Wednesday, December 16, 2015

[Giveaway & Blog Hop] The Jingle Book Blog Hop


The Jingle Book Blog Hop

Happy holidays to you readers! For this Jingle Book Blog Hop (hosted by Fire and Ice Book Promos) I wasn't quite sure what to write that was Christmas related. I've never really been one to have the Christmas spirit or be excited for the holidays. Maybe that has something to do with growing up Catholic and having it shoved down my throat every year. 

But then I realize, one of my all time favorite family traditions was a Christmas one and I'm going to share it with you. 

I'll start off by saying that I started reading at a really early age. I somehow convinced my Dad to teach me to read at around 4 years old, before I even went to school. From there, I read everything I could get my hands on. Even to this day, I just love to learn. I would read shampoo bottles and soup can ingredients and junk mail and everything in between. 

Growing up, I only ever had one living grandparent and only one Christmas to go to each year. For our gifts each year, we got to choose one $20 gift card to any place of our choosing. Most of my cousins would choose places to get clothes or sporting goods stores. I've always been the youngest by more than 5 years and I was always a bit of a copier. But when it came to my Christmas gift, every year my grandmother would ask me what I wanted, and every year I would tell her the same thing: I was a gift card to Barnes & Noble. It was the only bookstore close to us. 

So even though I knew what I was getting in my little card each year, I would still be over the moon. It was the only time I was allowed to buy books for myself and I'd beg my mother to take me to the bookstore within days of getting the gift card for it. She would take me, and it would always be the last stop of the day. I'd sometimes spend hours deciding what to get and doing the math to see just how many I could take home. My wonderful mother would patiently wait the entire time without a word because I only got to do it once I year. 

And on the way home we would always stop and grandma's house so I could show her each book I picked out and what they were about. I was just so enthusiastic about getting new books I couldn't help but gush about what I was going to read first. Even to this day, my grandma and I share a special bond over books. I even recently taught her how to use her knew Kindle that she got a few Christmases ago, but she's decided to stick to real books.  I guess we know which side of the debate she landed on. 

I hope you all have a great holiday and enjoy the great prizes being offer on this blog hop. For mine, I'm offering any ebook you like (up to $10) for you to enjoy this holiday season.  

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

[Giveaway & Blog Hop] Best of 2015

2015 was a good year for me. I read a ton of great books, moved into a new house and made some great new friends. So to celebrate the year, I've jumped on the Best of 2015 Giveaway Hop hosted by Bookhounds. There were two books this year that topped my list. Whoever wins this giveaway will get to chose which one they would like to receive of the two.

Ferran's Map (The Cat's Eye #4) by T.L. Shreffler

The bloodmage Volcrian is dead, but a new enemy lurks in the shadows. The Shade, a fanatical cult of demonic assassins, is trying to resurrect the Dark God and unleash His power back into the world. In their wake, a deadly plague is spreading across the land.

Sora and her companions are the only ones who know of the plague’s true source. As the disease spreads, Sora must journey to the City of Crowns to retrieve The Book of the Named, her only hope of stopping The Shade. She and her companions arrive just in time for the winter solstice festival, a notorious two-weeks of fine wines, grand parties and legendary debauchery. Sora must don the guise of a noblewoman and infiltrate the First Tier nobility to stop The Shade before it’s too late.

Meanwhile, the assassin Crash is confronted by a ghost from his past. As he uncovers more of the Shade’s plot, he finds himself face-to-face with his old Grandmaster, the one who both trained and betrayed him. Can Crash lay to rest his past, or will he succumb to his inner demon and rejoin the man who once made him a killer?

My reviews of the books in this series: Sora's Quest & Viper's Creed, Volcrian's Hunt, Ferran's Map

Chase the Dark (Steel & Stone #1) by Annette Marie

Piper Griffiths wants one thing in life: To become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. There are precisely three obstacles in her way.The first is Lyre. Incubus. Hotter than hell and with a wicked streak to match. His greatest mission in life is to get Piper into bed and otherwise annoy the crap out of her. The second is Ash. Draconian. Powerful. Dangerous. He knows too much and reveals nothing. Also, disturbingly attractive — and scary. Did she mention scary?

The third is the Sahar Stone. Top secret magical weapon of mass destruction. Previously hidden in her Consulate until thieves broke in, went on a murder spree, and disappeared with the weapon.

And they left Piper to take the fall for their crimes.

Now she’s on the run, her dreams of becoming a Consul shattered and every daemon in the city gunning to kill her. She’s dead on her own, but there’s no one she can trust — no one except two entirely untrustworthy daemons... See problems one and two.

