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Monday, February 29, 2016

February Recap

It's been a super busy month for me! I'm finally all settled into my new apartment and read several awesome books this month *happy dance* Hope you all had a nice February :)

February Reviews:
Some Girls Bite - Chloe Neill  4 stars
Sweep in Peace - Ilona Andrews  4.5 stars
Friday Night Bites - Chloe Neill  4 stars
Written in Red - Anne Bishop  5 stars
Bitter Bite - Jennifer Estep  4 stars
Hidden Bodies - Caroline Kepnes  3 stars
Menagerie - Rachel Vincent  4.5 stars

New Releases 03/01/2016

Tall, Dark, Billionaire Texan - Mandy Baxter
Some men are too good to resist.
But are they too good to be true?

In The Billionaire Cowboy, Ryder is a rough-riding cattle baron. When a gorgeous, feisty veterinarian arrives at the ranch, he meets the one spirit he can’t tame. And now he will do anything to show her what he’s really made of…

Dallas Cowboy Jase is a pro at charming women, including the hot waitress he meets in The Billion Dollar Player. But when their passionate encounter inspires Jase to do better on the field, he can’t help but wonder: Are his days as a player numbered?

Rock star Luke has enough money and groupies to last forever. But when his wild life wears him down, he goes home in search of the one woman who’s ever meant anything to him. But will she see past his fame and love him for who he really is in Rocked by the Billionaire?

In The Billionaire Sheriff, Noah pulls shifts in the police department. He doesn’t need the money, but he wants to make a contribution. So when beautiful bar owner Naomi lands in trouble, Noah is eager to help her out...and offer protection in his strong, loving arms…

Friday, February 26, 2016

Review: Menagerie

Title: Menagerie
Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: Menagerie #1
Format: Hardback
Release Date: September 29th, 2015
Length: Novel (429 pages)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.5-stars

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thrifty Thursday [153]

Thrifty Thursday is a post all about cheap and/or free ebooks. Please verify the cost of the books before you purchase in case a sale is no longer active. Enjoy!

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Phoenix Rising - Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
Brazen - Maya Banks
Guarding His Obsession - Alexa Riley

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

WoW [197] - Marked in Flesh

Title: Marked in Flesh
Author: Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #4
Release Date: March 8th 2016

For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and within their community...

Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.

But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs…
Why I am waiting:
This series always sparks my interest, and the reviews seem to be positive for each book. One day I'll read them! Let me know if you've enjoyed the previous books in this series!

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Review: Hidden Bodies

Title: Hidden Bodies
Author: Caroline Kepnes
Series: You #2
Format: ebook
Release Date: February 23rd, 2016
Length: Novel (448 pages)
Genre: Thriller
Source: Publisher
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.0-stars

Monday, February 22, 2016

New Releases 02/23/2016

The Power - Jennifer L. Armentrout
With any great change, there is always strife, and the Covenant University has become the frontline between pure-bloods who want the Breed Order reinstated and the half-bloods who want the right to control their own destinies.
Fate has other plans.

The violence is escalating and war between the races seems inevitable, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. Hyperion may be out of commission, but Josie and Seth know they have only earned a reprieve. Seth must get Josie fully prepared, which means controlling her newfound abilities, and they need to find the other demigods before the Titans do.
But the gods are sensing a greater threat.

Only one thing is more dangerous than a bunch of starved Titans, and that’s an out-of-control Apollyon. The aether in Josie is drawing Seth in deeper, and when lust mixes with love and gives way to power, he knows being close to her is not only dangerous to her, but to everyone around them, but letting her go requires a level of selflessness that just isn’t Seth’s style.

The paths taken in the past are becoming the roads of the future.

Just as chaos breaks out, familiar faces from the past return, complicating the already strained bond between Josie and Seth, and when the danger from the Titans erupts with devastating consequences, the dark allure of power calls to Seth again, but this time Josie might not be able to pull him back.

