Category Archives: New Adult

Seven Days of Midwinter: An Urban Fantasy Giveaway

There’s another book event happening on Facebook! It’s run by the same folks who set up Thirteen Days of Halloween in October.

What is it? It’s a week-long Facebook event open to everyone from now until December 20th. Seven Days of Midwinter is being hosted by a bunch of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance authors, and it’s a great way to find some new favorites! (As far as I can tell, the list includes authors of YA, New Adult, and Adult.) This event is full of fellow readers, authors, and TONS of free stuff.

I’m sorry, did you say free stuff? Yes! There are drawings for all kinds of goodies (books, gift cards, candy, Kindle Fires, etc.) as well as lots and lots of books that are free for everyone for the duration of the event. Each day has a different line-up of author giveaways (the list is posted on top of the main event page). There is also a “Free Book” post with links to each author’s Goodreads and Amazon pages, as well as links for any books they may be featuring.

Happy Book Hunting and Happy Holidays!

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Thirteen Days of Halloween: An Urban Fantasy Giveaway

I’m a few days late to the party, but when I discovered this I knew I had to pass it on!

What is it? It’s a two-week Facebook event open to everyone from now until Halloween! Thirteen Days of Halloween is being hosted by a bunch of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance authors, and it’s a great way to find some new favorites! (As far as I can tell, the list includes authors of YA, New Adult, and Adult.)

What makes it a party, exacty? Lots of fellow readers, authors, and TONS of free stuff. Who doesn’t want to go to that party? 😉

I’m sorry, did you say free stuff? Yes! There are drawings for all kinds of goodies (books, gift cards, candy, Kindle Fires, etc.) as well as lots and lots of books that are free for everyone in the days leading up to Halloween. Each day has a different line-up of author giveaways (the list is posted on top of the main event page). There is also a “Treat Bag” post where authors post links to event-long free books for anyone who’s interested.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of the downside of celebrating Halloween with a bunch of paranormal books and free goodies 😀

To further entice you to check it out, here are some of the Kindle books I discovered through this event in just one afternoon!

Darkangel (The Witches of Cleopatra Hill #1)  Aurora Sky (Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, #1)  Entangled (Spellbound, #1)  Bloodfire (Blood Destiny, #1)  Justice Calling (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress, #1)

(In order from left to right: YA witches, YA vampire hunters, more YA witches, YA/NA shapeshifters, witches AND shapeshifters)

I wish everyone Happy Book Hunting and Happy Halloween!

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PS – I discovered this event through Anthea Sharp’s newsletter, one of the hosting authors. If you’d like to sign up yourself, check out this link to her website!

Passport to Romance 2015

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Last night, I was lucky enough to attend Passport to Romance, an inaugural reader appreciation event hosted by the Greater Seattle chapter of RWA. It was run by a wonderful bunch of romance lovers, and there were about 40 authors in attendance! There were tons of free goodies, books included, and my TBR list is now bursting at the seams…

They also had a vote for best cover photo, a raffle with a bunch of awesome bookish gift baskets, and a handful of cover models mingling with the crowd. All in all, it was a lot of fun, and I’m glad I had a chance to meet so many great readers, writers, and publishers. If you’re lucky enough to have an event like this in your area, I highly recommend attending!

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Check out all of my loot (ceramic bowl not included):

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And now I’d love to help spread the word about some of these authors and publishers. The two publishers I met are:

Tule Publishing – Check out their website for a ton of great-looking Contemporary Romance. I’m especially interested in a bunch of their holiday stories. Come December, I’m a sucker for a feel-good contemporary romance.

Booktrope – They publish a wide variety of genres, and of all the new books I picked up, the two I grabbed at the Booktrope table are among those I think I’m really going to like (TAG and Riversong).

Of all my new book additions, here are the ones I’m the most excited about:

Blood Hunger  The Dark Realm (Feyland, #1)  Immortal Flame (Hell to Pay)  Viking Warrior Rising (Viking Warriors, #1)

TAG  Riversong (River Valley, #1)  Stone Guardian (Entwined Realms, #1)

Blood Hunger by L.E. Wilson – Adult Paranormal Romance in which a vampire teams up with a human to find their mutually missing loved ones

Feyland: The Dark Realm by Anthea Sharp – YA Fantasy in which an immersive Fae-themed computer game becomes real life (This eBook is currently free through a bunch of retailers!)

Immortal Flame by Jillian David – Adult Paranormal Romance in which our hero has sold his soul to the devil

Viking Warrior Rising by Asa Maria Bradley – Adult Paranormal Romance with immortal viking warriors fighting to protect humanity from the Norse god, Loki

TAG by Shari J. Ryan – New Adult Romantic Suspense with CIA family secrets

Riversong by Tess Hardwick – Contemporary Romance with a heroine hiding out in a small, Oregon town

Stone Guardian by Danielle Monsch – Adult Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy with griffons, wizards, gargoyles, and more

If any of these sound intriguing to you, check them out! Most (if not all) of them are also available in eBook format, and many of these authors are lesser known, so let’s spread the bookish love!

Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny, #1)
The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost is the first book in Frost’s New Adult series, Broken Destiny. This is an angels and demons series that follows Ivy and Adrian, two humans with supernatural gifts that were passed down from their Biblically significant ancestors. To throw a wrench in, they are mystically drawn to each other despite descending from two different lines destined to forsake each other.

