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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Children of Neptune (Volume 1) - Makenna Snow

Awesome book. Review to come after I decide what I want to say in my review.

Dream Frequency - S.J. Lomas
    Dream Frequency by S.J. Lomas Genre: YA Release Date: June 2017
Summary from Goodreads:
Christine would never have considered herself new recruit material for a secret U.S. agency. Until recently, she's just been an ordinary girl graduating from high school and wondering if a friendship with Gabriel, a mysterious coworker, would grow into something romantic. When Christine's fascination with Gabriel leads to her discovery of dreamworlds, she learns that she's anything but ordinary. In this thrilling conclusion to Dream Girl, Christine and Gabriel must choose their allegiances and face corruption, conspiracy, and the complexities of love in order to save themselves and everyone who matters to them - or die trying.
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My Review
I have to start off by saying I didn't read the first one in the series, but I didn't get lost due to the fact. I really don't know why but for some reason I didn't love but I didn't hate this book, and that's why I decided on the rating of 3 out of 5 stars. Favorite character would have to be Gabriel, I really enjoyed his points of views better than Christine. I am really having a hard time figuring out what to say about this book for the review. I do have to say I liked how the book end and things that happened I wasn't expecting. So that's why I didn't give the book a lower rating. And I also loved the plotline. I asked and was granted access too an e-book copy of this book. For the purpose of reading it as part of a book tour. I would love to say thanks to all parties involved for this awesome opportunity
. About the Author
S.J. is a cheerful Michigan girl who writes strange and somewhat dark stories for young adults and those who love to read YA literature.
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Blog Tour Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours

 

SpotLight for Book Tour I am Involved in.

THE TIGER’S WATCH BY JULIA EMBER BLOG TOUR – DIGITAL ASSETS
Tour Date:
August 10-24, 2017
Link to Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35527728-the-tiger-s-watch
Purchase Links:
Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks
Link to Tour Schedule:
http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-the-tigers-watch-ashes-of-gold-1-by-julia-ember/ Giveaway Details: Two (2) winners will receive a signed paperback of The Tiger's Watch by Julia Embers (INT) Code: a Rafflecopter giveaway Link to Giveaway: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c08c9e8e637/?
The Tiger’s Watch (Ashes of Gold #1) by Julia Ember Publication Date: August 22, 2017 Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander. Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian. When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.
 
 
 
AUTHOR INFO:
Originally from Chicago, Julia Ember now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. She spends her days working in the book trade and her nights writing teen fantasy novels. Her hobbies include riding horses, starting far too many craft projects, PokemonGo and looking after her city-based menagerie of pets with names from Harry Potter. Luna Lovegood and Sirius Black the cats currently run her life. Julia is a polyamorous, bisexual writer. She regularly takes part in events for queer teens, including those organised by the Scottish Booktrust and LGBT Youth Scotland. A world traveler since childhood, she has now visited more than sixty countries. Her travels inspire the fantasy worlds she creates, though she populates them with magic and monsters. Julia began her writing career at the age of nine, when her short story about two princesses and their horses won a contest in Touch magazine. In 2016, she published her first novel, Unicorn Tracks, which also focused on two girls and their equines, albeit those with horns. Her second novel, The Seafarer’s Kiss will be released by Interlude Press in May 2017. The book was heavily influenced by Julia’s postgraduate work in Medieval Literature at The University of St. Andrews. It is now responsible for her total obsession with beluga whales. In August 2017, her third novel and the start of her first series, Tiger's Watch, will come out with Harmony Ink Press. In writing Tiger's Watch, Julia has taken her love of cats to a new level.
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Book Tour Review that I am Involved with.

