Monsters Among Us by Amanda Strong blitz & giveaway !

 



Monsters Among Us
Amanda Strong
(Monsters Among Us #3)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: June 26th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

What if the fate of the world lies with the monster—not the hero?

The world is shifting, and Sammy has complete control. But as hidden truths surface, she starts to doubt everyone who is close to her. The Ancients and Kory have been harboring dark secrets, and it could mean war between the Dragon Fae and the Irukas. With the Defenders as her devoted soldiers, Sam must make some difficult decisions. Should she save the world… or save herself?

Blake won’t give up on Sam. He knows he can’t trust Tonbo anymore, or the web of lies he’s been thrown into. If he hopes to save Sam, he must find the real reason Kory created the bug army. Turns out there could be something far worse than bloodthirsty bugs buriedon the islands, and Blake will have to fight his own inner demons if he wants to save those he loves—including Sam.

In a world filled with mistrust and lies, Blake and Sam must unearth the truth and face their own fears and weaknesses. If they don’t, their lives—and the fate of all humanity—will hang in the balance.

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EXCERPT:

Rounding a corner, I flew right into a pair of bright aqua eyes. I knew those eyes, and the recognition felt like a slap to my face. I halted, not just to avoid collision but because of absolute shock.

Impossible. How’s he here?

“Blake,” Mack gasped.

I remained stunned, still hovering inches from his face. Where were all the Defenders? How did he just waltz in? Why wasn’t he bound? I couldn’t process what I was seeing.

Trying to recompose myself in those milliseconds we both remained in a locked gaze, it dawned on me that Jaxon had not rushed his brother. I only heard heavy breathing behind me, and I wanted desperately to turn around to see what Jaxon was doing. Was he preparing for an attack, or was he awaiting my command?

Yet, I couldn’t peel my eyes away from Blake. Those aqua pools pulled me closer, beckoned me nearer even though our faces were mere inches apart. Frustrated, I commanded myself to move. Show some strength. Straighten your back, for heaven’s sake. I’m like a freaking hunchback, practically bowing to him. What’s wrong with me? Back up… now.

I didn’t move. I couldn’t. It was like my bedroom all over again, when I’d found myself moving toward him, longing to be near him against my will. Only this time, it was worse. He was too close, the magnetic pull reinforced by his nearness. I felt helpless against it, which panicked me more.

He didn’t say anything, his eyes raking my face, searching for Sam. But I’m not Sam, I wanted to shout, though I didn’t. I just kept on gazing into his eyes like a dunce.

You’ve got to be joking, Sam. I heard and felt nothing. I know you’re here. You must be, because I’m freaking stuck in place.

Again, there was nothing to betray her presence until I did the unthinkable. I closed the gap and kissed Blake.

I kissed him like my life depended on it, like I couldn’t get enough of his mouth, like he was the only person in the room, never mind the others’ audible gasps. I wrapped my hands around the back of his neck, pulling him to me. Blake seemed just as shocked as I was by my actions. He stiffened at my touch, groaned under my lips, and then, before I could feel remorse, pulled back from me as fast as I’d come at him, untangling himself from my embrace.

There were those eyes again, probing my face, questions forming but not spoken.

 

Author Bio:

Born in Dekalb, Illinois, Amanda Strong has called Utah, Arizona, Hawaii, Virginia, and now New Mexico home. She has loved to spin tales since childhood. It was not uncommon to find her hiding in some random corner, scribbling away in her spiral-bound notebook, with her bright pink glasses. You could say some things have not changed.

Amanda signed with Clean Teen Publishing in the fall of 2013. She is the author of two paranormal, YA series: The Watchers of Men and Monsters Among Us.

The first novel in The Watchers of Men series, The Awakener, debuted in October of 2013. It has been an Amazon number one best seller in three Young Adult categories. Book two, The Holy and The Fallen, released May 12th of 2015. She is currently working on book three, The Watcher’s Mark, releasing spring of 2016.

Hidden Monster released November 4th of 2014, and it finished as a Finalist in the 2014 USA Best Book Award: Young Adult Category. It is book one of a brand-new young adult, sci-fi thriller series called Monsters Among Us.

