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text 2017-10-17 08:10
Release Boost - Loving Storm

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Evie

 

I met him in a snow storm...

 

We spent forty-eight hours trapped in the back of his pickup truck.

 

We fought.

 

We touched.

 

We fell.

 

Hard.

 

 

Storm

 

She literally crashed into my life...

 

The last thing I wanted was a relationship. Especially with a quirky chick who drove me insane. But something about her got under my skin, and into my heart.

 

And I had to have her.

 

All of her.

 

Now.

 

Falling in love in the back of a truck, just the two of us, was easy.

 

Dealing with psycho fans, jealous exes, and demons from the past....not so easy.

 

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About the Author:

 

I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts.

 

 

My first novel in the best-selling Ashes & Embers series, Storm, published in September of 2014. I have many books and sequels slated for this series. My new spin-off series, Devils Wolves, launched in 2016 with the best-selling novel, Torn. There are several books planned for this series as well.

 

 

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.

 

 

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review 2017-10-14 22:53
Loving Storm (Ashes & Embers Book 5) - Carian Cole

This book was just simply perfection. LOVE this re-visit with Storm & Evie

That Epilogue! OMGoodness! But honestly, my fave chapter was... ALL of em!!!
Read this book people. But don't you dare touch it without starting at the beginning. (book 1)

I'm definitely in my happy book place right now. Would certainly recommend this read. This entire series :)

I can't wait for Asher's story. Come on Carian!!!! Hurry it up Girl!!

Happy Reading ;)

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review 2017-10-05 00:00
An Ember in the Ashes
An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir It took me a lot to get into this book - I'd put it down and not really care about picking it back up for the first 1/3-1/2, which I think was due to a combination of the dual POV narrative and the dark and dystopian setting. However, when I did pick it up I'd get sucked into the story and by the end quite enjoyed it.

The author references being inspired by a sort of ancient Roman setting, which makes sense as there's quite varied representation in characters - I'd guessed sort of north Middle Eastern or Mediterranean - with blond hair, blue/grey eyes, darker skin and hair, tribesmen etc. all referenced. The tension seems as much class-based as racial, though I guess the classes are all based on different regional origins in the story world? It was fairly underplayed, which I was fine with. I'm more interested in character-based stories than fantasy that's too concerned with its political machinations and overly clever worldbuilding anyways.

And on that note, I appreciated the underdog/rebel character coming from a place of fear and weakness with a strong (albeit traumatic) growth arc, and being balanced by pair of sort of opposite supporting characters from the ruling class who display female dominance in different ways.

The amount, detail and frequency of the traumatic stuff right up front had a bit of an off-putting effect for me instead of feeling high-tension and dramatic, but the overall story has a lot of hope and character. Generally a good read, well executed, detailed and engaging. I'll stick around for the series.
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review 2017-07-31 00:03
Dragon Rose (Tales of the Latter Kingdoms #2) by Christine Pope
Once Upon a Rose: Two Complete Novels: Ashes of Roses and Dragon Rose (Tales of the Latter Kingdoms Book 5) - Christine Pope
Rhianne Menyon is just months away from her 20th birthday and as the eldest sister, she is due to marry. Rhianne however is far more interested in painting in her fathers pottery shop despite the fact that isn't suitable work for a woman than tying herself to a man.  
 
Marriage as it turns out is the least of Rhianne's worries. One night she dreams that the dragon who rules the castle high in the mountains has put out a banner signalling that it is now the duty of the town to provide him with a wife. Given that there will be 100 young women in the lottery, Rhianne believes that the odds of not being selected are in her favor. When Rhianne's engaged best friend is selected in the lottery, given her lack of prospects, Rhianne decides to take her friends place.  This could very well be a death sentence but the 1000 gold coins that will be paid to her family will keep them in comfort, even if it does land her in a cold grave.
 
I'm all for fairy tale re-tellings because the good ones are creative and add something new to a story that a reader is overly familiar with. As you may have guessed, Dragon Rose is a version of Beauty and the Beast.  Unfortunately however, Pope adds very little to the story to distinguish it from the original . There isn't a tea cup named chip or excessive singing but it's just as saccharine as the Disney version. The changes are so insignificant, it's enough to make me wonder why Pope bothered at all.  Obviously, Rhianne is now dealing with a dragon instead of a beast; however, this change adds nothing to the story and feels random for the sake of random.  
 
Theran (the dragon) acquired this condition because he told a young woman that he wasn't into her and she responded by taking her life.  What Theran didn't know is that the young woman's father was a mage. The mage decided to punish Theran by turning him into a dragon until he could find a woman who could see through the horror of his being to who he truly is.  What is the moral here? In the original, the Beast was turned into a beast because of his mean and horrible behaviour; it was a teaching lesson.  What exactly did Theran learn from being turned into a dragon for five hundred years? Theran's mistake was simply not being into someone, that's it.  
 
You would think that given the boring way in which Theran became a dragon that we would at least have an interesting reveal but you would be wrong.  Pope drops it all in the last few pages of the novel, once he is cured by seeing Rhianne's painting of his pre-cursed self. This is particularly irksome after Theran went on a big rant about how they aren't living in a fairytale and that Rhianne cannot simply change him back with a kiss.
 
 
 
 
Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/dragon-rose-tales-of-latter-kingdoms-2.html
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review 2017-07-17 01:12
Ashes of the Phoenix (Phoenix Rising #1) by Jess Haines
Ashes of the Phoenix - Jess Haines
Lyra runs a magical book store - despite having no magic herself. Still, she thought she was well protected against most of the tricks wizards can pull
 
Until a man stole one her more valuable books
 
And turned her into a bird. Neither of those are things she’s willing to let go
 
 
This book caught my attention because I haven’t seen a lot of phoenixes in the genre. And a book where the main character spent it entirely as a bird is definitely incredibly different and a completely novel concept. Things like this interest me as it points to an author thinking so far outside of the tropes we’re used to having
 
It’s also really well done - I can see this as the struggles a human would have when forced into such an alien body they don’t know how to pilot.
 
The world setting also is highly promising. Not just phoenixes and demons but a definite range of magic, magical creatures and big differences and implications with which with a clear rich and involved magical world.
 
The concept of the phoenix is also really original and curious - even if it’s only fully realised at the end of the book which is epic and is the main thing about this book that really drew me to wanting to see where this is going. There is a foundation for an absolutely awesome series here - so much can be developed in so many amazing ways
 
I did have an issue though - beyond the complete erasure of POC and LGBTQ people and any other minorities.
 
Unfortunately I kind of feel like a deadline was looming and the author had to get this book to the publisher like yesterday because it feels vaguely unfinished.  I know less is more (except when talking about bacon, of course) but in this case I could have used some more expansion
 
As I said, this book is here to introduce a new world, a new concept and a whole load of new characters. Which is great - and it does a good job of beginning to introduce these people, these concepts and this world (and I’m intrigued) but not enough for me to get fully invested in them (especially the characters). Everything, the world building, the creatures, the monsters, the magic, and the characters (definitely the characters) could use a bit more to get me invested in them

 

 

 

 

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Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/06/ashes-of-phoenix-phoenix-rising-1-by.html
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