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Book Blitz, Excerpt, Teasers, and Giveaway: Hunted Fate

 

Hunted Fate
(Threads of the Moirae, #3)

Jennifer Derrick
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: July 24th 2017
Genres: Mythology, Romance, Young Adult

Alex and Atropos have taken refuge at an abandoned mountain resort compound. Atropos is a wanted woman in hiding, and the downtime with her soul mate is a nice change of pace. But the peace will be short-lived. The authorities are after her for her role in the attack on the city of Charlotte. Zeus has put a bounty on her head. There’s also a war to prepare for—and if she wins, the gods will be deposed once and for all. But first she needs to track down Gaia, and even that won’t be simple. Gaia resides at the bottom of the ocean, and the humans and gods are already hot on Atropos’ trail…

A heart-pounding romantic adventure where Greek mythology and modern-day life collide, Hunted Fate is the third book in the epic Threads of the Moirae series by Jennifer Derrick.

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“We need whoever provides security around here. Or Hades. They’re bound to be the ones who can open this. If we can find them, we can drag them down here and slap their hand on this thing to get it open,” Alex says.

“We need another way,” Sara says, shaking her head. “We haven’t seen a single person since we got here. It’s too time consuming to track them down. And we’ll never get Hades.”

“Anyone know of any other ways to crack a palm plate?” I ask.

“Short of finding a valid fingerprint and going through an awful lot of steps to create a fake finger, the only other way is to break down the software controlling it,” Alex says.

“Are any of you hackers?”

Alex raises his hand.

“You can hack this?” I ask. “I didn’t know you were a hacker.”

“I’m not. But there isn’t a lot to do when you’re stuck at home with a terminal disease or trapped in a crappy boarding school. I taught myself a few things, made a few online friends who were a little shady. Depending on how sophisticated the software is, I might be able to crack it.”

“Would it be controlled from the computer out front?”

“It might be. Or it might be controlled from a central server that’s who knows where. No way to know without looking,” he says.

“That computer is password protected. If you try to force it, you may set off alarms.”

“Then I’ll have to be careful,” he says, heading back to the lobby.

We follow and gather around the desk while he works. The keys clack under his fingers as he mutters instructions to himself.

“Okay, I’m in the system,” he says. “While I’m here, I’m going to shut down those security cameras. No need for everyone to know where we are.”

The TV feed blinks and is gone.

He keeps typing and clicking and muttering. The rest of us sit down on the floor and wait. There’s nothing we can do.

“Huh. That could be tricky,” he says.

“What?” I ask, getting up and going around the desk so I can see his screen. Not that the gibberish there means squat to me.

“The system that controls the fingerprint scanners also controls the card locks. Worse, it’s not separated by floor. I’m not good enough to bring down only one piece of the system. It’s all or nothing.”

“What’s the problem?” I ask.

“It means that the only thing standing between us and whatever is behind those cell doors is the hope that none of them try the doors. If the inmates figure out the doors are open, then security will be the least of our problems. All of them could walk right out of here.”

“Do it,” I tell him. “It’s not like we’ll be broadcasting the locks are down. No one will notice. Hopefully.”

“Okay,” he says and goes back to pounding on the keys.

After a few minutes, the computer beeps and Alex pushes away from it.

“Done,” he says.

The words are barely out of his mouth when a series of small pops echoes around the room. They sound like they’re both surrounding us and simultaneously heading away from us.

“Aw, shit,” I say. “The locks. We forgot they make noise! We are idiots. Come on,” I say, racing for the doors on the right.

We slam through the doors and pull up in front of door number four. No one is coming into the hall yet. I’m hoping the inmates think it’s a trap and are too intimidated to try their doors. Either that or they didn’t hear the locks release. Please, just let me get out of here before hell literally opens, I think.

 

Author Bio:

Jennifer is a freelance writer and novelist. As a freelancer, she writes everything from technical manuals to articles on personal finance and European-style board games. Her interest in storytelling began when she was six and her parents gave her a typewriter for Christmas and agreed to pay her $.01 per page for any stories she churned out. Such a loose payment system naturally led to a lot of story padding. Broken Fate, her first novel, earned her $2.80 from her parents.

