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"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green

1.18.2019

BLOG TOUR --- Power of Five by Alex Lidell --- ADULT FICTION [Review + Giveaway]



Title: Power of Five (Book 1)
Authors(s): Alex Lidell
Publication Date: May 4, 2018
Edition: Paperback, ebook; 312 pages
Publisher: Danger Bearing Press
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & 
Noble - The Book Depository













Tour Schedule


Week One:
1/4/2019 - Under the Book Cover Review - Power of Five
1/4/2019 - Writer of Wrongs Excerpt - Power of Five

Week Two:
1/7/2019 - Loie Dunn Review -Power of Five        
1/7/2019 - Texan Holly Reads Excerpt - Power of Five
1/8/2019 - BookHounds - Excerpt - Power of Five 
1/8/2019 - Two Chicks on Books Excerpt - Power of Five
1/9/2019 - Good Choice Reading Excerpt -Power of Five 
1/9/2019 - Adventures Thru Wonderland Excerpt - Lera of Lunos
1/10/2019 - A Gingerly Review Review -Power of Five   
1/11/2019 - Burgandy Ice - Excerpt - Lera of Lunos

Week Three:
1/14/2019 - Smada's Book Smack - Review - Complete Series
1/14/2019 - Books a Plenty Book Reviews Review- Complete Series
1/15/2019 - Reese's Reviews Review - Complete Series
1/15/2019 - Parajunkee Excerpt - Lera of Lunos 
1/16/2019 - Book-KeepingReview - Complete Series
1/16/2019 - Jaime's WorldExcerpt - Lera of Lunos 
1/17/2019 - Bookbriefs - Review - Complete Series
1/17/2019 - Abooktropolis - Review - Power of Five or Complete Series
1/18/2019 - Love in a time of Feminism Review - Complete Series
1/18/2019 - Eli to the nth Review - Power of Five


The Summary


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.


My Review

Power of Five is the first book in a reverse-harem series by author Alex Lidell.  She has written Young Adult fiction, her most notable is The Cadet of Tildor, but now she is applying her same great writing to adult fiction.  While I have never read a reverse-harem book (unless you count the Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton as reverse-harem, cause boy there's a lot of men for one lady in those books), I knew what to expect: hot men playing in to specific stereotypes and the strong woman that connects all of them.  And while that premise is there in the heart of the book, it was still super enjoyable.

Lidell writes great characters, and the characters are what really kept me interested.  Especially Lera, the main protagonist.  Lera is a peasant, indentured to serve her master until she dies.  But even during these circumstances, she does not let it dampen her spirit.  She is strong-willed, and it shows in her surviving a less than appealing life.  Even when she is united with the other members of her "quint", she doesn't allow them to walk all over her.  She's a little bit of a "cliché", as she is petite in stature, and is gorgeous with fiery red hair (to reflect her fiery spirit...eh?), but for the type of book this was, it was expected. However, Lidell does allow Lera to break the mold just enough to keep her interesting.

Now, let's talk about these men.  All elite fae warriors, all gorgeous, and all trying to resist (or not resist, as the case may be) the pull they feel to Lera.  While there is a man to play each "stereotype" (the serious one, the playful one, the broken one, and the protective one), just as with Lera, they weren't completely pigeonholed into those roles.  And they are definitely the stuff of dreams.  I fell in love with them all, but I especially love Shade.  He's a shapeshifter, and the protective one of Lera.  I love when that side of a man comes out in romances.  But each of the men offer something to love, and something that intrigues Lera.  Reverse-harem activate! 

Finally, the plot was really interesting in this.  The fae have groups called "quints", made up of five fae warriors, which allow them to gather their power together and focus it.  This makes the fae very powerful, and they are needed to fight the dark creatures that are constantly trying to invade the fae world.  But the "quint" in the book is missing a member, so they need to find their new fifth to complete the group.  But their as led them to Lera, who is not only a woman, but a mortal woman.  This has never happened, and should never happen.  Queue the drama!  Lidell does create an intricate fantasy world, which is typically lacking in reverse-harem novels.  I was expecting just sex, but we actually got substance!  Don't get me wrong, there is sex, but it makes sense within the plot, and isn't there gratuitously.  Now, maybe in the later novels it'll be more explicit, but I was happy to be able to have my cake and eat it too, if you will.

