The Prince by Jennifer L. Armentrout [Review+Excerpt]

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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a new story in her Wicked series…

She’s everything he wants….

Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.

She’s everything he can’t have…

Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.

She’s everything he’ll take….

But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing.

She’s everything he’d die for….


I received an arc of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
Every book ❤

Genre?
Fantasy/Romance

Star Rating?
5 Stars

Rereadable?
Yes.

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
This is book 3.5 of the Wicked trilogy. I highly recommend checking out the entire series!

Who would you recommend this for?
Anyone who loves fae novels or JLA

Conclusion:

I have been waiting to get this book for what feels like forever. I was totally not done with the Wicked series and it’s so nice to have another taste of this awesome world.

I absolutely loved getting into Brighton’s head. I loved her character in the Wicked series and definitely wanted to learn more about it. She’s kind of amazing. And learning more about the Prince was fantastic.

I mean, this book is definitely short. Too short for my taste. I just wanted more. All I can hope now is that there can be a full book about Brighton and the Prince. I would love that so much.

As usual, this book is action packed, fast-paced and steamy as all get out.

And of course Tink is amazing and he made an appearance ❤


Excerpt:

I needed to stop this. Right now.

My eyes drifted shut as his hand made its way from my neck, skimming down the side of my body, over my lax arm. The tips of his fingers coasted over mine, and then found their way to my hip. A pumping pulse picked up in several key points in my body, responding to the light, forbidden touch.

He didn’t speak as his warm breath kissed the curve of my cheek and I didn’t say or do anything. I could stop him. I knew I could. Or I could at least try.

I did nothing.

His hand slipped over my stomach, below my navel. I jerked, bringing us closer. Way too close once more, and I couldn’t breathe as something bizarre happened inside me. It was like all my senses woke up at once, sparking with life and flaming heat through my veins.

His hand dropped to the front of my dress, right above where a deep, deep ache had started. He growled deep in his throat as he said against the flushed skin of my neck, “Your pulse is racing so fast— too fast for someone entranced.”

Hell.

Oh hell.

The Prince might not recognize who I was, but he knew I wasn’t entranced. Fight or flight response kicked in, overriding the confusing heat pumping through my body.

Two years ago, I would’ve chosen flight. That was all I’d been capable of. Not anymore. A whole different instinct took over, a newly developed one. I had no idea why the Prince was here, in the pit of his enemies, and I wasn’t willing to risk finding out or being caught by him.

Spinning around, I gripped his forearm as I ducked and twisted, slipping free of his grip. I saw the flicker of surprise on his face and then I spun back toward him. Still holding onto his arm, I used his weight as an anchor as I leaned back. Planting my left leg back, I lifted my right and slammed my knee into his midsection.

The Prince grunted as he let go, but he did not move even an inch. That kind of kick would’ve brought a human down. Probably would’ve even knocked a normal fae back several steps, but not an Ancient. He lifted his chin, eyes narrowed with annoyance.

“That was unnecessarily violent,” he said, straightening to his full height.

He hadn’t seen unnecessarily violent yet.

I spun, picking up the chair. It was surprisingly heavy. Grunting, I swung it around, prepared to at least knock him once upside the head. Wouldn’t kill him, but would definitely give me a chance to escape without having to answer questions.

The Prince’s speed was mind-numbingly fast.

I didn’t even see him lift a hand. He just suddenly had ahold of the leg of the chair. He wrenched it from my grip, tossing it aside. The chair hit the wall with a bang, shattering into three large pieces.

Damn.


If you’re interested:
Goodreads
Amazon CA
Amazon

Until next time!

Bree

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Q&A

Hey all,

I asked on Twitter if anyone had any questions for me and I got a few good ones! So I’m going to answer them here 🙂


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(I technically did answer this one Twitter, but…)

Yes, every single day that I’m writing. Writing is so hard. I have gone through every emotion from absolutely loving my story to hating everything about it and just wanting to scrap it. I’ve asked myself ‘what the hell am I doing?’ on more than one occasion.