Piper Griffiths wants one thing in life: To become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. There are precisely three obstacles in her way.


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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

[Blitz] Mystical

Mystical (Mystical, #1)

by Michael Weekly 

Release Date: December 8, 2015
Limitless Publishing
240 pages

Summary from Goodreads:

When Eliza Rose found out she was a witch, she thought she’d be casting spells…

However, it turns out Eliza is on her way to becoming a mystical assassin. But first she has to start college with her best friend Dawn Roberts and her feline familiar Jared. If you think college is stressful, try finding your best friend being seduced—nearly to death—by a venomous fairy. Something is horribly wrong, and Eliza must find out what it is.

Knowing who’s who in the Mystical world can be a burden—or save her life…

Murderous mermaids, seductive fairies, and manipulative elves are terrifying enough, but pure witches can become corrupt…and they’re the most dangerous creatures of all. Eliza struggles to discover the source of this chaos, but is repeatedly attacked—and saved by a shadowy figure. On a very personal note, Eliza must learn whether corruption is beginning to claim her mother.

Her strongest ally might be handsome, enigmatic Donovan—but he is hiding a shocking secret…

Donovan wants nothing to do with his old gang—not after the things they’d made him do. But when he meets Eliza, he’s both frustrated by her amateur skills and impressed by her emerging strength, and he feels compelled to help her grow into the assassin she’s meant to be.

Every answer has a price, and there are beings born to corrupt the pure.

Eliza fights to master her skills before it’s too late, while Donovan must determine whether Eliza can be saved…or if she must die to keep her out of the hands of those who would use her powers to reign over all of Mystical.

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I don’t know what caused me to not be afraid of falling to my death, but my reflexes were just dying to be used and enabled me to react swiftly. I see David’s fangs above me as he darts for my chest. I roll over as the sharp teeth pierce the stairway I was just at seconds before.

I cover my head with my purse to block his next attack. Venom seeps through my bag’s fabric. I side kick the monster’s body and proceed to climb down the staircase as fast as I can, but I trip over my heels and stumble down the steps.

I feel wetness around the knuckles of my fingers. The feeling burns and sizzles my skin. I glance at my hands and see David’s slender tongue around them. He tightens his grip and flings me off the handles I’m holding on to. I grunt as I land on my back with my head slamming into the metal underneath me.

He slams his thick tail through the air, aiming for my body. His tail begins to coil around my body, constricting me. I close my eyes and roll to my side. I am too slow and begin to choke from the intense pain he is causing me.

My dagger is on the ground next to me. I glance at my weapon and at David. Stacy is out of sight. She must have run away. I reach out for my weapon, managing to get it before he snaps my thin body. His venomous slobber falls down on the ground. Hi
s eyes are filled with corruption, evil, confusion, and anger. He watches my every m
ove. Then he releases me and swings his tail, breaking another piece off the stairs.

I feel like we’re going to fall and he’s breaking the staircase on purpose. He might survive this, but I know I won’t, so I need to stop his plan. I twirl my dagger between my fingers. My bushy hair flows behind me as I run.

I dive for him, aiming for his throat.

His sharp tail wraps around my sides and holds me in the air. He makes a sound as if he is laughing. I grunt in pain as he holds me. My eyes are burning. I
smell David’s vinegar flesh tearing apart. His grip loosens as I stab the back of his

The mystic falls down against me as the staircase rips apart.

About Michael Weekly

Michael believes he is a mad scientist experimenting with his own imagination. He enjoys world building and having alluring conversations with his stubborn characters.

He is your author of The Mystical Trilogy, Casso and TESTED. Specializing in many genres such as Fantasy, Urban Fiction, Dystopian, Young and New Adult. Most of his inspirations come from fairy-tales, music, and his curious what ifs.

You can find him anywhere to snuggling in a comfy seat with hot cocoa Netflix binging, or taking a soothing walk along the forest lines. Possibly diving in a tank with sharks, but that would be too insane.

He is a shopaholic east coaster living in Virginia with his fury companion Coco. Where the two live happily ever after.

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

2015 year in review survey

So I stumbled upon this fun little end of the year survey created by Perpetual Page Turner. Click to link to check out the other participants or if you want to do the survey yourself. 2015 has been an interesting year for me and it's nice to look back and what I've done and how to improve in the next year. Links are either to my own reviews or to their Goodreads summaries. 

