Review of Seared by Bethany Adams

A reluctant prince
After more than three hundred years on Earth, Prince Ralan has finally returned to Moranaia. But with his wicked brother Kien on the loose, the homecoming is a short one. A dire vision sends Ralan back to Earth to save his soulbonded from his dark brother. The problem? Ralan’s Sight grows more erratic by the moment even as danger closes in on every side.
A woman far from home
Ever since a failed alliance ruined her family, Cora has lived on Earth. Far from discontent, her days are spent running her clothing shop and helping newly arrived fae adapt to mundane life. Then a golden-eyed prince strides into her store, trouble stalking his heels. Big trouble.
A fate foretold
Ralan’s Sight might be broken, but one thing remains clear—stopping Kien will mean Ralan’s death. So how could the Gods choose now to introduce his soulbonded? As Ralan and Cora search for Kien, their relationship grows stronger. Unfortunately, so does the threat. Now Ralan must choose between his own life and the fate of all their worlds.

Just WOW! Seared is an amazing addition to the Return of the Elves series.  It is a series which has never disappointed but this was just exceptional and it is always a huge testament to the skill of an author when a series goes from strength to strength in the way this series does.  In all honesty Seared utterly blew me away and left me almost breathless at times.  There is never a dull moment and like a seers threads, there are so many avenues and possibilities across the pages.  We are introduced to some new characters with perhaps a hint of future things to come from the series as well as a healthy dose of the characters we know and love.  Of course there will always be plenty of time for more Kai!

This book however,  focuses on Ralan, who had already endeared himself as an amazing character from the previous books,  Kien is still on the loose and needs to be shut down.  Ralan has angered the goddess of sight so all he ever sees is his own painful and inevitable death. There is a level of acceptance until Cora appears on the scene. There is an immediate affinity between the two, having spent as much time on earth as each other in the past – but there is more to it and in more ways than you would think.  As has become a feature of the series, we know that each book now will be based around a soulbond, which I love! But for Ralan and Cora it is bittersweet and proves to be one of the most shocking and standout moments of the series when the depth of their connection is revealed.  I was left reeling after that scene which was so emotional and intense, I struggled to pick my jaw up off the floor. Eri continues to be just adorable, so much sight and pressure on one so young though. One of my favourite lines in the book sums her up so perfectly “When a six year old seer with the touch of the goddess tells you to go save someone you do it.” I hope that she remains such an integral part to the series in future as great things can come from her.

This book also shows the start of a more darker tone. Yes, there is still the wonderful less is more but still hand fan worthy romance, but there is no shying away from the fact that there is bad stuff going down.  The two meld so well together which adds to the pace and emotion in the words.  Kien’s threat is real and dangerous and the story isn’t tempered in that regard. It’s not often a book leaves me so speechless I struggle with writing a review but I really have with this. There are lots of twists and storylines coming together but I don’t want to say more for fear of spoilers, but the payoff in Seared is huge!

Seared is outstanding. If you have not read the series yet I recommend you do so right now!  The depth of the world building, the character development and the layers upon layers of amazing story telling make me want to give this six stars and beyond if I could but for now I give this a highly commended 5*



Deep in the Hollow Sales Blitz with Brandy Nacole.

Title: Deep in the Hollow
Author: Brandy Nacole
Genre: YA Paranormal Suspense
Cover Designer: Cover Me Darling
Editor: John Cameron McClain
After tragedy strikes 17-year-old Jo Moss’s life, she becomes plagued by panic attacks and anxiety. Not even sleep is safe for her. She thought losing her boyfriend in a freak accident at The Lights, a local overlook hangout where mysterious lights dance among the trees, was the worst thing she would have to endure. She never expected to become the one everyone blamed for his death.
Plagued by more nightmares of the lights, Jo is starting to think there is more to their mysterious appearance than meets the eye. Lucky for her, she discovers she’s not the only curious one in town. Cooper, the new guy in town, and his sister Jada have been seen asking strange questions around town. They also hold a secret that could help Jo figure out what’s truly going on in her small town.
The more they uncover about her town, it’s history, and some of its current residents, people whom Jo has known her whole life, the more she begins to think there are those who would rather keep the evil lurking around their town a secret, even if it means more will die.
Whenever she’s not reading or writing, Brandy is spending time with her family and friends, throwing around crazy ideas, teaching, and singing like a rock star at a concert for no one else but herself. She loves plants, but unfortunately is a killer of anything that requires water but can’t voice (scream) their needs.
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Savage Beauty Sales Blitz with Casey L. Bond

