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Book Blitz! First Full Moon by Michelle Alstead

First Full Moon
Michelle Alstead
Publication date: August 28th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

More secrets. More lies. I’m going to die.

She wanted a car for her sixteenth birthday, not magical powers… Candy McGregor is a teenager living in Sequim Falls, a small East Coast town, where the McGregors own just about everything. While her grandmother grooms her to run the family business—a pharmaceutical empire—Candy dreams of a life where she’s known as more than just a last name. When the monthly family dinner turns into a horror show, Candy discovers the McGregors aren’t so much blessed as they are cursed. At midnight on her sixteenth birthday, Candy inherits both the ability to do magic and the destiny to become a wolf on the next full moon. There is hope of a life that doesn’t require being chained up once a month. If Candy can undo the original spell that created the curse, she can rid the world of werewolves and remain a witch. But there’s one really big problem. Not everyone hates being a wolf. With the next full moon looming, Candy must take on forces that will do anything to stop her. Will she break the curse or surrender to life as a monster?

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EXCERPT:

The windows are shut and the blinds drawn. A space heater warms my bedroom to a balmy eighty degrees. As I stand in the middle of the room, a cold draft blows past me, raising the hair on my arms and neck.

Someone is watching me.

Will it be my time soon? Will I be the next one taken?

“That creepy frown on your face is going to cause premature wrinkles,” Larkin says.

My cousin lies across my bed, her black combat boots dangling off the edge as she scrolls through her phone without pausing long enough to read anything. She chews gum and blows a bubble that pops, covering her mouth. Larkin doesn’t seem to mind that strands of her long, raven-black hair brush the gum she pries from her face.

“I’m fifteen and too young for wrinkles,” I reply, moving to the window and opening the blinds. From the third floor, I can see everything and everyone in front of the house. The driveway and yard are empty. Not a soul to be seen anywhere.

“You turn sixteen in like five hours.” Larkin’s only a little bitter I’m the oldest grandchild.

Even though I can’t see anyone, there’s someone watching me. I feel it.

Author Bio:

Michelle Alstead is a single, divorced mom of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, who tries to promote autism awareness and advocate for gender equality while raising Sheldon Cooper and searching for some semblance of a love life.

Michelle’s novels are frequently available for free on Amazon Kindle. Sign up for her email list to receive notifications. http://michellealstead.com/sign-up-for-our-email-list/

All of Michelle’s adult novels take place in the same universe. Characters cross over between novels, which makes for a more interesting world.

One Last Try will be released Feb. 2018.

The Full Moon Series (four young adult supernatural stories) will be published in time for Halloween 2018.

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Book Blitz! Cursed Rebel by H.G. Lynch

Cursed Rebel
H.G. Lynch
Publication date: October 5th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

My grandma always warned me never to trust a Faery. I never believed they were real…until I was kidnapped by one.

Finn is an obnoxious, mercurial Fae whose job it is to bring me to the King. He’s gorgeous, but in this world, the prettiest things are the deadliest.

But if I want to survive the Fae realm and find a way home, I’ll have to trust him…for now.

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EXCERPT:

The faery girl looked up at me, her smile fading. She looked at her empty hand sadly, her thin brows drawing together, and for a second, I felt horrible for upsetting her. Then she raised her eyes back to mine, and they were cold and grey.

Her mouth twisted into a snarl, baring rows of sharp, pointy teeth, and let out a shriek of anger. “Nasty, mortal filth!” she screeched.

Horror skittered through my bones, and a scream caught in my throat as she lunged off the ground at me. Her curled fingers, like claws, aimed for my eyes. I stumbled backward and tripped over a rock, hitting the ground on my back hard enough to knock the breath out of me.

My chest spasmed as I tried to suck in air for a scream, and the faery girl leapt on me like a giant spider, wrapping her tiny hands around my throat.

Author Bio:

H.G. Lynch is a Paranormal Romance author from Scotland. She is an avid reader, and cat-lover. She spends most of her days writing, while wrestling her cat off her laptop. She loves horse-riding, Star Trek, and snow.
Her books are dark paranormal romances.

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Blog Ahead Oct. 2018

This October I’ll be participating in Blog Ahead. The goal for this is to complete 30 blog posts so you don’t fall behind during the holiday season. I’m excited to be taking part in this since I have a lot of blog posts that need to be written.

I’ll be focusing mostly on reviews. The amount of books I’ve read but haven’t reviewed is abundant and I’d like to start changing that. I have a few books in mind to review, but I’m always open to review whatever books I’ve read that you guys want my thoughts on.

This is also great because after this, I’ll be able to focus on my novel for all of November other than writing weekly blog posts.

I hope some of you guys join in as well!

Xx Sincerely,
Anna

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Birthday Book Haul 2018

Hey guys! So my birthday was on September 15th, but I didn’t receive too many books so I’m going to include the books I bought the day after my birthday so this post isn’t too short.

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Various Authors – I’m so happy that I this was the one book I received since it contains stories by many of my favorite authors, including: Renée Ahdieh (The Wrath and The DawnA Flame In the Mist), Julie Kagawa (The Iron FeyTalon), and Roshani Chokshi (The Star-Touched Queen, Aru Shah and the End of Time).