I’ve gone through every level of self-doubt ever. However, I have now realized that that’s a part of writing. Maybe I actually do suck at writing and no one is going to read my book, or maybe it’ll actually be decent and someone will enjoy it. Who knows.

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A huge deciding factor for if I give a book 5 stars is if it feels real to me. Even if it’s set in a fantasy world, if I’m connected enough to the characters or world that it feels like it could be real, it’s an instant 5 star.

As for snacks or drinks, I don’t have anything in particular that I enjoy. I actually prefer not to eat while reading and usually end up putting my book down during that time. Drinks, well, like anyone, I like to have something boozy while I read if I’m curling up for a night in. Fireball Whiskey and Gingerale go absolutely wonderful together with a wintery read on a cold night.

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The original reason why I started blogging in the first place was to have my own little place to talk about books. Why I continue blogging is because of this fantastic community that I’ve come to know and love. ❤

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I don’t have a routine per se. But generally, my days go the same. During the week I work full time, so I get up (read: force myself out of bed after sleeping through every single alarm), feed the cats, eat, read/watch a show and then go to work. After work I usually make supper and then read/watch a show/write until bedtime.

On the weekends I usually get up, take care of the cats, read or write until bedtime.

I’ve said a million times that I’m the most boring person ever, that wasn’t even an exaggeration.

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Oof, that’s a pretty tough one. I’m either one of those people that just plan everything in my head or I plan the hell out of everything and write lists on top of lists and then lists of my lists. There’s no inbetween. But if I was going to give any tips at all, it would be do what feels right to you.

Whether that be planning on paper or writing it on a word document… whatever you feel will help you organize your thoughts the best. If I do write things down, it’s usually in a plain book with ruled pages. That way I can just write whatever I want to.

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What made me choose to write a book? My crazy over active imagination and the fact that I’m a sucker for punishment haha

I’ve always, always wanted to write a book. Since I was a little kid, I thought that it would be the best thing ever to do. I’m obsessed with reading, so I figured I’d try my hand in writing. Although, it’s wayy harder than I thought it would be.

As for someone who inspires me, honestly it would have to be Jennifer L. Armentrout. That woman is a freaking beast. She has published something like 40-45 novels in the past 7 years. Not only that, but she’s also struggling with her diminishing eyesight on top of all that. She’s actually amazing.


I hope you all enjoyed this little Q&A. If you have any questions for me, leave them in the comments and I may do another one 🙂

Until next time,

Bree

Guest Post|My Plain Jane Review by The Book Assassin

Today I have Alyssa from The Book Assassin on the blog today with a review! Check her out 🙂


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You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights


Fun Facts
• Author(s): The Lady Janies! (Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows)
• Pages: 437 in the hardcover edition
• Series? Yes… This is actually the sequel, but you can easily read this one first, like I did (I like to live on the edge), and it’ll still make sense.
• Published 2018

Review
This novel is honestly the epitome of wittiness. Wit for DAYS.

I absolutely adore gothic young adult novels. I’ll surely be in the news in a few years about being the first person to marry a gothic novel. I also love sarcasm and dry humor. Even better if a novel combines all of these. Here’s a passage and a couple quotes to give you an idea about the type of humor:

“‘He keeps [the key] locked in a room guarded by a three-headed dog, which drops into a pit of strangling vines, followed by a life-or-death life-size game of chess, which opens into a room with a locked door and a hundred keys on wings, and then there’s a mirror…’
Branwell gasped. ‘That’s horrible! That poor three-headed dog!’
‘I bet he just keeps it in his desk,’ Alexander said. “Are you sure that the obstacle course of death isn’t something else?’
Mrs. Rochester tilted her head. ‘Oh, I think you’re right.'” (394)
“First, his bumbling new assistant had contracted a man cold (which in pre-Victorian
England they believed to be far worse than a lady cold.)” (83)
“The ghost opened his mouth and a stream of flies buzzed out. Alexander had to confess he’d never seen that before.” (84)

I like how these authors used clichés to their advantage. I think a lot of writers are scared of clichés (I know I am, I avoid them like the plague), but these authors reclaimed a cliché and gave it new breath. A very satirical breath, to be exact. It’s hilarious to see writers poking fun at their own craft.

