Review | Magic, Liver, and Adventure

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Kindle Price: $5.99

Synopsis:

Everyone in the islands of O’Ceea has a magical ability: whatever they imagine can be brought into existence. Whoever becomes a master over these powers is granted the title of magician and is given fame, power, riches, and glory. This volume of books follows the journey of a group of kids as they strive to rise to the top and become members of the Magician’s Workshop.

Layauna desperately wants to create beautiful things with her magical powers, but all she can seem to do is make horrible, savage monsters. For years she has tried to hide her creations, but when her power is at last discovered by a great magician, she realizes that what she’s tried to hide might actually be of tremendous value.

Kai just wants to use his powers to have fun and play with his friends. Unfortunately, nearly everyone on his island sees him as a bad influence, so he’s forced to meet them in secret. When one of the creatures they create gets out of control and starts flinging fireballs at their town, Kai is tempted to believe that he is as nefarious as people say. However, his prospects change when two mysterious visitors arrive, praising his ability and making extraordinary promises about his future.

Follow the adventures of Kai, Layauna, and a boatload of other characters as they struggle to grow up well in this fantastical world.”

My Review:

My mom hates liver, but I don’t think it tastes too bad. I know some people who like licorice, but I can’t stand licorice. There are all sorts of things that aren’t for me, but are for other people, and I believe this is one of them.

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Review | Dragons and Grudges

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Kindle Price: $3.82

Synopsis:

Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.”

My Review:

Oh, my gosh. Hello? Is this thing on? It needs to be on. You need to hear (read) this!! I LOVED The Alchemists of Loom. I wasn’t sure that I would! I didn’t know what was going to happen, but I loved it.

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Review | Princesses, Elves, and Humans

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Synopsis:

“Coal has lived most of his life in the fey realm with his elven best friend, but when a human child he promised to protect unintentionally breaks a law in front of the fey elite, he will have to choose between betraying his best friend or saving the child’s life.”

My Review:

The first couple of pages drew me in, and then after a few chapters, it lost me. It’s like riding a rollercoaster for the second time after two years and at first it’s “WHOO! Oh yeah!!” Then you’re like “oh, I remember these turns. This isn’t as fun as the first time.” The only difference is that I’ve ridden variations of this rollercoaster many many times.

Since only Coal is mentioned in the synopsis, I can’t talk about any of the characters. I loved Coal though. I would love to be his best friend. Coal was a gentle, kind, honest, and hardworking character to the point that he wasn’t a character, but a person. I truly appreciated him and I hope in the later books he gets the recognition he deserves.

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Review | Knights, Kings, and Betrayal

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Synopsis:

The King was dead.

His body was found slain in his room, only months after his son had been brutally murdered. Skylar Mandolyn, his daughter, has now become the last heir to inherit the throne. But instead of becoming Queen, she has been imprisoned for helping in the escape of Sir Harlin Brien, her knight who was framed for the King’s murder.

Confined to darkness, Skylar’s captors have given her no choice but to yield to a new kind of enemy: a kingdom that has advanced in both technology and warfare. It’s when she refuses that the prison uses its other means of persuasion, and although unmerciful, the whip lashings and isolation can’t suppress the memories of her family’s downfall. Pulled between her subconscious and reality, Skylar already knows who the true enemy is, because even the darkness can’t hide the deceptive hands that have destroyed them all.

With two kingdoms on the brink of war, Skylar’s only hope is in the person who has gone missing — Harlin, the knight who was sworn to protect her. The memory of him surrounds her when the darkness screams louder than the prisoners, and when Death smiles a faceless grin in between the cracks of the stone. While the tremors start to rise from the deep, crawling up through the prison’s walls, Skylar doesn’t realize that she will soon see why he’s one of the Benighted.

The mystery was never how Harlin escaped. It’s how he’ll return.”

My Review:

If I’m being totally truthful (and I am), I would say that I started off by being impressed and then it kind of leveled off. The Benighted still received a 4/5, so, as you can see, it clearly wasn’t too awful though.

