Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Review: Wolves and Roses

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Wolves and Roses (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1)Wolves and Roses
Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1
by Christina Bauer
Monster House Books, LLC
292 Pages
Publication Date: October 31st, 2017
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Seventeen-year-old Bryar Rose has a problem. She’s descended from one of the three magical races—shifters, fairies, or witches. That makes her one of the Magicorum, and Magicorum always follow a fairy tale life template. In Bryar’s case, that template should be Sleeping Beauty.

“Should” being the key word.

Trouble is, Bryar is nowhere near the sleeping beauty life template. Not even close. She doesn’t like birds or woodland creatures. She can’t sing. And she certainly can’t stand Prince Philpot, the so-called “His Highness of Hedge Funds” that her aunties want her to marry. Even worse, Bryar’s having recurring dreams of a bad boy hottie and is obsessed with finding papyri from ancient Egypt. What’s up with that?

All Bryar wants is to attend a regular high school with normal humans and forget all about shifters, fairies, witches, and the curse that Colonel Mallory the Magnificent placed on her. And she might be able to do just that–if only she can just keep her head down until her eighteenth birthday when the spell that’s ruined her life goes buh-bye.

But that plan gets turned upside down when Bryar Rose meets Knox, the bad boy who’s literally from her dreams. Knox is a powerful werewolf, and his presence in her life changes everything, and not just because he makes her knees turn into Jell-O. If Bryar can’t figure out who—or what—she really is, it might cost both her and Knox their lives… as well as jeopardize the very nature of magic itself.



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About the Author:

christina bauerChristina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. Across the lifetime of her series, Christina has driven more than 500,000 ebook orders and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Quick Reasons: quirky, unique twists on some old fairytale tropes; complex, vibrantly imagined characters; entertaining, surprising plot; listening to this audiobook was exactly like being told a story, and I loved that

Huge thanks to Christina Bauer, Monster House Books, and YA Bound Book Tours for sending a free audiobook of this title my way in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

AND I JUST SO ADORED THIS BOOK! So let’s start with the obvious things first. Obviously, this is a fairy tale retelling–and it’s such a unique, fresh take on some of the oldest fairy tale tropes! I cannot explain to you how much I absolutely adored that there are “remedial fairy tale” classes of sorts, that each character has a template for their fairy tale personality that they’re meant to follow–and that sometimes, characters find they don’t or can’t follow those guidelines as easily. This was such a fascinating moral statement on human nature–and how things, no matter how well planned, don’t always work out the way they’re expected to. I just absolutely adored that Christina Bauer took this route–and did it in such a refreshing, entertaining way!

Listening to the audiobook was like settling in for a story. The personalities of the characters–particularly those whose POV we’re treated to–really seeped through my headphones, drawing me in further. This story fell like curtains from each page, enlightening and reshaping me along with the characters. I feel like Christina Bauer really hit all the high notes with this one, pulling the smallest, most intricate details of story telling from her pockets and lining them with her words. This felt exactly like being told a story, which I feel is a huge plus for an audiobook–to be so completely captured and enthralled, you never want the journey to end.

This was just so fantastically done, Penguins. The characters are vibrantly written and BEG readers to get to know every side of them. The story telling is entertaining and unique, putting some new twists on old fairy tale tropes. I just so adored everything about this read, and I think you will, too! I definitely recommend you pick this book up, if it sounds like something you’d enjoy! Are you ready to follow your template, Penguins…or are you going to forge your own path through the world?




Blog Tour and Review: The First Kiss Hypothesis


tFKHCoverThe First Kiss Hypothesis
by Christina Mendalski
Entangled:  Crush
250 Pages
Publication Date: November 6th, 2017
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Nora Reid believes scientific laws control everything, even love. With her grandparents’ epic first kiss story cemented in her brain, Nora develops a hypothesis she’s determined to prove:for each person in the world, there is exactly one other person, and at first kiss, they’ll experience an immediate and intense reaction.

But after four years of zero-reaction kisses, she comes up with a new theory: maybe that pesky crush on her stunningly hot best friend Eli Costas is skewing her results.

She needs to get rid of him, and fast.

Eli Costas is an injury-prone lacrosse star with a problem—the one chance he had at winning over the girl next door resulted in the most epically sucktastic first kiss ever. And now she’s…trying to get rid of him? Hell no. It’s time to disprove her theory and show her exactly what she’s missing.
Game. On.