Title: Savage Beauty
Author: Casey L. Bond
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling
Editor: Stacy Sanford/ The Girl with the Red Pen
Cover Designer: Melissa Stevens/ The Illustrated Author Design Services
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Once upon a time, a beautiful queen was cursed by a dark faery. That curse, inherited by twin princesses, Aura and Luna, binds their lives in the strangest of ways. At an early age, the girls were more than sisters. They were the strongest of allies until a combination of jealousy, anger and dark magic tore their relationship to shreds.
Aura took everything from Luna: her home, her family, and her love by murdering the prince who’d chosen her instead of Aura.
Luna wants revenge, but she’s running out of time. She must sever the magical bond tying her life to Aura’s before their eighteenth birthday or be bound to her forever. In desperation, she seeks help from a dark fae prince, but the price is steep – a piece of her soul.
Fate is a real witch. Luna was willing to give up anything to stop her sister, until Prince Phillip of Grithim, the brother of the only man she’s ever loved, falls into her life. Neither of them can fight their attraction, despite their guilt.
With Aura hell-bent on destroying everything she holds dear, Luna must decide whether she wants revenge or Phillip. She can’t have both, and in the end, this may be a battle both sisters lose.
**Savage Beauty is a fairy tale retelling of Sleeping Beauty… with fae witches. 🙂
Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.You can find more information about Bond’s books via the following links:

Bookish Ramblings: Things I learnt from Kindle Month

June was Kindle month for me.  This was a way for me to clear off some reads that had been on my kindle tbr for ages and shamefully I found some had been there for well over a year.  I may have also added to my reads along the way (oops) but it seems that some traditional publishers have now cottoned on to the fact that ebooks should actually be cheaper and I have manged to get some for £1.99 or even free!  This left me with a nice mix of Indie Published, Traditionally Published, and Small Press Published books to read.  As a bit of background, up until about 8 months ago, I resolutely read on my kindle, this had been the case for about 2 years and for the most part I read Indie. This all changed when I started camping last year and wanted a book that didn’t need a battery life and my love of paperback was reignited.

The first thing I found was that I read so much more quickly on Kindle, whilst I am only half way through my current read I will have that finished by the weekend and that would take my total reads this month to 10.  I know I read quickly but that is a lot even for me.  I think this is for two reasons.  Firstly, it meant that the book on my phone was the same as my main read.  I don’t pack paperbacks when I go to work, so this meant my lunch break reads were the same as my evening ones – so not having more than one book on the go at the same time was a bonus.  However, I did feel that I was more likely to skim read on my kindle, as if tapping a screen led to more urgency in my reading, it was definitely a weird side effect.

Kindle screens are not impervious to harm. Unfortunately my kindle must have taken a knock at some point as the screen has a smudge, which unfortunately means that sometimes a word can’t be read too easily, depending on where the paragraph ends. I know that printed works are’t without fault sometimes, but not on every single page of every single book. I found that reading from a kindle screen did leave me feeling more tired and my eyes felt worse off for it – I know that kindle should read like paper, but for me I now found it really didn’t.

Battery life.  I know that kindle battery life is actually very good but that all depends on a) whether you can find your charger and b) whether you have time to give it a full charge.  I found my reading was often disrupted by a warning message or when I went to switch on my kindle I was met by the exclamation mark of doom. I found I was doing quick 10 minute charges to get me through an evening. At least I had my phone as back up, but I find that I skip even more on my phone so it wasn’t ideal.  Obviously I wouldn’t have this problem with a paperback.

