Books Left Unread #157

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler

Fixing Delilah

This is where I admit that I have not read anything by this author and then run to hide. Have you read this? If so, how was it?

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A COURT OF EARTH AND AETHER by Meg Xumei X Release Day Blitz and Giveaway



I am so excited that A COURT OF EARTH AND AETHER by Meg Xumei X is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Meg Xumei X, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $10 Amazon GC courtesy of Meg and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


Title: A COURT OF EARTH AND AETHER (War of the Gods #4)
Author: Meg Xuemei X
Pub. Date: February 12, 2019
Publisher: Meg Xuemei X
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 239
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

Cass Saélihn is the weapon, the hybrid born to kill the Olympian gods.

Only the price is her own life.

One dies so millions can live. So her mates will live.

But Cass can’t just abandon them, can she? She’s just found them–a home she’d never imagined she could have. So when Death offers her a way out if she plays one of his sick games, she can’t refuse. If she plays it right, she might just rise from ash and ember.

And her loyal warrior-mates will be with her in life, or death. Even when she has to become the Darkness that devours the worlds. Even when she’s lost to herself.

She’s not lost to them.

So, she’ll play the final deadly game, and when Cass unleashes her true, powerful self, the immortal gods will burn in her flames.
  
** This is the final book in the popular War of the Gods series. It contains brutal battles, explicit love scenes, raw language, magic, swordfights, Greek gods, dark fae, vampires, shifters, and a lot more assholes.


Title: A COURT OF ICE AND WIND (War of the Gods #3)
Author: Meg Xumei X
Pub. Date: December 5, 2018
Publisher: Meg Xumei X
Formats: eBook, paperback
Pages: 197
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

Cass Saélihn isn’t some defenseless damsel, sitting on her ass and waiting for her hot, alpha males to rescue her.

She won’t accept the fate of being in another cage.Even though the torque on her neck binds her, rendering her powerless.

She won’t allow Ares and Apollo to sever her mating bond to her beloved mates, no matter how they seduce, threaten, or torture her. She doesn’t bend, and she’ll never break.

They may have a terrible plan for her, but she’s reserved worse for them. Now she awaits the one chance to strike back and return to her mates, who she knows are coming for her.

Warning: This is a full-length reverse harem fantasy/paranormal romance that features one hell of strong woman and her four powerful supernatural mates. It contains brutal battles, explicit love scenes, raw language, magic, swordfights, Greek gods, dark fae, vampires, shifters, and a lot of assholes. 


Title: A COURT OF FIRE AND METAL (War of the Gods #2)
Author: Meg Xumei X
Pub. Date: October 10, 2018
Publisher: Meg Xumei X
Formats: eBook, paperback
Pages: 267
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

The four mighty, smoking-hot warriors had wanted to use Cass Saélihn as the weapon to kill the Olympian gods, but they fell for her instead. 
   
Now all they want is to protect her. So they hide Cass in the magically glamoured Academy, the only safe place for earthlings.

But Cass won’t cower or run from danger. She sets her own rules and stands her ground, no matter how her blood heats for her alpha mates. She’s determined to take the fight to the gods, not as a weapon but a leader.

Yet an all-powerful, beautiful, cruel god is already among them, much closer than she and her four mates can imagine. He covets Cass and her power more than anything, and when the god strikes, he leaves nothing to chance.
  
Warning: This is a full-length reverse harem fantasy/paranormal romance that features one hell of strong woman and her four powerful supernatural mates. It contains brutal battles, explicit love scenes, raw language, magic, swordfights, Greek gods, dark fae, vampires, shifters, and a lot of assholes.


Title: A COURT OF BLOOD AND VOID (War of the Gods #1)
Author: Meg Xumei X
Pub. Date: September 6, 2018
Publisher: Meg Xumei X
Formats: eBook, paperback
Pages: 272
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

They call me beautiful. They call me a monster. Soon, they’ll call me death.

As a direct descendant of the God of Death, Cassandra Saélihn is considered the most dangerous monster of all time. Her own mother locks her in a cage to protect the world from her lethal potential. Cass thought this imprisoned life would be her fate, but then four sexy, formidable warriors–a vampire lord, twin fae princes, and a demigod–find her.

They claim she’s not a monster, but a powerful weapon, one who can kill the Olympian gods, who have returned to Earth with a vengeance. But Cass has a mind of her own and can’t be told what to do, no matter how drawn she is to her four warrior saviors. To their dismay, the four warriors can’t tame the wild, cunning, and volatile Cass. But they have a bigger problem–their growing attraction toward her.

