Broken Prince by Erin Watt

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The Royals #2
Author: Erin Watt
Pages: 370 pgs
Genre: YA, NA, Contemporary
Release Date: July 25th 2016

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.

Waiting for this book was a crazy long wait, as I’m sure anyone who’s read Paper Princess already knows. AND, after finishing this sequel, it was definitely worth it! Jen Frederrick and Elle Kennedy (our Erin Watt duo) outdid themselves with this sequel, making it even better (in my opinion at least) than Paper Princess.

I loved that only did we get to meet some new characters, but we also got to hear from Reed Royal himself. His perspective was just what we needed to truly understand what took place at the end of the first book. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll just say that I love his character even more now and want to hug him (and Easton)!

Ella was every bit as tough as we came to know her, but still just as vulnerable. Life isn’t easy for any them, even if they are Royal’s. But with a little Valerie thrown in and Wade, a friend of Reed’s, things definitely become more interesting.

Just like with Paper Princess, I managed to finish Broken Prince in a day and the wait for the last book, Twisted Palace, is going to be interminable. Jen and Elle developed the story just enough and left me wanting more at the end. I’m excited to find out what will happen to our favorite characters next!

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Six Month Rule

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Kingston Ale House #2
Author: A.J. Pine
Genre: Romance
Release Date: July 18th 2016

She created the game, but the rules are about to change.

Taurus: Hold fast to your single-minded nature today—no matter how long her legs or how lush her red lips.

Gemini: You were a shining star last night, but reality can be a real—well, you get the picture. Just remember: Tall, dark, and British equals no corner office for you.

Will Evans never wanted a reason to stay.

Holly Chandler wants nothing more than for him to go.

But neither one is prepared for what can happen in six months. Because it doesn’t matter what you want when what you need walks out the door.

Holly’s been busting her butt to make partner at Trousseau and there’s no way she’s going to let some stuck-up British arsehole get in her way—no matter how drop-dead gorgeous he is. But that doesn’t mean she can’t have a little fun in the process. She has a six-month rule: date just long enough for the honeymoon phase to wear off, then walk away before anyone gets hurt. If they both know the rules up front, walking away will be a piece of cake. Or maybe not…

*SIX MONTH RULE is a stand alone book in a connected series.

I didn’t think this one would be my typical read, but figured I’d check it out anyways. And it turned out to be so much fun. I really enjoyed it and am glad I got the chance to read an early copy of it.

One thing I really enjoyed was that it didn’t have the typical insta-love or hate between our main characters. Sure there were a few bumps in the road, but it all seemed right and I loved that Holly and Will’s interactions progressed naturally. Their relationship developed at a good pace and you could really see how they were able to fall for each other.

Plus, getting to see Will with his daughter was too cute. His devotion to her and wanting to be there for her really added to his character. We also got to see Holly’s devotion to her job and her love for her older sister. Both Will and Holly had strong motivations and desires that rounded out their characters.

This was definitely a fun read for me and a sweet romance, all the way. I’m glad I decided to check it out and I hope you enjoy it to!

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Cover Reveal: Broken Prince by Erin Watt

I’ve been waiting for the cover and blurb for this book since I finished Paper Princess. So I’m excited to get to share it with you today, plus a couple of teasers…

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Now… are you ready for the cover and blurb!

 

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SUMMARY:

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.

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

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Falling Kingdoms #4
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Pages: 413 pgs
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Release Date: December 15th 2015

Rebels, royals, and monsters wage war over the Mytican throne in the shocking fourth book of the Falling Kingdoms series, from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes.

CLEO: Reeling after a bloody showdown in Limeros ending with Amara’s abduction of the water crystal, and a vacancy in the Mytican throne, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a Queen.

MAGNUS: With the kingdom in chaos, Princess Lucia still missing and quite possibly in danger, and a shocking realization about Cleo, the steely prince is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he’s strong enough to rule his people.

LUCIA: The young sorcercess has had her vengeance after the cruel death of her first and only love. Heartbroken and unable to trust anyone, she allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.

JONAS: After escaping death by the skin of his teeth, the defeated rebel—along with a mysterious stranger–leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to find himself a mere pawn in a dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.

KING GAIUS: Abandoned by Melenia and betrayed by his own children, Gaius flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea.

I have loved this series from the very first book, Falling Kingdoms, and was very excited to read this next installment. And boy did this book deliver! It is probably my favorite one of the series so far.

