*First Line Friday* Black Dawn- Mallory McCartney

34082002     “The end of an Empire. The rise of a Queen.”

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life that is until two mysterious, and dare I say handsome soldiers show up at her apartment doorstep and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Coming from the magical and ravaged world of Kiero, Emory is brought back not realizing that both men are darkly woven in her past. Discovering she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line Emory is thrown into Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne. With both lives clashing Emory uncovers hidden secrets from her past, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.

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“The electricity cut so fast, stars errupted in her vision as she adjusted to the sudden darkness.”

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Happy Monday!

It’s Monday…. yet again. I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend and got to spend it with family and friends.

This week I’m going to be catching up on some book mail and a book for an upcoming blog tour.

What are you reading this week?

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Bright Burning Stars- AK Small

42288387    Best friends Marine Duval and Kate Sanders have trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School since childhood, where they’ve formed an inseparable bond forged by respective family tragedies and a fierce love for dance. When the body of a student is found in the dorms just before the start of their final year, Marine and Kate begin to ask themselves what they would do to win the ultimate prize: to be the one girl selected to join the Opera’s prestigious corps de ballet. Would they die? Cheat? Seduce the most talented boy in the school, dubbed the Demigod, hoping his magic would make them shine, too? Neither girl is sure.

But then Kate gets closer to the Demigod, even as Marine has begun to capture his heart. And as selection day draws near, the competition—for the prize, for the Demigod—becomes fiercer, and Marine and Kate realize they have everything to lose, including each other.

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Beneath the Lighthouse- Julieanne Lynch 

35989315    SOME SECRETS ARE MADE TO BE UNCOVERED.

Sixteen-year-old Jamie McGuiness’s sister is dead. Sinking into a deep depression, he frequents the lighthouse where her body was discovered, unaware of the sinister forces surrounding him.

When an angry spirit latches onto Jamie, he’s led down a dark and twisted path, one that uncovers old family secrets, destroying everything Jamie ever believed in.

Caught between the world of the living and the vengeful dead, Jamie fights the pull of the other side. It’s up to Jamie to settle old scores or no one will rest in peace—but, first, he has to survive.

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And if I have more time….

Never- Contented Things- Sarah Porter

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Be wary of… 

Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful, unrelentingly cruel, and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries―until they meet foster-siblings Josh and Ksenia. Drawn in by their vivid emotions, undying love for each other, and passion for life, Prince will stop at nothing to possess them.

First seduced and then entrapped by the fairies, Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies’ otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price―and they must risk everything in order to reclaim their freedom.

 

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Happy Reading!!

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First Line Friday- The Wicked King- Holly Black

Today I’m going to do something a tad bit different. We usually do the first line in a book but I’m going to give you the first line in Chapter one and bypassing the Prologue.

I think this first sentence gives you a little more sustenance than the other line.

Our book this week is The Wicked King by Holly Black!!

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“The new High King of Faerie lounges on his throne, his crown resting at an insouciant angle, his long villainously scarlet cloak pinned at his shoulders and sweeping the floor.”

*swoon* Who doesn’t love King Cardan!?

Synopsis:

The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince.

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

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Happy Reading!!

When Reality Meets Fantasy in Secret Keeper by Jane Alvey Harris ~Book Review~

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Title: Secret Keeper

Author: Jane Alvey Harris

Publishing House: Createspace

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Contemporary

Pages: 320

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Film 14 and Jane Alvey Harris for providing a copy of Secret Keeper! 


Secret Keeper Synopsis

secret-keeper-book-coverWhat if the worst thing isn’t that they don’t believe you?

What if the worst thing is that they just don’t care?

Seventeen year-old Emily has accepted the truth of her past trauma and made peace with her battered egos. She’s won the first battle…barely…but the war in her psyche still rages. The same day Mom is released from rehab and Emily finishes detox, Dad announces he’s ready to be a family again, throwing Emily into panic. Determined to protect her younger brothers and sister from Dad, she gathers the strength to do the hardest thing she’s ever done: speak her Secret.

But it isn’t enough. Nobody will intervene. Emily is more alone and helpless than ever. Her therapist suggests that the key to resolving her crises lies within the mysterious First Realm, where Emily has access to her Fae abilities and where she can find her Champion…the one person with enough power to end the destructive cycle of abuse and help Emily transform from victim to survivor.

