ARC Reviews

ARC REVIEW: War of Storms by Erica Cameron

SUMMARY

35262894Publisher: Entangled
Release Date: November 5, 2018
Received From: Review copy from the publisher / NetGalley

The immortal mages have risen, and they’re out for blood.

Khya arrived at the Ryogan coast too late to stop the invasion. Now, cities are falling before the unrelenting march of an enemy army, and Khya’s squad is desperately trying to stay ahead of them. Warning the Ryogans, though, means leaving her brother imprisoned even longer. Time is running out for everyone.

But how can her squad of ten stand against an army of ten thousand?

Calling in help from every ally she’s made in Ryogo, Khya tries to build a plan that won’t mean sacrificing her friends or her brother. It’s a tough balance to find, especially when the leadership role she thought she wanted sits heavy on her shoulders, and her relationship with Tessen is beginning to crack under the strain.

The end is coming, and there’s no way to know who’ll be left standing when it hits.

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ARC Reviews

ARC REVIEW: Toil & Trouble Anthology

SUMMARY

36426163Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: August 28, 2018
Received From: NetGalley

A young adult fiction anthology of 15 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era.

Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Glinda the Good Witch. Elphaba the Wicked Witch. Willow. Sabrina. Gemma Doyle. The Mayfair Witches. Ursula the Sea Witch. Morgan le Fey. The three weird sisters from Macbeth.

History tells us women accused of witchcraft were often outsiders: educated, independent, unmarried, unwilling to fall in line with traditional societal expectations.

Bold. Powerful. Rebellious.

A bruja’s traditional love spell has unexpected results. A witch’s healing hands begin to take life instead of giving it when she ignores her attraction to a fellow witch. In a terrifying future, women are captured by a cabal of men crying witchcraft and the one true witch among them must fight to free them all. In a desolate past, three orphaned sisters prophesize for a murderous king. Somewhere in the present, a teen girl just wants to kiss a boy without causing a hurricane.

From good witches to bad witches, to witches who are a bit of both, this is an anthology of diverse witchy tales from a collection of diverse, feminist authors. The collective strength of women working together—magically or mundanely–has long frightened society, to the point that women’s rights are challenged, legislated against, and denied all over the world. Toil & Trouble delves deep into the truly diverse mythology of witchcraft from many cultures and feminist points of view, to create modern and unique tales of witchery that have yet to be explored.

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Reviews for Already Published Books

REVIEW: The Soldier Prince by Aarti V Raman

SUMMARY

51rDk+I24tLPublisher: Karou Publishing
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Received From: Review copy from the author

This is Royal life. Not a fairytale.

Sasha

When I think of princes, I know exactly who I am looking for. A sophisticated, handsome man who will ride with me into the sunset.

Surly, generous, blond alphas nicknamed “Iceman” need not apply.

I thought I was saving his life when I went to warn him about the bad guys gunning for him. But then I saw him in action. And he doesn’t need my help at all.

The Iceman is an ex-military warrior.

When the world rights itself after my night of danger, I am flying on a private jet to a tiny nation in the Swiss Alps with the Iceman. Turns out, the warrior is the Prince of Stellangård in disguise.

And he just might be everything I am looking for.

Except, this is real life. Not a fairytale. And The Ice Prince could never belong with a struggling student-waitress from New York City.

Right?

Alexander

I thought I could outrun my past, my guilt, and duty to my homeland by joining the military. And it worked like a charm for a decade.

But civilian life is much more exciting and dangerous.

And Sasha Ray is the most dangerous of them all.

She is meant to be protected within the walls of the castle I call home. But she destroys my defenses with her compassionate heart and sharp wit.

I am known as the Iceman for a reason. I don’t melt. I don’t give in to temptation, even when every touch makes me want her past sanity.

This is Royal life. Not a fairy tale. And I know the price she’d have to pay for being mine.

Don’t I?

When fire and ice collide, all bets are off. And with an unknown enemy closing in, can Sasha and Alexander decide if happily ever after is worth everything – especially their hearts?

Meet the Royals of Stellangård – Alexander, Helena, and Michael – burdened by their heritage, freed by love.

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ARC Reviews

ARC REVIEW: Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

SUMMARY

31351689Publisher: HMH
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Received From: NetGalley

“I need Owen to explain this. Because yes, I do know that Owen would never do that, but I also know Hannah would never lie about something like that.”

Mara and Owen are about as close as twins can get. So when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can the brother she loves really be guilty of such a violent crime? Torn between the family she loves and her own sense of right and wrong, Mara is feeling lost, and it doesn’t help that things have been strained with her ex-girlfriend, Charlie.

As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie navigate this new terrain, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits in her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault.

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Reviews for Already Published Books

REVIEW: Right Here, Right Now by Georgia Beers

SUMMARY

34975866Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Received From: NetGalley

Accountant and financial advisor Lacey Chamberlain doesn’t consider herself a control freak. She’s merely a planner—orderly, neat, and content in her tidy little life. When a marketing firm moves into the empty office next door, the loud-music-playing, stinky-food-ordering, kickball-in-the-hall staff make Lacey crazy.

