February 2018 Books Bought

Since starting my blog back in August of 2008 I always want to share what books I get with you so that you can see what I will be reading and what new books there are out there and I am always looking for a place to link them so that others can see them so from now on I will be sharing my links on Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. As Marlene has offered to co-host Stacking The Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews.

One of the things I love about these kinds of posts is finding new books that I might not normally hear about and this month I found a few goodies that I heard about through fellow bloggers, on instagram and youtubers.

Going into 2018 I am deciding to switch this up so that I can better document what books, both physical and arcs/earcs, that are coming into my house that I have either bought, was given to me by friends/family, publishers or tour companies plus picked up from Netgalley. So this will only be a monthly post no more weekly posts going forward.

Bought:

  1. Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle (I heard about this through Melissa on her IG page.She is a fellow Montrealer that I know.)
  2. Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke (various YTers were talking about this book)
  3. Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes (this is the 2nd book in the Queen of Hearts Saga)
  4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  5. Somewhere in Between by Melissa De La Cruz
  6. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  7. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
  8. All is not Forgotten by Wendy Walker (this was on the bargain table)
  9. History is all you have left by Adam Silvera
  10. Another Day by David Levithan
  11. Owl Diaries Eva and the Lost Pony #8 by Rebecca Elliott
  12. House of Secrets by V.C Andrews (this is the 1st book in the House of Secrets series) [I had a $10 gift card so I used it to buy this]
  13. Everless by Sara Holland (this was a free book that I used my plum points on)
  14. The Wish Granter by C. J. Redwine (Valentine’s day gifts)
  15. The Safest Lies by Megan Miranda (Valentine’s day gifts)

Publisher Sent (This will be the books I get directly from publishers either physical book or ebook to review):

Flight Of The White Wolf

I was doing the dance of joy when I got this in the mail.

  • All’s Fair in love and wolf by Terry Spear
  • Not Quite Crazy by Catherine Bybee

 

Blog Tours:

Netgalley: This are books that I got for free in the Read Now section:

  • Who She Was by Stormy Smith
  • March 2018 Buzz Books Monthly

Friends/family given:

 

Total books bought this month: 11
Total books publisher sent: 3
Total books blog tour sent:  0
Total books given to me: 0
Total books from netgalley: 2
Total books I got for free/gift cards/redeeming: 4

Total books read from this months haul: 3/20

Total books bought in 2018:  15
Total books publisher sent in 2018:  4
Total books blog tours sent in 2018: 1
Total books given to me in 2018: 1
Total books from netgalley in 2018:  16
Total books I got for free: 10

Total books read in 2018 (this is books read from monthly hauls): 14/47
Total overall books read in 2018 (this is going to reflect my goodreads total):  20/100

Book Spotlight/ The Ambrose Deception

About The Book:
Title: THE AMBROSE DECEPTION
Author: Emily Ecton
Pub. Date: February 13, 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD

Melissa is a nobody. Wilf is a slacker. Bondi is a show-off. At least that’s what their middle school teachers think. To everyone’s surprise, they are the three students chosen to compete for a ten thousand-dollar scholarship, solving clues that lead them to various locations around Chicago. At first the three contestants work independently, but it doesn’t take long before each begins to wonder whether the competition is a sham. It’s only by secretly joining forces and using their unique talents that the trio is able to uncover the truth behind the Ambrose Deception–a truth that involves a lot more than just a scholarship.

With a narrative style as varied and intriguing as the mystery itself, this adventure involving clever clues, plenty of perks, and abhorrent adults is pure wish fulfillment.

About Emily:
Emily Ecton is a writer and producer for Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!,
the NPR news quiz. She has also been a playwright, a chinchilla wrangler, an ice cream scooper and a costume character. She lives
in Chicago with her dog, Binky.