Disclaimer: This book contains a stunningly hot lacrosse player who isn’t above playing dirty to win over the stubborn girl-next-door of his dreams.


About the Author

christina_mandelski Christina Mandelski was born in South Florida, where her love of reading was cultivated in a house full of books. Stories like The Little House series, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Island of the Blue Dolphins and The Secret Garden, filled her imagination and fueled her dreams to be a writer. That dream came true when her first young adult novel, THE SWEETEST THING, was published in 2011, and she’s beyond thrilled about her upcoming series for Entangled Crush. Chris lives in Houston with one handsome husband, two beautiful daughters, and two freakshow cats. She has a fondness for the beach, her family and friends, and she still loves to read (especially curled up with a good cup of coffee!) She also enjoys shopping, traveling and eating, especially cake. Always cake. When she’s not doing these things, you can find her holed in a cozy spot with her laptop, writing. Visit her at http://www.christinamandelski.com.



Quick Reasons: best friends to lovers romance!; super endearing, well-rounded characters; so much angst and teenage drama, be still my Penguin heart; not terribly fast-paced, but still entertaining and delicious; dual-POV for the win

Huge thanks to Christina Mandelski, Entangled: Crush, Chapter by Chapter, and Netgalley for sending a free egalley of this title my way in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.


This was a super cutesy, quick read. The plot isn’t driven by huge twists or fast-paced action, but the way Christina Mandelski pulls readers in and keeps them enthralled is enough to make a Penguin keep flipping pages, wanting to know what happens next. Like most contemporary romance novels, this was full of teenage drama and angst–all the pretty depressing things that make my ice-cold heart thaw just a bit. There was, however, a bit of a twist–found in Nora’s “first kiss hypothesis.” Now, we don’t actually see Nora do much kissing in this book. While the first chapter starts with her running a kissing booth, after that she sort of sticks to herself and stops sucking lips with everyone she can. This could, theoretically, be attested to the fact that she’s sort of arcing in her character growth…but I’m just a tiny bit disappointed that she didn’t actually kiss Texas dude and realize THAT way that her hypothesis was bogus. But that’s just my opinion.

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The characters are endearing and enjoyable to read, and I really appreciated that this was written in dual-POVs. I feel like this type of writing style, especially in contemporary romances that rely on so much angst, really helps readers connect with both sides of the story–and be better able to formulate thoughts and opinions on said story. Christina Mandelski really used this to her advantage, weaving the heartache and confusion into every page along the journey–and making readers feel it right along with her characters.


Overall, this was an adorable and heart-fluttering read! The plot isn’t super fast-paced, but it is filled with teen angst and drama! The “boy/girl next door” romance–coupled with best friends to lovers–was done in a cute and entertaining way. I really adored the “twist” that Nora puts on soulmates–and the ways she comes to grip with the idea she might be wrong. This was just such a heartwarming read, Penguins–I definitely recommend you pick it up, if it sounds like something you’d enjoy! What do you think, Penguins–can a first kiss really make or break forever?




Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Review: Haven


by Mary Lindsey
Entangled Publishing
400 Pages
YA / Fantasy / Paranormal / Romance
Expected Publication:  November 7th, 2017
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Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.

Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.


Early Praise:

“Dangerous, dark and a definite page turner. Mary Lindsey rocks this book.”

– New York Times bestselling author C.C. Hunter

“A smoking hot hero and spine-chilling mystery = total win.”

– #1 New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout

“This electrifying tale will take you on an unexpected journey into a secret world of witchcraft and shape shifters. Romance, adventure, and magic! Lindsey leaves you breathless and wanting more.”

– Adriana Mather, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Hang a Witch

“This is not your mama’s paranormal! Sexy, dark and intense. Unputdownable!”

– Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Firelight

“Lindsey writes a hero with fire and gasoline. Then she lights a match with break-neck pacing, and scorches a path to readers’ hearts. Don’t blink for a moment.”

– Victoria Scott, bestselling author of Fire & Flood

“Gripping and gritty, HAVEN had me glued to the pages from beginning to end! Rain is the best kind of hero — tough, sexy, sweet, loyal. He charges through this action-packed tale that had me tearing up more than once, and I was perfectly happy to follow!”