Infusion - Alyssa Thiessen
INFUSION BY ALYSSA THIESSEN BLOG TOUR – DIGITAL ASSETS Tour Date: August 14-18, 2017 Link to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32969842-infusion Purchase Links: Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD Link to Tour Schedule: http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-infusion-by-alyssa-thiesen/ Giveaway Details: $10 Amazon Gift Card (INT) Code: a Rafflecopter giveaway Giveaway Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c08c9e8e638/? Infusion by Alyssa Thiessen Publication Date: November 13, 2016 Publisher: Peasantry Press Rachel is ordinary. Average. Utterly unremarkable… until her best friend shoots her on her 16th birthday and a stranger brings her from death’s doorstep with an infusion of his own DNA. Then everything gets weird. She heals impossibly fast. She senses the thoughts of others. She sees places and horrifying creatures that couldn’t possibly exist, and her new friend Tyler is convinced she’s destined to save the world from their invasion. Can she trust him? Can she trust herself? How’s she supposed to stop inter-dimensional invaders when she can barely deal with high school? Ready or not, here they come.
Except
If I’d known I was going to die on my sixteenth birthday, I probably would’ve spent a little time on my makeup that morning. As it was, I lay in the field, cold, and all I could think was that I hadn’t even bothered to run a brush through my hair before I left. I mean, at the very least, I could’ve worn earrings. It started to rain, softly at first, and I felt my teeth chattering. No, not felt. Heard. I heard something else, too. Jared sobbing. Loudly. It was funny—I’d known him all my life, and I’d never heard him cry before. Would he be crying so desperately if he hadn’t been the one who shot me?  
My Review I really thought the book was very strange but it was a fun and interesting book. Rachel I thought was an interesting character and what a change of life she had after she was shot by her friend. I also enjoyed her new friend Tyler and thought he was very interesting as well. I thought they were cute together. I really thought it's interesting how Rachel got the powers and why they were needed. The bad things that Tyler, Rachel, and company had to fight where very interesting. There are betrayals that take place in the book. I loved that the book didn't end in a cliffhanger but leaves room for other books to come. I asked to take part in the book tour and my opinions are my own. I would definitely recommend this book and I would read more book's by this author. AUTHOR INFO: When she's not donning her secret identity and saving the world, Thiessen keeps busy writing her next novel, reading something beautiful, teaching high school English, drinking coffee, cycling, and hanging out with her family - husband, kiddies, and miniature schnauzer. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 27%.

Children of Neptune (Volume 1) - Makenna Snow

Very interesting start so far I really love the heroine Jet, and I am loving Will as well. I love that the main character can talk and understand animals. And also that the animals talk back. I love how hard Jet is trying to fit in, and that she has insecurities like everyone else. And I am really loving Jet and Will's interactions, and how he likes to tease her. Trying to figure out some of the other characters such as Charlotte or Charlie as she is called. As well as Morwenna.. I don't trust Morwenna at all that, I guess I will hopefully find out if I am wrong or right in regards to her. Charlie I feel is going to be the one that starts out as being one thing but turns out totally different.

 

 

Really Wish I could have enjoyed it more.

Berserker - Emmy Laybourne

I guess you can't give all books 4 or 5 stars. I thought I would really enjoy this book more, so I guess that's why I am sad that I couldn't give this book such a score. I did finish the book but I skipped about 50 pgs, and I hate doing that.

Owen is such a sweetie and of course he was my favorite, I loved the dream he has and I hope it happens for him. I also really started to like Hanne more but I hate that it took until almost the end of the book for that to happen. I still didn't care that much for her sister Sissel, hopefully in other books she starts to be so less fragile and help around more. Maybe that will come when she gets her power whatever that may be.

I did like the ending and I also hope Owen and Hanne get a happy ending. And I hope the rest of Hanne's family gets a happy ending as well. I also loved that it didn't end in a cliffhanger, but leaves things open ended.

I would love to think the Author and publisher as well as Netgalley for granting me my request for this book. My grade for this book is my own and no one else's.

I think I will read the next one whenever it comes out even with my low rating for the first book. Because I do want to see what happens next in the book.

