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Rise of the Branded (The Scar of the Downers Book 2) - Scott Keen

Rise of the Branded
Scott Keen
(Scar of the Downers, #2)
Publication date: November 22nd 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Pursued into the wild by the soldiers of Ungstah, former slave Crik and the other freed Downers encounter the magical and terrifying nature of their world. They face spectral Shepherds, man-eating Rukmush, and the ancient giants of the earth. When two of their group are captured, Crik is distraught and powerless.

Meanwhile back in the city, Durgan, former Captain of the King’s Guard who allowed Crik and his friends to escape from Ungstah, is now a Downer, one of the Branded. Amid the murmurings of an uprising among the Branded, Durgan just wants to be left alone to search for his missing son. But in the process, he discovers how dark the powers of Sulfus the king truly are. Durgan must take a stand in the coming war between the Branded and the powerful armies of Sulfus.

To kill any hope of escape for the city’s Branded, the army comes after Crik and his friends to make an example of them. The answers for Durgan, Crik and freedom for all Downers lie hidden in the dark recesses of the Northern Reaches, in the treacherous places Crik and his companions are about to enter.

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Just like the first book I really loved the friendship between Crik and Jak, even though there more like brothers. This one had a lot of even more things happening, then the first book. 

One character that is really interesting me in this book is a guy by the name of Durgan. In the first book something happened and him and his wife became a Downer, if you read the book or the description above you'll know what he did. I am really interested in what is going to happen to him and his wife. 

There are so many other interesting individuals in this series. I feel really bad about things that happened to Crik in this book. I really hope things work out for both Crik and Jak in the end.

I have to say I think after this book, the next book is probably going to be pretty explosive, and very action pack. So I can't wait to find out when the next book will be available, because I will definitely be wanting to read it as soon as it's available. I really want that book in my greedy little hands right now. But I will try and be a good girl and wait, but it will definitely be hard.

I am so glad I voluntarily requested to take part in this awesome book blog tour, it was a lot of fun.

 

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Scott grew up in Black River, NY, the youngest of three children. While in law school, he realized he didn’t want to be a lawyer. So he did the practical thing – he became a writer. Now, many years later with an MFA in script and screenwriting, he is married with four daughters, two of whom he home schools.

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Black Dawn - Mallory McCartney
  Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney Genre: YA/A Fantasy Release Date: February 14th 2017
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The end of an Empire, The rise of a Queen Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory's arrival she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.  With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King. Some things are better left in the shadows.
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Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.
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Nyx murmured, “Except there is no one left. The monarchy was built on the Fae’s name, but who is left of that line? Emory is gone. There is no one to oppose him other than us.”
Nei, Roque…Emory. The Academy had been created by the Fae’s to allow a place where humans who had powerful abilities could train and form a government based on equality and prosperity. They were Kiero’s guardians and maintained the balance. That was until Adair had set the world on fire and tipped the scales forever.
Brokk locked eyes with his Commander and knew he was definitely going to be sick. Slightly gasping, “Excuse me,” he scrambled out of the room into the hallway, gulping the damp air. Black spots danced in his vision, threatening to take over. Brokk heard a shuffle of feet and the clicking of the door, then Memphis was standing over him, arms crossed and whispering with venom in his voice, “Pull yourself together Brokk. It’s too obvious that something is wrong.”
Brokk stood up with force, making the world tilt. “We have to tell them. It’s been too long and nothing is getting better. It’s time to make a difference. She could be our difference.”
Brokk knew it was a low blow as Memphis retorted, “You don’t think I realize that as well? But how is everyone going to react when their leaders have kept this a secret for six years? There will be an uprising.”
“The Rebellion will see reason. We start with the team and then go from there. We start with our friends. We owe them that much.”
Memphis ran a hand through his hair, dark circles burning under his eyes. Loosening a breath, he looked to Brokk. “We do this together.”
Brokk stepped closer to his friend, softly saying, “Always.”
Keeping a firm hold on his churning breakfast, he reentered Command knowing that when he came out, everything will have changed.

 

Scar of the Branded Review.

I thought for the first book in the series that this book had a lot of Action and Adventure. I really loved  two  of the characters in the series, which were Crik, and Jak. I loved how protective Crik was to Jak. So far those two have to be my favorite characters. I also really like Aniel, but I am not going to say who she is or what part is plays in the book. 

The only reason the book got 4/5 from me is because I can't remember half of the characters that we the readers have been introduced to. 

I really loved how the book ended and I am almost half done with the second book in the series, and can't wait to see how this one ends.

I voluntarily requested a copy of this book, so I could take part in the book tour for the second book in the series. And my opinion is my honest one.

