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Wonderland Wednesdays: Bound by Duty by Stormy Smith

Published March 18, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Bound by Duty (Bound, #1)

Title- Bound to Duty

Author– Stormy Smith

Publisher- Perfect Storm Publishing, LLC

Amazon-   http://goo.gl/5nlz0X

Book Summery:

Amelia grew up in a world of half-truths. She knows she’s an Elder but has no idea what that means. Her father reminds her daily that she must maintain control but he refuses to explain why. Even worse, she’s betrothed to the prince of the Immortals and she doesn’t even know his name.

Finally breaking free to live a few normal years at a community college, the last thing Amelia expects is to find her best friend in a cheeky Southern girl and to fall for a self-assured human who sees her for who she is and not what she’ll be.

As she learns more about herself, Amelia realizes the line between love and duty is a thin one. As her power continues to increase exponentially and her questions are slowly answered, Amelia must make the ultimate choice. The question is, will her head or her heart win the battle?

My Thoughts:

When I first found out I needed to read this book before the blog tour for Bound by Spells, I looked at the amount of pages and I panicked a bit. Thinking there was no way I could read both books in three days. Boy was I wrong! Once I started reading Bound by Duty, I was hooked and read the whole book in a day. I just could not put it down and it was such a quick and easy read.

Amelia has left her family and begun college, where she wants to be a normal college student. The only problem is that she is not a normal college student; instead she is a very important Mage, Mages and immortal beings that have different powers. She also is arranged to marry the prince, but when she falls in love she is faced with a huge choice, while still learning how to manage her powers.

In the beginning I thought I was going to get confused since some Mages (immortals) had different eye colors. I thought they would have different powers, I’m still not too sure if they do or not, so I began making lists and taking notes. After reading I decided that Ms. Smith does a great job writing that I never really found myself confused.

It was quite interesting seeing how Amelia’s powers are triggered and feeling she gets around certain people. She also has such great relationships with her brother and friends. There was one person in the book I kind of questioned and I was very surprised that I was right on the money with him. Even though I guessed a couple things in the book, I was very surprised by others and I cannot wait to read the second book!!

Pre- Release Blitz: BOUND BY SPELLS by Stormy Smith

Published March 11, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog



We’re getting excited about the release of BOUND BY SPELLS by Stormy Smith! Check out the teasers and giveaway below!

BOUND BY SPELLS (Bound 2) by Stormy Smith
Mature YA Paranormal Romance
Release: March 19, 2015
Blurb:

Aidan Montgomery hadn’t been prepared for Amelia Bradbury to walk in and then out of his life. He also hadn’t expected to find the powerful magic hidden deep within him for the last nineteen years, but he’s embracing it — finding more control and more answers every day. Now, with the help of Amelia’s best friend, Bethany, Aidan is on a quest to understand his destiny and find Amelia.

Amelia decided to stand by her duty, which meant walking away from her first chance at love. Trapped in Cresthaven at the Queen’s mercy, she spends her days with Micah — an ally she still holds at arm’s length — struggling to manage her heartbreak while keeping her mind focused on the task at hand. As she continues to unlock the secrets of the Keeper power, Queen Julia’s true motives reveal themselves, forcing Amelia to decide, yet again, how much she’s willing to sacrifice.

Will Aidan get to Amelia before it’s too late, or will the very power that sustains them keep them apart?

“Featuring a cast of mages and shapeshifters with unique magical abilities, one destiny-shaping prophecy, a genocidal megalomaniac, and a budding, heated romance (or two!), this book is paranormal gold! Read the first book in the series first, of course, but once you finish this one you’re sure to be salivating for the next release in this not-to-be-missed romantic paranormal series.” ~Serena Chase, USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog, author of The Ryn

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About the Author:

Stormy Smith calls Iowa’s capital home now, but was raised in a tiny town in the Southeast corner of the state. She grew to love books honestly, having a mom that read voraciously and instilled that same love in her. She knew quickly that stories of fantasy were her favorite, and even as an adult gravitates toward paranormal stories in any form.

Writing a book had never been an aspiration, but suddenly the story was there and couldn’t be stopped. When she isn’t working on, or thinking about, her books, Stormy’s favorite places include bar patios, live music shows, her yoga mat or anywhere she can relax with her husband or girlfriends.

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Wonderland Wednesdays: Red by Alyxandra Harvey

Published March 4, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Red

Title- Red

Author- Alyxandra Harvey

Publisher– Entangled Teen

Release Date– March 10th

Amazon–   http://goo.gl/SkRnEv

BOOK SUMMERY:

Bad girls burn hot…

Red is the color of Kia Alcott’s hair.
It’s her temper, which blazes hot and always gets Kia into way too much trouble.
And it’s the color of fire. Fires that Kia can start…just by thinking about them.