Kindle however is lightweight, I can read it most places and if i’m in bed and I drop my book it’s much less painful lol.  It also has the benefit of being able to be held in one hand, which leaves my other hand free for important things, like a glass of wine or a biscuit. I did frequently miss the feel of a paperback though, the action of actually turning a page and using a bookmark!

As I said at the start, I had a really diverse range of book sources this month and if it has taught me anything, it is that a traditionally published book isn’t an assurance as to the quality of the content inside. All my 5 star reviews this month have been for Indie titles and ones which had been truly self published as well.  This is the main thing I love my kindle for, the fact that books which may not ever be available in print form are available digitally and there are some wonderful ones out there.  To be fair there are also some atrocious one’s. To give balance, my least favourite read this month was an Indie too, but only just!   Did I want to reach for a traditional paperback this month? Frequently! But I wanted to see this little experiment through and I’m glad I did – it’s reminded me not to abandon my kindle as traditional doesn’t necessarily mean better but it’s also shown me that personally, paperback leads to a more enjoyable and more cosy feeling reading experience.

I’ll continue to read from both though and try and keep a balance so I can get the best of all writing worlds.

What are your reading experiences, do you have a preference of one medium over another?

Review of Counteract by Tracy Lawson

Two teens discover the government is staging terrorist attacks to exploit and control the public in Tracy Lawson’s eerily believable YA debut novel.
In an alternate reality version of 2034, terrorist attacks on American soil continue after the events of 9/11. The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense, created in 2019 to oversee domestic security, rises to unprecedented heights of power by exploiting the people’s overriding fear of terrorism.
When Tommy Bailey and Careen Catecher meet during one of the bogus terrorist attacks, they discover the OCSD’s darkest secret: an antidote distributed by the government to “protect” people from the effects of imaginary toxins in the air is really being used to lull them into a state of submission.
Tommy and Careen face a difficult choice: stay quiet about what they know—or risk their safety and anonymity to join an underground rebel group that’s determined to break the OCSD’s grip on the nation.
Counteract explores the nature of power and the consequences and difficulties created when government attempts to control minute details of citizens’ daily existence.

I have taken a bit of time out to consider my review of Counteract as I found it truly was a book of 2 halves.  The first half I honestly really struggled with and the second half utterly blew me away.  I have had to weigh up a lot as to whether the second half pulls it into a 4* review.

Starting with the first half. When I first read the blurb I immediately thought that Counteract would be my kind of book. The story itself was strong; the ever present threat of toxin’s in the air which could be weaponized by the enemy at any moment mean a counteractive antidote must be taken every day.  The government run the public by fear and take extensive measures to ensure that the public don’t miss their dose. The antidote however isn’t as it seems and CSD is actually little more than tweaked LSD. So far so good right? So a snappy start which is sadly followed up with pages and pages and pages of how our main characters Careen and Tommy react to the antidote by way of various trippy waking dreams until they are eventually shaken out of their stupor and finally begin to realise that perhaps they have not been getting the whole truth. I found this section really repetitive, almost like the author wanted to prove their research into the way LSD effects perception.  There are also some points where you really have to pay attention to the day and time stamp as occasionally your find yourself going back to different times and places in the same day.

Once we get to the second half though the narrative improves greatly and I sped through the pages.  The characters finally get the chance to find their voice and do something about the situation they find themselves in. The different threads finally weave together and you realise the true depths that the government is going to to control the population under the guise of their own safety.  There is a little bit of romance in there and it is done exceptionally well I have to say – hand fans were out and the writing definitely shows that less can be more. The book is actually really insightful, set not too far into our future, with a storyline which could actually be fairly plausible in a society in a perpetual state of fear.  Is it also so far fetched that in the advent of fake news and constant obsession with social media that less agile minds could easily succumb to this kind of fear mongering? I think this is what really sets the book apart in the closing stages, the fact that it feels like it really could happen.

