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September New Releases

Sept 1st

Most Valuable Player by Lauren Blakely 

Argan by Celia Kyle 

Can’t Hardly Breathe by Gena Showalter Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vLPm87

Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vtlo61

 

Sept 3

The Saint and The Scoundrel by Katy Regnery 

Sept 5th

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vtDvJh iBooks: http://apple.co/2vYItjI

If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer Armentrout Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vVUW8m iBooks: http://apple.co/2uXKXKP

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vtZ1xp

Eye Candy by Tara Sivec Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vVOLB6 iBooks: http://apple.co/2uFHbu2

Arm Candy by Jessica Lemmon Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vtsRCi iBooks: http://apple.co/2wLVECp

The Billionaires by Calista Fox Amazon: http://amzn.to/2uML3ov

Raw Heat by Cherrie Lynn Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vMtJ7H iBooks: http://apple.co/2vzZcJc

On the Chase by Katie Ruggle Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fyGdt9 iBooks: http://apple.co/2wa4XOx

The Real Thing by Melissa Foster Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vLNRqm

One Night by Aleatha Romig Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fz4EXr iBooks: http://apple.co/2uKPocC

Into Your Bed by Chelsea M. Cameron Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wAEHuB

Untold by Shannon Richard Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vu5Cbc iBooks: http://apple.co/2vYBnMi

 

Sept 7th

Dreamfall by Amy Plum Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vVCv3D iBooks: http://apple.co/2i1nhnw

We Own Tonight by Corinne Michaels Amazon:  iBooks: http://apple.co/2wtgOop

Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fyeBUF iBooks: http://apple.co/2uFzKmD

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vtJwpi iBooks: http://apple.co/2i2NFgD

Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vtqIWZ iBooks: http://apple.co/2wam2bb

 

Sept 8th

Pitch, Please by Lani Lynn Vale Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vM8wKZ

 

Sept 11th

Dirty Filthy Rich Love by Laurelin Paige Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vLR75d iBooks: http://apple.co/2wAWn94

Moon Hunted by Jennifer Snyder Amazon: http://amzn.to/2gs5bKV

 

Sept 12th

Warcross by Marie Lu Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vpSQMF iBooks: http://apple.co/2vYOQDO

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vtGYY7 iBooks: http://apple.co/2uFODW5

Misadventures of a City Girl by Meredith Wild Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fy8SOU iBooks: http://apple.co/2wa7YhB

Shameless by Lisa Renee Jones Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vpcQia

Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fxmha1

Blood Guard by Melissa Erickson Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vq0gz8 iBooks: http://apple.co/2uKWn57

Torment by Scarlett Dawn Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vLeH24

Royal Pain by Tracy Wolf Amazon: http://amzn.to/2uNxC7v iBooks: http://apple.co/2w769Dd

Destiny Disgraced by Carrie Ann Ryan Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vpiTDl iBooks: http://apple.co/2vF5WUA

Lust by Emma Hart Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fxPm4Q iBooks: http://apple.co/2wHNutT

Play On by Samantha Young Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vu1kkc iBooks: http://apple.co/2fIfREQ

Arrogant Bastard by Zara Cox Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vpRWzC iBooks: http://apple.co/2uY8afC

Temporary by Sarina Bowen Amazon: http://amzn.to/2xQa1Fm

 

Sept 14th

Dirty Little Secret by Kendall Ryan Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vtPoPg iBooks: http://apple.co/2uFFmxe

 

Sept 17th

Hear Me Now by Lisa DeJong

 

Sept 18th

Dear Bridget, I want You by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland  iBooks: http://apple.co/2fKat46

King of Code by C.D. Reiss Amazon: http://amzn.to/2uNjECL iBooks: http://apple.co/2i7l3TQ

Exes With Benefits by Nicole Williams Amazon: http://amzn.to/2uMO3Bh iBooks: http://apple.co/2vDsGpy

 

Sept 19th

Lucas by Sawyer Bennett Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vpjyoj iBooks: http://apple.co/2wflyAo

Checkmate This Is Beautiful (Logan & Kayla, #2) by Kennedy Fox Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vpjyoj iBooks: http://apple.co/2vIrzmT

The Queen by Skye Warren Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fy6nfj iBooks: http://apple.co/2waeZA6

Wicked Dirty by J. Kenner Amazon: http://amzn.to/2uNgu1J iBooks: http://apple.co/2vDjp0N