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

Berserker - Emmy Laybourne

Starting to w a little bit better, just still not that much action and adventure that I like to have in books that I read. Of course people are getting killed, but I thought there would be more deaths then what their have been. I am sure that more individuals will die before this book is over. 

I do like Owen just like I thought I would, I am not sure if his going to be one of my book boyfriends. I just think his to sweet, and I like a guy that is more sure of themselves, and has a little bit of some bad boy in them. I also like Hanne's family but Sissel gets on my nerves, I hope she gets better in this book, to me so far she seems pretty fragile.

I am still trying to finish this book though, just to see how this one ends.

Reading progress update: I've read 26%.

Berserker - Emmy Laybourne

I hope this book starts to get better soon, so far its been pretty boring besides in a couple of spots. Not sure if I even have a favorite yet. Owen I think so far is the closest, then Stieg would be a very close second. 

I am going to try and read a little bit more, I at least want to get to where Hanne and Owen first meet, I read some reviews and they said that's when the book starts to get much better.

Ok Book but not my favorite.

Red Sister - Mark  Lawrence

I liked the book more at the beginning, the middle was boring to me, and then it got more exciting at the end. The middle to me was so boring that I skipped some to see if it got more exciting at the end. I feel really sad because I really wanted to love the book more than I did, because I read so many great reviews of the book.

I would have to say that I really loved the main character of Nona a lot and I felt so bad about all she went through at such a young age. I think she had a lot of courage for such a young girl. There are a lot of interesting characters such as, Arabella, Jula, Clera, Hessa, Sister Apple, Sister Kettle, and Mistress Blade, etc. 

I did like the book enough that I would give the next book in the series a chance, and hopefully I will enjoy that one more. I liked the plot of the book and I was pretty surprised by something's that happened and something's weren't surprising at all, but rather things that you would excepted to happen. 

So while this book wasn't my favorite book ever, I still enjoyed it enough to continue on, like I mentioned above. 

Pretty interesting but Strange Story.

Daughter of the Burning City - Amanda Foody

I really did enjoy this book even though it was very strange that illusions can be murdered, and even though they do explain how, I still am not sure if I understand it completely.

My favorite character was Luca, something that we found out about him was part of the reason I gave the book only 4 and not 5 stars. It wasn't anything that he did wrong, and that's all I will say on that or this review will go into the spoiler territory. Luca is definitely a new book boyfriend for me.

I liked Sorina but certain things she did in the book I either didn't understand why she did them or she did things to make me mad. I loved that there were illustrations of the  difference illusions with a description of each of them. That last illusion that was murdered was the saddest for me, probably because that one was on the pages longer. So I got to know that one a lot more. The murderer was a little bit of a surprise, but looking back it really shouldn't have been.

I still really loved the book and I would definitely recommend this book to people to read. Oh my favorite illusions would have to be Tree and Crown. 

Reading progress update: I've read 16%.

Daughter of the Burning City - Amanda Foody

This book caught my attention due to the intriguing topic. I am really hoping I will enjoy it, but so far I am not really sure how I am feeling about the book. I don't hate it but I am confused on how the illusions can be killed. Hopefully as I get further along it will be explained ,so I can understand it.

I do like Sorina she is most definitely a different heroine, then the ones I am use to reading about in books. Luca whom I believe might be Sorina's love interest, has been only on the scene for a few pages. But from those few pages he has made an impression on me. He seems like his going to become one of my book boyfriends, at least so far I feel that's going to be the case.

More to come later.

Book Tour Review that I am Involved with.

The Thirteenth Gate () (Volume 2) - Kat Ross
 
 
 
 
Before getting started I am so sorry to the author and Xpresso Book Tours for being late in posting my part of the book tour. Now onto the fun part.
 
