Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young


Hardcover352 pages
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Wednesday Books
ISBN: 1250168457

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OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
 









Sky in the Deep was an addictive, enthralling, and captivating novel! THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED! THIS IS THE FEMALE VIKING BOOK I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!!!

Eelyn, the main character, was such a badass yet completely relatable character. There was so much depth to her character and I loved the development she had throughout the story. She was such a dynamic and well thought out character that I loved immensely. I wish more YA characters were like her. I am trying to avoid spoilers about Eelyn, but just know that she is incredible and everyone will love her. EELYN IS MY WARRIOR QUEEN THAT I WILL WORSHIP FOREVER!!! SHE IS A BADASS THAT WILL NOT BE TOLD WHAT TO DO AND WILL FIGHT FOR WHAT SHE BELIEVES IN!!! I LOVE HER!!!





I don't want to spoil anything about the plot of this book, because this is definitely one of those books where it is better going in knowing nothing. The whirlwind plot of this book mesmerized me and kept me glued to the pages. The book was perfectly paced so that even during the scenes with no action, I still felt the high-stakes pressure! Also, the inclusion of the Vikings and their clans was SO INTERESTING. I loved learning about the different clans and the wars going on between them. I was completely engrossed by the world and the characters. 

The action scenes in this book were EPIC! I GENUINELY FELT LIKE I WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BATTLES AND I COULD VISUALIZE THE BADASSERY TAKING PLACE RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES! Adrienne clearly has a talent for writing, especially epic battle scenes. 

It wouldn't be a book review if I didn't talk about the romance, and LORDY I LOVED THE ROMANCE. The romance in this book was a slow-burning enemies-to-lovers type romance. I ATE THIS ROMANCE UP! The romance was passionate, sexy, and perfectly paced. The romance wasn't a huge plot point, which was nice because it never took over the main plot of the story. The relationship was something small on the side that only enhanced the plot, which is the best kind of romance in a fantasy book. GIVE ME MORE OF THE SLOW-BURNING PERFECTION OF THIS COUPLE, PLEASE!!!





I could go on and on about this book, but I don't want to drone on or accidentally spoil anything. So, if you are looking for a gripping YA novel with Vikings, badass women, relationships that punch you in the feels, unforgettable characters, and an enemies-to-lovers romance, THEN THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!

5 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza


Title: The Girl In The Ice
Series: Detective Erika Foster #1
 Author: Robert Bryndza 
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: April 24, 2018 




Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one. 

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. 

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London. 

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding? 

As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika. 

The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?









“She only looked surprised when my hands had been on her throat for longer than a minute. It was then that she realised she was going to die.” 

I have seen the cover of The Girl In The Ice for a couple of years now. It has been on my TBR as well and I was happily surprised to find out it was available on NetGalley. So of course, I HAD to request it. 

The Girl In The Ice is the first book in the Detective Erika Foster series. 

The prologue pulled me right into the story. A young woman, Andrea Douglas-Brown has been abducted and later on found murdered under the ice of a South London park. Her father is Lord Douglas-Brown, a very influential man. 

DCI Erika Foster is called back to work and ordered to take command of the investigation by Chief Superintendent Marsh. She's a seasoned detective who has been away from the force after her last investigation ended badly. During her last raid, her husband Mark perished and Erika has not recovered from her loss. Getting back to work can help her focus on something else, and for this she's thankful. 

As the investigation progresses and leads start pilling up suggesting the work of a serial killer, Erika continues to find herself in murky waters. Her superiors and the Douglas-Brown family are impeding her investigation at every turn. Still, Erika won't be deterred. The five dead women are counting on her and she won't let them down.

Very good beginning into a police thriller series. I read a lot of them and it's always nice to see another good series beginning to take form. Mr. Bryndza does a good job creating relatable characters. As with other series, the main character is damaged. She also makes some hasty decisions that endanger her life but how else can we find the killer sometimes, right?

The Girl In The Ice had a cohesive storyline with a fast-paced action who kept this reader going. 

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Rome's Chance by Joanna Wylde


From New York Times Bestselling author Joanna Wylde comes ROME’S CHANCE, a new novella in her Reapers MCseries, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!


Title: Rome's Chance 
Series: Reapers MC #6.6
Author:  Joanna Wylde 
Release Date: April 24, 2018 
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated





From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Joanna Wylde comes a new story in her Reapers MC series…
Rome McGuire knew he was in trouble the first time he saw her.
She was sweet and pretty and just about perfect in every way. She was also too young and innocent for the Reapers Motorcycle Club. He did the right thing, and walked away.
The second time, he couldn’t resist tasting her.
Gorgeous and smart, fun and full of wonder, she jumped on his bike and would’ve followed him anywhere. Still, she deserved a shot at happiness somewhere bigger and better than a town like Hallies Falls. Walking away wasn’t so easy that time, but her family needed her and he had a job to do.
When she came around a third time, he’d had enough. Randi Whittaker had been given two chances to escape, and now it was time for Rome to take his.
This time, the only way Randi would be leaving Hallies Falls was on the back of Rome’s bike.









