Thursday, January 20, 2022

Review: Shadow Angel by Leia Stone & Julie Hall

About the Book
From the moment I saw the shadows come to life, I knew my world would never be the same.

Yesterday I was a teenager waiting tables in Manhattan, and today, monsters exist and I can see them.

Overnight I’m thrown into the realm of the Watchers, a society of earthbound angels split into two factions: The Shades, whose powerful dark magic is given to them by the fallen angels, and the Lumens, whose abilities are bestowed on them by the archangels of Avalon.

They’re on opposite sides of a brutal war, and I only have a few days to pick which side I want to join. I’m ready to choose when the Shades force my hand by cursing someone I love.

The only hope I have of saving them rests on the broad shoulders of the prickliest Shade alive, Gage Alston. He’s cold, arrogant, and quite possibly the most attractive guy I’ve ever laid eyes on.

Do I trust him? No.
Do I need him? Yes.
Do I want to kiss him? Maybe.

Perhaps I’ll choose darkness after all.


MY THOUGHTS

This was such a fantastic start to a new series. Julie Hall and Leia Stone have created a fascinating and intriguing world that I can't get enough of. The beginning was a stunner. I was instantly hooked and couldn't read fast enough.

The characters were great and easy to root for. Tatum was instantly likable. She's thrust into this new world that's been hidden from her for her whole life, and while it's shocking and scary, she handles it all with a bravery that I admired. And Gage! Where do I even begin? He's broody, kinda cranky, and has a bit of a prickly personality. Plus, he's fighting on the wrong side of the battle, but there's something so endearing about him. It's easy to see the goodness that he's trying so hard to bury deep down.

This was, at times, a dark read with quite a few scary moments, but it never got to be too much for me. There was a good mixture of humor and lightness here too, and a great reminder that the light can never be overcome by darkness.

All in all, this was an absolute blast and is a must read for fans of urban fantasy. I highly recommend it and can't wait for book two! I need it ASAP!

I received an advanced copy of this book and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.

FIVE STARS

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Hardback Cover Reveal for SHADOW ANGEL by Leia Stone and Julie Hall


I'm super excited to be part of the hardback cover reveal for SHADOW ANGEL by Leia Stone and Julie Hall! Shadow Angel is a YA urban fantasy featuring angels and demons, a strong female lead, found family and a handful of hold-your-breath swoony moments. It releases January 21st, 2022 but is available for preorder now. (And I'll have my review for it up tomorrow. Spoiler Alert: It's AWESOME!)


About the Book
From the moment I saw the shadows come to life, I knew my world would never be the same.

Yesterday I was a teenager waiting tables in Manhattan, and today, monsters exist and I can see them.

Overnight I’m thrown into the realm of the Watchers, a society of earthbound angels split into two factions: The Shades, whose powerful dark magic is given to them by the fallen angels, and the Lumens, whose abilities are bestowed on them by the archangels of Avalon.

They’re on opposite sides of a brutal war, and I only have a few days to pick which side I want to join. I’m ready to choose when the Shades force my hand by cursing someone I love.

The only hope I have of saving them rests on the broad shoulders of the prickliest Shade alive, Gage Alston. He’s cold, arrogant, and quite possibly the most attractive guy I’ve ever laid eyes on.

Do I trust him? No.
Do I need him? Yes.
Do I want to kiss him? Maybe.

Perhaps I’ll choose darkness after all.


BOOK INFORMATION
Title: Shadow Angel, Book One
Series: Shadow Angel
Authors: Julie Hall & Leia Stone
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: January 21st, 2022

Preorder Link: www.ShadowAngelSeries.com



Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Can't Wait Wednesday: In Search of a Prince by Toni Shiloh

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights and discusses the books we're excited about that we've yet to read. Generally, they're books that are yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm featuring In Search of a Prince by Toni Shiloh releasing February 1.

About the Book
It seems like a dream come true . . . until it forces her to question everything.

Brielle Adebayo is fully content teaching at a New York City public school and taking annual summer vacations with her mother to Martha's Vineyard. But everything changes when her mom drops a bombshell--Brielle is really a princess in the island kingdom of Ọlọrọ Ilé, off the coast of Africa, and she must immediately assume her royal position, since the health of her grandfather, the king, is failing.

Distraught by all the secrets her mother kept, Brielle is further left spinning when the Ọlọrọ Ilé Royal Council brings up an old edict that states she must marry before her coronation, or the crown will pass to another. Brielle is uncertain if she even wants the throne, and with her world totally shaken, where will she find the courage to take a chance on love and brave the perils a wrong decision may bring?


What upcoming release are you eagerly anticipating?

Monday, January 17, 2022

Review: Between Kings (The City Between #10) by W.R. Gingell

About the Book
G’day. I’m Pet. Heirling. Biter of fae lords. Trouble.

