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RELEASE BLITZ, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Fallen Flame (Fallen Flame, #1) by J.M. Miller

Fallen Flame - J.M.  Miller
Fallen Flame is the story of Vala, a person the likes of which you've never seen. Her skin is grey and charred; water hurts her; and she can burn people with her touch. Vala knows that she was a foundling, but had as happy an upbringing as she could have. Due to her skin, she was enlisted into the Prince's Guard, and became Lead Guard. However, due to a nights foolishness that didn't have anything to do with her, Vala is lashed and demoted. This starts a whole turn of events that she didn't see happening.
 
There is a lot that goes on in this book, there is never a dull moment. For a while I was a bit concerned that it might be turning into a love triangle, but luckily for me, there a stop put to that soon enough! All of the characters are intriguing, and there are always reasons for the way they act or speak.
 
This is an excellent start to the series, with characters and situations that are both humorous yet identifiable. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, although I was completely engrossed from beginning to end. A must-read for all fantasy fans. Absolutely recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
 
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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/06/release-blitz-review-giveaway-fallen.html

19th June 2017

A Cool Million and The Dream Life of Balso Snell: Two Novels - Nathanael West

Numbers constitute the only universal language.

 

Nathanael West

 

On this day in 1934, American author and screenwriter Nathanael West’s A Cool Million is published. It's a satire of rags-to-riches morality tales.

18th June 2017

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain, Guy Cardwell, John Seelye

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.

 

Mark Twain

 

Happy Father's Day! In America, the holiday was first widely promoted in the 1930s by the manufacturers of tobacco pipes and ties.

Paper Cranes by Jordan Ford

Paper Cranes - Jordan Ford
Paper Cranes is a fairy tale retelling, taking you away from the contemporary romance/suspense that Jordan Ford has previously published. It starts with a sullen Tristan, who has had his life disrupted due to his parents' divorce. He moves away from his mum and her new boyfriend to stay with his dad, but didn't realise that he would end up looking after him. All seems lost as he sinks deeper into bitterness and sadness. However, when he goes to rescue a lost baseball, he finds more than a ball. He finds the light of his life, and so the adventures begin.
 
As bad as this may sound, each time I start a new Jordan Ford book I think to myself that I can't possible enjoy it as much as I did "...", and yet each time Jordan Ford proves me wrong. I LOVED this fairy tale retelling, mainly because of the tongue in cheek references to Rapunzel that the characters themselves tease each other with. Seeing the rises and falls that Tristan goes through, the calm acceptance of Helena, the joy, love, and laughter that these two share... it's just wonderful. I also have a re-appreciation for Shakespeare and poetry! Now, this book isn't all sweetness and light, so don't think it is, BUT it does show what can happen if you keep the faith in love, hope, happiness, and fairy tale endings.
 
Exceptionally written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have no hesitation in recommending it.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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17th June 2017

The Book of American Negro Poetry - James Weldon Johnson

Lift every voice and sing.

 

James Weldon Johnson

 

James Weldon Johnson (born June 17, 1871) was a high school principal, a lawyer, a consul in the Roosevelt Administration, a key figure in the NAACP and a celebrated author and songwriter with a successful Broadway career.

16th June 2017

Dubliners - Jeri Johnson, James Joyce

Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.

 

James Joyce

 

Happy Bloomsday! A hundred and thirteen years ago today, Leopold Bloom set off on his epic wander around Dublin in James Joyce's Ulysses.

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Hers, Untamed by Anna Adler

Hers, Untamed - Anna Adler
Alyssa Cressfield always wanted a pet—a big, sexy man who would look impressive on a leash. Now, she is finally ready to realize her dream. She visits a pet training center, intending to buy a trained pet. Instead she finds Jax, a fierce human-alien hybrid freshly caught from space, still untamed and unbroken. Alyssa has never encountered an untamed pet before. She can’t resist temptation; she must have him.

On Silenia, it is customary for humans to keep other intelligent species as pets and sex toys. Alyssa is kind at heart, but she is a product of her society and therefore sees nothing wrong with keeping a man in a cage against his will. Jax, on the other hand, is a space pirate who now finds himself wearing a collar and being treated like property. He has no intention of turning tame and obedient, and a battle of wills ensues. Jax and Alyssa quickly discover their undeniable chemistry, but is it enough to reconcile them? What happens when the pet breaks out of his cage?