I liked all the characters, and I thought they all were funny, except I didn’t connect with any of them on an especially deep level. For example, the only defining characteristic that Branwell seems to have is that he makes an astounding number of silly mistakes, which  usually causes trouble for the other characters. At times I even felt sorry for him, because no matter what he did, he just couldn’t seem to do anything right. Charlotte seemed to have single-minded focus on writing, all day every day, except when she very nearly died, and I wish she could have been developed a bit more to have more varied interests.

Similarly, Jane’s only interest was finding a family and painting. Although each of the characters added to the story and were charming in their own way, they seemed to be simplified personalities for the purpose of being comedic and easy to understand. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing, but I understand that some readers would want more oomph in their characters.

However, overall, My Plain Jane is a fun read, complete with racing carriages manned by maniacally laughing ghosts in top hats (at least the ghost was well dressed, if reckless), using teacups as weapons (almost as good as a frying pan. <- Tangled reference), bopping ghosts on the head, and pesky pre-Victorian potholes.

If you’d like to purchase this book, you can use these links:
First novel, My Lady Jane:
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Second novel, My Plain Jane:
https://amzn.to/2M1UhGA

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Find me on twitter! I’d love to hear from you! @BladeAlyssa

Cheers, fellow bookworms! *clink*

Fostering Cats| Update #9 George and Ruby

So Noah went off to his new foster home and he is absolutely loving living with no other cats. He has a human and a child all to himself and he is doing so well! I’ll still update you all when he gets adopted ❤

George and Ruby are doing amazing.

I was able to cut Ruby’s nails and she now lets me pet her pretty much whenever I want. She still has some days where she really doesn’t want to be touched, which is fine. I have learned how very defensive she is of her George. I had given them all catnip and George tried to eat Finns pile. Well, Finn was confused and gently batted at George’s head, more of a “Hey thats mine”. Ruby lost it! She hissed, batted and screamed at Finn until he got away from George. She’s very protective of him and it’s kind of adorable.

She’s still learning how to play properly with my two cats and therefor looks more like she’s attacking than playing which scares the crap out of my two. Precious was so upset that she ran over and stood guard over Finn until Ruby ran away.

George is a sweetie as always. He just wants to play and be loved all the time. He’ll let me pick him up, ill feed him treats out of my hands and he loves chin scratches. He has started following my husband around and laying next to him whenever he’s gaming on the couch. So that’s amazing.

Ruby even let my husband pet her. I was so proud.

These two are probably going to be in care with me for a while. Semi-ferals usually are. Especially being as they’re a bonded pair and Ruby takes so long to warm up to people.

But! I love them and I don’t want them to leave anyways. My husband and I actually had a serious conversation about foster failing. In the end, we decided that four cats in our two bedroom apartment permanently, plus other fosters would be way too much.

Until next time,

Bree

Follow Friday!

This follow friday is going to be a little different.

I’m well aware that it’s supposed to just be a hashtag, but I figured why not make an actual blog post of it.

So this is how this is going to work. I’ve chosen a few of my blogging and indie author friends that I would highly recommend you follow. There will be links to their stuff!


Blogs:

1. Books In The Skye

Skye has been one of my very good friends through my blogging journey. She has listened to me rant, bitch and complain whenever I need to with absolutely no judgement. She is so passionate about her books and blog. It’s so amazing to see ❤ Literally one of the nicest people on Twitter. Just saying.

