Book Review: Arcane Awakening

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Title: Arcane Awakenings Books One and Two (Arcane Awakenings Novella Series Book 1)

Author: Shelley Russell Nolan

Genre: Young Adult/ Paranormal/Fantasy

A hidden past. An uncertain future.

In Angel Fire, all Andie wants is acceptance, a task made difficult thanks to the nightmare that’s plagued her for the past fifteen years. Then she learns it’s a terrifying memory of the night she lost her identical twin. When Angel’s spirit calls to her, begging to be saved, Andie is determined to discover what really happened the night her sister died.

The story continues in Wild Lightning, when Celeste wakes in a mental institution with no memory of who she is or why she can shoot lightning from her fingertips. Spurred on by a vision of Angel, Celeste escapes and searches for answers as her captors close in.

Andie and Celeste must battle ruthless adversaries as they seek to uncover the truth, but will this lead to a future more dangerous that what they’ve left behind?

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Arcane Awakening is two stories filled with mistrust, family bonds (good and downright awful), love interests and powerful psychic abilities. The book is divided into two novellas, Angel Fire and Wild Lightning. Both are fairly short and very fast paced.

Angel Fire starts off with a girl named Andie who has some trust issues with her adoptive parents, her biological Aunt and Uncle, Joyce and Bill, and for good reason. For the last fifteen years that have had her heavily medicated for claims of her being ill. Andie knew she wasn’t mentally ill, but what she didn’t expect is that she had been lied to her entire life…and her brother, Daniel, the one person she thought was truly on her side had his secrets too.  But even he wasn’t aware of how deep the lies really were.

It’s here in the middle of everything crashing down around Andie that Nick comes into the picture. Nick is a work friend of Daniel’s. He seems like a very understanding and accepting person even after everything that goes down he never questions it or is shocked by it.

Once the truth comes out, the trio set out to make things right and they wind up at the Wood Estate. Where dark secrets lie behind the electrified fence. Dr. Wood the founder of the estate is hell bent on getting her good name back and torturing test subjects to prove or disprove her theory of psychic abilities. And her and her orderlies are standing in the way what Andie and Daniel want. Their long lost sister.

By the end of book one, they are neck deep in a dangerous battle. Also, by the end of the book Andie and Nick have quickly progressed into a relationship. The time frame of the novel is very short, a few days if even. The relationship moved faster than I liked, but given the length of the entire novella itself I can see why it progressed the way it did.

Book Two, Wild Lightning brings the ‘four’ of them into an even deeper problem. Now it’s not just keeping the ‘two girls’ safe, but a third. A third that escaped the same night that Andie did. Celeste, another patient at the Wood Estate that had been tortured to the point of being catatonic and plagued with amnesia.

What gets even wilder is that she may not know who she is, but she can produce lightning out of her fingers. With the police on their tails, all roads lead back to the Wood Estate to not only find answers, but proof to put the crazy doctor behind bars.

Once again another relationship is quickly developed between Celeste and Daniel. The characters in both books are well defined and each have their own personalities. The plot was entertaining and kept my interest throughout. There were plenty of twists and turns and holy crap moments with a semi cliffhanger ending.

3 stars

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Blog Tour Stop: Of Ashes & Sin

Of Ashes & Sin
Ariana Hawkes & K. N. Knight
(Fire Trails, #1)
Publication date: July 13th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

A world without fire. Three sizzling shifters. One flame-haired hustler. An elemental bond that could bring light back to the world, or be the end of them…

The last Phoenix has perished in a huge blaze of flames, extinguishing fire from the earth. Ranger Mason is a nineteen-year-old shifter whose spirit animal has not yet been fixed. An orphan, hustler and part-time exorcist, she scrapes a living in a dangerous, burned-out world, with no idea of the unique power she holds. That is, until a sexy tiger, bear and eagle shifter trio bursts into her life, convinced she’s the key to recreating fire.

What none of them realizes is that she’s no fire elemental, but something even more rare and special…something that will create the strongest possible bond between them, but also threaten to destroy her. Ranger is the only one capable of uniting a dragon with the three water, earth and air elementals, but as the love bond between the four of them ignites, the guys are unwilling to risk her safety—even if it means restoring balance to the world.