I liked Skylar. She was resilient, clever, humorous, a strong leader, and even though I can’t relate to her particular issues, I felt as if I knew her personally. Skylar didn’t really undergo character development, at least not in the normal, “selfish to generous” obvious kind of way. Rather, her experience throughout the book most definitely developed her in some way that readers will probably realize in the next book.

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New Year’s Blog Resolutions

 

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I’ll admit, I’m sort of giving into peer pressure here. I’ve never done this before, but I’ve seen so many great blogs posting great resolutions for the new year that I want to do it too! Here we go!

Read More Diverse Books

This is one resolution I’ve seen in literally every resolution post so far. Let’s be honest, the amount of books I’ve read in just last year is way too big to have not included more diversity, no matter what kind. I’m going to do my best to fix that.

Read Longer Books

Sometimes I’ll open a book on my kindle, read a few pages to see how long it might take me to read, and then exit because it’s going to take 3+ hours. I want to read some longer books because sometimes those are amazing.

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Book Blitz | Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey

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Are you ready? The shadow is falling, and the meteor is coming… SHADOW FALL by Audrey Grey has arrived! You can get your copy now for the special release price of 99 cents, and be sure to meet us at the Facebook Party happening right now!

About the Book:

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The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.

The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.

When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her. But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive. The question is who?

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audreyAudrey Grey lives in the charming state of Oklahoma, with her husband, two little people, and four mischievous dogs. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said little people and dogs, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.

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Beta-Testing an App with Inkitt!

BREAKING NEWS:

DATA DRIVEN PUBLISHER INKITT LAUNCHES IOS APP
Inkitt empowers readers and publishers to discover world’s next best sellers

BERLIN, NOVEMBER 16, 2016: Inkitt, the world’s first algorithm-based book publisher, is introducing an iOS app for iPhone and iPad available to readers globally today.

In less than 2 years from launch, Inkitt has attracted over 700,000 unique readers: the iOS app will give book lovers and publishers greater access to Inkitt’s digital library of over 80,000 stories by up-and-coming authors.

I was first introduced to Inkitt maybe two or three months earlier this year. An author had contacted me and asked me to check out her story on there. I made an account and although I haven’t used Inkitt as often as I like, I think that’s going to be quickly remedied with the app. I can now read on the go, which is important for someone like me who’s always on the go!

Some awesome features include:

  • Access to 80,000 stories in every genre: fantasy, sci-fi, romance, thriller, horror, adventure, action and more
  • Personalized suggestions: hand-picked novels based on reader’s preferences
  • App customization according to user preferences (e.g. font size, colors)
  • Online/Offline: readers can save novels to their offline library to access them without an internet connection

If you haven’t guessed already, I got to test this glorious app before release!

I tried out the available features and I must say I enjoyed it. The app is clean and works smoothly and quickly (as long as your wifi isn’t on its last leg), which is imperative when you’re reading a book that’s got you chewing on your nails. I loved the fact that I can change the font size and colors when I’m reading stories. It may seem like a small thing, but I really do enjoy not having to hold my phone up to my face and/or squinting while I’m reading, give your eyes a rest (they deserve it!). I really liked the online/offline feature because as I said before, I’m always traveling, so now I can read while I travel with or without wifi.

Beyond being a platform connecting authors and readers, Inkitt has developed an in-house algorithm that analyzes reading behavior to determine if a novel has the potential to become a bestseller. Using this unique data-driven approach, Inkitt aims to help emerging writers achieve their dreams of getting published by becoming a point of reference for publishers looking to uncover the world’s next best sellers.

Back in April, Inkitt announced the signing of the platform’s first algorithm-chosen novel, Bright Star, a Young Adult fantasy novel written by Texan author Erin Swan and signed for publication with Tor Books. Since July, Inkitt has published another 3 novels: Catalyst Moon: Incursion by Lauren L. Garcia (Fantasy), Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan (YA Romance) and I Was A Bitch by Emily Ruben (YA Romance Mystery). Both Just Juliet and I Was A Bitch became best sellers in their respective categories upon launch.

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Inkitt’s iOS app was released in beta in Australia and Canada earlier this year and is now available for download globally here!