And when the struggle between power and love becomes the deadliest battleground, there may be no salvation.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Review: Bitter Bite

Title: Bitter Bite
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #14
Format: Ebook
Release Date: February 23rd, 2016
Length: Novel (400 pages)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Thrifty Thursday [152]

Thrifty Thursday is a post all about cheap and/or free ebooks. Please verify the cost of the books before you purchase in case a sale is no longer active. Enjoy!

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Six of Hearts - L.H. Cosway
Undercover Gorgon - R. L. Naquin
Tamed By The Outlaw - Michelle Sharp

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

WoW [196] - Bitter Bite

Title: Bitter Bite
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #14
Release Date: February 23rd 2016

Which is stronger: blood ties or a battle-tested friendship?

It’s not easy being queen bee of an underworld abuzz with crooks and killers. Wielding my potent Ice and Stone elemental magic will only get me so far—my real secret is my tight-knit makeshift family, a motley crew of cops and criminals, dwarves and playboys. My foster brother Finnegan Lane is my right-hand man, but when his suddenly not-dead relative comes back into the picture, I’m the one on the outside looking in.

It’s funny how life works: one minute your best friend is rock-steady, and the next he’s doe-eyed and buying into this whole loving-relative routine to the point of ignoring you. I’d like to be happy for Finn, I really would. But all of my instincts are telling me that beneath the syrupy sweet demeanor and old-fashioned charm, this sudden interloper is planning something. The whole shtick leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. This person might have avoided the grave once, but I’ll put anyone who hurts Finn in the ground—for good.
Why I am waiting:
I feel like this series has pretty good fight scenes in each book, but every now and then you have THE big bad villain. I have a feeling this is either going to be one of those or leading up to it. I can't wait!

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Quanta Reset by Lola Dodge

I'm so happy to be one of the bloggers sharing the cover reveal for Lola Dodge's upcoming release, Quanta Reset. I've loved the other books in this series, so this one will be a must read for me. And can we talk about how much I love the cover artist and how they did the hair? So pretty!



Title: Quanta Reset
Author: Lola Dodge
Series: The Shadow Ravens #3
Release Date: October 4th 2016
Length: Novel (388 pages)
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Monday, February 15, 2016

Moving week is finally here!



*goes into panic mode* Moving day managed to sneak up on me but I *think* I have everything ready. In case you don't know already, I'm moving into a new apartment (YAY!) and won't have the internet for a few days (BOO!). I hope that I'll have it tomorrow, but who knows. Things will be a bit crazy and hectic for me so I've scheduled this week's posts in advance but might not be able to return blog visits / comments for a few days. Think calm thoughts for me since I'm ready to pull my hair out :P

If for some reason you need me, email me! melissa [at] lilyelement [dot] com




Update: 2/17/16
Managed to move most of the stuff over to the new place! Tired and sore, and sadly without functional internet. Will try to get a few blog visits in during breaks at work ;)

New Releases 02/16/2016

Love Me Tenor - Annabeth Albert
There’s no way he’ll shake this off…

Trevor Daniels is feeling aimless. A recent college grad, he’s not sure what to do with his useless degree, and his family all but abandoned him after he revealed the truth about himself. But a friend’s suggestion that he take his chances on a reality show aimed at finding the next big boy band strikes a chord with him—until the show’s producers convince him to act like he’s in a relationship with a guy who’s not at all his type. It isn’t exactly love at first sight for Jalen Smith either—but lust just might push them in an unexpected direction. If only their secrets weren’t even more twisted than their sheets, threatening to cost them the win—and each other…

Friday, February 12, 2016

Review: Written in Red

Title: Written in Red
Author: Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #1
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Alexandra Harris
Release Date: March 5th, 2013
Length: Novel (514 pages/18.5 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Gifted, thanks Loupe @ Hot Listens!
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 5.0-stars

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thrifty Thursday [151]

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Dirty Angels - Karina Halle

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WoW [195] - Firstlife

Title: Firstlife
Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Everlife #1
Release Date: February 23rd, 2016

ONE CHOICE.

