balance between the two and I swooned with the interactions between Vhalla and Aldrick. In Earth's End, however, the romance was overwhelming and cheesy and there was little plot, character development, nor any more interesting information about the magic system (I find magic systems to be fascinating).

We were introduced to a new character, Jax, who I think was supposed to be a comedic character kind of like Carswell Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles, but I think there wasn't enough development for his character, as well as the other side characters that carried into this book. Don't get me wrong, I love a good ship, but when it comes to romance I think less is more to a certain extent.

That ending was definitely crazy, but since the romance was overdone throughout the novel, I didn't really feel as upset as I should have. Still looking forward to where the story goes in the next book, but I think this book could have been reduced and combined with another.

I am holding out faith that the next two books will be better. Despite the lack of much happening in this book, there is a lot of opportunity for improvement if Kova tappers down on the romance and focuses a little more on plot and character development rather than petty drama.
Friday, February 26, 2016

Spotlight Friday (32): Debt by Rachel Dunning

I was requested to hold this spotlight by author
*Not intended for readers under 17*

Title: Debt
Author: Rachel Dunning
Genre: Adult, New Adult Romance
Released March 30, 2016


The Debt Collector

I pay my debts, and I expect others to.

I was raised in the slums of London, I knew nothing of privilege. My father was murdered when I was seventeen. Morty figured my father's passing meant I would automatically take on dad's debts. I refused.

And I paid for that refusal.

So did my sister.

So now I fight. All I know how to do is fight. The best cash is in the states, so that's where I am now. A big fish called Vito came along offering me a "favor" when I arrived.

Another debt.

I paid for that one too.

I knew Kyla Hensley would be trouble when I met her. But I wanted her. I could see through the falsehood of her wannabe-slutty clothes and her sexy legs. So I chased her.

Besides, trouble is my middle name.

Kyla Hensley

I was brought up in privilege, but I lacked everything else. My father is a business tycoon who buys and sells and doesn't care who gets rolled over in the process.

I never knew my mother, and all I have of her is a photo with a note scrawled on the back in French saying "I'm sorry." The only Female Figure I had growing up is my dad's wife who is a bleach blond with seven boob jobs. We never bonded.

I drink. I party. I meet guys.

But I wasn't always like that.

I've had a string of lovers in the last few years, the worst and most recent of which was Vince Somerset. My best friend Vera was dating a guy called Rory Cansoom who is the opposite of Vince in so many ways, and yet so the same.

She and I hit the road for the summer, getting away from the two college psychos and just trying to have some fun.

But there's a funny thing about trouble, the more you run from it, the more it finds you.

Which is when I met the Debt Collector.

It was only supposed to be sex. He made that clear. I made that clear.

That's all it was supposed to be.

I never expected to fall in love. I never expected to fall so deeply, madly, uncomfortably in love with a man who is wrong, so wrong for me.

And unbelievably right (Summary from Goodreads).

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I have no desire to settle down.
I have no desire to make Kyla be the last woman I’m ever with.
But, damn it, I’d like to be given a chance to do those things. Does she even feel anything for me?
I know I do.
I feel something.
Not love. Something else.
Like I need her.
Like I’d stop breathing without her.
Like the sun would stop being so bright or the sounds of the world so sweet if she disappeared.

About the Author

Rachel Dunning hit the scene in August 2013 and is the author of the highly praised Naive Mistakes Series, Truthful Lies Trilogy, Johnny Series and the paranormal romance series, Mind Games.
A prolific writer, she sticks to stories where Alpha Males aren’t pricks and where women have guts.
She’s lived on two different continents, speaks three different languages, and met the love of her life on the internet. In other words, romance is in her blood.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Title: Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Released February 2, 2016
Bought Hardcover from Amazon
Rating: 5/5


The enchantment continues....

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century...(Summary from Goodreads)


This review is going to be more general because I don't want to spoil anything for fellow Lunar Chronicles fans!

So a couple months ago I was scared to finish Winter because it would mean the end of these AMAZING characters that I hold so dear.  I knew about the short stories, but I wasn't really planning on reading them...until I found out that they were all going to be in one book, Stars Above!  Not only that, but it included a freaking epilogue! AN EPILOGUE GUYS!!!

