Friday, April 18, 2014

COVER REVEAL: The Seahorse Legacy by Serena Chase

ABOUT THE BOOK:



a Pirate
bound by a centuries-old oath

a Knight
determined to prove her calling

a Legacy
demanding surrender



As Keeper of the Seahorse Legacy, Cazien de Pollis is a King among pirates, divinely appointed to dispense justice on the seas. Bound by the sacred oath of a long-dead ancestor, he must fulfill a contract to wed the green-eyed Oracle’s Daughter named therein—or risk losing everything he and his people hold dear. But at nineteen, with the identity of his betrothed only recently revealed, Cazien resents the contract—and the urgency within him to see it satisfied.

Erielle de Gladiel returned from the quest for the Remedy, changed. Not only are her formerly-blue eyes now a brilliant shade of green, but she must don gloves to hide inky evidence that her prophetically-bestowed title, the Oracle’s Daughter, demands more from her than the task already completed. Erielle’s dearest-held dream is realized when she is knighted by her King, but unbeknownst to her, that very honor jeopardizes the prophesied purpose to which she and Cazien have been called.

Just as Cazien summons the courage to collect his bride, dark rumors and darker deeds crawl up the coasts, calling its guardians, the Seahorse Pirates, into action—and Cazien away from Erielle. But even though the Oracle’s Daughter knows nothing of the contract to which she has been consigned, Cazien’s enemies have somehow learned of his interest in Erielle. And if they reach her before his ancestor’s weighty oath is executed, the Seahorse Legacy will be forfeited . . . and darkness will be given reign.

Subtly paying homage to several classic tales including Peter Pan, Robin Hood, The Little Mermaid, Much Ado About Nothing, and even The Three Little Bears, THE SEAHORSE LEGACY begins an epic re-imagining of the classic Grimm fairy tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses which will conclude in Eyes of E’veria, Book 4: THE SUNKEN REALM

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Serena Chase lives in Iowa with her husband, two teen daughters, and one very spoiled (but really adorable) dog, Albus. A frequent contributor to USA Today’s Happy Ever After
blog, she also writes for Edgy Inspirational Romance. Serena has served as a youth leader for high school students at her church, coaches her local high school’s Color Guard, and drinks entirely too much coffee between these and her daughters’ activities. You can find Serena on Facebook, Twitter @Serena_Chase, and Pinterest.  Visit her website www.serenachase.com



MY THOUGHTS:

I am so excited for this book to come out! The first two books in the series were AMAZING and I just know that this one will be just as fabulous, seriously you can't go wrong with PIRATES! Honestly, I think this may be my favorite cover of all three books so far. I have actually loved each one, but I absolutely adore the colors of this one. And PIRATES! HELLO! It doesn't get any better than that!  

Check out my reviews of the first two books:


GIVEAWAY: 

There are currently two giveaways going on so head on over to Serena's blog EDGY INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCE and fill in the Rafflecopter for your chance to win some neat prizes!

 



Thursday, April 17, 2014

Remnants: Season of Wonder by Lisa T. Bergren

 ABOUT THE BOOK:
Andriana is a Remnant, one of the gifted teens born on the seventh day during the seventy-seventh Harvest after the Great War, and destined to act as humanity’s last shield against the horrors that now plague those who remain.

After years of training in stealth and warfare, Andriana and her Knight protector, Ronan, are finally ready to answer the Call and begin the life they were designed for. But as they embark with the other Remnants on the first of their assignments, they quickly discover that the world beyond their protected Valley home is more dangerous than they imagined.

The Sons of Sheol will stop at nothing to prevent Dri and Ronan from rescuing anyone sympathetic to the Remnants’ cause. And as the Remnants attempt to battle the demonic forces, other enemies close in. Dangers intensify, but so do Dri's feelings for Ronan--the one emotion she is not meant to feel. In the midst of their mission, Andriana must find a way to master her feelings, or risk compromising everything.

MY REVIEW:

 I think that Dystopian and YA are two of my favorite genre's to read which made REMNANTS a story that I thoroughly enjoyed. From the very beginning of the book when Andriana and Ronan escape the evil forces that will haunt them throughout their journey, to the very end where we are left with many unanswered questions and a burgeoning forbidden love, REMNANTS took me on a roller-coaster adventure that has me breathlessly waiting for more!

I loved the characters of REMNANTS. Each one of the Remnants has a gift that The Maker has given them to use for his purpose. I think Ronan may be my favorite character of the group. Just because he makes such a hunky knight-in-shining-armor...oh wait, wrong era! He is Andriana's knight though, without the shining armor part. I'm kind of partial to men that protect women.

While the Remnants are definitely on mission for The Maker I did not find the story overly preachy. Spiritual forces abound in the forms of both good and evil, but it seems that evil is prevailing. I'm looking forward to book two to see what unfolds next!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lisa T. Bergren 
Lisa T. Bergren is the author of over forty books, with a combined count of over 2.5 million copies sold.
She has written best-selling children’s books, award-winning YA (River of Time Series: Waterfall), popular historical fiction, contemporary fiction, women’s nonfiction, and gift books. She is a writer and editor residing in Colorado Springs, CO, with her husband and three children. You can find out more about Lisa at LisaBergren.com.
 



