Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning

8161865He would sell his warrior soul to possess her…

An alluring laird…

He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart—until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland. Captive in a century not her own, entirely too bold, too outspoken, she was an irresistible challenge to the sixteenth-century rogue. Coerced into a marriage with Hawk, Adrienne vowed to keep him at arm’s length—but his sweet seduction played havoc with her resolve.

A prisoner in time…

She had a perfect “no” on her perfect lips for the notorious laird, but Hawk swore she would whisper his name with desire, begging for the passion he longed to ignite within her. Not even the barriers of time and space would keep him from winning her love. Despite her uncertainty about following the promptings of her own passionate heart, Adrienne’s reservations were no match for Hawk’s determination to keep her by his side…


Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
Nope

Genre?
Historical Romance

Star Rating?
4 Stars

Rereadable?
No

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
I’m considering it.

Who would you recommend this for?
I think anyone who typically enjoys historical fiction. Anyone who devoured Outlander without feeling like you didn’t understand what was being written.

Conclusion:

I really enjoyed reading this. And I’m going to stick with my original rating of 4 stars. BUT after reflecting on it for a couple weeks, I realize that I have more issues with this than I originally did.

So my main two issues tie together. The main character did not sound like she was from the 20th century. All of a sudden she went from speaking like someone did in the 90’s to speaking in essentially old English. There was no easing into it, it just happened. I feel like there should of been more discussion about how she sounded differently than anyone Hawk or his family knew.

But this ties into the writing style because oh my god, it was irritating. I read a part of Darkfever by this same author and her writing was okay, but in this it was barely legible. I understand when you’re writing a historical fiction novel, you have to use the language of that time, but this was just irritating. And boring. So boring. It ended up just becoming a flowery mess that was kind of ridiculous.

However, I rate it as high as I did because I really did enjoy the story and the characters. Sure Hawk is a little Tarzan-ish, but I think it fit well in the series.

I was basically looking for something to give me an Outlander fix without me actually reading Outlander because those books are intimidating af.

Until next time,

Bree

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Greek Gods Book Tag

I found this post on My World of Books. I wasn’t tagged, but check out her mythology book tags because they all look amazing ❤

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The Rules

  • Pingback to Zuky here so she can read all your posts!
  • You can use her graphics if you like, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
  • Tag as many people as you want, but please share the love.

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There’s a few that I’m consistently recommending. Any and all books by Jennifer Armentrout, of course. The Tiger’s Saga by Colleen Houck (although, please avoid her Egyptian series because it’s not that great.) ACOTAR ❤ A good contemporary romance that isn’t JLA is the Easy/Breakable duology by Tammara Webber.

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My actual favorite cover wasn’t actually used on a book. So my second favorite would be the Splintered series. Oh man… whoever designs her covers is a freaking genius.

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I do not read a lot of non-fiction books. If ever. I’ve read a couple autobiographies of Teen Mom cast members. But meh.hera

Oh. Katy from the Lux series. Feyre from ACOTAR. Aria from Under the Never Sky ❤hermes

I’m a really fast reader. So I have a lot of books that I read in one sitting or in one day. A series that I read in freaking no time though would be Under the Never Sky, the Crank series, anything by Rick Riordan, anything by JLA. These are books that I will sit and devour without looking up.hypnos

Fallen. That book wasn’t almost making me fall asleep, that book was perpetual naptime. I’m serious. I had to watch the movie in order to get the story so I could continue the series. On the bright side, it does get a lot better.janus1

Pulse by Danielle Koste. That was the most bad ass debut I have ever read!poseidon

THUG. Literally the only one I can think of. But that is not a book that I will reread again. It kind of hurt my soul.zeus

You want me to pick one? I can’t. Basically any book I recommend is my favorite. I have many many more… like ACOMAF is one of my favorites of all time.


If you haven’t done this tag, I tag you. I don’t know how long this has been around, and most likely anyone I tagged would have already done it.

Until next time,

 Bree 

 

Interview With Jennifer L. Armentrout

Okay, so I’m kind of freaking out here.

Remember this question from one of the Book Tags I was tagged in?

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Well.. it’s freaking happening!

I emailed Jennifer a while back and she was kind enough to agree to do an interview on the blog. I may have cried a little.

It’s no secret that I am a huge JLA fan and this blog is barely a post away from just being a fan site. So I am so grateful that she agreed to do this. So before I babble on anymore, here’s the Questions and Answers:


1. You have released over 50 novels/novellas in the last 7 years, how do you keep yourself so motivated and how do you celebrate your releases and accomplishments? On the opposite side, what do you do to relax and unwind?

It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long! I bore very easily, so not being bored motivates me to write. Not very motivational, right? LOL. I don’t really celebrate the releases. Release day is an anxious day, and I’m usually working on a book when another releases. I like to garden to relax.