– Pintip Dunn, New York Times bestselling author of Forget Tomorrow.

“An utterly gritty and satisfying resurrection of the monster genre.Rain is an intense narrator and you won’t know whether to scream or swoon. Haven is an instant classic!”

– Courtney Moulton, author of Angelfire

“Darkly compelling and deliciously chilling, Haven hooks you from the first line and never lets up. Gritty, spine-tingling, and full of nail-biting tension.”

– Amalie Howard, bestselling author of Bloodspell

“Dark, different, sexy, and edge-of-your-seat intense.”

– Shawna Stringer, bookseller

About the Author

maryMary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband.

Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 “pet” Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the “pet” roaches found a home… somewhere else.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of HAVEN, US Only.



Quick Reasons: gorgeously gritty, devastatingly dark; LOVELOVELOVE the lore and world-building; the prose is positively purple; complex, realistically flawed characters; such a powerful, poignant build-up of emotions and anticipation; I was on the edge of my seat throughout; the small touches of magic went a long way for this read

Huge thanks to Mary Lindsey, Entangled Publishing, and Rockstar Book Tours for sending a free egalley of this title my way in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

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This book is a BEAST, Penguins–a fantastically dark, delightfully atmospheric, gorgeously penned beast. Someone really ought to chain it up in my basement so it can’t escape, because HONESTLY, I just cannot even begin to explain my adoration right now. It’s too huge. (Also, side note, I don’t actually have a basement… but I mean, if you want to buy me a physical copy for my shelves? I wouldn’t say no to that. Just saying.)


The prose Mary Lindsey wove throughout these pages is darkly delicious and intricately detailed. Every sense was called into play–I could hear every sound, taste every breeze, feel every ridge of the world taking root around me. Before I even started this journey, the cover lured me in. Everything about this book screamed “READ ME”…and I did, Penguins. And what a wild, beautiful, alluring journey it was! The poet in me is so satisfied right now–the imagery was brilliantly rendered, the prose was purple and flowery… I just… GAH. New favorite author alert? Check and check!

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I really adore that Mary Lindsey played with the lore of witches and werewolves…and then molded them, even if only slightly, to fit her needs/purpose. The world-building and backstory of this book are laid out in snippets and pieces–enough to give readers the answers they need at the time, but never enough to give away the whole picture. And while the ending is brighter than the rest of this read, with just a small nodding to hope…the whole book was so poignantly dark and disturbing, I’m not sure I’d call it a happy ending per se. Which I ADORED, Penguins–I mean let’s be honest here, happy endings? Overused. Cliche. Mary Lindsey found that beautiful middle ground for this book, and left me drooling for more!


I cannot sing enough praises for this read. The atmosphere, the prose, the gritty and “gothic” feel to the entire novel… This is artwork, Penguins. Pure, raw, and unfiltered artwork. I absolutely cannot wait to see what Mary Lindsey does next–and you can bet your beaks I’ll be watching closely! I’d recommend this to lovers of the paranormal, those tired of the same old “happily ever afters,” and hearts who consistently wonder what might be lurking in the dark. Be wary of the wine, Penguins–it might change everything, or kill you trying!


Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Review: 27 Hours


27 hours cover27 Hours
(The Nightside Saga #1)
by Tristina Wright
Entangled:  Teen
404 Pages
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
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Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.

But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.

Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.

They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.

During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.

27 Hours is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.


About the Author

Tristina WrightTristina Wright is a blue-haired bisexual with anxiety and opinions. She’s also possibly a mermaid, but no one can get confirmation. She fell in love with science fiction and fantasy at a young age and frequently got caught writing in class instead of paying attention. She enjoys worlds with monsters and kissing and monsters kissing. She married a nerd who can build computers and make the sun shine with his smile. Most days, she can be found drinking coffee from her favorite chipped mug and making up more stories for her wombfruit, who keep life exciting and unpredictable.

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Giveaway Details

Giveaway Details:

A 27 Hours Prize Pack, including:

* A 27 Hours Candle
* A set of 27 Hours Character Cards
* AND a copy of an October release *

Open internationally wherever The Book Depository ships



Quick Reasons: well-rounded, complex, diverse cast of characters; entertaining, fast-paced plot; LOVE the gargoyles; unique and fun concept; this was a race from start to finish; really loved how many POVs we were given

Huge thanks to Tristina Wright, Entangled: Teen, Chapter by Chapter Book Tours, and Netgalley for sending a free egalley of this title my way in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

First off: this cover is absolutely stunning! I know, I haven’t gushed properly over a cover in AGES but Penguins, JUST LOOK at this one! The colors, the layout, just…everything comes together in an absolutely gorgeous way! I just… ugh. This cover gets me, Penguins. This cover gets me so hard.