I’ve been excited to read this for a while, being a huge fan of Frost’s Night Huntress series. I know a bunch of her fans were put off by the fact that this one’s about angels and demons but I happen to like that sub-genre, and I happen to love the wit and style of Frost’s writing. I figured, worst case it’ll be a quick, fun read. As it turns out, it WAS a quick fun read. Fortunately for me, I also loved the world, characters, and storyline!

Speaking of the world and storyline, there are a lot of angels and demons tropes and cliches out there, as well as quite a bit of variation of where characters fall on the scale of Good vs. Evil. This world falls somewhere in the middle. The demons are definitely evil baddies, there’s no question about that, but what about the angels? They’re pretty cryptic and seemingly neutral with a hint of good. For Supernatural fans, the angels of this series reminded me a lot of the angels from that one. Ivy and Adrian are working with the angels to stop the demons, but mostly they’re working with each other to accomplish their goals and survive being cannon fodder in an ageless war.

Now for a bit about Ivy and Adrian…

He was danger wrapped in secrets tied with a bow of bad intentions, and it was totally unfair that no one had made me feel this way before.

Ivy does remind me a bit of an alternate universe’s version of Cat from the Night Huntress series. She is spunky, determined, powerful, and would sacrifice herself in an instant for those she loves. Adrian is pretty much exactly as described in the quote above, as well as powerful, brooding, tortured by his perceived destiny, and with a serious addiction to Ivy. Their chemistry was palpable and it cultivates some serious book boyfriend material for those on the market 😉

This is probably a good time for me to say, WARNING FOR SEMI-CLIFFHANGER! See below for my Cliffhanger Classification Breakdown…

One final note about maturity level: I do agree with others who say this book is somewhere between Young Adult and New Adult, though for me it falls more under the New Adult umbrella. For those wondering about the explicitness of any sexy scenes, the vocabulary and descriptions definitely fit with New Adult (not quite at the level of typical adult romances). See my review on Goodreads for Some Particulars with more info.

I’m really glad I gave this new series a try, and I’m bummed that I have to wait until February for book two! So far my streak of loving Jeaniene Frost’s work is holding strong.

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Cliffhanger Classification Breakdown:

MUST READ NEXT BOOK NOW BECAUSE PLOT: 4 out of 5
SOMETHING HORRIFYING JUST HAPPENED AND I NEED CLOSURE, DAMMIT: 1 out of 5

Final score of cliffhanger pain: 2.5 out of 5

See my review on Goodreads for Some Particulars, including a Steam Rating!

Review: Wait for You by J. Lynn

Wait for You (Wait for You, #1)

 

 

Wait for You by J. Lynn

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars (it was okay)

NOTE:  This review is for a book with mature content and sexy times!

Wait for You by J. Lynn is the first book in the Wait for You series, a New Adult/Contemporary Romance series with each book focusing on different characters from the same group of friends. This first in series tells the story of Avery Morgansten and Cam Hamilton, both college students with some dark past experiences that continue to haunt them.

If you like heavy romances with an emotionally damaged leading lady and a goofy man whose patience and perseverance is too good to be true, you will love this book!

Trigger Warning: I’m going to be right up front with this one and throw out a trigger warning for rape, bullying, and self-harm. While the vast majority of these traumatic events happen in the past, Avery is still living with her experiences every day, and her past is the real Main Character here.

I started out really enjoying this book. It has one of those stories that is really ABOUT the relationship between the hero and heroine. It was easy to empathize with Avery and Cam’s flirtatious banter and their quickly growing friendship. Sometimes, living vicariously through a book relationship is the PERFECT remedy for the stress of real life, and the beginning of this book fit the bill wonderfully.

“I’m serious about you, Avery. If you want me for real, you have me.”

I could go on and on about Cam, for those of you who are in the market for a new book boyfriend, but I think I’ll leave most of the discoveries for you to experience firsthand. Let’s just say that he’s a truly wonderful person with superhuman perseverance and the body of a soccer god.

Unfortunately (and despite my love for Cam) as the story progressed I began to feel bogged down by a few things, including Avery’s past. Her experiences were tragic, and it wasn’t surprising that they inflicted some lasting emotional damage. To avoid being too spoiler-y, I’ll just say that as the relationship push-and-pull continued, I became more and more baffled by Avery’s decisions. Granted, I’ve never been in her shoes, so I can’t say how I would behave. Wondering about this did remove me from the story from time to time, though, and usually during an intense plot point.

Another element that baffled me was what I’m going to call the “fade to black” moments. These are moments when an intriguing scene reaches a climax of some kind and then is abruptly ended by a section break or chapter change. Fade to black moments can be essential to a story in a variety of ways, but there were at least four times in this book where I longed to know what transpired between Cam and Avery in the immediate aftermath. Each of those times detracted a little bit from my overall enjoyment of the story.

Finally, the biggest regret I have about Wait for You is that there wasn’t more backstory on Avery’s dancing. This is such an intriguing part of her character that was unrelated to her past trauma, and I think it could have provided a great opportunity for a few lighter moments to break up the heaviness of the story.

I haven’t fully decided on whether or not to continue with the series. I really liked the side characters and the writing was easy to read, especially the natural dialogue. I think I’ll give it another try with Be with Me, though the heroine in that one also has a trigger-warning-worthy past…

See my review on Goodreads for Some Particulars, including a steam rating!