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Bright white flashes burst from their fingertips. A deafening crack snapped as hues of electric blue shot across the rotunda, breaking the once impeccable crystal stone like a twig. Half crouched and slightly leaned back, he stretched out his hand and slipped under the downward slash of a long blade already dripping. Once clear, he leapt into the air, flipping over concourses of the sky blue robes of the Commission intertwined with the red battle robes of the Velsharoon.
Gavin Rhill’s treacherous needs exempted him from feeling, his conscience was now void. Eyes bloodshot with fury, he sank into the depths of his insanity. The popping cracks of the fire and ice elements against each other reverberated across the slick floor, tousling him about and jarring him from his thoughts. Dust plumes erupted from pockets of crumbling walls. He gripped his shaking head as he pleaded to be released from his harrowing prison. But it was too late. He belonged to the Shadow now.
The hairs on the back of his neck stood out straight, plunging a rippling effect that crawled up and down his skin. An electrifying bolt of unyielding energy surged past his ear, missing only by centimeters. He flipped his long black hair from his flat gray eyes that sunk deep in the pallid hollow of his face. The pungent odor of singed hair and flesh stifled his nose, wreaking havoc on his focus. Anger and hate surged from his bosom.
Sweat dripped onto his sliver thin black eyebrows and down his face, landing at the corner of his mouth. He glowered through the madness and zeroed in on the door at the end of the mysterious hall. He searched for an acceptable route to his destination. Quickly he seized his opportunity and flung himself into the air. He rolled over an oncoming deluge of potent magic, a second before the heat burst his blood red cloak into flames.
As he fell toward the floor, he slipped his arms out of his battle robe and twisted away from the engulfing barrage. He rolled through the fall and jumped to his feet, shutting the roaring shrieks from his ears. All he could hear now was the pounding of his heart as he flipped over a spear that would have pierced it. He thrust his hands out and released his newly acquired powers. Rock fragments pierced through the air like speeding razors, striking several of the newly arrived armored men. Cursed with an unrelenting pain, it paralyzed them from the inside. He dug his toes into the floor. Boosted his feet with a blast of air and whizzed past so quickly, the soldiers spun in their boots.
"Gavin stop!" Castos yelled.
The leader of Queen Ambrosia's United Forces stood erect.
"You can't stop me." Gavin said in a drawn out syrupy voice. The thought welled up inside his chest like a smoldering flame. He could taste it, smell it, and see his destiny. "I have destroyed your beautiful Srinna Vossa." he said, hissing through a cynical smile.
A flash of anger darted from Castos as he slammed his long gold entwined staff on the ground.
"We will rebuild it you can't stop goodness. How many people have to die?"
"You're worse off than I thought." Gavin said, throwing his head back and laughing a humorless vicious sound.
Castos crossed the staff in front of his broad carved expression. He then lifted his palm, facing up and conjured the elements he controlled.
“Time to put an end to this senseless bloodshed.” Castos said.
He lifted his staff up high and pulled the element of fire from the particles of the universe. With a sweeping motion, he purged the ravaged energy and sent it directly at Gavin. Gavin sucked in his belly, pulled in his arms and legs and transformed into an invisible shriek of air. He rushed over Castos and fed the inferno with life breathing oxygen. The air pulled the fire back toward Castos unleashing it onto its master. The fire didn't care what it consumed. Only that it feasted on life's sustenance. Absolute horror hit a split second before Castos was annihilated by his own power.
Gavin sailed through the air with exhilarated weightlessness. His thunderous laughter rattled the windows until they shattered, sending glass shards careening to the ground. Gavin Rhill soared down the long corridors, disarming enchantments along the paths. When he reached the door, he hovered momentarily, then unraveled through the misty tendrils of the air element. He transformed back into his human form, his skinny almost mal-nourished figure reemerged.
The towering solid wood door was intricately carved with ancient symbols and runes. His long, thin fingers manipulated the old puzzle that had taken him over a year to figure out. With the last knot pushed, the door opened with a gasp. A small puff of wind bathed his face with the odor of musky dust. An aroma he quite enjoyed. He heaved the heavy obstacle open and slipped inside. He waved his hand across the smooth orderly lines on the inside of the door. Several clicks and a few slides of unseen latches echoed against the hollow roundness of the room as it sealed shut.
Gavin's eerie piercing eye darted around the room. His bones ached from its cold darkness. His shadow ran across the isles and his heart jumped, a lump formed in his throat. Relieved it was only his shadow, he searched the room. A large majestic desk sat at the far side of the circular room. Heavy weaved curtains framed tall windows. He found a slight beauty in the carved vaults. Every wall was covered top to bottom with shelves of scrolls. Books were so jammed pack that they overflowed.
"You must not fail." the Shadow's voice echoed in his mind. The horrifying image of the shadow sent shivers down his spine.
He picked up the first parchment on top of the desk, read the heading and tossed it on the floor. He picked up another, then another. His intrigue half stopped him. He would love to spend hours, or even better, days, picking apart the exploits of this ancient knowledge. What I could learn from all of these, he thought. But he knew he only had but a few moments until the Council would know where he was. He put his thoughts aside and hastily rummaged through the scrolls and parchments that sat barren and lonely.
"Where is it?" he snarled.
He ravaged the last few particles of writings as the persistent gnawing in his navel grew. With one fowl sweep of his arms, he sent the rest flying to the floor. He slammed his fits on the table, his knuckles pure white. A bead of sweat dripped from his drooped head and splashed onto the marble surface. He stared into the backs of his eye lids and tried to think of where, the Binding of the Crypt spell would be hidden.
Then it came to him. How could I have forgotten the search spell? He thought. He closed his eyes and focused. A dusting of rusty orange sparkles danced into existence and floated around the room. His heart skipped a beat as the magic was sucked into a book, then shoved back out. Over and over, the magic came up empty. His emotions couldn't take any more. His fear of failure and what the Shadow would do to him threw him into a rage. His tantrum sent books, scrolls and reading implements flying around the room.
Loud booms and cracks echoed against the outer walls. Shrieks of agony crested the horizon. Gavin Rhill knew he was the cause of men and women’s deaths, but he didn't care. The war outside was only a ruse to get into the protected room anyway. Though it did serve another purpose, if he could destroy the Dodjen, he would gain power over the Wyvern's. Then he could release the underworld creatures the Shadow controlled. He knew the magic of the united efforts could stop the Shadow. If he could gain control of the bond already forged, he would be unstoppable.

