Blind Spot Blog Tour (Review + Giveaway)

"It's a story about how sometimes we fail to see things that are right in front of us."

Since You've Been Gone (Review)

"fabulous, wonderful, endearing, amazing story"

Dissected by Megan Bostic (Blog Tour)

"Powerful & Thought Provoking"

In Honor by Jessi Kirby (Review)

"This is going on my favorites shelf and I will probably reread it again in the future."

Blog Tour: Hungry by H.A. Swain (Review + Giveaway)

"Hungry is a captivating and thought-provoking story set in a fascinating world."

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Review))

"All-in-all, a perfect summer read and you should totally pick up these books, if you haven't already!"

The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle (Review)

"The Edge of Falling is a beautifully told story, both in plot and writing."

Hexed by Michelle Krys (Review)

"Hexed was just the thing that I needed to get back into the reading world."

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ode to the Queen by Kyleigh Castronaro (Review)

Mythology, NA
Publication Date:July 23, 2014
Published By:  Author
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My review copy:From Author in return for honest review.

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Savannah has been kidnapped. By a man who claims he’s a Titan and she’s a Greek Goddess. It’s a little farfetched and she wishes it isn’t true but the evidence is piling up against her. Except, she doesn’t know who her Goddess is and no one will tell her. 

Instead, Charlotte is happy to make her life a living hell and the friends she does make turn to enemies. And then there’s Aidan: the arrogant and mysterious King of the Gods. Savannah finds herself drawn to him despite her best efforts not to get involved with another guy. She doesn’t need this kind of trouble when her life is already upside down; being a Goddess is hard enough. 

Driven by fate and a past she knows nothing about Savannah tries to navigate her new world as one of the Twelve Olympians. Is history going to repeat itself or will the New Olympians write their own myths?

"Normal? But they were Gods. Normal is... mortals. Abnormal is believing that Gods exist and can be normal."
  "No, normal is the Gods.  Mortals were simply made in their image.  Who do you think was the original 'Bachlor' and the first 'Desperate Housewife'?  The mortals simply copied what their leaders showed them to be."
This is why I wanted to give boys up, this was why I didn't want to fall for another one of those charming, good looking bad boys who wanted nothing more from you than a little something to play with until they grew bored or got another toy.
People tried to fool themselves into thinking that how they felt about the other person could salvage what had been lost.  But before anything else, even love, trust had to be established with the other person.  How else were you supposed to give your heart and give into what you were feeling if you couldn't trust them.

  I let this book sit for awhile after reading it.  Not because I didn't read it from start to finish, but because I needed proper time to digest it.  Needless to say, I am glad that I gave it time to turn around in my head.  The more I thought about it, the more that this read impressed me and I feel like it is one of the few books that the more I turn it over in my head, the more I am glad I had the chance to read it.  Castronaro created something mysteriously unique with Greek Mythology, something that surprised even me and has me wishing that I knew that little bit more.

  Savannah's world is basically thrown right into craziness.  Everything she thought she knew is being twisted up and thrown through a chopper.  There was no real twist in her life that suggested she was different, or special and no warning that things were going to change.  Heck, even when they did change no one would really tell her what was going on.  She was taken to this exquisitely set up place, told it was Olympus and that she was something she had only heard in story books.  The plot itself was set at a steady pace, with characters that you will both love and loathe.  There is a lot of detail put into this book, and often it added to my ability to view what was going on.  However, there were a few times that I wished there was a little less detail and more movement, luckily this was not something that happened often and I found myself enjoying the majority of the story and pacing.

  I want big things for Savannah.  She had a really rough start in this book, but I enjoyed her... A lot.  She was strong but not perfect.  There was no automatic belief that what she was being told was true, but at the same time there were many things that made it hard to deny. Not only this she was thrown around and lied to by just about everyone.  Maybe it was because of who she was, or maybe it's because this is a whole new ball game, but I felt so much anger for her.  At times I wished she would fight for herself, but once again I believe it was her inner goddess preventing anything different from happening.  What I learned while reading this, was that careful and calculated will pay off in the end.  Be it for good or for evil, it seems that rushing into anything does not pay off.

