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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thrifty Thursday [273]

Happy Thursday everyone! I had jury duty yesterday, after a 4 hour wait my entire group got dismissed so yay!! Now to hope they don't call on me again for a few years. Think happy thoughts for me today though, I'm getting blood work to see if I can stay on my chronic hive medicine or not. It went bad last week so we're retesting to see if I have to stop :( I have a 5k this weekend and I think that's all that I've been up to lately haha

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 Please verify the cost of the books before you purchase in case a sale is no longer active.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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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

WoW [318] - 99 Lies by Rachel Vincent

Title: 99 Lies
Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: 100 Hours #2
Release Date: June 26th, 2018

Getting kidnapped over spring break was definitely memorable. But now that the surviving hostages are home, they want life to feel normal again: high school, dating, million-dollar galas.

But there’s no escaping the spotlight—or the truth about the ways they betrayed each other in the jungle. And this time, the real threat isn’t kidnappers—it’s what the “friends” might do to each other. 

Told from alternating perspectives, the high-stakes follow-up to 100 Hours delivers an explosive mix of nonstop action and romance as a group of Miami teens discovers that lies are nowhere near as dangerous as the truth.
Why I am waiting:
I'm glad to see that this one is coming out, it means I can start book 1 soon! This appears to be a duology so I'll probably just read/listen to these back to back. Have any of you read this one or book 1? I'd love to hear your thoughts if you have!

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Review: Stray Magic by Kelly Meding

Title: Stray Magic
Author: Kelly Meding
Series: Strays #1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: June 19th, 2018
Length: Novel (336 pages)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Free via Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars

Monday, June 18, 2018

New Releases 06/19/2018

Providence by Caroline Kepnes
Best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe share a bond so intense that it borders on the mystical. But before Jon can declare his love for his soul mate, he is kidnapped, his plans for a normal life permanently dashed.

Four years later, Chloe has finally given up hope of ever seeing Jon again. Then, a few months before graduation, Jon reappears. But he is different now: bigger, stronger, and with no memory of the time he was gone. Jon wants to pick up where he and Chloe left off . . . until the horrifying instant he realizes that he possesses strange powers that pose a grave threat to everyone he cares for. Afraid of hurting Chloe, Jon runs away, embarking on a journey for answers.

Meanwhile, in Providence, Rhode Island, healthy college students and townies with no connection to one another are suddenly, inexplicably dropping dead. A troubled detective prone to unexplainable hunches, Charles “Eggs” DeBenedictus suspects there’s a serial killer at work. But when he starts asking questions, Eggs is plunged into a whodunit worthy of his most outlandish obsessions.

In this dazzling new novel—and with an intense, mesmerizing voice—Caroline Kepnes makes keen and powerful observations about human connection and how love and identity can dangerously blur together.

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
When Wicked Comes Calling . . .

When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees—on one condition. She’s seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won’t accept a marriage without it.

The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain . . .

Bastard son of a duke and king of London’s dark streets, Devil has spent a lifetime wielding power and seizing opportunity, and the spinster wallflower is everything he needs to exact a revenge years in the making. All he must do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy.

For the Promise of Passion . . .

But there’s nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, who quickly decides she’d rather have Devil than another. Soon, Devil’s carefully laid plans are in chaos and he must choose between everything he's ever wanted . . . and the only thing he's ever desired.

Untamed Cowboy by Maisey Yates
In Gold Valley, Oregon, love might be hiding in plain sight…

Some things are too perfect to mess with. Bennett Dodge’s relationship with Kaylee Capshaw is one of them. They work together at their veterinary clinic and have been best friends for years. When Bennett’s world is rocked by the appearance of a son he didn’t know he had, he needs Kaylee more than ever. And he doesn’t want anything else to change. But then Kaylee kisses him, and nothing will ever be the same…

Kaylee’s done her best to keep her feelings for the man she’s loved since high school hidden away, but one unguarded moment changes everything, and now there’s no more denying the chemistry that burns between them. But the explosion of desire changes all the rules, and what’s left could destroy their bond—or bring them to a love that’s deeper than she ever imagined…

Friday, June 15, 2018

Review: How to Forget a Duke by Vivienne Lorret

Title: How to Forget a Duke
Author: Vivienne Lorret
Series: Misadventures in Matchmaking #1
Format: Ebook
Release Date: May 29th, 2018
Length: Novel (384 pages)
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Free via Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thrifty Thursday [272]

This has been a crazy week and I'll be happy for the upcoming weekend. Bella decided she wanted more play time with her humans and set off the security alarm at the house on Monday. This past weekend I started a new workout program and it's making me super sore but hopefully I see results after awhile! I hope you all have a great weekend and celebrate the fathers in your life!

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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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

WoW [317] - Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews

Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: The Iron Covenant #1
Release Date: June 26, 2018

No day is ordinary in a world where Technology and Magic compete for supremacy…But no matter which force is winning, in the apocalypse, a sword will always work. 

Hugh d’Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast. 

Elara Harper is a creature who should not exist. Her enemies call her Abomination; her people call her White Lady. Tasked with their protection, she's trapped between the magical heavyweights about to collide and plunge the state of Kentucky into a war that humans have no power to stop. Desperate to shield her people and their simple way of life, she would accept help from the devil himself—and Hugh d’Ambray might qualify. 

Hugh needs a base, Elara needs soldiers. Both are infamous for betraying their allies, so how can they create a believable alliance to meet the challenge of their enemies? 

As the prophet says: “It is better to marry than to burn.” 