Website | Twitter | Goodreads

 

 

Giveaway Details:

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3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE AMBROSE DECEPTION, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

2/12/2018- For the Love of KidLit– Interview

2/13/2018- Christen Krumm– Review

2/14/2018- Books, Vertigo and Tea– Excerpt

2/15/2018- BookHounds YA– Review

2/16/2018- YA Books Central– Interview

 

Week Two:

2/19/2018- As The Book Ends– Review

2/20/2018- Nerdophiles– Review

2/21/2018- Jena Brown Writes– Review

2/22/2018- Novel Novice– Guest Post

2/23/2018- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

Book Spotlight/ Something Just Like This

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Something Just Like This by Tracy Krimmer. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 14 till 15 February. Read on for more information about the book, a teaser image and a giveaway for an Amazon gift card! See the tour schedule here.

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By Tracy Krimmer
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Age category: Adult
Release Date: February 14, 2018

Blurb:
Love? Second chances? That crap is for romantics, not realists like Juliette. She has a bad attitude about love and an even worse one when it comes to second chances. And she may dress like an elf for a few weeks out of the year, but that doesn’t mean she loves Christmas.

Stability? Purpose? Landon is surfing a pleasant wave of both until he’s fired. Devastating news from his sister certainly doesn’t help. At least he has the holidays to look forward to.

When Landon shows up at the mall and Juliette prevents a disaster, he can’t stop thinking about that sweet elf. Juliette doesn’t believe in the spirit of Christmas, but she can’t help but wonder why Landon was in her line that day. Could Landon deserve one of those second chances she’s so unwilling to give?

You can find Something Just Like This on Goodreads

You can buy Something Just Like This on Amazon for only $2.99 through February 15.
It is available to read with Kindle Unlimited.

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Tracy KrimmerAbout the Author:
Tracy Krimmer loves coffee, popcorn, Drew Barrymore, and the movie Saving Silverman. She enjoys reading great books (of course) and writing realistic characters for you to enjoy. When she listens to music she prefers the 80s and 90s music she grew up on. In a typical day you’ll find her writing at one of her favorite spots–on the couch, at the kitchen table, or at her favorite hometown coffee shop.

You can find and contact Tracy here:
Website
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Release Day Blitz/ 20 Shades of Shifter

 

I am so excited that 20 SHADES OF SHIFTERS ANTHOLOGY is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful box set, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card (where Amazon is located), courtesy
of author K.L. Bone and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
About The Book:

Title: 20 SHADES OF SHIFTERS ANTHOLOGY 

Author: Demelza Carlton, Evelyn Lederman, ML Guida, Aidy Award, Carmen Fox, David Adams, Sascha Illyvich, Lynn Best, Lilly Cain, Emma Alisyn, Vonnie Davis, Brenda Trim and Tami Julka, Nina Croft, K.L. Bone, Natalie Jones, Kailin Gow, Moxie North
Pub. Date: February 14, 2018
Publisher: Laudanum House
Pages: 511
Formats: eBook
Find it: Amazon, Goodreads
Order now for only $1.99! Or read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited! 
20 Shades of Shifter is a limited-edition collection of new and exclusive paranormal romance novels guaranteed to suck in you from page one. 

A shape-shifting dragon must win over his reluctant mate and stop Jack the Ripper. A Fae trucker becomes allies with an MC member when trying to deliver magical motorcycles to the Fae Queen. A wolf shifter is held captive in a human research lab where he is tortured until he meets one sexy scientist. An angel risked it all to steal the elixir of life and save his mortal love’s life and over two millennia later must get her to remember she once loved an angel.
These stories and many more are included in this steamy, hot collection. 

Don’t wait to read this set. It is only out for a short time before it will be gone forever! 