 

2. Your books tend to jump genres and age groups, how do you refresh your mind set when going from writing a YA Paranormal to an Adult Contemporary? Or New Adult contemporary to a New Adult Paranormal?

Jumping genres is what keeps writing fresh for me, so that I don’t get burned out on paranormal or contemporary.

3. I’ve always been completely enamored with reading books from the love interests perspective, like Trust In Me and Oblivion. What was it like writing the book from the other characters point of view? Did you find it difficult to write from a male’s perspective since most of your novels are written from a female’s perspective?

I fine it easier to write from the male POV, to be honest, and it’s always exciting to show the other characters thoughts and motivations.

4. In the Lux series, you refer to Obsidian as being the Arum’s Kryptonite. What’s your writing Kryptonite?

People.

5. If you had to choose any of your books to be released as a TV Show or Movie, which one would you choose? And who would be your dream cast?

I think I would say Obsidian and I would love to see Noah Centineo cast in it.

6. Since October is release month for The Darkest Star, can you tell me what it was like returning to the Lux world? Was it like coming home, or did you run into any challenges?

It’s been a lot of fun getting back into that world. The biggest challenge is writing a book both new readers and old ones can follow along with being overwhelmed or bored.

7. Anything you can tell us about the The Darkest Star or the next book in the Origin series?

There’s a huge twist in The Darkest Star, and a series of even bigger twists in the sequel. Believe nothing. Expect anything.

8. What are you working on now?

I just finished the sequel and I’m about to do edits on Storm and Fury, Zayne’s story from The Dark Elements.

9. For funsies and in the spirit of Halloween, if you had to choose any character(s) from your novels to spend the night in a haunted house with, who would you choose and why? How do you think they would react when spooky things started happening?

I would pick Trinity from Storm and Fury. She can see ghosts, so she’d chat with them. I think it would be fun.

10. You have a lot of book recommendations on your website. What recent releases or series are you absolutely loving right now?

I’m absolutely obsessed with Kerrigan Byrne historical series, starting with The Highwayman 


There you have it! Thank you so much to Jennifer for agreeing to do this Q&A ❤

You can follow Jennifer here:
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram
Goodreads
Website

Until next time,

Bree

To-Be-Read|November 2018

I’m so excited for this month!

It’s NaNo month! So that means the blog is going to be a little quiet as I finish formatting Bring Me Home and preparing for the Blog Tour in December. And then mayyybe working on another novel 😉

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So because my blog is going to be a little quiet, I’ve decided I’m at least going to try to post on Instagram every day. So if you’re not following me head over here and make sure you don’t miss a post for #FangirlingInNovember !

But! Even so, I am still hoping to get some reading done. Here is eight books that I hope to get to!



What do you plan on reading in November? And are you participating in NaNo? I need some people to follow!

Check out this awesome #NaNo survival box put together by Skye @ BooksInTheSkye !

Until next time!

Bree

🎃Last Day of Blogtober; Winner Announcement

I have successfully completed Blogtober!!!!

Thank you so much to everyone who commented, liked, and talked to me during this month. You are the reason I do these month long blogging binges.

As promised, I will now announce the winner of the giveaway!

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If you didn’t enter or didn’t realize there was a giveaway going on, don’t stress… I will be doing another giveaway for Blogmas!

The winner of the giveaway is Julia @ Fable Hunter! Go give her a follow and a congrats! ❤

Julia, please email me @ Perpetualfangirl@hotmail.com or DM me on Twitter and we’ll chat and get that book out to you!

Also, a reminder to everyone: The Blog Tour for my book Bring Me Home will be starting December 7th. There’s still some days left, so if you’re interested in helping me promote my book, please go here. And if you’re interested in an ARC for review, go here.

You all are the best and I’m looking forward to doing Blogmas starting December 1st ❤

Until next time,

Bree

 

🎃October Wrap-Up

October is coming to an end. It’s crazy how fast the end of the year goes by. One day it’s August, the next it’s Christmas. Seriously, that’s how it works.

I had a pretty good reading month in October. I’ve read 12 books and had a good balance of ratings.. nothing below 3 stars, so I call that a success!


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Well… here it is… the last post of Blogtober that’s included in the giveaway! Look out for my post tomorrow where I announce the winner!

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🎃Guest Post Review by Pamela Sparkman – The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Hey all!

Today I have Pamela Sparkman on the blog doing a review for a book that she loved! Pamela Sparkman is the author of The Moon Shines Red and other fantastic novels! Give her a follow


I wasn’t sure what I wanted my guest post to be about. I thought about it quite a bit. Then I decided I wanted to celebrate women. Strong, vivacious, intelligent women. Women with hearts and souls and women who would give up both for the right reasons. I’d like to introduce you to two such women. I read this story last year and I was forever changed by it. To this day, I still think about these women who are uniquely different, living in different times, different cultures, and even held a different set of beliefs.  But what they had in common was spirit, determination, a will to succeed, but most importantly they loved so strongly that they allowed nothing to stand in their way.

