10.12.17

#BlogTour: FIRE'S KISS by Brittany Pate // #Excerpt

Hello and welcome to my blog tour post for

FIRE'S KISS by Brittany Pate!

I have an excerpt from the novel for you today and it is a stellar one! I hope you enjoy it, but first we are going to learn more about the book.

FIRE'S KISS

Author: Brittany Pate
Series: N/A
Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing
Publication Date: November 21, 2017

Summary:
Embyr tends her tavern while keeping her dangerous parentage a secret, until she's attacked by a hellhound and saved by one of the most feared men in history.

For the last eight hundred years, Ryder McLennon, the infamous leader of Death's Horsemen, has used his army to hunt the vampire who killed his wife. He's earned a reputation as a murderous madman. But in Embyr, he discovers something that could turn the tide of battle in his favor. Her control over fire can reduce an enemy to ash and her flippant disregard of him heats his blood in ways no one else ever has. She's beautiful, powerful and completely different from her violence-loving brethren.

Embyr finds herself thrust into a war she wants no part of, targeted by a vicious vampire because of her cooperation with Ryder. As she learns to wield her demonic powers without letting the madness of her race overcome her, she also has to fight her attraction to a killer bent on her seduction.
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A sword appeared over her shoulder, so close she felt the whoosh of air against her neck. The vampire impaled himself on the blade. Mouth open, he looked at her as though waiting for her to explain what happened. Finally, his eyes closed and his head lolled to one side.
Both the sword and vampire fell to the ground as Ryder stepped around her. He walked over to the other vampire and drew his second blade, driving it into the man’s heart. The quick death seemed almost merciful.

8.12.17

#Discussion: #ASeriesAMonth2018 Hosted by Dani Reviews Things Reading Challenge TBR!

Hello all! I want to be more accountable for my reading in 2018 so I am hosting my own reading challenge and joining in on some others. This includes the #ASeriesAMonth2018 challenge hosted by Dani Reviews Things

I am excited to clear off some series on my shelves so here are the ones I am committing to, but I am hoping to actually read more than I am committing to. We shall see, we shall see...

I'm not stating what month I'm reading them in because it will depend on my TIME and work schedule. That is always why I'm including duologies, longer series, and the like.

Series I Will Be Reading...

7.12.17

#BlogTour: STEADFAST by Michelle Hauck // #Review + #Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my blog tour post for 

STEADFAST by Michelle Hauck!

I am reviewing the first book in the series, GRUDGING, for you today. There is also a giveaway for the first two books in the series (which I highly recommend you entering!). But before you read my review, let's learn more about the series finale, STEADFAST!

STEADFAST

Author: Michelle Hauck
Series: Birth of Saints #3
Publisher: Harper Voyage Impulse
Publication Date: December 5, 2017

Summary:
The final novel in Michelle Hauck's Birth of Saints trilogy, Steadfast follows Grudging and Faithful in telling the fateful story of Claire and Ramiro and their battle against a god that hungers for blood.

When the Northerners invaded, the ciudades-estado knew they faced a powerful army. But what they didn’t expect was the deadly magic that was also brought to the desert: the white-robed priests with their lethal Diviners, and the evil god, Dal. Cities have burned, armies have been decimated, and entire populaces have been sacrificed in the Sun God’s name, and it looks as if nothing can prevent the devastation.

But there are still those with hope.

Claire, a Woman of the Song, has already brought considerable magic of her own to fight the Children of Dal, and Ramiro, a soldier who has forsaken his vows to Colina Hermosa’s cavalry in order to stand by her side, has killed and bled for their cause. Separated after the last battle, they move forward with the hope that the saints will hear their prayers, their families will be saved, and that they’ll see each other once more.

A stirring conclusion to the Birth of Saints series, Ramiro and Claire’s journey finds completion in a battle between evil and love.
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This series started with...

GRUDGING

Author: Michelle Hauck
Series: Birth of Saints #1
Source:
Publisher: Harper Voyage Impulse
Publication Date: December 22, 2015
Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary:
A world of chivalry and witchcraft…and the invaders who would destroy everything.

The North has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood.

On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps.

The Women of the Song.

But when tragedy strikes their negotiations, all that is left is a single untried knight and a witch who has never given voice to her power. And time is running out.

A lyrical tale of honor and magic, Grudging is the opening salvo in the Book of Saints trilogy.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book as part of this blog tour to review. This in no way impacts my opinions.

This was a really strong start to a new fantasy series that I am sure I am going to love. Great characters, a really interesting mix of religion and magic, plus good action sequences all make for this to easily be one of the top fantasy books I've read in a long time.

6.12.17

2018 Reading Challenge: #2017Throwback

So I did not complete my reading goals or challenges from this year (including the one I hosted, yikes) because school kicked my butt. But I'm hoping to do better in 2018. However, I feel like I can't just forget 2017 happened so I am going to make up for all the reading time I lost this year. This reading challenge is a "throwback" to 2017 by reading a different book every month that was published in 2017! You can make it fun by trying to read a book that was published in that specific month or you can just choose twelve books from 2017 and read them. You can make this as fun and challenging as you wish.

Below you will find the 12 books I am going to read this year, but I will also give you options if you want to read a specific book from that month! Feel free to make a TBR and link it below. You can use the graphic I made, just be sure to link back to me.

January

I'll be reading...

ALLEGEDLY

Author: Tiffany D. Jackson
Series: N/A
Source: Purchased from Chapters
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: January 24, 2017

Summary:
Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.

Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.


There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?
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Books published in January 2017...


February

I'll be reading...

THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL

Author: Peternelle van Arsdale
Series: N/A
Source: ARC via Publisher
Publisher: Maragaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: February 27, 2017

Summary:
Alys was seven the first time she saw the soul eaters. Twin sisters, they radiated an energy that excited Alys. Through them she felt the wildness of the forest, and The Beast within it. Too late, she learned of their power to destroy.

By the time she is fifteen, Alys knows too much about both the lure and the danger of the soul eaters. She lives in a world of adults who are terrified of their power, and who cower behind high walls and grim rules. Fear of the soul eaters—and of The Beast—rules their lives. Even more, they fear the ways in which The Beast may lurk among them—and within a girl like Alys.

For Alys has a connection to the soul eaters, and The Beast. And she hides a truth about herself that she can reveal to no one, for fear she will be called a witch. As the threat posed by the soul eaters grows, Alys must undertake a journey through the wild danger of the fforest. But the greatest danger is not outside her. Alys’s secret about who—and what—she is terrifies her most of all. And in order to save her world, she must also risk losing herself.
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Books published in February 2017...