FIVE by JA Huss Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fyBaZv

Find Me by Tiffany Snow Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wP4zC6

Every Move You Make by Tracy Wolff 

Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wP4zC6 iBooks: http://apple.co/2w1rYU3

Love Profound by Kelly Elliott Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wPtZzy iBooks: http://apple.co/2vDD4Oj

Rock Me by Carly Phillips Amazon: http://amzn.to/2x9Tdfs iBooks: http://apple.co/2grMl6A

 

Sept 25th

Dark Swan by Gena Showalter Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wPsQIq iBooks: http://apple.co/2wa7cCq

Forsaken by Night by Larissa Ione Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vLTyET iBooks: http://apple.co/2v1usgR

 

Sept 26th

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vq0NkH iBooks: http://apple.co/2x44jzg

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vMmvjN iBooks: http://apple.co/2x3GAiK

Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vpY8HQ iBooks: http://apple.co/2vIdpSQ

Forget You, Ethan by Whitney G. iBooks: http://apple.co/2vMuaii

Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fyiIA5 iBooks: http://apple.co/2wQ30EM

Stud Finder by Lauren Blakely Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vpM1ui

Running into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fypxBT

Too Beautiful to Break by Tessa Bailey Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vpYvlI iBooks: http://apple.co/2uOZ2L6

The Heiress by Cassia Leo Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vtCdxZ iBooks: http://apple.co/2wfbebP

Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas by Carolyn Brown Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vpVIZX iBooks: http://apple.co/2wPIgwT

Born, Darkly by Trisha Wolfe Amazon: http://amzn.to/2hRteU2 iBooks: http://apple.co/2weXRs6

Theirs to Take by Laura Kaye Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fyvdM7 iBooks: http://apple.co/2v1a8vU

The Corner of Forever and Always by Lia Riley Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vqyRgJ iBooks: http://apple.co/2i5B5NX

The Chosen by JR Ward Amazon: http://amzn.to/2hSHUT0 iBooks: http://apple.co/2vWd0iL

Maybe This Christmas by Jennifer Snow Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vtTWoI iBooks: http://apple.co/2uxiig8

Tangled Up In Tinsel by Candis Terry Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fz4CyF iBooks: http://apple.co/2vMtFoq

 

Sept 28th

Racer by Katy Evans Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wP5ClJ iBooks: http://apple.co/2uNpQe3

 

*Release Dates Are Subject To Change*

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Release Day Blitz: The Collectors’ Society Encyclopedia by Heather Lyons

Encyclopedia coming graphicWe are so excited to share Heather Lyons’ THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY ENCYCLOPEDIA with you today! THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY ENCYCLOPEDIA is a compendium to the Collectors’ Society Series and includes a wide range of character stories, facts and little known tidbits. It’s a must for the true collector in all of us. The books in The Collectors’ Society Series are Adult Romantic Fairy Tales, full of adventure and fantasy.

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About THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY ENCYCLOPEDIA:

CLASSIFIED MATERIAL

If you are reading this dossier, you have been granted Level Three clearance within the Collectors’ Society. Included in these pages are snippets from multiple key agent files as well as those on persons of interest. Please keep in mind that this compendium is considered highly sensitive and is illegal to share with anyone outside of your clearance. It is not to be removed from the Institute.

Happy reading!

—The Librarian

For those previously introduced to the mysterious Collectors’ Society and its mission, eager to discover more, The Collectors’ Society Encyclopedia is the perfect full-color companion piece to the series. Within are detailed entries elaborating upon various agents and employees as well as key villains suspected of targeting and destroying Timelines. Backstories, relationships, secrets, and clues are revealed alongside a thorough bibliography of important Timelines and their designations. Profiles are also included of the Institute in New York City as well as Wonderland. Society fans and lovers of classic literature will undoubtedly delight in unraveling the secrets that lay within these pages.

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THE FORGOTTEN MOUNTAIN

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Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

 

 

 

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Release Day Launch and Review: The Forgotten Mountain (The Collectors’ Society #3)

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Heather Lyons’ THE FORGOTTEN MOUNTAIN! THE FORGOTTEN MOUNTAIN is an Adult Romantic Fairy Tale, full of adventure and fantasy and the third book in Heather’s The Collectors’ Society Series! Grab your copy today!

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After years spent in Wonderland, Alice Reeve learned the impossible was quite possible after all. She thought she left such fantastical realities behind when she finally returned to England.