The characters are vibrantly written and SO believable. I was pulled into their minds from page one, and left breathless. The diversity of the characters and their endearing, fantastic personalities really helped to bring this story to life for me! I was rooting for each of them from the very start, though for very different reasons. I really give kudos to Tristina Wright for how easily she made writing characters seem in this read. I also really wish I could be friends with her characters, because I LOVE THEM SO HARD!

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The plot is fast-paced and super unique. Tristina Wright put a new spin on gargoyles, and I adored how seamlessly she wove these stories together. The action was intense and filled with breath-stealing, heart-pounding moments. I often caught myself clenching my fists, biting my lip, sitting on the edge of my seat in agitated anticipation! I just couldn’t bear to see where things were headed, even while I was screaming for the book to tell me what happened next.

This was nonstop, action-packed awesome from start to finish, and I bow down to Tristina Wright for making it seem so easy to write such an epic read! The characters are colorful and so much fun to follow. I’d definitely recommend this to lovers of space-travel, gargoyles, and diverse characters. The clock is counting down, Penguins; which side will you fall on?


Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Review: Sparked


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by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous
Geek & Sundry Publishing
301 Pages
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
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Fifteen-year-old Laurel Goodwin wakes up to find her older sister Ivy missing from their Airstream trailer in the Oregon redwoods. A recurring nightmare convinces her that Ivy was abducted, but no one takes her dream seriously, including her mom. Laurel, a loner, has to learn to ask for help, and Jasper Blake, a mysterious new kid who shares her love of old books, quickly becomes her ally. Together they find their quiet town holds a deep secret and is the epicenter of a dark prophecy.

Laurel soon learns that her worst enemies, mean girls Peyton Andersen and Mei Rosen, are developing powers that she needs to find and save Ivy. With time running out, Laurel realizes that power doesn’t always take the form that you expect. And once she learns to look beyond her snap judgments, she develops an unexpected gift of her own.


About the Authors:

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Hello! We are both novelists, but if you’ve ever tried to write anything, you know that writing can be a lonely, angst-filled business. So one night over a cocktail or two, we came up with a solution: write our next book together. Malena already had an idea: a girl’s sister is kidnapped and she has to rely on mean girls with superpowers to get her sister back. We couldn’t resist seeing where that story would take us – a wild ride that includes a loner girl who wants to be a writer and a gorgeous boy who can shoot fire from his eyes but also loves to talk about books. And an ancient Zoroastrian prophecy. And pie shakes. (OK, so maybe we got a little carried away.)

We’ve both published solo novels (check them out here and here) and had no idea how co-writing would work out, but we pounded out the first draft in a white-hot frenzy of inspiration we called “the Vortex.” One of us would write a scene and send it to the other with a note: “My apartment is a pigsty and I haven’t eaten all day. #inthevortex.” We wrote the book we wanted to read as teenagers: a supernatural thriller with healthy doses of horror and humor. Oh, and of course there’s romance. You have to wait a long time for the only kiss in the book, but isn’t that the case with all the best kisses in books?

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Giveaway Details:

· Two (2) winner will receive a copy of Sparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous (INT)



Quick Reasons: that air of mystery and intrigue got me; super complex plot coupled with unique, if a bit flat, characters; a bad case of insta-love happened here; fast-paced, though a bit unrealistic at times–particularly character reactions

HUGE thanks to Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous, Geek & Sundry Publishing, Edelweiss, and Chapter by Chapter Book Tours for sending a free egalley of this title my way in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

From page one, I was super intrigued–Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous know how to weave an atmosphere of tense mystery so thick, readers are practically swimming in it! The action begins almost immediately and doesn’t let up–even in the “duller” moments that Laurel has, the POV shifts to highlight the danger and happenings surrounding her/her sister.