I'll give you guys a little review for each short story:

The Little Android - This was really the only one I didn't care for as much, simply because it was focused on new characters and not my babies.  Mech6.0 is an android...that starts to develop feelings for a human! I could definitely see the parallels between this and The Little Mermaid. Cinder does make a little cameo appearance, which was really nice!!

Glitches - This one follows Cinder as she arrives to her new adoptive family, up until Linh Garan gets the Blue Plague and is taken away.  I liked that we get to know a little more about Garan, since he died before Cinder and we never got to meet his character.

The Queen's Army - This one follows Wolf from the time he was enlisted in the army to when he became alpha of the pack. Marissa Meyer definitely picks the most interesting times in the characters' lives to write short stories about.

Carswell's Guide to Being Lucky - Precious baby I love Thorne so much!! If you remember, Cress had once brought up Carswell's "heroic deeds" of his past when she was trying to prove that Thorne is a good person, one of which was when he got into a fight to help a girl.  This short story is about that, and it's really cute to read about a young Thorne with entrepreneurial spirit.

The Keeper - This was another one that I really enjoyed because we got to learn more about Scarlet's grandmother, Michelle Benoit, as well as how Cinder got to Earth.

After Sunshine Passes By - Another interesting moment in a character's life, this one follows Cress when she is taken out of her shell camp and brought to the satellite. She's such a sweet cinnamon roll - I felt so bad for her!

The Princess and the Guard - It was adorable to see Winter and Jacin when they were kids! But this was also sad, because we see how Winter got the scars on her face, why Jacin wasn't able to become a doctor like he dreamed of, and why Winter decided to not use her lunar gift anymore.

The Mechanic - FREAKIN ADORABLE!! This is when Cinder and Kai meet, but from Kai's POV!!!!

Something Old, Something New - ALL THE FEELS!! ALL MY FEELS WENT TO THIS ONE!! This is an epilogue after all the events in Winter...and there's a wedding and it was PERFECT because all characters were just being themselves and I loved every moment of it!!! AND A PROPOSAL TOO!!


I'm so sorry for all the capslock - I must express my love for this series. Anywho, I think I have become a lifelong fan of Marissa Meyer, and I will probably read anything she writes! Speaking of which, Heartless is a stand-alone book following the Queen of Hearts before she became evil, and it comes out in November! There's so much to be excited for, which helps relieve the hole in my heart after finishing this series - a little bit.
Friday, February 19, 2016

Spotlight Friday (31) and Giveaway: Angel in Training by C.L. Coffey

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Title: Angel in Training (Louisiangel #1)
Author: C.L. Coffey
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Angels
Released February 17, 2015


After a night out turns fatal, a misunderstanding with the Archangel Michael presents Angel with a chance at Eternal Life: the opportunity to earn her wings and one day become an archangel herself.

Angel is given the task of protecting her charge, trainee detective, Joshua Walsh. There's no denying the attraction between Angel and Joshua, only Michael has pretty strict rules: no drinking, no drugs, and certainly no relationships with humans. Thankfully, she's got other things to deal with, like trying to convince Joshua New Orleans has a serial killer who is preying on other angel potentials like herself.

Angel must quickly learn that when keeping someone safe, doing the right thing is not always the easiest, especially when you've got an archangel looking over your shoulder (Summary from Goodreads).

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As if he sensed me watching him, Joshua looked up. My breath caught in my throat. If I thought Michael was gorgeous, it didn’t even begin to compare to this guy. Whereas Michael looked like he had been sculptured into perfection, Joshua was gorgeous because of the slight imperfections. His nose was ever so slightly crooked and he had a small scar just above his right eyebrow. Even his five o’clock shadow made him look a little rugged. I pulled my eyes away from him just long enough to stare at the ceiling and mutter, “I hate you a tiny little bit right now.”

When I dropped my gaze back to him, I discovered he was still looking at me through his long black eyelashes. His eyes were such a clear blue; it was like staring at the sky outside. His hair was as dark as his lashes, looking almost like it had a blue hint to it in the dim light. Stray locks of his hair that were no longer brushed to the side, were dangling in his eyes.