To turn the woman they desire into the ultimate weapon and ensure Earth’s survival, they’ll have to conquer her body and heart, which seems even more impossible than winning the war against the atrocious gods. But nothing turns these alpha males on more than an impossible dare. And nothing turns Cass on more than being stalked.

Warning: This is a full-length reverse harem fantasy/paranormal romance that features one hell of strong woman and her four powerful supernatural mates. It contains brutal battles, explicit love scenes, raw language, magic, swordfights, Greek gods, dark fae, vampires, shifters, and a lot of assholes.



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About Meg:

Meg Xuemei X is a USA Today bestselling author. She writes steamy paranormal and sci-fi romance. She finds it dreamingly delightful to be around drop-dead gorgeous alpha males who are forever tormented by her feisty heroines, formidable alien angels, wild shifters, haughty fey, dark vampires, and cunning witches.

She’s visited the universe of The Empress of Mysth, The First Witch, and Dark Chemistry. Next she’ll boldly go to the badland of The Wickedest Witch. At this moment, in her southern California abode, she’s packing as many forbidden weapons as she can carry. Her favorite one is a magical whip.





Giveaway Details: All International
1 Winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.

Ends on February 22nd at Midnight EST!



QUEEN TO ASHES by Mallory McCartney Pre-Order Blitz and Giveaway




Today Mallory McCartney and Rockstar Book Tours are happy to announce that QUEEN TO ASHES, is available for pre-order! Check out all the book info and enter the giveaway!



Title: QUEEN TO ASHES (Black Dawn #2)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: January 8, 2019
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Formats: eBook
Pages: ?

“You lived your entire life feeling like half of you was missing. Fight for the missing part. Fight for this.” 

Emory Fae has abandoned everything she thought she knew about her previous life on Earth. Stepping up to her role as Queen of Kiero she makes a startling sacrifice- feigning her allegiances to Adair Stratton, the man who murdered her parents and casted Kiero into ruin. Emory’s memories slowly piece together, and she soon realizes the Mad King may not be all he seems— and the man who was once best friend, may be fighting beneath the surface. 

With the King’s attention on her, can she buy Black Dawn Rebellion enough time to recuperate their forces? And when the times comes, will she be able to kill Adair, ending his tyranny and rising herself as the rightful Queen? Fighting to hide her secret, Emory navigates the brutal trials of the Mad King, trying not to lose herself in the process. 

Sequel to Black Dawn, now a bestselling series, the sparks are ignited, as Emory learns the cost of freedom, and her title. Will the rebels unite in time? A sinister force has spread across the land, stripping everyone bare- their betrayals, their secrets, their intentions. But above all, what will their decisions cost? By refusing to give in to the darkness, will Emory rise as Queen?

Renegade and Black Dawn will be available in the following #Vancouver area locations : Chapters Burnaby, Indigo Surrey, Chapters Coquitlam, Indigo West Vancouver, Indigo Granville (2505 Granville St) and Indigo Robson (1033 Robson St) in December!

Title: RENEGADE (Black Dawn 0.5)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: July 3, 2018
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 274
Find it: Amazon, B&N, TBD, Goodreads


“The time for Kiero’s reign in prosperity is over.”

Six years before the Black Dawn Rebellion, Adair Stratton and Emory Fae are following in their parent’s footsteps and living at The Academy, a home for those who are gifted. The pressure to uphold the future of their parent’s dream falls on them. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. Even if Emory tries to make him see differently. An unexpected group of friends keep him there, but as whispers of unexplained disappearances start reaching from the capital, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.

An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles, and his heir, Marquis Maher sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and wrath- for the first time in years, they demand the Fae’s listen to their proposition for a new treaty, holding the news of Nei’s father’s abrupt death over them. Caught in the middle of politics- Adair and Emory, with the help of their best friends Brokk and Memphis search for the one thing that matters most- finding out the truth.

In this gripping prequel to Black Dawn, their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made. War ravages through Kiero and is torn apart by acclaimed Kings. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision- to fight or to bow to the darkness within him.

Title: BLACK DAWN (Black Dawn #1)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Pages: 352
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, TBD, Goodreads

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and bringing Emory back she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.



About Mallory:

Mallory McCartney is the author of the bestselling Black Dawn series. She currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.








Giveaway Details:
One lucky winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.

Giveaway ends March 15 at midnight, EST!