But Rael, Zain and Oran are not the only ones who have discovered Ranger’s gifts, and suddenly the decision is taken out of their hands. Will she be able to create peace between her three mates, who have vowed to do anything to protect her, and a dragon intent on keeping her in his cave as his personal, flame-haired treasure?

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The guys went into the pool again after breakfast, their bronzed bodies glistening in the sunlight, but I kept my clothes on and took a walk around the perimeter of the area instead. I was edgy in a way I couldn’t explain. Yes, I was restless, but it wasn’t just that.

I looked over at the three of them. Oran was swimming, his muscular back and tight buns showing on the surface of the water, while Zain and Rael were stretched out naked, two perfect specimens of manhood. I laughed hollowly. This would be any woman’s ultimate fantasy. Am I crazy not to just relax and enjoy it while I can? But something kept tugging at the edges of my mind. Zain called to me and tried to get me to join them, but I waved at him and kept walking, completing one circuit after another.

“Ranger! Are you okay? You’re making me dizzy with all that pacing,” Rael called as I passed close by him.

I came to a stop. “What if—what if something goes wrong?” I said. To my dismay, I was close to tears.

“Come and sit down,” Zain said.

With a sigh, I went over to a rock that was close to all of them and sat down on it, cross-legged. “What if this big plan ends in disaster and ruins everything?”

“Ranger, listen to me,” Zain continued. “We’ll never let anything bad happen to you. Each of us would fight to the death before we’d let anyone or anything hurt you. You’ve got to understand that.”

“I’m sure we could fight one off. But what if there are lots of them?” My mind spiraled out of control as it tended to when I was anxious. What if someone was injured or killed? The thought of losing any one of them was like a punch in the guts. They were my mates. Mine. And then I started to breathe fast. I knew what the problem was, but I’d been trying not to admit it to myself: I was falling for the guys, all three of them. I had been since the beginning, and it scared the hell out of me. Accepting they were my mates, that we’d all look out for each other, and they’d all have sex with me was one thing. But realizing I had feelings for them was another. It made me vulnerable, and I didn’t like that one bit.

“Ranger? What is it?” The unaccustomed softness in Oran’s voice jolted me back to the present, and I realized he’d been calling my name for a while.

“I like you,” I blurted out. “I mean, I more than like you. I’m falling for you, all three of you.” And then I covered my face with both hands because I was so embarrassed.

Slowly, gently, my hands were tugged away from my face, and I opened my eyes to see all three of them had gathered in front of me and were looking at me intently.

Author Bio:

About K.N. Knight

K. N. Knight has been writing fantasy novels for the last twenty years and collecting katana swords for even longer than that. She has 35 bestselling novels under her belt and more than twice that number of swords. Now writing under her real name for the first time, she’s turned to reverse harem, because who wouldn’t. She’s known as Cayenne or even Cayenne Pepper in some circles and she lives with her husband and three boys in Seattle. When she’s not causing or fixing trouble, she enjoys shower sonatas, velvet cupcakes and drawing anime portraits. Sign up for updates at http://eepurl.com/dz63d1.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorknknight

Email: kn@knknight.com

About Ariana Hawkes

USA Today bestselling author Ariana Hawkes writes spicy romantic stories with lovable characters, plenty of suspense, and a whole lot of laughs. She told her first story at the age of four, and has been writing ever since, for both work and pleasure. A horse-lover, an ex-financial writer, a former competitive runner, and a Minoan civilization aficionado, she graduated in English and Latin Literature from Oxford University and nowadays lives in Massachusetts with her man and two huskies.

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/arianahawkes

Email: ariana@arianahawkes.com

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Blog Tour Stop: Sali and The Five Kingdoms

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A civilization is threatened, and she may hold the key to the world’s survival…

As a child, Sali watched her mother vanish into thin air. Despite knowing what she saw, no one believed her—including her family and the police.

Years later, she receives an anonymous note, hinting at her mother’s whereabouts. Unexpectedly, Sali is pulled into a dying world where she meets Yakhar, a young man who is next in line to rule over Centaura, a world of five kingdoms. A world that seems strangely familiar to Sali.