As one of his eyebrows arched up questioningly, it dawned on me that I was just standing there, gawking. I tucked my hair nervously behind my ear and hurried over. “Joshua Walsh?”

“Who wants to know?” he asked, looking up at me through hooded eyes.

“I’m Angel,” I offered. With one look he was throwing me off balance and it was really disconcerting. I’m not scared of going up to guys and talking to them, but this one had the geese back in my stomach.

“Yes. Yes you are,” he agreed, smiling. He pointed to the seat opposite.

I slid into the seat, only just making it graceful before my legs gave out on me. “No,” I told him, clearing my throat. “My name is Angel.” I frowned. “Although I suppose you’re technically correct.”

“It may be the beer, but you’re not making any sense.” He picked up his bottle and used it to point at me, winking as he did so. “It’s alright though, because you’re hot.”

I tucked my hair back behind my ear again, then, conscious that I had just done that, dropped my hands into my lap. Of course he noticed and smirked. I took the opportunity to clear my throat again. “Let me start again. You’re hot.” My eyes bulged as I realized what I had said. “No, I mean, I’m hot.”

I froze, mortified. As he continued smirking, I did what any self-respecting woman would do. I let my head drop to the table with a bang which was sure to leave a red mark. I would have gladly had the floor open and swallow me whole, even if at this point, there was a strong possibility there would be something under there.

“You know, I’m going to be honest,” he drawled. I raised my head just enough to look at him. That’s the most entertaining pick up line I’ve ever had.”

My head shot upright as I began furiously shaking it. “I’m not hitting on you!”

He leaned forward. “It’s alright,” he told me in a stage whisper. “Because you’re hot. And so is that accent. Where are you from?”

“England,” I admitted, knowing full well my face was quickly turning an interesting shade of pink. “But I live in New Orleans now.”

He leaned forward again, this time propping his head up with his hand, and smiled. “I think I could listen to you talk all day.”

“I think you should probably go to bed and get some sleep,” I retorted.
The smirk was back. “You going to come back with me?”

“No,” I told him, trying my hardest to appear unaffected by his suggestion.

The smirk grew into a grin. “You’re totally lying,” he informed me. “You think I’m hot.”

“I think you’re drunk,” I informed him. And hot, yes. But there was no way I was going to tell him. Again.

He shrugged, the grin never slipping from his face. “But that doesn’t stop you from thinking I’m hot. I can be both.”

“Cocky much?” I asked him, rolling my eyes.

He pulled himself back and allowed himself to lean back into his seat. “Well, if you’re not hitting on me, why are you here?”

“Because apparently, somebody upstairs has got a twisted sense of humor,” I told him, the statement verging on a growl. I took a deep breath and forced the growing resentment from me. “I’m going to start over. My name is Angelina, or Angel, but I am also your Guardian Angel.”

Joshua rose to his feet, the motion scattering the empty bottles across the table. “And that’s where your chat up line failed, darlin’, because there are no such things as angels.” He downed what was left in the bottle and stalked over to the bar.


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About the Author

Cheryl works in an office by day. By night she leads a (not-so) secret life DJing, and throughout it all, is constantly scribbling away as the plot bunnies demand constant attention.

Her first novel was written when she should have been revising for her exams. While it is unlikely to ever see the light of day, it was the start of long relationship with the evil plot bunnies of doom.

A need to do more than just one subject led her to the University of Hull, where she graduated with an honours degree in American Studies. For the third year of the four year degree, she was able to call Baton Rouge home. Since then, Louisiana has claimed a large chunk of her heart, and remains a place she will always consider home.

LSU was where she discovered FanFiction and currently writes (mainly) CSI:NY stories and a Rescue: Special Ops story. 

When not transcribing the stories of the angels and archangels, working, or DJing, she is at the beck and call of three cats – all of whom rank higher in the household than she does. 

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Monday, February 15, 2016

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Title: A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1)
Author: V.E. Schwab
Released February 24, 2015
Bought Paperback from Amazon
Rating: 2/5


Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her 'proper adventure'.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped (Summary from Goodreads).


