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Brave (A Wicked Saga #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

TITLE: Brave
AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout
RATING: 5 Stars
PAGES: 362
PUBLISHER: Self-Published
SERIES: A Wicked Saga #3
SOURCE: eArc kindly provided by author
Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.

If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies.

Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind every evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen….

(synopsis taken from Goodreads)


This book series has done nothing but get better and better. Brave picks up right where Torn ends and we are thrown back into the world filled with dangerous fae and now good fae. But things aren't all rainbows and sunshine for Ivy as she realizes things are not as okay as they may have originally seemed.

One thing I really appreciated about this book is that Jennifer L. Armentrout didn't just sugar-coat everything or tie it all up with a nice pretty bow and have Ivy suddenly overcome and be okay with the events that took place in Torn. Instead we see a whole new side to our beloved firey redhead as she has to face her own demons and begin to heal herself. But for me that was one of the best parts of the entire novel the journey of self-discovery that Ivy goes on and the support and love she has from Ren and Tink is touching. We've always seen strong Ivy and kick-butt Ivy but in Brave we're exposed to a softer side of her and it made her character so much more dimensional and relatable.

I also fell more in love with my book boyfriend Ren. He may or may not be tied now with Mr. Daemon Black! And Tink! Oh sweet baby Tink. If I had to name a single favorite character from all of JLA's books I would hands down say Tink. He's cute, creepy, and he sure knows how to save the day. I will also never be able to look at troll dolls the same again.

We're introduced to some interesting new characters that make you question things we thought we previously knew. JLA did such an incredible job of not spoon-feeding all the new information and instead we learn and react to everything right along with Ivy which made the reading experience that much more enjoyable.

"Ren Owens was...goodness, he was beautiful in a wild sort of way."

Ultimately Brave was an amazing conclusion to a series that sweeps you into the world of fae and magic and that spooky yet beautiful New Orleans setting. I cannot recommend these books enough if you're looking for something that's hilarious, swoon-worthy, and kick-butt the Wicked trilogy is for you!



The Outpost by Devney Perry TEASER REVEAL

Today we have the teaser reveal for The Outpost by Devney Perry! Be sure to pre-order your copy now!

Title: The Outpost

Author: Devney Perry

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Day: November 7th

About The Outpost:

Trapped in his tiny mountain cabin, she didn't expect to fall for his big heart.   Exposing a prominent criminal family with an investigative news report didn’t exactly work out the way Sabrina had hoped. Instead of basking in the glory of her article’s success, she’s on the run from a powerful man who wants her dead. To stay safe, she’s forced to trade one bad situation for another. Stuck in the Montana wilderness, she’s secluded from anything resembling civilization or the modern-day world. The only good thing about her situation is the gorgeous mountain man assigned to protect her. Too bad he isn’t the slightest bit interested in a city girl like her.   Beau likes his life quiet and simple. Give him a peaceful day hiking in the woods with his dog, and he’s a happy man. He has no use for large crowds, noisy cities or dramatic women. So when a hotshot reporter rolls into town, dragging her big-time problems with her, he should have run for the hills. Instead, he volunteered to keep her safe. Bringing her into his world won’t be easy, but if he can convince her that Montana isn’t as terrifying as she believes, they might just be the perfect match.

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Devney lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories.  

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If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

TITLE: If There's No Tomorrow
AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout
RATING: 5 Stars
PAGES: 384
PUBLISHER: 
SERIES: n/a
SOURCE: eArc provided kindly by the author
Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She's ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends' entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed?

(synopsis taken from Goodreads)


I went into this book unsure how I would be changed when it was over, because I knew that this book would alter me.

If There's No Tomorrow challenges the ideal that we are invincible, that "oh, that could never happen to me" mindset. And just how silly it is to truly believe that, because life is beautifully and tragically unpredictable. Some incredibly tough subjects are approached and analyzed, in such a well-rounded and touching way, Armentrout handles the topic of guilt and healing in such a realistic way that as the story unfolded I found myself cheering along for Lena and her friends.

"I made an art form of looking toward tomorrow instead of focusing on today."

Lena is your mostly typical teenager, she has a job to help pay the bills, plays a sport, has a tight knit group of girlfriends to binge eat oreos with, and a crush on her best-friend/boy-next-door Sebastian. I feel that it's also worth mentioning that Lena is referred to as being more curvy than not and has realistic body insecurities. As a fellow curvy girl I appreciated the representation of a different body type then the slender and willowy frames most YA heroines are given. I also of course appreciated the face that Lena is an avid reader, and has a love for ACoTAR! But what Lena doesn't know, and all too soon learns, is that sometimes in life we make choices and those choices in turn may have devastating consequences. In what seems like a single moment Lena's world is forever changed.