Jennifer lives in North Carolina and, when not writing, can often be found reading, trawling the shelves at the library, playing board games, watching sports, camping, running marathons, and playing with her dog. You can visit her at her official website:www.JenniferDerrick.com.

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Book Blitz, Excerpt, and Giveaway: Gears of Fate

 

Gears of Fate
(Forgotten Gods #1)

Wilbert Stanton
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: June 20th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult

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.

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I watched helplessly as we flew further away. Alana and Gharis, fighting furiously side by side, hadn’t noticed me getting snatched. Seneca still struggled with Francis’s pack. I had to take matters into my own hands. I struggled under my attacker’s iron grip. He had me in a tight bear hug rendering my arms useless. I thrashed about until I broke free. The rust bucket flew away, and for a moment, it felt like I could fly. Gravity had a different plan in mind.

I’m going to die.

Clouds swallowed the world; the white darkness devoured me, the gushing air made my ears pop. I’d never get to kiss Abby; I’d never become a man; Most importantly, I failed to keep Alice safe. Alice, I’m sorry.

I closed my eyes and prepared to die. Until I heard laughing. I’m cogged. The wild laughter of a maniac got closer, closer, and closer still. Seneca burst through the clouds head first, her body straightened with arms pressed tight at her sides. Goggles covered her eyes, and her smile seemed to go for miles. She caught up and wrapped her arms around me, locking her body against mine.

 

Author Bio:

Wilbert Stanton was born and raised in New York City. From an early age, Wilbert decided he would either write books or take over the world; everything else was just a precursor to his end game.

Along the way, he has studied Psychology, English, and Computer Science. He’s held jobs in a wide range of fields and met people from all walks of life. Wilbert is constantly learning and growing as a person, in order to solidify his dreams.

In the end, world domination was a bit tedious, so he decided to focus on writing books.

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Book Blitz, Excerpt, Teasers, and Giveaway: Shades of the Gods

 

Shades of the Gods
(Elysium Legacies #1)

Erin Hayes
Publication date: September 27th 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Mythology

Caught between life and death, all Callie wants is to live again.

Homicide detective Callie Saunders knows that death isn’t all pearly gates and angels. After being hit by a bus, she finds that it’s the ancient gods and goddesses of Greek mythology who are in charge of everything.

So when Hades offers her a deal, she accepts. If she wants to be brought back to life, she’ll have to figure out who is trying to kill his son. But if she fails, both her soul and the world will be destroyed.

With the odds mounting against her, it’ll take everything she has within her to wake up from death. But the rules are constantly changing. And someone wants her to stay dead.

(This book was formerly titled Death is but a Dream. The covers and titles have changed for The Elysium Legacies, but the content is still the same.)

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EXCERPT:

“You’re blackmailing me,” I sneered at him, fury raging within me at the realization. “You want me to do something in return before you allow me to wake up.”

He raised his hand in a gesture of supplication. “Not blackmail,” he assured. “I’m looking to employ you for a time.”

I recoiled. “Employ me? As what? Muscle? Is this the Underworld’s version of the Mafia?” Now that I thought about it, Hades did remind me of a mob boss. He even looked like some I knew. “I don’t play that, sorry.”

Hades grinned. “I want to make a deal with you, Callista. You find out who is trying to kill my son. Give me a name and a motive. And I’ll restore you to life.”

 

Author Bio:

Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.

She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she’s an award-winning New York Times Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at erinhayesbooks@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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Book Blitz, Excerpt, and Giveaway: The Bodyguard

 

The Bodyguard
(Legacies of the Amazons, #1)

by Wende Dikec
Published by: Inkspell Publishing
Publication date: May 2nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult

Descended from a secret race of Amazon Warriors, Ana Thermadosa is not like other girls. As a student at Artemis Academy, the training grounds for a mysterious company called Cerberus Enterprises, Ana has spent her life learning what is important. How to fight, how to win, how to kill, and, mostly importantly, how to follow orders and live up to the expectations of her powerful family.

Trained in the art of warfare since birth, now her skills are being put to the test. She’s been hired to defend Jordan Banks, the wealthy son of a nefarious businessman, from kidnappers.