I can't even express how disappointed I am in this book.  After reading one of Schwab's other series, The Archived, I expected much better writing than the mediocre mess that was this book.  In the first chapter, I was definitely intrigued with the concept of multiple Londons and this mysterious main character Kell who reminded me a bit of Kelsier from the Mistborn series (mostly because of their names).

After that first chapter, I felt literally nothing.  The writing did not make me care at all for these characters.  The problem is that these characters are one-dimensional cardboard.  They have no personality, and by the end of the book I still didn't know anything about Kel or Lila.

The plot was also quite weak.  I mean, the whole storyline is basically Kel finding a stone with dark magic and having to bring it to Black London.  There were parts that I could tell were supposed to be dramatic, but they fell completely flat because there was no building up.  It all felt forced.

I know I'm being very critical, but if a book puts me in a reading slump then you know the situation is bad.  It took me almost an entire month to finish it because it was that boring.  I know, I know, I could have just put it down and start a new one, but the two books I tried before ADSoM were even more terrible.  I didn't want to put down three books in a row!

I wanted to read another of Schwab's books that had amazing reviews, Vicious, but I'm not so sure I want to deal with more disappointment...apologies to anyone that enjoyed ADSoM - I feel what I feel.
Friday, February 12, 2016

Spotlight Friday (30) and Giveaway: Earth's End by Elise Kova

I am hosting this blitz on behalf of YA Bound Book Tours

Title: Earth's End (Air Awakens #3)
Author: Elise Kova
Genre: Romance, Magic, Fantasy
Released February 11, 2016


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 (Summary from Goodreads).

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Fire Falling (Air Awakens #2) on Goodreads

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By the way guys, I've read the first two books and I LOVED THEM.  I'm so excited for this excerpt! Squeeee!


Vhalla snapped the reins and dug her heels into Baston’s sides, forcing him into an all-out run. From above, she heard the shouts of her waking enemy.

Thick and melodic calls erupted in the night, a language completely foreign to Vhalla’s ears. She didn’t have to know the words to know they weren’t friendly, so Vhalla pushed harder, pressing herself to Baston. Vhalla took a breath as she heard arrows being knocked overhead.

The sound of bowstrings being drawn in mass made gooseflesh dot her arms. Another shout, a single word and arrows cut through the air, determined to rain death around her. Even if Vhalla was certain her chainmail would shield her, the horse was completely unarmored; if Baston died, she was as good as dead. Vhalla twisted in her saddle, sweeping a hand through the air. The curtain of wind sent the arrows scattering harmlessly.

They shouted in protest, angst-ridden that she continued on unscathed.

The second assault came faster and hastened Vhalla’s mounting frustration. She had to be out of their range soon. More lights began to blaze above and behind her, casting the ground below in a faint glow. The light illuminated the edge of the city, and Vhalla was forced to stake her life on the hope that once she was out they wouldn’t catch her.

The arrows soared through the air once more and Vhalla twisted, knocking them away in mass. She expected to hear a cry for a third assault, but instead what she heard was even more disheartening. 
Two words that someone said in a thick Southern Common.

“Wind Demon!”

She became their prey. The sound of thundering hooves came from the direction of where the city first began.

Vhalla crossed under the edge of the city, plunging into the welcoming darkness. Had it been a day ago, Vhalla would not have given those riders a moment’s worry. Baston would outrun any normal horse, plus with her wind he was faster than thunder across the sky. But Baston had been ridden hard with only a brief rest.

Vhalla shifted her vision and peered over her shoulder. In the distance she saw them, riding relentlessly after her.

Sweating, panting, clutching the reins with white knuckles, Vhalla pushed all her energy into the wind at Baston’s and her back. More—they both had to give more. In her blind determination she almost missed the whiz of an arrow through the air.

Vhalla thrust out her arm and stopped the arrow midflight. She closed her fist and threw her arm backwards. The arrow turned and sped back at its original owner. Vhalla watched it soar straight into the Northerner’s eye, the one she pointed a finger at. The man slumped, and then fell off his saddle. She swallowed hard, looking away as the others’ cries grew louder.

Eyes, she would always go for the eyes. Whether someone was or wasn’t a Groundbreaker with stone-like skin was a risk she couldn’t take; she wouldn’t have many shots. Another archer held his bow, waiting for a different opportunity to take his chance.