When her latest “episode” gets her kicked out of school, Kia is shipped off to her grandmother, who works for the wealthy Blackwoods. It’s an estate shrouded in secrets, surrounded by rules, and presided over by a family that is far from normal…including the gorgeous and insolent Ethan Blackwood.

Ethan knows far more about the dangers of the forest surrounding the estate than Kia can ever imagine. For this forest has teeth, and Ethan is charged with protecting the outside world from its vicious mysteries.

But inside, even the most vibrant shade of red doesn’t stand a chance against the dark secrets of the Blackwood family…

MY THOUGHTS:

This book wasn’t anything that I thought it would be, I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. This was such a great concept and had so much potential. Alyxandra Harvey did a great job developing characters in this very imaginative story.

I liked that this book was a duel POV otherwise I don’t think I would like Ethan as much as I did. There was so much going on in his head and he was torn in what he believed/ wanted to do. Kia was very likeable and just trying to figure out what is going on inside of her and about the boy who likes in the house she is staying at, Ethan. I was not of fan of a couple characters; the author did a great job in making me dislike certain people.

One thing that was in the way of me fully enjoying this story was the fact that in the beginning I was very confused and thought I missed a huge chuck of the story. I think I might have reread the first 10% about five times, and nope I didn’t miss a thing. It wasn’t until the middle/end that I fully understood what was going on. I also felt as though the ending was a bit rushed, that was so much that went on in such a small amount of time. I think that these character’s stories are not finished yet! I hope to see maybe a series come out of this.

Wonderland Wednesdays: Locked in Stone by Tory Michaels

Published February 25, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Locked in Stone (Hearts of Stone #1)

Title- Locked in Stone

Author- Tory Michaels

Publisher– Entangled Publishing

Release Date- February 23, 2015

Amazon-  http://goo.gl/EdoQGL

BOOK SUMMERY:

Her enemy is her only hope…

Rose Johnson’s adoptive mother was murdered, and Rose is next. She may be the last gargoyle in the world—the last being who stands between this world and the evils of Otherworld. In order to keep her existence a continued secret, Rose needs to find the stone that holds her adoptive mother’s soul. Which means enlisting the help of her enemies the Sentinels…

Sentinel Cal Levesque never forgave himself for failing Rose’s family years ago. Seeing Rose alive is shock enough, until the stunningly beautiful gargoyle attacks him upon sight. As they strike an uneasy peace—and unexpected and escalating attraction—Cal knows he’ll have to tell Rose who really betrayed her family. And with Rose’s life in greater danger than ever, Cal has a chance to make up for the past…as long he doesn’t fall in love.

 MY THOUGHTS:

Now that I have been reading more and more paranormal this is the first time that I have read a book about gargoyles, Locked in Stone defiantly gave me a new outlook on gargoyles. Also, if you are a paranormal fan, there are the same magical being in this book as well, there’s a little bit of everything and I like that.

This was a very interesting concept that had me engaged from the very beginning. Once I started reading I didn’t want to put it down, and the fact that it was about 200 pages made it easy to do that. It was the perfect read for my snow day!

I also like that this book didn’t dwell on the romance side of the book. It was a back drop to the bigger story. Yes, there was a hero and a heroine and they had a huge attraction to each other, but there was this huge story alongside it. There were three scenes with A LOT of action in it, that’s always entertaining.

I really hope there’s more to Rose and Cal’s story; I think there’s so much more that can happen. Also, fingers crossed it’s in their POVs like this book was.

Wonderland Wednesday: Centaur Legacy By Nancy Straight

Published February 18, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Centaur Legacy (Touched, #2)

Title- Centaur Legacy

Author- Nancy Straight

Publisher- Smashwords

Release Date- Already Released

Amazon-   http://goo.gl/jQF0YS

BOOK SUMMERY:

Camille and Drake are on the run from the head of the Centaur Council, seeking the mythical pasture of Thessaly and a family heirloom that may keep them safe. As their journey progresses from the rolling hills of Ireland to the snow covered forests of South Dakota, Cami learns more about her mother’s secrets, including a twin brother and a Centaur legacy that puts a death warrant on her entire family.

Camille and Drake don’t know who to trust or where to hide. Camille’s family is quick to come to her aid, but who among them can be trusted?

A supernatural benefactor forces Drake to choose between being the man he wants to be and the Centaur warrior Camille needs him to be.