Note to reader: This is a standalone novel featuring a romance between a human and a human-alien hybrid. While not dark, the story is set in a dystopian society and contains some raunchy sex scenes between the main characters. Recommended for mature readers. 

 

 

@AnnaAdlerWrites, @debbiereadsbook, #Science_Fiction, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

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Bearly Restrained (Dunn Playing #1) by Paige Conners

Bearly Restrained - Paige Conners
Bearly Restrained is the first book in the Dunn Playing series. It starts with a kidnapping and quickly becomes a brilliant story involving lumberjacks and an author's PA! Because Meigs is a PA to a paranormal author, she knows all about shifters, so there isn't much shock involved when she meets Jax for the first time. In fact, she accepts it so well that Jaxon is very shocked! I loved how this was swapped around to a 'normal' paranormal story. Jaxon and Meigs are a brilliant couple, and he is there for her every step. In fact, his whole family is brilliant (apart from one), and I loved his dad's attitude. 
 
Whilst steamy in places, there is enough romance here to melt my heart. And the parts involving being a PA, working for an author, signing events, and the amount of books Meigs had, well, that just had me laughing out loud at the truth written in every word! With a love story, an author's event, AND a touch of suspense, this book has something for everyone. This was very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. I would definitely recommend this to all PNR fans, and I can't wait for the next one!
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/bearlyrestraineddunnplaying1bypaigeconners

REVIEW BY MERISSA - True's Love by T.L. Clark

True's Love - T.L. Clark
True's Love tells the story of party girl Amanda, who goes on holiday with a work friend, Claire, to Ibiza. There, she parties just as hard as she ever does, up to and including having sex in a corner of a dance floor. However, one night when Claire feels ill, she helps her friend outside to get some fresh air. She meets Michael/Mikhail and is instantly attracted to his looks but turns him down as she doesn't want a relationship. However, circumstances dictate otherwise, and they end up meeting again. This time, Amanda agrees to meet him for breakfast, and it moves swiftly on from there.
 
There is plenty of action in this book, both between the sheets and out. Although they don't actually 'hook up' straight away, there is still a big dose of insta-love going on, but it does work within this story. The story is very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. The pace was smooth and the characters were intriguing, which all add up to a great summertime read. Recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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@TLClarkAuthor, #Contemporary, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

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15th June 2017

The Divine Comedy - Sandro Botticelli, Peter Armour, Dante Alighieri, Allen Mandelbaum, Eugenio Montale

Do not be afraid; our fate
Cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.

 

Dante Alighieri

 

On this date in the year 1300, poet Dante Alighieri became one of six priors of Florence. His political activities would eventually lead to his own exile from Florence. It was in this exile that wrote his great work, The Divine Comedy.

BOOK BLAST, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - The Goddess's Choice (Kronicles of Korthlundia #1) by Jamie Marchant

The Goddess's Choice - Jamie Marchant
The Goddess's Choice is an epic fantasy that is not for the young (only the young at heart) as there are scenes in it which some readers may find disturbing.
 
The King is in his 90's, his daughter is in her teens. He wants her to choose a consort for when he dies, she doesn't want any of them that suck up to her. By contrast, Robbie is also in his teens, but living on a farm where his brother and his father both beat him. He has an aptitude for healing, but never sees any benefits from it. These two are as alike as chalk and cheese, and yet when they meet, something calls to both of them.
 
There is so much that goes on this book, and for the majority of it, we are with Samantha and Robbie separately. They both have things to do before they can meet up, even though they both know that they can never be together (and we all know how that turns out!) 
 