Demelza Carlton 
Evelyn Lederman 
ML Guida 
Aidy Award 
Carmen Fox 
David Adams 
Sascha Illyvich 
Lynn Best 
Lilly Cain 
Emma Alisyn 
Vonnie Davis 
Brenda Trim and Tami Julka 
Nina Croft 
K.L. Bone 
Natalie Jones 
Kailin Gow 
Moxie North 



 



Excerpt from one of the books in the
Box Set:
Embracing the Dragon: The Flames of Kalleen
 By: K.L. Bone
Ash fell from the sky, blanketing the charred ground like cascading snow.
Amelia stretched out her fingers, finding the burnt residue cool against her
pale skin, lacking the heat responsible for the land’s horrific transformation.
As she searched the valley for the conflagration’s source, or any living being,
toxic particles coated her lungs with each labored breath.


Normally this lush region would have been filled with the merry songs of
chittering birds, and the scattering rustle of creatures hidden amid the tall
grass. As she walked the field, the only sounds were the crunch of charred
vegetation, and her occasional cough as her chest attempted to expel the
smoke-laden air.


She scanned the horizon, seeking flames. Gloomy air surrounded her, with
smoke so thick she couldn’t even discern the fire’s glow through its
suffocating layers.


Amelia pushed forward, drawing shallow breaths as more particles lined
her throat, turning coughs to occasional gags as she reached what should have
been the forest’s edge. In place of towering trees, she found blackened stumps.
Her heart skipped at the sight, her mind rejecting the ruined vision of the
land she had loved.


“What happened?” she asked the desolate terrain. “What, by the gods, took
place here?”


She had cherished this land with its lush shrubbery, thick enough to hide
even her darkest secrets. A place all were once welcomed to enjoy shaded
comfort, perfumed by the sweet scent of fresh grass and wildflowers. Now, only
cooling embers remained.


When she reached the clearing’s center, a pitiful squeak drew her
attention. She knelt, brushing her hand through ash and soot to find a bird
chirping meekly between desperate gasps. Gently cradling the suffering creature
between her hands, Amelia closed her eyes.


As though anticipating her intentions, the wren remained motionless
against her palms, and its labored breathing eased.


Settling her mind upon the bird, soft-blue light emanated from between
her fingers, bathing the unremarkable brown feathers in cerulean light. As
Amelia’s power drew out the toxins poisoning the delicate creature, it first
flapped its wings, and then flew from Amelia’s hands.


“Fly away,” she urged. “The air remains poisonous.”


The bird chirped in thanks before fluttering away, though Amelia was
uncertain as to the safety of its chosen direction.


She resumed her survey of the ruined forest, helping a struggling
squirrel in the same manner she had the bird. As it scampered away, Amelia
stood and attempted to brush the soot from her hands, but only managed to
smudge the fine black powder.


Without audible warning, orange flames surged toward her, forcing Amelia
to jump to her left, rolling through the fire’s debris, hands and knees
stinging as they encountered hidden rocks.


A roar resounded, shattering the unnatural silence as Amelia glanced
toward the sky to face a looming figure.


Above, darker than the choking smoke, hovered an immense beast, its
wingspan casting a wide shadow over her curled form. The deep purple wings had
a feathered appearance, glowing with what appeared to be golden flames, though
they did not burn. Instead the menacing creature’s wings fanned hotter,
reminding Amelia of a forge fire amplified by a blacksmith’s bellow. From an
ebony body, its back feet were hooved, but its front arms had claws similar to
a bird’s, while larger talons protruded from the outer tips of both wings. A
terrifying creature of utter destruction.


The dragon stared down with glinting silver eyes, glowing nostrils
framing the fire within. With each methodical beat of its wings, Amelia’s
blonde tresses were alternately tugged and blown back in the wash of hot air.


Fear consumed her, stole her breath, and froze every thought. She briefly
considered running, but knew she would never escape the creature’s wrath.


Shakily, Amelia climbed to her feet, her blue eyes wide as she waited for
her inevitable fate. The dragon’s jaws opened, flames spilling to engulf the
girl below before she could even utter a scream.
Embracing the Dragon Copyright © 2017 by
K.L. Bone
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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Book Spotlight/ Inamorata

 

INAMORATA by @authorrandicooleywilson
Series: Havenwood Falls High
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Cover Design: Regina Wamba, MaeIDesign.com

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Welcome to Havenwood Falls, a small town in the majestic mountains of Colorado. A town where legacies began centuries ago, bloodlines run deep, and dark secrets abound. A town where nobody is what you think, where truths pose as lies, and where myths blend with reality. A place where everyone has a story. Including the high schoolers. This is only but one…

Two houses. Two hearts. One fate.