The main problem I have however with the book of two halves situation is that there is a ton of information piled into the last half, it’s like a non-stop whirlwind.  It’s a clever juxtapose of the time our characters spend taking the antidote and then the clarity of mind after, but it all could have happened a lot sooner to really let the finer points of the twists and turns settle in.

Ultimately I have settled on a 4* for this review as the second half did in my view make up in spades for the first and if the rest of the series continues in this fashion I get the feeling it’s going to be one that I really enjoy.

TS901: DOMINION Cover Reveal with Stacey Rourke & Tish Thawer

Title: TS901: DOMINION
Author: Stacey Rourke & Tish Thawer
Genre: NA Dystopian
Cover Designer: Qamber Designs
Publication Date: July 23rd, 2018
Risen from their literal hole in the ground, Thia, Lance, and her ‘Maly’ brethren have escaped The Hive and now face a full-on war. Welcoming the distraction from her abysmal love life, Thia throws herself into training the troops and claiming Nary bases.
Grateful to be of service again, Evan focuses on maneuvering their forces while fighting to break the icy bonds of betrayal still clutching Thia’s heart.
After a startling vision by his mother, Lance learns that Gigi is alive and trapped within The Hill. Now, he will stop and nothing to save his favorite icy blonde.
Stuck deep in enemy territory, Giselle DuBeau isn’t waiting for anyone to rescue her. Following her growing abilities, she becomes a force far beyond what her friends knew her to be. Yet, when a threat greater than anything the team has faced arises, Gigi is left to wonder exactly who has Command Control.
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 
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Award Winning Author, Tish Thawer, writes paranormal romances for all ages. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the Twilight phenomenon, myth, magic, and superpowers have always held a special place in her heart.
Tish is known for her detailed world-building and magic-laced stories. Her work has been compared to Nora Roberts, Sam Cheever, and Charlaine Harris. She has received nominations for multiple RONE Awards (Reward of Novel Excellence), and Author of the Year (Fantasy, Dystopian, Mystery), as well as nominations and wins for Best Cover, and a Reader’s Choice Award.
​Tish has worked as a computer consultant, photographer, and graphic designer, and is a columnist for Gliterary Girl Media and has bylines in RT Magazine and Literary Lunes Magazine. She resides in Colorado with her husband and three wonderful children and is represented by Gandolfo, Helin, and Fountain Literary Management.
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Unboxing of June Fairyloot: Rebels in Ballgowns

This month I decided to pick back up with Fairyloot, I’ve had a couple of months break and tried out a couple of other boxes in the interim.  A couple of months was, I felt, was enough time for me to get to love them again after being bitterly disappointed with their much hyped anniversary box.  I’ve seen some unboxings over April and May and felt that the standard was improving again so took the plunge with the June box and my word was I glad I did!

Opening this months fairyloot was like opening it for the first time again last November. Pretty much every single item is a winner for me. My current favourite items are cushion covers and when it was announced that the fandoms included Legendary and that a cushion was featuring I had my fingers crossed that they would match up and they did!   The Quote is “Your future can be whatever you wish, we all have the power to choose our own destiny” The other really stand out item was the reading journal.  Set up for the next half of the year it is absolutely wonderful. I have been spending a lot of time on pinterest lately trying to decide how to convert a note book into a reading journal and now I don’t have to!  It’s got sections for noting down your reads, ratings, favourite quotes and books you want to buy, it’s all interposed with quotes by Stella Bookish Art who never disappoints.  I can’t wait to start filling this out! It also looks like this will be a bi-annual feature of the boxes so yay!!