The romance in this one had me going up walls and wishing that this poor girl was not being jerked around.  It did not matter how hard Savannah tried, easy was not in the cards.  Sure Aiden had good moments and it seemed that he wanted to be true, but the truth was he was only there when he felt it best.  I can't even say I wanted her to trust him because I was too far gone in her ability to be her own person.  Aiden, did have potential though, if he weren't giving into his inner God so easily.  There is a balance that needs to be found and it took him some time to find it, and I can only hope that the balance that he did find stays. Not only for Savannah's sake but for for his own.  I have high hopes for his development, and possible future swoon sessions.

  Ode to the Queen was something different and enjoyable.  I will undoubtedly pick up the next book when it releases.  There is so much potential for character development and a bunch of different ways that the story could go.  I was content with the stand that was made at the end and the true colors that came through.  I really did enjoy the mystery and journey that this book took me through.  Pick it up if you love mythology, and want something that will take you where no mythology has before.

p.s. Charlotte is a perfect freaking bitch.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

The Fall by Bethany Griffin (Interview + Giveaway)

I am thrilled to be a stop on the book tour for The Fall by Bethan Griffin, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! I have a interview for your reading pleasure, but be sure to check out the tour schedule below to read reviews, guest posts, and more! Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end!

Title: The Fall
Author: Bethany Griffin
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 432
Genre: Paranormal, Horror, Retelling
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Madeline Usher is doomed.

She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin. 
Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house. 
In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down? The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.

About the author

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Bethany Griffin is a high school English teacher who prides herself on attracting creative misfits to elective classes like Young Adult Literature, Creative Writing, and Speculative Literature. She is the author of HANDCUFFS, MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, GLITTER AND DOOM, and THE FALL. She lives with her family in Kentucky.


Welcome to Bookish, Bethany!​ I'm so excited to have you here with us today! After having devoured your Masque of the Red Death series, I was thrilled when I found out you were doing another Poe adaption. I have to admit that I haven't read The Fall of the House of Usher before so I know I'm in for a surprise!

You have this wonderful knack for writing thrillingly creepy stories. Why did you decided to adapt The Fall of the House of Usher? What was the inspiration behind it - aside from the Poe story that is?

The major inspiration for The Fall was to give Madeline Usher a voice. Up until now, she never had one, in fact some scholars thinks she didn’t even exist! When I first read The Fall of the House of Usher in middle school, the fact that she was buried alive stayed with me. And then later when we watched the movie, the part when she came out of her coffin…well that freaked me out even more.

But as an author what I wanted was to delve into Madeline’s story. The fact that she is buried alive within her story was just one more incentive to write it because as an author I’m drawn to characters who are trapped. And no one is more trapped that Madeline Usher.

Tell us about Madeline.

Madeline is cursed. Her mother prefers her brother Roderick and does everything possible to protect him (Madeline, the older twin, tries to protect him, too). She spends her childhood lost and ignored within the decaying house of Usher. She isn’t clear on what’s normal—not in human interactions, not in family issues, and not in living arrangements. She’s ill, she’s a bit mad, but she’s also determined and brave and smart.

I have to ask, do you have any plans to adapt more of Poe's stories? If so, which ones do you hope to rework for your readers?

Not at this time. Right now I’m working on something else entirely. The Fall actually includes homages to several other Poe stories, but I don’t have another Poe story in the works right now!

Having been previously published, does the awe of seeing your books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, etc. wear off?

Not really, I mean, I guess it’s like having children, I have a million baby pictures of my first and like 3 hours of video footage of his first year. With the second I have less video footage, but I also have better quality pictures? My responses (in snapping photos) was somewhat different, but not less enthusiastic. Each book is different, and seeing the cover and knowing people are reading it, is equally exciting, if different. Does that even make sense? ☺

Also, of all my books I have a really deep connection to The Fall, and I’ve waited longest to see it reach publication, so it’s something of a dream come true for me.