These POV shifts were a bit jarring for me as a reader, though. Because they don’t happen with any real sense of timing or in set intervals, I wasn’t always prepared to be thrust so suddenly into a different character’s head. It also took me a while to figure out that the “dream” chapters also worked as Ivy’s POV–which is a super awesome way to introduce her voice to the mix, in my opinion!


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There were quite a few “tropes” rearing their heads on this journey, including “girl hate” and “insta-love.” Many of the characters felt a bit stiff to me, as well–not as well-rounded or real to me. While this was all a bit annoying (I want to KNOW the characters, Penguins!) the intrigue of the plot and the unique world-building/backstory for the “powers” were enough to keep me sated and pushing for more!


Overall, this read was entertaining and complex. I really enjoyed the oral narrative of the powers we got from Jasper and his grandfather early on; the idea of the star “marks” was creative and fun. I also really loved how intense and thick the intrigue/drama was–it really made for a great sense of mystery! I’d recommend this read to lovers of sci fi/magical realism, teenage angst with heavy family drama, and a race to save the world from unknown evil. Check your skin for stars, Penguins; the Sparked are out there!




Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Review: The Knowing


TheKnowing_hires_coverThe Knowing
(The Forgetting #2)
by Sharon Cameron
Scholastic Press
448 Pages
Science Fiction / Fantasy / Dystopian
Publication Date:  October 10th, 2017
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Samara doesn’t forget. And she isn’t the only one. Safe underground in the city of New Canaan, she lives in a privileged world free from the Forgetting. Yet she wonders if she really is free, with the memories that plague her and secrets that surround her. Samara is determined to unearth the answers, even if she must escape to the old, cursed city of Canaan to find them.

Someone else is on their way to Canaan too . . . a spaceship from Earth is heading toward the planet, like a figment of the city’s forgotten past. Beck is traveling with his parents, researchers tasked with finding the abandoned settlement effort. When Beck is stranded without communication, he will find more in Canaan than he was ever trained for. What will happen when worlds and memories, beliefs — and truths — collide?


Other Books in the Series:

TheForgetting_hirescoverWhat isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

See my review for THE FORGETTING (THE FORGETTING #1) right here!

About the Author:

headshot-aboutSharon Cameron was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for her debut novel, The Dark Unwinding. When not writing Sharon can be found thumbing dusty tomes, shooting her longbow, or indulging in her lifelong search for secret passages. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE KNOWING. US Only.




Quick Reasons: awesome use of a companion novel; I was a little confused about the timeline; some interesting, unexpected twists; complex characters and story; lots of questions from book 1 answered; fantastic world-building

HUGE thanks to Sharon Cameron, Scholastic Press, and Rockstar Book Tours for sending me a gorgeous ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.


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And what an adventure this was, Penguins! As you may recall, I finished The Forgetting several months ago and absolutely could not wait to dive into the next journey! I was not expecting this second book to be set in a totally different time period going in…though I have to admit I think this was a brilliant way for Sharon Cameron to approach this companion novel! What better way to actually know this world, after all, if not to see it from two different generations?


I also really enjoyed the way Sharon Cameron played with the idea of disease and sickness. In this particular world, I found it interesting that the gap between generations would bring about such a huge turn-around in thinking. The statements this makes about human nature also really struck a note with me. I feel, overall, that Sharon Cameron gave me a much better insight into myself/the world–huge kudos to her for that!


Told from several POVs, this story was wild from the start, sucking me into the heart of the action and holding me hostage. Sharon Cameron has a knack for crafting gorgeously detailed, poignant sentences that stick to readers as if they’ve been glued on. I had such a hard time picking out favorite lines for this reason–I wanted to share them ALL!


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This was such a fascinating, adventurous read–I am so glad I was given the chance to continue my journey across this world. The characters are vibrant, the world-building exquisite, and the statements about human nature are so easy to relate to and grasp. I’d recommend this series to curious truth-seekers, lovers of wide-arcing journeys, and those who always want to know “what if.” Look deeper for the answers, Penguins; you might be surprised by what you find!



Commanding His Heart: Exquisitely Romantic, Fascinating Read


Commanding His Heart (American Pirate Romances, #2)Commanding His Heart
(American Pirate Romances #2)
by C.K. Brooke
Limitless Publishing
Romance / Historical / Adventure
140 Pages
Publication Date: September 26th, 2017
Get a copy here!


