Book Review Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

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Title: Ash Princess

Author: Laura Sebastian

Release Date: April 2018

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis:

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she’s not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who’s been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart’s sister, Cress.

Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become queen.

Review:

This story was giving me some real Red Queen vibes, but on a whole other playing field. Where the main character in Red Queen comes by her power by chance and is already strong willed. The main character Theo is a literal broken shell who she could be. Reasoning being her entire world was turned upside down, by a blood thirsty, power hungry Kaiser. I’ll get to him a second. Back to Theo, she has been beaten down and broken to the point that she willingly was accepting what her captors did to her.  Just glad to be breathing, willing to be a puppet to continue that. But everything changes when she is forced to take the life of someone is in most of her fondest memories, of the life she before the siege.

With the loss of him and her hand tainted in blood, she begins to find her voice, the voice of a queen. But in doing so she begins to play a very dangerous game. With help from the few allies, they work to build a plan to bring down this tyrant. Part of that being she has to place the Kaisers son, in a roll she never before thought of him. Being that her “heart-sister” has staked her claim on him. What she never expected was the feeling that grew for him as well as one of her allies and pre-siege childhood friend. And intro YA fashion we have the love triangle, and this one I loved watching it play out, and I can’t wait for it to continue.

Now onto the two people I could just not stand and want them dead the Kaiser and Cress. I’ll start with Cress, Theo’s heart sister and best friend. from the moment The began to truly see where her loyalties lie, I knew Cress was going to turn on her quicker that you could snap your fingers. She was raised to crave power, you could clearly see that as your reading.  And on to the Kaiser, blood thirsty nut job. The man is a sadist taking pleasure in torturing Theo both physically and mentally. He is willing to kill even his own people to get what he wants. And when we find out what he truly wants, the creep factor skyrocketed. And it is so beautifully written that every time he touches her or even looks at her for that matter, it made my skin crawl.

Recommendation:

I am recommending this to anyone who enjoys a kick-ass hero, who has to find their wings and learn to save themselves. And Theo is that hero. I can not wait to read the rest of this series.

Look  out for this release coming in April of 2018

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Hardcover, Paperback, E-Book, or Audio book

When it comes to books, what do you prefer? And why?

For myself when it comes down to it, I prefer holding my book and flipping my pages. Yes, E-books have their perks, like being able to open a book anywhere on the go. Same for audio books. But there is nothing like holding a hard or soft cover book, flipping the pages and feeling the weight of the book in your hands. You don’t have to worry about batteries failing on you, why because books don’t need them. Don’t get me wrong e-books do come in handy and can go almost anywhere.

What do you prefer?

Leave a comment below letting me know what your prefered book type is.

Book Review: Where I Found You By Brooke O’Brien (Hearts Compass 1)

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Author: Brooke O’Brien

Synopsis:

How do you protect your heart?

Build a wall.
Lock it away.
Let no one in.

Everyone should have a childhood worth remembering. Only I remember mine for all the wrong reasons. Starting over in a new town is hard enough. When you are running from your past, it doesn’t get any easier.

I was ready to say goodbye to the burdens I have carried. The pain I’ve experienced is more than anyone should have to face.

Then I met him…

He takes my breath away. I can’t ignore the way he makes me feel. I know he has the power to destroy me.

And that’s what scares me the most.

Review:

First I would like to say was not expecting the first scene in this book. And with that I wasn’t going to continue reading it, but I gave it a go and was pleasantly surprised with where the story went. Even though I would have loved for the plot to be dragged out longer, mostly with the stalking and parts where the main character was freaking out. Besides that I enjoyed the will they won’t they relationship.  I was glad that both main characters had personal issues that they worked through together. And was not a damsel in distress. Instead she sort of saves herself.

All in all I enjoyed this story being the start of a series. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series, and watch all the characters development.  And seeing where the entire series as a whole goes.

I’m recommending this book to anyone whole loves contemporary romance stories.

Cover Reveal: Lost Before You (Heart Compass #2)

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Title: Lost Before You (Heart’s Compass #2)

Author: Brooke O’Brien

Release Date: October 27th, 2017

Genre: New Adult 

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Synopsis:

I wish someone would’ve warned me about the dangers of falling in love with your best friend. 

 

I was no stranger to covering up my problems with meaningless sex and alcohol. 

 

When Brea asked me for one night to help her forget, I craved being the man she needed.

 

Just sex.

 

No commitment.

 

Then she begged me to promise her nothing would change between us. I couldn’t bring myself to lie to her.

 

One night.

 

One broken promise.

 

I will never forget the night I fell in love with my best friend, and now nothing will ever be the same.

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About the Author:

Brooke O’Brien is the author of the Heart’s Compass series. Her debut novel, Where I Found You, released in May 2017. The second book in the Heart’s Compass series, Lost Before You, is expected to release on October 27th.

 

Brooke lives in the Midwest with her high school sweetheart and their three children (both human and furry). Growing up Brooke always had a love of writing; she started out writing poetry when she was young and began journaling her thoughts as she grew older. Diving headfirst into a good book has always been therapeutic for her. Now her two passions have collided.

She believes you can cure any bad day with chocolate. Brooke enjoys going on long drives with no destination in mind. She’s found that’s when her characters talk to her the most! If she’s not reading or writing, you’ll probably find her spending time with her family, watching NBA basketball, going to the movies, or collecting signed paperbacks.