​If you were magically transferred back in time and got to meet Edgar (you two would be on a first name basis), what would you talk about?

Cats? I know he had a tortoise shell cat, and I also have a tortoiseshell cat…however cats probably aren’t the most interesting topic of conversation. I think I’d probably have to ask him some questions about The Fall of the House of Usher, some questions about the illness, and about Madeline, etc. I could impress him with the fact that I can recite the first 5 stanzas of the Raven, but I always get the tapping and rapping mixed up, so that might not be the best ice-breaker.

To be honest I think I’d be extremely nervous during my hypothetical conversation with Poe. But I’d sure like to follow him around those last few nights and see what really happened/how he died.

If I was transported back in time to the Dark Ages, I'd . . . avoid all contact with the plague. I know a little bit about plagues.

I'm addicted to . . . the internet. But nothing useful, just wasting time. Also Pepsi.

If The Fall had a theme song it would be . . .  Plainsong by the Cure.

The last book I bought was . . .  Winterkill by Kate Boorman.

My go-to Edgar Allan Poe story is . . . The Fall of the House of Usher.

Thank you for taking time to answer my questions, Bethany! I cannot wait to delve into this book for myself. I've heard from a few sources that it is simply amazing.

Be sure to check back on October 5 for my review!


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Tour Schedule

Week One:
9/29/2014- Bookish - Interview
9/30/2014- A Glass of Wine - Guest Post
10/1/2014- Stories & SweetiesReview
10/2/2014- Novel NoviceReview
10/3/2014- Burning Impossibly BrightInterview

Week Two:
10/6/2014- Fiction FreakReview
10/7/2014- Once Upon a TwilightGuest Post
10/8/2014- WinterHaven BooksReview
10/9/2014- FiktshunInterview
10/10/2014- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post

Night of a Thousand Stars by Deanna Raybourn [Book Review & Giveaway]

02_Night of a Thousand Stars
Publication Date: October 1, 2014
Harlequin MIRA
Formats: eBook, Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction

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New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn returns with a Jazz Age tale of grand adventure...

On the verge of a stilted life as an aristocrat's wife, Poppy Hammond does the only sensible thing—she flees the chapel in her wedding gown. Assisted by the handsome curate who calls himself Sebastian Cantrip, she spirits away to her estranged father's quiet country village, pursued by the family she left in uproar. But when the dust of her broken engagement settles and Sebastian disappears under mysterious circumstances, Poppy discovers there is more to her hero than it seems.

With only her feisty lady's maid for company, Poppy secures employment and travels incognita—east across the seas, chasing a hunch and the whisper of clues. Danger abounds beneath the canopies of the silken city, and Poppy finds herself in the perilous sights of those who will stop at nothing to recover a fabled ancient treasure. Torn between allegiance to her kindly employer and a dashing, shadowy figure, Poppy will risk it all as she attempts to unravel a much larger plan—one that stretches to the very heart of the British government, and one that could endanger everything, and everyone, that she holds dear.

Picture it: it's the height of the 1920's era where everything is just beginning, there is so much history to see and be seen. Imagine growing up then. Imagine the adventures you could have. This book brought the 1920's era to life for me. Being that it is my favorite historical time period, I was quickly sucked into the pages of this beautifully written story.

It’s the 1920′s, an era when anything can and does happen. Poppy Hammond is set to walk down the aisle, when at the last minute she can’t do it. She can’t marry for money. On the run in her wedding gown, Poppy, with the help of handsome curate Sebastian Cantrip, heads for her father’s country estate. Sebastian disappears into thin air, and Poppy is left to deal with her angry relatives. To escape the heat, she secures a job overseas and with just her maid for company, sets sail for the Orient. There, she will find cut throats who will stop at nothing to possess and ancient and priceless treasure, including toppling governments and disposing of young ladies who know too much.

Poppy becomes desperate to find and thank Sebastian for his services, but alas it is just not to be. 