Now Alice has become a member of the clandestine Collectors’ Society, and the impossible has found her again in the form of an elusive villain set on erasing entire worlds. As she and the rest of the Society race to bring this mysterious murderer to justice, the fight becomes painfully personal.

Lives are being lost. Loved ones are shattered or irrevocably altered. Each step closer Alice gets to the shadowy man she hunts, the more secrets she unravels, only to reveal chilling truths. If she wants to win this war and save millions of lives, Alice must once more embrace the impossible and make the unimaginable, imaginable.
Sometimes, the rabbit hole leads to terrifying places.

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My Review

“Not all fairy tales have happy endings, this much is true. There are times when the innocent suffer, the good are defeated, and evil and wickedness reign supreme. I refuse to allow such an ending to this fairy tale, or my own. I cannot fail in this quest. None of us can.”

Once again, Heather Lyons has managed to leave me speechless. I am sitting here, struggling to put my thoughts and emotions into words. This is one of those books that I knew when I got it in my hands that it was going to be EPIC! And The Forgotten Mountain does not disappoint. To say my mind has been blown is a complete understatement…..

The Forgotten Mountain picks up right where The Hidden Library left off. The quest to find their loved ones is critical. Finding the evil mastermind who is destroying the timelines before it’s too late, is of the up-most importance. Alice will stop at nothing to find the answers she seeks. She must trust in her self and what her instincts tell her.  “Hear me now: I am coming for you. If you think I will not hunt you down and extract payment for your sins, then you don’t know my story well enough.” The wind howls incoherently around me. “Your head,” I shout, my voice is loud and clear in the insanity of the crumbling cave, “IS MINE!”  As the mystery slowly unravels, unbelievable truths will be discovered, questions will be answered. Just when I think I’ve figured things out, Heather Lyons throws in a twist that has me questioning everything that I thought I knew.

The Forgotten Mountain was a fantastic read. The writing so unique, so captivating. I literally felt like I was right there in the story with these characters. I got lost in the words and the world that Heather Lyons created. I didn’t want to put it down. I was on pins and needles waiting to see what would happen next. There were so many twists and turns. Nothing and no one was safe.

The Forgotten Mountain introduced a lot of new characters and timelines. I loved the way that Heather Lyons flawlessly connected the stories together. I felt that the story was perfectly paced. It was full of action, suspense, romance, and adventure. There was never a dull moment.

Finn and Alice…I have been in love with those two for such a long time and they do not disappoint. Their love, connection and strength are so strong. “Hold on, love. Even if it requires me moving heaven and earth, I will find a way to fix this. All I ask of you is to hold on.” “Finn is my family. He is my heart, my north star.” “We are partners. We are equals. We are, as he is so often to remind me, binaries of the very best kind.” -These quotes are the perfect representation of their love for one another. And you know what they say, true love is the most powerful of all love.

The end….I have no words. Seriously. My mind has been blown. Did this really just happen? Has this been the truth all along? Is this just twist in the Pied Pipers game? I have so many more questions and I can not wait to get my answers.

The Forgotten Mountain takes you on such an incredible journey. You will be captivated from start to finish. The writing and storytelling is just brilliant. Honestly, there aren’t enough words. I can not recommend this book/this series enough. I am so excited to see how everything will come together in the end!

* I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via InkSlinger PR, in exchange for an honest review*


Excerpt:

The van door behind us slides shut. A click signals Marianne’s adherence to my wishes, and then we three descend upon the front door, the crunch of dead leaves and twigs beneath our feet cutting through the uneasy silence the gloom sunrise has brought. In a surprising show of gentlemanly manners, the A.D. moves to open the door. When the handle does not depress, a half smile curves his lips. “It’s locked. But no worries. I can have it picked open in no time.”
“There is no need.”

Darkish-blonde brows scrunch together. “But—”

“Stand to the side, please.”

When he fails to move at my thinly veiled order, Mary not so gently yanks our companion away.

The door before us is thick. The handle is ornate. It is a beautiful door, no doubt chosen specifically to adorn a building as fine as Bücherei. It takes me three strong, measured swings of my war hammer against the handle and its surrounding area to break it apart and permanently scar its beauty. Picking a lock is kind, respectful even. A picked lock can be relocked. I do not wish this door to close behind me. I do not wish to be respectful of Bücherei.

The time for genteel manners is gone.

