Friday, March 31, 2017

Tour + Review, Trailer, and Giveaway: Angelbound by Christina Bauer


Angelbound
Christina Bauer
(Angelbound Origins #1)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: December 30th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
*Now an audio book!*
Eighteen-year-old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your everyday quasi-demon, half-demon, and half-human, girl. For the past five years, Myla has lived for the days she gets to fight in Purgatory’s arena. When souls want a trial by combat for their right to enter heaven or hell, they go up against her, and she has not lost a battle yet. 
But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights are not enough to keep her spirits up anymore. When the demons start to act weird, even for demons, and the King of the Demons, Armageddon, shows up at Myla’s school, she knows that things are changing and it is not looking good for the quasi-demons. Myla starts to question everything, and does not like the answers she finds. What happened 17 years ago that turned the quasi-demons into slave labor? 
Why was her mom always so sad? And why won’t anyone tell her who her father is?
Things heat up when Myla meets Lincoln, the High Prince of the Thrax, a super sexy half-human and half-angel demon hunter. But what does a quasi-demon girl to do when she falls for a demon hunter? It’s a good thing that Myla is not afraid of breaking a few rules. With a love worth fighting for, Myla is going to shake up Purgatory.

REVIEW of ANGELBOUND by CHRISTINA BAUER

4 stars

I thought this book was really entertaining and a really good read. I loved Myla, she was such a well-written character and she was fiesty and kick-butt, and just an overall great heroine. There are times where Myla irritated me, but overall I generally liked her and how she behaved/acted.

The story was long, and it could have been shorter, but it was overly done, whether it became a bother to read, at least for me. I really enjoyed the storyline. I, personally, haven't read any books where the main character is part-demon, and I was just really intrigued to read a story like that.

There was romance in this story. I liked the romance, I thought it was believable and there was no insta-love nor love triangles. And whereas I can sometimes deal with insta-love, I cannot deal with love triangles. My only issue with the romance in this story is that I felt like it was borderline YA/NA, but still very enjoyable.

Overall, I would recommend this book to people who enjoy NA or Adult paranormal stories because I think it is something you might enjoy.


Monster House Books is celebrating the launch of the audiobook version of the best seller Angelbound, both on iTunes & Audible! As a result, every launched book in the series is only $1.99, aka more than 50% off…And that includes Angelbound ACCA, which was only released a few months ago!


Author Bio:
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. It is now available as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes. 
Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby. 
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Review: Angelbound by Christina Bauer

31932429Angelbound by Christina Bauer


Eighteen year old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your every day quasi-demon, half-demon and half-human, girl. For the past five years, Myla has lived for the days she gets to fight in Purgatory’s arena. When souls want a trial by combat for their right to enter heaven or hell, they go up against her, and she hasn’t lost a battle yet.

But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights aren’t enough to keep her spirits up anymore. When the demons start to act weird, even for demons, and the King of the Demons, Armageddon, shows up at Myla’s school, she knows that things are changing and it’s not looking good for the quasi-demons. Myla starts to question everything, and doesn’t like the answers she finds. What happened seventeen years ago that turned the quasi-demons into slave labor? Why was her mom always so sad? And why won’t anyone tell her who her father is? Things heat up when Myla meets Lincoln, the High Prince of the Thrax, a super sexy half-human and half-angel demon hunter. But what’s a quasi-demon girl to do when she falls for a demon hunter? It’s a good thing that Myla’s not afraid of breaking a few rules. With a love worth fighting for, Myla’s going to shake up Purgatory.
Pages: 525
Format: E-Book
Published By: Monster House Books, LLC
Genre: YA - Paranormal, Romance
Series: Angelbound Origins
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book free to read and review, thanks to Xpresso Reads.

Cover Review:
I like the cover. It's not one of my favorite covers, but I do like that everything is dark, the simplicity of it, and the fact that the main focus is on the fact that she is a demon.

Rating:
✮✮✮

Review:
I thought this book was really entertaining and a really good read. I loved Myla, she was such a well-written character and she was fiesty and kick-butt, and just an overall great heroine. There are times where Myla irritated me, but overall I generally liked her and how she behaved/acted.

The story was long, and it could have been shorter, but it was overly done, whether it became a bother to read, at least for me. I really enjoyed the storyline. I, personally, haven't read any books where the main character is part-demon, and I was just really intrigued to read a story like that.