But when she goes looking for Mr. Cantrip she finds that he's disappeared. Not only that, but it seems Sebastian Cantrip may not be the hero she had assumed him to be. Somehow believing Sebastian may be in danger, Poppy decides to take it upon herself to start a search for him. Her resourcefulness eventually leads her to Damscus where the mystery plot thickens and Poppy begins to wonder just what she's gotten herself into.  

What soon follows is a great adventure involving a retired colonel, his handsome valet, a sinister contessa, her creepy son, spies and a search for ancient treasure in the great Syrian Desert.  

Poppy is such a fun heroine. She is tough, funny, witty and strong enough to stand on her own two feet. She isn't the typical woman from the 1920's era but to me, that just made this book that much more fun. 

The author's descriptions and little details bring the pages of this book alive for the reader. The plot is on point but the scenery plays a big role in the adventure as well. Deanna does such a great job at describing the time period, the scene and the characters. 

Any reader can get caught up in this book and I think you should! 

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About the Author03_Deanna Raybourn

A sixth-generation native Texan, Deanna Raybourn grew up in San Antonio, where she met her college sweetheart. She married him on her graduation day and went on to teach high school English and history. During summer vacation at the age of twenty-three, she wrote her first novel. After three years as a teacher, Deanna left education to have a baby and pursue writing full-time.

Deanna Raybourn is the author of the bestselling and award-winning Lady Julia series, as well as, The Dead Travel Fast, A Spear of Summer Grass, and City of Jasmine.

For more information please visit Deanna Raybourn's website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


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Night of a Thousand Stars Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 29
Review & Giveaway at Bookish

Tuesday, September 30
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, October 1
Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Spotlight at Svetlana's Reads and Views

Thursday, October 2
Review at Ramblings From This Chick

Friday, October 3
Review at Book Babe

Monday, October 6
Review at Unabridged Chick
Spotlight & Giveaway at Reading Lark

Tuesday, October 7
Review at Candace's Book Blog
Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick

Wednesday, October 8
Review at Good Books and Good Wine

Thursday, October 9
Excerpt at A Book Geek
Guest Post & Giveaway at Good Books and Good Wine

Friday, October 10
Review at History From a Woman's Perspective

Monday, October 13
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Tuesday, October 14
Review at Reading the Past
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews

Wednesday, October 15
Review at The Lit Bitch
Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Thursday, October 16
Review at A Bookish Affair

Friday, October 17
Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

Monday, October 20
Review at The Life & Times of a Book Addict
Excerpt at Historical Fiction Connection

Tuesday, October 21
Review & Giveaway at Bookshelf Fantasies
Spotlight & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing

Wednesday, October 22
Review, Excerpt & Giveaway at Just One More Chapter

Thursday, October 23
Review at Musings of a Bookish Kitty

Friday, October 24
Review at Curling Up By the Fire

Monday, October 27
Review & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Tuesday, October 28
Review at To Read or Not to Read

Wednesday, October 29
Review & Giveaway at Bibliophilia, Please

Thursday, October 30
Review & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry

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Chasing Abby by Cassia Leo [Book Blitz & Giveaway]

Today we're excited to share the release of Cassia Leo's, Chasing Abby! 
Chasing Abby is the final book in Cassia's New York Times and USA Today best selling Shattered Hearts series. 
About Chasing Abby
The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series.
Five years, six months, eight days….
It’s been eighteen years since Abigail was born with a hole in her heart. Five years since she collapsed on the soccer field. Five years, six months, eight days since she found out she was adopted.
Abby has spent five years wondering about the family she never knew and waiting for her eighteenth birthday. When Abby shows up on the doorstep of Chris and Claire Knight, her birth parents are overjoyed to see the little girl they lost eighteen years ago.
One summer is all they have to make up for the years they lost. But a summer of love soon turns into a summer of heartache.
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About Cassia
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo grew up in California and has lived in three different countries. She loves to travel and her dream is to one day score a record deal based on her awesome shower singing skills. She is the author of the Shattered Hearts series (Forever Ours, Relentless, Pieces of You, Bring Me Home) and the Luke, Knox, and Chase series.
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