“Randi?” I froze, because I knew that voice.
Rome McGuire.
The sound was rough and sexy, with just a hint of a growl. Deeper than it’d been eight years ago, when I’d thrown caution to the wind and hopped on the back of his motorcycle for one glorious night.
Back then, I’d still been a shy little thing, terrified that some hot biker might actually want to talk to me, let alone take me out. When I caught him watching me at the party, I remembered studying the floor, his shirt collar, even the beer in my plastic cup, because I hadn’t known what to do with myself around such raw male glory. Apparently some things never change, because when I turned to face him, I found myself staring at the floor again.
This was a mistake, because his feet were down there. And the battered, black leather boots he wore led to jeans-covered legs. Legs topped by thick, muscular thighs.
Stop it. You’re acting like a giant dork! My brain hissed.
Oblivious and mesmerized, my gaze rose to the faded denim around his fly, and it was all over. My eyes started tracing the folds of the Okanogan Fire and Rescue T-shirt covering his still-muscular chest, although the Reapers Motorcycle Club vest he wore was a change. Back then, he’d been hanging around the Nighthawk Raiders MC. That whole club had disappeared for reasons I’d never fully understood, and the Reapers had taken over the town shortly afterward. Apparently Rome was one of them now.
Interesting…
I’d always wondered what’d happened to Rome after I’d left. We’d never said goodbye. That summer, the wildfires had swept through so fast that my family had to evacuate with the clothes on our backs. We hadn’t bothered to come back and sift through the ashes.
I’d kept in touch with my old boss, Tinker, of course.
I’d even considered asking her about Rome, but in some ways those fires were the best thing that ever happened to me. Starting over meant starting college in Missoula, and then a whole new life.
Wasn’t like Rome and I could’ve ever been anything real, anyway. Guys like him weren’t for girls like me.
My gaze reached his neck, which bristled with thick, black stubble that was more than a little out of control—this was different from when I’d known him before. Not that he’d ever been baby-faced, but he’d definitely matured. Now there were a few wrinkles around those dark blue eyes, although the dimple was still there. So was the crooked smile that’d spontaneously combusted my panties.
Correction.
A crooked smile that was currently combusting my panties. Who knew that a supermarket could be such dangerous territory?
“Been a long time,” he said. I shrugged, unsure what to say. I mean, yeah, we’d gone out on a date. He’d kissed me and wow… Not that we’d gotten much past second base, but he’d scored a home run in the lower deck of my ballpark, if you know what I mean. But he was one of thoseguys—you know, the kind of guys who hit lots of home runs with lots of girls.
“Yeah, well…” My words trailed off.

















Joanna Wylde started her writing career in journalism, working in two daily newspapers as both a reporter and editor. Her career has included many different jobs, from managing a homeless shelter to running her own freelance writing business, where she took on projects ranging from fundraising to ghostwriting for academics. During 2012 she got her first Kindle reader as a gift and discovered the indie writing revolution taking place online. Not long afterward she started cutting back her client list to work on Reaper’s Property, her breakout book. It was published in January 2013, marking the beginning of a new career writing fiction.
Joanna lives in the mountains of northern Idaho with her family.




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Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1)
by Laura Sebastian


Hardcover432 pages
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 1524767069





Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess--a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn't always won on the battlefield.

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.



 






Ash Princess felt like a book I have read before. There was a girl trying to get her throne back from the villain who stole it, said girl then got the help of a rebellion to take back the throne, and there was a love triangle. So, the bare bones of this book felt very similar to a lot of other YA fantasy novels. However, I still found myself entertained by this story. There was still an addictive quality to this book even though it wasn't completely unique.

Overall, I thought this book was well paced and did a good job at keeping my interest. The beginning of this book was a little hard to get into because of all of the information that was introduced, but thankfully, as the book went on, the info-dumps stopped. Throughout the book, I always felt the needed to find out what was going to happen next to the characters and how they were going to overcome the dramatic obstacles thrown their way. 

This book had A LOT of violence, which got pretty gory at times. I admire that the author took a risk and wrote a YA book that was so dark and violent. It definitely isn't an easy thing to do, but I think the author handled it in a way that kept those scenes interesting and tense. There are also themes of slavery, torture, beatings, rape, and racism in this book. This definitely isn't a light and fluffy book, Ash Princess had many dark elements. Those elements were hard to read about at times. Even though the characters stood up to their abusers, the book felt so dark that was kind of difficult to see the hope even in those moments.