There was romance in this story. I liked the romance, I thought it was believable and there was no insta-love nor love triangles. And whereas I can sometimes deal with insta-love, I cannot deal with love triangles. My only issue with the romance in this story is that I felt like it was borderline YA/NA, but still very enjoyable.

Overall, I would recommend this book to people who enjoy NA or Adult paranormal stories because I think it is something you might enjoy.

Review: BoliviaKnight by Felicia Bridges

34104439BoliviaKnight by Felicia Bridges

Peter, the oldest of seven children born to missionaries in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, resents the idea of leaving the only home he’s known to go to college in the States. His parents insist he needs to leave the shelter of the familiar in order to discover a real and vibrant faith of his own.

When he stumbles on evidence of a murder and reports it to the police, he launches his family and his best friend, Kasey, into a world of drug smuggling and human trafficking which threatens the lives of everyone he loves.

Peter’s temper lands eighteen-year-old Kasey in the hospital where they meet Esperanza, a sixteen-year-old victim of Hector, the same villain who threatens Peter and his family. The stakes are higher than ever. Esperanza is desperate to escape not only the vicious traffickers but her own dependence on the drugs they used to control her.

Peter confronts his own darkest emotions and the consequences of his choices.
He must decide between defeating the cartel through powers darker than Hector himself or trusting God to provide victory through the love of Christ.



Pages: 246
Format: E-Book
Published By: Vinspire Publishing
Genre: YA - Christian Fiction
Series: International Mission Force
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book free to read and review, thanks to YA Bound.

Cover Review:
I really like the cover with the drawing of a person rather than an image/picture of a real person.

Rating:
✮✮✮

Review:
BoliviaKnight is the second book in the International Mission Force series, and I have the first book in the series to read, but this is a series that you do not have to read in order, and you will be fine (at least I had no problem following along - if I was missing something than I didn't realize it).

I really enjoyed reading this story, and I felt like it focused on a lot of emotional and heartbreaking issues that are currently going on in the world today. I liked the storyline and I liked the characters. There were slow moments in this story, but there were also fast-paced, intense scenes that made up for the slow moments.

All in all, this was a really good story that I would definitely recommend.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tour + Review and Giveaway: Myths of Mish by Katie Hamstead


31762751Myths of Mish (Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles #2)

by Katie Hamstead
Genre: YA Space Opera/Scifi/Fantasy
Release Date: March 14th, 2017
Curiosity Quills Press

Summary from Goodreads:

Hansel and Gretel Herrscher survived the witch in the woods, but the experience has made Hansel paranoid for the past ten years. He sees dark magic at every turn. When Gretel has a marriage arranged to a much older man, and Hansel discovers he's about to be sent halfway across the galaxy, he knows something sinister is afoot.

Wilhelmine Nordon has plenty of experience with Hansel's quirkier side. So when she catches him and Gretel running away in the middle of the night, she follows to keep them from getting killed. The siblings have never left the capital of Mish on their own, so they need a babysitter. Except when she's discovered, Hansel gives her his usual cold shoulder, and Gretel secretly begs her to take them back.

The problem is, Hansel's paranoia turns out to be well founded, and they're all being hunted.


Princess of Tyrone (Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles #1) on Goodreads

Click Here for My Copy of the Review of Myths and Mish

4 stars

So the thing that I love most about this series is literally the fact that these are fairytale retellings that are not your average fantasy fairytale retelling, but they are sci-fi/fantasy retellings. I never expected to read a sci-fi retelling of my favorite childhood stories. The first book in the series was focused on Sleeping Beauty while this story was focused on Hansel and Gretel. So on top of this being a sci-fi retelling, it's the only retelling of Hansel and Gretel that I have had the pleasure of reading.

I loved the pacing of this book, it's not too fast that everything rushes together without really any time to experience the story, but it is definitely on the fast side. The plot was really intriguing and interesting, and the characters were wonderfully well-written. I loved Wilhelmine, along with Hansel and Gretel. It was overall a wonderful story and I have my fingers crossed that there will be more stories in this series.

About the Author

Katie HamsteadBorn and raised in Australia, Katie's early years of daydreaming in the "bush", and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.

When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.

Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.



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Review: Myths of Mish by Katie Hamstead

31762751Myths of Mish by Katie Hamstead

Hansel and Gretel Herrscher survived the witch in the woods, but the experience has made Hansel paranoid for the past ten years. He sees dark magic at every turn. When Gretel has a marriage arranged to a much older man, and Hansel discovers he's about to be sent halfway across the galaxy, he knows something sinister is afoot. 