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My Favorite Posts:
Charlotte Branwell – The Best Shadowhunter
Storm Glass by Jeff Wheeler Review

2. For The Love Of Books

Oh Adrianna,

My Smut Beta reader and fellow lover of happily ever afters and swoony boys. She is the sweetest person ever and you should seriously follow her on everything. I’ve never met a person so willing to answer my stupid questions and talk through writing techniques with me. ❤

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Twitter

Favorite Posts:
Favorite Fictional Couples
Bane by L.J. Shen Review

3. Happy Reading Co.

Mah is always so positive. As my fellow fan of the Tiger’s Saga and the Lux series, she totally understands my obsession. I adore talking to you about favorite books. I can’t wait to reread the Lux series with her. I’m sure we’re going to have tons of amazing discussions! She also takes part in Top 10 Tuesdays and Top 5 Wednesdays every week, so check her out!

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Twitter

Favorite Posts:
T5W|Summer Reads
A Court Of Frost and Starlight Review

4. Thrifty Bibliophile

Ashley is the best to follow on Twitter. It may be because she posts a lot of pictures of her cats, which I absolutely love. But in all seriousness, Ashley was one of the first people I started talking to when I started blogging and she’s ridiculously friendly and supportive ❤

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Twitter

My Favorite Posts:
What Makes A Book Great Discussion
The Wicked Deep By Shea Ernshaw Review

5. Ebsandherreads

Another blogger that I followed very close to the beginning of my blogging journey. My fellow friendly Canadian. I love how creative she is in coming up with blog posts and how interactive as well! Definitely recommend to follow. Also, her blind date with a book series is amazing!

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My Favorite Posts:
Favorite Book Moms
Mini Reviews, Summer Romances


Authors:

1. Danielle Koste

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My review of Pulse

2. Kelsey Ketch

Twitter
My Review of Death Island

3. Nikki Rae

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My Review of Bloom

4. Amber Elby

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My Review of Cauldron’s Bubble

5. Olga Gibbs

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My Review of Heavenward

6. Pamela Sparkman

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My Review of The Moon Shines Red

7. Kennedy Cannon

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My Review of How To Kiss A Flower Girl (And Live)

8. Linda Kage

Twitter
My Review of One True Love


I hope you all enjoyed this more in depth #FollowFriday

Until next time,

Bree

Covet by Rosanna Leo

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Alex just acquired Sin City’s hottest casino hotel, and he’s determined to make Vice the ultimate pleasure palace—along with the mind-blowing new club, Covet.
But behind the successful entrepreneur façade, Alex struggles with a past that continues to haunt him, day in and day out.
After a surprise hookup with a beautiful stranger, he thinks he’s found the perfect distraction…until she walks out, leaving him with an unfamiliar ache which the pulse-pounding nights of excess at Covet can’t soothe.
When their paths cross once again, Alex realizes Dana is so much more than a mere distraction. He wants her—all of her.
But having her means he needs to face both her demons…and his own.
“Warning: This book contains discussion of infertility, which may be difficult for some readers.”


*received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
I read Vice

Genre?
Contemporary Romance

Star Rating?
4 Stars

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
I’m very much looking forward to reading the rest of them.

Who would you recommend this for?
Anyone who likes well written steamy contemporary romances.

Conclusion:

After reading the first book of this series, I was extremely interested in reading more. The characters are very much different than the first book, which is fantastic because I sometimes find these standalone series romances tend to be copy and paste and it really gets on my nerves.

The book starts off kind of intensely and really jumps straight into the storyline. I felt horrible for Dana and felt sympathy for her immediately (And an undeniable urge to strangle Tommy). It was kind of great that Rosanna was able to immediately make me sympathize with the main character of the story.

Alex was fantastic. He wasn’t as intense as the love interest in her previous novel, which was perfect. If he was as intense, it would of been too much.

But I loved this. Everything wrapped up in a perfect little bow and everything was resolved. This was a quick, steamy and heartwarming read.