May I introduce you to Charlie and Eve from The Alice Network. And if you haven’t read this book yet, I hope my review convinces you to, at least, give it a try.

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I have things to say about this book. Prepare thyself.

When I finished this book I had to stop and think about it. I would like to preface this by saying that I read a lot. Probably about 3 books a week. I do work a full-time job so for me, that’s a lot reading. Let me add that this isn’t my typical genre. I probably wouldn’t have even read it had my friend, Christie, not messaged me one night and said how much she was loving it. I waited for her to finish to get her final thoughts and what she said was… 
“You have to read this! I can’t stop thinking about it. I know you and you will LOVE IT.” That’s true…she does know me and she knows what books will likely make me all aflutter and get my heart racing. So, with that in mind, I bought the book. I didn’t even need to second guess it. But I didn’t start on it immediately. I had some writing of my own to do and another book I had started reading that I wanted to finish. But every time I turned on my Kindle this book was staring me down, so I finally gave in and said…“I’ll read the first chapter now and pick it back up later.”

Well…so much for plans. I started reading and before I knew it I was a few chapters in and glued to my Kindle. Page after page, I was IN it, totally invested and completely spellbound. I had just a vague idea of what the book was about as I tend to avoid reading reviews until after I’ve finished a book. Basically, I look to see who liked it and take that into account, but I don’t want to know anything else. I love going into a book blind. And so, blind is how I started this journey.


From the start the author had me at the first line in the first paragraph in the first chapter. 


“The first person I met in England was a hallucination.”

I remember thinking…
whaaat? I had to keep reading. I needed to know what kind of character I was dealing with here. Is she supposed to be a little crazy? 

Well, the answer to that is, no. She wasn’t crazy. But she was brilliant and brave and troubled and worried and grief-stricken. She also, like many women in those days, had to deal with double standards and prejudices against women. It was a battle on every front. Literally. But her “hallucinations” were just her mind and heart pushing her to search for her cousin, Rose, who had gone missing during WWII in France. And when she decided she would follow her “hallucinations” until she found answers the story takes off – almost straight away. I loved Charlie. To be so young, she set out to find her best friend/cousin and I love her for loving Rose so much. 


Enter Eve. Eve was the woman who could help her find Rose. Maybe. All Charlie had was a name on a report. The journey began there – at Rose’s doorstep. The two women did not like each other one bit. Eve was much older and had lived a hard, unhappy life. She was not thrilled to have trouble knocking on her door late at night. And when you dive into her character and find out what all she had to 
endure your heart will break. Mine did. So many times. Because the story spans across two wars and many difficult choices. The past, 1915, and the present, 1947. 

Throughout this book’s journey so much is discovered about Eve and her past. Why was she so bitter and angry? What made her this way? While reading Eve’s timeline (1915) we learn it all. Oh my God, do we learn it all. Not a detail is left to wonder. It’s all laid out for us with every turn of the page. I can honestly say I have never been so affected while reading a book. Eve’s story is one of the most heartbreaking stories I have ever read, and yet, I felt so much pride for her too. She was probably the most ‘real’ character I have ever had the pleasure of reading. And not just her – but every single character in this book is completely real to me. I feel like I not only read a piece of our history, but that I was actually 
there while it happened, while it all unfolded in real time. 

So many characters I fell in love with. So many of them. 
The Alice Network, for which Eve was a part of, is not made up. It existed. These women did so much for the war effort during WWI, made unspeakable sacrifices, suffered the likes we will never fully comprehend. They are true heroines and real events are threaded throughout this fictionalized story. I am regretful that I had never heard of The Alice Network before reading this book. But now that I have I am better for having read it and I have been forever changed. 

I could talk about this book for days. There is just so much I can’t discuss here in this review for fear of giving away spoilers, but I will never forget it. I will never forget a single word written. So many quotes I have read and re-read. So many scenes I think about even now and get teary eyed over. The ending was perfection. A beautiful and long-lasting friendship was forged between Charlie and Eve by the time we make it to the end. More than friendship, even. A family was formed. And I can’t think of a single thing I would change. Hard to read at times, yes. But it was the hard times that made the sweet spots so much sweeter. 


There is even a developing romance between these pages. While not the central focus, it was a beautiful thing to witness and I certainly didn’t expect it. I was simply swept away by the entirety of the book. Every word was precious to me. Every scene so brilliantly depicted. If I had to break this book down into just one word I would say that this book is quite simply a heartbeat. It lives. It breathes. It teaches. It inspires. 