Check out other books that I have read and reviewed by Lisa:

The River of Time Series:

Waterfall
Cascade
Torrent
Bourne
Tributary

The Grand Tour Series:

Glamorous Illusions
Grave Consequences
Glittering Promises

To purchase Remnants:


GIVEAWAY!!!!

Author Lisa T. Bergren is giving away a signed copy of Remnants to one winner on my blog today. Leave a comment to be entered to win.





Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Avra's God by Ann Lee Miller



Avra believes that handsome Cisco would never give her a second look so when he starts to show interest in her she is skeptical. To Cisco there is something about Avra that draws him. Compared to his family hers is perfect and he wants to be part of it. When Cisco’s desire for a more physical relationship begins to cross the line for Avra bitterness and heartache face the couple. Will Avra’s faith be able to help mend her broken heart?

This is the first book I’ve read by this author. The book is set in New Smyrna Beach, FL which drew me to it because I have actually been to New Smyrna Beach. That aside, I enjoyed the characters in this book very much. I thought that the author did a great job in portraying the college students true to life. I admired Avra for standing up for her beliefs and being a witness to her friends around her. The author did a good job portraying the heartache that comes when two people do not hold the same faith or the same values. I liked how the author was able to show Avra’s struggle to remain pure after all of her desires were awakened by the steamy kisses that she and Cisco shared. The book did not become preachy about whether you should be for or against sex before marriage, but spoke to the reality of the difficulty to remain pure when passions are aroused. I also liked how Avra touched lives around her. Her input into Kallie,  Jesse and Cisco’s lives helped show them a more personal relationship with a loving and forgiving Savior. 

Thanks to Ann Lee Miller for my copy of Avra’s God for review.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fall of Night and Daylighters by Rachel Caine



Claire has decided to continue her education at MIT. Leaving all of her friends is hard enough, but having to leave Shane behind is even harder than she thought. Claire needs the separation in order to find her own way outside of Morganville for a while. 

Moving into an apartment with an old friend from high school and getting into the atmosphere of MIT helps Claire to start to fit in. Having brought her new invention that alters vampire’s behavior Claire and her new professor begin tearing it apart and cataloging all of the components.

Of course not all is well at MIT. Morganville has a way of keeping tabs on their people. It isn’t long before all heck breaks out Morganville style! Claire and her friends once again are battling for their lives, but this time they aren’t fighting against the vampires, but fighting for them. 

Betrayal and heartache all gearing up for the final battle between humans and vampires with Claire and friends caught in the middle.

As always a Morganville Vampire book that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. I enjoyed the fact that it was set outside of Morganville and that Claire was able to stretch her wings just a little. But I wasn’t as naive as Claire in that I realized that Morganville would follow her! I am happy to say that Shane and Claire are still together. They have a rocky relationship going because of Shane’s behavior in the last book, but thankfully the author hasn’t chosen to break them up permanently. I’m looking forward to the last book in the series The Daylighters. They were introduced in this book, and I am afraid they are going to wreak havoc before the final pages are turned. 

WARNING: minimal strong language and a sex scene were present in this installment.







Finally! The last book of the Morganville Vampires! While each book tended to get better and better I am a fan of a series having an ending. After 16 books it was definitely time for us to leave Morganville. And in true Morganville style the last book was filled with plenty of excitement and danger before ultimately finishing with what I will call a satisfying ending. 

THINGS I LIKED (warning: may have some spoilers):

Claire and Shane are still together. Eve and Michael are still together. Seriously I think I would have thrown the book away if either of those couples broke up! While the excitement kept me on the edge of my seat it is another thing that kept me interested in the Morganville books. Rachel Caine knows how to keep the reader turning the pages. Best of all the author returned to her original way of writing the stories by not deviating to different characters POV. I loved that! This last book reminded me of what made me love the series in the first place. 

THINGS I DISLIKED:

Seriously I was not happy with the whole Shane and others turning into human/hellhound evil creatures. They reminded me of a cross between a genetically created wolf in Marissa Meyer’s book Scarlet and The Incredible Hulk. While I realize that vampires are not real the whole hellhound thing kind of was over the top. While I found the ending satisfying I also found that it was once again left open for another book. Rachel Caine does tell us to use our own imagination for the future of our favorite characters, but yeah, just a bit open for me.

So good-bye to Morganville! Thanks for all of the emotional roller coasters you put me through and thank-you for some of my most favorite characters: Claire, Shane, Eve, Michael, Amelie, Oliver, and my most favorite Myrnin. You all will be missed!

My rating for both books:



Check out my reviews of the Morganville books:





While I have read ALL of the books in the series I started reading them before I kept a blog. So not all of them were reviewed by me. I can tell you though that I gave most of them 5 hearts!