Wilhelmine Nordon has plenty of experience with Hansel's quirkier side. So when she catches him and Gretel running away in the middle of the night, she follows to keep them from getting killed. The siblings have never left the capital of Mish on their own, so they need a babysitter. Except when she's discovered, Hansel gives her his usual cold shoulder, and Gretel secretly begs her to take them back. 

The problem is, Hansel's paranoia turns out to be well founded, and they're all being hunted.





Pages: 245
Format: E-Book
Published By: Curiosity Quills Press
Genre: YA - Fantasy, Sci-fi, Romance
Series: Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book free to read and review, thanks to YA Bound

Cover Review:
I'm not a huge fan of the cover. I like the idea of the cover, but I think the cover just looks kind of fake, especially compared to the first cover, and I just don't like that.

Rating:
✮✮✮

Review:
So the thing that I love most about this series is literally the fact that these are fairytale retellings that are not your average fantasy fairytale retelling, but they are sci-fi/fantasy retellings. I never expected to read a sci-fi retelling of my favorite childhood stories. The first book in the series was focused on Sleeping Beauty while this story was focused on Hansel and Gretel. So on top of this being a sci-fi retelling, it's the only retelling of Hansel and Gretel that I have had the pleasure of reading.

I loved the pacing of this book, it's not too fast that everything rushes together without really any time to experience the story, but it is definitely on the fast side. The plot was really intriguing and interesting, and the characters were wonderfully well-written. I loved Wilhelmine, along with Hansel and Gretel. It was overall a wonderful story and I have my fingers crossed that there will be more stories in this series.

Blitz + Giveaway and Excerpt: The Courage Test by James Preller



The Courage Test by James Preller

Will has no choice. His father drags him along on a wilderness adventure in the footsteps of legendary explorers Lewis and Clark--whether he likes it or not. All the while, Will senses that something about this trip isn't quite right.

Along the journey, Will meets fascinating strangers and experiences new thrills, including mountain cliffs, whitewater rapids, and a heart-hammering bear encounter.

It is a journey into the soul of America's past, and the meaning of family in the future. In the end, Will must face his own, life-changing test of courage.

A father-and-son journey along the Lewis and Clark Trail--from Fort Mandan to the shining sea--offers readers a genre-bending blend of American history, thrilling action, and personal discovery.






Praise for THE COURAGE TEST


"Preller stirs doses of American history into a first-rate road trip that does traditional double-duty as plot device and coming-of-age metaphor. Will is initially baffled and furious at being abruptly forced to accompany his divorced father, a history professor, on a long journey retracing much of the trail of Lewis and Clark. ...Will survives a meeting with a bear and a spill into dangerous rapids—tests of courage that will help him weather the bad news that awaits him at home." --Booklist



"Whatever young explorers look for on their literary road trips, they’ll find it here."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books



"The lively narrative is interspersed with Will’s entries for a school writing assignment, which contain lots of facts about the original journey, as well as postcards to his mother. Despite the emotional heft, there is plenty of action, including white-water rafting and a close encounter with a bear. A middle grade winner to hand to fans of history, adventure, and family drama."--School Library Journal



EXCERPT
My mother pushes me out the door, and I don’t know why.



“I don’t want to go,” I tell her.

“I know,” she says.

“But why now?” I ask again. “All-Stars starts this week. I don’t want to miss it.”

“We’ve been over this,” she says.

She might as well say what every parent resorts to when they run out of good answers: Because I said so. There’s no explanation, no more discussion. It’s time for me to go.

I feel ridiculously, stupidly, helplessly annoyed, and there’s nothing I can do about it. I see in that instant my mother is getting old. Stray gray hairs, wrinkles around the down-turned corners of her mouth. She looks tired and thin, sick of arguing with me. I carry a fully loaded metal-frame backpack on my shoulders and a smaller gym bag in my right hand—stuff for the long drive, all my technology’s in there. I don’t want to go, but I can’t stand here forever. So come on, Mom, let’s do this.

“You’ll have fun,” she says. “It’s good for you and your father to spend time together.”

“Please, Mom.”

“He’s the only father you’ve got,” she says.

I give her nothing in return. Not a nod. I’m not even listening. I turn my back to her.

“Bye,” she says, and adds, “I love you, Will.”

