Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fates Divided Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on the Fates Divided Blog Tour by Bound Book Tours.  I hope you enjoy my review of this Paranormal New Adult book by Jules Barnard.  


Fates Divided by Jules Barnard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads:

Elena Rosales has busted her ass to get into a good college. She’s the only one in her family ever to attend, and expectations are high. No pressure. But Elena’s got this one in the bag, because she’s as dependable as the molecules she studies, as reliable as the chemical reactions that comfort her in their predictability. Until they don’t.

Elena has always wondered why her mother abandoned her on her first birthday. It’s not until she turns eighteen and her chemistry experiments go berserk that she learns the truth: Her mother wasn’t human, and the Fae are willing to harm those Elena loves if she doesn’t use her power over the elements to cure them of a deadly disease.

Derek, Elena’s brooding neighbor, isn’t the friendliest guy, but he has access to an off-hours lab and is willing to help Elena create the antivirus. He has his own secrets to keep, and this business Elena is mixed up in could blow his cover. But when Elena and Derek get together, more than chemicals spark fire—and they soon discover just how complicated attraction can get when they find themselves on the other side of the portal, fighting for survival. Lives collide, and allegiance and love are tested, in Fates Divided.

My Review: 

First off, just let me say this: I am not a Fae fan. I do not like the usual pointy-eared, crazy colored hair, prankster type of Fae stories. I do not like the Fae world that is full of creepy trees, weird animals that talk and well... you get the idea. While I do enjoy a good fantasy book, there is just something about the Fae stories I have read that just don't grab me. So if you do like those kinds of books, this book is NOTHING like that! This.... this is what I would image my kind of Fae to be... Big, tall, gorgeous, and as arrogant as hell.. NOTHING like the "elf-like" image typically given the Fae.

So... that being said, I really fell in love with all the main characters, and secondary characters. Derek and Elena are half Fae and half human, (a.k.a Halven) and the sparks fly from their first meeting. They both don't really know what they are so when their lives turn upside down from each other and their powers developing, it gets crazy quickly! Keen and Reese are such great background characters. Keen is always around, bossy, arrogant and yet still lovable all at once where Reese is that one roommate we all know and love.

The best thing about this book is that there is not only magic, but SCIENTIFIC magic! That concept intrigued me to no end! Of course it is no hocus pocus, but having to deal with cells, chemistry and the changing of elements that got me fired up. Who knew I was this nerdy? Of course there is the romance type of Chemistry... yup lots of this stuff! The tension was huge from day one and grew to something significant as the story went on. This is a New Adult so there were some sexual situations but not graphic. So be aware!

All in all, this book was exciting and did not disappoint me at all! It kept me up late at night and hindered my real life activities because I couldn't put it down!

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About the Author

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A RITA-nominated author, Jules Barnard began her publishing career in 2014 with Deep Blue, the first book in the contemporary Blue Series, hitting bestseller lists on Amazon, iBooks, and All Romance. In 2015, she launched Fates Divided, the first of a romantic fantasy series Library Journal calls “…an exciting new fantasy adventure.” Whether she’s writing about beautiful Lake Tahoe, or a Fae world embedded in a college campus, Jules spins suspenseful stories filled with realistic characters who have heart and humor.

When Jules isn’t in her sweatpants writing and rewarding herself with chocolate, she spends her time with her husband and two children in their small hometown on the California coast. She credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Moonchild by Kate L. Mary (Review)

Moonchild by Kate L. Mary
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads: 

In a world fueled by greed and corruption, where airships rule the skies and coal mines have been turned into prisons, Scarlett Moon has one goal: Survive. Being tough and looking out for herself is the only way to stay alive, but when her best friend, Rory, is arrested and returned to the mines, all of Scarlett’s carefully built walls threaten to crumble.

After being rescued by an airship full of pirates, led by the sexy and irresistible Asher Kimura, Scarlett finds herself surrounded by cons and fugitives, and thrust into the middle of a coal-smuggling business. When they take her to Columbus, the one place she never wanted to set foot in again, she wants nothing more than to get away. And her discomfort only grows as she becomes increasingly drawn to Asher.

But everything changes when she discovers there may be a way to rescue Rory. Enlisting the pirates' help, Scarlett sets out on a mission to save her friend, praying that her overwhelming attraction to Asher doesn’t mean the end to her freedom—in more ways than one.

A futuristic steampunk?! Who knew?

Just think of a world so far in the future, that it has reverted back to the dark ages of steam and coal. A place where there is only certain technology left, and any other is considered evil. People living on the streets in poverty where any minor violation can land you in the coal mines which could mean certain death! But what captured my attention the most was the word.. "Pirates"! Steampunk, drool worthy Pirates, and a dark dystopic time? YES! Yes! and YES!

This was a heart pounding, thrilling read full of strong, beautiful but broken characters. I am not sure if Mary planned it this way, but when I got to know Scarlett a little, it reminded me of another Scarlett from a time when women were considered fragile...but she was strong, independent and stubborn. I loved this Scarlett from the first page, and even more as she grew. Oh and Asher! Did I not say there were some tasty pirates? Yes, this frustrating yet dashing Asher could save me in an airship any day!! The angst and tension between him and Scarlett was enough to drive me to bang my head against the wall.

The secondary characters were just as entertaining and well developed. I can see so many other stories of these diverse characters progressing in other books to come (well, I hope so anyway)! I look forward to see what becomes of each one of them.

I gave it 4 stars for great writing, exciting story, and characters I couldn't get enough of!

I need more Scarlett and Asher!!

Thanks to YA Book Tours for the chance to review this great read!

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