Desperate for guidance, Emily returns to the First Realm only to discover the Seven Kingdoms in total chaos. She has just a few days to find her Champion before Dad comes for her. Can she complete her task and return to the Second Realm in time to save her family, or will her dreaded premonition turn out to be true: that she is her own worst enemy?

Check out the amazing book trailer below!


My Review of Secret Keeper

It’s always a great moment when you find a sequel to a book that is even better than the first. Secret Keeper is one of those books. Riven had me feeling all sorts of emotions, and Secret Keeper did the same thing, but this book seemed to make me feel those emotions twice as much. Secret Keeper did not disappoint!

The audience follows Emily as she continues to battle within her psyche, which is where the magic and fantasy aspect come into play. There is more of a darker presence in Secret Keeper than there was in Riven, but it portrays different concepts, mainly how one may react when some secrets come out and consent. The fantasy in this story is both engrossing and unique, and the author has such a way of getting you hooked to the story and the fantasy world. The epic battle scenes, the AMAZING maidens that know how to kick some hardcore butt, and the gripping social issues are all part of this beautiful story.

Jane Alvey Harris knows how to keep an audience captivated. She adds layer upon layer upon layer to this already intense plot, leaving the reader wanting more. Even though questions from the first book are finally answered, new questions arise and keep the reader enticed. Emily’s journey portrays a light for those who are struggling, for others to see how some teens may cope with harbored secrets and acceptance. She is such a complex character that it’s easy to get sucked into her story. This story addresses those unbearable social issues in a such a unique way; I usually don’t like to read books that deal with different types of social issues, but this book approaches those issues in such a light way that is powerful yet emotional.

I cannot wait to see what is in store for Emily in the next book. That ending was something I was not expecting, and I will be waiting impatiently for the next book. I already know it’s going to be fantastic!

If you haven’t checked out Jane Alvey Harris’s work, I highly recommend that you do. Her My Myth Trilogy is a gripping contemporary with a wonderful fantasy aspect that will not only keep you guessing, but also make you feel as if you are on Emily’s journey.


Secret Keeper is now available to buy on Amazon  and at Barnes and Noble  To find out more about the My Myth Trilogy, visit Jane’s website here.

To view more videos by Film 14, click here. And to find out more about how fantasy can be used as an escape, check out A Close(r) Read: Fantasy as Escape.

 

~Book Review~ Riven by Jane Alvey Harris: Which Reality Would YOU Choose?

Good morning, book worms! I hope your week is going well and is filled with plenty of reading. Mine has been, for the most part.

I have a question for you: if you could choose, would you rather live in reality or in a fantasy world? I love reality, but I always find myself getting lost in fictional worlds. I mean, how can you NOT love fantasy worlds? I’d probably want to live in a fantasy world I could potentially manipulate, kind of similar to Emily’s fantasy world in Riven by Jane Alvey Harris. I had the wonderful opportunity to read Riven, so check out my review below!

Thank you to Film 14 and Jane Alvey Harris for providing a copy of Riven! 


51Ej+R-i8ULBook title: Riven

Author: Jane Alvey Harris

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction

Page Length: 254

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

About Riven

Seventeen year-old Emily’s dad is in prison for securities fraud and her mom’s strung-out on pain meds, leaving Emily to parent herself and her younger brothers and sister. She’s got things mostly under control until a couple weeks before Dad’s release, when voices start whispering in her head, and Gabe, the hot lifeguard at the pool, notices the strange brands engraved on her arm…the ones she’s trying desperately to hide. Emily doesn’t know how the symbols got there or what they mean. They appeared overnight and now they’re infected and bleeding. She’s pretty sure she’s losing her mind.

Stress, insomnia, and her wounded egos drive Emily to self-medicate, which has to be why the nightmares from her childhood have resurfaced, why they’re commandeering her conscious even when she’s awake. It has to be why the fairytale creatures she created as a little girl insist they need her help.