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"Queen Ambrosia, what do you want us to do?" Aarin asked.
"We wait until the Commission gets here."
Queen Ambrosia’s soul was hollow as she gazed down from her sixty-level skyscraper. Her beloved Srinna Vossa was under attack and she knew her time was limited. The peaks of the circling spires that surrounded the main building barely passed her flat. The three moons reflected brilliant strings of haze and illuminated the night. Srinna Vossa was a group of islands that floated on the Teorran Belt, raw magic that sprung into the sky like a fountain.
"Our magic defenses are about to give way. If the Velsharoon get in, it will be all over." Aarin said, his expression pained and wounded.
"They will have to hold. We can't let them get into the city."
"Do you not care? Your people will die, all of them. The Velsharoon have the comet at their disposal. Never in history has anything been able to break our defenses."
Queen Ambrosia turned on her heel and shot him a penetrating glare. Her eyes were red and puffy from crying.
"Do not proceed to lecture me on caring for my people. I will lay down my life for them. I will take the scrolls of the most importance with me to my death. How dare you accuse me?"
Her small slender frame shook with fury, her knuckles clenched white at her sides. The pressures she held as Queen of the most powerful city on Edenocht nearly overcame her.
Aarin stood at attention. His face shadowed from a lack of sleep. "I'm sorr-"
"You are not permitted to speak."
She threw her hand across her body in a downward strike. Her cheeks burned dark pink. Her long, pale blue robe blew slightly in the wind that came in from the open balcony. Queen Ambrosia paced the floor. Her soft slipper shoes kicked her gown into a rhythmic billowing pattern.
"How dare he." she said barely audible, her breath almost steaming.
The tightness in Aarin's chest seized his every whit and his knees weakened. The sweat crested his shoulder length brown hair. He feared he was about to be sent to his death for questioning her. A brisk wind flashed through the room. A flicker of light cast a shadow as a forest green wyvern landed on the balcony. The rider dismounted and tossed the reins over its neck. The wyvern pulled in her massive wings tightly to her side and pawed the smooth surface. The rider pulled off the black leather riding gloves and slipped them under his belt. His chain armor under his obsidian body armor clinked as he moved quickly toward the queen. His square and handsome face framed his deep green eyes. Tears escaped as she nearly ran into his arms.
"Jerim, what are we going to do?" she asked.
She buried her tear stained cheeks into the crease of his shoulder. He wrapped his arms around her and pulled her tigh.
"I’m here now, the commission is dispatching troops, and the Rangers are here. I’ve stationed six battalions at each corner of the island and more on the smaller islands. Medrith and I will take you and Serin to safety."
"No, I must stay here." she said swallowing the lump still in her throat.
"But Ambrosia." Jerim objected.
He pulled back from her and rested his warm hands on her bare shoulders. The cool of her skin felt good under the heat of his.
"No, you must take Serin to the Wyvern realm where she will be safe." The queen wiped her eyes with a handkerchief. "You must promise me you will take care of her. Promise." she demanded.
The depth of a mother’s love was nothing to be trifled with. Realization overcame his mind and his worst fear was now coming true. He was going to lose her forever. All he could do was nod.
"I will." he whispered.
"Good, then I will send for the inner circle to secure the scrolls." Queen Ambrosia said firmly. "Aarin, send for the mages."
"Yes, your highness." he said.
"Oh and Aarin," The hairs on the back of his neck stood as the chills ran down his spine. "I'm sorry for losing my temper."
Aarin nodded and then left the room quickly. She bit her lip to keep it from quivering and wrung her hands within each other.
"Your adviser? You gave him the ‘What For'?" Jerim asked with a smirk. She nodded, her glassy eyes wondered around the room uncomfortably. "Now tell me what happened?"
He moved to the long meeting table. He pulled out a soft velvet tall-back chair and motioned for her to sit. She sat down eloquently resting her intertwined fingers in her lap. She began to explain that the day had started out quiet and non-eventful. But by mid-morning the alarms had sounded. Gavin Rhill’s air ships had surrounded the horizon of their floating sanctuary. The Velsharoon began an attack on the magical barriers around the city.
"Wait, you said they arrived mid-morning, and the shield dropped fifty percent power by early afternoon? Why did you wait so long to notify me?" he asked.
Her eyes widened as the realization stabbed at her heart.
"I thought the mages could handle it." she said embarrassed.
He gave her hand a gentle squeeze.
"Go on." he said.
He sat back in his chair with his arms crossed. His brows scrunched together in the middle of his face in full thought as she recited the rest of the events.
"They haven't broken through yet and now that you’re here everything will be fine." Queen Ambrosia said and returned to the open arched doorway of the balcony.
The soft flowing pale blue drapes danced in the night breeze.
"I must tend to the ranks. I will return soon."
Jerim scooted his chair out and placed it back under the table.
Ambrosia grabbed his hand.
"Be careful, you made a promise to me." She said softly.
Her eyes locked onto his and held his gaze for a moment.
"I will my love." he said.
He pulled his gloves out of his belt and slipped them on his hands. The wyvern lowered her body to the ground. He grabbed the reins as Ambrosia flicked her fingers sending a tuft of air to boost him up. He swung his leg over the great beasts back and gripped the reins. Wyverns, once they had melded to a rider, could understand their feelings, emotions and thoughts. The deep green colors of the Forest Wyvern glinted in the glows of the night. She stretched out her wings and shoved off with her thick hind legs. Soaring through the sky, they met the captain of the Air Wyverns on the southern edge of the island.
"How is the Queen?" Eliot asked.
"Holding up." Jerim said. He searched the night sky. "Where we at?"
Jerim rested one hand over the other on the horn of his saddle. The chinking of metal straps and belts the wyverns wore, clashed against the night breeze.
"Sixty air ships with at least a thousand men each. The scouts have just returned and there are three more fleets making good time from the north. There are four more fleets coming from the south." Eliot said, shifting his metal helmet.
"Let's take this battle away from the city. Send your fleet south and Oscar’s north." Jerim said.
"Sir, when are the Earth Wyverns coming?" Eliot asked.
"I'm not sure they are."
"Why not?"
"Torn bridges I guess, now let's go." Jerim said.
Elliot swooped toward his command and waved. Hundreds of crystal white Wyvern's leapt into the sky. The sheer size of these magnificent creatures was breathtaking. Even more so as their scales reflected and shimmered in the twinkling of the lights. Medrith leapt into the sky and swooped in the opposite direction. She flew over the islands lush green jungle. Homes and buildings lived in and under the protection of the jungle floor, along with the glorious white stone of the city walls. Evenly spaced spires stood around the edges of the island. Each one was several hundred feet tall and held a large crystal. These crystals harnessed the magic that held up the cities force fields.
"Take down these air ships." Jerim said as he hovered over the leader of the dark blue Water Wyverns.
"Yes Sir." Greston grunted.
A sea of blue took to the sky, dividing into groups and swarmed the airships. They pulled the elements of water and began flooding the ships. Plumes of steam filled the night sky as the Velsharoon blocked with counter spells, sending fire to evaporate the water. The water wyverns however were stronger and one by one the ships began to sink. There were so many however, that when one ship fell, another took its place. Jerim flew back toward the city center making his way to the Fire Wyverns. The deep red and charcoal black Wyverns waited near the city’s main port. Medrith's sharp claws gripped the tree tops as she landed.
"What are your orders?" Ada asked.
Long copper red hair flowed off the back of her head. Her oval face delicately pointed was garnished with a dusting of ginger freckles on her high cheeks.
"Keep your forces here on Srinna Vossa."
Ada nodded then shot into the sky. Her platoon had more experience in battle and riding, but found it hard to keep up with her ferocity. She had more to prove than just being able to lead her people. Gavin Rhill murdered her father trying to find the scroll and she was just plain pissed.
Medrith released the branches and the tree tops flicked back and forth. Before Jerim could make it more than a hundred yards, a deafening crack scorched the night sky, leaving a scar of brilliant birthstone light. Shattered crystals tumble to the ground, breaking the barrier into the city. A flood of red robed Velsharoon rushed the main port. Medrith stopped dead in her tracks, rolled her head, flipped upside down and barreled back toward the open gate. When Jerim reached the north side of the island, he saw Ada’s forces engaged with the oncoming attackers.
Shrieks of agony cried out as massive blasts of fire billowed from the guts of the fire wyverns. The sky lit up as though it were noonday as everything nearby melted and withered. Another deafening crack reverberated across the sky as another crystal shattered. Small bursts of icy white lighting strikes tangled with bursts of bright blood red, sprinkled the horizon. Jerim tried to deny the pulsing knot growing in his stomach. A small ball of flaming gas appeared to grow a little bigger.
"The comet of Sariandi, the Goddess of Destruction," Medrith said.
"I guess it’s true then."
"The Commission is here on the east shores." Medrith said.
Medrith stretched out her long neck. Jerim laid closely to her as she beat her wings toward the east shore. When they reached the shore they descended like a falling stone. Medrith pulled up at the last second and set down without even a thud. Jerim dismounted and ran through the sand and waited as the enormous air ships slipped up onto the fading sand. Half lowered planks plunged into the soft moist grit upon reaching the shore. Trendell, the leader of the armed forces from Akraven scaled the long plank.
"Jerim, what are the damages?"
"We have lost two of the towers." Jerim said. He gripped the short stalky brute of a man tightly at the forearm. "We need to evacuate the city and secure the inner buildings."
The clanking and banging of swords, spears and armor overpowered the distant sounds of agony. Hordes of men in rows of fours rushed from the ship's cargo bays. The shores filled with men standing at attention awaiting orders.
"Yes Sir." Trendell said.
He banged his hand against his chest. Turned, leading with his head, and briskly reached the front line. The Commission was divided into ranks of archers, spear and swords men and elemental mages. Trendell shouted out the orders. With an enormous shout, the Commission broke up, each group making their way to their destinations.
"Jerim, we saw a battle already in action. Why are we just now evacuating the city? Shouldn't we have done that sooner?"
"I know you're a by-the-book kind of guy, but this one is nothing the books have ever talked about."
"What do you mean by that?" Trendell asked.
"The Sariandi Comet is upon us.”
Trendell’s head lowered.
"Well then we fight to the death."
"With honor, brother." Jerim said proudly.
"With honor." Trendell repeated as he gripped Jerim's forearm.
Trendell joined his men in the barrage of oncoming Velsharoon. Ada moved to the sky as the Commission took over the land battle. She turned her attention to the oncoming airships and joined her second battalion. A group of Velsharoon yelped as large vines wrapped around their bodies and swallowed them into the ground. Jerim had commanded the foliage around the inner buildings to devour the Velsharoon. The suns first rays broke through dancing on the heavy smoke that filled the sky. Bursts of flames erupted here and there around the island as rain and wind storms chased fiery lighting strikes.
Sections of brilliant white stone walls on the outer perimeter now sat in rubble. Storms of arrows went buzzing and fizzing through the sky. Metal boots slogged through the slippery sludge of fallen comrades. Swords swooshed and clanked as they met other swords. The further the comet came the stronger the Velsharoon became, making it harder for the Commission. Chaos and confusion surged through the city. A sea of red cloaks engulfed every road and alleyway, throwing magic and swinging swords at everything that moved. The white stone was now stained red and smeared with black shadows of what used to be men.
"Fall back and send a squad to the city center. Set up blockades." Trendell called.
Through the clouds that hung over the island, Trendell saw the comet barreling toward them with a shield of fiery damnation. His heart sank into his stomach and a tightening in his chest nearly took the breath from him. He swooped his sword upward and blocked a dart of lightening aimed directly at his chest.