Waiting on Wednesday: Superman: Dawnbreaker

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Pena

Superman: Dawnbreaker (DC Icons, #4)

From Goodreads:

When the dawn breaks, a hero rises.

His power is beyond imagining.

Clark Kent has always been faster, stronger–better–than everyone around him. But he wasn’t raised to show off, and drawing attention to himself could be dangerous. Plus, it’s not like he’s earned his powers . . . yet.

But power comes with a price.

Lately it’s difficult to hold back and keep his heroics in the shadows. When Clark follows the sound of a girl crying, he comes across Gloria Alvarez and discovers a dark secret lurking in Smallville. Turns out, Clark’s not the only one hiding something. Teaming up with his best friend, Lana Lang, he throws himself into the pursuit of the truth. What evil lies below the surface of his small town? And what will it cost Clark to learn about his past as he steps into the light to become the future Man of Steel? Because before he can save the world, he must save Smallville.

This series is everything…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Couples

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  Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…          

Favorite Book Couples

Cinder and Kai

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

June & Day

Legend (Legend, #1)

Kestrel & Arin

The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)

Clary & Jace

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

Tris & Four

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Anna & Etienne

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Duece & Fade

Enclave (Razorland, #1)

Rhen & Harper

A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely, #1)

Audrey Rose & Thomas

Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #3)

Emika & Hideo

Wildcard (Warcross, #2)

Another “not easy to narrow down to 10” topic. Who are your favorite couples?

Review: On The Come Up

On the Come Up

I must be out of my mind if I’m trying to write a review for this book. I knew it would be fire and it absolutely did not disappointed, so why am I here thinking I can write a halfway decent review for it? Probably because I adore Angie Thomas and hold her to the highest level of amazingness that could ever be achieved. That is just a lot of words to say I’m writing a review because she and Bri deserve it. Angie took the time to give us Bri’s story so I’m taking the time to show my appreciation by writing a review. It may be sloppy, it may be nonsense, but bear with me, ok?

I feel as if I have been waiting years for this novel to come out. I fell hard for The Hate U Give and it will always hold a special place in my heart. That’s why I started this book on release day but did so cautiously. Why? Because of that high level of expectation, that is why. I should have known better. Angie Thomas is DY-NO-MITE and will always be. This author will always consistently write gold so expect nothing less.

Bri’s character was everything I hoped for and more. She was raw, flawed, real, truthful, and someone I would hope to be friends with. There were times I felt as if I were reading parts of me in her character. I’m so quick to react and not process, which was exactly what Bri did throughout most of the book. Why did she do that? Simple: this girl never had anything handed to her a day in her life. She knew the struggle of not knowing where her next meal may come from, whether the lights/heat would be on when she got home, if the busted faux shoes on her feel would hold up another day. I, too, know those struggles… probably not to the same degree as Bri but the struggle is the struggle no matter where you come from. I deeply enjoyed her character arc and felt it to be a believable one. This girl had a dream and while she was more reactive than proactive, she never lost sight of her dream. She also did the best she could no matter what.

Bri was not the only character with struggles – everyone had struggles and they were no better than anyone else. From Bri’s mom to her grandparents to her aunt to her best friends – they all had demons they were battling. All of the characters were fleshed out and brilliantly represented.

Ms. Thomas did not shy away from some heavy hitting topics, that’s for damn sure. Racism, racial profiling, drug use are just to name a few. There was also discussion of people respecting other people’s backgrounds. What’s the old saying: don’t judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes? That holds true here. Bri thought she had certain people figured out until the truth came out in the end. Talk about a reality check for her. I commend her for being mature enough (at the end of the book) to admit that she judged that person wrong. Bri was far from innocent throughout this story but she was for a majority (if that makes sense…)

While I am still trying to keep this review spoiler free, I want to point out how much the lyrics written impacted me. Again, I cannot begin to know everything Bri was going through but I can always appreciate amazing music/lyrics when I hear them. Fictional or not, Ms. Thomas has GAME. That helped me to connect more with this story. I felt an emotional tie to the novel as a whole and for that I could not give this anything less than all of the stars in the sky. I know Ms. Thomas has said that she was scared to write Bri’s story because a lot of it is from Angie’s personal childhood, but I applaud her for being brave enough to share with the world. This was a masterpiece and deserves every award and all of the praise. It was nothing short of brilliant. (I cannot wait to read it again)

Books Left Unread #156

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

I’d Tell You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)

I cannot figure out why I haven’t read this one yet… have you read it?

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