It 
endures. And when you find out exactly what I mean by that…you will understand why I fell in love with these characters so damn hard. And maybe, just maybe, you will too. 

I hope you all enjoyed the review by this fantastic author!

Until next time,
Bree
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(This giveaway is run only by me, Bree (Perpetual Fangirl). The guest post author is not responsible for this giveaway)

🎃Asylum by Madeleine Roux

13597728Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-novel perfect for fans of the New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it’s a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it’s no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux’s teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.


Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

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

Genre?
YA Thriller/Horror

Star Rating?
3 Stars

Rereadable?
No.

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
No way.

Who would you recommend this for?
People who don’t mind being creeped out by things.

Conclusion:

This book was definitely not for me. Like at all.

I can usually handle pictures of old sanitariums and such and just find it interesting, but this ended up being extremely creepy. The pictures were obviously a fantastic contribution to the story and added to the atmosphere of the novel. It just happened to be an atmosphere that I hated.

This almost reminded me of Mara Dyer a bit. The first couple books at least. A very unreliable narrator who you can’t quite figure out if they’re insane or if paranormal things are really happening to them.

I was considering reading book two and then realized that it uses images from old carnivals. No thank you. I draw the damn line at clowns.

Until next time,

Bree

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🎃Down The TBR Hole Part Four [Time To Clean Out My Want To Read List]

Hey!

Here are the answers to my favorite movies post:

  1. Scooby Doo On Zombie Island
  2. Double Double Toil and Trouble
  3. Harry Potter
  4. Hocus Pocus
  5. Halloween Town (all of them, actually)

Last one! Finally!

Here are the books I’ve deleted… let me know if I should actually re-add any? Is there a book that’s hella good and you think I should read it? Comment below.


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So that’s it. I ditched 303 books out of my Want To Read on Goodreads!

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Crazy right?

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Until next time,

Bree

🎃In Which I Write (Read Rant) About Writing

Back in late June/early July I decided I was going to write a book. I knew, kind of, what I wanted the book to be. I knew I wanted to write a romance because… well, it’s me. I knew I wanted to have a swoony love interest and I knew I wanted it to be light hearted and fun. But that was literally it.

That is all I knew.

I had no idea what this whole process was going to be like. I learned things about the writing and publishing world that I had no idea even existed.

It was a learning curve and it was hard.

Now my book is officially written and out being edited and I’m stuck in this loop of reflection. It took me four months to write this book because I gave myself a deadline of wanting to publish it in January. I want to make a donation to the rescue I foster for in the new year, before kitten season.

But it only took me three months and that is causing me some doubt all on it’s own. People work for years and years editing, rewriting, writing and perfecting their manuscripts. I don’t have that time because of a promise I made to myself. Could I make this book better? I really don’t know. I don’t know if time would make any difference to it whatsoever. To me, if I reread and rewrite something, I just end up hating it.

Think of it this way: When you were in school and writing tests. If you finished early, your teacher would tell you to look over the answers and make sure you were satisfied with them. But what happened nine times out of ten? You started second guessing everything you thought you knew and you changed things and probably got them wrong.

That was me. That is me. With everything I do. I just have to write or do the thing and that’s it, otherwise my own anxiety addled brain messes everything up.

So here we are. My book is being edited, I have the best people on stand-by as beta readers and I’m kind of lost.

I’m formatting the novel myself. It is taking every ounce of skill I learned in my college Document Formatting course. Formatting the ebook seems to be the easy part. Formatting the paperback? That’s a whole other ball game. One I’ve given up on for the time being.

I’m going to be participating in NaNo this year and most of that is going to be formatting Bring Me Home and getting everything else done. Like the acknowledgements, copyright page, title page and all that jazz.

Lucky for me, I have some of the best friends ever. Adrianna is editing my book, Skye is doing the cover, Mah is potentially formatting the paperback if I suck (LOL), and all of them plus Ann is beta reading.

On top of that, I have this YA novel that’s itching to be written. Seriously, how do authors deal with that. It’s like I want to yell at my brain “One idea at a time! Shush”, but it won’t listen. Ever.

I don’t know. I don’t even know the point of this blog post anymore. I’m probably ranting, I’m probably making no sense but my brain is just this mess of relief that it’s written, major self-doubt, and fear but also excitement, pride and love for the story that I told. I don’t know how authors handle all this, but I’m a mass of emotions.

This whole experience has been unbelievable. It’s been stressful but it’s also been absolutely amazing. I’ve spent hours staring at my laptop thinking “wtf am I doing?” but I’ve also had times where my fingers flew across the keyboard so fast that I had to go back in correct a bazillion spelling mistakes. I’ve been able to prove to myself that the rest of my life will not just be writing emails. And that’s fantastic.

Until next time,

Bree

(Also, if you’re looking for an editor, you can contact Adrianna @ adrianna15@hotmail.com)

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