Triggered by the return of her childhood abuser and unable to cope with reality, Emily slips completely inside her elaborate fantasy world. She’s powerful in the First Realm, maybe even more powerful than her attacker. It would be so easy to stay there, to lose herself in enchantment…to lose herself in love. But something sinister lurks in the forest shadows. Emily soon discovers her demons have followed her inside her fairytale. They’re hunting her. With the help of the Fae, she frantically searches for the weapons she needs to defeat her greatest fears and escape back to reality before the man who tortured her can prey on her younger brothers and sister, too. Time is running out…

Riven is now available to buy on Amazon  and at Barnes and Noble  To find out more about the My Myth Trilogy, visit Jane’s website here.

If you would like to see more into the world of Riven, check out the amazing book trailer!


My Review

“What is real? Who can say that the stories living inside you aren’t real?”

Riven is a beautifully intricate story about a girl who constantly slips into her fantasy world to escape her harsh reality. Emily’s fantasy world consists of the First Realm, a world with faeries; it was a world that used to bring joy to her and her siblings, until recent events have caused the world to spiral out of control. Not only has Emily’s fantasy world taken a turn for the worst, so has her reality. And both worlds start to collide together, causing Emily to wonder about her well-being and what is real and what is fantasy.

In Emily’s reality, her past is something she can’t seem to let go; dealing with physical and mental abuse and mental illness is something any child would want to escape from. So, Emily escapes to her fantasy world. But the question arises: is it all in her head or is a world that really exists? Jane Alvey Harris does a magnificent job of entwining both worlds together. As the reader, I got a sense of Emily’s disorientation of what was reality and what was fantasy; I felt her pain, her loss, her hardships; but I also felt her magic, her hope, and her fierceness. This broken girl becomes someone so strong, and seeing a character like that helps to make this an addictive read.

Weaving between both worlds, I thought, made it easier to understand Emily’s disorientation. The reader starts to comprehend her confusion, and gets a front row seat glimpse into Emily’s life. Being able to feel and understand what Emily was going through gave an insight to the life she was living and the battles she was facing. The storyline between both worlds becomes a mystery to the reader. There were times when the fantasy world was unexpected and sudden, so it became a mystery trying to figure out when the fantasy world took over and when both worlds collided.

It’s a dark and intoxicating read. Once you start reading, it’s difficult to put down because you get so engrossed in the story and in Emily’s life. You get curious about what is going on and how wonderfully well the author does with blurring the lines of both fantasy and reality. The fight between reality and fantasy is real for Emily and her siblings, and even for the reader. The story is haunting and intricately detailed in a way that makes you shiver with tension and curiosity. Jane Alvey Harris brings a fresh voice to the fantasy genre, one you will not be disappointed reading.


So I ask you that question again: Which reality would YOU choose?

♥Nikole

Risen by Cole Gibsen: Blog Tour + Review

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Happy Thursday, book lovers! I hope your week is going well so far and is filled with plenty of reading! And if there was not a lot of reading, or you are looking for a new book, then I have a treat for you! I have the wonderful pleasure of being a part of the blog tour of Risen by Cole Gibsen. Thank you, Entangled Teen!  So, scroll below to find out more about Risen and check out my review, and to enter the amazing giveaway!

About Risen:

Fans of Vampire Diaries and Twilight will be thirsting for this latest vampire addiction…

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My aunt has been kidnapped by vampires, and it’s up to me to save her. Only…I had no idea vampires existed. None. Nada. I’m more of a reader than a fighter, and even though I’d been wishing to escape my boring existence in the middle of nowhere, I’d give anything to have it back now if it meant my aunt was safe.

Then there’s the vampire Sebastian, who seems slightly nicer than most of the bloodsuckers I’ve run into so far. Yes, he’s the hottest being I’ve ever come across, but there’s no way I can trust him. He swears he’s helping me get answers, but there’s more to his story. Now I’m a key pawn in a raging vampire war, and I need to pick the right ally.

But my chances of surviving this war are slim at best, when the side I choose might be the one that wants me dead the most.

Purchase Risen by Cole Gibsen: Entangled Publishing


About Cole Gibsen:

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Growing up, Cole Gibsen couldn’t decide what she loved more—dogs or books. Rather than choose, she decided to devote her life to both! Dog trainer (wrangler) by day and author by night, she’s the author of more than ten books with more on the way.
Author Links: http://www.colegibsen.com
Author Website: http://www.ColeGibsen.com
Author Twitter: Twitter.com/colegibsen
Author Facebook: Facebook.com/colegibsen
Author Goodreads: goodreads.com/colegibsen
Author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/colegibsen/


My Review

When I look for a new book to read, I look for originality, spunk, and, a strong plot. Risen by Cole Gibsen had all of that and more.

