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Review: Losing Leah Holloway by Lisa Regan

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Losing Leah Holloway (Claire Fletcher #2) by Lisa Regan | Rating: ★★★★☆

As a note, a review copy of this novel was provided on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Thank you!

Lisa Regan effortlessly pens a second installment to her delightfully painful and thrilling Claire Fletcher series. As you would suspect, it comes with just as much tension and suspense as the previous chapter. While I enjoyed Losing Leah Holloway--and this new mystery--I did prefer the first book in the series in terms of pacing.

Five years after escaping her personal terror, recovering from years in captivity, Claire Fletcher takes a chance in rescuing a car full of five children after a mother drives them off a bridge. Losing Leah Holloway is undeniably a different story--new mysteries, old struggles--but still has that bizarre/creepy vibe that its predecessor had. Regan is able to showcase once more how rich her writing is and will leave you captivated; the hairs on the back of your neck sticking up from various chills and thrills. Lisa Regan has a way with making you feel on edge throughout the pages and this is her biggest gift. Her own personal calling card.

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Cover Reveal + General Squealing: Lovers Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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ATTENTION Fizzle Force! Be honest: have you checked Krista and Becca Ritchie's blog recently? (The answer is probably a resounding FUCK YEAH.) It's time to completely lose our cool over the stunning cover for Loves Like Us, the hotly anticipated sequel to this year's Damaged Like Us. That's right, we're getting more Maximoff Hale and Farrow Keene. I feel weak in the knees. Do you?

Slated for an October 31st release date (as if we needed any more of a reason to love Halloween!) we are hot on the heels of its official publication. I, for one, am always ready (and swooning) for more Krista and Becca Ritchie writing. If my excitement wasn't obvious enough. No words can describe how much I love the Like Us, Addicted and Calloway Sisters series' but it is amongst my all-time favourites.

Without further ado, let's all lose our shit over Farrow's delicious look on the cover of Lovers Like Us. Either follow the cut or head on over to the twins' official blog here

*Images, pre-order and blurbs all come from their official blog.

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Shopping for a CEO by Julia Kent

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How has it been two years since Julia Kent released Shopping for a CEO? Fans have been practically bouncing in excitement over the Shopping for a Billionaire series by Kent and it's easy to see why this fun, romantic read is so compelling to its target audience. 

And now, you can purchase a copy of this novel for 99¢ for a limited time. To sweeten the deal, you can also purchase the first installment of this series for--gasp--FREE across platforms. Check out Julia Kent's site here for more information. Can you say 'yay!'? Is it actually Christmas?  

I'm so happy to be celebrating this blitz with you guys and definitely think you should check this series out ASAP. It's one of the best books to curl up to this time of year. If you're a fan of quirky contemporary romances that leave you with a blitz out fuzzy feeling of warmth, then she is your girl. 

To learn more about Shopping for a CEO, follow the cut. And don't forget to try your hand at the fab giveaway!

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Beautiful Rivers Series by Jordyn White

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Are you ready for your next adult obsession? Beautiful Rivers is a series all about that contemporary romance readers long for and is the perfect series to swoon over. Beautiful Mine is sure to start a fire amongst the pages for many readers who long for steamy love affairs and the complexities of real life. Jordyn White weaves a love story that you can't look away from and as a whole, the Beautiful Rivers series has all the makings of an addictive set of books. 

And I'm so excited to celebrate the release of Beautiful Mine with you guys, which was published on September 10th 2017. To learn more about the series and author, and one exclusive giveaway, follow the cut. You won't be disappointed.

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Review: Dirty Little Secret by Kendall Ryan

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Dirty Little Secret (Forbidden Desires #1) by Kendall Ryan | Review: ★★★★★

As a note, a review copy of this novel was provided on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Thank you!

"You're going to make me scream in the library."

I'll let your imaginations go wild with that one simple line from Dirty Little Secret, the beginning of Kendall Ryan's all-new series Forbidden Desires. In all honesty, I'm clawing my way towards the sequel already because holy crap I need it now. NOW. If you were wondering, yes, Ryan's latest is full of so much desire the following might happen:

-Reader could spontaneously combust.
-Pages are likely to catch fire.
-Cold showers are the new cuddle-fest.
-Proceed to anticipate the next release with your favourite comfort food.
-Pine over the follow-up. 

I mean. Phew. PHEW! Can I use the fire emoji for a sufficient review or is that not how this works?  I'm kidding. Mostly. I really do see only fire when I think of this bloody book and that's, well, as swoon worthy as it is infuriating. I love it. Kendall Ryan, you outdid yourself with this book. I can't stress that enough. You just reignited my interest in the genre and I'm pretty much in love with Emma and Cooper. And Emma and Gavin.


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Review: Finding Claire Fletcher by Lisa Regan

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Finding Claire Fletcher by Lisa Regan | Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5)

As a note, a review copy of this novel was provided on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Thank you!

Isn't the cover for this novel so deliriously gorgeous and creepy? I love how out of focus and dark it is, that hint of colour just a blur of mystery--much like the novel itself. Penned by Lisa Regan, Finding Claire Fletcher is one of my favourite finds this year due to its content and superb writing. There were times when the hairs stood up on the back of my neck. Regan really captivated me with this one from the get-go and the brief summary leaves no questions to whether or not this is a must-read. It just is.