In Jamestown, 1785, Emeline Winthrop dreams of marrying a dashing groom…

When Em’s parents bestow her hand to a coldhearted widower three times her age, she’s desperate. On the eve of her engagement, she escapes to the James River and stows away aboard an acquaintance’s rigger. Little does she realize, she’s found her way aboard a pirate ship.

Commander Miers Redding would never have dreamed of pirating in his naval days…

However, partnering with the unsavory Captain Crawley is the only way to complete his dangerous mission. When a young lady sneaks aboard The Black Rose, his cover is nearly blown, but the quick-thinking commander saves their skins by pretending to be her husband.

A façade as newlyweds during a dangerous, whirlwind voyage to the Caribbean is bound to convince not only the pirate crew of the couple’s affections, but possibly each other. Yet the mystifying Virginia belle is hiding something from him… And what, exactly, is Commander Redding’s mysterious mission? These secrets could end their love, their mission – and their lives.

Commanding His Heart is the second standalone novel in C.K. Brooke’s American Pirate Romance series.


Other Books in the Series:

Capturing The Captain (American Pirate Romances Book 1)

See my review for CAPTURING THE CAPTIAN by clicking right here!

Quick Reasons: a few squirmy (though accurately-portrayed) moments; I didn’t feel as connected to these characters as past books; the romance was steamy, though a BIT rushed; YAY for pirates!; captivating, adventure-filled plot

Huge thanks to C.K. Brooke and Limitless Publishing for sending a free egalley of this title my way in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.


And this was, as all C.K. Brooke novels seem to be, SUCH an exquisitely romantic, entertaining, and fascinating read! The plot was filled with drama, tension, and just a hint of reputation-ruining potential. Every page was wrought with action, which I absolutely adore–I was, from page one, sucked straight into the heart of the story and held captivated throughout! The horrifying realities that Em is running from put chills down my spine from the start–I was screaming for her to stand her ground, to find a way out. It’s safe to say that I connected almost instantly with her plight…though I didn’t, unfortunately, feel quite so much for most of these characters.

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While the romance between our pair is just as steamy and butterfly-inducing as all of C.K. Brooke’s couples, I felt there was a bit of something off about the relationship all the same. There was, in this instance, almost too much “insta-love” for me to swallow…and I didn’t feel as if quite as much time or care went into crafting their relationship as I’ve so adored in the other novels I’ve read from this author. Perhaps this was a time constraint issue; this read was admittedly much shorter than I’m used to from C.K. Brooke, and I feel this might have played a small part in why I couldn’t fully believe the romance–it wasn’t given enough time on the stove, so to speak. Still, I really adored these characters, and was thoroughly entertained by the journey they undertake together!


I am really digging this new pirates series from a well-loved author, and can’t wait to see where the next installment (if there is one) will lead! I’d definitely recommend this to lovers of life at sea, shady characters/happenings, and the discovery of love in unexpected places. I tip my hat to the captain of MY heart, C.K. Brooke; if you haven’t picked her up yet, Penguin readers, you definitely should!


Blog Tour, Teasers, Giveaway, and Review: Black Bird of the Gallows


Black Bird of the GallowsBlack Bird of the Gallows
by Meg Kassel
YA / Magical Realism / Paranormal Fantasy
300 Pages
Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Get a copy here!


*A September Goodreads Best Book of the Month*

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.




Meg KasselMeg Kassel is an author of paranormal and speculative books for young adults. A New Jersey native, Meg graduated from Parson’s School of Design and worked as a graphic designer before embracing her true passion, writing. She now lives in a log house in the Maine woods with her family, and is busy at work on her next novel. A fan of ’80s cartoons, original Netflix series, daydreaming, and ancient mythology, Meg has always been fascinated and inspired by the fantastic, the creepy, and the futuristic. When she’s not writing, Meg is reading, hanging out with her husband and daughter, hiding her peanut butter cups, or walking her rescue mutt, Luna. She is a two-time finalist and the 2016 YA winner of the RWA Golden Heart© contest. Her debut novel, Black Bird of the Gallows, releases fall of 2017.