 
 
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Where too Buy
 
Kat Ross
 
Author Links
http://www.katrossbooks.com/index.html
My Review
The book started out really slow to me, but once it got going it never stopped. I really think my favorite parts would have to be  the Vivienne and Alex's part of the story. I just think that's because I know them more because of the series before this series. I do like Harrison and John parts as well, just not as much. I really love Alex, I don't want to say what his name was in the other series because I don't want to give it away to individuals that haven't read the other series yet, or started this one yet. 
I really love supernatural stuff in my books, so I didn't mind they added it into this series, like some individuals, did have with it.
I can't wait to see what happens next with all parties involved. I did read at the end that the next book won't be for this series but back in the other world again. Kat Ross said it will be out sometime in the fall and it will be called Nocturne. So I am super excited, since the Fourth Element series is one of my favorite series, that I have read in a very long time.
I am so glad that when I requested to take part in this book tour that I was chosen to take part in it. Thanks so much Xpresso tours for this awesome opportunity.
 
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Reading progress update: I've read 73 out of 307 pages.

The Thirteenth Gate () (Volume 2) - Kat Ross

Pretty interesting so far. I am so happy that some of the characters from her series the Fourth Element are in this book. I am so happy that we get to find out what has happened to them since that series ended. It was one of my favorite series ever. So I am hoping I can have at least like if not love this new series.

I actually haven't had a chance to read the first book in this series, so I am a little lost, so I would say to read the first book before this one. I forget that I didn't finish the first one, and I also forgot that I was supposed to do a book tour for this book that I am reading now. I also just got my internet turned back on so, I just haven't been able to read this book before now, since I thought I downloaded this one but didn't, so I had to wait to also downloaded this once we got the internet turned back on.

So later I will go back and read the first book to find out what all that I missed. 

Book Tour Review that I am Involved with. So Freaking Awesome!!!!!

The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga) - Elise Kova
THE DRAGONS OF NOVA BY ELISE KOVA BLOG TOUR – DIGITAL ASSETS Tour Date: July 17-28, 2017 Link to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31686500-the-dragons-of-nova Purchase Links: Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks Link to Tour Schedule: http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-the-dragons-of-nova-by-elise-kova/
Giveaway Details: Hard cover copy of The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova and a swag pack Code: a Rafflecopter giveaway Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/39698f6c23/?
The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga #2) by Elise Kova Publication Date: July 11, 2017 Publisher: Keymaster Press
Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh. While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills — and quick-shooting accuracy — makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons. Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.
 
My Review
I really enjoyed this book a lot too, even though it took a little bit longer to get into, compared to the first book. But even though I still liked this book a little bit more than the first one. I think that's because of the last half of the book, so much happens. There are some deaths especially one very surprising one, at the end. Cvareh is still my absolute favorite of all the characters, I really love how he feels towards Ari, and I feel that after this book, I would love for them two to get together in the end. Flor really surprised me towards the very end of the book, and I am not sure about how I feel about what she did. She is sure changing compared to what she was like, in the beginning of the first book. Something's that happened in this book is sure going to make the last book in the series very interesting. And I can't wait until December to find out what that is going to be. I am so happy I was chosen to take part in the book tour for this awesome and action packed book.
 
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AUTHOR INFO:
Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the Loom Saga
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Moving

Where moving to another place we were living in a trailer park and now we're renting a house. So I won't have internet until they can come and put it on. I will check in once in awhile if I am somewhere that has internet connection, until mine is back on. Hopefully that won't take to long. So I will actually have time to catch up on my reading. See you all soon!!!!!

Book Tour Review that I am Involved with.