There's something so utterly compelling about crime novels. Whether they're fiction or non. They get under your skin. They take you on this hugely emotional journey and keep you pinned to the page because you can't help but want to solve it by yourself. Or at the very least, witness the resolution of it on its own. In the case of Regan's novel, it's fiction--with parallels to real life cases, I'm sure. The fact that the big plot-line in this is circled in on a mysterious cold case that is years old is all the more appealing to fans of the genre.


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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Skin Deep by Cassie Leigh

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Tuesday, September 26th 2017, marked the official publication of Skin Deep by Cassie Leigh. Leigh already has quite a few releases under her belt that span genres and prove that her writing chops are here to stay. Skin Deep, a contemporary release, promises to fulfill all your romantic needs this autumn with its "off limits" tropes and fantastic characters.  

And when Mr. Right Now is planning on forever, what can you really do except say yes

Cassie Leigh has flagged my attention and I know she will yours. Gigi Duval is bound to be one of those beloved characters and I'm sure you can't wait to get to know her and her little pink book. 

I'm so excited to celebrate the release with you guys and participate in this blitz! Skin Deep is a definite must-have for the year and I can't wait to dive in. To learn more about the novel, Cassie Leigh and the awesome giveaway that is attached--follow the cut.

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Malachi and I by J.J. McAvoy

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You know when you hear a premise to a novel and just think--holy shit--this is for me? Something just pulls you in by the summary and suddenly you have to have the book or else you might, I don't know, faint or something?

That's the exact feeling that I got when I heard about Malachi and I by J.J. McAvoy (September 27th, 2017) and there's really no turning back once you've got the chills over a plot. I've always been intrigued by the concept of past lives and the idea of two souls continuously meeting throughout time and space is the ULTIMATE for me. 

In Malachi and I, McAvoy explores this idea and spins a tale worthy of praise by combining several of time's most beloved love stories. Which is why I'm so glad to be celebrating its release with you guys--and McAvoy, congrats!--and why I think you should do a little research on the novel, too. 

It has the makings of the perfect end of the year read and there's plenty of time to add it to your TBR pile before the year is up. 

To learn more about the book, the author and a killer giveaway... oh, you know what to do. Follow the cut.

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Review: 23:27 by H.L. Roberts

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23:27 by H.L. Roberts | Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5--probably will change to a 4.)

As a note, a review copy of this novel was provided in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Thank you!

WOW. Just, wow. Now, I know that my 3.5 may throw you off when it comes to my 'wow'--I have to say that I did enjoy this novel quite a lot. That isn't to mean it didn't have flaws. It just so happened the flaws are pretty mundane in comparison to the emotional punch that the rest of 23:27 was and that listing the flaws would be, well, pointless. Because if there's one thing that I loved most about Roberts' novel it was how captivated it was when it came to how it makes readers feel. Hint: it's a lot. You feel a lot, kids.

I guess now that that is out of the way, we can get down to business. What made the novel as compelling as it was, besides the seriously powerful prose that H.L. Roberts possesses, was the characters. Take Lilith, for instance. Lilith is by far my favourite part of this whole book. Characters like Lilith (that is to say utterly stunning in all their complexities) are what make literature a treat to read. Lilith, ultimately, makes 23:27 and takes it to a whole other level.

That being said--I actually genuinely cared and was invested in the other characters, too. Roberts writes a set of characters that are easy to feel drawn to for various reasons--a trait that is very, very necessary to creating anything.


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Review: The Homecoming by Alan Russell

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The Homecoming by Alan Russell | Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

As a note, a review copy of this novel was provided on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Thank you!

Despite what my 3.5 rating says, I liked The Homecoming far more than I disliked it. While it had its flaws and a sort of slowness to it in spots, I liked the complexities in it that reflected family life and one massive mystery. Alan Russell crafts both topics into a tale of... well, everything. It can be very thrilling to read.

One of the first thoughts that comes to mind was how... odd (delightfully so) this novel could be in its prime. I expected something a bit different than I got and that's what reading is all about. Surprising yourself. The Homecoming was often this: a surprise. A mystery. A story that unfolds in a gritty and--at times--shocking manner. Russell portrays the roughness of its exterior quite well; making his mark on a reader as they flip the pages. A lot of it's "can't-put-down-ness" (is that even a phrase?) is pulled off well only because of the way Russell pens the story.

It also has this dark tone that leaves questions in the air even as the pages fly by, leaving it in perfect taste for readers to wonder and maybe even hope for a second installment of it.

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Review: Girl Logic by Iliza Shlesinger

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Girl Logic: The Genius and Abusrdity by Iliza Shlesinger | Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ (DNF)

As a note, a review copy of this novel was provided on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Thank you!

Ah! I'm disappointed in myself too for not finishing this bad boy. I really wanted to like this one! Sometimes, it's like comedy doesn't translate to page easily, for me, and while I enjoy Iliza Shlesinger's humor (somewhere between casually and a fan) Girl Logic just didn't do it for me.

