Friday, December 14, 2018

Book Blitz: Captive Rebel by Erin McDermott- Excerpt & Giveaway


Welcome to the Book Blitz for Captive Rebel by Erin McDermott thanks to Xpresso Book Tours. This novel sounds really good and I'm happy to be sharing with it you today.
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In a world where Greek Gods rule over the Allegiance, Marylyn O’Conner struggles to survive.

Marylyn is a rebel, forced to do the rebellion’s bidding until an unforgiving family debt is paid. A pawn in the war against the Allegiance, she is obligated to become a rebel spy, or her family will suffer.

When word spreads that an Allegiant Prince, Ariston, has escaped rebel captivity vowing to hunt down rebel spies, Marylyn realizes her only hope is to escape Allegiant territory.

While on the run, Ariston captures Marylyn, preventing her from any chance of returning home. Desperate, she knows she needs to escape her alluring captor or risk the safety of her family.

But Marylyn can’t keep herself from falling for the mysterious prince as she finds that he can empathize with her troublesome past – a past no ally has understood before.

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From Captive Rebel....

Moist hands wrapped around my lower arm. "Excuse me, you're that rebel girl aren't you?" I turned to face a boy with sweeping black hair and piercing gray eyes. Unfortunately for him, he struggled to stand and his breath was repulsive.

"Who else would I be?" I bluntly responded while attempting to rip my arm from his hold. He only squeezed it tighter.

"I say you shouldn't listen to these people who are talking poorly about you. I don't think you're a bad person. Not at all," he gave me a weak smile and stumbled toward me.

I took a step back, weary of this boy. "Well, they're probably right," I said, trying to persuade him to back off. He continued approaching me with a sloppy grin plastered across his face. Clearly, my words did not dissuade him.

He held tighter on my arm as his face came increasingly close to mine. Before I knew what was happening, I reacted.

The moment his lips brushed against mine I pushed him away with my free arm. He went staggering to the floor. His one hand still firmly held onto my arm, dragging me down with him.

My body fell against his and my hair cascaded around his face. Before I could react, he slammed his hands against my chest, tossing my unprepared body onto the wooden floor next to him. My shoulder slammed onto the ground and I moaned in pain.

I reached for my shoulder and gripped it tightly. Before I could make another move large hands wrapped around my waist, pulling me up to a standing position. Bulky arms wrapped around me and I was pulled back into a man's chest.

"Walk away before I hurt you," Ariston's warm breath tickled my ear as he spoke with a protective voice.

The boy in front of me was unrelenting, "She's scum. Why are you protecting her?"

The pub went silent and all eyes were on the three of us. Ariston's grip around my waist was unusually comforting, and I had a burning desire to ask him not to let go.

His deep voice echoed through the silent pub. "As your prince, and a man tortured by her kind, she is rightfully mine."

"Rightfully no one's," I aggressively whispered only loud enough for him to hear and no one else.

"After spying on my family, you are mine."

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Erin McDermott was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated college with a bachelors degree in History. If she's not in her room writing, you may find somewhere on the Jersey Shore with her family. She has been writing stories since 3rd grade. It was not until after experiencing the fast-paced life New York City had to offer that she decided to finally take the plunge and finish her first book, CAPTIVE REBEL (The Allegiance, Book 1).

During her years in college she expressed a deep interest in Greek Mythology, which she incorporates into The Allegiance Series. She is incredibly grateful to her family for supporting her throughout the trials and tribulations of the independent publishing process.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Book Shelf: Unearthed (Unearthed #1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study... as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don't loot everything first. Mia and Jules' different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race's secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race...


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Review:

Unearthed is the latest release from supreme writing duo Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner and is an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure full of danger, discovery, and unexpected but heart racing twists!

When Earth intercepts a message from a long extinct alien race, it seems like the solution to all the dying planet’s problems. The technology held by the Undying may be the solution to the environmental disasters effecting Earth and their home planet Gaia is considered to be a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered. For scholars such as Jules Addison, the opportunity to explore an alien culture comes about once in a lifeline but travelling to Gaia comes with its own dangers if scavengers determined to loot the deserted planet don’t destroy it first….Amelia Radcliffe is one such scavenger, hoping that what she discovers on Gaia may be the ticket to saving her younger sister from her current life of servitude. Jules and Mia hold different beliefs, but when circumstances bring them together, they’ll have to put aside their differences if they want to survive. Gaia is holding dangerous secrets and discovering them with either be their salvation, or their doom.

