Book Spotlight February: Soulmated (Joining of Souls #1) By Shaila Patel

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Title: Soulmated (Joining of Souls #1)

Author: Shaila Patel

Genre: Ya Science Fiction/Fantasy, Romance, and Mysteries/Thriller

Release date: January 24th 2017

Publisher:  Month9Books

 

SOULMATED Summary: 

 

All eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan—an Irish royal empath—wants to do is stop the frustrating search for the elusive girl destined to be his soul mate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and give the couple legendary powers, painting a bullseye on Liam’s back—and hers.

 

All Indian-American Laxshmi Kapadia wants is to free herself from her traditional mother’s ultimatum: graduate from high school early and go to medical school, or have her marriage arranged. Neither allow her to pursue her dreams of a career in dancing or of falling in love.

 

When Liam moves in next door to Laxshmi—a non-empath, he’s immediately drawn to the purity of her emotions, and she sees in this charming Irish boy a future with the freedom to follow her heart. But Liam’s father will never consent if she’s not The One. And Laxshmi’s mom won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. But hiding their relationship can’t keep them from becoming targets of dark and ancient group determined to destroy the soulmated.

 

What will these two risk to choose their own fate?

 

About the Author:

 

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As an unabashed lover of all things happily-ever-after, Shaila Patel’s younger self would finish reading her copy of Cinderella and chuck it across the room because it didn’t mention what happened next. Now she writes from her home in the Carolinas and dreams up all sorts of stories with epilogues. A member of the Romance Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, she’s a pharmacist by training, a medical office manager by day, and a writer by night. SOULMATED, her debut novel and the first book in the Joining of Souls Series, was the winner of the 2015 Chanticleer Book Reviews Paranormal Awards for Young Adult. Book 2, FIGHTING FATE releases April 2018. She loves craft beer, tea, and reading in cozy window seats—but she’ll read anywhere. You might find her sneaking in a few paragraphs at a red light or gushing about her favorite books online.

 

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My review

Book Review: Soulmated (Joining of Souls #1) By Shaila Patel (No Spoilers)

 

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Book Review: The Empress (Diabolic#2) by S.J. Kincaid

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It’s a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward—one where they don’t have to hide or scheme or kill. One where creatures like Nemesis will be given worth and recognition, where science and information can be shared with everyone and not just the elite.

But having power isn’t the same thing as keeping it, and change isn’t always welcome. The ruling class, the Grandiloquy, has held control over planets and systems for centuries—and they are plotting to stop this teenage Emperor and Nemesis, who is considered nothing more than a creature and certainly not worthy of being Empress.

Nemesis will protect Tyrus at any cost. He is the love of her life, and they are partners in this new beginning. But she cannot protect him by being the killing machine she once was. She will have to prove the humanity that she’s found inside herself to the whole Empire—or she and Tyrus may lose more than just the throne. But if proving her humanity means that she and Tyrus must do inhuman things, is the fight worth the cost of winning it?

Review:

soooo I am totally annoyed with this book, so let me tell you why…..

Wtf did I just read??? I am so disappointed with this book because I loved the first one so much, but this book was so hard to read! There was so many twists and turns going on I couldn’t keep track of what was going on, also there was no build up to them so that made them random and confusing!

Ugh and ugh well I would tell you why I say that but I don’t want to post spoilers so….. but I just want to throw that book against the wall!

I am so sad because I was so looking forward to this book however, Some parts were good! I really didn’t want to write a bad review because, well like I said I loved the first, but I don’t think I will be reading the next book in this series! 😩 (j/k I probably will)

 

Read my review of The Diabolic (Diabolic #1)

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Cover Reveal: Escaping Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco.

If you haven’t read my Review for book one in this series Check out my review for Stalking Jack The Ripper!

 

Book Spotlight September: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

 

About the book:

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with all clues pointing to Audrey Rose as the next victim, can she unravel the mystery before she unwittingly stars in the killer’s horrifying finale?