Overall, if you love fantasy, and are looking to dive into the reverse-harem genre, this is definitely your book!  A strong female lead, hot leading men, and a fantasy plot that will keep you interested, Power of Five by Alex Lidell is a must-read, and I can't wait to get my hands on the other three books!  Luckily, neither you nor I will have to wait to see what happens to Lera and her men, as the last novel in the series, Lera of Lunos, came out earlier this month.  So go ahead, and jump on the binge read wagon!!

Final Rating



Excerpt

“Is this why you tried to stop my hunt?” Zake snarls into my face. “You wanted to intercept the immortal before he reached me?” His meaty hand turns me around, pressing my head against the barn’s side as the belt uncoils behind me. “What did you offer him, wench? Your maidenhead? Tell me the truth now, girl—it will only hurt more if you lie.”

“I’m not lying,” I say, my body already bracing for the coming blows. “Zake—” I clamp my mouth shut as the belt whistles through the air. There is no stopping this now, and little reason to waste breath that I’ll need shortly.

A furious growl rips through the air. Just when my back is supposed to explode in flame, a dark shape hurtles out of nowhere. Before I can blink, Zake is in the dirt, a large wolf prowling over him. The wolf’s lips pull back, revealing wet canines that glitter in the sun, its thick gray pelt and black muzzle bringing me straight back to last night’s dream.

I gasp, stepping away—and knock right into a wall of muscle and maleness. Tye, the smiling red-haired fae male, is no longer amused. The green-eyed stare he gives Zake is filled with the promise of violence. Not that there will be much of Zake left if the wolf has his way.

“What’s going on back here?” says a quiet voice. A new fae male strides out of the stable, this one dressed in warrior black and sporting a glare that says he’s one breath away from razing the whole estate to the ground. If Tye is an overgrown adolescent, the newcomer is a deadly killer, with long blond hair tied up in a bun, a chiseled jaw, and piercing blue eyes that seem to strip me and find me wanting in one glance. The wicked-looking blades strapped to his waist and back complete the effect.

“Just a wee misunderstanding,” says Tye. “I have it handled.”

The warrior snorts. “That’d be a first.”

Tye sighs in a long-suffering way. “Lera, this is Coal. Try to ignore him the best you can.”

Coal crosses his arms, his eyes finishing their examination of the soon-to-be-dead Zake and the salivating wolf before coming to a stop on my face.

As with Tye, a ripple of recognition races through me, though I’m certain I’ve never seen this male before. My instincts scream at me to run, even as the male’s eyes draw me toward him, the corded muscles of his forearms and shoulders making my breath quicken.

“Time to go, lass,” Tye murmurs into the back of my neck. A command. An invitation. A challenge.
Murderous fae. Mystwood. Broken bones.

My heart pounds, even as my body feels the rightness of Tye’s words and aches to accept them. I swallow, feeling as though the male has claimed me already. And not just him. Five, my soul seems to whisper.

Five what?

Five. There should be five. Has to be five.


About the Author

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.

Giveaway

  • 1 winner will win a $10 Amazon Gift Card (Intl.)
  • 1 winner will receive a POWER OF FIVE Journal (U.S.)
  • 1 winner will receive the complete POWER OF FIVE series in eBooks (Intl.)