But the looming death of the planet has unleashed a dormant threat. Together, Sali and Yakhar must convince the council of elders to change a centuries-old law to defeat a race of powerful beings, or Centaura, and Sali’s mom, may be lost forever.

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Oumar Dieng is an emerging American author. He writes young adult as well as regular fiction and non-fiction. His books tell stories that evoke vivid imagery and stimulate the imagination. He is also the host of the Motivational Voice Podcast, a podcast that focuses on creating positive habits. Sali and the Five Kingdoms is his debut novel.

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Blog Tour Stop: Mistake Of Magic

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Title: MISTAKE OF MAGIC
(Power Of Five #2)
Author: Alex Lidell
Pub. Date: June 29, 2018
Publisher: Danger Bearing Press
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 193
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trials stand between Lera and exile. Unless the training kills her first.

Quint magic has never chosen a human before, and the Elders Council is
convinced Lera is a mistake.

When the quint refuses to be cleaved apart, the enraged elders give them a
choice: exile from Lunos or demotion to the lowest of trainees. Subject again
to the humiliations and deadly trials they endured centuries ago, the males now
face a new challenge—training Lera to survive.

River, Shade, Coal, and Tye will do whatever it takes to keep Lera safe. But
Lera will do whatever she must to keep them together—even if it means putting
herself in mortal danger.

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Title: POWER OF FIVE

Author: Alex Lidell
Pub. Date: May 4, 2018
Publisher: Danger Bearing Press
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 312
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Four elite fae warriors. One mortal female. A magical bond they
can’t allow—or resist. 

Orphaned and sold to a harsh master, Lera’s life is about mucking stalls,
avoiding her master’s advances, and steering clear of the mystical forest
separating the mortal and fae worlds. Only fools venture into the immortal
realms, and only dark rumors come out… Until four powerful fae warriors
appear at Lera’s barn.

River, Coal, Tye, and Shade have waited a decade for their new fifth to be
chosen, the wounds from their quint brother’s loss still raw. But the magic has
played a cruel trick, bonding the four immortal warriors to… a female. A
mortal female.

Distractingly beautiful and dangerously frail, Lera can only be one thing—a
mistake. Yet as the males bring Lera back to the fae lands to sever the bond,
they discover that she holds more power over their souls than is safe for
anyone… especially for Lera herself.

Power of Five is a full-length reverse-harem fantasy novel. 

Excerpt:

I press my cheek into Shade’s palm and he pulls me against him, his silky hair brushing his shoulder as he bows his head over mine. The smell of damp earth and rain fills my lungs, and my heart quickens in spite of itself, my hands rising to rest on Shade’s taut hips. The yellow of his eyes shines in the sunlight, the bit of black in the center swallowing both the light and my thoughts. I wonder what those eyes see when they look at me from a wolf’s body.

About Alex:

Alex
Lidell is the Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF
TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player,
and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary
school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in
Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun,
ALANNA started Alex’s life long love for YA fantasy books. Alex is represented
by Leigh Feldman of Leigh Feldman Literary. She lives in Washington, DC.
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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

7/2/2018- RH WhyChoose– Review

7/2/2018- Book Briefs– Review

7/3/2018- Love in a time of Feminism– Review

7/3/2018- BookHounds– Excerpt

7/4/2018- Bri’s Book Nook– Review

7/4/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt

7/5/2018- Books a Plenty Book Reviews– Review

7/5/2018- Book-o-Craze– Review

7/6/2018- Simply Daniel Radcliffe– Review

7/6/2018- The Booknerd Dragon– Review

Week Two:

7/9/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

7/9/2018- Parajunkee– Review

7/10/2018- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

7/10/2018- Reese’s Reviews: My Addiction to Fiction– Review

7/11/2018- Book-Keeping– Review

7/11/2018- Fall Into Books– Excerpt

7/12/2018- books are love– Review

7/12/2018- K.L. Knovitzke – Author– Excerpt

7/13/2018- The Hermit Librarian– Excerpt

7/13/2018- Wishful Endings– Excerpt

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Bookish Wednesday: Orphic Creations

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Hello Bookish Friends! Today I’m introducing you to Orphic Creations! A bookish candle company that is expanding into making monthly themed boxes.