Growing up in the prestigious Fairchild house seems like the perfect life, but for Julianna, it isn’t always easy, especially as the granddaughter of a prominent Seelie Court elder. When Julianna’s grandfather passes away, her parents are summoned to the Fae island of Tir Na Nog. Not wanting to miss her senior year of high school, Julianna decides to remain in Havenwood Falls with her human grandmother, unaware this one choice will forever change her perfectly planned future.

Lies, secrets, and betrayals rule in the Bishop house, and Rowan Bishop, the youngest of the brothers, is no exception. Unpredictable and uncontrollable, he’s been kicked out of eight private boarding schools. As a last-ditch effort to set him straight, his oldest brother enrolls him in Havenwood Falls’ Sun and Moon Academy—a private school for residents with supernatural gifts.

After several chance encounters, Julianna and Rowan discover a connection full of attraction, mystery, and danger. A connection that lands them right in the middle of a centuries old feud between the Bishops and the Fairchilds. And when it comes to choosing sides, the cost of their forbidden love will be higher than they ever expected.

This is a Young Adult paranormal tale in the Havenwood Falls High series of Young Adult fantasy stories featuring a variety of supernatural creatures. The series is a collaborative effort by multiple authors. Each book is generally a stand-alone, so you can read them in any order, although some authors will be writing sequels to their own stories. Please be aware when you choose your next read.

Other books in the Havenwood Falls High YA series:
Written in the Stars by Kallie Ross
Reawakened by Morgan Wylie
The Fall by Kristen Yard
Somewhere Within by Amy Hale
Awaken the Soul by Michele G. Miller
Bound by Shadows by Cameo Renae

Books are released on a monthly basis. Coming soon are stories E.J. Fechenda, AnnaLisa Grant, Katie John, J.L. Weil, and more.

Immerse yourself in the world of Havenwood Falls and stay up to date on news and announcements at www.HavenwoodFalls.com. Join our reader group, Havenwood Falls Book Club, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/HavenwoodFallsBookClub/

 

Book Spotlight/ Curiouser and Curiouser

Title: Curiouser and Curiouser: Steampunk Alice in Wonderland (Steampunk Fairy Tales)
Author: Melanie Karsak
Publication date: July 17th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Retelling, Steampunk

To save the Hatter, Alice must work with the one man she despises so much that she might still love him.

Alice thought she’d turned over a new leaf. No more working for Jabberwocky. No more making deals with the ruthless Queen of Hearts. No more hanging around The Mushroom with tinkers, tarts, scoundrels, and thieves in London’s criminal underbelly. But she’d been bonkers to dream.

Hatter’s reckless behavior leads Alice back to the one person she never wanted to see again, Caterpillar. Pulled into Caterpillar’s mad schemes, Alice must steal a very big diamond from a very royal lady. The heist is no problem for this Bandersnatch. But protecting her heart from the man she once loved? Impossible.

Sometimes love is mad.

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EXCERPT:

“If you say it again, I’ll stab you,” I said as I struggled to adjust the formal gown. The bulging bustle of fabric on my backside made my lower back itch, and my corset was too tight. A proper lady’s gown indeed, but I wondered how anyone who dressed in proper fashion got anything done. I touched the brim of my tiny top hat. It, along with my parasol, were the only pieces of the outfit I actually liked. Of course, the parasol had a feature that allowed me to slip the White Queen into the shaft to serve as a handle. Leave it to the Countess to think of that.

“All I said was that you look lovely. I hardly think that’s a stabbing offense.”

“Shows what you know,” I replied as I eyed him sidelong. He had changed into a fine suit and wore a black top hat. I both hated and loved being there with him. My conflicting emotions made me cranky.

