Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold #BookReview #Giveaway


Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold
Authors: Brinda Berry, Cate Dean, Jayne A. Knolls, Karen Y. Bynum, Laura Diamond, Theresa DaLayne
Publication date: March 2014
Genres: Young Adult

A collection of six folklore retellings that will twist your mind and claim your heart.

SHIMMER: A heartbroken boy rescues a mermaid… but is it too late to save her?

BETWEEN is about a girl, a genie, and a ton of bad decisions.

SUNSET MOON: Eloise doesn’t believe in Native American magic–until the dreamcatcher spiders spin her down an unknown path.

THE MAKER: An incapacitated young man bent on revenge builds a creature to do it for him.

A BEAUTIFUL MOURNING: The story of a Maya goddess torn between duty and love, and the ultimate sacrifice she must make to achieve true happiness.

THE BARRICADES: When a human girl risks everything to save the life of an Eternal prince, will their feelings for each other change the world they know, or tear it apart?

Anthologies are fun to read because you get a taste of so many different authors. Plus they are short stories and it’s fun to take a break and read something short every once in a while. I think the problem with short stories is that you only have so many pages to pack a punch and make it memorable.

The stories in Lore are based off different types of mythology and legends but giving them a new look. I often like my tales like this to be darker, I felt the stories even though they were dark were kind of light too. I know that might sound a little off. It didn’t bother me though I was okay with them even so. I guess the term I’m looking for is bittersweet.

I enjoyed all of the stories but there were a few that really stood out to me. One of which was The Barricades. I really loved the whole concept of that story, I want it to be a whole book. It was a really great story. I also really enjoyed A Beautiful Morning because it dealt more with immortals/deities. I thought the story was both sweet and sad. It had an essence to it. I also enjoyed Shimmer because it was a fun take on the mermaid legend.

Sunset Moon, The Maker and Between were interesting to me but didn’t stand out as much as the other three. Which happens with Anthologies. That’s what makes them fun.

I think that if you enjoy myths and legend stories this a great book of retellings. I definitely felt the variety could fit multiple taste. I also thought the stories were well written and I liked how they had the mixture of darkness with a little light peeking through.

The Collectors' Society by Heather Lyons #CoverReveal

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Holy moly, y'all! We are so excited to bring you the cover for Heather Lyons' THE COLLECTORS' SERIES! THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY is an Adult Romantic Fairy Tale, full of adventure and fantasy. This is Alice as you have never seen her before... THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY is set to be released on October 23rd!

From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

Author PhotoAbout Heather Lyons:

Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

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Sugar on the Edge by Sawyer Bennett #BookReview #Giveaway

Sugar on the Edge by
Sawyer Bennett
Last Call, #3
Adult Contemporary Romance
Released July 28, 2014

He’s utterly alone…

Tortured and existing in a dark spiral of despair, bestselling British author, Gavin Cooke, has come to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to escape the seedy lifestyle he had been living in London and in a desperate attempt to regain his writing focus. He’s twisted, bitter and angry at the world. He’s a loner… needing not a single thing other than his Scotch and a laptop upon which he can bang out his next erotic, dark thriller.

She’s running in place and getting nowhere…

Savannah Shepherd’s life is falling apart. Her dream of being a wildlife photographer seems a distant memory and she’s barely able to make ends meet. Driving herself forward with no clear goals apparent, she’s about ready to pack up her bags and head home with her tail between her legs.

Two unlikely lovers…

He’s raw, forceful and a dirty talker. She’s a flowers and romance type of girl. Yet within each other, they find a mutual craving that can only be satisfied by giving in to their desires for one another.
Lust turns into something more… something they were not looking for but tentatively accept. Will it be enough to push them past the obstacles of Gavin’s bitter past?
*SUGAR ON THE EDGE can be read as a stand-alone*

Sugar on the Edge is another great romance story from Sawyer Bennett.

I liked the fact that Gavin is an author of paranormal romance. It’s funny to me how he looks at people like they are characters in books. Trying to fit them into roles. I also thought his baggage issues are kind of interesting as well. A little different and definitely sad. He finds himself spiraling until finally needing to get his act together.

Savannah is that good girl that tries to prove she is more edgy. Even though she is at heart, a good girl. I liked how she was up to the challenge of proving that she could break out of the box Gavin put her in. It doesn’t have anything to do with if she likes herself or not. Even though she can seem insecure she’s confident of who she is in her heart of hearts but she was willing to get out of her comfort zone.

I think these are definitely my favorite characters out the series so far. All of the books can be read as standalones but the other characters do make appearances. I really love when Sawyer tackles the really bad boy paired up with a good girl who is totally underestimated. I think she pulls off the chemistry without a hitch.

This book has more sex then I think the previous ones. It’s appropriate for the characters. It’s not like there is just sex all the time to have it. We are talking about an author who has erotica in his books. It’s also a part of his life on the edge as well. So it doesn’t feel like, oh there they go again or anything like that.

The ending was expected for, I was actually waiting for it. So it didn’t take me by too much surprise. I wasn’t exactly sure how it was going to play out and it did feel a little rushed. Although you wouldn’t really want it to drag on for too long. I felt that I was okay with it.

I think if you like this book you will also like Sawyer Bennett’s Off Course (which is one of my favorites). It reminds me of it a little bit.

USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

Storm Siren by Mary Weber #BookReview #Giveaway #FFBC


Storm Siren (Storm Siren #1)
by Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins
Release Date: August 19th 2014

“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.

Storm Siren is definitely an epic fantasy novel that takes you into another world. Powered by a strong female lead and robust cast of supporting characters.

I loved Nym has a character she is fierce and strong with a moral struggle that rages inside her. She has these awesome powers (that she knows about from the beginning thank goodness). She is one of those people that keeps getting knocked down but keeps getting up. Even though she is tired and wishes she was the type that could just lay there and admit defeat. It’s not in her nature to do so because she is a survivor.

This book is rich with characters. There are so many great different ones and I love when you even the evil ones are fleshed out. You get to be inside their heads a little bit more. It’s also one of those books where you are never quite sure who you can trust. I found myself staying skeptical and keeping my allegiance to Nym alone. It’s funny how fantasy novels have taught me that things are not always as they seem. Everyone has their own motive and inner battle.

This is one of my favorite type of relationships too. The kind of loathing, respect, friends thing going on between Nym and Eogan. I also like that Colin tries to throw his hat in the race. It’s in that fun loving kind of way though.

Okay so Bolcranes freak me out.

As far as the plot is concerned, I really did like it. I really needed a map next to me at times when I was reading though. The world building is good, especially for Faelen. It’s the other nations that I was kind of getting confused of their placement. I have a feeling it is more of an issue with me then if someone else was reading. I also felt that there were points when the book was slow and I can’t exactly pinpoint why. I felt like there was plenty going on but just something wasn’t drawing me in as much as the beginning and ending did. You are definitely rewarded with the ending though so it’s worth it to stick with it.

This book has a fabulous ending. While I was reading I actually had to take a minute get more comfortable and looked at my husband and said, stuff just hit the fan in this book.(ok maybe I didn’t use the word stuff). It had me hooked and was completely amazing. I closed the book and thought how the heck do you get back from that. How do you get back from that!! I need book two because I’m just blown away. Would I consider it a cliffhanger yes, but an appropriate one for sure. If you enjoy fantasy, I recommend this book.

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Officially though: Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean. She likes orange trees, tattoos, and ALL the music. ;0)

BOOK 1 in my YA fantasy STORM SIREN trilogy releases Aug 2014 from Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins. Eep!