When Amanda isn’t writing, you can find her chasing her three rambunctious children around the house and spending time with her wonderful and supportive husband. On some occasions, you can still find Amanda with her not-so-pink glasses, hiding in a corner reading her favorite young adult fantasy novels or working out only to blow her diet by eating ice cream. See more at:

http://www.authoramandastrong.com

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Tv Shows that I have been catching up/watching during the Summer!

 

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Well first off I have been watching a lot of shows lately and I do don’t know about you but I always feel great when I catch up with a show or finish it completely. I feel like I am crossing it off a list or something. Anyway here are the shows I have watched during my Summer thus far…

The Flash:  

I binge-watched all three seasons these last couple of months. I watched season one and two about a month or so ago. Waited for season three to be uploaded on Netflix and just finished the third season a week ago. Now I am ready to watch the show live when it comes back for a fourth season on CW. 

iZombie:

 

 I watched the first season live and I sadly wasn’t able to keep up with the second season. I finally binged the second season and I am caught up with the show which is currently in its third season and it airs Tuesdays nights on the CW.

 

How To Get Away With Murder:

 I would never watch this show live but I would DVR it and that’s how I caught up with season one and two. Now that season three has ended I am catching up on Netflix. I still have not caught up, but I am working on it. 

Girl Boss:

 I finished all of season one in a week or so. I liked it even though Sofia the main character can be a total meanie at times, I enjoyed it and will watch another season if it gets renewed. 

Night Shift:

I watched the first season and the second season live on NBC, but I am now catching up with season three on Netflix before season four begins. 

13 Reasons Why: 

I read the book when it first released, but I honestly could not remember much of what happened in it. I really liked it, even though it deals with a not so nice topic of rape. It is still something that I believe will help people get through things that are going on. I will say the last two episodes were the hardest to watch because I cried a lot. I finished all of it in a week or two. 

The Keepers:

 I enjoyed this show, but it was difficult to watch the second episode. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I had to pause on the show because of what it talked about which was rape. I do think it’s necessary to watch, because it opened my eyes. It made me mad and sad about what happened. I finished all of the show in a week or two.

The Handmaid’s Tale:

I enjoyed this series a lot. It also made me think a lot about how we take things for granted, but the show also really made me feel bad because all I could imagine was what if this was how things were in our own time. It was definitely an eye opener. I will say it does portray rape as a major factor in this show, so if you’re not comfortable with that be warned. I really want to see season two. I finished this in a week because it was only 10 episodes.

Twin Peaks: 

I started watching a while ago, is but I realized it on Netflix and with the new season of the show going on currently. I was inspired to start watching it again. Its weird and quirky but really good. My mom was into it years ago when it first aired so that also made me want to watch. 

Shadowhunters:

I have watched this show since season one and I am currently watching the second part of season 2 right now. I am all caught up. I am living for Malec and Sebastian right now. I am a little disappointed in certain aspects but overall like the show and the characters. 

 

 

 

 

Book review- Into the Woods (Twisted Tales from the Jaw #1) No spoilers!

Into the Woods (Twisted Tales from the Jaw, #1)Into the Woods by Melanie McFarlane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

 

I received an ARC of this book directly from the author. All opinions are my own.

I thoroughly enjoyed these short stories. It was an easy read. I grew up reading Goosebumps and I really got that feeling of eeriness, creepiness from the stories. Some were creepier than others, but my favorite was the one about a plant. I don’t want to give away much but I didn’t see that coming… Anyway, I think these are appropriate for teenagers as well as adults. I think that there not overly scary, but something that gives you chills and makes you think well, that’s a bit creepy! I liked that we didn’t get any finish of the story so much as it left the story open to thinking about what would happen next. Which is why I got the Goosebumps vibe from these tales. I highly recommend. I will say I am pretty much a chicken when comes to scary stuff, but these didn’t scare me all that much just made me spooked. If you’re like me, you will survive reading this I promise! Which is good because otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to sleep at all.

 


This book will be releasing on June 27th, 2017. You can pre-order it on Amazon now.

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Rise By Sierra Cross blitz & giveaway!

Rise
Sierra Cross
(Coven of Fire, #1)
Publication date: June 15th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

I closed the door on magic long ago…the day it made me an orphan.