If you’re interested:
Goodreads
Amazon CA
Amazon

Until next time,

Bree

Siren’s Lure by Frost Kay

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Vengeance never looked so beautiful…

Hayjen never believed in myths and nightmares until he came face to face with one. Captured and trapped on a slaver ship, life looks utterly grim. But when mutiny and danger arise, Hayjen is tossed into the ocean’s watery depths, where death stalks.

Vengeance is Lilja’s middle name. As pirate captain of the Sirenidae, she’s made it her life goal to destroy Scythia after what they’ve stolen from her. After one miscalculation, she finds herself cast into the sea with a man’s life in her hands. Despite her laws ringing in her mind, she saves him, exposing a secret she’s kept for years.

A secret that could destroy an entire race.

*This can be read as a standalone, or as part of the Aermian Feuds series.


*I received a copy of this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
No.

Genre?
Young Adult Fantasy

Star Rating?
3 Stars
Rereadable?
Naw.

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
This is a series, but I don’t think I’m going to continue it.

Who would you recommend this for?
Readers who enjoy siren/pirate books

Conclusion:

While I did enjoy this book enough that I was amused for the 2 hours or so that it took me to read it, that’s about where it ends.

I was really juggling between rating this a 3 Star or a 2 Star book. The additional star is  because I’m going to give this the benefit of the doubt and say that I would probably love this series if I wasn’t reading book 2.5 as the first book in the series.

(Mistake on my part for not realizing where this book landed in the series)

The only character I really liked was Mer. Everyone else just seemed like faceless names to add bulk to a story. Even the main characters were kind of meh. You didn’t learn a lot about Lilja other than the fact that she was beautiful and badass. Or, you were told she was badass.

On top of all the meh, there was also that pacing that was really, really strange. I don’t know if it’s an editing error or if the author was trying to do some sort of flash forward, flash back type thing, but one second Lilja is staring into the main guys eyes thinking she’s in trouble because his eyes are so blue (what?) and the next she’s being carried into his sisters house with a major head injury.

I have no freaking clue what happened. But if it’s some sort of time skip, at least give the readers some indication of whats happening. Thanks.

Anyways, If you’re interested:
Goodreads
Amazon CA
Amazon

Until next time,

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Author Interview + Giveaway!

Hey all!

I am so happy to be collaborating with the wonderful author Olga Gibbs for a giveaway of a signed paperback copy of her book Heavenward.

Heavenward was one of my favorite books that I have read this year! If you’d like to check out my review before you check out the rest of this post, you can click here. One thing in particular that I remember saying about it is that it was like Fallen, but better.

Here’s the synopsis:

Life is tough for Ariel. A childhood, filled with domestic violence, neglect, abuse and the reccurring nightmare that plagues her every night, for as long as she remembers, questioning her sanity, and a secret, which she doesn’t want anyone to know and is so desperately to forget herself. 
Now she’s locked away in a rural town in a Northern England, with her life as dull as the town itself. 
But when three new students appear in a sleepy town’s school, Ariel doesn’t suspect that her life is about to change forever, as she is drawn into an ancient celestial conflict, that is bigger than her, and which she needs to survive to remain herself. 
But would you chose to protect humanity that broke you or would you take revenge? 
It’s a story of a survivor, who’s refusing to be a victim and is prepared to fight until the end. 

This book is a magical story of a strong heroine, finding yourself and love. This book is a young adult fantasy adventure with a strong protagonist at its centre and will guarantee to thrill fans of Hunger Games, Divergent and Philip Pullman. 


Author Interview:

Tell us about yourself

I live in a leafy-green town, nestled amongst the green fields of West Sussex, England, with my husband and our two daughters. And not to forget a moody ginger moggy Fluffy. Because of ongoing love affair between my youngest child and cat, I have more photos of cat on my phone than of myself or the family. These two are the best friends ☺

When I don’t write, I do outreach work with teenagers and as of late, moved into homelessness prevention for teenagers.

Is this your first book that you’ve written/published?

