Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday Love Affair: Denying the Duke by Callie Hutton

Title: Denying the Duke
Author: Callie Hutton
Series: Lords and Ladies in Love #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Pub Date: July 10, 2017 
Pages: 238
My Copy: Courtesy of NetGalley and Entangled Publishing 

Book Summary:

Four years ago, Alex, a second son, had planned a life together with Lady Patience. However, when Patience was betrothed to his brother, the heir, Alex left his family's estate and joined the military.

Alex returns to assume the title Duke of Bedford when his brother unexpectedly dies. He is unprepared for both his new responsibilities and the reunion with Patience. The horrors of war are a heavy burden, and when he learns that Patience never married his brother, he is stunned.

Patience withstood the bullying of her fiancé and her father for four long years. She refuses to marry Alex just because he's the duke, especially if he no longer loves her. How would that be better than what she has already endured? Promises made in their youth are not enough to overcome the changes life has wrought for them but love can grow and transform, if only Patience could believe that.

Book Review:

A very interesting romance that has you immediately hooked from the start. What starts off as something so sweet and tender as young love becomes complicated when forces beyond their control happen and learn that they will not be able to keep promises made to one another.

I like how we start off in the past when both of our main characters, Alex and Patience are young. They both enjoy each other’s companies when Patience’s family visits his family’s estate. The problem is that Alex is the second son, and therefore doesn’t inherit anything. So he is going to have to make his own way in life. Patience and him have a very sweet and tender friendship that develops into a romance, but it’s ruined in a way that neither of them can see coming. 

You get to learn that there are other things that are at play. Deals are made between between the two families and instead of Patience getting engaged to Alex, she gets engaged to Cyrus the older brother. Cyrus is going to the be the next Duke and she will be a Duchess. She cares nothing for Cyrus and is not nice at all. So when she tries to get out of it, her mother tells her to just accept it. We learn that Patience’s father is a very nasty piece of work and a bully. He lays his hands on his wife and makes sure that Patience knows his intentions. So when the announcement is made, Alex is so upset and Patience looks stunned and he notices that she is as pale as a ghost. Alex leaves and gets his grandparents to purchase him admittance into the army.

So then we are fast forwarded to a few years later. His father has died and how he learns that his brother has died, which makes him the duke. This is a position that he never thought that he would never inherit. He also wonders about why Cyrus and Patience never had any children. This is something that he never thought would occur. So of course, when he sees his mother and Patience again, things are different. He is a man that has seen the worst of humanity because of his time during war. These things definitely have left him scarred.

Things transpire and we learn that Cyrus and Patience never got married. Alex also learns that Lord Loverly has escaped. Lord Loverly is a traitor and very dangerous. Alex is the one who captured him. He finds out more information about the kind of relationship that Cyrus and Patience had or lack of one. Now everybody who tried to stop them when they were younger are pushing them together. We also learn that Patience’s father is in serious debt. The only reason he hasn’t been put in debtors prison is because of their relationship with the Duke of Bedford. So of course he gets very physically abusive and Alex sees something that he shouldn’t seen and tells Patience’s father that he will not lay his hands on any women while he is in his home.

Of course, Alex and Patience start courting one another and nothing goes right. Mistakes get made. Feelings get hurt. Botched Proposals. We also find that their engagement gets shortened because of Alex’s duties with Parliment. He really finds that Patience is the kind of woman who wants a man to want her. Not to mention the engagement is one that they don’t get to spend a lot of time with one another. So when they get married, the marriage and honey moon is something of a rocky start. Of course then things get fun and they fight. Other things happen. Lord Loverly causes problems as well. He captures her and then Alex with the help of his friends manage to rescue her. Lord Loverly is someone that Alex kills unfortunately because the man is very dangerous and vile.

I like that the couple gets the happily ever after in this book after Patience tells him some very good news. Really like this ending in a way that I wasn’t expecting. 

This was a good solid historical.


4.5 Hearts

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Stacking The Shelves, Bought, Borrowed and Bagged, Coloring Book Updates

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Team Tynga's Reviews and Bought, Borrowed and Bagged is hosted by Braine over at Talk Supe Blog.

Note: I have not been feeling well. Been having some issues again with my health. So not posting as much as I want to. I'm really trying to post as much as I can.