She despises Jordan and all he stands for, but soon comes to realize that many things in the outside word aren’t as she’s been led to believe. She also discovers Jordan isn’t what she expected, and, against her better judgment, finds herself starting to care for him.

When disaster strikes, Ana is put in a difficult predicament. Keeping Jordan safe would mean betraying her own people and everything she believes in, but letting him die would mean betraying something even more important.

Her own heart.

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EXCERPT:

“If you’d like a demonstration, I am willing to provide it.”

“A demonstration?” Roman asked with a snort, but Ana could tell he was intrigued. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw Philip suppress a grin.

“Me against them.” She looked at the three hulking bodyguards standing behind him. One of them actually had the nerve to giggle. She decided he would be the first to learn a lesson. Bodyguards should never giggle.

Melani had to bite her lip to keep from smiling. “You don’t have to do this, Ana.”

“Yes, I do.” She removed her black jacket, part of the standard issue uniform worn by everyone at the company, and placed it over the back of her chair. Beneath it, she wore a snug, black t-shirt, and comfortable pants. “There’s a sparring room next door.”

“Would you like them to come in one at a time?” Roman asked, trying to sound like a gentleman. Ana knew he thought she was going to get beat up, and she also knew he kind of looked forward to seeing it. He wouldn’t be so lucky today.

She studied the bodyguards, sizing them up from head to toe. All three of them grinned at her. She opened a door that connected to the sparring room ushered them in, leaving everyone else in the conference room.

“No. I can handle them all at once,” she said, shutting the door behind her.

 

Author Bio:

Wende Dikec has spent her life traveling the world, collecting stories wherever she visited. She majored in Japanese and International Economics in college and worked in import/export and as an ESL teacher before she committed herself full time to writing. She writes in several romance genres, and her books are quirky and fun. Wende is a Trekkie, a book hoarder, the master of the Nespresso machine, and the mother of three boys (probably the main reason for her caffeine addiction). A puppy named Capone is the most recent addition to her family, and she blogs about him as a way of maintaining what little sanity she has left. She is the author of TIGER LILY and STARR VALENTINE, and writes adult romance under the name Abigail Drake. She can be found on the web at http://www.wendedikec.com.

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Blog Tour, Teaser, Giveaway, and Review: Secrets of Artemis

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Secrets_cover.jpgSecrets of Artemis (Teen Goddess #1)
by C.K. Brooke
Genre: YA Romantic Mythology
Release Date: October 29th 2015
Summary from Goodreads:
Not even the god of gods could command my heart not to love…

In Ancient Greece, the goddess Artemis was venerated as a maiden huntress, swift with her bow and arrows, and eternally chaste. But could there be more to her story? Perhaps Lady Artemis had envisioned quite a different destiny than the one her father, Zeus, had chosen for her. What if she hadn’t merely pined after the giant huntsman, Orion, but had secretly partaken of a forbidden romance with him?

From prolific fantasy writer C.K. Brooke comes an original divine novel, in which Artemis’s classic myths are retold as never before, in her own voice, as the young goddess sets the record straight and reveals the true account of her immortal life – and love.

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C.K. Brooke C.K. Brooke is an Amazon bestselling author of over a dozen romantic fantasy adventure novels and novellas for 48fourteen, Limitless Publishing, and Elphame Press. Her debut novel, The Duchess Quest, was selected as a Shelf Unbound Notable Indie Book of 2015 and received five stars from Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews & Awards Contest. She lives in Washington, Michigan with her husband and young son. Visit CKBrooke.com and subscribe to her V.I.P. Club receive a FREE eBook download of The Last Empress: A Jordinia Prequel Novella!
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4Penguins
Quick Reasons: new and intriguing subject matter for C.K. Brooke!; complex, well-rounded characters; LOVE the mythology; interesting experiment in a different type of writing; this read a bit like a diary; I was SO ANGRY…and then the ending happened, and everything was better

Huge thanks to C.K. Brooke, Elphame Press, and YA Bound Book Tours for sending me a free digital copy 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 was a different sort of read from C.K. Brooke. Of course, this doesn’t mean EVERYTHING was different–the characters, particularly Artemis, were still super snarky, independent, and well-rounded. In fact, I ADORE how strong-willed Artemis is throughout this entire read–she doesn’t bow down to anyone’s wishes, but instead charges full-speed toward what she wants. There are so many awesome moments woven throughout this journey that prove women don’t HAVE to be meek and mild; we can, and should, forge our own paths and create our own rules.