I have been writing since I was fifteen. When I was sixteen, through my creative writing course that I was sitting in the local University, I’ve met a girl, who was a junior editor in the local newspaper and she invited me to write a column for that newspaper. And then for a while, I was a guest columnist for this newspaper, where I had a weekly column for teens, on anything from pressure of exams, relationships, friendship etc.

Over the years, I have written a few novellas, but none of them have seen a light of day. And for a now, it’s just how I want to leave it. I’ve tried my hand at poetry but I enjoy writing stories. “Heavenward” is the first work to be published. It’s incredibly daunting to put your work out there, for everyone to see. It’s like you baring yourself and inviting everyone to watch and to pass the comment. Scary stuff.

Currently, I’m writing the second book in the “Celestial creatures” series and I have just started active planning of another book. I’m researching and working on it along with writing the second book in the Celestial Creatures series. That one will be a stand-alone crime thriller. Again featuring a strong female protagonist, this time she’s a mother and a wife and that in return would determine the actions she’d take. You’d be surprised how far seemingly ordinary people can go when they’re put in a desperate situation and what they’ll do to protect their family. And that mother is no exception. But that’s as much as I’m going to tell you at this point. All the characters in my books are females. I guess it’s not a surprise really.

After years of working with struggling teenagers, and being a woman and mother myself, I’ve decided at some point to write a parenting book as well. But that plan is further down the line. I have one more book in research stage. That one will be about war veteran – the hell of war, PTSD and the struggle of getting the life back together after surviving a war zone. And a few more ideas floating about, so put it by this way – that’s not the last time you’ve heard of me.

How many books will be in the Celestial Creatures series?

I have decided that it will be a trilogy. I don’t think there’s a need to spin it any longer, but I couldn’t let Ariel to overcome the struggles, her demons, to grow, to develop, to change, have her due in just one book. Then it might’ve been as thick as War and Peace.

Like every one of us, Ariel will be fighting for her happiness and as much as I love her, I’m not letting her to have an easy time here. And I know that she’s a strong girl who can do it! I absolutely trust that she can.

With this book I wanted to let girls, who went through something like Ariel, to know, that they can do it! No matter how hard, no matter how long, but they can go through it, they can survive it, not to let it to over-run, swallow them.

What is your writing routine? Favorite spot, drink, pet?

When I’m writing, I’m usually hiding in the kitchen. I’ve tried to write in my room, but I’m always end up in the bed, just to make myself comfortable, I say, and then I would tell myself that short nap would be really beneficial to my writing and everything goes down the toilet then ☺

I usually write in the mornings when I’m not working. By the evening, I only have energy to be a vegetable on the sofa and to watch some TV. Otherwise, anywhere quiet in the morning is fine by me. Mind you, talking about quiet, sometimes I have found that music helps the flow. With “Heavenward” I was listening to jazz mainly but had some AC/DC moments, “Thunderstruck” worked wonders for the last chapter ☺ And “Hell Bells”.

How did you get the idea for Heavenward? What about Ariel?

I’ve heard that some writers have a story first and then they come up with characters. For me it was other way around. First I had my character – Ariel. I had her for a few years now. She lived with me, inside me and one day when I was ready to write, I wondered what I could do with her. For her. She lived an incredibly tough life and I wanted her to have something good for a change. I wanted to give her her power back and for good measure to throw a humanity in it, to put us all at her mercy. I’ve written this book for all girls out there, like Ariel, powerless at this moment, struggling, emotionally and mentally. With this book I wanted to tell them, that they’re an incredible universe of their own, an archangel, who can change the world if she wishes, that her past does not define her. I hope I’m making sense here. And I didn’t want to write a realistic book about Ariel’s abuse. I feel that someone who never lived through such things wouldn’t want to read about it, the way it would come out of me would be too disturbing. You’ve read this book, right? And it’s me diluting it for the YA market. And girls, who lived through it, would never want to relive it, so that how this book became a fantasy. But I felt it was important to give Ariel a voice, to speak about the abuse that some girls are suffering on a daily basis.