2015 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 55 so far
Number of Re-Reads: About 10. I tend to re-read when I can't decide on something new, or if I'm sticking to a budget.
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best in books

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

Ferran's Map by T.L. Shreffler

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Sin Eater's Daughter. I actually DNF'ed it. I seem to be one of the few people who didn't like it, but there are no words to describe my level of disappointment in this book.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

Poison by Lan Chan. I thought I knew where this book was going, but I was just so wrong. *applause*

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I'm pretty sure no one listens to me. But if anyone did listen to any of my recommendations, thank you!

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Steel & Stone by Annette Marie

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Elise Kova (Air Awakens)

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Touch by Melissa Haag. I don't usually do Paranormal Romance.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Poison by Lan Chan

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace. I'm eagerly awaiting book two.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Storm Siren by Mary Weber

11. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
Nothing really knocked me off my feet this year.

12. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
Masque of Red Death by Bethany Griffin. It was on my TBR list forever but I always passed on it for some reason. Definitely should have read it sooner.

13. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

"I will learn the truth. Even if I have to destroy him to get it." - The Wrath & The Dawn

14.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: Drip Drop Teardrop by Samantha Young
Longest: The Queen of the Tearling by Erica Johansen

15. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Sora and Crash of the Cat's Eye series will always have a place in my heart.

16. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

17. Best 2015 debut you read?

From the Ashes by Shelby K. Morrison

18. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Harbinger by Peta Crake

19. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
The Beastly Tales series by M.J. Haag. It was heartbreaking, but in a good way.

20. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Forbidden by Selene Charles

21. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
The Last Necromancer by C.J. Archer. The author managed to weave fantasy, sci fi and the tale of Frankenstein all into one novel.

22. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Fire Falling by Elise Kova. I'm mad I have to wait until 2016 to find out what happens. That cliffhanger!! Why, Elise? WHYYY?

Your blogging/bookish life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
Olivia's Catastophe

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

Ferran's Map by T.L. Shreffler

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

10 tips for asking a blogger to review your book

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? Memorial Day Read-A-Thon. It was the first Read-A-Thon I've ever done, and even thought I failed miserably, it was a lot of fun.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015? Winning 12 books from the Spring Fling YA giveaway. That's right... TWELVE

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? I am an over-commiter. I work full time, part time, just launched a freelance editing business, play in three sports leagues, have a new puppy and somehow I think I can still manage to post to the blog on daily basis.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? 10 tips for asking a blogger to review your book

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My birthday post!

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? I discovered the amazing public library system my cities have. I say cities because it's a group of four cities divided by the Mississippi river, two are on the Iowa side and two in Illinois. A single library card gains you access to about 10 different public libraries, regardless of which city you live in.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? I failed miserable at everything I signed up for. #2016goals

Looking ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Burning Glass by Katheryn Purdie

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

The Skylighter by Becky Wallace

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016? My biggest goal during 2016 is to be consistency with posting and to be realistic with how many books I can read and review.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone: I've only read two books set to be published in 2016. I wouldn't recommend either.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

[Guest Post]


Always a Reader First

 by Beth Hammond

I’m a writer but I’m always a reader first. Why? Because I’m a firm believer that you must love reading to write well. Does this mean I love all books? Absolutely not. Does this mean that all of the books that I don’t like are not well written? Unequivocally no.

Writing is art. Do we all go into an art gallery and love the same paintings? Do we
listen to music and decide the same song is our favorite? Nope. And quite frankly life
would be boring if we all produced the same art, loved the same things.

I liken choice of books to appetite. Color or flavor palate both work well for this illustration.

I’m in the mood for the blue hues of sadness, or the savory flavor of a lamenting tale.

Throw in some tones of yellow, sweet hints of honey and a dash of green tart apple.

Lively orange banter leaves a tangy burst, my mind refreshed and ready for the deep lavender, robust, and perhaps a bit bitter tragedy.

Please do include a smidgen or more of the polka-dot pastel, fruit and spice humor. Or make it smart humor with bold tartan stripes and perhaps nutmeg undertones.

Silly humor can be served as pink lemonade, a bit too colorful and a tad too sugary. 

Tone that down with a silver and white interlude crisp with mint, a poignant moment of revelation. I’m left standing in a winter drift. The mint still clings to my tongue as the snow falls around me.

But then I feel it, the warm glow of fire bringing with it the smell of brewed spiced tea. The ending, it warps me in its arms and all of the colors and flavors coalesce into an experience that was unique. It was mine. And it was fulfilling.

It was paper with splotches of ink. The ink held shapes. The shapes were words. But it was more. It was a new world. I was somewhere else, someone else. I could see it, hear it, taste it…feel it.

What is the key to unlock the door, the elusive blockade that keeps us from writing a story that will bring a reader to their knees?