 

 

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Book Review: WarCross by Marie Lu

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Author: Marie Lu

Synopsis:

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire

 

Review:

First I want to say that I did not finish this book. I know shocker, but I put it down and fell into a major reading slump. Two hundred and ten pages in and I lost interest in all books. And it is really bugging me, for two reasons; 1. I was really enjoying the book, even tweeted that “the only thing that would make the story even better if it had a second point of view.” 2. Even if I was not enjoying the story I would like to have finished it just to see where it would wrap up how this book would end. Because sometimes if your not enjoying a book your view  may change by the end of the book.

Just because I feel into this slump at the worse moment I was really enjoying the book. The concept of being able to navigate the virtual world through glasses or the minds eye is completely crazy. The fact that our main character Emika, takes us into the world of the game. Not only trying to navigate the game but also trying to keep her cover and navigate the real world around her. From what I did read the plot in this book takes you on seriously crazy twist and turns. What I was not totally into was the little bit of attraction or barely the flirtation going  on between two of the characters. I had to catch the flirtation between them.

Now I’m not going to get into the meat of the book because what I did read you need to read to get it because it crazy. Hacking to find a hacker a master. Trips to the dark web and oh so much more.

So I’m going to give this book a another go through and then I can give a full out review of all my ups and downs of reading.

IF THERE’S NO TOMORROW Book Trailer By Jennifer L Armentrout

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SYNOPSIS:

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances. 

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything. 

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened. 

For what she let happen. 

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

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ADDITIONAL INFO:

RELEASE DATE: September 5th, 2017

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Page Count: 384 pages

Available Formats: Hardcover (U.S./Canada), Ebook, Audiobook

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BIO:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

FIGHT By J.L Davis

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FIGHT

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J.L. Davis

Release Date: September 1st

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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SYNOPSIS

Brittany Campbell is a smart, sassy woman with no filter. She has an independent streak a mile long and no man will get in her way. No matter how gorgeous he is.

Nathan Beckham works with Brittany. She can’t escape him. His persistence along with his beautiful smile finally wears her down. Brittany decides to give him a chance, even though she knows he has a secret….

One that he doesn’t want to share.

Can Brittany and Nathan fight for each other and the possible love that is forming between them with the roller coaster ride that is Nathan’s life?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I am a small town girl from Arkansas. I love chocolate, Starbucks, spending time with family, friends, going camping, mud riding and gardening but not pulling weeds. I hate that part.  

I am addicted to reading and finally decided to try the writing thing in December 2016 and released my first novel, Last in May 2017. I hope to be able to write full time someday. That is my dream. I also love interacting with readers and hearing what they think of my books too.

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Fight by J.L Davis OUT FRIDAY 9/1/2017

 

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Now that I’m alone I reach under my shirt and remove this burden of a bra. I was not lacking at all in that department. I hate them.

        “Need some help with that?” Nathan’s deep voice surprises me and I throw it at him not thinking.

        “What the fuck, Nathan. Don’t sneak up on me,” I say, covering myself.

        He chuckles. “I didn’t. I walked in as Jessa left. I just assumed you saw me.”

        “Um, no. Now turn around so I can put the damn thing back on.”

        “No need. I’m just grabbing a file and heading home.”

        “Are you okay?”

        “Yeah. I’m fine.”

        “You don’t look fine.”

        “Brittany, you almost seem like you care,” he says, grabbing his chest.

        “I wouldn’t go that far. That eye isn’t too good for business, though.”

        “I think I look pretty bad ass actually,” he says, showing me that beautiful smile. “I think you approve, too,” He nods at my chest. I look down and see my nipples are hard, poking through my blouse. Damn them. I quickly cover up again and he chuckles walking back to his office. I’m mortified.

        He comes back and I can’t help but be nosy. “Did your crazy ex give you that black eye?”

        “Why would you think that?”

        “I don’t know. Am I right?”

        “Hardly.” He grins, sitting on the edge of my desk.

        “Seriously, Nathan. Why do you have to piss me off? If my desk breaks, you’re buying me a new one. Get the fuck off.”

        “I told you, I like to get under your skin. It’s fun. You’re so feisty. And I won’t break your desk by sitting on it. I could think of other ways to break it though,” he says, narrowing his eyes on me.

        I won’t look at him. I’m not feeding into that. “So, you’re really not gonna tell me what happened?”

           

“Nope. Why do you want to know so bad?”

“I don’t know. You just don’t seem like the fighting type.” He laughs, like cracks up laughing. “What the fuck is so funny?”

“You. You don’t know me at all, but you think you have me all figured out.”

“I didn’t say that. Don’t put words in my fucking mouth. I clearly stated that I don’t take you as a fighter. The black eye and all. You must have pissed someone off. You don’t want to talk about it. Fine. I wouldn’t either, if I got my ass whooped.”

Nathan leans down, putting his hands on either side of me on my desk, eye level with me, he catches me off guard being so close. I gasp and can’t look away. His eyes are the most beautiful color green I’ve ever seen. They’re smoldering. He’s so close, and looking at my lips as if he’s going to kiss me; my heart begins to pound into my throat. Time seems to stand still. He looks into my eyes with a cheeky grin and says, “I never get my ass whooped, sweetheart.”

He stands. “I’ll see you tomorrow.” He chuckles on the way out the door.

I release the breath I didn’t realize I was holding. That bastard. What the hell? Why did I just sit there? Why didn’t I push him away? Why didn’t I kiss him? Why the fuck am I thinking like this? I need to get a grip.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

I am a small town girl from Arkansas. I love chocolate, Starbucks, spending time with family, friends, going camping, mud riding and gardening but not pulling weeds. I hate that part.  

I am addicted to reading and finally decided to try the writing thing in December 2016 and released my first novel, Last in May 2017. I hope to be able to write full time someday. That is my dream. I also love interacting with readers and hearing what they think of my books too.
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