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About Inkitt

On the surface, Inkitt is a platform where budding writers can share their novels and inquisitive readers can unearth fresh content. But under the hood, we are democratizing publishing: Inkitt is built on an algorithm which analyzes reading patterns to predict future bestsellers. Using this unique data- and readers-driven approach to uncover highly addictive stories, Inkitt’s goal is to remove the middle person so that a blockbuster book is never rejected by a publishing house again. In other words, if readers love it, Inkitt publishes it.

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Thank you to Eleanna from Inkitt for giving me the opportunity to test out the Inkitt app! I appreciated it and most enjoyed myself!

Disclaimer: I was not paid nor compensated in any way, shape, or form, for this promotion post.

Are you/Have you tried out the new Inkitt app yet? Let me know what you think!

 

 

 

 

Review | In Which You Get a Two For One

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Kindle Price: $3.99

Synopsis:

“In a world not divided by race, but by blood type, Blue Anders finds herself on the wrong end of fortune’s mercy. Born with a lesser blood type, Blue is raised in The Way, a work camp for A-bloods.
The Vemreaux (B-bloods) are the ruling class. Theirs is the only type that responds to the Fountain of Youth, granting them an additional one hundred twenty years, heightened senses and nearly unbreakable bones in exchange for an iron deficiency that makes them crave O-type human blood.
The Vemreaux are at the top of the food chain until a mysterious predator begins stealthily claiming them and sending back their filleted bodies. Thus begins the search for the Light – a woman foretold to be able to free the Vemreaux from this tyranny. Blue sets off with her brother to fight for those that oppressed her, charging ferociously into the battle that could claim her life.”

My Review:

Trashed.

Destroyed.

Ruined.

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Review | White Lips, Pale Face

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Kindle Price: $3.99

Official Rating: 3/5

Synopsis:

“I broke the surface and gulped in air, running my hands over my face to push the water away. A raindrop splattered on my cheek. He did not rise. Seven more raindrops in quick succession splattered against my skin. And still, he did not rise. The heavens opened and rain fell like a sheet, blanketing me, cutting me off from the rest of the world.

I thought it was the end of everything.

But I was wrong.

Brothers, Ruben and Judah Mitchell, used to be close, but that was before they met Cara Armistead. Once she moved in next door, the brothers grew further and further apart until the tension between them led to an event which left one dead and the other branded by the aftermath.

One year later, after the death of her baby brother destroyed her family, Lennon Donnelly has moved back to her home town of Puruwai. While visiting the cemetery she finds a boy sitting on a gravestone, a boy with secrets in his past, but someone who finally sees her. Accused by the town as a killer, he reaches out to Lennon, but as their relationship deepens, the events of the year before present themselves in a way no one could have imagined.

In this compelling ya romantic mystery, Forever Blue tells of the intertwining relationships of Lennon, Ruben, Judah and Cara. Spanning over two years, Abby Wilder creates a story of intrigue and suspicion that will haunt you long after you turn the final page.

This story contains mild use of strong language and references to underage drinking and smoking.”

My Review:

What…did I just read? I truly have no clue as to what I just read. What??

There’s weird. And then there’s upside-down-turn-around-backwards-sideways-and-insane weird. Forever Blue was the latter.

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Book Blitz | Whimper by Crystal Crichlow

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Whimper: Episode One by Crystal Crichlow
Genre: YA
Release date: November 1st 2016

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Summary from Goodreads:

Angel survives a brutal attack that leaves her mother dead and turns her father into the town drunk. Her once caring personality vanishes soon after and now Angel is slowly losing her mind, just like her father. But there is something else inside of her besides insanity; something that can only be described as pure, unshakable darkness. Still, a little glimmer of humanity is still trying to fight its way through. Then, an unnamed apocalyptic event plunges Angel Wildwood and her friends into a world ravaged by war caused by something so out of this world it cannot be explained.

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Crystal Crichlow is an award winning author of YA/Fantasy fiction. She has one published novel with Solstice Publishing called, Winter Rose and two other books with Class Act Books entitled, Heart of Ice and Heart of Fire. Her zombie novella, Farnum’s Land is an Amazon best seller. Crystal lives in Ontario, Canada with her family and two cats; Cee Cee and Socks.

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