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"There's more than one person that can use the power of the comet." Queen Ambrosia said through gritted teeth.
Her eyes drooped heavily, sagging under the pressure of no sleep.
"What are you going to do?" Aarin asked.
"Sink the island and destroy Srinna Vossa.”
She walked sternly toward her deep oak desk. Aarin's stomach lurched inside him as the words hit his mind.
"How? Why?!"
"With this," she pulled out a long parchment that was rolled tightly. “the Incantation of Undin," she said, fingering the edge.
"And how will sinking the island stop Gavin Rhill?"
"I will take every last person with it, so that he will never be able to find the Binding of the Crypt spell." she said dropping one end.
"You're going to kill all of your people?"
"Would you rather be tortured by Gavin Rhill and the Shadow?"
"No, I guess not."
"Then make your peace now because as soon as the comet is at the highest point in the sky everything will be over."
Her stomach lurched too as she felt the despair of not being able to raise her child and see her grow into a woman. To never be with Jerim again and her wonderful council and all of her loved ones, it was almost too much for her to bear.
"What shall I tell the armies?" he asked.
"That its time, and send Jerim."
Aarin bowed. His once childlike eyes glazed over. Queen Ambrosia studied the scroll once more. She sat it on the desk and walked to the edge of the balcony. One hand on the cold stone, the other gripped her blue sapphire stone necklace. She wore a gold and teal blue robe and her delicately woven crown. The anguished cries of her people now sat on numb ears. A small pink hand gripped the lower half of her robes. With the innocence of young age a small girl, gazed up.
"Mommy, what's happening?" Serin asked.
"Oh, my dear little one." The Queen picked up her baby girl. She buried her little girl's teary face into her shoulder. "Shhh shhhh shhh," Queen Ambrosia whispered.
Jerim walked briskly up behind her, his clashing and clanking hidden under booms and crashes from the distance.
"Ambrosia, My Queen, you sent for me?"
His heart skipped a beat and he swallowed hard shoving the bile back into his stomach when he saw the little princess in her arms.
"It's time." she whispered.
She could hardly see his bruised face through the heavy shield of her own tears.
"Is there another way?" he asked.
"There is no other way."
"Alright." he said.
He slipped his arm around her waist and pulled her into his embrace. Her long blonde hair tickled his skin. His hand rested on the side of her face. He leaned in, slowly and thoughtfully, he kissed her. She returned his kiss. Just like the one and only time they had been together.
"I love you. I always have." Jerim said.
"I love you too, I have to tell you something.” She looked at Serin, then back to Jerim, “Serin is yours, not Mikal's." Jerim pulled back and smiled his intoxicating smile. "You're not mad?" she asked, "I'm sorry I never told you."
"Nor should you have."
"Mommy, I'm scared." The tiny voice came as she played nervously with her mother's hair.
Queen Ambrosia studied her daughter's face one last time and said to her gently, "You go with your father."
"Where?"
"Into the sky with the flyers, ok?" she gave her the last kiss she would ever give her.
"But when will I see you again?"
The queen gave Serin to Jerim and he wrapped her in her blanket.
"Go... take her to the wyverns and get her out of here."
He bowed and leaped off the stone carved terrace onto Medrith's back. The Queen sent a furling burst of air under the wyvern throwing them into the sky above. Medrith pulled in her wings and shot through the sky like an arrow. To fight a war was one thing but to give up one's own flesh and blood is another. When the queen could no longer see them, she threw up her arms. Using the islands powers that came from the center of the Teorran Belt, she shouted at the top of her lungs the incantation, drawing the power of the comet into her being.