The plot is fast-paced, though a little bit weird in places. I felt like this read more as a “diary” format than as a linear story, though the sequence of events IS in order. There was something a little weird about C.K. Brooke’s writing in this particular book–I’m not sure if she was trying something different, or what, but it felt a bit more stiff than her usual work. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though–it gave this read a more subdued, darker tone and atmosphere, which really worked with the mythologies C.K. Brooke drew inspiration from.

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I will be honest: this book made me SUPER angry. Of course, I wasn’t well-versed in Artemis’s story to begin with, so the things that angered me are probably well-known and unsurprising. Those bits of the story, though… Several times I felt like throwing my Kindle out the window and screaming my heartache to the winds, because goodness, those moments hurt! Just be warned, penguins–I won’t go into TOO many details, because spoilers, but this book is bound to hurt you at least three times. At least.

I am always super impressed with C.K. Brooke’s world-building and character creations, and this title is no exception! While some of the plot points made me angry (because GRRRRR!), the read was filled with new material (for C.K. Brooke in terms of writing, and for me as well in terms of mythologies). I really enjoyed breaking the mold with this read, and recommend to lovers of Greek mythology, strong-willed women, and slightly tragic journeys. Put down your skirts and take a walk through the stars, penguins; with this book, the mountains will feel like home.

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Blog Tour, Excerpts, Giveaway and Review: Songs of Seraphina

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Songs of Seraphina

by Jude Houghton
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Release Date: June 30th 2015
Tenebris Books, Grimbold Books

Summary from Goodreads:

Some battles bleed so much, and for so long, that the earth never truly forgets their dead. Some battles are born of oppression, and some of greed, and some simply because it was written in the stars.

Three sisters—Charlemagne, Cairo and Pendragon Agonistes—are sent from America to England to live with their eccentric grandparents after their mother disappears and their father falls to pieces. But before the girls have time to find their feet, Charlemagne is married off to a dead man, Penny takes a nap and wakes up as a boy, and Cairo is swept into a dangerous romance with a man who wants her for more than her considerable charm. With the girls wrapped up in a conflict they barely understand, they don’t notice that their grandmother is transforming, or that the two demigod assassins who took their mother are now coming for them—if one of them can get over his crisis of conscience.

In this richly painted tale, at whose heart is the unbreakable bond of family and blood, the world of Seraphina collides with our own as three unique girls are dragged into twilight lives past, fighting for vengeance, retribution, and the survival of their exiled people. 

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About the Author

Jude developed a love of fantasy from a relatively early age after realising an innate talent for making stuff up could result in something other than detention. Working across the globe in fields as diverse as journalism, data entry, sales, management consultancy and babysitting, Jude has partially succeeded in putting an English and History degree from Oxford University to good use. A somnambulist, insomniac, lover of letters, Jude writes late into the night, most nights, tumbling down the rabbit hole to dream of other lives. Jude currently lives in Pennsylvania with an over-enthusiastic family and absurdly entitled dog.

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4.5Penguins

Quick Reasons: dark and atmospheric; vivid imagery; unique, well-rounded characters; creeptastic antiheroes with ambiguous and shifting morals; an interesting re-imagining of immortals and demigods; a fantastic, entertaining journey

Huge thanks to Jude Houghton, Tenebris and Grimbold Books, and YA Bound Book Tours for sending me a copy 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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Penguins, let me just tell you–these characters are an absolute blast! I really enjoyed Crakes’ journey, in particular–he goes through such an awesome character arc and shows SO much growth. For beginning as a type of antihero, he… Well, he’s still an antihero, but he’s an antihero with morals? Does that even make sense? Doesn’t matter, I’m sticking with it. Crakes for LIIIIIIFE, guys. Crakes for life.

The rest of the characters are just as vibrant and well-rounded, though! There are some super shady, creeptastic motivations driving half of them, though it’s often difficult to discern just which side of the “war” they fall on. This is mostly due to the fact that they are constantly shifting–their morals, their motivations, their beliefs are never quite the same from one chapter to the next, which made them SO believable to me as characters. I had a ton of fun attempting–and failing!–to figure out what was driving who, and where the journey was leading.