TWO REALMS.

NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…
Why I am waiting:
I love GShowalter books! While this one isn't an Alice in Wonderland retelling it looks like it will be a must read.

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Review: Friday Night Bites

Title: Friday Night Bites
Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #2
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Cynthia Holloway
Release Date: January 10, 2011
Length: Novel (372 pages/11.7 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Monday, February 8, 2016

New Releases 02/09/2016

Leaving Yesterday - Zoe Dawson
Rafferty Hamilton doesn’t plan on putting down roots anytime soon. With her divorce final, the hotel heiress has left Manhattan behind to scout new locations for her family’s chain of resorts. Which is why it’s so frustrating to be stranded in Laurel Falls while a good-looking, slow-talking, Stetson-wearing mechanic takes his sweet time with her overheated coupe.

A decorated vet who paid his dues in Afghanistan, Trace Black can fix anything with an engine and get it revving—even Rafferty’s ridiculous sports car. He couldn’t say the same for the knockout driver, who looks like she’s never gripped a gear shaft in her life. Women like Rafferty don’t usually stick around in Laurel Falls, but Trace finds himself showing her everything his hometown has to offer before she cruises on down the road.

As the days pass, Rafferty finds herself charmed by the pace of life and the openhearted warmth of the residents. She’s even tempted to trust again—and it’s all thanks to Trace. He’s not the kind of guy she’s used to falling for, but he just might be the man she needs.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Review: Sweep in Peace

Title: Sweep in Peace
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #2
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Renee Raudman
Release Date: December 15, 2015
Length: Novel (315 pages/10.8 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.5-stars

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thrifty Thursday [150]

Thrifty Thursday is a post all about cheap and/or free ebooks. Please verify the cost of the books before you purchase in case a sale is no longer active. Enjoy!

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HOLD - Cora Brent
Vegas Baby - Winter Renshaw
Blank - Cassie Wild

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WoW [194] - The Hunt

Title: The Hunt
Author: Chuck Wendig
Series: Atlanta Burns #2
Release Date: February 9th, 2016

It’s Atlanta’s senior year of high school, and she is officially infamous. Not only has she saved herself from a predator, brought down an untouchable dogfighting ring, and battled a pack of high-school bullies, but she’s also proclaimed to the Internet her willingness to fight for anyone who needs help. And Atlanta can’t believe what’s coming out of the woodwork. From an old friend to a troop of troubled girls with connections to a local fracking company, there’s definitely fire in the water. As always, the girl with the unforgettable name is not afraid to burn it all down if it means making things right. But as high school races toward its inevitable end and the hornets begin to swarm from all directions, Atlanta must decide how much of herself and her growing group of friends she is willing to risk…before it’s too late.
Why I am waiting:
I already know this is going to be a must read for me. CWendig writes some twisted stuff that is too good to miss out on. Thanks Anya for getting me book one in this series <3

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Review: Some Girls Bite

Title: Some Girls Bite
Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #1
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Cynthia Holloway
Release Date: December 23, 2010
Length: Novel (356 pages/11.2 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Monday, February 1, 2016

New Releases 02/02/2016

Wickedly Powerful - Deborah Blake
Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…

The only thing more fiery than Bella Young’s red hair is her temper. She knows that a Baba Yaga’s power without strict control can leave the people she cares about burned, so to protect her heart—and everyone around her—the only company she keeps is her dragon-turned-Norwegian-Forest-cat, Koshka.

But when Bella is tasked with discovering who’s setting magical fires throughout Wyoming’s Black Hills, she finds herself working closely with former hotshots firefighter Sam Corbett—and falling hard for his quiet strength and charm.

Sam may bear the scars of his past, but Bella can see beyond them and would do anything to help him heal. Only before she can rescue her Prince Charming, she’ll have to overcome the mysterious foe setting the forest fires—a truly wicked witch who wields as much power and even more anger than Bella…