I walk away like I don’t hear.

“Will?”

I raise my hand in good-bye without looking back.

My father waits in the car. He steps out as I approach. I nod to him, hey. None of this is my idea. I have no say, no choice. I refuse to be happy about it. I’m not going to make this easy.

“Here, um, let me help you with that.” He reaches to take my backpack.

“No, I got it,” I say, leaning away.

“Oh, okay, sure,” he says.

He stands there, not knowing what to do.

“Are you going to pop the trunk?” I ask. Because: obviously.

Flustered, my father moves to the driver’s side door. He fumbles in the front pocket of his water-resistant khakis, drops the keys on the road, stoops to the ground. I glance sideways, slyly, to check how this is playing from the front window. But my mother is no longer watching.

She’s gone.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Preller (born 1961) is the children's book author of the Jigsaw Jones Mysteries, which are published by Scholastic Corporation. He grew up in Wantagh, New York and went to college in Oneonta, New York. After graduating from college in 1983, James Preller was employed as a waiter for one year before being hired as a copywriter by Scholastic Corporation, where he was introduced (through their books) to many noatable children's authors. This inspired James Preller to try writing his own books. James Preller published his first book, entitled MAXX TRAX: Avalanche Rescue, in 1986. Since that time, James Preller has written a variety of books, and has written under a number of pen names, including Mitzy Kafka, James Patrick, and Izzy Bonkers. James Preller lives in Delmar, New York with his wife Lisa and their three children.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Thriller and Horror Novels

So I've been wanting to read more thrillers/mysteries/suspense/horror novels. Not because I don't read much, but just because I am really in the mood for them right now. I would love to hear from all of you what your favorite novels in these genres are. But for now, here are my top ten thriller and horror novels that I want to read in no particular order. As you can tell from the list of books, the majority are YA horror stories, but I do love thriller and mysteries just as much. Have you read any of the books below and if so, what did you think of them?

So I was going to include Midsummer Night's Scream in the list because I just started that, but then I decided that I would focus on books that I really want to read that I haven't started yet. But Midsummer Night's Scream by R.L. Stine would have definitely made it onto the list if I hadn't started it.

#1: Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

30037870Allegedly is one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. I actually bought this book a few days ago, and hope to add it to my shelves soon. It will also be one of the books that I am reading for the Debut Author Challenge, which you should all check out (the link is in my left sidebar). This is a YA mystery, and the opening of the blurb is: 

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly.

So if that doesn't sound intriguing at all, I don't know what is.







#2: Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale

29522966So I don't really know much about this book. I just saw it the other day, and loved the cover, and haven't read the description yet, because well sometimes I just read books based on their cover and go in knowing absolutely nothing about the book. This is a YA horror book. Again, I am planning to read this book for the Debut Authors Challenge.













#3: Escape from Asylum by Madeleine Roux

27064441I really enjoy the Asylum series. I have read both of the short novellas, and the first and second book so far. I contemplated between which book by Madeleine I want to read the most right now, and the prequel novel is the most intriguing to me. I do want to give a shout out to her House of Furies book that also sounds absolutely amazing, but right now I want to read Escape from Asylum the most. This is a YA horror.

The nightmare is just beginning.

If you like Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, you might enjoy this series. I, personally, think it's much darker, but I loved it. I actually loved it more than Miss Peregrine's, and highly recommend checking it out.





#4: And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

28449150I have absolutely no idea what this book is about either. The only thing I know is that it's by Dawn Kurtagich, who wrote the Dead House, which is arguably one of my favorite horror books of all time because the story (didn't scare me), but it was really creepy. And where I am at the point that I don't think any book will scare me, I think it takes a lot to creep me out - and Dead House accomplished that. Probably the only reason this book is on my tbr list. I mean it has a really beautiful cover, so maybe I would have picked it up, but there's always the possibility I would have never known about this book otherwise. This, again, is a YA horror.








#5: MARY: Unleashed by Hillary Monahan

24396989This is the second book in the Blood Mary series, and I will almost read or attempt to read anything about Bloody Mary. I won't say this is one of the best horror books I have ever read, but I did think it was entertaining and I am excited to read the second book. This is, once more, is a YA horror story. I will say, I don't understand what the crow on the cover has to do with anything, but we'll see once I read it - hopefully.

Mary in the mirror.
Mary in the glass.
Mary in the water.

No one is safe.