In fact, it was one of those books where I was at a stand-still for quite a while before just finally closing it and shrugging. Not everything is going to be my cup of tea and that is fine. It happens. Iliza deserves better than that but it does happen.

Here's the thing: her particular brand of humor is not going to be for everyone. Like all comedic timing, there can be off-putting content expressed and that's okay. Sometimes you can look past things, sometimes you can't. While I had several moments of genuine witch-cackling in the pages that I read, it was not enough to compel me to read it further. You know when you like a book just fine but the sparks aren't at your finger tips? That's what Girl Logic was for me, at the end of the day, and that sucked.


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Cover Reveal: Rage of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford

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J. Keller Ford's The Chronicles of Fallhollow continues with Rage of the Dragon King on October 24th, 2017, and will sure to leave fans pining for more! Before its launch date, Month9Books was kind of enough to provide readers with an exclusive first look at the second installment of this trilogy's cover art!

Spoiler alert: it's totally STUNNING. And, yes, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but... well... *picks jaw up off the ground* 

Without further ado, follow the cut for Rage of the Dragon King's cover!

Don't forget to pick up your copy at the end of October.

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Cover Reveal: The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr

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It's almost October and Dawn Klehr has you COVERED when it comes to her thrilling mystery The Cutting Room Floor. That's right, mystery lovers. Mark OCTOBER 13TH, 2017 down on your freaking calendar because this book is definitely for you. You're not going to want to miss this one. 

Which is why I'm super, dorkishly PUMPED to be able to share this exclusive cover reveal with you guys today. Dawn Klehr's ultra-intriguing read just got 500x more compelling based on this awesome cover. 

Don't take my word for it, kids. Follow the cut and see for yourselves.

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: The Chosen Knights by Mary Ting

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If the tagline, "Some books aren't meant to be opened" doesn't give you the chills I don't know what will? Released in March of 2016, The Chosen Knights marked the first chapter of a delicious fantasy series and has since captivated its fanbase. Don't take my word for it, though. Just look at the glowing reviews it has received on Goodreads since its publication. 

I think its 4.5 star rating average says it all, don't you? Comparisons of this fantasy series will zero in on its similarities between Cassandra Clare's The Shadowhunter Chronicles but make no mistake: The Chosen Knights is the beginning of its own triumph tale that will only gather steam. 

The Angel Knights promises to take readers on a high stake ride of suspense and fun. It's definitely a series you should be looking out for. And where better to begin than with The Chosen Knights? It's time for you to find out just why readers are raving about this book--and I'm so happy to celebrate this with you. 

For more information on one AWESOME giveaway, Mary Ting, The Chosen Knights and the series--follow the cut!

P.S., as of yesterday--the book was for FREE on Amazon. 

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To All (14 of*) the Banned Books I've Loved Before

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If you read, there's a definite chance that you've read a banned book. Or, at the very least, one that has been frequently challenged for its content. From modern day favourites like Gossip Girl, Twilight, The Hunger Games and Harry Potter to classics such as To Kill A Mockingbird, A Wrinkle in Time, Go Ask Alice and The Handmaid's Tale--most books are not spared from the uproar of others.

Every year, censorship threatens the world of literature for one thing or another and many books get taken off the shelves. Which is obviously absurd. During Banned Books Week, I'm always floored by titles that have been banned and the reasoning for it. And now I'm here to celebrate the right to read by counting down my favourite pieces of literature that have been banned in the past.

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Cover Reveal: In Wolves' Clothing by Greg Levin

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In Wolves' Clothing is one of my most most anticipated adult psychological thrillers' of 2017! Out on October 11th, it's bound to be one of the most suspenseful releases of the year and I'm quite literally counting down the days until I can get my hands on it. Which is why I'm so excited to share the cover reveal of Greg Levin's novel with you guys today! 

Hint: it's BRIGHT. And quite aesthetically pleasing.

Follow the cut to see it for yourself and to learn more about Greg Levin and In Wolves' Clothing. If you love a good spine-tingling read, you're going to want to mark this one down on your TBR like I did! Is it the 11th yet?

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Carry Me Home by Jessica Therrien

8:30 AM

 
Can you believe September is almost over? And that, as of yesterday, Jessica Therrien's thrilling Carry Me Home is officially out in the wild? I know I can't. Where has this year gone!? Oh, well, at least the excitement is the best part--celebrating this magnificent release with all of you! 

Carry Me Home is bound to be the ultimate YA contemporary/thriller. Frankly, the fact that it's not at the top of your TBR list right now? Disappointing. Promising to be perfect for curling up to this autumn, there's so much to see and read about in Therrien's latest. Which is why I'm so stoked to be sharing its release with all of you! 

To learn more about Carry Me Home, Jessica Therrien and the wicked giveaway they have lined up for you in celebration, follow the cut!

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Review: Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward

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Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward | Rating: ★★★★★

As a note, a physical copy of this novel was sent to me via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Thank you.

Yrsa Daley-Ward is no stranger to expressive prose and Bone is a firm nod to this. In just a few pages, readers of all ages will be compelled by her poetry and the bluntness she portrays life in small passages. From hard-to-handle, to perfectly-accurate, to some combination of the both; Daley-Ward is one of the most phenomenal talents to come to the world of modern poetry. I'm just stating facts.

