Book Review: Blossom and the Beast (The Alder Tales #1) R.S. McCoy

Title: Blossom and the Beast
Author: R.S. McCoy
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Pages: 269
Source: Author
Format: eARC
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling, Fantasy

               
Blossom Frane is only weeks away from her transformation. On her eighteenth birthday, she’ll find out her future branch of society and her totem, the animal form she’ll be able to take at will for the rest of her life. Like her brothers, she’s expected to be a brown bear of the religious branch known as Terra.

In the Alderwood forests, Blossom’s bear blood is a valuable asset. Any day now, a rival clan leader will step forward and offer her father a hefty bounty in exchange for her hand in marriage. Blossom can do nothing more than sit back and wait to be traded to the highest bidder.

Determined to spend her last weeks exploring the Alderwood, Blossom sneaks away and manages to find Kaide Landel, a rising political star of the Pyro branch. Known for his violence and disregard for the religious teachings of the Terra branch, he’s all wrong for the bear clan’s prized daughter. But when the politician uses his wealth and influence to secure her hand, Blossom has no choice but to leave her family and marry him—if she lives that long. 
When indie authors contact you and ask you to review their books, I am always a bit leery. I find that, most of the time, the books are not really written to my high literary standards. However, every once in a while, I find a diamond in the rough.

Blossom and the Beast is such a diamond.

What attracted me to this book was that it was a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I LOVE LOVE LOVE retellings, I can never get enough. Pair that with the fact that our "Beauty" is a member of a clan of bear shifters...I simply could not pass up reading Blossom and the Beast.

In McCoy's magical tale, the world is filled with shifters. These shifters are broken up into several branches, based on the attributes that each of the animals possesses. The Pyro branch is made up of the most lethal animal predators. The Terra branch is made up of woodland animals, large and small. Think bears and squirrels and bunnies. The third branch is Aero, made up of flying creatures.

This novel is also filled with political intrigue and maneuverings. Within each of the branches, there are various levels of leadership. With each branch vying for the most power and control over the other branches.

In Blossom and the Beast, Blossom is essentially bought by the most powerful and lethal member of the Pyro branch, our "Beast", after he encounters her in the woods near her home. He wants her for his, and he always gets exactly what he wants. He sees something in her that calls to the beast within.

Blossom and Kaide are two alphas. All of their interactions are explosive in one way or another. Kaide is always trying to keep the beast inside in check, while Blossom demands her independence at every turn. She has always been free, and is determined to remain so. However, Blossom does not understand the dangers of living in Pyro's capital city, filled with deadly predators who are accustomed to taking anything they want, by any means necessary. Add that to the fact, that she is betrothed to Kaide...let the wild rumpus ensue!

Blossom and the Beast is the first book in the Alder Series, and it was a stellar first installment. The ending was EPIC! Talk about a cliffhanger. What sucks is that the next book is not from the perspective of the same characters! It takes place in the same world, with familiar characters, which is all well and good, but I NEED to know what is going to happen with Blossom and Kaide, because the cliffhanger ending seems insurmountable.

Cover Reveal: BEDMATES (American Royalty #1) by Nichole Chase


Bedmates by Nichole Chase has a cover, I repeat, Bedmates has a cover!!!!!! I can not wait to get my little hands on this baby!  

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Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you're the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire's latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president's son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.
Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn't have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They're like oil and water and every time they're together, it's combustible. But there's a thin line between love and hate, and it's not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.
When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he's resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn't about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie's fallen for him, and she'll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can't lose.
 


Nichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, The Accidental Assassin, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, and several short stories.
Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, superhero dog, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises. 
       





Cover Reveal: Broken Prince (The Royals #2) by Erin Watt


Oh my goodness, there is a cover!!!!!!!  I am so insanely excited to know that we are one step closer to finally read Broken Prince.  If you read The Royals, book #1, you know how brutal that ending was.  I NEED THIS BOOK IN MY LIFE!!!!  

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Broken Prince (Book #2 The Royals)
Author: Erin Watt (Elle Kennedy & Jen Frederick
Publication Date: July 25, 2016
Purchase Links:

These Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.






Book Review: Fire Falling (Air Awakens #2) by Elise Kova


Fire Falling (Air Awakens, #2) 
Title: Fire Falling
Author: Elise Kova
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Release Date: November 9, 2015
Pages: 380
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy


Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?

Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire’s monster?
Fire Falling so did not suffer from that ill fated second book syndrome. In fact, I thought it was even better than Air Awakens!

Fire Falling picks up pretty much exactly where Air Awakes leaves off.

Vhalla finds herself conscripted into the Emperor's Army, with zero knowledge about war, other than the theoretical knowledge learned from books. She knows that her lenient punishment is really a death sentence, despite her budding powers.

Those closest to her vow that she will not die, that they will train her, and do everything in their power to see that she lives. Even if they themselves must pay the ultimate price.

Over the course of the book, Vhalla makes new friends, discovers new enemies, learns to fight, to survive, to begin to earn the respect of her peers. She knows that the path she walks is precarious, so many things can go wrong, and do, but though she feels broken from the hardships she has faced thus far, she fights through it all to become stronger than she ever was.

While Vhalla must learn who she can trust, who she can rely on, she also must deal with the growing bond she has with Aldrik. As always, he remains elusive, confusing, dark. One minute he's hot, literally and figuratively, the next, he's as cold and distant as a glacier. Will he help her to salvation, or will he be her destruction?

Elise Kova's Air Awakens Series is simply amazing. She is one hell of a writer, and can build a world and cast of characters that completely entrances.

Please, please, please pick up this series. You will not be disappointed!

Waiting on Wednesday: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
This week pick is:

My Lady Jane

My Lady Jane

Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Harper Teen
Expected Release: June 7th 2016

For fans of The Princess Bride comes the comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey.

Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger—and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong..

Book Review: You (You #1) by Caroline Kepnes

You (You, #1)You (You #1)
Author: Caroline Kepnes
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: Audio
Nararator: Santino Fontana
Source: Bought
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Phycological Thriller/Mind F**k

       
When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.
There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.
As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.
 
I finished reading YOU a couple of weeks ago, and it's taken me that long to write the review.  I have never read a book quite like this one before.  Actually, I listened to it and Santino Fontana WAS the perfect Joe.  He WAS Joe! I can not begin to tell you how much this book creeped me out! I has to take little breaks here and there because I just couldn't continue to be inside Joe's head for that long. That man is CRAZY!

Caroline Kepnes had to do some serious psychological research on sociopaths because that is what Joe is.  He has no remorse, no empathy for any of is crazy actions and that is the reason why I couldn't listen to him for too long.  I was beginning to question my own sanity.  With that said, I have to say that YOU is absolutely brilliant! The way Caroline lets us in Joe's head, is creative and a little creepy. LOL

Overall I really enjoyed YOU, but I think that the audio and the voice of Santino Fontana is what made the book for me.  I can't wait to listen to Hidden Bodies, which is book two! But I am going to wait a few months before I do, since I'm still pretty messed up after YOU. LOL





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