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Gavin's calculated plan turned to a frenzy of rash thoughts and feelings. Everywhere he searched he couldn’t find the scroll. Even with his search spell, it had continued to elude him. He pulled and shoved every book and piece of parchment out of his way. He hurled a massive spell around the room. Glittering strands of text danced and swayed around him and one by one disappeared. The words he longed for were not found. The only words present were those left by the Grand cleric.
Gavin Rhill,
You will never have this scroll as I have destroyed it once and for all.
If you continue your quest you will be met with certain death. FOREVER!
Did you think that you were the only one that could use the comets power?
Grand Cleric Massue

Gavin was shocked out of his delirium with the sudden shift and sensation of falling. He ran to the window, the clouds of dust and smoke began to rise. He slammed his fists on the stone wall.
"She's... sinking... the... city," he yelled.
He threw out his arms and sucked himself into the air. The sudden force blew out all of the light in the room as he vanished. Gavin whipped a wind storm that careened through the city, wiping out everything in its path. Debris floated upward as the ground fell out from under it. The comet’s power helped Queen Ambrosia stand perfectly still while chanting. Even as the island fell, she was as firm as she had at first. The last words she uttered were that only a blood heir could enter the secrets of the forgotten city.
The Teorran fountain fell into the center of the ground below, allowing the islands to plummet into a new existence. Enormous rock walls encompassed the fallen earth covering everything under hundreds of feet of ground. It left only a few of the spires that were still intact standing, as a reminder of what the glorious city once was.

 

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DS Johnson

 

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Standing Ground
Alice Rachel
(Under Ground, #2)
Publication date: October 27th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult

When the authorities strike to regain control over the riots in Eboracum City and use drastic measures as retaliation against the civilians, the citizens are forced to fight back to survive. A virus has spread through the Underground, taking down the refugees one by one, soon contaminating the rebels. If Thia wants to save the ones she loves, she will have to retrieve the cure, quickly. But certain decisions are costly, and not all actions are free of consequences.

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Author Bio:

Alice Rachel is the author of the YA Forbidden Romance/ Dystopian Romance Series "Under Ground."

Her time is divided between teaching French, writing, reading, drawing, and spending time with her hubby and guinea pigs.

Alice loves talking to readers, so send her a message...

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Angelbound by Christina Bauer Genre: YA Supernatural Audiobook Release Date: 3/28/17 Monster House Books
Summary from Goodreads:
Eighteen year old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your every day quasi-demon, half-demon and half-human, girl. For the past five years, Myla has lived for the days she gets to fight in Purgatory’s arena. When souls want a trial by combat for their right to enter heaven or hell, they go up against her, and she hasn’t lost a battle yet. But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights aren’t enough to keep her spirits up anymore. When the demons start to act weird, even for demons, and the King of the Demons, Armageddon, shows up at Myla’s school, she knows that things are changing and it’s not looking good for the quasi-demons. Myla starts to question everything, and doesn’t like the answers she finds. What happened seventeen years ago that turned the quasi-demons into slave labor? Why was her mom always so sad? And why won’t anyone tell her who her father is? Things heat up when Myla meets Lincoln, the High Prince of the Thrax, a super sexy half-human and half-angel demon hunter. But what’s a quasi-demon girl to do when she falls for a demon hunter? It’s a good thing that Myla’s not afraid of breaking a few rules. With a love worth fighting for, Myla’s going to shake up Purgatory.
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AUDIOBOOK AVAILABILITY: Audible and iTunes Series Discounts Monster House Books is celebrating the launch of the audiobook version of the best seller Angelbound, both on iTunes & Audible! As a result, every launched book in the series is only $1.99, aka more than 50% off…And that includes Angelbound ACCA, which was only released a few months ago! For those of you who are new to the series, here's a quick overview of the books that are now on sale from their author, Christina Bauer:
Book 1 - Angelbound “This is the original story of Myla, a part demon girl who loves to kick ass in Purgatory's Arena. She falls in love with a part-angel Prince (who's also a demon hunter.) Mayhem ensues. You can check out the book trailer here.” BONUS: If you buy the audiobook version of Angelbound, then the ebook is free in March! How cool is that? Book 2 - Scala “Myla and Lincoln team up to save Purgatory. They also smooch a lot. Did I mention this was my un-official summary of each book based on what I like most about them? Well, it is. I like the smooching in this one.”
Book 3 - Acca - NEW!!! “In this NEW installment, Myla and Lincoln take down the evil house of Acca while trying to get hitched. I love the final scene in this book which features an awesome tune by the Rolling Stones. Nuff said.”
Book 4 - Thrax “This is the story of how Myla's first kid is born while she runs off to the Earth's surface with Cissy to save Lincoln. Okay, full disclosure: I didn't put Thrax into the discount structure because it's not due to launch until September 26th of this year, and launches are how I pay my bills. At least I don't lie to you :-)”
Book 5 - Armageddon “This installment is all about the demon we love to hate, Armageddon (I call him Armie.) Myla goes to Hell to save her son and kick that f*ucker's ass. Good times.”
Book 1 - Angelbound Offspring - Maxon “This is the story of Myla's son all growed up. No, I didn't have to put him at $1.99 since this is technically a separate series, but MHB is kind of awesome like that.”
Book 2 - Angelbound Offspring - Portia “My favorite-eat cover of all time! This is the story of Myla's daughter and how she maybe gets involved with a hottie dragon king.” So there you have it: six books discounted to celebrate the launch of Angelbound on audiobook! Be sure to order ASAP---these are limited-time discounts and will end soon! About the Author Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. It is now available as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes. Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.  Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby. Be the first to know about new releases from Christina by signing up for her newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/CBupdates Stalk Christina on Social Media – She Loves It! Blog: http://monsterhousebooks.com/blog/category/christina Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorBauer/ Twitter: @CB_Bauer Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christina_cb_bauer/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christina-bauer-481b12139/ Web site: http://monsterhousebooks.com/authors/cbauer
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Book Tour Review that I am Involved with.

The Wolf Mirror - Caroline Healy

The Wolf Mirror
Caroline Healy
Publication date: February 14th 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult

Changing places doesn’t always help you see things differently.

Cassie throws the first punch in a brawl at Winchester Abbey Girl’s School. Her subsequent suspension is a glitch in Cassie’s master plan; Finish School/Get Job/Leave Home (and never come back). As punishment her mother banishes her to Ludlow Park, their creepy ancestral home. In the dark of a stormy night Cassie finds herself transported to 1714, the beginning of the Georgian period.

With the help of a lady’s maid and an obnoxious gentleman, Mr Charles Stafford, Cassie must unravel the mysterious illness afflicting Lord Miller. If Lord Miller kicks the bucket the house goes to Reginald Huxley, the brainless cousin from London.

Cassie’s task is to figure out who is poisoning the Lord of Ludlow without exposing herself to the ridicule of her peers, getting herself committed to the asylum or worse, married off to the first man who will have her.

Cassie must learn to hold her tongue, keep her pride in check and reign in her rebellious nature – because the fate of her entire family, for generations, rests on her shoulders.