This book is filled with laugh out loud pop culture references, beautiful friendships, complicated family dynamic and a very handsome boy next door. It is also filled with heart-breaking moments and sweet forgiveness. The characters were so easy to grow attached to their personal lives more fleshed out. It is so great to see Armentrout continuing to grow as an author and develop more dimensional side-characters!

If There's No Tomorrow Armentrout gives us a story that will have you questioning your own choices, and the aftershock effects those choices can cause. This book will pull you in, it will hold you tight and it will break your heart. But, it will also piece you back together with the beauty of friendships that hold you up in the darkness and a family that will carry you when sometimes the weight of the world is just too heavy.

"One night had irrevocably changed all of our lives. One choice had altered the course of what we all were supposed to become."

There are so many endearing characters in this book. From Lena's hardworking mother who is doing the best she can regardless of the situation to steadfast Sebastian who is possibly one of the most dedicated friends. There are so many fantastic relationships in this book aside from just a romantic relationship. Armentrout has appeared to really challenge herself in this book to branch out the connections her characters make with each other. Friendship is such a key element of this story and the healing strength and forgiveness found in those relationships.

If There's No Tomorrow is an emotional read, but so worth picking up and cherishing.

"I want today to be the tomorrow I kept putting off."

Please note I was given an Arc in exchange for an honest review. All quotes in the review are subject to change in the final copy.







Thursday

Roar by Cora Carmack

TITLE: Roar
AUTHOR: Cora Carmack
RATING: 5 Fantasy-Filled Stars
PAGES: 680
PUBLISHER: Tor Teen
SERIES: Stormheart, #1
SOURCE: purchased via BAM!
In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

(synopsis taken from Goodreads)


I went into this book with low expectations and was blown away! I'm not sure why I didn't have faith in Cora Carmack to put out an awesome fantasy book but she sure showed me!

In the beginning I admit I thought our sweet Aurora was well, too-sweet. I wanted to have a sit down chat with her and possibly shake some sense into her when it came to eating up Cassius' words. I almost had to put the book down because I couldn't handle how naive our sweet innocent princess was. Luckily for us readers though Aurora learns from her mistake and experiences some personal growth when she learns that there's often more to people then just their syrupy words.

Around 70 pages in I was hooked and wondering why it had taken me so long to getting around to reading Roar. The world is so fascinating and the idea of storms having a heart, of having human characteristics, is so creative and fresh that I commend Cora Carmack for coming up with such a brilliant fantasy world! The book moves with decent pacing and I now have a new ship that I refuse to believe will ever sink.

The characters that you meet in this book are so easy to grow attached to. The storm-hunters that Aurora meets are such a unique and diverse set of characters with beautiful friendships despite the harshness of their reality. Also I would like to take a moment to remark on just how freaking cool it is that witches are a thing in this world! Cora took the time to allow us to see glimpses of these characters and their stories without loosing pace in the plot of the story.

I'm so glad I gave Roar a chance because it has become one of my top reads of 2017 and I cannot wait to see what else is in store for us in this series (I mean hello cliffy ending!). Bring on book two please!





Wednesday

The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout

TITLE: The Dead List
AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout
RATING: 5 Stars
PAGES: 304
SOURCE: ebook provided by Author in exchange for honest review
It's Ella's senior year of high school and she and her best friend Linds plan to make it the best year ever. At Brock Cochran's end of summer pool party, the girls vow to have as much fun as possible before they head off to different colleges next fall. But when Ella is mysteriously attacked on her way home from the party, everything changes. Ella's carefree senior year plans disintegrate as she finds herself at the center of an attempted murder investigation.

Ella tries to move on, but her attacker isn't done yet. He shows himself in the form of horrifying signs and symbols: a clown mask strewn on her bed, a dead bird in her backpack, a shadow moving past her window in the night. And as the weeks pass, it turns out that Ella isn't the only one being tormented.

With the help of an old flame, Jensen Carver, and her friends and family, Ella tries to attain some sense of normalcy, but she can't seem to shake the feeling that there's a dark pattern hidden in the killer's every move. Suddenly, even those in her innermost circle seem suspicious. In her seemingly safe West Virginia town, Ella starts to wonder who she can trust.

(synopsis taken from Goodreads)


** As a note The Dead List was originally released on Wattpad in 2015 but is now being re-released as a newly edited book, even if you've read it before I recommend picking it up again because there are changes!**

Let me start off by saying I never read horror or anything that might cause me to freak out the next time I hear a sound when I’m in the shower. Leave it to my devotion to Jennifer L Armentrout though to cause me to read not just one, but two thriller/horror books this year with the first being Till Death (which by the way is amazing). But I am SO glad that I’ve branched out of my reading norm and read The Dead List!

We’re introduced to our main character Ella who has a haunted past as a survivor. As Ella enters her senior year of high school things begin happening that are far from coincidental. Items are left in her home and other students begin mysteriously disappearing from her school. Enter Jensen (Ackles of course...jk) Carver who is Ella’s past crush and an all around hottie. Together with Jensen she begins to learn self defense vowing to never be a victim again.