I've said it multiple times, but I'll say it again: 2017 has been such a brilliant year in terms of what's been published to the genre. Poetry is not for everyone, but the intimacy that Daley-Ward portrays should be. It should be at the top of your list. It should be at the top of the "best of" lists. I kid you not when I say that she packs a serious punch and if you guys could see how much I highlighted in my galley, you'd know I'm not exaggerating.

Much like Depression & Other Magic Tricks, The Chaos of Longing, peluda and The Princess Saves Herself in this One, Yrsa Daley-Ward provides the community with a voice that was desperately needed. When she feels, she writes, and we feel. It's not simple but it's not complex. It's real.

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Reivew: The Rise of the Dawnstar by Farah Oomerbhoy

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The Rise of the Dawnstar by Farah Oomerbhoy | Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

As a note, a review copy of this novel was provided in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Thank you!

Wow, wow, wow! Farah Oomerbhoy's The Avalonia Chronicles continues with a new, spellbinding installment--The Rise of the Dawnstar. And I'll be honest: I was pretty skeptical of the series at first with the previous release, despite the luscious writing and world-building that Oomerbhoy portrays during every chapter. All of that skepticism was pretty much destroyed by the final pages of The Rise of the Dawnstar.

Far more expansive than its predecessor, this next chapter of Avalonia is full of so much more life and plot twists. What I loved most about this one was that it kept me on my toes a lot more than the previous had managed. I knew instantly that Oomerbhoy was an author to look out for and now, with all that descriptive writing and complexities, I can finally saw I'm captivated. When an author can combine complexities of kingdoms, the sting of betrayal and everything in between, you know you've picked up a severe talent. In The Rise of the Dawnstar, so many of my initial complaints from the first book were banished--not all of them, but most--and at the core of this story was a whole lot of magic, fun and pain.


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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Charm by J.A. Armitage

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Who doesn't love a good old fashioned Cinderella story? Especially in the autumn/winter months? But what happens when the story is flipped and the genders are switched? Not many can breathe life into an old favourite but Charm certainly promises to take aim on that.

Do I have your attention now? 

I am so excited that CHARM by J.A. Armitage is available today and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by USA Today Bestselling Author J.A. Armitage, be sure to check out all the details below. I have a feeling you're going to love this one.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a Cinderella Prize Pack courtesy of J.A. So if you’d like a chance to win, click on the link at the bottom of this post. Good luck to those who enter!

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Ruin Me by Bella Love-Wins and Shilloh Walker

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For the life of me, I can't remember what I was going to write. No, it's not the cold-turned-bronchitis business I've got going on. It's that FACE. Look at his face on the banner. I'm cry. Okay--I'm not cry. But I'm totally losing my shit right now over how gorgeous he is. 

Phew. 

Back to focus, back to focus. 

All right! September 26th is finally here and so is RUIN ME! What do you get when you mix up one dark plot (hello, tortured souls*) and some seriously steamy romance? A hell of a ride! Ruin Me promises to be one of the top ten reads in adult romance this autumn and will surely leave readers feeling both breathless and satisfied. 

Which is why I'm so excited to send out my congratulations and share the news of its release with you beauties! To learn more about Ruin Me (and why you should drop everything and read it, if you are a romance lover) and the giveaway in celebration of its release, follow the cut!

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New Look! New Look! New Look!

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Do you ever just get so incredibly tired of the ordinary? The usual? Blah-blah-blah.* Call me fickle or call me "that broad who is hyped up on cough syrup and has had virtually no sleep in a week", but I looked at my blog today and went, 'yuck'. Because, let's face it, my blog is pretty dang basic (and I sometimes love it for this general basic-ness) and it really needed to be revitalized a bit. It's just no fun when you open a blog and think 'oh God I need a nap' almost immediately afterwards.

Well, okay fair enough, my old blog (sorry, the old Booked J can't come to the phone right now. Why? Oh! Because she's dead!) was more like zzzZZZZzzz, instant sleep time pill. But. But! You get the idea. Right? Right? Just nod your head, please. I'd beg you but I'm thinking that this sickling deserves a little pity, okay?

*If you sang that to the tune of Totally Fucked from Spring Awakening we are now bonded for life and you really have no say in this. 


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Review: Peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva

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Peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva | Rating: ★★★★★

As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

Wow, 2017 has been a stellar year for poetry and I can't stress enough how much I loved Melissa Lozada-Oliva's peluda without bordering on incoherent fangirling. Because there's something so deeply moving in her words and one thing is certain: she is a voice that was desperately needed in poetry. And her prose is something of magic, humor and complexity.

peluda is one of the best releases this year (one of those rare 5 stars) and something I feel incredibly honored to have experienced. If you're dubious about the page count, and how short it is, know this: she packs a serious punch. A. Serious. Punch. Seriously, I'm still kind of staggering back a bit from being knocked out like this. Lozada-Oliva, do it again. Thanks.