Ten years ago, the Coven of Fire sacrificed their lives—my mother among them—to hold off an overwhelming demonic force. Now it’s back.

As a poorly-paid bartender, how can any of this be my problem? But Callie, another orphan of that battle, swears I’m the key to reviving the coven. And there’s an incredibly sexy guardian stranded on my couch who’s promising to help me stop the demons and keep the veil between the realms standing.

One problem: I’ve never been able to use magic. Our local bad boy warlock assures me I have the talent, but even if I did, we don’t have enough witches to complete a coven. The only way to survive is to pull together this pack of magicborn misfits, who have more secrets than spells, into a makeshift coven.

Can we—three untrained witches, a sarcastic warlock, and an overly intense guardian—take back the city…before the demongate falls and the forces that killed my mother destroy us too?

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EXCERPT:

Startled, I flailed backward. Losing my grip on all six bottles. With a sickening crash they toppled to the stone floor, exploding on impact. The crisp smell of alcohol punctured the dank air.

My heart was still thundering, but I saw no one. “Who’s there?” I demanded.

A figure came into view. Not like he stepped out of the shadows…more like he materialized in front of me. Tall. Powerfully built. With short brown hair and a lean angular face covered in bruises and bloody scrapes. I could have drawn that rugged face, and all its battle scars, from memory.

I forced myself to look into his dark, knowing eyes. The eyes that I’d once allowed to see into my deepest grief. “Matt?” My voice came out higher, younger than I expected. “I didn’t think you were ever coming back.”

“Alexandra…kid, we need to talk.” Matt’s gravelly voice—a voice I hadn’t heard since I was fourteen years old—was low and serious. “I’ve waited over a year for you to come down here. Don’t know how much longer I can hold this form. So listen and don’t interrupt.”

I’d almost forgotten how bossy Matt could be for a ghost. Well, ethereal being anyway. Despite his torn T-shirt and jeans, he had a palpable air of authority, like some kind of rogue commando. The impatient blaze in his eyes would be intimidating, if I didn’t know him. Actually, it still was. But as blown away as I was to see him again, my life had changed since the last time he’d paid me an astral visit. Since then, I’d learned that I had no business interacting with supernatural beings.

“I’m not a kid anymore, Matt,” I said, as firmly as I could. “And I’m not part of your world. Look…you helped me back then, I’ll always be grateful. But I think it would be best if you left now.”

“That’s because you don’t have all the information yet.” He folded his muscular arms, which looked so real and powerful I had to remind myself that they, like the rest of his strapping body, weren’t physically here in the room but in another realm entirely. “Once you’re up to speed on the magical dangers facing our city—”

“Thanks, but I have enough problems to deal with. You know, in the real world.” I couldn’t bring myself to tell Matt that I’d been officially declared magically deficient. Not when he’d always referred to me as “the next coven leader,” after my mother. Instead, I glanced at the shards at my feet and shook my head in despair. Randy was definitely going to make me pay for these broken vodka bottles. Just add it to my tab. “Sorry, but you need to leave me alone, so I can deal with this, okay?”

I started upstairs to get the broom…but didn’t make it past the third step before his form appeared again on the next highest step. Inches between us.

“You have no idea what your real problems are, Alexandra.”

I froze.

Walk right through him, I told myself. You’ve done it before. But Matt’s chiseled face, swathed in desperation, held my full attention. Something had changed there since I last saw him—startling, given that he was incorporeal. In the last ten years, he hadn’t aged one hour. Funny, how I used to think of him as an older guy. Now he looked about my age. The dark purple bruises flowering along his square jaw hadn’t healed. Nor had the bloody gash down his pillowy lower lip—the one part of him that looked incongruously boyish. It was his eyes that had changed.

“I need your help, Alexandra.” His dark eyes, once warm and charming, burned with an urgency that put fear into my heart. “Please.”

 

Author Bio:

Spells and skyscrapers. Warriors and warlocks. Coven secrets and forbidden romances. Sierra Cross lives for urban fantasy, for modern magic and the bold supernatural beings who stalk our contemporary world. Her Spelldrift universe stars kickass witches and their heroic guardians, as well as vampires, shifters, mages, Fidei, and the dark demonic forces that threaten them all.