With an amazing array of characters and situations, this book has been exceptionally written. The pace is smooth and although it is a LONG book, it won't feel that long as you get swept away in the story. This is the first book, and I can't wait to get my hands on book 2 as I am not prepared to leave their story where it is right now. Absolutely recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/06/book-blast-review-giveaway-goddesss.html

Magic Bound (The Hybrid Trilogy #1) by G.K. DeRosa

Magic Bound - G.K. DeRosa
Magic Bound is the first book of The Hybrid Trilogy and features some characters from the Wilder series. In this story, Aria is working on getting her GED, has a job as a barista, and a dead-end boyfriend that borders on the abusive. One night, she meets Damian but tells him straight up that she is with someone. In an unknown turn of events, she is accepted into a college that she can't even remember applying for. And then it turns out that it is too good to turn down as she has somewhere to live and all expenses paid. Things move swiftly on as Aria's life changes in ways she would never have imagined.
 
This is a fast-paced story that is full of humour and sass. Aria is a good female lead, although she does seem deliberately dense at times! More in the way that if she doesn't acknowledge what is going on/what everyone else says/gut instinct etc, then it's not really happening. I wasn't sure about the whole Nico and Damian situation, as love triangles really aren't my thing. I don't mind if it's a relationship with three ;) but not a triangle.
 
This is very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. I found it to be a nice touch having some crossover characters, but also that Aria still gets her own story. A fun, enjoyable book that is definitely recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/magicboundthehybridtrilogy1bygkderosa

RELEASE BLITZ - Transformation (The Gifted series #3) by Char Webster

Transformation - Char Webster

Power is shifting. Control of the Gifted Society is in jeopardy. Will Kate and her friends be ready?

Kate Sutton has learned that being Gifted is extremely dangerous. New revelations put Kate's life at even greater risk. People are after Kate for her abilities and will stop at nothing to control or destroy her.

Nick, Robert, Jason and Ryan are trying to figure out all of the different players and what each of them is after. Will they discover the truth before it’s too late to help Kate?

 

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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/06/release-blitz-transformation-gifted.html

14th June 2017

The Old Capital - Yasunari Kawabata, J. Martin Holman

As he caught his footing, his head fell back, and the Milky Way flowed down inside him with a roar.

 

Yasunari Kawabata

 

Yasunari Kawabata (born June 14, 1899) was the first Japanese author to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was also a dedicated practitioner of Zen Buddhism, which was the centerpiece of his Nobel speech.

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Damage Control by Eva King

Damage Control - Claire Smith, Eva King, Hot Tree Editing

Recovering from a broken relationship, Emma Mitchell moves in with her best friend. Her life is quiet and uneventful, just how she likes it. Little does she know that the events of the following months will change her life forever.

Famous Hollywood actor James McNair is a renowned womaniser with a penchant for partying and hitting the tabloids for all the wrong reasons. When a night of partying a little too hard means he finally has to take stock and reevaluate his lifestyle, a week away from the flashing lights of Hollywood is just what he needs. What better place to hide than in his childhood home in Edinburgh, Scotland?

When the old friends are reunited, feelings resurface and sparks fly. But James must keep the pretence of his new persona until the premier of his biggest film in his career. He just has no idea if he'll be able to keep his feelings for Emma under wraps until then.

Sometimes it takes more than damage control to find a happily ever after.

 

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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/06/blog-tour-review-giveaway-damage.html

REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - Misdemeanor (Responsible Adult #1) by C.F. White

Misdemeanor - C.F. White

Now, first thing I must say is that if you are looking for something light and fluffy, full of sparkles and rainbows, then you have definitely got the wrong book! Misdemeanour is a dark, gritty piece of work, telling how one man is trying to do the right thing after doing so many wrong things. How he doesn't think he deserves help, or anything good in his life, and the reasons why. You find out just how hard he is trying, and Micky will worm his way into your emotions without you even realising it. As for Flynn, well, I dare you to deny him entrance to your heart.

Dan and Micky appear to be complete opposites, but they are just what the other needs. With funny situations to lighten up the darkness at times, this is a hard-hitting book that will stay with you. Trust me, it's not all good. And at times characters act like first-class jerks, but that just gives it that slice of realism. 

With two outstanding main characters, plus a host of brilliant supporting characters, this book is exceptionally written and with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. It does end on one helluva cliffhanger though, so fair warning! An excellent start to the series, and I can't wait to read more. Definitely recommended by me.


* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
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