 MY THOUGHTS:

I think by now we all know by now how much I love reading novels by Nancy. She has a way in engaging me thought out the whole book. I don’t think of her books, just as romances, they are so much more. The romance is in the book yes, but I also think there’s an amazing plot in each of her books. Time flies by while reading her books and before I know it, I’m finished!

Centaur Legacy starts where we left off Drake and Camille are on the run hiding from her grandmother. I love these two together; I am so glad that they ended up together. Though out this book, I felt their connection even more. They are definitely a team that I am rooting for.

We learned a little more about Camille’s brother, Beau, and I really enjoyed his story line. Beau went through a lot and had a lot to figure out and I like how things ended for him. It was nice to be able to relate to the other characters in the book through their storylines; Nancy does a really great job in having the multiple POV to accomplish this.

I have always been a huge fan of mythology and learning about them. I think that is another reason why I like these books so much. Nancy did a great job incorporating more if it in Centaur Legacy. She did this by not only having centaurs in the book, but also having the character interact and refer to numerous gods.

Wonderland Wednesdays: Greta and the Glass Kingdom by Chloe Jacobs

Published February 11, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Greta and the Glass Kingdom (Mylena Chronicles, #2)

Title- Greta and the Glass Kingdom

Author- Chloe Jacobs

Publisher- Entangled Publishing

Amazon-   http://goo.gl/GKrYU2

BOOK SUMMERY:

Once upon a dark time…

Greta the human bounty hunter never quite fit into the shadowed, icy world of Mylena. Yet she’s managed to defeat the demon Agramon and win the love of the darkly intense Goblin King, Isaac. Now Isaac wants her to rule by his side—a human queen. And the very announcement is enough to incite rebellion…

To make matters worse, defeating Agramon left Greta tainted with a dark magick. Its unclean power threatens to destroy her and everything she loves. With the Goblin King’s life and the very peace of Mylena at stake, Greta must find a cure and fast.

Her only hope lies with the strange, elusive faeries in the Glass Kingdom…if she can get there before the evil within her destroys everything.

MY THOUGHTS:

Not when she’d finally realized how rare and special what they’d started together was. No king and queen anywhere were going to be as good together as they would be. She was finally going to prove that not only was she good enough for Isaac and good enough to stay in Myena, she was good enough to rule Myena.”

My second grade class has been working on their fairy tale unit in Language Arts where they have been writing their own twists on the fairy tale of their choice. So, I way beyond excited to receive an ARC of Greta and the Glass Kingdom! I loved reading the first book and I think I loved this one even more!

Ms. Jacob again does a great job illustrating this new world. I could really imagine and see all the different settings and creatures, she described in vivid colorful images.

This installment was very action packed from the very beginning!! This of course made me keep reading on. Poor Greta and Isaac, they cannot catch a break, I don’t think things could have gotten any worse than it did for these two. I do like that Greta never gave up, she is such a strong character and has changed so much!!

The ending of this story was great too!!! I hope I do not need to wait too long to find out what happens next for all the character! I even think there might be a second romance brewing, but I’m not positive.

Wonderland Wednesdays: Atlantis Rising by Gloria Craw

Published January 21, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Atlantis Rising

Title- Atlantis Rising

Author- Gloria Craw

Release Date- January 6th, 2015

Amazon- http://goo.gl/zJvZAU

Book Summery:

I am different. I have always been different, but no one can know or my life will be in danger. So I hide in plain sight, wearing drab clothes and thick glasses and trying to be invisible. I’m so good at hiding, no one has ever noticed me. Until Ian…the mysterious and oh-so-cute boy I know I need to avoid.

Now I have been seen. And more terrifying still, I am wanted—by those who would protect me and those who would destroy everything and everyone I love. But if they’re all terrified about who I am, wait until they see what I can do…

My Review:

“My time in foster care had taught me the heartache of losing someone I loved. With all the other uncertainties in my life I just couldn’t go down that road”

I thought Atlantis Rising was a very intriguing idea; it took me a little time to get into the story. After I figured out what was going on I could not put the book down. I wanted to know more of what was going on in Alison’s life but also her species as a whole. I always like to look for character development while reading and I defiantly saw some in with in Alison and her friends.

I also liked that I was wrong about some things in the story and didn’t see some of the twists; I was surprised about whom the mole in the story was and I was wrong about Connor, Alison’s lab partner.

Ms. Craw did a great job in writing a story that engaged me until the very end and I truly hope there is another book in the series. I would love to see what is in store for Alison and her friends next!!!