Baston was already breathing heavy, and Vhalla knew she had to get them off her tail. The four riders behind her rode on fresh mounts and had the advantage of their night’s worth of sleep. Vhalla turned and pointed a finger. Sweeping her hand upward, an arrow freed itself from the other archer’s quiver. With a twist of her wrist, and the keen focus of a killer, Vhalla sent it into the unsuspecting Northerner’s eye.

One of the remaining two riders fell away as they swerved through the trees, his companion pushing forward. As the man swung wide, Vhalla realized they were trying to flank her. Vhalla grabbed for the dagger strapped to her wrist, sending it straight for his eye.

In the process, the woman rider had caught up with Baston, raising a wickedly curved blade toward his haunches. Vhalla threw out her other arm, sending the rider toppling head over heels. It wasn’t chance that the assailant’s blade slit her wielder’s throat in the fall.

Vhalla held out an expectant palm, her own dagger returning to it after a moment.

Wiping the blood on her thigh, she quickly sheathed it against her wrist before grabbing the reins once more. Vhalla swallowed a cry for speed; shouting at the horse would not make it go faster. It would only further compromise her position.

Vhalla pressed her lips together, forcing herself to keep her composure. It was not the first person she had killed. She had killed on the Night of Fire and Wind, she had killed the man who had murdered Larel, and she had killed with her bare hands at the Pass.

What had sunk deep into her bones was the acceptance of what she must do. It was knowing she had become a killer. It was how easy it was for her to slay her foes without even thinking of each of them as a whole person that showed Vhalla she’d gone far down a path she’d never wanted. They were entities, enemies, barriers, but they weren’t human.

Distracted by her inner conflict, Vhalla was caught completely off-guard by the first assault coming from the trees. A Groundbreaker swung down from the air, bringing his sword against the back of her head. Vhalla attempted to dodge at the last second, but it was too late. The blade slipped off her chainmail but it left her vision blurred and her ears ringing.

She blinked, trying to sort her senses as she pushed Baston onward, putting the assailant behind them. Groundbreakers jumped from limb to limb in the trees above her—free and fearless. Vines came to life to meet their extended hands, allowing them to soar through the air. With a twist or a tug, their lifeline shrunk back, curling around branches to pull them upward.

She wanted to feel amazed; perhaps she would have, if these people weren’t out to kill her. Another swung low, and Vhalla dropped off to the side of the saddle to dodge. Righting herself, Vhalla redrew her dagger in one quick motion as a third swung forward to attack. She sent the blade soaring through the vine the Groundbreaker held.

The man fell through the sky; Vhalla’s mind betrayed her, showing a different body plummeting through the air.

With a growl, she turned her blade to the next Northerner she saw, relying on the same tactic. She would show them why one did not hang above the head of the Windwalker. The other body fell with a sickening thud, and Vhalla left them behind her. With a twitch of her wrist, her blade returned to her hand.

Baston’s pace had slowed, and Vhalla snapped his reins again. This was the first time the beast did not heed her command, and she felt uneasiness settle across her.

Five Northerners still jumped from tree to tree overhead as dawn began to fade into early morning. Vhalla wondered if they were biding their time for rider and mount to tire. If she were they, she’d do the same thing. Baston’s sides heaved with exhaustion.

Their presence began to wear on Vhalla, and she watched them with bated breath, waiting for the next assault. Another hour passed and Baston slowed to a trot; she expected this to be the moment they attacked. But the Northerners held fast, following from welcoming branch to welcoming branch, each bent to meet their feet and hands.

They were toying with her, like cats with a mouse.


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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 (/AuthorEliseKova). Visit her website,, for news and extras about her books!

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Spotlight Friday (29) and Giveaway: Burning Bright by Chanda Stafford

I am hosting this blitz on behalf of YA Bound Book Tours

Title: Burning Bright
Author: Chanda Stafford
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Released January 25, 2016


Three years ago, Samantha Gray killed her parents.

Haunted by their deaths, she hides her scars behind sarcasm and vintage t-shirts, counting the days until she can escape her foster home in Alegria, Arizona. Then she meets Ben, a California boy whose filmmaker parents constructed a big cat sanctuary outside of town. She's hesitant to get close, terrified he'll learn her secret.

