Violet Grenade ARC Review & Blog Tour

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Today I’m hosting a stop for the Blog Tour of Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott. This Blog Tour is coordinated by Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours & Promotions.

28226839Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Hardcover, 366 pages

Published May 16th 2017 by Entangled Teen

Purchase Links:

Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks 

4.5/5 books
*eARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review*
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Domino: A runaway with blood on her hands.

Cain: A silent boy about to explode.

Madam Karina: A woman who demands obedience.

Wilson: The one who will destroy them all.

Her name is Domino Ray.

But the voice inside her head has a different name.

When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position at her girls’ home in secluded West Texas. With no alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn’t long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam’s approval…and falling for Cain, the mysterious boy living in the basement.

But the madam has horrible secrets. So do the girls in the house. So does Cain.

Escaping is harder than Domino expects, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the danger living inside Domino’s mind.

Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.

 

This was an amazing book, I have never read anything by Victoria before and I am glad I had the chance to read this for a blog tour. When I first read the synopsis months ago I knew this was a book I’d have to check out.

Domino is an extremely strong but broken girl. Her story starts off as being homeless squatting in an abandoned house with another homeless guy named Dizzy. Dizzy and Domino go out one night for some fun, but Dizzy is arrested and Domino makes a run for it. Domino finds out that she doesn’t quite have the funds to get Dizzy out of jail; she is determined to do anything to get him out. As an odd twist of timing Domino meets Madame Karina, who offers Domino a roof over her head, a bed to sleep in, food to eat all for a job. Domino agrees to help, but she jumps in blind. Once arriving at Madame Karina’s Home for Burgeoning Girls, she finds out that there is more to the offer than she ever expected.

There are ranks for the girls, the higher up the rank the more money you get to keep and the more privileges there are offered. After her first night of “entertaining” Domino finds out how exactly cut throat this environment is and she is determined to do anything to work her way up the ranks in the shortest amount of time. Domino figures out what makes Madame Karina tick and uses that to her advantage throughout the entire book.

There are a number of flashbacks from Domino to understand how she ended up in the situation she did with Wilson. Wilson does have his shining moment near the end of the book, and oh boy does he go all out and scare the living crap out of you. I learned to never get on Wilson’s bad side.

By the end the title makes allot of sense, and I did smile when it got to that point, and boy does the grenade go off and make quite the impact.

There are a few side characters that kept my interest. Cain, Poppet and Wilson, like Domino they are all broken in their own ways. This made them all the more relate able and likable.

I don’t know if there will be a second book or not, I do hope there will be. Want to see more of Domino, Wilson, Cain and Poppet.

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Giveaway Details:

Signed paperback of The Collector, a signed paperback of Titans, and a signed galley of Hear the Wolves.

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Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of eight books for young adults. Her novels are sold in fourteen different countries, and she loves receiving fan mail from across the world. Victoria loves high fashion, big cities, and pink cotton candy. You can find her online at VictoriaScott.com.

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1 Year Blogaversary

 

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So this month  is my 1 year of blogging.  I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to see this day, to be fair I didn’t even know if this is something I really wanted to do, I had my husband and my mother in law encourage me to do this, so I did.  I’m not a pro at this, I still have a lot to learn. I have had fun so far even with the major gaps in between posts.

I have met a lot of great people by doing this, I have been more active on Twitter, taking part in Twitter chats, signing up for blog hops and cover reveals, I’ve even been able to get a few review copies of books from Net-galley, and I’m still trying to get my rating up on that.

I was thinking of doing a giveaway for the 1 year, but due to unforeseen expenses I will have to hold off and do another giveaway later this year.

I do plan on being more active for my second year.  I already have signed up for a few blog events, I will be going to Book Con and Blogbound in June.

I want to say “Thank You” to the followers that I do have and thanks for sticking around, I hope to write more stuff that will keep you interested and stick around.

I look forward to doing more, meeting more people and making more book friends. Let’s hope year 2 is a success!