Risen was such a delicious read! I had a difficult time putting the book down, and when IRisen7 had to, I was wishing I was reading! I absolutely loved the plot and the intricate details.

I enjoyed how the characters were easily relatable and actually acted their age. I’ve read some books where I can’t relate to a single character or don’t understand why a character is acting a certain way. I did not have that issue with Risen. And the chemistry between Charlie and her love interest was to die for; the scenes that involved the two of them, it was like the electricity between them was jumping off the page. It was electrifying.

Risen captivated me from the first page to the last line. It’s been a while since I have read a good vampire story, so I was very pleased with this story. The in-depth research and creativity that went into the different races and the all-out vampire was was wholly original and unique.

If you are looking for a new vampire book that will have you glued to your seat and your eyes hooked on the pages, then Risen by Cole Gibsen is the book for you! And if you love hot vampires and humor and sizzling scenes, then grab your copy today!

♥Nikole


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The Cruel Prince- Holly Black *Double Review*

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Synopsis:

    Of course, I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

 

Stacys Review:

”I stand in front of my window and imagine myself a fearless knight, imagine myself a witch who hid her heart in her finger and then chopped her finger off.”

I’m at a loss for words! Holly Black is a badass Faerie Queen and no one can stand in her way!

I’ve had this book since June and I’m severely beating myself up because I didn’t read this sooner. What is wrong with me!? (Please don’t answer that!)

Imagine being taken away to an enchanted Isle full of Faeries after your parents are brutally slaughtered. It feels magical and depressing all at once. And then living the rest of your life being thought lesser of because you’re human. This is the life Jude and her siblings now must endure.

I’ve read some reviews where they claim that it starts off slow. That is really not the case here. It starts off with a grab to the throat and never lets up. It really is that damn good and if it’s not on your tbr, you need to change that asap.

Let us talk about my new Prince book boyfriend….. Prince Cardan. He loves to drink, has a sassy ass mouth, has an adorable tail, and has a jawline for days! Swoon!

While I loved most of this enchanting story, there was one little thing that bothered me. That twist at the end. Way before I decided to pick this up, people have been bragging about the twist towards the end. That they can’t get over that twist. Well, that part didn’t live up to that expectation and I was waiting for something more throat-grabbingly (I’m obsessed with throats apparently) shocking. Alas, my dears it wasn’t. But it was still a read that I’m going to rave about.

I’m going to need book two. I offer my husband who will cook, clean, and give foot rubs!!

Nikole’s Review:

Oh my Lord! What has Holly Block done to my once precious soul? She has ripped my soul from my body and placed it inside her book. And took my heart, too. Okay, figuratively speaking. Holly Black blew me away with The Cruel Prince. There was intrigue, spunk, emotion, fighting, romance, and, of course, blood. I felt an overwhelming amount of emotions while reading The Cruel Prince. This book, like Stacy says, is gripping and grabs a hold of you from the first page and refuses to let you go, even after book one comes to a close. And that ending, though I was not overly shocked, is one that will leave you wanting more.

While many people will probably not take a liking to the cruelty that is this book, I loved it. Not saying I am cruel person (I promise!), but this book was different from anything I’ve read. I’ve read plenty of books with cruel characters and deadly escapades, but never a book that solely revolved around the cruelty that is Faerie. And Prince Cardan. And Jude. But the cruelty is to be expected, hence the book name; but it is so beautifully written and executed that it makes it difficult for you to loathe the main characters.

Holly Black certainly has a way with words, and it’s no surprise that she is deemed the Faerie Queen by many. Her writing is beautiful; she weaves an intriguing story with complicated yet breathtaking characters. I am telling you, this is a book you are not going to want to miss. Add The Cruel Prince to your TBR pile now! Actually, I’d recommend reading The Cruel Prince now but I also honor the TBR pile. So, just place The Cruel Prince at the top of your TBR pile. 🙂

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