Marketing expert Alicia Wright is spontaneous, flies by the seat of her pants, and lives in the moment—all the things Lacey is not. She’s also gorgeous, thoughtful, and seems determined to make Lacey like her.

They say opposites attract, but for how long? And is that really a good idea?

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REVIEW: Bad Boy’s Bard by E.J. Russell

SUMMARY

34857523Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 18, 2017
Received From: NetGalley

As far as rock star Gareth Kendrick, the last true bard in Faerie, is concerned, the only good Unseelie is . . . well . . . there’s no such thing. Two centuries ago, an Unseelie lord abducted Gareth’s human lover, Niall, and Gareth has neither forgotten nor forgiven.

Niall O’Tierney, half-human son of the Unseelie King, had never lost a wager until the day he swore to rid the Seelie court of its bard. That bet cost him everything: his freedom, his family—and his heart. When he’s suddenly face-to-face with Gareth at the ceremony to join the Seelie and Unseelie realms, Niall does the only thing inhumanly possible: he fakes amnesia. Not his finest hour, perhaps, but he never revealed his Unseelie heritage, and to tell the truth now would be to risk Gareth’s revulsion—far harder to bear than two hundred years of imprisonment.

Then a new threat to Gareth’s life arises, and he and Niall stage a mad escape into the Outer World, only to discover the fate of all fae resting on their shoulders. But before they can save the realm, they have to tackle something really tough: mending their own broken relationship

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REVIEW: Covet by Yolande Kleinn

SUMMARY

35164020Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 15, 2017
Received From: NetGalley

Jack Mason—graphic designer and unrepentant player—has never been interested in monogamy. He certainly isn’t looking for romance when he meets Professor Colin Sloan.

Newly single and not looking for anything serious, Colin is intrigued by Jack’s offer of a physical affair with no strings attached. Becoming friends wasn’t part of the plan, but as accidents go, this one’s pretty great.

Peter Mason is Jack’s identical twin. In a long-term relationship himself, Peter tells no one that he’s falling for his brother’s newest favorite, even as the secret creates tension with his girlfriend.

When Peter’s relationship falls apart, he seduces Colin, fully expecting Jack to forgive his transgression. But Jack is keeping secrets too—he hasn’t told even Colin that he’s fallen in love. Suddenly the twins are feuding, and Colin is caught in the middle, blindsided by the revelation that he doesn’t want to choose between them.

Now all three must find a way to share, or they’ll tear each other apart.

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REVIEW: Fortitude Smashed by Taylor Brooke

SUMMARY

34669350Publisher: Interlude Press
Release Date: September 21, 2017
Received From: NetGalley

After scientists stumbled across an anomalous human hormone present during moments of emotional intimacy, further research created the ability to harness the direction of living energy and pinpoint when two lines will merge. Personalized chips are now implanted beneath the thumbnails of every infant, where glowing numbers count down to the moment they will meet their soul mate.

Fate is now a calculation.

But loving someone isn’t.

When Shannon Wurther, the youngest detective in Southern California, finds himself face-to-face with Aiden Maar, the reckless art thief Shannon’s precinct has been chasing for months, they are both stunned. Their Camellia Clocks have timed out, and the men are left with a choice—love one another or defy fate.

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ARC Reviews

ARC REVIEW: Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler

SUMMARY

32766049Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Received From: Review copy from author

Magic is risen.

When magic returned to the world, it could have saved humanity, but greed and thirst for power caused mankind’s downfall instead. Now once-human monsters called Howls prowl abandoned streets, their hunger guided by corrupt necromancers and the all-powerful Kin. Only Hunters have the power to fight back in the unending war, using the same magic that ended civilization in the first place.

But they are losing.

Tenn is a Hunter, resigned to fight even though hope is nearly lost. When he is singled out by a seductive Kin named Tomás and the enigmatic Hunter Jarrett, Tenn realizes he’s become a pawn in a bigger game. One that could turn the tides of war. But if his mutinous magic and wayward heart get in the way, his power might not be used in favor of mankind.

If Tenn fails to play his part, it could cost him his friends, his life…and the entire world.

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ARC REVIEW: Finding Home by Garrett Leigh

SUMMARY

35222432Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: October 9, 2017
Received From: NetGalley

How do you find a home when your heart is in ashes?

With their mum dead and their father on remand for her murder, Leo Hendry and his little sister, Lila, have nothing in the world but each other. Broken and burned, they’re thrust into the foster care system. Leo shields Lila from the fake families and forced affection, until the Poulton household is the only place left to go.

Charlie de Sousa is used to other kids passing through the Poulton home, but there’s never been anyone like his new foster brother. Leo’s physical injuries are plain to see, but it’s the pain in his eyes that draws Charlie in the most.

Day by day, they grow closer, but the darkness inside Leo consumes him. He rejects his foster parents, and when Charlie gets into trouble, Leo’s attempt to protect him turns violent. When Leo loses control, no one can reach him—except Charlie. He desperately needs a family—a home—and only Charlie can show him the way.

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