“Tickets,” said a man standing just outside the door of the Crystal Palace.

“Good morning,” William said politely and handed the man our tickets.

The man stamped the date on the tickets then handed them back. Nodding, he motioned for us to enter.

Taking me gently by the arm, as a gentleman ought to do, William escorted me inside.

While the Crystal Palace’s ornate structure, made of glass and iron, towering several stories high was a sight to behold from the outside, nothing quite prepared me for the marvels inside.

As we entered, a cacophony of sounds reached our ears. The sweet melodies coming from a stand of self-playing harps, the screech of monkeys, the hum of machines, and the sounds of hundreds of voices rolled to our ears all at once.

The structure had been built around the tall ash trees that had stood in the park. They still stood standing tall in the middle of the structure. Fountains lined the center promenade. The crowd gasped and stepped back as a group from Africa passed on their way toward their display, lions on leashes walking in front of them. Not far behind them, a man wearing a straw hat jogged past pulling a rickshaw, two laughing—and elegantly dressed—ladies inside.

I gasped as a man flew overhead on wings made of lightweight material. To my great surprise, he flapped his wings, the metal of the clockwork bones and joints revealed when the sun overhead struck him just right.

William chuckled. “Shall we take it all in?”

Barely able to breathe, I nodded.

“Now, there is my Alice,” he said softly. “Her curious eyes open wide.”

I smiled. “It’s a wonderland.”

Author Bio:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Karsak is the author of The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, The Burnt Earth Series, The Celtic Blood Series and Steampunk Fairy Tales. A steampunk connoisseur, zombie whisperer, and heir to the iron throne, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

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Review/ Pinnacle by Lynn Veevers

About The Book:
Title: PINNACLE (The Core Series Book #1)
Author: Lynn Veevers
Pub. Date: February 6, 2018
Publisher: Clean Reads
Pages: 298
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Identifying her parents was the hardest thing ever, until Kaya learned she was the killer’s next target. Moving had thrown the ancient predator off her trail temporarily but with magical abilities manifesting, Kaya’s scent grows stronger and the attempts on her life become constant. Narrowly surviving each encounter, Kaya is desperate to stop her potential assassin, but it’s hard to kill a creature that changes its appearance and disappears without a trace. Kaya finds the support she needs to succeed in her small group of friends and her boyfriend Kenneth. Like so many things, they’re more than what they seem and with the killer having unsettling similarities to Kenneth and his family…Kaya can’t help but wonder if there’s a connection.

Before beginning my review I quickly have to thank Rock Star Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of the tour and for allowing me to read and review the book for my stop.

Pinnacle is the first book in a series called The Core Series and it was released this week and its a debut novel. The second book is expected next year.

I love going into a book not knowing anything about it and I am so happy I didn’t know anything because I was taken on a roller coaster ride with this book because there was so many twists and turns in the book that you literally had no idea what was going to happen next. I literally had a hard time to put the book down. For me these are the best kinds of books to read when you want something new and different and this book offers just that.

The main character is Kaya who is a 17 year old girl who on the outside looks like your normal every day girl but behind close doors she has magical powers. I had no idea where this was going because it was beginning to feel like a paranormal book and I have to say that I really enjoy reading those. So needless to say this is not your typical book.

For some reason Kenneth seemed to rub me a little wrong. Not exactly sure what it was but I just couldn’t gel with him. There is definitely more to him that we know both of him and his family. This was something that Kaya picked up on but never really questioned it.

We all know that there is more to a person then they portray and let on and this was the case. What will Kaya do? Can she get the answers before its too late?

One thing I loved was how Lynn explained everything without taking away from the story. Reading each chapter was like peeling on onion and I think thats what made the book work. As I am reading this I realized that I can’t wait for the second book to come out and I hope its really soon. I need to see where this goes.

This is a fantastic debut novel and I would definitely continue reading the series when it comes out.