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Giveway Information:

· Three (3) winners will receive A Black Bird of the Gallows canvas tote bag (11“x14”) which includes a custom made crow pendant and ball chain, bookmark and stickers, $10 Amazon Gift Card (INT)

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Quick Reasons: SUPER unique, intriguing, dark plot/story!; these characters have so much heavy trauma/baggage, oh my penguins; super creeptastic, horrifying “villains”; I will never ever look at bees (or ravens) the same way; entertaining, heart-wrenching, and pivotal read

HUGE thanks to Meg Kassel, Entangled Teen, and <a href=”http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com”>Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours</a>, and Netgalley for sending a free egalley of this title my way in exchange for an honest review!  This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

OH. MY. PENGUINS. I have spent the last…24? hours thinking about the best way to go about writing this review and honestly all I’ve come up with is incoherent sentences and a LOT of beakish squeaking because this book is SUH GOOD I can’t even right now! I just… Let me just take a breath real quick.

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Hmmm… Nope, didn’t work. Alas, I must try to persevere–don’t mind the mess I’ve left behind, Penguins. The glitter and confetti will be swept up eventually, right? (I really should hire a maid. These messes are chaos!)


That being said–this was SUCH a unique, creative read! I lovelovelove the harbingers of death versus “Candyman” idea (I mean, the Beekeepers aren’t REALLY the Candyman…but they’re so close, I was super creeped out throughout!) This entire read is filled with dark, heavy subjects and should probably have a bit of trigger warning for violence, so…there’s your warning, sensitive readers! Meg Kassel did a beautiful job weaving the tragic events of this journey with the magical realism that brings this world so fully to life. I am in awe of her writing, Penguins–it’s atmospheric and gorgeous, and everything that happens in this story makes sense even if it’s not wholly “believable.”

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There is a bit of “insta-love” happening in this read, but I’m TOTES LETTING IT GO because oh my Penguin beak, Reece is exactly the type of mysterious “bad” boy next door I love to love. There was also maybe the slightest whisper of “chosen one” syndrome happening with Angie…but it was so subtle and slight, I’m choosing to ignore it (also, I ADORED this read, so that helps too!)


I just CANNOT rave enough about this book, and am super excited to see what Meg Kassel does in the future! The characters are well-rounded, complex, and endearing. The dialogue and snark was on point, the relationships were all brilliantly handled, and I just… I NEED MORE! I’d definitely, definitely recommend to lovers of darkly atmospheric writing, creeptastic magical realism, and nonstop plot. There’s a change stirring on the wind, Penguins; make sure you mind the bees.




Gears of Fate: A War of Faeries and Gods




Gears of Fate (Forgotten Gods #1)Gears of Fate
(Forgotten Gods #1)
by Wilbert Stanton
Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date:  June 20th, 2017
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Centuries have passed since the Fey conquered Earth, forcing mankind and gods alike to flee to the sky city Olympus. Forgotten gods walk amongst man, lost and powerless. Little do they suspect a second Fey war looms, and an unlikely duo will set in motion the gears of fate.

Zak Walker is a fringe rat living in the slums who would do anything to protect his sister, Alice. His neglectful father threatens to consign him to a life away from home on an airship, but he yearns for his life to mean something more than drudgery.

Princess Seneca Rose is the last surviving member of the Seelie royals. They tried to establish peace with mankind, but fell to the forces of Queen Mob and the Unseelie Court. Fleeing for her life, Seneca arrives on Olympus in hopes of uniting the forgotten gods against the oncoming Fey.

Zak couldn’t care less about the fate of Olympus, until faeries kidnap Alice. He doesn’t believe Seneca’s stories of faeries or gods, but soon has no choice but to accept their lives are intertwined. All his life, he’s dreamed of something more. If he cannot face the dangers that await down on Earth, the gods, mankind, and his sister Alice are all doomed.


Quick Reasons: super intriguing twists to mythologies; steampunk for the win!; awesome, entertaining voice to the POV; vibrant, lovable characters; there were some awkward writing moments; this was sort of like a divine intervention of creativity

Huge thanks to Wilbert Stanton, Curiosity Quills Press, and Xpresso Book Tours for sending me a free egalley of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.


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This put a whole new twist on mythologies, Penguins! I was super intrigued from the start–I’ve not come across another book that pits the Fey world against the Gods, and this book spun the web so efficiently! From the get-go, I was enthralled; I couldn’t wait to see where the adventure led me next, and spent the entire read on the edge of my seat waiting for the ball to drop around every turn!