Print Books

E-Books Gotten

Coloring Book Haul

Color at Home Coloring Book Update

Fairy Magic Coloring Book Update

I Love Coffee Besties Coloring Book Update

Jasmine Becket-Griffith Halloween Coloring Books

Rhapsody in the Forest Coloring Book Update

Romantic Country Coloring Book Update

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

UF Book Review: Devil and Thieves by Jennifer Rush

Title: Devils & Thieves
Author: Jennifer Rush
Series: Devils & Thieves #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Pub Date: October 3. 2017
Pages: 336
My Copy: Courtesy of NetGalley and Little Brown

Book Summary:

Eighteen-year-old Jemmie Carmichael has grown up surrounded by magic in the quiet town of Hawthorne, New York. In her world, magic users are called "kindled," and Jemmie would count herself among them if only she could cast a simple spell without completely falling apart. It doesn't help that she was also recently snubbed by Crowe, the dangerous and enigmatic leader of the Black Devils kindled motorcycle gang and the unofficial head of their turf.

When the entire kindled community rolls into Hawthorne for an annual festival, a rumor begins spreading that someone is practicing forbidden magic. Then people start to go missing. With threats closing in from every side, no one can be trusted. Jemmie and Crowe will have to put aside their tumultuous history to find their loved ones, and the only thing that might save them is the very flaw that keeps Jemmie from fully harnessing her magic. For all her years of feeling useless, Jemmie may just be the most powerful kindled of all. 

Book Review:

An awesome book that I couldn’t put down. For a first book in this series, it delivered in a way that was spectacular. The main character is someone who just shines in this book as they grow in a lot of ways. 

Jemmie Carmichael has some issues when this book starts. I like how we start off with her hanging with her friend, Alex. Alex and Jemmie are doing typical female things and see someone that they don’t like, Katrina belongs to the Sixes, which is an ally of the Black Devils. Alex is the sibling of Crowe, who is the leader of the Black Devils.  They pull a prank and it makes them both laugh, but Katrina is not happy and this causes both Alex and Jemmie some problems.

So of course, Alex’s brother Crowe makes Jemmie use her magic to bind Alex’s power so that Alex learns not to disrespect him or his decisions in a way. Jemmie doesn’t like to use her powers. She really hates them and feels sick when she is around magic. It’s like she grew up around magic, but it doesn’t work for her. Everyone tells her to practice it. No one knows Jemmie’s secret. She has kept a lot of things. We also learn that Crowe and Jemmie had a thing or almost did. Their relationship is complicated to say the least. Not to mention things get iffy as Jemmie is kind of seeing someone else that Crowe doesn’t know about. Derek is a Death Stalker and that is the rival gang of the Black Devils so this is not good. Yet we learn that Derek doesn’t have magic or so we are led to believe.

We learn that when certain people go missing, every group is blaming one another. This is causing some major issues between the groups and no one is looking for the people in a calm and organized way. Plus people are claiming to have seen certain others with other people, even though they claim that isn’t true. Lady Jane, who’s gift is to tell the future and your death,  tells Jemmie that she is more important than she realizes. She has a gift and not to be afraid to use it. Plus we learn that what people are seeing could be an illusion.

Also in the book, we learn about Blood Magic and how bad it can be used. Jammie’s father also comes back to investigate for the Syndicate. He fears for Crowe. So of course Jemmie has to deal with her own issues with her father.  Jammie’s father and her have a conversation about things that he should have talked about to her a long time ago. This conversation was so good, as it illuminated a lot of things that she thought were not the truth, but sometimes things happen in life to people that change them and he was changed by it. So this makes things so much easier for the two of them to move forward.

This book had a lot of twists and turns. We learn that Darek is the one who has abducted people for his own sick, twisted purpose. He wants to become the most powerful Kindled of all. He is actually the son of a very bad Kindled who died many years ago. His true identity was concealed for his own safety. He actually is stealing other people’s Kindled Magic via some very old spells and a certain object. He almost drains Jemmie at one point of her magic, which is bad, but she certainly regains it when she tells Crowe about what she has seen and grabs them back. Her magic is to sense Aura’s and this makes her different and more powerful than she thought.

What happens next is utter craziness and more people with different kindled abilities get kidnapped. So now the stakes get higher and a wild crazy fight ensues between Darek, Crowe and Jemme. They are doing everything they can to win. What happens during this crazy fight scene which was wonderful by the way to read, is that Jemmie and Darek have some intense dialogue and Jemmie almost dies, but comes back to life and is different now that she absorbed what Darek had taken from others. She is now the person that she never thought she would be. This young woman finds herself staring at someone she doesn’t even recognizes. She killed Darek to save everybody else.
A great start to what looks like an awesome series.


Five Hearts

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stacking The Shelves, Bought, Borrowed and Bagged, Coloring Books

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Team Tynga's Reviews and Bought, Borrowed and Bagged is hosted by Braine over at Talk Supe Blog.

Note: I'm back. This is two weeks worth of stuff, since I went on Vacation. 