After the success of their sensational Starbound trilogy, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are back with another thrilling intergalactic sci-fi read! Delving into Unearthed was exhilarating and exciting as the dual perspectives of both Jules and Mia sucked me into the story! Expertly written, Unearthed brings to life an intriguing world of puzzles, tests and exploration as the characters trapeze across a deserted planet that is so much more than it appears.

Protagonists Jules and Mia are both highly likable characters and truly effortless to follow. Jules is an academic; thoughtful and precise, while Mia is more decisive; quick to act before thinking but good under pressure. The two personalities are very different yet complement each other wonderfully. I feel Jules and Mia balance one another out and work together really well. They bounced ideas of one another throughout the story and their different thought processes and perspectives helped them come to conclusions and discoveries they may not have made had they been on their own.

There’s an undeniable attraction and chemistry between them that proves to be a delicious undertone to an adventure driven story. As Jules and Mia fight to survive together, the sweet and endearing romance that is developing between them is a great inclusion to the story that doesn’t take away from the overall storyline but instead compliments the other elements within the novel.

Building to an unexpected conclusion with revelations that readers will not anticipate Unearthed was highly exciting and riveting. Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner have created another masterful story and I can’t wait to see what they have up theirs sleeves next!

Rating:
Source: Bought by me
Publisher: Allen & Unwin 
Format: Paperback
Release Date: December 1st 2017
Buy: Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: Thoroughly enjoyable, I'm looking forward to reading the next one.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #250

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen 
Releases on: May 7th 2019
 
Piracy, blackmail, and meddling gods meet in Dark Shores, a thrilling first novel in a fast-paced new YA fantasy series by Danielle L. Jensen.

A PIRATE'S DAUGHTER
Teriana is the daughter of a trading ship captain. Her people have the sea in their bones, their ships are guarded by demigods of the Sea Goddess, and they are the only ones who know how to traverse the never-ending ocean between the East and the West.

A SOLDIER WITH A SECRET
Marcus is the leader of the Thirty-Seventh legion, the notorious army that has led the Celendor Empire to conquer the entire East. The legion is the only family he has, and even they don't know the secret he's been hiding since childhood.

A DANGEROUS QUEST
When a tyrannical ruler gains power in Celendor, he kidnaps Teriana's mother and threatens to reveal Marcus's deepest secret unless the two of them help him conquer the unknown West. The unwilling pair, distrustful of each other's motivations, join together for the sake of their families, and must decide how far they are willing to go, and how much of themselves they are willing to sacrifice.
 
 
Thoughts:
Tales about pirates are very popular nowadays and I have to say I've enjoyed the ones I've read. Dark Shores is another I'm eagerly adding to me TBR list as I think it sounds very promising and has everything that I look for in a great YA fantasy!
What do you think of Dark Shores?
And what are you waiting on this week?


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Book Shelf: Raging Rival Hearts (The Lost Clan #4) by Olivia Wildenstein

Raging Rival Hearts is a spinoff told from Lily's point of view.

I WAS A PRINCESS. I WAS ENGAGED. I WAS ALMOST IMMORTAL.

Breaking my engagement to the man I had loved my entire life was a dangerous move, one that got me expelled from the faerie isle. I’d known the risks, though. I’d known that if Cruz, Cat or my brother didn’t find a way to get me home, the fire in my veins would dwindle until it was gone, and with it my life.

Months slid by, and still nothing. With mere weeks left to live, I set out on a last adventure: discover if more Daneelies had survived the massacre, the same way Catori’s ancestor had. Although I’d decided to go alone, Kajika insisted on accompanying me.

I wanted to believe he was coming because he liked me. But I was still the enemy…the mute girl whom he could hear speak when no one else could…the one person who could track him when he didn’t want to be found. 


Perfect for fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Vampire Diaries.

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Review:   

Raging Rival Hearts is the exciting fourth novel in Olivia Wildenstein’s The Lost Clan series and is a passionate and thrilling story featuring the lovely Lily Wood and brooding hunter Kajika as they fight to save Lily’s life.

