Sunday, September 17, 2017

FairyLoot Unboxing: August 2017 ► Otherworlds

It's finally time for my unboxing of FairyLoot's august 'Otherworlds' box. It ended up being my favorite box so far, even surpassing my previous favorite which was January's box. So obviously I was super happy with all the items inside. It couldn't have been better for me. So yay!
Below you will find the unboxing and seperate pictures of all the goodies so you guys can get a better look at them.

The unboxing:

All the items together. ♥

Exclusive Witchsoul Candle 'withsoul Mara' by Book and Nook

Exclusive Fictional Worlds Sleeping Mask by FairyLoot

Exclusive Handmade Velaris Pendant Necklace by Oh Panda Eyes

Exclusive Westeros Tea Strainer by FairyLoot

Exclusive Neverland Notebook hand painted by T.J. Lubrano

Exclusive Lord of the Rings Magnetic Bookmarks by Paperly and Co.

Exclusive Northern Lights art print by Melissa Nettleship

Bonus Items:

Godsgrave Sampler (including poster), Blackwing sampler + tattoo, Mini Backdrop Dicount Coupon

My favorite item ended up being the Westeros tea strainer because I'm a huge Game of Thrones fan and I'm addicted to tea. So that was a really great item for me. 

What item from this box do you like?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Stacking The Shelves: September 16, 2017

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly bookish meme hosted @ Tynga's Reviews & Reading Reality.

A small book haul this week. As always on friday I got two free Hourly History books (you can get them too if you sign up for their newsletter) and two books for review. The Murderer's Maid is for the blog tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. Looking forward to that!

(still free on Amazon)
(still free on Amazon)

For Review:
Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst
The Murderer's Maid by Erika Mailman

Which of these books do you think look interesting? Let me know your thoughts.

Have a great weekend, everyone! ♥

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: Flame Kissed by Alexis Radcliff

Title: Flame Kisses
Author: Alexis Radcliff
Series: Seeking the Dragon #1

Publication: August 18th 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult
Purchase Link: Amazon
Rating: 3/5

On a romantic night at a ski lodge, 17 year-old Ella Denton has the perfect opportunity to finally confess her feelings to her long-time crush, Nick Gauss, before she goes off to college. But before she has the chance, everything goes horribly wrong: Ella is kidnapped by a mysterious grinning monster-man to the heart of the Ether-Realm, a magical land with a strange red sky at the nexus of all possible worlds. She is placed in chains and taken to a golden city ruled by the dark and brooding dragon prince, Kaden Kolrath, and told that she is now his slave.

It seems her fate is now to be lost forever in a strange land far from home, never to return to Nick or her family back home in Havery Falls. That is, until Ella discovers she carries a mysterious spark of power… a spark that could change everything, forever.

Flame Kissed is the first book in Alexis Radcliff’s exciting new fantasy romance serial, Seeking the Dragon. It’s a short, 15,000-word novella perfect to knock out in a single, quiet evening, and one of five total episodes.

Flame Kissed by Alexis Radcliff is the first in a 5-book series of shorter novellas. I can't say it was my most favorite story I have ever read but I did think it was a nice starter book and I really liked the whole concept of it.

To keep it short, the story is about 17 year-old Ella Denton who's on a trip with family and friends at a ski lodge when she gets kidnapped by a sinister man and taken to the Ether-Realm, which is (like the synopsis says) a magical land with a strange red sky at the nexus of all possible worlds. Sounds intriguing, right?

I easily read the story in one sitting (on a pretty short train ride even), which was really great. I also feel like I should say that you shouldn't let the 47 pages of the book fool you. I thought it had some good character and world developement for such a short book. A lot of short stories I've read don't have that type of developement so that was really great obviously. 

The story and especially the end definitely made me crave more. I'm curious to see where the story takes Ella next. I can't wait to meet the dragon prince! 

About Alexis
Alexis Radcliff is an author, gamer, and history junkie who lives in the Portland area with her husband and a very fluffy, very surly cat.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Rocco by Sarah Castille

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting On Wednesday hosted at Breaking the Spine.

Rocco by Sarah Castille
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by St. Martin's Paperbacks

Mafia enforcer Rocco De Lucchi is the best in the business.