I have a lot of names these days—including my own, real name. Unfortunately for me, someone else knows that name too; not to mention the names of my other heirling friends. Now those heirling friends have disappeared, stolen by the current King Behind for a fight to the death where only one contender to the throne remains.

The rules say there’s no way in and only one way out of that fight, but I’ve always preferred to work outside the rules. I just have to trust my friends to help each other stay alive long enough for me to get them out—without becoming a contender for the throne myself.

Because one thing is for sure: I am absolutely not planning on being the next King Behind.


MY THOUGHTS

Wow, I don't even know where to start! What a wild ride! I had mixed emotions going into the conclusion of this series. I didn't want this wonderfully weird adventure to come to an end, but I was so eager to find out how everything would resolve. It didn't disappoint. It did have a bit of a slow start, but things quickly picked up and I was racing through the pages. There were big reveals, surprising twists, and an absolute shocker that left my jaw on the floor. I don't want to say too much more and accidentally spoil something. But if you're an urban fantasy fan, this series is a must read! I can't think of an UF series that I've enjoyed as much as this one.

FOUR STARS

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Book Beginnings + Friday 56: Between Kings (The City Between #10) by W.R. Gingell

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading. Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and asks you to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your ereader and share a non-spoilery sentence or two.

This week I'm featuring Between Kings, the conclusion to the City Between series by W.R. Gingell.

About the Book
G’day. I’m Pet. Heirling. Biter of fae lords. Trouble.

I have a lot of names these days—including my own, real name. Unfortunately for me, someone else knows that name too; not to mention the names of my other heirling friends. Now those heirling friends have disappeared, stolen by the current King Behind for a fight to the death where only one contender to the throne remains.

The rules say there’s no way in and only one way out of that fight, but I’ve always preferred to work outside the rules. I just have to trust my friends to help each other stay alive long enough for me to get them out—without becoming a contender for the throne myself.

Because one thing is for sure: I am absolutely not planning on being the next King Behind.

Book Beginnings
There are some things in life that you have to learn for yourself. You know: how to make the perfect cup of coffee; how to step between the layers of the worlds without getting stuck somewhere you don't want to be; who you should trust and who you definitely shouldn't. That sort of thing.

Friday 56
"I'm no more the villain of the piece than you are the heroine: everything is a matter of perspective in this life."

What have you been reading lately?

Review: Recorder by Cathy McCrumb

About the Book
The Consortium is All. But Recorder Can No Longer Obey.

Recorder has no family, no friends, and no name. Donated to the Consortium before birth, her sole purpose is to maintain and verify the records. A neural implant and drone ensure compliance, punishing for displays of bias.

Suddenly cut off from controlling technology, Recorder tastes what it means to be human. But if the Consortium discovers her feelings, everyone she knows will be in danger.

With no name, no resources, and only an infinitesimal possibility of escape, Recorder's time is running out.


MY THOUGHTS

I'm struggling to find the words to describe just how fantastic this book was. Wow! Five stars aren't enough! I'd give it more if I could. It has one of the most compelling openers I've ever read. I don't know what it was about it, but it completely gripped me and had me so eager to find out more about Recorder and her world.

I quickly became fully immersed in the book. It held my full attention, the real world faded away, and I couldn't get enough of it. The writing style, Recorder's narration, had me glued to the pages. I wanted to read it as fast as I could, but I made myself slow down and take my time with it. I wanted to savor every detail and spend as much time as I could with these wonderful characters.

The world building was stellar. It was fascinating and detailed, but never overwhelming. Things were revealed slowly throughout the book at just the right time.

I don't think I've read anything quite like this book before. It felt wholly unique and yet had a familiarity about it too. I don't want to say too much more and spoil anything; I loved discovering everything as it unfolded. I'll just end with a huge recommendation. If you're a fan of this genre, you won't be disappointed.

FIVE STARS

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Can't Wait Wednesday: Until Leaves Fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights and discusses the books we're excited about that we've yet to read. Generally, they're books that are yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm featuring Until Leaves Fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin releasing February 1.

About the Book
As the Nazis march toward Paris in 1940, American ballerina Lucie Girard buys her favorite English-language bookstore to allow the Jewish owners to escape. Lucie struggles to run Green Leaf Books due to oppressive German laws and harsh conditions, but she finds a way to aid the resistance by passing secret messages between the pages of her books.

Widower Paul Aubrey wants nothing more than to return to the States with his little girl, but the US Army convinces him to keep his factory running and obtain military information from his German customers. As the war rages on, Paul offers his own resistance by sabotaging his product and hiding British airmen in his factory. After they meet in the bookstore, Paul and Lucie are drawn to each other, but she rejects him when she discovers he sells to the Germans. And for Paul to win her trust would mean betraying his mission.

Master of WWII-era fiction Sarah Sundin invites you onto the streets of occupied Paris to discover whether love or duty will prevail.


What upcoming release are you eagerly awaiting?