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The plot is fast-paced and full of action, though there’s also a touch of something for EVERY type of reader–romance, intrigue, mythology, alternate universes… I especially adored how Jude Houghton handled and incorporated the pertinent backstory–this information is worked into the story so seamlessly, I found myself forgetting I was in the middle of a flashback and instead got sucked into the minds and motivations of THOSE characters. It was always somewhat a shock, therefore, to be returned to the “present” day–to be reminded that I was, momentarily, shoved into a long-forgotten moment.

And the prose! Dark and atmospheric, Jude Houghton sucked me in from the very first sentence. Several times while reading, I found myself wondering over the magic woven into every word, almost convinced I’d fallen under a spell and been transported out of reality into an entirely different world. The story is seamless, the language vibrant and detailed–at the end of the journey, I found myself loathe to leave!

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I cannot wait for the next book, to see what adventures await our band of unique characters. Jude Houghton wove the magic and beauty of the otherworldly into every page, easily transporting me out of reality and into the heart of this read. I definitely recommend this to lovers of fantasy, alternate universes, and stubbornly emotional demigods. Trust me, guys–you do NOT want to pass this book up!

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Arctic Dawn: Stop the RoMESS and Kiss Her Already!

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Arctic Dawn (The Norse Chronicles, #2)

The Norse Chronicles #2
Goodreads Rating: 4.39 Stars
332 Pages
Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Published July 5th, 2016
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Alone and exhausted after her month-long sojourn as a shooting star, Solina Mundy flees to southern California to lie low, recuperate, and plot a survival strategy. The one person she trusts to watch her back is her best friend, Skyla Ramirez. But Skyla has been missing for weeks.

The arrival of a dangerous stranger and the discovery of a legendary weapon of mass destruction forces Solina out of hiding and back into the fight for her life. Solina knows she won’t last long on her own. She must find out what happened to Skyla and unite her contentious allies if she hopes to track down this devastating weapon before her enemies use it to burn the world to ash.

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Quick Reasons: so much delicious snark; love the scattered pop culture references; this is one roMESS I both am afraid to see the end of, and am dying to see resolved; quick read filled with action and adventure; love the continued focus on Norse mythology; I just want to squash these characters to pieces

I just… I don’t even… GAAAAAAAAH! Karissa Laurel, you have done it again–swept me up on a journey of snark, adventure, and cinnamon roll characters only to leave me hanging by a thread at the end, drooling for the next book. Please, please, tell me the next book comes out soonish–I don’t know how long I can stand to wait this time! I need to know, I need to knoooooow!

Ahem. Let me try to find a bit of coherence now, yes?

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Once again, this book was full to the BRIM with Norse mythology and pop culture references. I found myself giggling every couple of pages–there are references to Chuck Norris, to Disney movies, and SO many others I’m sure I didn’t even catch them all. Each time, I found myself cracking a smile–the mix between the “old” and the “new” really worked to keep a balance throughout this book, and draw the two worlds together in a coherent and well-planned way.

 

The plot is fast-paced and loaded with action. Between the battle scenes, the “AHA!” moments, and the general tenacity of the characters, I was torn between racing headlong toward the ending and slowing down enough to savor the story–after all, I don’t know when the next book will be released. It’s bound to be quite the long wait–but I just couldn’t keep myself from devouring this book! Karissa Laurel does a fine job of “wrapping up” the smaller plot line of the current book, and maintaining the larger, more out-of-focus story as set-up for the next installment. While these books end with sort-of cliffhangers, they manage to give readers a sense of completion and satisfaction.

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The snark is almost ten times that of the first book–there were SO MANY clap-backs, sassy moments, and deliciously played scenes, especially between Thorin and Solina. I both feared for and looked forward to scenes of them, anticipating heartache all the while wishing for more. Their weird push-and-pull dance is getting tighter, the more books are added to this series…and I’m looking forward to the explosion, honestly. I am anticipating it impatiently, if I’m honest–I just want to shake them until they kiss already and get it over with, because PENGUINS, the tension there is just bone-searing.