Interesting right??

 

So here is the Reveal:

 

 

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Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL??? I love every book cover in this series: here is the link to pre-order Here

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Autobiography: The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

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The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.

They both attended Baylor University in Waco. However, their paths did not cross until Chip checked his car into the local Firestone tire shop where Joanna worked behind the counter. Even back then Chip was a serial entrepreneur who, among other things, ran a lawn care company, sold fireworks, and flipped houses. Soon they were married and living in their first fixer-upper. Four children and countless renovations later, Joanna garners the attention of a television producer who notices her work on a blog one day.

My Review:

So its kind of a funny story how I came to love Chip and Joanna Gaines and their wonderful show called Fixer-Upper! So my Husband and I were looking for our forever home and we were moving 1 and a half hours away from where we were living, so when we went to look at houses we ended up staying in a hotel. After looking at the houses we went back to our hotel room and put the T.V. on and was flipping through channels and I found HGTV. So I knew what that channel was but I never was really into watching it but I stopped on this channel and there it was, Fixer-Upper! After that night I have been so obsessed with this show! I love that it’s not scripted and seems so genuine!

I have seen every Episode since then and I am watching their Last season, :(. Anyways I have been wanting to read this book for awhile since I found out about it, so when I found out that they had it at my library I had to borrow it! I couldn’t put the book down, I love how they both kinda talked threw out the whole book! It was so cool to find out about how they first met and how they first got started doing the fixing up homes! This book made me love them even more than I already did!

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Children’s Book Review: Frozen Noses by Jan Carr

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Describes the delights of such winter activities as throwing snowballs, making a snowman, and going ice skating.

My review:

I really love this book my daughter made me read this to her every night before bed.. I read it so much I can probably say the whole book with my eyes shut!

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Book Review: Revolution By Jennifer Donnelly (Audio book)

 

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Revolution artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love; it spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.

BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

 

My Review:

This was actually one of the few books I have listen to as a Audio Book, and I want to give props to the people who Jennifer got to Read Andi and Alexandrine’s Parts! Their voices and they way they did accents were phenomenal, Just like this story! Jennifer brought the characters and the French Revolution to life in this book, She really did her research for this book! I love the transition between the present and the past and how they intertwine.

Jennifer made her characters very believable and you feel what they feel when you are reading/Listening to the story. I really loved this book, which says something because I never really got into books about History. so well done Jennifer Donnelly, I give this book 5 stars!

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Book Spotlight October: Untamed (the Untamed series) by Madeline Dyer

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Title: Untamed

Author: Madeline Dyer

Genre: Ya Science Fiction/Fantasy, Dystopian

Release date: May 20, 2015

Publisher: Ineja Press

Synopsis:

As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, Seven’s life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. Don’t question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides–because once you’re Enhanced there’s no going back. Even if you have become the perfect human being.

But after a disastrous raid on an Enhanced city, Seven soon finds herself in her enemy’s power. Realizing it’s only a matter of time before she too develops a taste for the chemical augmenters responsible for the erosion of humanity, Seven knows she must act quickly if she’s to escape and save her family from the same fate.

Yet, as one of the most powerful Seers that the Untamed and Enhanced have ever known, Seven quickly discovers that she alone holds the key to the survival of only one race. But things aren’t clear-cut anymore, and with Seven now questioning the very beliefs she was raised on, she knows she has an important choice to make. One that has two very different outcomes.

Seven must choose wisely whose side she joins, for the War of Humanity is underway, and Death never takes kindly to traitors.

 

About the Author:

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Madeline Dyer lives on a farm in the southwest of England, where she hangs out with her Shetland ponies and writes young adult books—sometimes, at the same time. She holds a BA Honors degree in English from the University of Exeter, and several presses have published her fiction. Madeline has a strong love for anything dystopian, ghostly, or paranormal, and she can frequently be found exploring wild places. At least one notebook is known to follow her wherever she goes.

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