Meanwhile, Lady Cassandra Miller frantically searches for her smelling salts or her trusted governess Miss. Blythe, whose soothing advice she would dearly love. Instead Cassandra finds some woman and a boy squatting in the Ludlow mansion; her father, her lady’s maid and all the servants have magically disappeared.

Tell-a-vision, the In-her-net, horseless carriages and women wearing pantaloons; Cassandra is afraid that she might have inhaled fowl air causing her to temporarily lose her senses.

Only when both girls can get over their pride, societal prejudices and self-importance will they be able to return to their rightful century. Until then, they are free to wreak maximum damage on their respective centuries.

 

My Review

I really love books with time travel,etc, so I was very happy to request and take part for this book tour. I think out of Cassie or Cassandra my favorite was Cassie. Part of that I think was due to the fact that to me she was more down to earth, to me and had more flaws than Cassandra. Also because Cassie played a bigger part in the book. I really liked Charles a lot, even though he believed that she was from the future pretty quickly. 

I did figure out who was poison Cassandra's dad pretty quickly. I also loved how the book ended, especially in regards to Cassie. The book didn't get 5 stars from me due to the factt hat  it started out slowly, and some parts just weren't very believable for me. Such as what I said in regards to Charles believing Cassie so quickly. But I really did enjoy this book, and Cassie as the main character.

 

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Author Bio:

Caroline Healy is a writer and community arts facilitator. She recently completed her M.A. in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University. She alternates her time between procrastination and making art.

In 2012 her award winning short story collection A Stitch in Time was published by Doire Press. Fiction and commentary has been featured in publications across Ireland, the U.K. and more recently in the U.S. Caroline’s work can be found in journals such as Wordlegs,The Bohemyth, Short Story Ireland, Short Stop U.K., Five Stop Story, Prole, Literary Orphans and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice

Her debut Y.A. novel, Blood Entwines was published by Bloomsbury Spark in August 2014 and she is in the process of writing the second book in the series, Blood Betrayal, as well as a short story collection, The House of Water.

She has a fondness for dark chocolate, cups of tea and winter woollies.

(More details can be found on her website www.carolinehealy.com)

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What an awesome but bloody book!!!!

Falling Kingdoms - Morgan Rhodes, Michelle Rowen

What an awesome, start to what I hope is a fantastic series. I bought the first book but didn't have money to buy the next one. But luckily my library had it as an ebook, so I downloaded that one as well. 

I can't decide who was my favorite character or if I really have one as of yet, there all pretty screwed up. I would probably say if I had to choose one it would be Jones, I do really feel bad for him, after all his brother was killed in front of him. And all his father said to him was that it was his brother's death was meant to be. Also while Cleo didn't kill Jones's brother, she could have tried to prevent it. 

Speaking of Cleo I like her as well, but she was stupid for the reason above, but also by what she does later, that plays apart in another death. I really feel bad for things that happen to her and to people that she loves. I really can't wait to see what happens to her next.

One person I am not sure about but I probably will start to like is Magnus. The way he feels about him "sister" Luica is gross, even if she isn't his sister by blood. He didn't know that at the time he was having those feelings towards her. Also is he bad or not, I am leading towards not.

Now about Luica, I am not sure how I feel about her as of yet. I am hoping I can figure that out in the next book. Sometimes I like I like her and other times, I am not sure. That's all I really have to say about her for right now.

Boy this book had a lot of death in it for being the first book in a pretty long series. A couple of these deaths were in the prologue. And Jones's brother in the beginning also. I really enjoyed the book a whole lot besides all the killings. I thought it was awesome from the beginning until the very end. I really hope all four of the main characters, stay alive at least until the last book. But who knows with all the deaths in this first book.

I really can't wait to see what happens next and if I will be right about Magnus becoming my favorite. I really love a guy that is not all prefect, that has some badness to them, and that isn't weak. But one that can also have a soft spot and be gently when he wants to be.

 

Book Tour Review that I am Involved with.

The Perfect Tear - Connie Lansberg
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http://yaboundbooktours.blogspot.com/2017/01/blog-tour-sign-up-perfect-tear-by.html *** The Perfect Tear by Connie Lansberg Genre: YA Fantasy Release Date: November 11th 2015
Summary from Goodreads:
Eleanor, a timid orphan, is a Singer. Her songs keep nature in balance, but when they are stolen from her the grey mist descends, and her world fails to thrive. This timid orphan is forced into a course of action she never asked for, nor envisioned. Eleanor grapples with crippling self-doubt and fear until she learns these are far more perilous than the physical dangers she faces moment to moment on her terrifying, puzzling and often funny search for The Perfect Tear, a crystal which contains the Third Vibration and able to heal the land. She is horrified to discover that she must defeat an inter-dimensional being or become his accomplice in the destruction of she loves. But Eleanor is no savior, just a simple girl with strong instincts and she must learn to trust them. Just like the notes of a song must form connections to create a melody, Eleanor must discover the connections needed to create the harmony required to truly save her world.
My Review
I really loved the character of Eleanor she was a very interesting character. I loved that we got to know her at a very young age, and into part of her teenage years. I also really liked her best friend Audrey. Other characters I really liked were Edward whom is Eleanor's love interest and is a prince. I liked John who likes Audrey, and his also Edwards best friend. Then there are other people such as Lerion, who is I guess you can say is the bad guy in this book. Another character I should really mention is Tsera who Lerion is trying to take over her roll or job, I guess you can say. She also hid the object that Lerion is trying to find. Of course my favorite character has to be most definitely Bella, she's an animal but I am not going to tell you what type of animal that it is. So you'll have to read it to find out. The story was a lot of fun to read, and I really enjoyed it. I thought the ending tied up things pretty well, but leaves more stuff to explore in other books as well.
 
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Eleanor, a timid orphan with an extraordinary musical gift has just turned sixteen. She has no clue to her real purpose, but she refuses to become a subservient old maid, like the miserable nuns she grew up with. Eleanor knows Mother Superior has no intention of letting her leave–her songs are the only thing keeping the grey mist at bay. Her best friend Audrey begs her to run away with her but where would they go? The world outside the Abbey is barren and dangerous. Eleanor finally decides to take her chances and in the act of running away, meets her destiny. The girls find themselves in a strange land full of unknown dangers where they are met by an ethereal creature, Tsera, who gives Eleanor a choice. Go home to Edward, the boy she loves, never to sing again and wait until her world dies or, risk everything to find The Perfect Tear, a crystal that contains the Third Vibration and the only thing that will stop the destruction of her world.
 
