Sunday, December 8, 2019

Week in Review: 12/1-12/7




Books I've Read

Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews (Re-Read)
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews (Re-Read)
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews (Re-Read)
Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews (Re-Read)

Reviews Posted

Boundary Haunted by Melissa F. Olson (@melissafolson)
A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth (@lauraeweymouth, @harperteen)

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* New Releases for the week. Was there anything you were looking forward to reading?

* Wednesday- Cover Reveal: Metal Bones by Kathleen Contine (@KathleenContine, @XpressoTours)

* Friday- Cover Reveal: Judas Kiss by K.A. Fox (@XpressoTours)

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Cover Reveal: Judas Kiss by K.A. Fox (@XpressoTours)


Judas Kiss
Murphy's Law #2
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Delaney Murphy is learning what it really means to be the daughter of the Devil and that not everyone appreciates her father's kinder, gentler side. When tragedy strikes and upsets the fragile balancing act of her life, Delaney will have to choose between the world she's sworn to protect and the father who has changed the whole of Hell just for her.

As betrayals around her mount, she begins to question herself and those closest to her.

Cut off from her magic, Laney's tie to humanity is fraying. She’s slipping closer and closer to giving in to the overwhelming darkness growing inside her.

Ultimately, she’ll have to confront her demons or risk losing herself entirely.
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K.A. Fox is a proud military brat who has lived all over the world but now calls the Midwest home. She uses her psychological training to facilitate successful negotiations at work and to convince her husband and three sons that she’s always right. When not writing, she can usually be found hiding somewhere with a book and a bit of chocolate, or chasing after her own adorable Hell Hound.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Review: Boundary Haunted by Melissa F. Olson (@melissafolson)

Boundary Haunted
Release Date: December 3, 2019
Publisher: 47North
ISBN:  1542000041
ISBN13: 9781542000048
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: NetGalley

Months after her battles in Wyoming, Allison “Lex” Luther is still struggling with the aftereffects of the psychic attack she suffered—and with the new developments in her own magic.

Then Lex’s boss, the cardinal vampire of Colorado, passes along a strange request from her counterpart in Atlanta. Hundreds of Civil War spirits have abruptly vanished in Beau Calhoun’s territory, and he wants Lex to figure out why. In exchange, Beau can help her understand boundary magic, which runs in his family line as well.

Despite her trepidation, Lex journeys to the Deep South, where she discovers that ghosts are everywhere…and that her host’s intentions are more complicated than he promised. It seems his teenage descendant is being hunted, and both Beau and Lex fear the young woman’s boundary blood may have made her a target.

With Atlanta’s history looming over her every move, Lex will have to face Beau’s ghosts—and her own—to prevent a boundary magic attack she never dreamed possible.

Lex is back and she isn't in Colorado anymore.

Lex is still having issues with the events in BOUNDARY BROKEN. She is having nightmares and she want's nothing to do with ghosts. Unfortunately she is needed in Atlanta and there are a lot of ghosts there.

I love Lex, but I also love the rest of her gang. We don't get much of them in BOUNDARY HAUNTED, but I didn't miss them as much as I thought they would. The storyline had a great flow and the action kept me waiting to see what would happen next. I had an inkling of what was happening early on, but the reveal was still great.

Another thing that interested me about BOUNDARY HAUNTED was learning a little more about Quinn's human past. I feel like we might be leading up to maybe more with him and the people he left behind when he was turned? Just a vibe I was getting.

I always enjoy Lex's adventures. I look forward to seeing where Olson takes her next.

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Cover Reveal: Metal Bones by Kathleen Contine (@KathleenContine, @XpressoTours)


Metal Bones
Publication date: March 17th 2020
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Leo Spearman cares about one thing: getting a cure for Gaeth’s "Steel Elbow". Yet, when they decide to leave Earth to cure him, they realize they may have to break galactic law to get it. Leo believes everything is going according to plan but when their new ally Sonja comes along, Leo becomes more and more dedicated to the resistance, a group set on stopping the Sol Empire from taking over the galaxy. As Leo and Sonja’s connection starts to grow, Gaeth begins questioning his brothers’ dedication to finding his cure.

Across the galaxy, an alien named Tank is determined to win The Ceremony, hoping to find out what happened to his father, who won before him. Only when he finds his answer, he is forced to escape his home, losing his hand in the process. After being saved by Enzu, she equips him with an arm cannon, the only expense being to work for her and protect a small boy named Myca at all costs. Tank is grateful of Enzu for saving him, but the more time he spends at Bisekt, it makes him question everything and who to trust.

However when an outside threat forces Leo and Tank to work together, they’ll discover if they’ll be able to save the ones they love or if it’s already too late.
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Kathleen Contine is a New York-born author currently working on her debut Adult Sci-Fi novel.

Inspired by her love of reading and frequent trips to the library with her mom as a child, Kathleen graduated from Saint Leo University with a B.A. in English with a concentration in professional writing.

Today Kathleen is passionately pursuing the publication of her first book while also sharing her author journey and writing tips on her YouTube Channel and Instagram. You can also check out her Resource Library for more!

When Kathleen isn't writing, she enjoys playing video games, spending time with friends, and playing with her dogs, Freddie and Pepper.

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Quick Thought Review: A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth (@lauraeweymouth, @harperteen)

A Treason of Thorns
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Publisher: HarperTeen1
ISBN:  0062696920
ISBN13: 9780062696922
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Edelweiss

Violet Sterling has spent the last seven years in exile, longing to return to Burleigh House. One of the six great houses of England, Burleigh’s magic always kept the countryside well. And as a child, this magic kept Violet happy, draping her in flowers while she slept, fashioning secret hiding places for her, and lighting fires on the coldest nights to keep her warm.

Everything shattered, though, when her father committed high treason trying to free Burleigh from the king’s oppressive control. He was killed, and Vi was forced into hiding.

When she’s given a chance to go back, she discovers Burleigh has run wild with grief. Vines and briars are crumbling the walls. Magic that once enriched the surrounding countryside has turned dark and deadly, twisting lush blooms into thorns, poisoning livestock and destroying crops. Burleigh’s very soul is crying out in pain.

Vi would do anything to help, and soon she finds herself walking the same deadly path as her father all those years before. Vi must decide how far she’s willing to go to save her house—before her house destroys everything she’s ever known.

Content warnings are available via the author's website.

The concept of A TREASON OF THORNS is what drew me to read it, but the story didn't blow me away. 

I liked Violet, I liked the storyline, and I enjoyed the secondary characters. A TREASON OF THORNS was a decent read, but I would have liked more out of it. Maybe world-building could have been a little stronger? Maybe a shorter read or more happening within the lengthy pages?

I am not disappointed that I read A TREASON OF THORNS, but if there happened to be more books after this, I probably wouldn't read it.

I gave it 3/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Week in Review: 11/24-11/30




Books I've Read

Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews  (Re-Read)
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews (Re-Read)
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews (Re-Read)

Reviews Posted

Nevermore by J.C. McKenzie (@JC_McKenzie)
Give up the Ghost by Debbie Cassidy (@amoscassidy)

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* New Releases for the week. Was there anything you were looking forward to reading?

* Wednesday- Promo + Giveaway: Rest in Pieces by Lucinda Dark (@Lucy_Smoke, @XpressoTours)

* Thursday- Happy Thanksgiving....

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