About Beth Hammond

Beth Hammond is an author/illustrator who writes anything from YA fantasy to children's picture books. She is a wife, mother, and lover of life. Her early years were  spent serving in the military, middle years spent raising babies, and figuring out her place  in the world. Her later years are yet to come, and filled with hopes and endless dreams. She spends her days creating worlds through words and illustration. “Don’t write what you think will sell. Write what you want to read.” – Beth Hammond

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The Sound of Stones

If you want perfection, I’m not your girl. If you want a sappy love story, move along and I wish you well. But if you’re looking for a fantasy that tells a tale reminiscent of classics like “The Never Ending Story” then we might be twins. Wait, what color shirt are you wearing?

Oh, and one more thing, if ridiculous humor thrown in at the most awkward moments makes you roll your eyes, don’t read this book. You’re welcome.

Goodreads summary

The ancient book about the past holds the future. Frankie is the key.

She doesn’t remember stopping at the used bookstore, but there she stands as if drawn by an unseen force. Anticipation wraps around her like a cocoon. When she opens the door, the wind nudges her through, and expectancy turns to purpose. The man inside, and the book he offers, changes everything. Unusual things happen when she begins to read:

In a time long forgotten, people are held captive by half human creatures. Ashra holds a secret close to her heart, and must discover the purpose of her gift before the oppressed human race is destroyed. An unlikely ally comes to her aid. Strangers bring her a message from a far off land. Ashra and her band of misfits set off in search of answers. Together, they find love, uncover mysteries from the past, face ever present danger, and hone powers they never knew they had.

Frankie and Ashra are separated by millennia, by fiction and reality, but in the end the barrier shatters. 

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

[Review & Giveaway] The Deep Beneath

The Deep Beneath (H.A.L.F.)

by Natalie Wright

H.A.L.F. #1
Publish date: January 7, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Rating: 4/5

Goodreads summary

H.A.L.F. 9 has taken his first breath of desert air and his first steps in the human world. Created to be a weapon, he proved too powerful for his makers and has lived a sedated life hidden from humans. But H.A.L.F. 9 has escaped the underground lab he called home, and the sedation has worn off. He has never been more alive. More powerful. Or more deadly.

Erika Holt longs to ride her motorcycle east until pavement meets shore. She bides her time until graduation when she’ll say adios to the trailer she shares with her alcoholic mother and memories of her dead father. But a typical night in the desert with friends thrusts Erika into a situation more dangerous than she ever imagined.

Circumstances push the two together, and each must make a fateful choice. Will Erika help H.A.L.F. 9 despite her “don’t get involved” rule? And will H.A.L.F. 9 let Erika live even though he was trained to kill?

The two may need to forget their rules and training and if either is to survive the dangers of the deep beneath them.

My thoughts

For some reason when I was looking at this book, I thought it was going to be similar to the Lux series. With aliens, superpowers and an awesome cast. Turns outs I was wrong in so many ways and yet right at the same time. It has all the above things, but that's where the similarities end. 

I'm not much for prologues in most stories. I always read them, but don't always find them necessary. This is an exception. This prologue is written from the point of view of the surrogate mother as she's about to give birth to something she knows isn't quite human. I was hooked from page one with some great writing and just a fantastic background to the story. 

In short, The Deep Beneath is a story about what it means to be human. The relationships we make, our purpose in life and the journey to discover who we are. The Deep Beneath is the story of an alien hybrid discovering what it means to be free.... if he can stay out of the hands of the government and the H.A.L.F. program.

What I liked. The complexity of the story was really what hooked me. It isn't just about H.A.L.F. 9, our teen alien hybrid, or Erika, the heroine who can't help but be curious about him. It's about the alien landing in 1947 and the coming war the captured aliens alluded was coming. It's about everyone involved with the program, from doctors to the head of the program, Commander Sturgis. 

That leads me to my next point. The supporting cast of characters. The Deep Beneath is written from multiple POVs, adding to the depth of the story. You just get a better feel for what they're thinking and what motivates them. Even Sturgis. You learn about why she does the things she does and it makes you have conflicted feeling for her. She's not your typical antagonist who is black and white.  

What I thought could be improved. Some of the relationships between a few characters were a bit underdeveloped. Erika and Jack were supposed to be in a semi-serious relationship right before the book starts, and she keeps thinking of her feelings for him throughout their ordeal. But I never really got her interest in him. Jack, quite frankly, was boring to me. I could have done without his character all together. At least Ian provided comedic relief. Jack is just kind of there. But in the end, it doesn't really detract from the story as a whole. 