 

The rest of the cast is no less entertaining, though, so don’t be put-off! There are battles of life and death, there are several cruel twists of fate, there’s a trickster who fooled even ME… Pretty much anything you could ever want in a book about the children of Gods, you can find in this series, and it’s awesomely done!

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I cannot WAIT for book three–it’s going to be a nail-biting, emotionally-jarring time for me, I feel, as I’m invested in these characters to my very core. I need to know what happens next. I need it like penguins need webbed feet and round bellies. I need it like air, which I know sounds dramatic, but… It’s the truth. If you’re searching for a series with a heavy focus on Norse mythology, snarky characters, and roMESSes…this series?! Definitely for you. Don’t just take my word for it–go pick these books up! I’m in for the long haul with this one; you should be, too.

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The “Book Monsters” Tag

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The “Book Monsters” Tag

created by Betwixt these Pages

I created this post the other day and decided I wanted to see what others’ came up with for their pairings!  Also, it was suggested to me I make this into a tag, so here we go!

The Rules:

–Have fun with this!  I used mythological creatures in my post, but you are free to use any monsters or beasties you’d like!
–Be sure to put a link to each artwork in your post somewhere, so the artists get recognition.
–You don’t HAVE to state why you picked each pair, but I’d love to know your reasons (if you have any)!
–Tag people at the end or don’t, it’s up to you!  Though I’d love if you did, to keep this tag going.
–Make sure you link back to Betwixt these Pages, so I can see your posts!

Let’s do this thing!
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The Griffin

Because it’s masquerading as one thing…with something entirely different inside!  You don’t quite know what you’re getting just looking at the cover.

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The Pegasus

There’s something magical about reading this verse novel–and “watching” the main character come to terms with everything she experiences.

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The Dragon

So pretty to look at…but so, so dangerous!  They’ve both got spikes and power behind their punches, so be careful!

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The Hell Hound

This book has bite…and is bound to drag you to depths as yet unknown, if you let it!

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 Father Time

Wait, this isn’t a mythological creature!?  What the heck, Beth?!  But I PROMISE, once you read this, you’ll understand–the play on time is just so awesome in this book!

I Tag:

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Jackie @ fallinlovewiththesoundofwords

Kiwi @ Kiwi Reads

Morgan @ Bookenstein

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Kim @ By Hook or By Book

Yvo @ It’s All About Books

Shealea Iral @ that bookshelf bitch

Millie Schmidt

Calliope the Book Goddess

Kendra @ readsandtreats

Until next time, happy book-ing…and thanks for playing!

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Betwixt These Pages Proudly Presents…

My Favorite Books
Cast as Mythological Creatures

because I’m a crazy person and feel the need to spread the crazy around a little.

Also…I couldn’t think of a better title for this post.  Sue me!

From this point forward, I will forever cast my favorite books as mythological creatures–because I can!

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The Banshee

I swear, this book screams…and will make YOU scream, too!  It’s like a whole bunch of creepy screaming heart attacks waiting to happen.  It’s a ton of fun, I promise!

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The Unicorn

This book is magical, mystical, gorgeous….but it’s also pretty much like a unicorn.  Beautiful to look at, but always just a little dangerous.  Careful!  The horn (plot twists?) will get you!

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The Fairy

If you look too closely at the Goodreads rating, you’ll understand this one–this book is not for everybody.  Neither are fairies.  I’m totally down with both, though, so win for me!

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The Gnome

There’s just the right amount of mischief and oddball hilarity to this collection of poems.  This book is tiny…but the stick it carries packs a gut-aching wallop!

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The Phoenix

It freezes, it burns, it leaves feather-shaped scorch marks all over your heart… Oh, wait, maybe that’s just me.  Regardless, this book reminds me of a phoenix, even if I can’t adequately explain why.

And there you go!  Five of my favorite books matched with five mythological beasties!  What do you think of my match ups?  What books would YOU pair with these (or other) mythological pretties?  Let me know in the comments, or make your own post and link me to it!

Thanks for looking, and until next time, happy book-ing!

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Review of Girl of Myth and Legend (The Chosen Saga #1), by Giselle Simlett

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A girl with a past she tries to forget, and a future she can’t even imagine.

