Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Blog Tour Review: Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins

I adore Kristan Higgins books. They are always so heartwarming, real, funny, and just down right charming. I was so excited when I saw the synopsis for Life and Other Inconveniences and that adorable cover. I'm happy to say, the story lived up to both. 

Title: Life and Other Inconveniences
Author: Kristan Higgins
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Contemporary
Published By: Berkley Books (August 6, 2019)
Source: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Book Description:
From the New York Times bestselling author of Good Luck with That comes a new novel about a blue-blood grandmother and her black-sheep granddaughter who discover they are truly two sides of the same coin.

Emma London never thought she had anything in common with her grandmother Genevieve London. The regal old woman came from wealthy and bluest-blood New England stock, but that didn’t protect her from life’s cruelest blows: the disappearance of Genevieve’s young son, followed by the premature death of her husband. But Genevieve rose from those ashes of grief and built a fashion empire that was respected the world over, even when it meant neglecting her other son.

When Emma’s own mother died, her father abandoned her on his mother’s doorstep. Genevieve took Emma in and reluctantly raised her–until Emma got pregnant her senior year of high school. Genevieve kicked her out with nothing but the clothes on her back…but Emma took with her the most important London possession: the strength not just to survive but to thrive. And indeed, Emma has built a wonderful life for herself and her teenage daughter, Riley. 

So what is Emma to do when Genevieve does the one thing Emma never expected of her and, after not speaking to her for nearly two decades, calls and asks for help?

About the Author:

Kristan Higgins is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. Her books have been honored with dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, the New York Journal of Books and Romantic Times. She is a two-time winner of the RITA award from Romance Writers of America and a five-time nominee for the Kirkus Prize for best work of fiction. She is happily married to a heroic firefighter and the mother of two fine children.

Kristan Higgins has always been a favorite author of mine. With her ability to deliver strong fleshed out characters that you truly want to know and her emotional and yet charming heroines and witty dialogue, her books are just so much fun to devour and are always so much more than a fluff read. 

This time told in multiple point of views, I love Higgins ability to both make us hate some of the characters and later, not only care for them, but even like them. Most of all, she makes us feel for them in some many different ways. I love authors that can not only bring out the emotions in me, but make me truly think and truly feel, so much so that sometimes I want to both put the book down to catch my breathe and keep on reading it because I just can't get enough and have to know what happens next. 

Truly an amazing book about people in all stages of life, each with their own personal demons, regrets, and ability to live, love, grow, and most of all, let go and forgive. 

Friday, July 26, 2019

Blog Tour Review: Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep

If you haven't tried this series yet, you are missing out. It is so much fun and completely unique and like all Jennifer's books, completely addicting.

Book Title: Protect the Prince
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Book Two in the Crown of Shards Series
Genre: Fantasy
Published By: Harper Voyager (July 2, 2019)
Source: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Book Description:
Magic, murder, adventure, and romance combine in this second novel in the exciting Crown of Shards saga from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Estep.

Everleigh Blair might be the new gladiator queen of Bellona, but her problems are far from over.

First, Evie has to deal with a court full of arrogant, demanding nobles, all of whom want to get their greedy hands on her crown. As if that wasn’t bad enough, an assassin tries to kill Evie in her own throne room.

Despite the dangers, Evie goes ahead with a scheduled trip to the neighboring kingdom of Andvari in order to secure a desperately needed alliance. But complicating matters is the stubborn Andvarian king, who wants to punish Evie for the deaths of his countrymen during the Seven Spire massacre.

But dark forces are at work inside the Andvarian palace, and Evie soon realizes that no one is safe. Worse, Evie’s immunity to magic starts acting in strange, unexpected ways, which makes her wonder whether she is truly strong enough to be a Winter Queen.

But Evie’s magic, life, and crown aren’t the only things in danger—so is her heart, thanks to Lucas Sullivan, the Andvarian king’s bastard son and Evie’s . . . well, Evie isn’t quite sure what Sullivan is to her.

Only one thing is certain—protecting a prince might be even harder than killing a queen…

About the Author:

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. She is the author of the following series: 

The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy battling bad guys and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals—Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

The books focus on Everleigh Blair, a member of the royal family who is distantly in line for the throne of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. But when the unthinkable happens, Evie finds herself fighting for her life—both inside and outside the gladiator arena.

The books focus on Rory Forseti, a 17-year-old Spartan girl who attends the Colorado branch of Mythos Academy. Rory’s parents were Reapers, which makes her the most hated girl at school. But with a new group of Reapers and mythological monsters on the rise, Rory is the only one who can save her academy. 

The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more. 

The books take place in Bigtime, New York, a city that’s full of heroic superheroes, evil ubervillains, and other fun, zany, larger-than-life characters. Each book focuses on a different heroine as she navigates through the city’s heroes and villains and their various battles. 

The books focus on Lila Merriweather, a 17-year-old thief who lives in Cloudburst Falls, West Virginia, a town dubbed “the most magical place in America.” Lila does her best to stay off the grid and avoid the Families—or mobs—who control much of the town. But when she saves a member of the Sinclair Family during an attack, Lila finds herself caught in the middle of a brewing war between the Sinclairs and the Draconis, the two most powerful Families in town.