 

*sorry, not sorry for Umaru*

THE DRAGONS OF NOVA Cover Reveal, Excerpt & Giveaway

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Today Elise Kova and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for THE DRAGONS OF NOVA, which releases July 11, 2017! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win a signed ARC of the book!!

 

On to the reveal!

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Title: THE DRAGONS OF NOVA (Loom Saga #2)

Author: Elise Kova

Pub. Date: July 11, 2017

Publisher: Keymaster Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 488

Find it:Amazon | B&N | TBD | Goodreads

 

Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills — and quick-shooting accuracy — makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.

Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.

Exclusive Excerpt!

 

“They’re coming from the front!” Nora screamed over the crescendo of the engine gaining speed. On cue, the train lurched as an endwig was splattered to a bloody mess on the point of the engine’s pilot.

“Bloody cogs,” Florence cursed. The Vicar Alchemist had sent her to protect the mission as the Revolver, but one of her wasn’t going to be enough. “I’m going to the engine.”

“What are we going to do?” The usually self-sure Nora had the face of a cornered hare.

“You’re going to fight.” Florence passed her a weapon.

“I’ve never shot a gun before.”

“Now is a great time to learn.”

“I’m an Alchemist!”

Seriously, Florence was a breath away from shooting the woman herself. “You’re dead if you don’t adapt! There’s three more bombs exactly like the ones you just used, right there. Just fend them off until the train gets up to speed. But don’t use any other disks.”

Florence had no more time to waste as the train lurched again. They just had to survive until the train reached full speed. For all the endwig were, they certainly couldn’t keep up with a locomotive.

She hoped.

The wind whipped her hair around her face as she stuck her head from the train car. Florence reached out for the ladder to the right of the door, scaling up before another endwig could emerge. She swung up just in time as an explosion nearly blew her foot clean off.

“By the five guilds, you two only had three bombs!” she screamed over the wind, not knowing if they could hear. “Ration them a bit!”

Standing, Florence looked in horror at the tracks ahead. Dozens of endwig lined the path, running eagerly to meet the train. She loaded six canisters at once.

Jumping to the tender, Florence lost her footing atop the moving train car. A nail snapped clean off as she sought a grip that would prevent her from being thrown to certain death. If she fell now, she would never get back on the vessel. She’d be torn limb from limb.

Gritting her teeth, Florence rose to her knees, shooting two endwig in the process. She wedged herself between two grooves on the top of the tender. Blood pooled around her shins as she dug them into the metal for a grip where there was none, but she was stable enough to take aim, and that meant she could open fire.

Five shots down, and Florence reloaded her gun. Endwig came relentlessly like a never-ending nightmare. But the train didn’t gain any more speed. She repeated the process, waiting for the vessel to be like her bullets, whizzing through the night at deadly speeds.

“Anders, now would be a great time to open her up!” she screamed.

There was no reply.

“Anders, Rotus, we need speed, get us out of here faster!”

Five long claws curled around the door of the engine in answer. Florence watched in horror as the white silhouette of an endwig, dotted in the black blood of a Chimera, pulled itself from the engine room. Florence swallowed hard.

They were without Rivet and Raven, stumbling through the darkness, enemies at all sides. She raised her gun slowly, looking fearlessly at the face of death itself. Her revolver was steady over the rocking of the train.

“You think I’m not used to this?” Her mouth curled into a mad grin. “I’ve been fighting my way out of the darkness my whole life. And you’re not going to stop me now.”

Gunshots echoed through the forest.

 

About Elise:

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Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).

 

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Giveaway Details:

(1) winner will receive a signed advanced readers copy of THE DRAGONS OF NOVA.

 

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Mindless Ramble

My one year blog birthday is coming up in May and I’m wondering if I should keep the page up or not.

I feel like I’m not getting the hang of this, and should just stop before I make an idiot of myself, but at the same time, I want to improve myself as a blogger and a reader.  I have so many ideas of what I could do to make the page more fun, like talking my husband into doing guest posts on what he’s reading or what video game he is currently playing.