The love triangle was an element in this story that was not excited about. I had to try really hard not roll my eyes when I realized a love triangle was being introduced. I, just like most readers, find love triangles so overdone and unrealistic. So, I was really disappointed that a love triangle was present in this book. That being said, I think the author managed to make two relationships that were kind of compelling and interesting in different ways. Do I like love triangles? No, but did I find this love triangle sort of intriguing? Yes. I was not obsessed with the idea of a love triangle in this story, but I will admit that I am curious to see how it will continue to develop. 

Ash Princess is definitely a dark and page-turning book that readers can get invested in. If you are someone who is a fan of the YA tropes that were presented in this book, then I think it is definitely worth your while to check this book out. 

3 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Sergio by Natasha Knight






Title: Sergio: A Dark Mafia Romance
Author: Natasha Knight
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: April 23, 2018






I’m the first-born son of the mafia king. The favorite. Destined to rule, I’m a dangerous man, a ruthless one. But in my world, you have to be.

Then Natalie stumbles into my life. Wrong place. Wrong time.

Twice, fate put her in my path.
Twice, fate placed the innocent lamb at the mercy of the monster.

I gave her a chance to walk away. Told her it would be better for her if she did.
But she didn’t listen.
And now it’s too late.
Because I’m not good. I never wanted to be. And I won’t let her go anymore. See, I’m not the hero. When I touch her, it’s with dirty hands.

I know my reckoning is coming though. I know I’ll burn for the things I’ve done, the sins I’ve committed. And I don’t deny hell is where I belong, but I want my time first. I want my time with her.

She’s mine.
Forever.
No matter what.

Author’s Note: Sergio: a Dark Mafia Romance is an intensely emotional, steamy and dark standalone romance set in the Benedetti Brothers Mafia world. Be prepared: this is not a traditional romance.










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USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance, Natasha Knight specializes in dark, tortured heroes. Happily-Ever-Afters are almost always guaranteed, but she likes to put her characters through hell to get them there. She’s evil like that.






Friday, April 20, 2018

The Hardest Fall by Ella Maise






Title: The Hardest Fall
Author: Ella Maise
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: April 18, 2018






The first time you meet someone, you make eye contact. You smile, say hello. Should be simple, if you’re anyone but me. The first time I met Dylan Reed, I found myself making eye contact with a different part of his body. You see, I’m very good at being shy, not to mention extremely well-versed in rambling nonsense and, unfortunately, rather highly skilled at making a fool of myself in front of a guy I’m attracted to.

At the time, I knew nothing about him and thought none of what I said would matter since I’d never speak to him again. Turns out, I was very wrong. He was the star wide receiver of the football team, one of the few players expected to make it into the NFL, and I ended up seeing him all over campus.
I might have also propositioned him, run away from him, attacked him with a cooking utensil…and…uh, maybe I shouldn’t tell you all of it. It’s pretty normal stuff, things you’d expect…from me. Eventually, the time came when I couldn’t hide anymore—not that he’d have let me even if I tried.
Before now, he never knew I was secretly watching him. Now that we see each other every day, he knows when I have a hard time looking away. It doesn’t help that I’m not the most subtle person in the world either.

He smiles at me and tells me he finds me fascinating because of my quirks. I can’t even tell him that I think my heart beats differently whenever he’s around.

He thinks we’re going to be best friends. I think I have a big thing for him, and the more I get to know him, the more I don’t care that I’m not allowed to be his friend, let alone fall for him.

The thing is, that’s exactly what I’m doing—what we’re doing, I think.

Falling.

Hard.











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Sassy Little Thing by Bella Jewel



Title: Sassy Little Thing
Series: Iron Fury MC #4
Author: Bella Jewel
Genre: Romance
Release Date: April 20, 2018



People, in my opinion, don’t take happiness seriously enough.
They go through life, constantly trying to please other people.
I do, however, take my happiness seriously.
Very seriously.
But, when things in my life, go suddenly south, I am left with more than one choice.
Do what’s right, or do what’s wrong?
That, on any normal day, would be an easy choice for me.
I’ll do whatever I need to keep my life flowing with happiness.
But when it comes to love, everything changes.
And him.
I love him.
Which means I have to correct my wrong doings.
I need him to forgive me.
I need money.
It’s the only way.
When a job for a live-in maid comes up, with excellent pay, I jump at the chance.
When I realize it’s for the member of a Motorcycle Club, I still don’t back down.
Even if it means I have to live with and work for, one of the hottest, broodiest and most difficult men I’ve ever met.
I’ll do whatever it takes.
Only, I don’t expect to actually like him.
The mysterious biker.
The one who I seem drawn to.
And now I have a real problem.
Do what’s right, or let my heart take me where it wishes?
Two men. Once choice.
Things are about to get very, very complicated.









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Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.