Following up fantastic releases like Depression & Other Magic Tricks, The Chaos of Longing, Smoke & Mirrors, Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately, I Am More Than a Daydream and The Princess Saves Herself in this One, PELUDA makes its mark as something new when it comes to what makes young poets prolific these days.

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Review: The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

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The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy | Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2.5-3)

I had to stop running. I had to turn and face my life head on. It wasn’t enough being like everybody else; I had to be the best, and I was going to show everyone what I was truly made of. I was done with being a terrified princess, constantly waiting to be saved. I was going to be a queen, and, like Vivienne said, I had better start behaving like one.

As a note, a review copy of this novel was provided in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Thank you!

Where to begin where to begin? I felt like a lot of this novel dragged on and relied upon various tropes that I could have done without. I spent a good chunk of this novel feeling like I'd read it before in countless forms. There were some genuinely great moments in the novel itself that left me on the edge of my seat but the problem was it felt like a lot of it went, well, nowhere.

The writing that Oomerbhoy presents us with is so much better than this first installment of the Avalonia Chronicles and that's my first thought. You can feel it in her prose. She's a fantastic talent. She has an ease when it comes to world-building.

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Cover Reveal: Savages by Natalie Bennett

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THE COVER FOR SAVAGES IS HERE. 

I repeat: the cover for SAVAGES by Natalie Bennett is here (the crowd roars)! 

If you're unfamiliar with this queen of proceed-with-caution erotica/romance (hello, darkness and twists) you should probably get to know her. Like, now. January 24th 2018 marks the release of this novel/the beginning of her series Badlands, so you still have a bit of time. 

To learn more about the author, follow the cut. Of course, the main attraction is there too. 

You know.. the cover reveal?

(I'm trying to keep my cool. Is it working? Do you think Natalie can hear me freaking out? Shit. I didn't mean to type that. Shit. Uhhhhh, follow the cut!)

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Review: Undressed by Kimberly Derting

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Undressed by Kimberly Derting | Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

It was what you made of those changes--those life-altering moments--that defined you. Those were the parts that made life interesting. And amazing.

As a note, a review copy of this novel was provided in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Thank you!

Well, well, well. Nothing to get your mind off a wicked case of typical autumn illnesses, and the bed rest they often put us on, like a heartwarming NA romance that doesn't slack on emotional punches. Undressed is sexy, smart and a surefire winner when it comes to recent releases. I'm stuck between giving it a 3.5 or a 4 star rating so expect that to change in the coming days because I simply can't decide. As far as introductions to a series goes, this first installment to The Men of West Beach is eye-catching and will keep your eye on the prize.

This is my first Kimberly Derting novel but certainly not my last! From what I see, it's a serious change of pace when it comes to her genres but a definite HIT. Far meatier, and intelligent, than its counterparts in the genre, this is a can't-miss read for NA fans. Perfect for fans of Krista and Becca Ritchie, Kimberly Derting's prose is everything you could want from the genre.

It's crackling with tension. Intriguing backstories. Delicious leads. Beautiful setting.

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Giveaway, Cover Reveal + Official Relaunch: Sleeping Dragons by Ophelia Bell

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(Record screech) IT'S OFFICIAL! October 2017 marks the relaunch of Ophelia Bell's paranormal series Sleeping Dragons. And guess who has the official details of the relaunch and the new covers. Hint: her name rhymes with Messica and she may or may not run a blog.

If you're into steamy, adult romance with a hint of paranormal suspense than you're in LUCK. This series is epic and 100% for you! I'm swooning over the cover for Ascend but really, you'll see what I mean by this, the covers are ABSolutely fantastic. 

What are you waiting for? Follow the cut for your first look and all the details you need to know for the series' official relaunch. Oh... and did I mention? There's a giveaway in your future.

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Book Blitz, Trailer + Giveaway: Beyond the Mist by Casi McLean

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Casi McLean's Lake Lanier Mysteries continues with its second installment--Beyond the Mist! Casi McLean is known for her high riding romantic suspense and fans will be happy to know that Beyond the Mist is officially here. 

Full of time travel, suspense, thrills and romance--McLean crafts a telling story that will surely keep her readers on the edge of their seat. Mixing common elements with extraordinary ones, McLean's latest promises to be everything we seek in literature and I for one am beyond stoked. 

To celebrate the release of Beyond the Mist, and to learn more about the book and author, follow the cut! We've got a wicked trailer and a giveaway, just so you know!

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Cover Reveal: Meeting His Match by Shannyn Schroeder

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Squee! How many Shannyn Schroeder fans do I have out there? Having quite a few releases under her belt (O'Leary, Hot & Nerdy) it's safe to say she's found herself a loyal audience. And today is a very exciting day for said audience. 

Can you say COVER REVEAL? That's right! Get ready.

Shannyn is, quite honestly, on fire with her recently published works--which is why this cover reveal for her next anticipated release, Meeting His Match (out October 12th, 2017), is so exciting! Fans are going to be tripping over themselves to buy this beauty. 

But don't take my word for it.

Follow the cut and see for yourself!