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire – My dad and I went to a Barnes and Noble an hour and a half away after having dinner at The Melting Pot. He let me pick out one book for my birthday, so I decided to pick one of my favorite books that I’ve been meaning to purchase.

Half-Priced Books Outlet:

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron – I picked this up because I’ve heard good things about it and because I’ll be going to an event the author will be at.

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare – They were selling the newer covers with the cool art sides for really cheap, so I went ahead and bought it.

The Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black – I had looked at this the weekend before with Dylan, but it stood out to me when I walked into the YA section this time. Maybe it was because I was thinking about Halloween and creepy/paranormal books for October and this title screamed that to me as well as the cover, or maybe it was because I wanted to try another Holly Black book. Either way, I’m glad I purchased this.

Have you guys read any of these books? If you have, let me know your thoughts on them in the comments!

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

Mini Review

Mini Review: Resurgence by S. Usher Evans

**** This novel was sent to me by the author. All opinions are my own****

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Edition: ARC

Pages: 298

Series or Standalone: Series, Demon Spring (first)

Published: February 20th, 2018

Publisher: Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing

Goodreads Synopsis: “Demon hunter Jack Grenard’s life changed three years ago when his wife was brutally murdered by the very demons he’d been hunting. At the urging of his partner Cam Macarro, he’s starting a new life in Atlanta, hoping he’ll find the man he used to be. But on a routine hunt, they come across a new type of demon–one that saves instead of kills.

Meanwhile, demons across Atlanta are preparing for the quadrennial uprising of their Underworld brethren. Worse yet, there’s a rumor the so-called king of the demons, Bael, will appear for the first time in over a century. Jack and Cam must uncover the truth about the mystery woman before all hell–literally–breaks loose.

 

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Jack’s loyalty to those who matter to him is astounding. I’ve never read about a more caring main character before. Loss had such an impact on his life and I was surprised when the novel focused on the loss at certain points. Evans did a great job writing about loss and how it feels. It made Jack a round character and gave us insight into what he was feeling.

I was so happy when romantic love wasn’t the most important element of the novel and was even more impressed by Jack and Cam. I love how this book has a platonic friendship between a guy and a girl. We never see it written well within books. Cam and Jack were amazing when they worked together and I cannot wait to read Revival (the second book) to find out what happens next!

My Feelings in Gifs:

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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Ch1Con 2018

I attended Ch1Con this year in Chicago and I really enjoyed it! I unfortunately didn’t feel well throughout the entire event, but I am so glad that I stayed. Here’s what happened:

It completely helped end my writer’s block. Sure, I’m not writing every day now or writing thousands of words a week, but I’m slowly getting back into it. I have finally been able to start writing the more “boring” parts of the novel. I have most of the key plot points written but have struggled writing the in-between bits. I’m so grateful to understand now that those parts aren’t “boring” and are important still.

Favorite session: Karuna Riazi’s Session. I took a ton of notes which are currently at my parent’s house which I need to grab when I go home next time. Her comments about being unknown at first and that not every debut is a hit made me reflect a lot about the book community and how sometimes author’s don’t become popular or best sellers for years. I’m so glad I stayed for this. I met Riazi after the event for her signing and she was so nice!

About my novel: YA Fantasy. Third person. Goal word count: 70,000 plus pages.

Highlight of Ch1Con: Meeting my critique partner. While at Ch1Con, a girl, Emily, sat down beside me and we became fast friends. Emily and I discussed our novels and novel ideas together and it was a quick connection were we both knew that we would be perfect writing partners. I cannot wait for us to start critiquing and reading each other’s work. fun fact: we are both from towns that have the same name but in different states.

Overall: I loved this experience. It was such a welcoming event and I cannot wait to go back next year to learn more.

Shout out to Brett who convinced me to go!

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

TBR (To be read)

September TBR 2018

Hello! I’m so excited finally get on a normal posting schedule. There will be a post at least every Tuesday and Thursday. There may be more, but rely on there being posts on those two days. I figured out my schedule so I now have Tuesdays and Thursdays off which means I’m setting those days aside for reading, writing, and blogging. I am also excited to get back into reading. I didn’t read much in August with the whole move into college, but I’m now settled and ready to relax with some good books.

I’ve already finished a few, but I’m going to wait until my wrap up to tell you all about them. This also could change a little bit since my birthday is Saturday and I’ll probably be getting a few new books.

Current Read: Masks of Shadows – I’m loving this! I cannot wait to find out what happens

Current Read: Paper Princess by Erin Watt (ebook) – I was bored in my math class that I’m only taking to remain a full time student to stay in the dorm, so I pulled out my phone and started reading this. I don’t recommend ignoring the class that’s hardest for you, but I also can’t honestly bring myself to not tell you to read during your classes. Jennifer L. Armentrout and Roshani Chokshi have raved about how addicting this book is, so I’m excited to

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch – I read the first book in Raasch’s other series and really enjoyed it years ago. I put a hold on this book at the library because I feel like I’ve been waiting for this novel forever. Raasch made a Pintrest board for this a while ago when it was still an idea and it has been interesting watching it grow from that into a full novel.