I’ve had an idea that I kicked around with Tim and a few friends that would involve doing a “cookies and covers” type of thing, wasn’t sure if I wanted to travel around NYC and check out cookie shops or try my hand at baking my own cookies for this, or hey who knows maybe a combination of both.

I should try to be more active and try out W.O.W, or even taking part in a cover reveal or two.  I’m just not sure how to go about it, since I have a hard time wording things properly at times.  May also be why I have a difficult time even trying to word a simple email for ARC requests.  I know I can ask for help, but even them I’m worried that I won’t be asking properly.

I know this is a ramble, but at times I just need to put my thoughts out there, even if no one listens.

Feel free to comment…

 

The Bone Witch ARC Review

30095464The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch#1)

by Rin Chupeco

 Hardcover, 400 pages

Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

ISBN13: 9781492635826

4/5/books

*eARC  provided by the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review*

The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

 

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I will not lie. I enjoyed this book more than I thought. The story is told from two different points of view, one is a more current story told from the point of a Bard that has sought out Tea to learn her story and to tell it to others during their travels. The other, are the flashbacks that Tea tells to the Bard. They are easy to differentiate due to the font type.

 

The story of Tea and what she went through after discovering that she is a Bone Witch was amazing.  Tea lives in a small village with her 2 sisters, her brother and mother and father. Fox (her brother) joins the military and ends up dying “by creatures unknown.”  Her refusal to allow him to be dead is that strong, that Tea draws the attention of Mykaela, another Bone Witch. Since Tea resurrected Fox they are now bound as a “master and servant” type of bond. They can sense each other mentally.

Mykaela takes Tea and Fox to Kion where she can begin her Asha training.

This is where I started to enjoy the book, knowing how Geisha training is done. The Asha apprentices go through something very similar. They reside in a house that may represent them, and pay for their training. In return the apprentices pay back the House after their debut as an Asha. The descriptions of the hua (my guess is that the hua is very similar to a Kimono that Geisha’s wear) that they wear once they are allowed to start training were just amazing.

“A deep coral that made an elegant contrast against her dark skin.  Blue-green bamboo swayed against swirling, silver cloud patterns on the rich cloth, and she had on a grey waist wrap with embroidered sparrows set in gold.” 

I mean how is that not a beautiful image?

The apprentices do go through a large amount of training in different skills there are singing lessons, music lessons, history lessons, dance even combat training since these girls are able to use elements to battle with. Tea had to learn more in combat training since being a Bone Witch/Dark Asha wasn’t very effective in battle.

My favorite character in the book doesn’t show up for awhile, but when Likh shows up working at the zivar shop (hairpin, comb, and accessory shop), I had a feeling I’d like him a lot.  I’m not sure why but when Tea explains Likh’s description I pictured Haku from Naruto.  Likh is a very feminine looking boy, and would rather train as an Asha instead of being sent off to be a Deathseeker.

Deathseekers are the male equivalent of an Asha, only males can be Deathseekers, and only females can be Asha.  They do fight side by side when fighting daeva that plague the Kingdom.  I’d be interested in knowing how what their history and backgrounds are like. Do they train in a similar style to that of a Ninja, or more like what the apprentices go though?

Another beautiful scene that was describes was at the darashi oyun which is a night set aside for the children of the Kingdom to since, dance, perform just to show the families how their teachings are going. Likh has an opportunity to perform a dance that I had a wonderful time visualizing in my mind, knowing that he was disguising himself as a female, so he wouldn’t be found out. Along with his use of fire magic during his performance, and the crowd’s reaction at the end, I wish I could have been a part of the crowd applauding him at the end.

At the start of the book Tea mentions to the Bard that she is no longer an Asha and has been exiled at the end of the world. Throughout the book the Bard sees exactly how powerful Tea is, and by the end there were more questions that I had than when I started. I do hope that they will be answered in the next book, because I need to know what happened to Likh, Fox and Tea’s one love.