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: I Stole His Car by Jessica Frances

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Theft can be a thing of love stories, I'm told. I Stole His Car, the first installment of the Love at First Crime series, by Jessica Frances emphasizes this fact. September 19th, 2017, saw the release of this bad boy (ha-ha, should I say bad-girl?) and I'm sure it'll find its audience out there.

(I'm fighting a gnarly cold so apologies if I sound a little incoherent.)

Promising to be unique, a bit steamy and suspenseful, I Stole His Car is a love story at its core--now armed with a few new twists on the most familiar of tropes. Jessica Frances' writing mixes the genre, keeping things an equal balance of light and heavy.

I'm so excited to celebrate the release with you guys! To learn more about I Stole His Car and Jessica Frances, follow the cut. As per usual--with recent book blitz--to sweeten the deal, there's a giveaway just in your grasp!

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Review: The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson

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The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson | Rating: ★★★★★

don’t shrink
your truth
to make it fit
nice and neatly
in others
as if it’s origami.

unfold and
free yourself.


As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.

K.Y. Robinson knows what makes poetry. This much was apparent in The Chaos of Longing and I'm so incredibly moved by what she portrayed. She dives deeper and deeper into parts of her soul and gives us this intimate look inside. Something that is not always possible. Yet, here it is, that reminder that it's not impossible to feel connected to someone else's words. Much like with Depression & Other Magic Tricks, Milk and Honey and The Princess Saves Herself in this One, Robinson crafts something so obtainable and wonderful, I could not put the collection down.

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Review: You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

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You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott | Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

“She hadn't learned, no one had taught her ... that the things you want, you never get them. And if you do, they're not what you thought they'd be. But you'd still do anything to keep them. Because you'd wanted them for so long.”

I'm going to start with one thing first--Megan Abbott is one of my favourite writers. No, not one. She is probably, actually, #1. There's just something about Abbott's prose that takes my breath away and causes me to turn; highlight, think and repeat. From The Fever and The End of Everything all the way back to Dare Me, I find myself stunned at the amount Abbott makes you feel in one short novel.

While I enjoyed You Will Know Me a lot, I didn't like it as much as I had assumed I would. The better half of the book--the final 75%--kept me in place, a feeling of dread and something I couldn't quite understand. That's when you know that Megan Abbott has something up her sleeve. Her prose is one of those rarities in fiction that makes your skin crawl in fear and intimacy.

You know these characters like you know a poet--in glimpses, not completely.

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Between You and Me by Lynn Turner

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In need of a seriously sweet contemporary romance that still maintains a sense of humanity and reality?

I've got you covered--September 20th, 2017, brought the release of Lynn Turner's Between You and Me. Love at first sight promises to blossom in this story. Realistically, it's going to be one of those nice, keep-me-cozy, novels for a lot of us this autumn and I'm so excited to celebrate its release with you guys! 

Not only that--but there's a sweet giveaway and a swoon-worthy book trailer in the future. That's right, ladies and gentlemen. It's time to follow the cut to learn more about Between You and Me (seriously--buy it!), Lynn Turner and more. 

Congrats, Lynn! And here's to many more.

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Born Darkly by Trisha Wolfe

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I'm not screaming, you're screaming. Okay, fine. I lied. It's totally me. I'm the one screaming. But can you really blame me? Yesterday(September 1th 2017)  was the kick-ass release of Trisha Wolfe's first installment of her series Darkly, Madly Duet. This twisted 'romance' will shock and chill you to the bone. An impossible mix of genre that you will find difficult to put down. Don't take my word for it? Just wait until you see the blurb. 

Phew.

Born, Darkly is shaping up to be one mad, steamy, twisty romance novel and basically the next adult release you will be frothing over. I'm ready to be destroyed! And believe you me, this book is about to destroy us all. This book is not for the faint of heart. This book won't be for everyone.

If you dare, follow the cut to learn more of the novel; its upcoming series and the woman behind the madness. Oh, and did I mention? Giveaway alert!

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Selective Memory by D.D. Lorenzo

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ALERT, ALERT, ALERT! Today's the day! It's time for the Selective Memory Blitz! Not only do I have a bit of a celebration going on behalf of it, you can view the two book trailers here and here!

Onto the main event--Selective Memory. The second, and now newly revised, installment of The Depth of Emotion has finally landed (it was originally published all the way back in 2014) and I'm so excited to share the news with you. 

If you're like me, you love (love, love, love!) a good suspense. Double the points and love if it also combines romance or other genres with it. In the case of D.D. Lorenzo's Positive Negativity and Selective Memory, you're in for a wild ride of suspense and romance. 

To learn more about Selective Memory, the first book in the series and D.D. Lorenzo, follow the cut. And don't forget to enter the killer giveaway that is provided in celebration of this revised release! 

Good luck!

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Christmas At the Lake by Charlotte Blake

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Who says that September is too early to be daydreaming about the holidays? I almost always have Christmas on my mind. September 12th, 2017, saw the release of Christmas at the Lake, the second installment in Charlotte Blake's Great Escapes series, and I couldn't be more excited to celebrate the release of your new contemporary romance obsession. 

Although Great Escapes is considered a series, Christmas at the Lake takes the stage as a standalone for readers to dive into. You need not read the first book and can, really, take the entire series in whatever pace/order you want to. To learn more about this steamy, holiday romance--follow the cut! 

