Saturday, November 30, 2019

Book Review: Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

Author: Kelly Coon
Series: Gravemaidens #1
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: October 29th 2019
My Rating: 5 Cups
Source: Publisher
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land's greatest honor...and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave.

In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.

When Alu's ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.

But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.

Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.

Wow. Gravemaidens just blew my mind people! This was a buddy read with two very dear friends, Haley and Kal, and let me tell you something. If you could see our group DMs while reading this book, you would all know that we were insanely in love with this story. Although I haven't read that many YA books this year, I can tell you right now that Gravemaidens is probably one of my favorites this year.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Book Review: Cross Breed by Lora Leigh

Author: Lora Leigh
Series: Breeds #23
Audience:  +18
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: September 25th 2018
My Rating: 4.5 Cups
Source: Own Copy
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The Breeds are humans altered before conception with the DNA of the predators of Earth. But although they all carry the genetic material of beasts within them, Cassandra Sinclair stands apart. A unique mix of wolf, coyote and human, she is revered by many—but preyed upon by others. She is fiercely protected by her community…but no one manages to stop her when she slips away one day to offer her body in exchange for her sister’s safety.

The man she succumbs to surprises her by unleashing her inner animal in ways she never dreamed possible—and provokes her deep, furious rage. To Cassie’s shock, he is the mate she has long awaited. She may never be able to forgive his deception. Still, as dangerous enemies track her, and as the threat of all-out war between Breeds and the humans who despise them hovers in the air, they must join forces and hold fast to each other.

But the passionate union between them holds a potential that could change the world—and some will do anything to stop it…

*Disclaimer: This book contains mature content. As a result, my review may contain references to content intended for mature audiences only.

**Disclaimer: My review won't contain spoilers about Cross Breed, but it probably will include spoilers for previous books. With this being book 23 (actually 33 if you count the novellas) in the Breeds series, spoilers cannot be avoided.  

I did it, guys. I finally did it!!! I read Cross Breed!! Let me tell you, it wasn't easy convincing myself to read this book. We all know I have a fear of reading my most anticipated books (which I call unicorns, by the way), so I decided to read this during a sleepless night this week. Guys, the wait of over 10 years for this book was worth it. And more.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Blog Tour Book Review: From Flame and Ash by Carrie Ann Ryan

Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Series: Elements of Five #2
Audience: YA
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 19th 2019
My Rating: 4.5 Cups
Source: Give Me Books Promotions
Blurb (from Goodreads):
NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues Lyric’s epic journey in this spellbinding sequel to From Breath and Ruin.

Lyric lost her past, her friends, and even her connections to both worlds when she found out about the Maison realm and her calling. But now she must put that aside and travel back to the Maison realm to continue her training as the Spirit Priestess. Only her journey isn’t to Rhodes and those she fought alongside before. This time, Easton and the other Obscurité warriors will stand by her side as she tries to unlock her final three elements.

However, just as she starts to learn more about what she’s been prophesied to do, a Seer’s wish and the calling of the Lumière kingdom calls her forth, thrusting Lyric into another journey where she must trust those on both sides of the age-old war to survive…and keep those she loves safe.

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.

I have been waiting for this book for what felt like a very, very long time. I'm always excited for Carrie Ann Ryan's books, though, so it shouldn't be such a huge surprise to anyone. But I truly loved reading about Lyric and her journey in the previous book (and you can read my review for From Breath and Ruin here if you want to) and I was very interested in seeing what happens next for her and her friends.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Blog Tour Book Review: Sirens In Bliss by Lexi Blake

Author: Lexi Blake
Series: Texas Sirens #7.5, Nights in Bliss, Colorado #10
Audience:  +18
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: DLZ Entertainment, LLC
Release Date: November 12th 2019
My Rating: 5 Cups
Source: Social Butterfly PR
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Re-released in a second edition with new content.

What happens after happily ever after?

It’s the event of the year. The wedding of Leo and Wolf to their beautiful sub, Shelley McNamara, has all of Bliss up in arms—and makes everyone think about love and marriage and family.

Wolf and Leo have to deal with the sudden reappearance of their father. Rafe Kincaid is handed an opportunity that might take him and his family away from Bliss. Aidan, Lexi, and Lucas O’Malley find themselves at a crossroads in their marriage. And Stefan Talbot must face his biggest fear—possibly losing his wife in childbirth.

So come to the Feed Store Church, pick a seat, and enjoy the chaos as all your favorite characters from Texas Sirens and Nights in Bliss, Colorado, come together for one eventful weekend.

And some of them may never be the same again.

Note: This is a reunion book, which shares an overall story arc and many crossover characters with the Texas Sirens and Nights in Bliss series. This is not a stand-alone.
*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of his book from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.

**Disclaimer: This book contains mature content. As a result, my review may contain references to content intended for mature audiences only.

I am one of those readers that will always wonder what happens after a book ends. What happens to the characters? Are their lives fairy tale perfect, or do they still struggle with things, like real people do? Do couples have any unresolved issues left, or are they going to be in their honeymoon phase for the rest of their lives? I always wonder that, so whenever an author writes those types of stories for the characters I love, I will forever jump on the chance to read them. And the fact that it's Lexi Blake that does it this time promises a lot of fun shenanigans and some tears, and I'm even happier.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Mini Reviews: Sweet Child O' Mine, Adored, and Luscious by Lexi Blake

I have made it no secret that I'm obsessed with Lexi Blake, my dear fellow readers, so does it really surprise you that I'm dedicating an entire post of mini-reviews just for her novellas? No? Okay then, we're off to a good start!

Without further ado, let's get started! The books featured in today's mini review sessions are: Sweet Child O' Mine, Adored, and Luscious.

*Disclaimer: I received e-copies of these books from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my reviews in any way.

**Disclaimer: These books contains mature content. As such, my review may contain references to this content.

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