12.28.2018

BLOG TOUR --- Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton [Review + Giveaway]



Title: Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful
Authors(s): Arwen Elys Dayton
Publication Date: December 4, 2018
Edition: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook; 384 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - AudibleBarnes & 
Noble - iBooksThe Book Depository






Tour Schedule


Week One:
12/3/2018- Kait Plus BooksReview
12/4/2018- Novel NoviceExcerpt
12/5/2018- RhythmicbooktrovertReview
12/6/2018- Sifa Elizabeth WritesReview
12/7/2018- The Pages In-Between- Review

Week Two:
12/10/2018- Dani Reviews ThingsReview
12/11/2018- Book-KeepingReview
12/12/2018- A Dream Within A DreamReview
12/13/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
12/14/2018- Rainy Day ReviewsExcerpt

Week Three:
12/17/2018- A Gingerly ReviewReview
12/18/2018- Always Me - Review
12/19/2018- Sincerely Karen Jo BlogExcerpt
12/20/2018- Devouring BooksReview
12/21/2018- BookHounds YAReview

Week Four:
12/24/2018- My Books-My WorldExcerpt
12/25/2018- Books of TeacupsReview
12/26/2018- Lifestyle of MeReview
12/27/2018- Wishful EndingsExcerpt
12/28/2018- Eli to the nthReview

Week Five:
12/31/2018- Oh Hey! Books.
Review

The Summary

For fans of television shows Black Mirror and Westworld, this compelling, mind-bending novel is a twisted look into the future, exploring how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimen and what it means to be human at all.

Set in our world, spanning the near to distant futures, Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is a novel made up of six interconnected stories that ask how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimens, and how hard that will push the definition of "human."

This extraordinary work explores the amazing possibilities of genetic manipulation and life extension, as well as the ethical quandaries that will arise with these advances. The results range from the heavenly to the monstrous. Deeply thoughtful, poignant, horrifying, and action-packed, Arwen Elys Dayton's Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is groundbreaking in both form and substance.

My Review

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton poses the question: what makes us human and how far will we go for perfection?  A major theme in a lot of sci-fi, I think this questions will never get old, and Dayton does an amazing job exploring the question through her book.  The book contains six individual, but connected stories, all stemming from one thing: human modification.  Modification in multiple ways: organ transplant, DNA tampering, body amalgamations, etc. all leading to the final story.

This collection, because I feel, that while the stories all work together, they can also be read individually from each other, is unforgettable.  Dayton explores big questions in a way that shows the layers of humanity: our compassion, our intellect, and our hubris.  Each contains characters that are developed and vivid, and are often juxtaposed with a bigger "institution", be it private or public.

Overall, this is a strong sci-fi book, one that will entice not just teen readers, but adult readers.  I can't say more about the plot of the book without giving it away, but the summary above doesn't lie: if you like Westworld and Black Mirror, then you will really love Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton.

Final Rating


About the Author

ARWEN ELYS DAYTON is the author of the Seeker series—Seeker, Traveler, and Disruptor and the e-novella The Young Dread—and the science-fiction thriller Resurrection. Arwen lives with her husband and their three children on the West Coast of the United States. You can visit her at arwendayton.com and follow @arwenelysdayton on Twitter and Instagram.
Giveaway

3 Winners will receive a finished copy of Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful, US Only.

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12.27.2018

RELEASE DAY BLITZ: The Dating Alternative by Jennifer Woodhull [New Adult/Adult]


I am so excited that The Dating Alternative by Jennifer Woodhull is available now and that I get to share the news!  I love a good romance, and The Dating Alternative is no exception.  

If you haven't heard anything book this great book, please keep scrolling: you can check out an excerpt from the book and a playlist inspired by the characters.  There's also a giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card (Intl), courtesy of Jennifer and Rockstar Book Tours at the bottom of this post.

Now what are you waiting for!!??

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Dating Alternative
Author: Jennifer Woodhull
Pub. Date: December 26, 2018
Publisher: Jennifer Woodhull
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 288
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&N
 
Brie picked the wrong guy—gave him the wrong finger. 

