Review: The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember (Spoiler Free)

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Title: The Seafarer’s Kiss

Author: Julia Ember

Genre: NA Fantasy

Publication Date: May 4th, 2017

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.

Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.

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Review: The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord (Spoiler Free)

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Title: The Names They Gave Us

Author: Emery Lord

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publication Date: May 16, 2017

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

When it all falls apart, who can you believe in?

Everything is going right for Lucy Hansson, until her mom’s cancer reappears. Just like that, Lucy breaks with all the constants in her life: her do-good boyfriend, her steady faith, even her longtime summer church camp job.

Instead, Lucy lands at a camp for kids who have been through tough times. As a counselor, Lucy is in over her head and longs to be with her parents across the lake. But that’s before she gets to know her coworkers, who are as loving and unafraid as she so desperately wants to be.

It’s not just new friends that Lucy discovers at camp—more than one old secret is revealed along the way. In fact, maybe there’s much more to her family and her faith than Lucy ever realized.

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Review: Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Rose Petal Graves

Author: Olivia Wildenstein

Genre: NA Urban Fantasy

Publication Date: March 29, 2017

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

TRIGGER WARNING: While I will not be talking about it in detail in my review, I will say that this book does include the topic of suicide.

Ancient secrets cannot remain buried forever.

Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly.

Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.

As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken.

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Review: Famous by Default by MK Harkins (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Famous by Default

Author: MK Harkins

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publication Date: March 24, 2017

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.

Jax

Buried,
By my family’s fame.
Dying to escape the limelight,
And finally, I do.

Being raised as a Jayne, I’m under constant scrutiny. The rock band my brothers formed makes it impossible to stay under the radar. Paparazzi, tabloids, rabid fans–you name it and I’ve got it. It all makes me sick. But getting shipped off to crazy Aunt Betty’s house in my senior year of high school isn’t any better. After all, there isn’t a stray kid or pet in the world that my aunt wouldn’t take in.

Then I meet her. She’s cautious, suspicious, and not interested in me at all. But that’s fine by me. Sivan Holt may be beautiful and intelligent, but she’s nothing I’m looking for.

Sivan

Drowning,
In my past.
Struggling to feel settled.
And finally, I do.

Growing up in the foster care system, I longed for a sense of belonging. All I wanted was a place to call home.
At the age of seventeen, I’m finally starting to feel it here. Home.

When he comes along, it unsettles me. I don’t want him to ruin everything we’ve built–everything that matters. Jax Jayne is arrogant, privileged, and I want nothing to do with him. But those green eyes of his keep drawing me in. If I let down my walls, will it be my final undoing?

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Playlist: Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

After the seriously awesome news about Tahereh Mafi continuing the Shatter Me series broke, I was immediately launched back into that world. I’ve actually been rereading the series in it’s entirety. While I was rereading, I got the idea to make a playlist to celebrate. Since the last playlist I made went over pretty well, I figured I would share this one also. The idea started off as a playlist encompassing the entire series as a whole, but the more I thought about it, almost all of my songs were more or less screaming WARNER WARNER WARNER sooooo… Whoops.  Think of it as a Shatter Me series with a rather… intense focus on Warner’s character. Musically, it’s all over the board, with a few artists appearing more than once. However, in my opinion, it works.

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My Personal Library/Reading Room Set Up

There comes a time when you know that your book collection has gotten to the point where it needs it’s own dedicated space. Mine had reached that point long before it was possible, so when my husband agreed to allow me to take the second bedroom in our new home as a library, I knew my time had come. Since we moved into this house in October, I’ve been working to get my library set up. Fast forward to now, I have finally replaced the last shelf that broke in the move, and I think I’m set up enough to share with you guys. I love seeing other people’s collections, so I figured why not show mine? Keep in mind these pictures are from my iPhone, so the quality isn’t awesome.