The A.D. is in danger of catching flies with his mouth as he ogles the door’s remnants. For someone who professes to be so clever, he certainly underestimates ladies far too often.

Stale darkness, oppressive and opaque all at once, looms before us. I am unafraid, though. I am not even taken aback. I believe in the impossible, after all. I have seen, lived the impossible.

I step past the wreckage into the house.
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THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY!

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THE HIDDEN LIBRARY

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Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

 

 

 

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Book Review and Release Day Blitz: When Ash Falls by Rachel Van Dyken

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken returns to regency romance with the last and final installment in The London Fairy Tales series…A regency retelling of Snow White and The Seven Dwarves.

Ashton Wolfsbane, Earl of Gyles, has taken a vow of celibacy after blaming himself for his sister in laws death. After a failed suicide attempt, he’s dedicated his life to bring justice to the weak making it his personal vendetta to be the death dealer to the wicked, also known as The Grimm Reaper. He denies himself lusts of the flesh and is known throughout London because of his ability to kill effortlessly and without emotion, that is until he meets Princess Sofia, a woman hell bent on making him forget all his reasons for denying himself the one thing he’s always craved—love.

After rescuing the fair damsel, he thinks his job finished, that is until he discovers he’s to be the Princess’s escort throughout London until she’s safely married. It wouldn’t be such a hardship, except the Princess has made him an offer he can’t refuse. Show her passion, real passion.

Four weeks of giving into the desire he’s suppressed for so long–four weeks of bliss and then they’ll go their separate ways. But things aren’t always what they seem, and when rescuing a damsel, or making a deal with her, one must always be prepared for the consequences.

Seven Royal Guard, a Beast, a kingdom in chaos, and a girl as pure as the driven snow…Will they find their Happily Ever After?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18457525-when-ash-falls

Excerpt

PROLOGUE

Ash didn’t want to remember her this way. Her beautiful face, so often lit with a breathtaking smile, was now cold and dead.
The first time he’d seen her, he had thought she was an angel, and he’d said that very thing under his breath when she had made her debut that season…
“Beautiful,” he murmured as Lucy took a turn about the room, gaining introductions to all the available gentlemen who came her way. Taking an earth-shattering breath, the kind that every man took when he was about to approach a beautiful woman, he made his way over to her.
Music faded into the background with each step. All Ash was aware of was the clicking of his boot against the floor as he progressed toward the beauty. One dance… if only she would give him one dance, he would secure her hand forever. He knew it in his heart, in his soul. She was meant to be his.
Heart beating out of his chest, he could barely contain his excitement as she lifted her eyes and met his gaze. Blue eyes twinkled in his direction, and then she lifted her hand in a wave. A wave? Something was wrong. Ash paused and then glanced self-consciously over his shoulder. There was no one but him, and then he gazed back at her. She crooked her finger, beckoning him forward.
Completely under her spell, he couldn’t deny her any more than he could cease from taking his next breath. Finally, he stood before her, at least a foot taller than she.
“Where have you been, you rogue?” She swatted him on the arm and gave him a coy laugh. “I have been looking everywhere for you!”
“For me?” Ash questioned. “Are you certain we have met?”
“Must you always joke at such serious times?” The girl laughed again, and he was caught at the sight of her dimples as they danced along her cheeks. Carefree. She appeared so carefree, so perfect, un-weighted by the things of this world, by the responsibility and darkness, by disappointment. He tilted his head and then reached out to touch her — perhaps she truly was a dream. And then a voice broke out into the pounding in his ears.
“Ah, sweetheart, you’ve met my brother.” Hunter stepped beside the girl and wrapped his arm around her.
Ash stepped back, his heart sinking down to his feet. She hadn’t been looking for him at all, but his older brother, his twin, the duke. It was such a sad joke, a sad existence really. Would he ever be first in anything?
Months had progressed into a year as he’d watched his brother and Lucy fall into such a deep love all he had been able to do was be happy for them and try to spend as much time away as possible. After all, it was not done to want your brother’s wife, to want to care for her and protect her. It was fate’s final, cruel trick to allow Ash to feel something for another and then have that person ripped away by his brother. Though he loved his brother more than his own life, it seemed Ash was always left with nothing while his brother was given everything.
His name fit.
For he was the ash after the fire of Hunter burned out.
He was nothing but soot, darkness, and sand. One day, his ashes would trickle away into the wind, never to be remembered and never mourned, but forgotten.
“Ash! Do you hear me! I love you! I love you!” Hunter yelled at his brother as he shook his shoulders, and then his eyes widened with desperation as slapped him across the face.
Ash stared at the blood staining his hands. He tried to wipe it off. Tried but failed as it continued to drip down his wrists into his jacket. “I’m so sorry,” he kept repeating over and over again, but it did not matter.
The carriage had come too fast. Lucy had thought Ash was Hunter and had run to him right into the street.
The fault was his.
He knew it, Hunter knew it, and Lucy, beautiful Lucy, his brother’s innocent wife was dead, and it was all because he had lied about who he was, tried to be better than just the second son.
He backed away, slowly at first, and then he ran.
His feet ached, his stomach heaved, and finally he stopped in the middle of the street, hoping, praying that someone or something would hit him. Death, it seemed, was his only option; it was his wish, his choice. For how could he live with himself after what he had done?
Hunter had loved Lucy, but so had Ash. She was his everything, his only relative other than Hunter, and although he had wanted her for himself, he had pushed those emotions so far beneath the surface of his heart that he hadn’t understood how far the love had run until now, until it was too late.
On legs like lead, he walked until he reached the tombstone of his parents. Both taken from him too soon. What would they think of him now? He was the disappointment in the family, the second son by minutes. And now he was a murderer.
Disgusted with himself, he sat down on the cold grass, leaned his head against the stone, and cursed. His brother — his only living relative — and he had ruined his life and ruined his parents’ memory in the process. All he had ever wanted as a boy was to please his father, yet all he’d received was disapproval. One time — just one time — he wanted to make someone proud, make himself proud.
But it was impossible.
He looked down at bloodstained hands.
His future stared right back at him.
Flee! He needed to flee, to get away. No, not just get away. He needed to die. A life for a life. So he set about doing exactly that. It was not fair that he was able to live, to survive, when the one woman who had done nothing but brought happiness to everyone she’d met, lay dead in the street.
“Lucy,” he whispered as salty tears ran down his cheeks and across his lips. “I’m so sorry… but I will see you soon. I will see you soon.” He reached into his pocket and pulled out the pistol. With shaking hands he lifted it to his chin and pulled the trigger.