When Ben introduces Sam to Solomon, a Bengal tiger on borrowed time whose gruesome history eerily mirrors her own, she must decide whether she’s strong enough to overcome her past and save not only Solomon’s life, but her own. And to do that, she'll need to tell Ben the truth (Summary from Goodreads).


“I didn’t think you’d come.” A low voice murmurs over my shoulder, and I spin around. Ben leans against the wall, dressed in all black, from his button up shirt to his dress slacks. He’s slicked his hair back in a ponytail at the nape of his neck and a shiny black Batman mask fails at obscuring his identity. He appraises my dress silently, his eyes darkening with some emotion I imagine is reflected in my own. Gently, he reaches out and runs his fingers along the shawl’s feathery edges.

“Some disguise, huh?”

He leans closer, tugging a stray curl fanning the side of my face. “It doesn’t matter. I’d know it was you anywhere.”

A nervous giggle bubbles up from my lips. His proximity unnerves me, makes me want to both collapse into his arms and run away at the same time. I scan the room for his parents and when I don’t see them, I shove my mask up on top of my head, like a feathery pair of sunglasses.

“Yeah well, I still don’t want to get arrested.” I tighten the shawl around my shoulders.

He reaches up and caresses my cheek, his hand lingering on the side of my neck. “I’m glad you decided it was worth the risk.”

Music Playlist

1. Stand Up- Five for Fighting
2. Burning Bridges- OneRepublic
3. How to Save a Life- The Fray
4. You and Me- Dave Matthews Band
5. Working on a Dream- Bruce Springsteen
6. Scare Away the Dark- Passenger
7. Demons- Imagine Dragons
8. I Will Follow You Into The Dark- Death Cab For Cutie
9. Wherever this Goes- The Fray
10. Notbroken- The Goo Goo Dolls
11. Bad Moon Rising- Creedence Clearwater
12. Already Home- A Great Big World
13. I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight- U2
14. Geronimo- Sheppard
15. Riptide- Vance Joy


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Chanda Stafford teaches middle and high school English. She loves traveling and currently lives in Michigan with her husband and a menagerie of rescued dogs and cats.

When she’s not reading or writing, Chanda enjoys old zombie movies, authentic Italian food, and comic books.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

February TBR

Hey guys! Sorry I've been lazy in January and didn't post any Spotlight Fridays (that's what happens when you sit on your butt all during Christmas break), but I have them lined up for February.  I can't believe I read 11 books over Christmas break! Out of those 11, I read 6 in January, which may be the most I've read in a month so far:

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas
The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Air Awakens (Air Awakens #1) by Elise Kova
Fire Falling (Air Awakens #2) by Elise Kova

Now that my college classes have started up again, I won't be able to read as many books, but I hope to read at least three:

1. A Darker Shade of Magic (DSoM #1) by V.E. Schwab - I'm currently making my way through this and should be done soon! Intriguing so far but not exactly capturing me completely.

2. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer - GUYS I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS GAHHH I LOVE MY LUNAR CHRONICLES BABIES SO MUCH. This is a collection of all Meyer's short stories about the characters from The Lunar Chronicles.

3. Earth's End (Air Awakens #3) - GUYS THIS IS ANOTHER ONE I CAN'T WAIT FOR!!! After those feeeeeeeels from Fire Falling and that freakin' cliff hanger ending, I need this book in my life! I'll also be hosting a Spotlight Friday for this book. Also, LOOK HOW BADASS VHALLA LOOKS IN THAT COVER.

4. Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken - I've heard such great things about this book and it seems pretty interesting.  I've also read Bracken's The Darkest Minds series which I also reviewed on this book last year.  Hopefully this book lives up to all the hype.

I've been bad and I didn't post a picture of my Owlcrate for January.  January was my last month for the subscription box, and I will not be renewing because this college student needs to be saving her money.  I recommend you try out a subscription box - either Owlcrate or Upperbox.  I enjoyed getting all the bookish items and a brand new hardcover book every month.  It always made my day to see the box on my porch after a long day of work or school!

Happy Reading!
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