 

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Review of Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney (very mild spoilers!)

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Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Black Dawn

by Mallory McCartneyPublished by: Clean Reads Publishing

Published by: Clean Reads Publishing
Publication date: February 14th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Young Adult

The end of an Empire, The rise of a Queen

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory’s arrival she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.


I received this book in an ebook format to review from Xpresso Book Tours, so thanks for allowing me to read this book 🙂

Review:

I loved this book so much! It reminded me of The 100 and Divergent. I liked the characters. They were well written. I enjoyed getting to see points of views of different characters for each character similar to the different characters points of views from the 5th Wave series. Where you get to see things happening from different views of what’s occurring.
I thought it had a lot of twists and turns that occurred One moment everything seems okay and then boom something interesting happened. The ending had me shocked, and I honestly want to read the second book in this series right now. I need to know what is going to happen next right now.
I was instantly hooked on this story almost immediately. I thought the whole premise of the story was well thought out and I liked the whole futuristic outlook on the world. The main character, Emory made me go from feeling sorry for her and then at the end going what the heck? Why?..
I like that fact that there were really good friendships being told in the story, but also betrayals happening in this story it made fun and exciting. The powers the characters had were cool and the main bad guy Adair is a person who I would really like to hear more from in the next book. I will be awaiting book two!! please come soon.

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Monthly favorites: May 2017

monthly favorites

Music: 

  • Whatever It Takes- Imagine Dragons
  • Game of Survival – Ruelle
  • Heaven In Hiding- Halsey
  • The Other Side- Ruelle

Beauty/ Makeup: 

  • Hello Beautiful shea and vitamin e lotion from Bath and Body Works
  • Essence eyebrow designer in the color blonde 04
  • Essence eyeliner pen – Waterproof in the color black

TV shows: 

  • The Flash
  • How To Get Away With Murder
  • The Goldbergs
  • The Originals
  • The Keepers
  • Girl Boss

 

Fate of The Stars blitz & giveaway!

Fate of the Stars
Arwen Paris
Publication date: September 1st 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

When the fate of the world rests upon you…

Allison Delaney wants to spend her senior year healing from the loss of her father, to leave the shadows of his death and her junior year break-down behind. A Labor Day beach party seems like a good place to start…but there’s more danger lurking than anyone could imagine. Death is coming to Earth if the pods of infectious creatures aren’t stopped. But only one human can help…

To live or die is no longer a choice.

Eenoki is a protector of life but must have a sentient host to fight the invasion. A teenage girl would not be the best choice, but out of desperation Eenoki invades Allison’s mind and body, granting her unnatural abilities and strengths – and helping her escape certain death when the first wave of pods land.

As destruction rains down on Earth’s population, Allison realizes to save everyone, she must make the ultimate choice: Reject her human side and bond with Eenoki to become the Earth’s Priestess – or be killed along with the rest of humanity.

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EXCERPT:

Why would they come out here?

I stagger back, shaking as I remember my narrow escape from town, and the aliens’ hissing reaction to sound. I hobble to the pilothouse. “Pete!” I shout, twisting the handle. It refuses to turn. “Shut off the engines.” I beat on the door.

“What the hell this yellin’ about?” he shouts, throwing the door open at me. The other passengers scream. Pete turns toward the shore. “Oh my God.” He runs inside. Revving the motor, he swings us back out into the bay. A loud screech jabs my eardrums as metal grinds on metal, and the engines come to an abrupt stop.

“No. No!” Pete shouts, turning the key. There’s no reaction at all.

Over the wind and waves, an odd clicking sound makes my flesh crawl. We all stand motionless trying to identify it. The clicks grow louder, overlapping until they become shrill. Something strikes the hull with a heavy thud, and everyone jumps. Then another pound on the boat, and another. I can’t decide whether to search for the source of the noise or hide below. But I have to know, so I follow the sound to the rear of the ship. Bobbing on the waves is a human, his face streaked with a black oily residue that’s oozing from his nose and mouth. It resembles the oily residue I saw on the back of Bob’s neck. His eyes are opaque and dead. Nausea rises in my gut.