 
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Book Trailer: About the Author Connie Lansberg is a singer/songwriter and now author based in Melbourne Australia. She's had her original songs placed in some of Australia's best loved TV shows that play around the world and The Connie Lansberg Quartet is a fixture in the Melbourne jazz scene. Her most recent original musical project is Tsera’s Gift, written especially for The Perfect Tear and she performs these songs throughout Melbourne. This is Connie's first novel and the movie is coming. The record will be out soon. Connie has received several grants from the Victoria Council of the Arts for the development of mobile phone games that she created. Connie joined the Melbourne Writers Group in 2010 to work on ideas and scripts and during this time the idea for The Perfect Tear began to develop and take shape. She continued her education by taking scriptwriting classes at the Australian Film and Television School in Melbourne. She has two more stories to complete The Perfect Tear Trilogy and is hoping to have the second book finished in 2017 "The first thing anybody tells you about this business is to say what makes you unique and different, but I couldn't and the very idea of it never sat well with me and after much deliberation, I finally realized why. Because, I'm not unique or different-I'm exactly like you and I love that. We each have a unique filter through which we interpret the world, and with this filter in place, I write stories and songs and you might find them surprising or intriguing or confronting, you may relate or you may not. They may make you laugh and sometimes, even cry. You may or may not understand what I'm trying to say and you may not understand me, however, rest assured, once we get past the filters, at our core, we are wonderfully and beautifully, exactly the same." Author Links: Website│Goodreads│Twitter│Facebook│Youtube│Instagram GIVEAWAY: a Rafflecopter giveaway Blog Tour Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours

 

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Define Us (Scarred Bullet Series Book 3) - Wendi Temporado, Serena Kearney, Clarise Tan

Define Us
Serena Kearney
(Scarred Bullet, #3)
Publication date: March 17th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

I’m supposed to be strong.

Until I found I was in a relationship I swore I would never be in.
I didn’t know how trapped I was until Dean Sailer walked into the diner, making me question who I turned into.
Dean reeked of overconfidence. He’s sarcastic and thinks he’s funny.
The worst part is I find myself smiling when I don’t feel like it. He brought out something inside me that I locked away a long time ago.
I wanted nothing to do with him.
I wanted to stay contained in my world.

When tragedy threatens the life of me and my best friend, he’s the one I find myself relying on.
He’s there for me when no one else is.
No matter how much I try to resist Dean Sailer, he seems to delve deeper into a place I thought was gone.
Can I change?Or will I be the definition of what I’ve made myself out to be?

 

My Review

I thought the book was a good book, while I gave the book 4 stars, it was more like a 3 1/2 one. The reason I rounded it to a 4 is because I really loved Dean, I just thought he was pretty awesome. I also liked Risa the heroine of the book, I just wish when she thought something about Dean she would have asked him and not just assume it to be true.

I really loved Dean's friends a lot, as well as Risa's friend. I haven't read any of the prior books but I didn't feel lost, coming in a little late. I thought the end of the book was pretty good, and I might go back and read the books that are out that I haven't read yet. The book was a nice read and like I mentioned had some pretty awesome characters in it to fall in love with.

I am so happy I volunteered to take part in the tour for this book. It was a lot of fun. 

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Author Bio:

I am a Leo. Born August 10, living on the east coast. I self-published my first novel, PNEUMA, November 2014, and it’s hasn’t stopped since.
One of my biggest problems was having too much to read. Now my newfound problem; having too much to write and not enough hands to type it out. Not enough brains to put the stories together fast enough. Not enough tea or coffee to keep me awake 24/7.

So, like every normal person, I have to take it one day at a time.

My cravings for sweets keep me going, any sort of cakes (especially red velvet), pies, cookies, and ice cream.
I have a cat named Bongo-Bongo, who loves to get in my way when I’m trying to work, but is too cute for me to fight him off.
And then I have my family, specifically my husband, who puts up with my endless nights, my tapping of the keyboard, my ridiculous imagination, and yet, he always encourages me to believe in myself and follow my dreams.

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Spotlight for Audiobook tour that I am Involved in.

Blog Tour Audiobook
The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan by Steve Wiley  This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 13 till 26 March. You can see the tour schedule here
: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/blog-tour-audiobook-the-fairytale-chicago-of-francesca-finnegan-by-steve-wiley The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan Written by Steve Wiley Narrated by Sean Lenhart Length: 6 hours and 12 minutes Genre: Fantasy/ Fairytale Age category: Adult Release Date Audiobook: March 1, 2017
Blurb:
In Chicago, a secret L train runs through the mythical East Side of the city. On that train, you’ll find a house-cat conductor, an alcoholic elf, a queen of the last city farm, the most curious wind, and an exceptional girl by the name of Francesca Finnegan. When we first encounter Richard K. Lyons, he is a man who has long forgotten the one night, when he was still a boy called Rich, when Francesca invited him aboard the secret L for an adventure through the East Side. The night was a mad epic, complete with gravity-defying first kisses, mermaid overdoses, and princess rescues. Unfortunately for Rich, the night ended like one of those elusive dreams forgotten the moment you wake. Now, Rich is all grown up and out of childish adventures, an adult whose life is on the verge of ruin. It will take the rediscovery of his exploits with Francesca, and a reacquaintance with the boy he once was, to save him.
You can find The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32854542-the-fairytale-chicago-of-francesca-finnegan
You can buy The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan here: - Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Fairytale-Chicago-Francesca-Finnegan/dp/B01MV7BNV6/ - Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/The-Fairytale-Chicago-of-Francesca-Finnegan-Audiobook/B01MV6N5YI/ Listen to a sample of the audiobook here on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-622172713/chapter-7-the-fairytale-chicago-of-francesca-finnegan
About the Author:
Steve is a father, husband, uncle, brother, friend, and purveyor of fairy stories. He grew up in and around Chicagoland, where he still lives with his wife and two kids. He has been published in an array of strange and serious places, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., to Crannóg magazine in Galway, Ireland. This is his first book. He has an undergraduate degree in something he has forgotten from Illinois State University and a graduate degree in something equally forgotten from DePaul University. Steve once passionately kissed a bronze seahorse in the middle of Buckingham Fountain. You can email Steve at Lavenderlinepress @ gmail . com, or visit thewileymancan on Instagram. You can find and contact Steve here: -
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Reading progress update: I've read 294 out of 294 pages.

The One Memory of Flora Banks - Emily Barr

Finished. Review to come as soon as I decided on how I felt about the book. As well as what rating to give it.

Reading progress update: I've read 112 out of 294 pages.

The One Memory of Flora Banks - Emily Barr

Really not sure about this book it's pretty confusing for me so far. So far it is also pretty boring. But it looks like things are going to start picking up, so hopefully exciting things will start to happen.

I don't like how the heroine thinks she's in love with the guy in the story. But maybe it's because of her condition, I am not really sure about someone that can only has memories for a couple of hrs and then forgets everything. Plus it's probably also do to the fact that the guy who kissed her and his name is Drake by the way, Flora remembers that happened. And that's all she is able to remember, besides the first 10 yrs of her life, before she got sick.