Now, as anyone who follows this blog might know, I tend to talk to my sister about the books we both like. This series is one of them and we’ve had several discussions about the books so far. We both agree that Magnus is our favorite character, and after reading this book hopefully there plenty out there who agree with that. Plus, we both feel Cleo and Jonas grew up a lot in Frozen Tides (especially Jonas since I haven’t really liked him until now).

I loved the overall story for this book and once things really picked up, they didn’t stop and I couldn’t stop going either. I wanted to know what was going to happen next for everyone and absolutely hated reaching the end.

And, I don’t want to give anything away for those who haven’t read this yet, so I’m trying to keep things vague. But I can’t even imagine what will be in store for us next. Now that one specific character has gone all crazy and another one is back (*shh* can’t tell *shh*)

Morgan completely outdid herself with this book and the wait for book 5, Crystal Storm, is going to be forever, but definitely worth it.

What are your thoughts?

 

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

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Shade of Magic #2
Author: V.E. Schwab
Pages: 512 pgs
Genre: Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: February 23rd 2016

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.

Once again, Victoria completely blew me away with her world building, characters, and amazing story telling. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this and couldn’t put it down.

I loved that this books focus was more so on Red London and what that world is like, including the different people/tribes and the Games they participate in. We really got to experience it, and I felt like I was truly a part of that world. Kell, Rhy, and Lila are every bit as fun, frustrating, and lovable as before (special jackets and all).

Victoria also really showed us her talents with the different languages she created, something I would love to attempt one day. She made it look almost effortless, which I’m sure it wasn’t.

Delving back into this world was like visiting old friends and I loved every minute of it. Reaching the end was sad, but I also know the wait for the last book in this series, A Conjuring of Light, will be well worth it.

What do you think?

The Rose and The Dagger Release Day Blitz

I am so excited that THE ROSE & THE DAGGER by Renée Ahdieh releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!
 
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Renée Ahdieh, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN and a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER and an awesome candle from The Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only!  So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
 
 

Title: THE
ROSE & THE DAGGER

Author: RenéeAhdieh

Release Date: April
26, 2016
Publisher: G.P.
Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 432
Formats:
Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks 
The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and
sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her
husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but
his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that
might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge
with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be
happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire.
Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But
she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t
yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within
her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young
man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true
love.

Praise
for The Rose and the Dagger:
 

“Above all there is the shattering, triumphant
catharsis of love… In a story about stories, love is ‘the power to speak
without words.’ Thrillingly full of feeling.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Fiery romance, a spirited heroine, shifting loyalties… With more than a few
heartrending twists and turns.”—Booklist 

Excerpt:

 

 

 

About Renée:

 

Renée lives in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with her husband Victor and their dog Mushu. Her YA fantasy novel, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, will be published on May 12th, 2015. In her spare time, she likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters.

 


She’s also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as an active member of theScience Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

 

Giveaway Details:

 

1 winner will receive a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN, a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER, and a His Calipha candle from The Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only.

 

 

 

Ends on May 3rd at Midnight EST!

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The Glittering Court Release Day Blitz

 

I am so excited that THE GLITTERING COURT by
Richelle Mead releases today and that I get to share the news, along with a
special giveaway!
 
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Richelle Mead, be sure to check out all the details below.
 
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed copy of the book and a $25 Sephora Gift Card courtesy of Richelle, Penguin Teen, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d
like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
About The Book:
 

Title: THE GLITTERING COURT
Author: Richelle Mead
Pub. Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook
 
The
Selection meets Reign in this dazzling trilogy of interwoven novels about three
girls on a quest for freedom and true love from #1 internationally bestselling
author Richelle Mead.

 

“Brilliant and original, Mead’s new series starts off with a bang and will
leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.”

—School
Library Journal

 

For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life
they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born
Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the
Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own
destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea.

 

After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a
servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into
proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price:
she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and
fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself—even
though she’s falling in love with him.

 

Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she
catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She
didn’t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone
else’s property. But nothing is as daunting—or as wonderful—as the potent,
forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted
on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and
possibly lead them to their deaths.


Exclusive Excerpt:

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About Richelle:

 

Richelle Mead has written over twenty-five novels for teens and adults. She is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series and its spinoff series, Bloodlines. Her recent standalone novel, Soundless, draws upon Chinese mythology and history, and her forthcoming series, The Glittering Court, follows the adventures of girls destined for arranged marriages in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next novel.

 

 

  Giveaway Details:

 

1 winner will receive a hardcover of THE GLITTERING COURT & a $25 Sephora Gift Card. US Only.
 

 

Ends on April 15th at Midnight EST!

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