#6: Fall by Bethany Griffin

18241263I, at one point in time, knew what this story was about. I don't really recall now, but I still plan on reading it. I actually just got in the other day, and it will be included in my haul when I finish getting the pictures posted on my Instagram account. This book is a gothic YA horror story, and I hope to get to it soon.

Madeline Usher is doomed.

I decided to not read what it was about for this, and to go into this story blind, but I pulled the first line from the blurb, and I feel like it says enough for me to still be intrigued, but have absolutely no idea what this story is about.

I do know that it is a reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe's classic, The Fall of the House of Usher, which I like about Bethany Griffin's books. She has another series, Masque of the Red Death based off of another Edgar Allan Poe classic. 



#7: The House by Christina Lauren

24885831I feel like the title is kind of self-explanatory to what this story is about. It is about a girl, Delilah, and a guy, Gavin, and a house that Gavin lives in that Delilah is drawn to and there's just something wrong with this house. Other than that, I have absolutely no idea. I have also heard nothing about this book, and I have read nothing by this author so I don't really know what to expect. This is a YA horror.













#8: Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

28367592This is another haunted house story about two cousins and an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in their family for generations. Once again, I have no idea what this book is about really. I have heard nothing about this story and have never read a book by this author. This is another YA horror.















#9: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco


28962906This is similar to my feeling about Bloody Mary. If I see a book about Jack the Ripper, I will probably pick it up even if I don't know much about it. Audrey, who is our main character, works with her uncle, I believe, working with dead bodies which her father/family doesn't know about. And through that, she basically gets pulled into the Ripper story. I probably bought this as soon as I could, and plan to get to it in the near future because I absolutely cannot wait. This is a YA mystery.














AND FINALLY...


#10: There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

15797848So I have, at this moment, never read a Stephanie Perkins book. If things work out the way I'm expecting, this book will probably be my first of her books. I am interested in reading the Anna and the French Kiss trilogy, but at the same time, I'm not like dying to read them. This book, I actually don't know how I stumbled across it. It might have been recommended to me... even though its not out yet, but just recommended because they knew I would be intrigued. So this book is apparently, a classic teen slasher story that is also fun... So I don't know what to expect, but if I end up liking this, I might end up going and reading her trilogy.

As you can see, there's not really a cover, but that's because this book doesn't come out until September of this year.







There are many more books that I want to read that fall under these genres, but these are just some of the ones that I am intrigued most to read, or in a few cases, just want to finish the series (still want to read them), but just want to get those series out of the way since I think they are the final books in both series. So I hope you enjoyed finding out about some horror stories, and what I am intrigued most to read. If you love horror/thriller/mysteries, feel free to share and recommend your favorites in the comments.

Small Announcement: Giveaway

Not many of you know that I have an Adult blog, Reading for the Stars and Moon over at http://adultreadingforthestarsmoon.blogspot.com/. Right now, I have a giveaway going on for a signed ARC of Highland Duke by Amy Jarecki here. And you have to go to that blog to enter. I will not be including the rafflecopter on this blog. Right now there are 6 days remaining, but I might extend it to add an extra week.

Here is the book's Goodreads page.

Blitz: Hard Truth About Sunshine by Sawyer Bennett

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The Hard Truth About Sunshine AMAZONNew York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett has written her most gripping and poignant tale yet.

Provocatively heart-breaking, audaciously irreverent and romantically fulfilling, The Hard Truth About Sunshine exposes just how very thin the line is between a full life and an empty existence. Despite having narrowly escaped death's clutches, Christopher Barlow is grateful for nothing. His capacity to love has been crushed. He hates everyone and everything, completely unable to see past the gray stain of misery that coats his perception of the world. It's only after he involuntarily joins a band of depressed misfits who are struggling to overcome their own problems, does Christopher start to re-evaluate his lot in life. What could they possibly learn from one another? How could they possibly help each other to heal? And the question that Christopher asks himself over and over again... can he learn to love again? He's about to find out as he embarks upon a cross country trip with a beautiful woman who is going blind, a boy with terminal cancer, and an abuse victim who can't decide whether she wants to live or die. Four people with nothing in common but their destination. They will encounter adventure, thrills, loss and love. And within their travels they will learn the greatest lesson of all. The hard truth about sunshine... Warning: This book deals with some tough issues including suicide and sexual abuse.

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AuthorPhotoSince the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions. A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.