The other items were a beautiful little sparkly masquerade mask necklace, i’m not a big jewellery wearer but it is super cute and I’m happy to have it as an option to wear out one time (if the younger playground dwellers ever let me!) The now seemingly obligatory candle is present, based on the Nevernight series by Jay Kristoff (one on my tbr to be sure) and continues the trend for fairyloot to include a Geeky Clean item in their boxes – I think April is the only month so far this year not to do so.  And why not, they are a great company with ethical and environmentally friendly goods – Strawberry and Pepper is the fragrance which isn’t as bad as it sounds! An Iron on patch from my favourite Ink and Wonder designs was included and is based on the Selection, I’m not sure if this is an item i’ll keep as it’s not a series that I want to read but it’s still beautiful none the less, and finally a set of magnetic bookmarks featuring characters from the Shatter Me series, i’m really not a fan of these books so hopefully I can pass these on to someone who is!

The featured book this month is Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart which was correctly guessed by the contributors over at Book Box Sherlocks.  The fairyloot version has some great features, firstly it’s printed in hardback and the standard UK edition is paperback only.  There’s a quote on the front of the hardcover under the dust jacket and the silhouette image on the back – it’s quite lovely! Here’s the blurb “In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other on an island prison where women must fight to survive. Serina has spent her whole life preparing to become a Grace – selected to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining example of the perfect woman. But her headstrong and rebellious younger sister has a dangerous secret, and one wrong move could cost both sisters everything. Can Serina fight? And will Nomi win?” It’s not out until next month either, so double bonus!

All in all I think that this months box represents awesome value for money (which had been a gripe previously) I know that everyone finds different things useful and this month was definitely one for me!  I’ll stick around and see what next months brings for sure 🙂

Review of Andromeda by Amy Bartelloni

Ten years after a pandemic swept the globe, survivors were forced into factions and camps in order to survive…
Jade and Sera are two orphans who have found refuge in a government camp. It is there where Jade falls in love with a young soldier, Anyon. But Anyon has his own secrets, carefully guarding a past that involves Sera. But before Jade and Anyon admit their feelings to each other the camp is attacked and they’re separated. 
Jade knows to lead Sera to Albany, the last free camp in the east, but the road is dangerous.
Not only must they dodge pockets of infection, but they are threatened by drifters and gangs. When they arrive in Albany, they find it deserted. 
Anyon and his friend Malachi are close on their heels, but not close enough. The Provisional Government is on a mission, and no one is quite prepared for what lies ahead…

Andromeda is a book which made me feel at home – I know that sounds weird but when I started blogging it was because of the impact a single book had on me and Andromeda gave me those same feels with an all consuming post apocalyptic world.

It is a fast paced book which covers so much within it’s pages, getting to the end and looking back at where we started was a bit of a “woah” moment I have to say. I loved how we were straight into the action, on the move without a chance to catch our breath. I find that too many books spend time setting the story or just give a massive infodump but with Andromeda this feels like a natural place to start and we are given enough detail to get by with. I loved the parallel timelines in the different POV’s as well, just willing the 2 groups to catch up with each other, but then where would the story be?

There are some really great characters shining through and the relationship dynamics work so well together, Sera’s blind faith against Jades’s utter cynicism is a stand out and President Vise is beyond creepy, he brings to mind images of President Snow from the Hunger Games, utterly ruthless and utterly deluded – a dangerous and as far as bad guys go he gave me the chills.

Sera to me felt like a Luna Lovegood type character, despite floating around in her own “have faith” bubble she was actually one of the most together of all of them.  I’m really looking forward to finding out more about her in future books, she has tons more going on I think especially with her almost 6th sense about things.

It’s a really atmospheric book as well, from hiding in an abandoned mall to them being in the belly of the beast, I found myself holding my breath a number of times, reading so quickly to find out what happens next I was scared I would miss something important.

There are so many unanswered questions still though despite everything that we have already learnt, what’s with the house? Why are the giant wolves so giant? Is there significance with the stars?  These don’t impact on the enjoyment of the book at all but pull me into wanting to read the rest of the series, which I hope I get an opportunity to do soon.