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I have been lucky enough to have two of these candles sent to me and they are amazing! The labels are so pretty and the scents are perfect. Not too strong, but not too light either. Candles that are available on her website are: each of the Hogwarts Houses, Throne Of Glass, A Court Of Thrones and Roses, and Strange The Dreamer.

All candles are vegan handmade soy candles and cost $7.00. Plus, with my code BOOKISH15 you can save 15%. She also has great other savings for you to save with as well, such as loyalty rewards By signing up for the rewards program you get get up to $4.00 off your purchase!

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Throne Of Glass Inspired candle, Fireheart

Scent: Jasmine, Lemon Verbena, Crackling Embers

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Harry Potter inspired candle, Witchcraft & Wizardry

Scent: Magic, Autumn, Potions

 

One of new and exciting things happening for Orphic Creations is their Creations Crate. The August theme is Home At Hogwarts! By subscribing to receive monthly boxes you can save 50% on this first box! The box will include 2 2oz candles and 2 4oz candles plus some other bookish goodies that have not yet been hinted at. Priced originally at $25.00, but with subscribing to a monthly subscription you can get the box for half off.

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Find Orphic Creations on these platforms!

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Book Inspired

Hello everyone! I’m deciding to share some outfits I created on a site called Polyvore. Sadly, Polyvore no longer exists. So sad. But in my time there I took my love of not just books, but for TV shows and movies too and created cute little collages inspired by some of my favorites.

I hope you enjoy this first installment! Vampire Edition!

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Until next time!

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Book Review: Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault

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Title: Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault

Author: Candace Robinson

Genre: Young Adult/Horror/Fantasy/Retelling

Some see it… Some don’t…

People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie and her friend August go on a pursuit for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with the disappearances?

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault is the start of a thrilling duology full of magic, danger, and romance.

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Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault is a compelling read with twists and turn, mystery and suspense, love and loss, and just plain murderous. A great novel to dip your toes into the horror genre. There’s also great retellings of some famous classics and very real life mysteries.

The story follows Perrie whose mother left her and her father at an early age. Her father’s sister and husband along with Maisie their daughter, Perrie’s cousin fill in the hole her mother left. There’s already drama right off the bat between broken up couple Perrie and Neven. One accuses the other and the other denies it. Perrie is pulled into another direction she isn’t willing to admit with newly found friend August. But besides abandonment issues and keeping a stone cold heart to love there’s a deep mystery unfolding within town.

Several people are going missing and the threat is closer to Perrie than she wants to believe. And it all starts when the trio comes across an old building that showed up out of nowhere. Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault. It draws Neven’s curiosity and it pulls Maisie in with a job opening, but what is Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault and who is Quinsey Wolfe?

The missing people that Perrie doesn’t know finally comes crash landing on her doorstep when ex boyfriend Neven turns up missing. And then things get even worse when Maisie doesn’t show up after she sneaks out for her supposed first day at the Glass Vault. But just as mysterious as the building shows up is how the entire building disappears.

Determination is a great characteristic of Perrie’s as she and August set out to find the Glass Vault and track down Maisie and Neven. Since it’s the only common denominator besides Perrie herself and she didn’t take her own friends.

Once entering the Glass Vault things go from weird to bad…real bad fast. Normal flies right out the window when Perrie and August get sucked into an actual display. Sleepy Hollow. And that’s not the only display they go through and the threat becomes greater and greater with each display. And one by one the missing people start showing up, trapped within just like them, but they aren’t themselves as they become people within the display. Who they were is gone and they’ve become someone else. Someone that is bound to die.

But things are just getting started. There’s something much worse than finding your friends and not being able to help them. Spoiler free. Sorry, I can’t ruin the best twist of all!

The plot keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat. Just enough gross to keep horror fan satisfied and not horror fans content. The different twists within the retellings of some of the most famous stories is different and interesting. The fact that everything is somehow connected and slowly, but not too slowly dots start connecting is due to great creative writing.

The characters are relatable with real life situations making them more realistic. Family and friends, break ups and heartache. A story wouldn’t be compelling if it didn’t have drama and Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault had the perfect mix of paranormal and psychological drama.

The ending will leave you wanting more because the story is definitely not over for Perrie. In fact, you can say it’s just getting started.

4 stars

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