Final rating is a four out of five stars for good writing and an intriguing story line. 

** I was provided a copy of this book in return for an honest review

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About Natalie Wright

Natalie is the author of H.A.L.F., a young adult science fiction series, and The Akasha Chronicles, a young adult fantasy trilogy. She lives in the high desert of Tucson, Arizona with her husband, tween daughter, and two young cats.

Natalie spends her time writing, reading, gaming, geeking out over nerd culture and cool science, hanging out on social media, and meeting readers and fans at festivals and comic cons throughout the western United States. She likes to walk in the desert, snorkel in warm waters, travel, and share excellent food and conversation with awesome people. She was raised an Ohio farm girl, lives in the desert Southwest, and dreams of living in a big city high rise.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

[Review & Giveaway] The Last Necromancer

The Last Necromancer

by C.J. Archer

The Ministry of Curiosities #1
Publish date: August 11, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult
Rating: 4/5

Goodreads summary

Victorian London: For five years, Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man. Charlie hasn’t raised a spirit since she first discovered she could do so five years ago. That time, her father banished her. This time, she brings even more trouble upon herself.

People are now hunting Charlie all over London, but only one man succeeds in capturing her.

Lincoln Fitzroy is the mysterious head of a secret organization on the trail of a madman who needs a necromancer to control his newly “made” creatures. There was only one known necromancer in the world – Charlotte – but now there appears to be two. Lincoln captures the willful Charlie in the hopes the boy will lead him to Charlotte. But what happens when he discovers the boy is in fact the young woman he’s been searching for all along? And will she agree to work for the man who held her against her will, and for an organization she doesn’t trust?

Because Lincoln and his ministry might be just as dangerous as the madman they’re hunting.

My thoughts

I love all things fantasy and paranormal. Give me magic, werewolves, demons, vampires and everything in between all day, every day. But for some reason things like necromancy and zombies just don't do it for me. I don't even like The Walking Dead (I hear you all gasping, but it just doesn't do it for me). 

However, for whatever reason, when I read the blurb for The Last Necromancer by C.J. Archer my first response was, "Gimme, gimme, gimme." I always love the idea of strong heroine who manages to survive on her own. Which is exactly what Charlie did for the first five years after being thrown out of her father's house for accidentally bringing her dead mother to life. 

Whatever I thought about this book in the beginning, my expectations were taken and thrown out the window. Since I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, I'll just say that C.J. Archer manages to tie in an old, classic story that's I've always been fascinated with. Imagine my delight when it popped up completely unexpected. 

Now, on to the review technicals. 

What I liked. The characters. Charlie is the type of person we would expect her to be. She strong, a bit hard headed and does trust people very easily. She's also scared to death of her necromancy powers and tries her hardest to never use them. These are the kind of heroines I love to read about. They're tough, yet they doubt themselves from time to time. They try to make the best of bad situations, but in the end they're really good at heart. 

Lincoln was an enigma and kept me guessing at every turn. Once the book ended I found myself wanting to know more about him and what he does. We only scratch the surface of his character in this first book. I want to know more about his past and what makes him tick.

The writing is absolutely fantastic. It's descriptive and does an excellent job of showing, not telling, the reader what's happening. It's pretty obvious she's no novice writer. After I did some Internet stalking, I found out she's got a bunch of other books that I will be adding to my TBR list. 

What I thought could be improved. I really would have liked to see the relationship between Charlie and Lincoln develop a little bit more. To me, it's not much of a romance (and maybe it's not supposed to be yet). From the synopsis, I was expecting there to be some romance. It was really more about one character's fascination/obsession with the other. 

The big reveal about Charlie's past was a bit obvious. I guessed it well before we were supposed to find out. And I was totally OK with that. I like to guess about certain things sometimes and I sometimes I turn out to be right. 

Overall. This was definitely one of my favorite books so far this year. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because I loved the characters and they kept me guessing from page to page. Don't make me wait too long for book two, C.J.!

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About C.J. Archer

C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two with her writing. Under her other name of Carolyn Scott, she has published contemporary short stories in women’s magazines, and she also writes romantic mystery novels under this name.

She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. She has won and placed in romance writing contests including winning RWAustralia’s Emerald Award in 2008 for the manuscript that went on to be released under the title HONOR BOUND. C.J. spent her early childhood in the dramatic beauty of outback Queensland, Australia, but now lives in suburban Melbourne with her husband and two children.

To be notified when C.J. releases a new book, subscribe to her newsletter from her website. She only sends out the newsletter when she releases a new book, and never spams.

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