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Blog Tour/Giveaway/Review: Angelbound by Christina Bauer (Spoiler Free)

Hey everybody! I’m part of the blog tour promoting the awesome Angelbound by Christina Bauer, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours (you can find the tour schedule here so you can check out all of the other awesome blogs on the tour!). I’ll be giving my review of Angelbound, along with all of the information you may need like purchase links, and also if you stick around to the very end of this post I have a giveaway opportunity!

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Title: Angelbound

Author: Christina Bauer

Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I was given a copy of this book free of charge as a participant in this blog tour.

*Now an audio book!*

Eighteen-year-old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your everyday quasi-demon, half-demon, and half-human, girl. For the past five years, Myla has lived for the days she gets to fight in Purgatory’s arena. When souls want a trial by combat for their right to enter heaven or hell, they go up against her, and she has not lost a battle yet.

But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights are not enough to keep her spirits up anymore. When the demons start to act weird, even for demons, and the King of the Demons, Armageddon, shows up at Myla’s school, she knows that things are changing and it is not looking good for the quasi-demons. Myla starts to question everything, and does not like the answers she finds. What happened 17 years ago that turned the quasi-demons into slave labor? Why was her mom always so sad? And why won’t anyone tell her who her father is?

Things heat up when Myla meets Lincoln, the High Prince of the Thrax, a super sexy half-human and half-angel demon hunter. But what does a quasi-demon girl to do when she falls for a demon hunter? It’s a good thing that Myla is not afraid of breaking a few rules. With a love worth fighting for, Myla is going to shake up Purgatory.

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Review: Waking In Time by Angie Stanton (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Waking In Time

Author: Angie Stanton

Genre: YA/NA SciFi

Publication Date: March 1, 2017

My Rating: 5 out 5 stars

I received this book from NetGalley.

Still mourning the loss of her beloved grandmother and shaken by her mysterious, dying request to “find the baby,” Abbi has just arrived at UW Madison for her freshman year. But on her second day, she wakes up to a different world: 1983. That is just the first stop on Abbi’s journey backward through time. Will is a charming college freshman from 1927 who travels forward through time. When Abbi and Will meet in the middle, love adds another complication to their lives. Communicating across time through a buried time capsule, they try to decode the mystery of their travel, find the lost baby, and plead with their champion, a kindly physics professor, to help them find each other again … even though the professor gets younger each time Abbi meets him.

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Review: Night Shift by B.R. Myers (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Night Shift

Author: B.R. Myers

Genre: YA Mystery

Publication Date: February 15, 2016

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received this title from NetGalley.

At Willard’s department store, none of the night security guards survive for long, and eighteen-year-old Daniel Gale is about to discover why.

Tired of living out of his backpack, he ignores the clerk’s gossip about the old building being haunted and accepts the latest vacated position of night guard. On his first shift Daniel narrowly escapes a fatal fall down an elevator shaft and is rescued by Mary—a bossy and intriguing girl far too beautiful for after hours inventory.

Anticipating every night shift as a chance to be with her, Daniel thinks his traveling days are over hoping that Manhattan is the place to call home. But as his life becomes more entwined with Willard’s, Daniel senses unnatural changes and bizarre coincidences both with Mary and the store itself. Soon he begins to suspect Willard’s is hiding something more sinister than gossip about ghosts—something that could make him the next casualty of the NIGHT SHIFT.

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Review: Freeks by Amanda Hocking (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Freeks

Author: Amanda Hocking

Genre: YA Paranormal

Publication Date: January 3, 2017

My Rating: 4 out 5 stars

I received this book from NetGalley.

In a world of magical visions and pyrokinesis, Mara just wants to have a normal life. But is that possible?

Mara has become used to the extraordinary. Roaming from place to place with Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Carnival, she longs for an ordinary life where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future.

She gets her chance when the struggling sideshow sets up camp in the small town of Caudry and she meets a gorgeous local guy named Gabe. But before long, Mara realizes there’s a dark presence lurking in the town that’s threatening the lives of her friends. She has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she had in order to save everyone she cares about—and change the future forever.

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