Cold, hard, and utterly ruthless, Rocco is the most dangerous of men. Feelings are a luxury he cannot afford—until a chance encounter brings him face to face with the only woman who found her way into his heart and touched his soul.

Grace Mantini has spent her whole life running from the mob. The daughter of the boss's right-hand man, she is both a prize and a target. When Rocco walks back into her life, she wants nothing to do with the man who betrayed her and broke her heart. But only Rocco can protect her from the dangerous forces that seek to destroy her family. Can they escape the hands of fate closing around them? Or will love be the kiss of death for them both?

“Castille [gives] readers the compelling romance they crave.”—RT Book Reviews

Rocco is one of my favorite characters in this series so I'm really happy he's finally getting his story in the third Ruin & Revenge book. I hope it's just as suspenseful and steamy as the two previous books were.

The other books in the series:
Nico ~ 5 stars {Review}
Luca ~ 3 stars {Review}

Monday, September 11, 2017

Review: Indebted by Inger Iversen

Title: Indebted: 'Til Death Do Us Part
Author: Inger Iversen
Series: Teal & Trent #3
Publication: September 28th 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Rating: 4.5/5 

The second I heard the rumble of the motorcycles hauling ass down my street, I knew my past had officially come back to fuck me in the ass—hard and deep.

Trent watched as Teal stared out of the front door into the darkened eyes of a debt he swore to keep years earlier. The little confessional he’d had with her months back revealed the majority of his secrets, but once again, like the fool he was, he’d held his deepest, darkest secret just beyond her reach. He’d thought to protect her from the man he could have become—from the sex, lies, and drugs that could have consumed his life. The second his vow walked through the door pushing past his woman and eying him like a fucking dart eyes a bull’s-eye, Trent new life came to a complete and utter stop. Now, his daughter and wife were in danger and Trent would stop at nothing to keep them safe.

Indebted by Inger Iversen was in one word: amazeballs! It even ended up being my favorite Teal and Trent book so far. What I love about these books is that they're very easy to read. I took my sweet time and read it in three days but I could've easily read it in one sitting, I think. I loved it!

The first six chapters of the story took place six years ago so we get a little more backstory about Trent in those days. We get to see how he becomes Indebted to a motorcycle club and six years later when he's finally settled with Teal and their daughter Emma they come to collect.

I didn't realize until I had finished the book that actually a lot happened through out the story. It isn't just about the MC coming to collect Trent's debt to them, it also involved some personal things for Trent, like finally meeting his son. I've been hoping this would happen!

The suspense level was definitely kicked up a notch with Indebted, I thought. I was almost biting my nails at some points because I have such a soft spot for Teal and Trent. I just wanted them to be okay. And as always I loved that Katie and Logan made appearances with their kids (SO ADORABLE).

Overall, Indebted: 'Til Death Do Us Part by Inger Iversen had danger, suspense, steamy romance and a great cast of characters. Basically all the thing I'm looking for in a good contemporary romance book.  

Order of books:
Incarcerated: Letters from Inmate 92510   -Katie & Logan {My Review} 
Inevitable: Love and War - 2/28/2015        -Teal & Trent 1 {My Review}
Indelible: Beneath His Ink - 12/12/2016    -Teal & Trent 2 {My Review}
Rogue in Love - 3/28/2017 *standalone*   -Thea & Lex {My Review}
Open Wounds - 6/28/2017 *standalone*     -Hope & Abel {My Review}
Indebted: Til Death Do us Part 9/28/2017  -Teal & Trent 3 {This Review}
Weathered Souls 12/28/2017 *standalone* -Ivory & Eric

About Inger
Inger Iversen is an American author residing in Virginia. She lives for bringing her fictional characters from darkness to light through self-discovery and passion. From her emotionally gripping, new adult Few Are Angels series that builds in intensity and intrigue to a finale you won’t see coming, to her international bestselling interracial romance dubbed “one of the most emotionally gripping” books of the summer, Inger breathes life into her fiction through her enthusiasm and devotion to writing. Her influences range from life experiences and daydreams, Inger spends her time in the writing cave and fantasizing of the day she can figure out how to Weird Science her characters to life.
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