They didn’t die. I’m not sure what they are now, but they’re no longer human.

I’ve put everyone here in danger with my selfish request to go to shore, attracting their attention. I grow limp and drop my head back, staring up at the sky.

So close, a thin voice says, seemingly right in my ear. It’s the voice that warned me to run. Clenching my jaw, I lash out through my mind at the voice. So close to what, dying?

Discordant memories churn in my head. I close my eyes to still the illusions. A glow illuminates the back of my eyelids and warmth spreads through me.

You must see, Allison. The only way left to explain in time.

Author Bio:

Arwen Paris is the author of young adult fiction. Her debut YA Sci-fi Urban Fantasy novel FATE OF THE STARS releases September 1, 2017. The actions packed pages of her novels are filled with characters that are forced to face fears they never expected. When she’s not writing, you can see posts of her (too many) vacations that keep her sane. Arwen lives in Washington, has a big crazy family & after the day job, she writes Fiction For the Fearless – #F3Fanatic

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A review of Paramore’s new album After Laughter

I discovered Paramore years ago while I always heard of their songs on the radio and enjoyed them, I officially didn’t become a Paramore fan until they had Decode in the Twilight Saga Twilight soundtrack. After that, I became a huge fan of their music. I bought all of their albums and went on a listening spree. Ever since then I have been listening to them. Through all the shakeups of the band itself.

On to the review….

I absolutely love After Laughter, its a fresh new take on indie pop music and I love it honestly am living for it right now. I love all of the songs. They each tell a story and are beautifully told through this album. My favorites right off the back after listening to it about 5 times over would be Pools which I am obsessed with because of the background  noise of the song, Rose -Colored Boy which is a happy- make- you- want- to- dance song, Fake Happy which starts off as a sad ballad, and the goes into a more happier tone, Told You So is a really catchy song, and of course Hard Times as it was the first single out of their album to have a music video. Honestly, though I really like each song and they each have the band’s heart and soul in them.

Paramore is back and stronger than ever!!

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Elusive release day blitz!

 

 
Elusive by Ali Dean
Release Day Blitz
May 24, 2017
 
Kate Walker has a new identity. She’s escaped her past and lives a fairly normal life for a 22-year-old. She’s about to graduate college and bartends to pay the bills. But when her past begins to catch up with her, Kate’s reminded that normalcy is only a façade.

 

When unexpected events land her rooming with billionaire heirs Sebastian and Evan Webster, remaining reclusive becomes more difficult. As Kate fights her attraction to one Webster brother, she begins to wonder if living in hiding is really living at all.

 

Is her safety worth sacrificing a chance for love and friendships?

 

After all, safety may just be an illusion.

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Ali Dean lives in Colorado with her husband, twin toddlers, and golden retriever. In addition to reading and writing, she loves the outdoors- everything from marathon training and biking to snowboarding and skiing.

Everything, Everything movie review. Beware of Spoilers!!!

 

First off I want to say I never read this book before. I usually read the book before seeing the movie of a book adaptation, but I was unable this time around. I will be reading the book now because I am interested in what they left out. I actually really liked the storyline and the premise behind this tale. I honestly thought this was going to be like Me Before You or The Fault in Our Stars. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised that no one died in this film.  Just to be prepared, I brought a pack of tissues to the early screening I attended last week. I wasn’t sure that I would need them or not.

It was a really cute movie! I liked the characters and their story. However, there were somethings that did not add up. Like the fact that the main character Maddy played by Amanda Stenberg easily applies and gets a credit card just only turning 18 years old. Also the fact that when Maddy and Olly played by Nick Robinson take off to Hawaii they rent out what looks like a nice place and honestly looks like an Air B&B house. Let’s be real in order to book a nice house or condo you have to be at least 21 and there both 18 years old, so that wouldn’t add up. Also the fact that they show Olly in what seems to be a rental car. First off I believe you have to be 21 and show proof of insurance and a credit card in order to rent a car.

Even with those things on my mind about the movie. I still liked it well enough to recommend it. Hopefully, the book will explain some things that I feel needed more of an explanation.  As for the music played in the film. I really liked the songs they played in the background and I want to buy the soundtrack.

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