 

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My Review

When Ash Falls is the first Historical Romance that I’ve read and I had no idea what to expect. One thing I did know for sure is that Rachel Van Dyken doesn’t disappoint. This story had it all: humor, romance, a broody swoon worthy male character and a great female lead who wasn’t afraid to speak her mind or go after what she wanted.

What first attracted me to this story was that it said it was a regency re-telling of Snow White. While the general idea of the story was similar, it was in now way the same Snow White. I loved getting lost in Rachel Van Dyken’s writing and in the past.

Overall, I found this book to be really enjoyable. It was a refreshing break from the books that I normally read and I’m looking forward to going back and reading the other books from this series.

*An ARC copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review*

 

About The Author

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com

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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Van-Dyken/e/B0054TW5AA/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1407369649&sr=8-2-ent

Book Review – Snow the Vampire Slayer by Rebekah R. Ganiere

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Snow the Vampire Slayer

by Rebekah R.

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Farielle #2

Publication Date: September 22, 2014

Genres: Fantasy, Romance

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Synopsis:

Lady Snow Gwyn is tired of playing “mother” to her seven Vampire

Slaying brothers. For the past two years, she’s yearned to be out there fighting at their side as they hunt

for bloodsuckers in the black of night. Snow is as good a fighter as any man, but she wasn’t called to be a

Slayer. A mere formality in her book.

Prince Sageren, Son of Lothar has spent the last fifty years in exile,

awaiting the day when he can finally avenge his family and take back his throne. Barely existing, he’s

forced to face his inner demons and the monster he once was, compelling him to vow to never drink

from humans again. A simple enough task–until he crosses paths with a human who makes his fangs

ache to drain her.

That’s why when Snow runs into Prince Sage on a late night trip to the

woods, she’s torn between the urge to kill him and the desire to succumb to the feeling he stirs within

her. And when Snow’s life is threatened by the same evil that murdered his family, Prince Sage must

enlist the aid of Snow’s brothers to not only help him save her life, but to also regain his rightful place as

King of the Vampires.

If Sage can keep the Slayers from killing him first.