So I am really hoping things start to get better for me, in regards to the story picking up. More to come later.

Book Tour Review that I am Involved with.

Birthright: The Legacy Series: Book One - Jessica Ruddick
  Blog Tour Schedule: http://yaboundbooktours.blogspot.com/2017/01/blog-tour-sign-up-birthright-by-jessica.html Birthright by Jessica Ruddick Genre: YA Supernatural Release Date: March 20th 2017 Summary from Goodreads: How do you live with yourself when you decide who dies? Ava Parks would have killed for an iPod for her sixteenth birthday. Anything would have been better than coming into her birthright of being a seeker for the Grim Reaper, an arrangement made by her fallen angel ancestor in exchange for his re-admittance to heaven. And she isn’t just any seeker—she finds souls that have the potential for becoming angels and sentences them to death. A year and two souls into her role as a seeker with her conscience overflowing with guilt, Ava comes up with a plan to thwart the system. When it goes awry, she is forced to submit the name of a classmate, Cole Fowler, an ornery, rough around the edges guy who always seems to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not. Her feelings for Cole prompt her to intervene, and she saves him from death, upsetting the Grim Reaper’s agenda.  While Ava schemes to find a way to save Cole, she learns he has some secrets of his own. She lets him believe he is protecting her, and not the other way around, until a final showdown with the Grim Reaper forces Ava to make choices Cole may never forgive.
My Review
This book was just an okay book for me, I liked parts of the story and other parts not so much. I loved Cole but Ava was just okay to me, I didn't hate her but she wasn't my favorite heroine from books I have read before. I really wish she had more of a backbone throughout this story. I did feel bad for her in regards to the birthright that she doesn't want any part of. I didn't like that towards the end of the book she did something that Cole doesn't know about, I understand why she did what she did but Cole should know what she did, so he isn't so blindsided. I think the reason I didn't love the book that much is because I had trouble getting into the book until past the half way through mark. Plus I really didn't care for the characters besides Cole all that much, his the only one that makes me what to continue to read the next book to see what happens to him next. So I would definitely continue this series due to Cole. I am happy I volunteered to be part of the blog tour for this book. And my opinion is my very own and no one else's.
 
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Jessica lives in Virginia with her college-sweetheart husband, two rambunctious sons, and two rowdy but lovable rescue dogs. Since her house is overflowing with testosterone, it’s a good thing she has a healthy appreciation for Marvel movies, Nerf guns, and football.
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Secrets of a Reluctant Princess - Casey Griffin
SECRETS OF A RELUCTANT PRINCESS BY CASEY GRIGGIN
BLOG TOUR – DIGITAL ASSETS
Tour Date: March 6-March 17, 2017
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Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin Publication Date: March 7, 2017 Publisher: Entangled Teen At Beverly Hills High, you have to be ruthless to survive… Adrianna Bottom always wanted to be liked. But this wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Now, she’s in the spotlight…and out of her geeky comfort zone. She’ll do whatever it takes to turn the rumor mill in her favor—even if it means keeping secrets. So far, it’s working. Wear the right clothes. Say the right things. Be seen with the right people. Kevin, the adorable sketch artist who shares her love of all things nerd, isn’t exactly the right people. But that doesn’t stop Adrianna from crushing on him. The only way she can spend time with him is in disguise, as Princess Andy, the masked girl he’s been LARPing with. If he found out who she really was, though, he’d hate her. The rules have been set. The teams have their players. Game on.
 
My Review
 
 
For me the book started out pretty slowly, and I wasn't really sure if I was going to finish it or not. Luckily the book started to get better and it was a very funny book. I think my favorite character was Kevin, he was so super cute to me, I love a character that is kind of a nerd, especially guys. I also liked Adrienne and felt bad for her at times. Some of the side characters I liked also such as Keelie whom is Kevin's sister and Harper, Adrienne best friend. My favorite parts were when they're LARPing, even though Kevin thinks shes a girl named Andi. I really liked the ending a lot. I have to mention Lennox whom Harper likes is so clueless and so naive. I am happy I requested to take part in the blog book tour for this book, and my opinion is my very own.
 
Casey Griffin can often be found at comic conventions on her days off from her day job, driving 400 ton dump trucks in Northern Alberta, Canada. As a jack of all trades with a resume boasting registered nurse, English teacher, and photographer, books are her true passion. Casey is a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel finalist, and is currently busy writing every moment she can. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

 

Book Tour Review that I am Involved with.

Home - Eleni McKnight
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*** Home by Eleni McKnight Genre: YA Dystopian Release Date: November 22nd 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
Knowledge is a Dangerous Commodity HOME - the last bastion of civilization in a corrupt and fallen world. Outside dwell the reanimated dead, cannibals, and scavengers; remnants of a once great race. Inside, the commune is ruled with an iron fist by Deacon, and administered without mercy by the Elders. Everyone knows their place in HOME. Everyone is safe in HOME…as long as you follow the rules. Handmaiden Suzannah Commons is content with training to be a wife and mother, the only occupation open to women in HOME. But her world is turned upside-down when she tastes the forbidden knowledge contained in outlawed books. Suzannah discovers a new way of life is possible, but that knowledge comes at a high price. It could cost her life. Or the life of the boy she loves.
  My Review
I thought the book was okay. It kept my interest but I wasn't dying to find out how it all ended. The main character of Suzannah I really felt bad about the life she had, but at times I wish she wasn't so weak-minded. I really loved Silas, he was my favorite character in the book. He was the one I felt really bad for, and if you read or are planning on reading the book you'll find out why. Female of course get the raw deal in these types of books. The book ended pretty interesting but kind of wierd for me, I will say Suzanne goes through a lot towards the end of the book, but Silas's mom, really gets put through the wringer. And I will warn you that there is a lot of dark subject matters in this book, such as rape, and beatings, etc. But like I mentioned above what the subject that this book deals with that is expected. I don't think I would read this book again but I wouldn't discourage other readers from reading this book for themselves. And I want to say that I am still glad I was given an opportunity to read this book and take part in the tour for the book. I did voluntarily request to take part in this tour and the review is my honest opinion on how I felt about this book. Add to Goodreads
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About the Author
Eleni McKnight is a Murfreesboro, Tennessee native. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Literature and a wild passion for creating clothes and doing make-up. She's also an avid reader and loves music and theatre. She started writing at age eight when she had read all the Baby-Sitter's Club books that were out and wanted something new to read. It's never quite left her over the years These days, you can usually find Eleni working backstage or costuming in local community theatres, reading a book, walking (that FitBit is addictive!), at a concert, drinking a craft beer with friends, knitting, embroidering, or taking a dance class.
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