Hugh and Elara may do both. 
Why I am waiting:
I'm always up for a new Ilona Andrews book, this one is going to be an instabuy for me. Hugh is going to make for an interesting lead because of all the stuff he did in the Kate Daniel's series.

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Review: Ain't She a Peach by Molly Harper

Title: Ain't She a Peach
Author: Molly Harper
Series: Southern Eclectic #2
Format: Ebook
Release Date: June 12th, 2018
Length: Novel (304 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Free via Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Monday, June 11, 2018

New Releases 06/12/2018

Starless by Jacqueline Carey
Jacqueline Carey is back with an amazing adventure not seen since her New York Times bestselling Kushiel's Legacy series. Lush and sensual, Starless introduces us to an epic world where exiled gods live among us, and a hero whose journey will resonate long after the last page is turned.

I was nine years old the first time I tried to kill a man...

Destined from birth to serve as protector of the princess Zariya, Khai is trained in the arts of killing and stealth by a warrior sect in the deep desert; yet there is one profound truth that has been withheld from him.

In the court of the Sun-Blessed, Khai must learn to navigate deadly intrigue and his own conflicted identity…but in the far reaches of the western seas, the dark god Miasmus is rising, intent on nothing less than wholesale destruction.

If Khai is to keep his soul’s twin Zariya alive, their only hope lies with an unlikely crew of prophecy-seekers on a journey that will take them farther beneath the starless skies than anyone can imagine.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Review: Betrayal by Aleatha Romig

Title: Betrayal
Author: Aleatha Romig
Series: Infidelity #1
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Samantha Prescott, Brian Pallino
Release Date: February 16th, 2016
Length: Novel (234 pages/7.5 hours)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.5-stars

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Thrifty Thursday [271]

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope you're having an amazing week so far and that you have a great weekend :) I've been busy knitting lately, I'm currently caught up with my monthly mystery knit along via Jimmy Beans Wool, it's for a bespeckled shawl we get a different color and pattern each month in the mail to add on. I also signed up for a Bubble RUN (5k) that will happen later this month. I'll probably wind up walking it with my sister in law and her friend since there's no way I can train to run the entire time before it gets here haha Oh and I got a jury duty summons for later this month, I'm hoping I don't get picked since I got summoned 2 years ago for a murder case (eek) and thankfully didn't get picked for that!

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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Free audiobooks this week via SYNC

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

WoW [316] - Venom in the Veins by Jennifer Estep

Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #17
Release Date: June 12th, 2018

Blood might be thicker than water, but venom is stronger than just about anything …

It was supposed to be a nice, quiet, simple dinner with friends—but nothing is ever nice, quiet, or simple when you’re Gin Blanco, the Spider, notorious assassin and current queen of the Ashland underworld.

This time around, someone seems to be targeting Stuart Mosley, the president of First Trust bank. Lots of people have grudges against Mosley, but the more I investigate, the more Mosley’s problems seem to be connected to some of my own, especially when it comes to the Circle, the evil, shadowy group that is secretly responsible for much of the crime and corruption in Ashland.

But when another blast from my dark and deadly past as the Spider comes to light, I wonder if I’ll be able to survive this dangerous new enemy, who has a burning thirst for revenge that will only be satisfied with one thing: my death.
Why I am waiting:
I love this series so it's going to be a must read for me! It has a good mix of paranormal and lots of action. I was a bit confused at first since I didn't see much promo and realized it looks like JEstep went indie on this one, I guess the publisher didn't renew the contract? Either way, I'm happy I get another book in this series so yay!!

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Title: Hounded
Author: Kevin Hearne
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #1
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Release Date: April 19th, 2011
Length: Novel (303 pages/8.1 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.5-stars

Monday, June 4, 2018

New Releases 06/05/2018

Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh
The highly anticipated sequel to New York Times bestselling Flame in the Mist--an addictive, sumptuous finale that will leave readers breathless from the bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn.

After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice--to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor's ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.

With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and the very safety of the empire.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Title: Hunted
Author: Meagan Spooner
Series: Standalone
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld, Will Damron
Release Date: March 14th, 2017
Length: Novel (335 pages/9.3 hours)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Source: Library
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars

Melissa's Review:

Hunted is a standalone novel that is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I've been in a retelling/YA Fantasy mood lately for some reason so I'm just rolling with it. This one was an interesting take of the story we all know and love and I'm glad I gave this a try.

We start off meeting Yeva (aka Beauty) when her father loses almost everything and he takes her and her sisters to live in a hunting cabin in the woods. Her father goes out for days on end to hunt and it's taking a toll on his mind so Yeva keeps the family together and brings back food and just keeps everyone alive while he's gone. After the father is gone a bit too long Yeva ventures out to find him fearing for the worst. She winds up getting captured by the Beast and with each passing day they grow closer and understanding one another, but not without some secrets. Some secrets are revealed and Yeva winds up going home only to find so much has changed with their lives. She can't get the Beast and his curse off her mind though so in an attempt to give him a happily ever after, she goes back to try to break the curse.

Hunted is a retelling that I'm so glad I grabbed in audiobook format. It was a fast listen that kept me intrigued with the unique twists the author added on the story. There were a few obvious things that took Yeva awhile to figure out when it was clear to me what would happen so that frustrated me a tad but overall I really enjoyed this book. I'll have to check out some of MSpooner's other novels when I'm back in the YA mood. If you're a fan of Beauty and the Beast retellings + YA give this one a try.