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Rebekah R. Ganiere

Rebekah is an award winning author. Her novel Dead Awakenings, debuted in January 2014. Red

the Were Hunter, the first in her Farielle Series, released in May. The second book

Snow the Vampire Slayer will be releasing in September 22, 2014. And her trilogy The

Society will be released Nov. 17th 2014 by Kensington’s Lyrical Press.

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Lady Snow Gwyn is tired of playing “mother” to her seven Vampire Slaying brothers. For the past two years, she’s yearned to be out there fighting at their side as they hunt for bloodsuckers in the black of night. Snow is as good a fighter as any man, but she wasn’t called to be a Slayer. A mere formality in her book.

Prince Sageren, Son of Lothar has spent the last fifty years in exile, awaiting the day when he can finally avenge his family and take back his throne. Barely existing, he’s forced to face his inner demons and the monster he once was, compelling him to vow to never drink from humans again. A simple enough task–until he crosses paths with a human who makes his fangs ache to drain her.

When Snow runs into Prince Sage on a late night trip to the woods, she’s torn between the urge to kill him and the desire to succumb to the feeling he stirs within her. And when Snow’s life is threatened by the same evil that murdered his family, Prince Sage must enlist the aid of Snow’s brothers to not only help him save her life, but to also regain his rightful place as King of the Vampires.

If Sage can keep the Slayers from killing him first.

Yes, this is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs but absolutely not as you know it! I love reading re-imagined versions of fairy tales. And the idea behind this one, Vampires, Weres and Slayers, is a great one. This is actually book two in the Fairelle series. I haven’t read book one and this was still a great read as a stand-alone. I didn’t feel lost at any point, also I felt as far as the story went I could leave it there if I wished. But, I can’t leave it there at all! I’m definitely intending on going back and reading the first book now.

Snow is pretty badass for a ‘proper lady’ Yes she definitely has her fair share of naivety about the world but she adapts pretty darn quickly and surprised me more than a few times with her quick thinking bravery. I’m guessing though, when you’re in a houseful of brothers who are slayers, you pick up a tip or two along the way! Her brothers are typical brothers in the way they can’t tidy up after themselves and they give Snow hell, but really that’s where the ‘typical’ ends. They are Vampire Slayers. That is who they are and what they do. Being a Slayer is so much a part of them that there is no way they see vampires in any other light. Slayers kill vampires otherwise the vampires will kill the Slayers.

This of course becomes quite the predicament when Snow bumps into a mysterious stranger, who turns out to be a mysterious vampire stranger. Sage is a Vampire Prince with a price on his head. He needs to focus on taking back his kingdom but he finds himself completely infatuated with Snow instead. Sage is probably one of the most restrained, well mannered vampires I have ever come across. So, it’s from here, from their first meeting in the forest, we watch Sage and Snow battle each other, the Slayers, the Vampires and seemingly the whole world whilst they begin a romance unlike any other.

By the time I was getting towards the end of the book I had literally NO idea how anything was going to get resolved. It all seemed completely hopeless. Of course there is a resolution and at first I really wasn’t sure how I felt about it… But I can honestly say by the end of the book I really do believe that there was no other way the story could’ve gone. In this instance, the ending worked perfectly for the characters and their journey. So yes, we get our HEA, with the added bonus of knowing that there is plenty more to come in this world. Plenty more adventures to be had and plenty more stories to be told.

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Book Review – Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.

I loved the sound of this as soon as I saw the cover and the title. The overall effect was a little bit creepy and a lot intriguing! I knew I had to read it. Then the blurb confirmed that not only did I have to read it, but I had to read it STRAIGHT AWAY.

There’s no place like anywhere but here.

I felt like every two sentences I was stopping to highlight a section of the page. Honestly I probably could’ve highlighted the whole book at the rate I was going! Yes it probably was greedy of me but I had to keep as much of the writing as I could to read back on. It was so enchanting, so descriptive so utterly imaginative. I was very quickly obsessed. I haven’t had so many quotes that I’ve loved from one book in a looooong time.

I reached out my hand and let some flakes fall into it. It didn’t melt. It wasn’t snow, I realized. It was ash. I looked up at Nox in surprise. “Your fire burned up the sky,” he explained. For a second, I was disappointed. Show would have been so pure and beautiful. But ash made so much more sense with who I was.