E-Books Gotten

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Coloring Book Haul 

Beautiful Dresses Coloring Book Update

Fantasy Faces Coloring Book Update

Romantic Country Coloring Book Update

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Crossroads Saga by Mary Ting Adult Coloring Book Release Blitz

Title: Crossroads Saga
Author: Mary Ting
Genre: YA Fantasy
Illustrated by: Arnild C. Aldepolla
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
***Based on a dream the author had in high school-chapter 1 & 2***
Protecting her from the Fallen was his duty. Falling in love was never part of his plan. Loving her was forbidden. Being with her was all that mattered, even if it meant he would be exiled for all eternity. Claudia Emerson's life is about to change when her good friend, who coincidentally shares the same first and last name, dies in a tragic accident. Distraught at the loss of her friend, Claudia's dreams become tumultuous, and through them she mysteriously travels to another world called Crossroads. There, she unexpectedly meets Michael, a nephilim--half angel, half human. Now that she's been there, Fallen and demons are after her, suspecting she must be special, and it is up to Michael and the other nephilim to protect her. Her dream becomes a nightmare as more secrets are revealed about who she really is, and the true identities of the people she loves most. Between (Book 2) Beyond (Book 3) Eternity (Book 4) Halo City (Novella Michael's Journey) Spin-off The Angel Knights (Prequel) The Chosen Knights (Book 1) The Blessed Knights (Book 2) The Sacred Knights (Book 3) Other YA books. From Gods From Deities From Origins From Titans
Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

YA Book Review: Salt by Danielle Ellison

Title: Salt
Author: Danielle Ellison
Series: Salt #1
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub Date: January 7, 2014
Pages: 266
My Copy: Got via Entangled Teen for an honest review

Book Summary:

Penelope is a witch, part of a secret society protecting humans from demon attacks. But when she was a child, a demon killed her parents—and stole her magic. Since then, she’s been pretending to be something she’s not, using her sister’s magic to hide her own loss, to prevent being sent away.

When she’s finally given the chance to join the elite demon-hunting force, Penelope thinks that will finally change. With her sister’s help, she can squeeze through the tests and get access to the information she needs to find "her" demon. To take back what was stolen.

Then she meets Carter. He’s cute, smart, and she can borrow his magic, too. He knows her secret—but he also has one of his own. 

Suddenly, Penelope’s impossible quest becomes far more complicated. Because Carter’s not telling her everything, and it’s starting to seem like the demons have their own agenda…and they’re far too interested in her.

Book Review:

Salt is definitely one book that you should add to your keeper shelf. I love how Penelope Grey is seeking answers, but the answers she wants aren’t always the one she likes or gets answers that are cryptic. Plus I like how her and Carter have this wonderful interesting dynamic between the two of them and sometimes things get very intense.

I definitely like how this book started out. It started out very interestingly finding Penelope in a situation that looks very dire. It kind of is like she has to use her wits to get out of a very bad situation. Plus her magic  doesn’t work or is led to believe that she is a static, someone who can only do magic when someone else is around. Hence, she is very nervous and thinks that a demon stole it. Plus Salt is a good deterrent for the demons and makes them weaker. So of course, Penelope can’t do magic without her sister’s help, but finds someone she never expects, a boy named Carter. Yet when she manages to vanish a demon all by herself, she doesn’t believe it because her magic is gone or is it. I really like that Carter had that whole mysterious element going on.

Carter and Penelope really have this interesting and unique relationship that you know is going to get more complex, but don’t really know until much later in the book certain things about each other because both of them have secrets. Sometimes secrets can be a bad thing or a good thing. Penelope wants to be an enforcer and thinks that her magic is gone, but it really isn’t until she starts hanging out with Carter that she learns a lot of things that she thought were true aren’t about her magic. Also the exams to being an Enforcer, (the police force that keeps Demon activity at bay)are coming up and Connie her sister and her have the test on different days, so she is worried that she will not be able to draw her magic from her sister, but finds out that her magic is working but in unexpected ways.

I do like how the relationships between all the characters really seem to work well. Her friendships and the ones with her family really seem to be a great way to tell you who Penelope is as a person and what her home life is like. Her Grandmother and Grandfather seem to be good people with good morals and have raised both her and her sister. Also she always tell them to carry Salt with them. Salt can be a life saver. Yet her grandmother worries about how Penelope’s going to pass the test.

Yet Penelope passes the test with Carter’s help. Carter is a bit of a wild card. I like when a character is a wild card. You never know what you are going to get with him. There seems to be something that he is keeping. I like that there’s a mystery to him. I like how there’s a major twist regarding his character. He is the son of the head of the Triad. The Triad is the magical government and dispense justice in the magic community. Also the fact that he kept this from Penelope makes her really angry at him. She feels like he manipulated her. This is perfectly understandable. 