Andromeda is currently available via Amazon here and is free to KU subscribers!

Review of the Fall by S.T. Campitelli

Melbourne, Australia, 2052, two years since The Fall.
A wave of infection, the Jackson Virus, has swept the world, leaving in its wake a terrifying apocalyptic wasteland populated by wild cleanskin survivor groups and the ravenous, infected night predators – the jacks. In this nightmare landscape, one of the last remaining sanctuaries is Kulin Wallcom, a community enclosed by a 10-metre wall patrolled by what’s left of the military. The wallcoms are the last remaining bastions of defence and security in a world gone over the edge.
But the people of Kulin can’t stay behind their wall forever.
Recovery expert, John Bradley, is part of a major operation into the wasteland looking to not only ensure the survival of Kulin by bringing back critical supplies from the abandoned Southstone Supermall, but, more crucially, to also locate and extract the only person left who may be able to reverse the tide of infection.
However, the mission faces danger at every turn. It seems to be compromised from the inside, Southstone is thought to be an impossible target overrun with infected, and wasteland survivor bands, led by the psychopathic wasteland leader, the Headhunter, are bent on making sure the operation has to fight each step of the way to get back to the wallcom before nightfall.
Because that’s when the jacks come out.
And they will find you.
Welcome to the world of The Fall.

I know that a lot of people don’t understand the fascination with reading/watching Post-apocalyptic stories. I think that this quote from the book gives a little insight: “Where there is life, there is hope.”

The year is 2052 in the desolation of Melbourne, Australia. A virus has infected much of the human population with a zombie-like disease, so the survivors are living in walcoms (walled communities). These walcoms offer protection, but of course, it’s impossible to stay inside the walls forever. Technology still exists, which helps the survivors communicate while on treks into the surrounding areas in search of supplies.

Of course, there are bad guys, there are relationships, and there are deaths, even of some characters that the reader feels like they know. But, we have come to expect that in the Post-apoc genre. The characters are well-developed and the story moves at a fast pace. You do have to pay attention to the headers for the chapters in order to know where the action is occurring and I appreciate that the author added this information.

The writing is well-done and I found myself becoming totally involved in the story. Mr. Campitelli does a great job and I will definitely be looking for the next book in this series.


The Fall is Currently available via Amazon and is free for KU subscribers here

Seraphina’s Revolution Cover Reveal with Sheena Hutchinson

Title: Seraphina’s Revolution
Author: Sheena Hutchinson
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Cover Me, Darling
Seraphina Cross had always wished for the life she’d always dreamed of. One must be careful what they wish for. Unfortunately, she’s gotten all she’s ever dreamed of and more.
Seraphina has gone head to head with Lucifer and his minions. Now, she’s feeling the casualties of siding against him. All her intense power is useless against grief and remorse. Struggling to keep her emotions in check, Nate once again comes to her rescue to keep her head above water. Keeping her darkness at bay, he resumes his position as the one pillar of strength in Seraphina’s life.
But, what happens when he too disappears?
Seraphina’s life is once again thrown into a whirlwind of chaos. As the darkness within her returns, new friends appear and an old friend returns home. Seraphina must figure out who can be trusted. On top of everything, those pesky dreams return. But, what she sees cannot be unseen. Will Seraphina be strong enough to resist temptation? Can she keep her Demons under control long enough to save the world or will it define her?
The time has come. Seraphina’s Revolution is here. Alliances will be forged. Sacrifices must be made. In the fight between good and evil—there are no more rules. This is war.
Will her dreams turn out to be her salvation or her damnation?
Sheena is a born and raised New Yorker, even her writing can’t hide her hard sarcasm. She claims destiny lead her to writing again. She constantly strives to be a positive role model and write stories that empower and inspire.  
Sheena always roots for the underdog, believes in love at first sight, and that everyone should have their happily ever after. While God is currently writing her love story she continues to put all her time into her writing as she is constantly getting new inspiration.
For more on Sheena and her books visit her website

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