Dragon’s Price Review

30407994The Dragon’s Price (Tranference #1)  by Bethany Wiggins

Hardcover, 304 pages

Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers

ISBN13: 9780399549816

5/5 books

*eARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

 

 

Fans of Julie Kagawa’s Talon and Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn will devour this action-packed fantasy adventure about a girl who chooses to surrender herself to a deadly dragon rather than marry an enemy prince.

When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon. 

Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast—everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying. 

As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. But the dragon has a different plan. . . . 

If the dragon wins, it will be freed from the spell that has bound it to the cave for centuries. If Sorrow or Golmarr vanquish the dragon, the victor will gain its treasure and escape the cave beneath the mountain. But what exactly is the dragon hiding? 

There are no safe havens for Sorrow or Golmarr—not even with each other—and the stakes couldn’t be higher as they risk everything to protect their kingdom.

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What if a dragons treasure wasn’t always the piles of gold you see in the movies or in books? What if it was something more private and personal

Since Sorrowlynns birth she has lived up to her name, but not exactly by choice, her destiny has been stated that she will die by her own hand.  Others in the kingdom have referred to her as Suicide Sorrow.  She has resolved herself to death in order to get out of an arranged marriage based on a history of the two Kingdoms.

Golmarr is the Prince that falls in love with Sorrow, and wants to be the one to marry her, but Sorrow binds herself to die by the dragon, over marriage.  He chooses to follow her into the dragon’s lair.

This is where the book gets fun.  I wanted to throttle Sorrow for being an idiot, but if she chose to marry it wouldn’t be much of a book.  Sorrow is so helpless, due to her family keeping her locked in her chambers her whole life, she can’t really do much for herself.  Golmarr comes across at the Knight in Shining Armor at this point.  Sorrow was so focused on what was proper for a Princess over trying to survive.  Her idea for surviving was a hunting knife and a bottle of Stickbane.

After fighting baby dragons and hiding from the fire dragon in the lair, they so end up coming across Zhun (the dragon).  After a bit of a fight, Golmarr is gravely injured, and Zhun turns on Sorrow, she has her vial of Stickbane in hand.  Girl loses hand, dragon digests Stickbane, dragon is getting weaker and weaker, and the girl somehow gets the strength to kill the dragon.  End of story right?  WRONG!  There is a bright blinding flash of light that knocks Sorrow out for a few minutes.  When she wakes she feels different, she has knowledge she never had before (Think Neo from the Matrix “I know Kung-Fu”).  She manages to save Golmarr, and get them out of the lair.

Now back to that treasure, when Sorrow killed Zhun she inhereted his “treasure” which is knowledge.   From this point on Golmarr and Sorrow try to survive getting back to his Kingdom, along with avoiding being killed by the other dragons in the land.  Legend is when the Fire Dragon wakes the other dragons wake too.

I loved this book, granted I always root for the Dragon; I had to root for Sorrow and Golmarr this time. The ending was heart breaking, and an awful way to leave the story for the next book.

Gilded Cage Review

30258320Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1) by Vic James

Hardcover, 368 pages

Expected publication: February 14th 2017 by Del Rey Books

ISBN13: 9780425284155

3.5/5 books

*eARC  provided by the publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

 

Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved. 

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.  

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge. 

Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution. 

Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.  

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts. 

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

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I won’t lie, I almost DNF’d this.  It was a very slow start and I felt very confused about what was going on. At times, it felt like I didn’t have a complete ARC.

The only thing that kept me from not dropping it was what happened in the middle of the book, with Luke in the factory town and the people he met there and the set up for the rebellion that they put into motion.

The rest of the book was very very confusing.  There were so many things that just didn’t make sense.  Like Luke couldn’t go with his family because they didn’t have a job for him, but later on when he is brought to the estate and all of a sudden there is a job for him??

Also each chapter was from a different person’s point of view, and some of them made no sense to the overall story of the book.  There was family drama and there was political drama that had to do with the Equals, which hurt my head.

The types of “magic” these Equals had also didn’t make much sense.  I would think that a family would have some sort of inherited type of magic (like how families have hair color or eye color) but each member had something different and that was hard to follow too.