Ariel is a fused character. She is every girl. She can be any girl. Ariel’s childhood is written from my own. The first line of the story echoes my constant childhood fear. She’s any girl who has a difficult family life, every runaway, every abused girl. She can be anyone: a girl you see every day at the bus stop on your way to school, that quiet girl in your class, or maybe the one who lives in the house down the street, with constantly closed curtains. And I know that its “uncomfortable” topic I’ve made reference to. Amount of time I’ve been told that someone will not read the book because of “trigger warning”, and as much as I respect their decision, abuse is real. It’s there and a lot of girls suffer through it; and it has a taboo, hidden underground. People are not comfortable to discuss it, maybe don’t want to be confronted with the reality of it, maybe because of something they went through themselves, but I know, from experience, that confronting these demons, giving them names start the healing process.

So, yeah….

Maybe I should write “sweet nothingness” romance to get sales going? But who I’m kidding? I know I couldn’t – after chapter two something gruesome would happen to my love birds ☺

Any teasers or details you can give about book 2?

Ariel’s sister will appear. More challenges for Ariel to overcome, a few more difficult topics to discuss. But mainly, Ariel needs to grow, to mature and that on what I’m concentrating for the book two. I have two, no – three, alternative endings, so I’ll decide on which one I love the most and will start working on slotting this in. So far I’m only three chapters in and I have already tried to kill Ariel.

Talk about bloodthirsty author 🙂


Thank you so much to Olga for taking the time to answer these questions!

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Now for the giveaway part! This giveaway will be run through Twitter. The rules are simple: Like this tweet and make sure you’re following both myself and Olga and you are automatically entered into the draw. This giveaway is open to US/Canada only!

It will run from today (August 6th) until August 19th. So get those likes and follows in and good luck!

Until next time,

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Vice By Rosanna Leo

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000447_00006]Casinos, gambling, money, and women, these are all the things Las Vegas has to offer. For a handsome business entrepreneur it’s paradise.

Wearing success like a well-tailored suit, Liam Doyle knows exactly how to lure customers into his grand casino hotels. Every night it’s business as usual while he runs his multi-million dollar empire…until a pesky protester catches his attention.

Staging a one-woman protest, Kate Callender has the potential to be a huge pain in his ass. If he doesn’t take care of her soon, there will be bad publicity slapped all over Vice, the newest addition to his chain of casinos.

But there’s just one tiny little problem Liam didn’t count on—the feisty red-head isn’t about to go down easily. She’s fighting him every step of the way…and he’s starting to like it.


*received a copy for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
No, but I definitely will be reading more!

Genre?
Adult Romance

Star Rating?
5 Stars
Rereadable?
Yep

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
Definitely. Expect a review for the second book shortly

Who would you recommend this for?
If you love steamy af romances with hilarious banter, this is for you.

Conclusion:

First things first: I love this authors writing style so fkn much.

You know when you’re reading a romance novel and the author tries to be steamy or sexy but it’s just not? Yeah, this is the absolute opposite of that. Rosanna’s writing is the perfect blend of descriptive, smooth, sexy and downright hilarious.

I love the banter between Liam and Kate so much. And even though they have their flaws, they fit and complement each other so perfectly. I love how this book touches on addiction and people working towards bettering themselves, but also being realistic in the fact that not everyone wants to try. I think that realism added something special to the book.

And the fact that the characters have medical problems. Kate has epilepsy and Liam ends up having chest pains. It was SO refreshing to read about characters who had actually real life problems.

I think this is one of those books that doesn’t have nearly the amount of hype that it deserves. Everyone who loves romance should read this. Plus, near and dear to my heart, the author is Canadian ❤

If you’re interested:
Goodreads
Amazon CA
Amazon

*It’s available through KU! 😀

Until next time,

Bree