I think one of the things I appreciate most about Ella is that she is a fighter. She isn’t necessarily fearless (because come on who wouldn’t be shaking in their slippers?) but she’s not willing to give up or let herself be weak. I admire that a lot in Ella and I have to admit I now have a new book boyfriend in Jensen!

Even if you’re wary of suspense and horror stories I highly recommend this book! It moves at a great pace and even though I was legit scared at times I was overall so glad I read it!





Friday

IF YOU FIGHT BY K. M. SCOTT - Blog Tour EXCERPT!


IF YOU FIGHT by K.M. Scott is now LIVE!

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Blurb:



The second book in the unforgettable Corrupted Love series by K.M. Scott, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Heart of Stone and Club X Series!

If you fight, will we last?

Serena
All my life, everyone around me made sure I was weak. My father. My sister. And now the man my father forced me to marry. But Oliver doesn't know what I know. Strength can come even in the hardest times, and if you're willing to fight for love, nothing can stand in your way.

For the first time in my life, I'm fighting back, and with Ryder by my side, I'm never letting myself be weak again.

Ryder
They want us to be their pawns, but I won't let them use her like that. I promised I'd protect Serena, and if it costs me everything in this world, I will.

Even if it means returning to the one place I swore I'd never go back to again.

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K.M. Scott writes contemporary romance stories of sexy, intense, and unforgettable love. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, she's been in love with romance since reading her first romance novel in junior high (she was a very curious girl!). Under her Gabrielle Bisset name, she writes erotic paranormal and historical romance. She lives in Pennsylvania with a herd of animals and when she's not writing can be found reading or feeding her TV addiction.  

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EXCERPT:

IF YOU FIGHT By K.M. Scott

Trapped in that bed as a captive audience, I watched as my husband entered my hospital room and noted the look of surprise in his beady eyes. Thought you got rid of me, did you? Not so quickly, Oliver. I'm tougher than I look.

Behind him, my father followed, along with Ryder. Overjoyed to see him, I didn't even attempt to hide how happy I was he'd come to be with me. I'd pretended long enough for a man who tried to kill me.

Oliver spun around to see who had made my eyes light up and brought a smile to my face. Pointing his finger at Ryder, he barked, "Get him out of here! He doesn't belong here!"

Ryder leveled his gaze on him and didn't waver, but my father spoke up to defend his presence there. "You should be thankful for him. He's the reason your wife is still alive. If he hadn't found Serena in time, we'd be meeting to discuss her funeral instead of seeing her lying there in that hospital bed."

Rage simmered beneath Oliver's faรงade of worry for me, but he said nothing in response to my father's dictate, even though I knew how much he chafed under his orders. He turned back to look at me and as if on cue, he played the loving husband act like a pro.

Taking my hand in his own far-too-soft hand, he held it just tightly enough that I couldn't pull away without causing a scene. "How do you feel, honey? Your father told me the horrible news, but don't worry. We'll have other children."

So that's how he planned to play it. Would he say it was an accident that caused me to fall down a flight of stairs in my own home while he was there? Or would he claim complete ignorance and continue with the desperately concerned husband act?

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Ryder react to Oliver's words, his eyes opening wide and filling with anger. My father watched Oliver carefully, hanging on every word he said like he wasn't sure if his son-in-law had been involved in hurting me.

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Wednesday

If You Fight by K. M. Scott Teaser!

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Today we are releasing some teasers for IF YOU FIGHT by K.M. Scott. This book is a contemporary romance title, that is part of the Corrupted Love series, and it will be released March 29th. This book is currently up for pre-order so go grab your copy!

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If You Fight by K.M. Scott (Corrupted Love, #2 )

Releasing: Mar 29, 2017

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Synopsis:

 

The second book in the unforgettable Corrupted Love series by K.M. Scott, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Heart of Stone and Club X Series!

If you fight, will we last?

Serena

All my life, everyone around me made sure I was weak. My father. My sister. And now the man my father forced me to marry. But Oliver doesn't know what I know. Strength can come even in the hardest times, and if you're willing to fight for love, nothing can stand in your way.

For the first time in my life, I'm fighting back, and with Ryder by my side, I'm never letting myself be weak again.

Ryder

They want us to be their pawns, but I won't let them use her like that. I promised I'd protect Serena, and if it costs me everything in this world, I will.

Even if it means returning to the one place I swore I'd never go back to again.

   

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  K.M. Scott writes contemporary romance stories of sexy, intense, and unforgettable love. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, she's been in love with romance since reading her first romance novel in junior high (she was a very curious girl!). Under her Gabrielle Bisset name, she writes erotic paranormal and historical romance. She lives in Pennsylvania with a herd of animals and when she's not writing can be found reading or feeding her TV addiction.
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