And don't forget to enter the giveaway!

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Review: Smoke & Mirrors by Michael Faudet

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Smoke & Mirrors by Michael Faudet | Rating: ★★★★☆

As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.

Oh, I've been so overwhelmed with wonderful poetry lately. All this prose, all this intimacy, makes me feel full of some sort of emotion I can't quite express. Michael Faudet is, as per usual, exquisite in the way his prose comes to life. There's something fulfilling about even his shortest of expressions and I cannot get enough of it. I mean that--it's not as though his work is flaw free (no one's is) but at the end of the day it accomplishes everything it was meat to do.

I loved the way that intimacy--far, wide, casual--was explored. There were many standouts that I can't wait to highlight in a physical copy upon its release because, much like with Rupi Kaur, Sabrina Benaim, Amanda Lovelace, Lang Leav and Alicia Cook it's impossible to not feel something at every turn of pen. Isn't that what we all love about poetry to begin with? To fell--compelled, related, understood. To learn.


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Review: The Two Princes of Summer by Nissa Leder

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The Two Princes of Summer by Nissa Leder | Rating: ★★★★☆

Scarlett had always wished for more from life. More excitement. More surprises. More something. She craved new adventure. So much so, she never appreciated what she had. Now her mom was gone, and, despite her mom's fits and outbursts, all Scarlett wanted was to have her back.


OH MY GOD! I am completely enamored by the beginning of what is sure to be an epic series. The Two Princes of Summer is an absolutely perfect read for fans of Cassandra Clare, A.G. Howard and Sarah J. Maas. In many ways, this introduction to The Whims of Fae exceed even my strongest expectations and I am honestly so, so, so captivated.

The thing about this novel is that it's a very quick read and kept me pinned to my seat for a good few hours. And while there are flaws in it, it still remains as compelling as a good fantasy novel should. Not to mention, it tackles some darkness of an ordinary life beyond the veil of Fae. I loved the world-building we grew to witness and the entire concept of this realm of Fae. It felt very, very reminiscent to other explorations in the genre however the characters and writing definitely made it a world of its own.

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Book Blitz+ Giveaway (Quite Possibly the Giveaway to End All Giveaways): Wrong by Jana Aston

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It's not secret I've got a bit of a literary crush on Jana Aston's work and Wrong is chalking up the wins for our girl. Between this bad boy, and the fantasy it will surely spawn, Times Square and the hotly anticipated Sure Thing, we've been downright spoiled by Aston in the last few years. Wrong is a total "read while alone, unless you want to look flushed" book and there's no working around that. 

So pack up yourself for a night. Grab your favourite drink (personally, Merlot or coffee are the way I approached) and have a towel on standby for the moment you inevitably need a cold shower. You're in for a ride.

Wrong climbed its way onto our TBR shelves back in 2015 and if you haven't read it, now's your chance! September 19th, 2017, marks the day when it's FREE TO DOWNLOAD on most platforms. 

Follow the cut for more information! 

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Premonition by Leigh Walker

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Nearly two months to the day since Leigh Walker began The Division with Premonition. A fast paced science fiction romance targeted at the vast YA audience, Premonition promises to be a delight from start to finish... in the most suspenseful of ways. Think: action, boarding school, government secrets.

"The Division isn't something you walk away from. You better run." 

Oh, I know I have your attention now. On your mark, get set--go

To celebrate the release Premonition (go, Leigh!) and enter a swoon-worthy giveaway, follow the cut. And o learn more about the novel, the series it will spawn and the author, follow the cut twice! Or, you know, once. You get the idea. 

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Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

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Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas | Rating: ★★★★☆

Aelin had promised herself, months and months ago, that she would not pretend to be anything but what she was. She had crawled through darkness and blood and despair-she had survived.

It's official: Empire of Storms is the best (the bloody best) of the Throne of Glass series thus far. It will have you gasping for air by the final pages and well, I'm more than a little emotionally scarred by this beautiful novel. Finally! Throne of Glass is living up to its potential for me. That's the good news--the bad news is, I'm still not into Rowan but he is mostly growing on me and I'm trying to get used to him but eh, he left a bad taste in my mouth from the start.

Once more, Sarah J. Maas proves that her writing--her characters, the world-building--gets better at every release. It's easy to get lost in her fantasy-world. It's easy to root and hate certain characters. It is easy to love and become invested in this game of war. There's something undeniably intriguing and violent about Empire of Storms that sets it a part from its previous installments. And, I think, this cliffhanger is possibly one of the most thralling--and heartbreaking--releases as of yet.

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Ryder by Ali Parker and Weston Parker

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Whoa. Sorry, what was I going to type? I just got distracted by one of the, gulp, most attractive novel covers of 2017. I... I mean. Uh. Muscles? Where am I? Who am I? 

Right. Okay. Phew, I'm back. As I was saying... or going to say? Shit. I'm flustered again. September 12th, 2017, brought the release of one of the hottest romance novels of the year and Ryder is sure to captivate your, ah, well, everything. Ali Parker and Weston Parker team up to provide Ryder just in time for autumn. 