Leonie Woodville wants to live an unremarkable life. She wants routine, she wants repetition, she wants predictability. So when she explodes in a blaze of light one morning on the way to her college, it’s enough to put a real crimp in her day.

And things only get weirder…

Leonie learns from her father that she is last of the Pulsar, a phenomenally powerful member of a magical species called the Chosen. It will be her sole duty to protect the Imperium, a governing hierarchy, from all enemies, and to exceed the reputation of the Pulsar before her. So – no pressure there, then.

Leonie is swept away from her rigorous normality and taken to a world of magic. There, she is forced into a ceremony to join her soul to a guardian, Korren, who is both incredibly handsome and intensely troubled, a relationship for which ‘it’s complicated’ just really doesn’t cut it.

But Leonie is soon to learn that this ancient world is no paradise. With violent dissidents intent to overthrow the Imperium, and dark entities with their own agenda, she and Korren find themselves caught in a war where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to survive.

Dare to dream. Dare to hope. Dare to be a legend.

Book One in The Chosen Saga.

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Rating: 3 (???)/5 Stars
Quick Reasons: fascinating, mostly-unique read; intriguing characters; annoying, arrogant protag; the devil is not in the details—because there really aren’t any; where there IS detail, the prose is gorgeous; a lot of confusing action and unanswered questions

Huge thanks to Giselle Simlett, WWS Publishing, and Netgalley for an ARC of this read in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered how I read/reviewed this book.

“You say immortality isn’t a burden and you may think it a wonderful, divine thing; maybe it is for those who have freedom. But if all your days are kept within this cage, with no way to escape, how can you call that living?”

I’m a bit iffy on my star rating.

The blurb made this sound amazing—characters who kick butt and take names, an intriguing world filled with magic and myth… Just my kind of read, I thought! Unfortunately, this didn’t quite match up to my expectations.

Now, that’s not to say is isn’t good! There are moments when the prose swept me off into that promised fantasy land. These snippets are poetic, descriptive, and gorgeous. They are also few and far between. In fact, most of this reads rather like a string of diary entries. The two points of view we “see” the world through remain wholly flat, unemotional (even when the characters are meant to be emotional, they aren’t) and robotic.

“So now imagine this companion, a bird we’ll say, exotic, beautiful, and created from a powerful love that began with a promise. The magical being it adores is not its master, but its friend, and they live side by side as equals for many years. But the bird is naive: it doesn’t realize the fragility of a mortal’s kindness, or the quickening of their temper, nor the malice and hate they can weave. The bird is made only of love, of trust, and so when their friend lays breadcrumbs, the bird doesn’t doubt them and follows their trail. Then the door of a cage shuts behind it.”

The world, also, didn’t really leap to life. What little information we’re given about the different lives/societies is often conflicting and confusing. Creatures like Pulsar and Kytaen are explained in the simplest ways…and left vastly undescribed. This makes the characters, the world, the scenery very hard to imagine. There’s SO MUCH packed into this read, I feel as if some of the finer, more important details fell to the wayside instead of being allowed breathing room. Things that should have been the main focus instead felt like trivial details.

And while the characters are fascinating and their stories promise excitement, there isn’t much personal growth for either. The author played around, instead, with the idea of an unexplained/unwanted connection…but didn’t do it justice enough to make it work smoothly in the grand scheme of story telling.

The main protagonist, Leonie, comes off as crass, arrogant, and often cruel. Korren, also, is rather stubborn and mean. Their stories make sense, when taken as a whole…but together they’re more drama than I’d have liked, with almost no redemption for either at the end. It’s a nice setup for book two…but it doesn’t make me care for them, or feel anything for their struggles.

His voice grows dark. “But when the sun sleeps and gives way to the moons, the serpent slips silently into the deepening pockets of darkness, and it is then that the enchantment of this world dissolves into something perilous, when instead of dreams and wishes it is twisted into nightmares and curses.”

So, while I enjoyed the uniqueness and creativity of this read, I found myself mostly bored and disgruntled with the characters. While I see a LOT of potential in this author’s style, there’s also a lot of work to do to make this series seamless. I’d recommend to lovers of sci fi/fantasy, mythology, and unique otherworlds. For now, I guess we’ll wait and see what book two promises—perhaps it’ll patch up some of these loose ends!