The Color Project by Sierra Abrams- I’ve wanted to read this since before the novel was released. I am so glad that I am finally picking up this novel. I can’t really remember why I wanted to read this, but oh well.

In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware – These past few months that I’ve taken a break, I’ve found a love for adult thrillers. This is the first book that Ware has written in the thriller genre that I know of, so I’m going to try to read her books in order. I also decided to pick up her novels because of BooksandLaLa.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – I started this last month and only got twenty pages in before putting it down. I’ve decided to give it another chance and see if it was just because I was busy.

A Girl in the Himalayas by David Vignolli – I honestly know nothing about this other than that the cover is beautiful.

Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire – I don’t know too much about this, but I really want to read a Seanan McGuire book this month.

Goldie Vance Vol. 1-4 by Hope Larson – I’ve been flying through

Beast Keeper by Lucy Coats – I’ve been thinking about Greek mythology in the past few days so I’ve decided to request the first two books in this middle grade series to see if I like it.

Hound of hades by Lucy Coats – See above ^^^^^

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas (reread) – I’m rereading these in preparation for the last novel coming out. Am I ready? No, no I’m not ready for this to come to an end, but I’m ready to have answers.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (reread) – See above

If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I really need to finish this novel…. I started it a long time ago but at that point the whole stress of deciding where to go to college made me put it down. I’m ready to pick it back up now and hopefully enjoy my favorite author’s writing.

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer (reread) – My friend Dylan is doing a last minute readalong and I’m going to join in for the first book at least. I enjoyed this novel a long time ago (2014) and I cannot wait to see if my opinion changes.

That’s it for now. I hope I’m able to read all of these with my classes, projects, and work, but I feel like I can make time to read more.

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

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Starting again

Hi there…… so I haven’t blogged in a while. I’m going to give this another shot because I really love blogging. Of course, I’m deciding to start again 8 days before I move into my college dorm, but I’m going to try my hardest. Thanks for being understanding and sticking around.

Book Reviews · Mini Review

Mini Review: Falsies by Olive East

*****I received an e-arc of the book from the Netgalley. All thoughts are my own*******

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Pages: 314

Series or Standalone: Series, The Makeup (first)

Published: August 22nd, 2017

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Goodreads Synopsis: “When Brooks walks into my life, I can’t keep from wanting him. He’s perfection—a sexy veterinary student who knows how to cook and always cheers me up when I’m down. But I don’t deserve a man like him. There’s a darkness in me that no one could ever love, and I know he’ll abandon me, just like everyone I’ve ever cared about. Just like my father. I wouldn’t be able to stand that hurt, so I push him away. Then my ex comes back. He betrayed me before, but now he says he wants to make me feel whole again. I know it isn’t right, and I shouldn’t let him into my life. But all I want is to recapture the happiness I once had. But sometimes those who want to fix things leave you more broken, and some friends turn out to be false. How can you tell true love from a lie?

First off: Trigger Warning needed for depression and cutting

This book had a very addictive quality to it that I love within new adult novels. I loved the concept of the novel from the synopsis, but it took a different turn within the novel. There were a multitude of characters that were pretty awful in their actions and their words. Seriously hated two of them… like an abundant amount. I won’t go into detail because spoilers, but a lot happens and one of the characters I disliked showed up often within the novel. I also was not the biggest fan of Ollie’s (the main character’s) decisions. Especially towards the end. I just wanted to go up to her and shake her while telling her how irrational her idea was.

I was really disappointed in the whole scene before the ending. I think I’m mostly shocked that the possibility of that happening could be real? I’m not positive, but I know I didn’t like it. The novel moved really fasted paced, as did the characters. I don’t think it’s normal or realistic the amount of effort or speediness that one character showed. It was awkward to  read those parts because I found myself saying, “there is no way this could ever happen because how the heck would something that large even be delivered that soon?” and “how is she not more freaked out by this?”.

Would I give Olive East a second chance? I think so. I had no issues with the writing, I even really enjoyed it, but I disliked parts of the plot. Her next novel might suit my reading tastes a little better.

Xx Sincerely,

Anna

TBR (To be read)

June 2018 TBR

I plan on reading a ton this month to try to get in as much as I can before I start college in August. I’m not certain how many books I’ll end up reading, but I thought I would make an ambitious TBR just to give myself a ton of options.

* means ebook/eArc

Library:

Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Kiss of the Rose Princess Vol. 3 and 4

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Hilda and the Black Hound and Hilda and the Stone Forest by Luke Pearson

 

Own:

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova*

Paris for One & Other Stories by JoJo Moyes

Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez

Resurgence by S. Usher Evans

Revival by S. Usher Evans*

Redemption by by S. Usher Evans*

The Perfect Partner by Ursula LeCoeur*

Audiobooks

XO, Zach by Kendall Ryan

Landwhale by Jes Baker

Ruddy Gore by Kerry Greenwood

 

I’ll probably read a few more eBooks since I’ll be on vacation, but that’s all I can think of for now. Let me know what you guys plan to read in June!

 

Xx Sincerely,

Anna