Lily Wood is dying. After breaking off her engagement, Lily was locked out of the faerie world of Neverra and as a result the fire in her veins is slowly dwindling. Months have passed and as her brother and close friends have searched for a way for her to return home her body has finally begun breaking down. With only weeks left to live, Lily wants to make the most of the time she has left and do something good for those she loves. Setting out to find the elusive Daneelies seems like a great way to give her sister-in-law Cat something; a connection to her people. Yet Lily’s travel plans take an unexpected detour when the darkly haunted hunter Kajika decides to accompany her. Lily wants to believe that the stubborn and infuriating hunter is coming along for her but with their people enemies, Lily knows there can never be anything between them. So why does he constantly haunt her thoughts? As Lily’s time begins to run out, will she be able to find a miracle? Or is her time up just when she has found something to really live for?

The Lost Clan is a series I have come to highly adore. The world and storyline Olivia Wildenstein has created has never failed to capture my heart and soul and as Cat’s story came to a close, I was thrilled to learn I would still have the opportunity to immense myself once more in this mouth-watering and addictive series with Raging Rival Hearts featuring Lily and Kajika who I have loved in the past.

Picking up where the last instalment left off, Raging Rival Hearts was a tantalising and exhilarating story. Lily has always been someone who intrigued me, especially seeing as she was mute. The opportunity to get into the head and heart of this bewitching faerie who has always been so much of a mystery was so exciting and I have to say I think Wildenstein did a fantastic job with her tale.

I genuinely loved Lily as a person. She was so good and kind and everything I had hoped she would be. I adored the building tension she had with Kajika who has always been a favourite of mine (even though I was always Team Ace) and immensely loved seeing their relationship develop. It was electric in a simple, effortless way but so consuming at the same time. Each tension charged moment they shared where it was clear they were coming to care deeply about one another was so addictive. I simply wanted to see as much Lily and Kajika as possible; they were so good together.

Raging Rival Hearts is not without its heartbreak and loss. Olivia Wildenstein keeps her readers on their toes as Lily and those around her fight for a way to get her back into Neverra in time to save her life. Ultimately this comes at a cost but this emotionally development seems to fit in very well with the storyline that is full of moments or romance, friendship and family.

As this fourth novel ends beautifully and better than I could have ever asked for, Olivia Wildenstein leaves me dying for the release of the fifth and final novel Reckless Cruel Heirs that is set to feature a certain baby I came to love in Raging Rival Hearts and another faerie child who we’re yet to meet but I just know I’m going to adore based on who I’m sure her parents are!

A fantastic novel in a breathtaking and addictive series, I highly recommend Raging Rival Hearts and the entire Lost Clan series for those who love adventure, excitement and thrilling romance with bite and flair!

Rating: 
Source: Sent for review by author (Thank you Olivia!)
Publisher: Olivia Wildenstein
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: October 18th 2018
Purchase: Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | The Book Depository
Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Final Thoughts: I just love this series and can't wait for the next one Reckless Cruel Heirs!


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #249

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
The Beckoning Shadow by Katharyn Blair
Releases on: July 2nd 2019
 
The Magicians meets Fight Club in this heart-stopping contemporary fantasy stand-alone about a teen girl with special powers who seeks redemption through a dangerous tournament that guarantees the winner a chance to undo the past. Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and The Young Elites, and written by debut author Katharyn Blair.

Vesper Montgomery can summon your worst fear and turn it into a reality—but she’s learned the hard way that it’s an addicting and dangerous power. One wrong move and you could hurt someone you love.

But when she earns a spot in the Tournament of the Unraveling, where competitors battle it out for a chance to rewrite the past, Vesper finally has a shot to reverse the mistakes that have changed her forever. She turns to Sam Hardy, a former MMA fighter who’s also carrying a tragedy he desperately wants to undo. However, helping heal Sam’s heart will mean breaking her own, and the competition forces her to master her powers—powers she has been terrified of since they destroyed her life.

Thoughts:
In a world where pretty much every novel marks the beginning of a series, I'm stoked to come across a fabulous sounding novel set to be a standalone! The Beckoning Shadow seems really promising and I'm very much looking forward to reading it. 

What do you think of The Beckoning Shadow?
And what are you waiting on this week?


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #248

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
The Beholder by Anna Bright
Releases on: June 4th 2019
Pitched as Cinderella meets The Odyssey and The Selection.

When Selah, Seneschal-elect of Potomac, is publicly rejected on the eve of her engagement, her stepmother forces her to set sail across the Atlantic with an itinerary full of suitors to court before she can return home. But as she navigates the rough waters of political alliances, friendship, and love, Selah realizes that her stepmother has her own dark motives for sending her on the journey.