For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit her website at www.JenniferEstep.com. You can also follow her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter, and sign up for her newsletter on her website: http://www.jenniferestep.com/cont

Jennifer Estep has once again blown me away with her ability to create not only a unique world full of magic and wonder and believe-ability but memorable characters that you can't help but love and feel for.

A unique epic fantasy that will blow you away, get your heart and blood pumping and your hand eagerly turning the pages because you just can't get enough, fast enough. 

I loved Kill the Queen and it still remains one of my favorite reads for 2018 but Protect the Prince has by far surpassed that love and gone straight to one of my most favorite fantasy series of not only 2018 or even of 2019, but of all time. I have loved every page of this story and can't wait for the next book to come out. 

I haven't been this excited about a fantasy series in I don't know how long. 

Tour Schedule:

uesday, July 2nd: Reading Reality
Wednesday, July 3rd: Iwriteinbooks’s blog
Thursday, July 4th: Book by Book
Friday, July 5th: Instagram: @spinatale
Monday, July 8th: Instagram: @bookishsar
Tuesday, July 9th: The Reading Corner For All
Wednesday, July 10th: Into the Hall of Books
Thursday, July 11th: Instagram: @sarahandherbookshelves
Monday, July 15th: Ms. Nose in a Book
Tuesday, July 16th: The Desert Bibliophile
Wednesday, July 17th: Broken Teepee
Thursday, July 18th: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
Monday, July 22nd: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, July 24th: Instagram: @love.books.and.coffee
Wednesday, July 24th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Thursday, July 25th: Instagram: @kaylagetsread

Friday, July 26th: My Guilty Obsession  

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Unearthed by Cecy Robson

I'm so excited for this cover reveal! I'm a huge fan of Cecy's and her new series just sounds like it will be so much fun! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

 Title: Unearthed
Author: Cecy Robson
Series: Book One in the Death Seeker Series
Published: September 24, 2019

Book Description:
Fae was once a flourishing paradise. Until Death turned greedy and destroyed it, targeting the creatures who inhabited it. Those who survived escaped to Earth’s realm, but Death wasn’t far behind . . .

Olivia Finn is just another pixie trying to blend in among humans and hide from the death hounds who devoured her family. Clinging to the talisman that keeps her veiled from those who hunt her, she believes she is safe. . .. Until Death finds her and discovers she’s immune to its grip.

Now that Olivia’s power is unearthed, she is sought by Fae who see her as their savior and stalked by dark entities compelled to destroy her. Can she trust the King of the Dead who has sworn to train and protect her? Or should she obey her instincts that warn he desires more?

Olivia can no longer hide from Death. To survive, she must seek it. 

If you want to check out the first chapter click HERE for a sneak peek at it! 

About the Author:

CECY ROBSON is an author of contemporary romance, young adult adventure, and award-winning urban fantasy. A double RITA® 2016 finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, and a published author of more than eighteen titles, you can typically find her on her laptop writing her stories or stumbling blindly in search of caffeine.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Review: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Title: House of Salt and Sorrows
Author: Erin A. Craig
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Retelling/Fantasy
Published By: Delacorte (August 6, 2019)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!!

Book Description:
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls' lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn't sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh's involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it's a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.

Take a classic fairy tale put it in a bottle, shake it all up and add a dash of darkness that makes it all seem new and fresh. Pour it out into a make believe world and you have one heck of a story that will leave you mesmerized and wanting more.

A story so lush in detail, mystery, the paranormal, and imagination, that it truly feels like a unique original story that isn't only enchanting but completely addicting. 

With hints of the classic that feel like a long lost friend, House of Salt and Sorrows will completely take you away to not only another world but into a whole other state of mind. 

Curses, deceit, enchantments, love, horror, ghosts, demons, and gods, it truly has a little bit of it all and I just couldn't get enough. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

Monday, July 8, 2019

Blog Tour Review: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Abbi Waxman's books are always so much fun, so endearing and just ones that you are so glad you took the chance on. Her latest has all the heartwarming, fun adventures, dialogue and characters we have come to know and expect from her. 

Title: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Author: Abbi Waxman
Genre: Contemporary
Published By: Berkley (July 9, 2019)
Source: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Book Description:
The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book. 

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They're all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She'll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It's a disaster! And as if that wasn't enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn't he realize what a terrible idea that is?

Nina considers her options.

1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.) 
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee). 
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)

It's time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn't convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It's going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.

About the Author:

Abbi Waxman, the author of Other People's Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings, is a chocolate-loving, dog-loving woman who lives in Los Angeles and lies down as much as possible. She worked in advertising for many years, which is how she learned to write fiction. She has three daughters, three dogs, three cats, and one very patient husband. She can be found online at abbiwaxman.com, Facebook.com/abbiwaxmanbooks, and on Twitter @amplecat.

What can I say about this book other than I absolutely loved it? It is so darn funny and relatable and so very real feeling. Who doesn't love books? Have a crazy messed up, complicated family? Who doesn't feel anxious about things and well...did I mention the crazy messed up, complicated family?

There is so very much to love about this book I truly could go on about it all day. But in short, this book, this story and all it's fun quirky characters, reminded me why I fell in love with Waxman's debut years ago. Her wit, witty one liners, family dynamic, slow burn romances, and memorable characters, all make this one story you truly, don't want to miss. So much wonderful goodness packed into this read. Pick it up, give it a spin, you won't be disappointed.