I also found that they work really well as a couple, William Carter Prescott and Penelope. They argue, fight, make up. This is normal, yet their lives are anything but normal. Something happens during the last third of this book, that was a total mind shocker. It revealed something about William Carter and Penelope that totally makes sense, but something you never expected to be revealed and gives you an understanding of why their magic works together and why the demons have been after them. The action scenes were great.

I totally enjoyed this book a lot. I’m hoping in the next book that we see more of William Carter Prescott’s home life.


Four Hearts

Thursday, July 13, 2017

YA Book Review: Invictus (ARC) by Ryan Graudin

Title: Invictus
Author: Ryan Graudin
Genre: Young Adult Time Travel
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Pub Date: September 26, 2017
Pages: 464
My Copy: ARC that I got at Book Expo America

Book Summary:

Time flies when you're plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far's birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he's ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. 

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far's very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

Book Review:

One of the most exciting books that I’ve read this year. I definitely thought that this was one of the best books that I’ve read about time travel. The characters and Farway Gaius is one character you will never forget. Farway Gaius is someone who has challenges thrown his way that he never expected and then has to deal with more surprises than most people ever have to.

We find out that Farway is the son of a very famous traveler. Yet he was born on a time ship, so he was born out of time which has created something unexpected, him. So of course he grows up and is expected to pass his final exam and he has friends and what looks like a great future, but things go bad during his final exam. Of course, someone who looks like Marie Antoinette sees him and flirts with him. This is something you should never do. You should never ever let someone of historical importance interact with you or notice. If this had happened during a real mission, it could have had serious implications and cause possibly a paradox, Farway gets really chewed out. He can’t even appeal. The decision is out of his hands. He feels like someone has sabotaged his final exam. He is really upset that this has happened and let everyone down.

Then something strange happens and he gets an invitation to captain his own ship, but he has to retrieve certain items from different times, basically steal them and bring them to the person who recruited him for this mission. They get paid and get to travel, but to be careful and try not to cause too much damage to the time stream. There are consequences if you mess with time in certain ways. This is to be understood.

As Farway and his crew on the Invictus are traveling through time, you get to see how well this group works together. Everybody on the crew works at a certain task and that is how the group gets to be so good and efficient at stealing things and acting their part. So of course there’s an incident that happens on the Titanic. They are trying to steal a very valuable book and of course run into a girl. This young woman has stolen the book that they are looking for and of course the girl ends up on the Invictus with them. Farway recognizes her as the girl who was posing as Marie Antoinette and is furious when he sees her. This makes him very angry and he wants to know who she is and rightly so. Not to mention why she caused him to fail his final exam.

Her name is Empra and that’s all she’s telling them. Not to mention she has the book and threatens to destroy it. What ensues is some hijinks and major problems with the time stream not to mention we have inter dimensional time travelers. We learn after a while because of how Farway was born, his mother and him inadvertently cause what is known as a Fade which destroys time and it’s growing faster and bigger in the damage we learn. She also comes from a different dimension. She is what you would call Faway’s counter self, meaning same mother, different dimension. Because of the way he was born, this caused little wholes and other things. Her job is to stop it. The only way she thought to do that was to cause him to fail and yet nothing is ever simple we find out. We find out that there a lot of other people in other dimensions thinking that killing Far would be the solution.

Craziness ensues in a way that you don’t expect. We get to see different locations and times through out history. Sometimes we get to places for us that haven’t happened yet. Somehow this group of characters has to stop the Fade and Time itself from disappearing. Learning things about one’s past really is interesting. Also they learn that if they fix things, they could disappear and history will rewrite itself meaning they could very well fade from existence. Not a good situation to find your self in.

Everything becomes crazier and crazier as this book unfolds. I just love all the crazy and inventive things that happen and how they try not to interact with other people who they might know at different points. Plus the real meaning of sacrifice becomes very clear. The way this book ended really was one that I didn’t really see coming but should have, because it was the only thing that made sense in a way. 

This was one of the most fun books that I’ve read in a long time.  Definitely a book that is going to be on my top ten this year.


4.5 Hearts

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Stacking The Shelves, Bought, Borrowed and Bagged, Coloring Book Updates, I'm on Vacation till July 15 Will be back, I promise

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Team Tynga's Reviews and Bought, Borrowed and Bagged is hosted by Braine over at Talk Supe Blog.

Note: I will be in Orlando from July 8-July 15, hence I will not be around to check my blog....Hope to be back soon.... I have scheduled two posts ahead of time, so the blog will not be empty if you come to visit....


Coloring Book Haul 

Glamourista Coloring Book

Jasmine Beckett Griffith Coloring Book Update

Johanna's Christmas Coloring Book Update