Thoughts:
The description of this novel doesn't give too much away but I have to say I'm highly intrigued.  Cinderella meets The Odyssey just has me hooked! I'm imagining tales of Sinbad mixed with romance and adventure. I have no doubt The Beholder will be a novel to look out for in 2019 and I can't wait to get lost in it myself!

Do you like the sound of The Beholder?
And what are you waiting on this Wednesday?


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Book Shelf: Broken Compass (Supernatural Prison Story #1) by Jaymin Eve

Maximus Compass is a vampire without direction. Without heart. And without soul. He lost his true mate in the great battle against the dragon king, and now must face life alone.

And yet … something is happening to his agony. It’s fading away, leaving him with barely a memory of the female he believed to be his one and only.
As his mind clears he starts to wonder if the mate bond had been nothing more than a manufactured ploy? This suspicion explodes within him right around the time he runs back into a certain wolf shifter.

Mischa Lebron is a complication he doesn’t need in his life. He can’t erase her from his mind though, and while memories of his supposed true mate continue to fade into mere shadows, his one night with Mischa is blazingly strong. But they’re not of the same supernatural race, so there’s no way for a a true bond to exist between them.

Right?

When an old threat rips apart their pack, Maximus will come to realize that he would do anything to save Mischa. That the mate he thought was perfect and precious was nothing on the shifter he walked away from. Now Maximus truly has everything to lose.


More info on Goodreads....


Review: 

Broken Compass is the first novel in the Supernatural Prison spin-off series by Jaymin Eve that features Compass brother Maximus and wolf-shifter Mischa. Kicking off a new series of stories that will feature all remaining unmated Compass brothers (and Louis!) on their roads to happily ever after, Broken Compass is a fast paced, easily devourable read that fans of the original novels are sure to adore.


Vampire Maximus Compass was left broken after his mate was killed in the recent battle against the dragon king. Unable to cope with his loss Max chose to leave his home and those he loves to loose himself amongst his grief. Yet the more time passes the more his connection to his late mate seems to dissipate, leaving Max to wonder if the true mate connection he felt was even real at all. Wolf shifter Mischa Lebron has been through a lot recently and she has a lot of regrets where her actions were concerned, but the one thing she can’t regret is her one night with Max, even if he then went on to find his mate and turned away from her. Expecting his child certainly wasn’t the plan either, but with the birth looming closer, Mischa knows that sooner or later she will have to tell Max about the child she carries. Max’s guilt over the thoughts he has about Mischa consumes him; he’s struggling to recall his mate, but his time with Mischa blazes within his memory. They’re of different races and therefore  can’t be true mates but as their attraction burns stronger than ever, will Max and Mischa discover that they’re meant to be together after all?

Having enjoyed the initial series Supernatural Prison—after getting off to a shaky start—I was very excited about beginning Broken Compass. I honestly feel these books have just gotten better with each instalment and having followed Jessa for three tales, I was looking forward to following Mischa and Maximus for a little bit. And I was very satisfied with the results.

Set in the same world and told in the dual POV of both Mischa and Maximus, Broken Compass had a fresh feel but also included all the elements I enjoyed about the previous series as well as the characters I loved in the past. Unfolding in both main characters back and forth perspectives allowed for a well-rounded tale that gave me the chance to get to know both main characters in a way I really enjoyed. This wasn't the case in Supernatural Prison as we only followed Jessa and I do definitely prefer dual prospective where romance is concerned so Broken Compass appealed to me in this respect.

I found that I liked Mischa and Maximus more in Broken Compass than I have previously in any of the other books. Perhaps it’s that so much of their actions and attitudes were finally explained. They also both seem to have attitude adjustments and their ideas of what is important have changed. This made them much more likable characters in my eyes. Their relationship has grown and I very much enjoyed their connection.

Exciting and adorable at times, Broken Compass was a great read and concludes Mischa and Maximus's story beautifully. I can't wait to begin Tyson and Grace's story next and will be diving straight in and well as awaiting the day when I can get my hands on Louis and Jacob's stories too!


Rating: 
Source: Read via Kindle Unlimited (I also own a signed paperback copy)
Publisher: Published by author
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date:
August 21st 2016
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon | Barnes & Noble 
Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this tale and will be keen to read the next one.