There were some awkward writing moments throughout this read. Some of the dialogue felt a bit forced or unnatural to me–oftentimes the characters were OVERLY dramatic, almost hinging on the hysterical, for no apparent reason. While I understand that this was meant to create or cause more drama/tension, I felt the way that Wilbert Stanton went about achieving that fell a bit flat. For me personally, those moments just didn’t work well…but the book was quick to make up for it with the plot and creative ideas, so I don’t judge this book too harshly.


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These characters were vibrantly painted and brilliantly handled. I really enjoyed the fresh, unique places that Wilbert Stanton took me as a reader–the journey was exciting and illuminating! The addition of steampunk to this world also really helped to set this book apart from others, and Wilbert Stanton did a wonderful job crafting the world around me so fully, I felt as if I’d stepped into the pages themselves. It’s obvious that a TON of tender care went into the finer, more intricate details of this read, and I appreciated each of them fully.


I’d definitely recommend this book to lovers of steampunk, mythologies, and the Fae folk. This was a lofty, at times hair-raising read, and I’m so glad to have been granted access between the pages! The characters are beautifully rendered, the world-building is exquisitely handled, and every page screamed with the unique voice of the POV character. It is obvious that Wilbert Stanton loves this world–and he has made me love it just as much. Put your goggles on, Penguins; you never know what’s lurking in plain sight!




Blog Tour and Review: Moribund


Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
(Circuit Fae #1)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: September 12th 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Dark Fae. Romance. Evil Plots. High school. Our heroines could be in for the greatest adventure ever.

If only they could decide whether to kill or kiss each other.

High school sophomore Syl Skye is an ordinary girl. At least, she’s trying to be. School photographer and all-around geek, she introverts hard and keeps her crush on sexy-hot glam-Goth alt-rock star Euphoria on the down-low. But when a freak accident Awakens her slumbering power, Syl is forced to accept a destiny she never wanted—as the last sleeper-princess of the fair Fae.

Suddenly hunted by the dark Fae, Syl’s pretty sure things can’t get any worse. Until she discovers her secret crush, Euphoria, is really a dark Circuit Fae able to harness the killing magic in technology. Even worse, she’s been sent to destroy Syl.

With mean girls and magic and dark Fae trying to kill her, it’ll take more than just “clap if you believe in fairies” to save Syl’s bacon—not to mention, her heart.

Perfect for readers of romance, urban fantasy, fairy stories and LGBT.

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Author Bio:

Raised by witches and dragons in the northern wilds, GIE writes angsty urban fantasy YA romance–where girls who are mortal enemies kick butt, take names, and fall in love against all odds.

She enjoys long hikes in the woods (where better to find the fair folk?), believing in fairies (in fact, she’s clapping right now), dancing with dark elves (always wear your best shoes), being a self-rescuing princess (hello, black belt!), and writing diverse books about teenage girls finding love, romance, and their own inner power.

She might be planning high tea at the Fae Court right now.

GIE is multi-published, and in her role as an editor has helped hundreds of authors make their dream of being published a reality.

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Quick Reasons: adorable, believable romance; unique and intriguing ideas; so much awesome action; super endearing, vibrant characters; fantastic kick-off to a new series that I can’t wait to dive into!

HUGE thanks to Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Monster House Books, Xpresso Book Tours, and Netgalley for sending me a free egalley of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.


And oh, my Penguins, what a surprisingly kick-ass treat this read was! These characters were so vibrantly written, I could almost believe they existed (except, you know, for the fact they really don’t–I’d have already tracked them down and befriended them if they did!) They were so adorable, I was rooting for them before I was even sure there was something there! And the dark/villainous personalities were also beautifully crafted–not overdone, but definitely complexly written.


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The plot was filled with mystery, suspense, and action. Genevieve Iseult Eldredge did a fantastic job of weaving the “magic” of the fae into the “reality” of her world-building. I was super captivated and impressed–the details were intricate and gorgeously manipulated, but never overwhelming or “unbelievable.” This was story-telling at its finest, in my opinion!


This was such an awesome introduction to the world and characters! Genevieve Iseult Eldredge did a fabulous job bringing the story to life and making me BELIEVE in it, I can’t wait to see where future installment(s) lead! I’d recommend this to lovers of magic, seekers of adventure, and those hearts ruthless for the hunt. Listen closely, Penguins; there’s music lurking between these pages!