This story follows Amy Gumm, high school student from (yep, you guessed it) Kansas. Trailer park raised by a mother with many issues. Smart-assed, scrappy, angry and lonely. Amy is by no means shiny and perfect that’s for sure, but considering the last seemingly perfect person to land in Oz had turned into its worst nightmare I feel it was fitting that Amy was a little rough around the edges. Sometimes with characters like this, especially in the YA genre I get frustrated with their lack of growth, but by the end of this book she really had developed. She still has a way to go but there was definitely change happening. Thanks to that, not to mention her general kick-butt amazingness I was totally team Amy by the end of the book!

“That girl has more cracks in her than the road of yellow brick”

I loved the liberties the author took with the very well known characters from the very well known tale of Oz. If you’re going to take such well known characters and such an iconic story and absolutely turn it on its head then you really need to commit and go full-throttle. Make an impression and prove to us readers why we should believe in this version of events. Absolutely this happened here. I 100% believed the story that was being told here. The familiar twisted with the dark. Dorothy, The Lion, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, Glinda – all horrifying now in their own way. It’s safe to say I LOVED what was done with these characters.

“Good. Like that means anything around here. I hate to break it to you, but just because someone has pretty hair and good skin tone and a crown instead of a pointy hat doesn’t mean she’s not the baddest bitch this side of the Emerald City.”

“Down is up, up is down. Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good. The times are changing. This is what Oz has come to.”

I don’t want to reveal any spoilers, I loved following this book through having no idea where it was going, no idea who was good and who was wicked, so I won’t ruin that possibility for you. All I will say is if you want to read something a little bit different, with a bit of an edge and a lot of weird then you should definitely give this a go. I do read the Fantasy type genre, but I can’t say I’m a big YA fan, however in this instance I loved it. There are more books to come in this series and I will absolutely be reading on, I seriously can’t wait to see what’s in-store for Oz next.

Dorothy Must Die

By Danielle Paige

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Book Review – Pooka in My Pantry (Monster Haven #2) By R.L. Narquin

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Ok I know I know… I just reviewed the first book in this series last week. You can read all about it HERE. But I did warn you that I had these next 2 instalments lined up to read… And sometimes you want to be reassured that the subsequent books are worth your commitment to the series. So we’re back with Zoey after she’s dealt with her Incubus issues and the fact that the ‘hidden’ have decided she can help them all. This time there may or may not be a sea serpent giving birth in her pool… and fairies laughing…a lot….

You might think fairy laughter would be light and bubbly and tinkling, like tiny bells. In truth, what greeted me on my lawn were raucous snorts, high pitched squealing and a smattering of applause from hands so small it sounded like someone popping bubble wrap two rooms away. Apparently, my purple, green and gold glitter-fairy costume was freakin’ hilarious.

This book was totally enjoyable, almost as good as the first! The style kept to the light and fun formula that made me a fan first time round. Nothing too heavy or too complicated, which is certainly the charm of this series. It’s reading for pure enjoyments sake and I’m definitely not above that! We get to see our favourite closet monster, Maurice again and I love how Zoeys relationship with him is deepening. We also see the other usual suspects; Riley is back as current love interest/Reaper and it’s actually his involvement with Zoey that is what drives most of the storyline in this book. (Insert a gripe, they seriously need to go hide somewhere just so they can pash in peace for a second! Sheesh) Throw in some new very outlandish characters such as the Pooka (had to Google that one!) and some Leprechauns and you’ve got a very interesting array of beings entertaining you.

It does delve a bit deeper into the disappearance of Zoey’s mother. I really enjoyed how the author put the time into fleshing out the past bits, because they obviously impact a lot on the current day predicaments that Zoey is facing. Nothing worse in a story than a vague reference to something in the past that then is never fully explained! So in this book we start to build up a picture on what her mum was doing and we meet some new characters that were involved and knew her. Pages well spent in my opinion. There has been effort put in to weave some long term storylines into this series and that starts to become evident in this book, this instalment ends with a bigger cliff-hanger than the last, with many more unanswered questions. It was a good attempt at layering the story with depth, because I suspect as the series progresses even though the charm of this book is it’s light and easy fairytale like quality, you still really do need something to grip onto otherwise it could start to lose pace.

All and all it was a good Easter Sunday read. It hasn’t changed my world, but I didn’t need it to. I just needed to be entertained, and Zoey, Maurice and the rest of their clique were exactly what I needed to go with my Creme Eggs.