 

Chapter 4 (Reading Excerpt #1)


I glanced up, unable to move. A chill shot down my spine. Chadwick Kapule stood at the counter, his honey brown eyes piercing into me. He and I dated the last two years of high school. I’d broken it off after we graduated because of his jealously issues.
Chad had been one of the hottest guys in our class, so all the chicks used to crush on him. Not only was Chad sexy—he could charm you right out of your panties. I was one of the few who ignored him. At the end of our sophomore year, he pursued me. Eventually, I gave in, letting him take me out at the start of junior year. Chad’s rep was a known fact around campus. He’d sleep with girls, then dump them. Knowing this, plus everyone’s impending future of being betrothed, I never planned on getting serious. Students were buzzing that I had been Chad’s longest relationship. I wasn’t giving out, but Chad never pressed me for sex. I was the one that decided to explore my curiosity. After we’d been dating for several months, I lost my virginity to him.
Figuring he’d lose interest since we had done the deed, I avoided him in school the next day—ignoring his slew of texts. Finally, Chad cornered me, demanding to know why I’d been dodging him. I shrugged and told him point blank. “I’ve satisfied my curiosity.… What’s there to talk about? Thought we would be on the same page.”
Chad gawked, flustered, his cheeks beet red. Fumbling over his words, he’d said, “Are you serious? You’re not gonna talk to me anymore because we had sex?”
I nodded, but telling Chad that backfired. Not giving up, he charmed me until I agreed to be in a serious relationship with him exclusively. By being with him, I learned that challenging a man only made them want you more. With my blunt, no-nonsense personality, I had no problem telling him off. If he pissed me off, I’d hang up on him, ignore his texts, and avoid him in school. The gossip continued that Chad was a changed man. I cared about him at that time. But knowing what my future held when I turned twenty-one, I kept a leash on my feelings.
Chad didn’t seem to grasp reality, and his jealousy issues had no boundaries. When he got mad, nine times out of ten, it was due to him being jealous. If a guy even looked at me for too long, there was trouble. This went on for a year and a half.
Chadwick took it hard when I broke up with him. It took months before he backed off. Two weeks ago, I’d seen him at a restaurant. Tobias had taken me out to eat and Chad looked very unhappy. I didn’t even acknowledge him on our way out. Ever since, he’d started harassing me again, blowing up my cell and texting like crazy. Now he appeared right in front of me.
Chadwick narrowed his eyes. “I had to come to your job, since you’ve been ignoring my calls.”
“I was courteous to return your first couple of texts, Chad.”
“You promised we would stay friends.”
I rolled my eyes. “I did. But we’re not together anymore, so we don’t need to talk every day.”
“You told me there’s no point in having a relationship. Cuz after our twenty-first birthday we’d be separated. I let you go, knowing your logic made sense. Yet, I see you with that cocksucker, all goo-goo eyes.” He snorted. “Sounds like you’re a hypocrite. You better not be dating that clown.”

 

My Review

Going into this book I didn't really think I was going to like it, just because its not the type of book I usually go with. I just don't like books with a lot of sex in it, don't get me wrong I like sex in my book, but not a crazy amount. But I did really like Sarah J Maas's first book in the series of A Court of Thorns and Roses, and that one had a shut load of sexy!!!!! So not surprising I really did enjoy this book even though I loved Sarah's book more. I gave this book 4 stars even though it's more of a 3 1/2 star one,  but I rounded it up to 4 due to the ending!!!!! 

I am not really sure which guy's  I want the two main girl characters to be with. I really like Cade the most so far for Cali, not sure whom I want Stefani, with. The guys for Cali are Cade and Zion. And the other two guys are Tobias and Dom.

The book was interesting due to the fact that the couple's have to go to different island's and date other individuals, if they want to be with their choice of whom to marry and not who the government chooses.

I think I am more torn on whom I want Cali with then whom I want Stefani with. Because Zion is my other favorite in the book, he figures things out before anyone else does. The beginning was slow and I really was going to do a dnf but I decided to keep going and I am so glad I did, because the last half of the book was pretty awesome.

I really can't wait to see what happens next in this series, what's going to happen now that they know what is going on at the island, of course Cade and Tobias are still in the dark, since there on another island. 

I am so happy that I took a chance on this book, and that I was chosen to take part on the tour for this one.

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