When her fiancé walks out three weeks before their wedding, she slowly picks up the pieces with the help of her friends. A serial monogamist, she's not quite ready to start dating again. There are some things she misses about having a boyfriend, though. Her friends convince her to try something more casual. Random hookups have never been her thing. When a guy she has flirted with for a while offers his services to solve her dilemma, she can't help but be intrigued. Now she's trying to keep things casual, but when she's wrapped in his arms, it's hard to remember she's not supposed to be falling for him. 

Max has had a few hookups since he split with his last girlfriend. Lately, though, he feels like something is missing. He has crushed on the girl he affectionately calls Cheese for years, but the timing was never right. When he finds out they're finally single at the same time, he is poised to make his move. Unfortunately, she's only looking for something physical. Of course, Max is happy to oblige, but the more time they spend together, the more certain he becomes that she's the perfect girl for him. 

He pulls out all the stops, and just when he's about to make his move from the friends-with-benefits zone to serious dating, Brie completely ghosts on him. Now he has to figure out if she has really walked away, or if something more serious is keeping him from the girl of his dreams. 

Funny, sexy, and satisfying, The Dating Alternative is a standalone new adult/contemporary romance. 

EXCERPT



Chapter 1 Excerpt – Sabrina
 
As I lay on the bed, wearing my ex-fiancé’s t-shirt and remembering the night he left me six months ago, I realize that tears are slipping silently down my cheeks.
 
I’ve done reasonably well, too. The first week, I was catatonic. The first month, I was practically a zombie. In those days, even showering on my day off had been a challenge. Within a couple of months, though, I was doing better. By the ninety-day mark, I could be mistaken for someone who hadn’t been virtually left at the altar.
 
Now, lying on the bed six months after Grant had thrown away our life together, I was almost indiscernible from a normal girl. Looking at me most days, you would never know that my life had been ripped apart by an exotic Olympian named Isabel and my former fiancé, Grant.
 
I sit up, realizing how far I’d come since that night. I put the back of my hand up to one cheek, then the other. No more. That asshole doesn’t get another single tear from me. Control-G-Delete. 
 
Chapter 1 – F*CK YOU by Cee Lo Green
Chapter 2 – We All Want Love by Rihanna
Chapter 3 – I Don’t Need A Man by Pussycat Dolls
Chapter 4 – I Want You To Want Me by Cheap Trick
Chapter 5 – Me Without You by Gwen Stefani
Chapter 6 – Closing Time by Semisonic
Chapter 7 – Pocketful of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield
Chapter 8 – Every Little Thing She Does is Magic by The Police
Chapter 9 – Sex On Fire by Kings of Leon
Chapter 10 – Toothbrush by DNCE
Chapter 11 – After You by Meg Myers
Chapter 12 – Anything Could Happen by Ellie Goulding
Chapter 13 – Time To Get Closer by Foster the People
Chapter 14 – Bonfire Hearts by James Blunt
Chapter 15 – Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover by Sophie B. Hawkins
Chapter 16 – Waiting for the Weekend by The Vapors
Chapter 17 – Isn’t It Ironic by Alanis Morrissette
Chapter 18 – In Between Days by The Cure
Chapter 19 – Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
Chapter 20 – It’s My Life by No Doubt
Chapter 21 – Freedom by George Michael
Chapter 22 – Halo by Beyoncé

 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jennifer Woodhull is based in the Southern United States, spending time in her second home of England, and traveling as often as she can. Her love of travel permeates her work, and her characters often find themselves exploring new and foreign surroundings.
 
A keen observer of human behavior, Jennifer often draws inspiration from something as simple as a fleeting connection, or the glimpse of a unique trait or characteristic. Her favorite place to write is on airplanes.
 
"The drone of the engine, the scores of people, all traveling to something or from something, and being disconnected from digital distractions are a combination that provide the perfect place to write," she says. "If you see a woman in seat 9F who is balancing her Macbook on her lap because it's time to close your tray table, please have patience. I'm just trying to finish one more sentence."
 
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GIVEAWAY

1 lucky winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International
 


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