What's better than curling up with a steamy story once it's started to cool off outside? Nothing. And Ryder promises to be the ultimate heater-in-the-form-of-a-book. Which is why I was stoked to be a part of the blitz, even if seeing the cover frazzled my brain a bit. 

Did I mention muscles

So, congratulations on the release, Parker Squared! To celebrate Ryder's release into the wild, follow the cut for more information on the novel, the authors and--ah--a giveaway!

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Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas | Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

She looked at them, at the three males who meant everything—more than everything. Then she smiled with every last shred of courage, of desperation, of hope for the glimmer of that glorious future. “Let’s go rattle the stars.”

Well, there goes that book. I'm burning through this series like mad. Okay. So. I have a lot of feelings about Queen of Shadows and more than my fair share of disappointments. While I feel, 100%, that this was an improvement on Heir of Fire I will never not think that the series needs to live up to its full potential. Further, I felt that a lot of the characters were acting more out of their own traits than usual (Chaol, Aelin) and--frankly--was more than a bit confused by a lot of things.

First: Aelin is still one bad b*tch and I love her. It felt like a lot of her previous development from the first three books was wasted/ignored this go around but not everything. She was still partly the woman we love; the queen, the assassin, the lover, etc. Aelin is hands-down one of the best in this series and there's no going around that. What I didn't like, however, was the relationship with Rowan. I missed the focus on her relationship (i.e: friendships) with Dorian and Chaol (I missed both of them in general--Dorian was possessed the entire time basically and Chaol just... wasn't Chaol) and felt like it really deteriorated the quality of the novel.

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Marked by Fate by Various Authors

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Are you a massive fan of YA Fantasy? Yes? Then I've got some seriously killer news for you by pure fate. Marked by Fate, that is. October 24th, 2017, marks one of the biggest releases in the genre as a new collection of fantasy takes the stage and captivates readers everywhere.

Now is your chance to dive into the magic of it all and preorder this collection featuring many, many authors. The best part? 26 full length novels for only $0.99 when you preorder. And to make matters sweeter--there's an awesome giveaway under the cut.

Needless to say, you should definitely follow the cut to learn more about the collection, its authors and the giveaway.

Are you Marked by Fate?

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: A Pain Less Ordinary by L.V. Pires

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September 12th, 2017, brought the release of A Pain Less Ordinary by L.V. Pires; a story of one girl's life and the struggles of a teenager's world that is less than ordinary. A Pain Less Ordinary promises to be deeply moving, thought provoking and honest. It is life at its most volatile and complicated.

Raw. Honest. Surely, this will be an incredibly important novel for many young adults out there who are going through similar motions as the main character, Becca. I jumped at the chance to sign up for the blitz because I'm utterly excited for this release and couldn't wait to share it with my readers.

For more information on L.V. Pires, A Life Less Ordinary and your chance at a giveaway--follow the cut!

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Cover Reveal: #HookUp by Cambria Hebert

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How many #Hashtag (The Hashtag) series fans do I have out there?! Because I've got the sweetest of sweet news for you! Cambria Hebert's delightful new adult series has a new breath of life with an all-new colouring book. That's right--get your crayons or pencils ready because October 1st, 2017, the official colouring book could be yours. 

#HookUp includes a few extra goodies for fans, including exclusive bonus scenes and recipes. 

Someone deserves a congratulation and maybe the biggest caramel latte, ever. 

Cough, cough, Cambria Hebert. 

Follow the cut for more information on #HookUp, Cambria Hebert and the series.

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Cover Reveal: S'more to Lose by Beth Merlin

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Are you guys ready for the cutest cover reveal of 2017? I am a sucker for this book cover already and I just know everyone is going to love it. The general design of S'more to Lose by Beth Merlin, the second installment of The Campfire Series, gives me the ultimate warm and fuzzies. 

You've waited long enough. Without further ado, here's the cover for S'more to Lose--which is slated to be released December 5th. So swoon with me and get on that preorder, kids!

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Three Heart Echo by Keary Taylor

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It's time, kids! Three Heart Echo officially landed on September 12th and it is the paranormal novel you have been waiting for.  If its tagline "She begged me to open the gate between the living and the dead. We should have left it shut." doesn't command your attention, I don't know what to say to you? Perfect for the months of September and October, Three Heart Echo is the type of book you should save for a gloomy, rainy day. 

Be warned: this story is likely not for the faint of heart. I'm intrigued. Aren't you?

To celebrate the release of this sure-to-be-fan-favourite suspense, follow the cut to find out more info and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Pretty Perfect by Lana Sky

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Have you ever strived for perfection? Has someone ever twisted you to fit their own form of what they believe is perfection? May 31st 2017 introduced us to Anya DeSotto--the main focus of Pretty Perfect by Lana Sky. And what happens when perfection turns to destruction--compelling, dark and moving can all be descriptions of Pretty Perfect

Perfection. Illusion. Destruction. 

Do I have your attention? 

Good! Because I'm so, so happy to be able to post this blitz in celebration of Lana Sky's creation. To learn more about Pretty Perfect, follow the cut. Don't forget to enter the giveaway for your chance at an epic price!