Thursday, October 1, 2015


By: Elizabeth Hunter
Published By: E. Hunter
Released : Available Now
Details: Kindle copy, 320 Pages


Blurb : Goodreads

"No secret stays hidden forever."

A phone call from an old friend sets Dr. Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery he'd abandoned years before. He never expected a young librarian could hold the key to the search, nor could he have expected the danger she would attract. Now he and Beatrice De Novo will follow a twisted maze that leads from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a confrontation they never could have predicted.

A Hidden Fire is a paranormal mystery/romance for adult readers. It is the first book in the Elemental Mysteries Series.

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I have had this book sitting on my Kindle since 2012.


Time to take it out of the archives and dust it off.

I have the older cover, but I sure love the new cover to A Hidden Fire. It reminds me of the style of Cassandra Clare’s, The Mortal Instruments.

Dr. Giovanni Vecchio is a great character, but I want to learn him more. 

Giovanni is after something that is very personal and he was led to believe it was lost to him. 

Elizabeth had me getting to know Beatrice De Novo, aka B. We know she is intelligent and she works at the library on a Wednesday night and she has a pretty cool dress code.

Caspar is Gio’s butler and he is a pretty cool guy for a man in his sixties.

Carwyn gets introduced and he is a lovable character. I really want to read more about him.

Though Carwyn was a priest, he rarely wore any kind of uniform, preferring to dress himself more like a surfer than a man of the cloth when he visited the United States.

It is no secret by now, as this series has been out for several years, that Giovanni and Carwyn are vampires. I will say what a lot of readers have noted ,and it is simply quite hard not to notice unless you have NEVER read Twilight,  whether it be coincidental, this book did have a few quite blatant similar moments.

Not that it bothered me, but they were not subtle.

Read you will find them.

But what I really liked was Elizabeth gave us elemental vampires, hence the series title. This was very cool. 

"Elements? Not like chemistry, though, right?"
He shook his head. "The classical elements: fire, earth, wind and water."

The villain of this story had a lot of opportunity to show me his dark side later in the book and I kind of felt a little let down by him. I felt this area could have been quite action packed and worthy of his villainous name.

Another character I really liked was Tenzin. She comes into this installment late into the piece but she is really cool and quirky. 

"Hello, Tenzin." 
"Hello, my boy," she said in Mandarin. "I thought you might need me.

This is a very clean read for an adult paranormal mystery romance.

This is a 320 page book and for the first half I did feel like it was very slow going, but then things speeded up. 

Do not be expecting the usual smexual goings on, but you will be delivered a couple awesome kissing scenes.

My personal take on this first installment is it is a slow burn in the story line and romance departments. I just watched the trailer and that is also a slow burn. I could have thought of a lot more things to put into that trailer.

I am looking forward to reading more in this series as I know it is a very popular series.

This was a very good start to the Elemental Mysteries series and I found it very enjoyable.


Friday, September 25, 2015


By: Jennifer L Armentrout
Published By: Spencer Hill Press
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 335 Pages


Blurb: Goodreads

The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

Book 1 in the new adult paranormal TITAN series, spin-off to the best selling COVENANT series.

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I loved the Covenant series and now Titan the spinoff has spun with The Return.

SETH! He’s baaAAaack.

And boy is he a smexy lad.

Josie and Seth find themselves together...because Apollo said so and things heat up.

We know there is always gonna be luurrrvvvvee in JLA’s books and this is no exception, it’s about the road trip getting there.

I adored Apollo in Covenant series and he gets to show himself and so does Deacon and Luke.


There is so much more to learn about those crazy Gods and the trouble that follows our main characters around, and now JLA has thrown in villainous Titans who are on a mission to seek and destroy and all that good stuff.

I’ll be back for The Power in February 2016 because it has all only just begun. JLA has to put Josie and Seth through a whole pile of more shiz before we get to the end of this series.


Saturday, September 19, 2015


By: Kate McCarthy
Published By: Kate McCarthy
Released : Available Now
Details : Digital copy for honest review & purchased a copy.


Blurb: Goodreads

“Professional athletes are pillars of their respective communities. They are heroes in the eyes of boys and girls and are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that positively represents their community.”

The public loves a good scandal. Seeing someone fall from the pinnacle of success makes a great headline. No one knows that better than I do. What started out as a promising career in college football, spiraled into scandal and shame.

But being a hero is easier said then done. Especially when there are those who expected to see the great Brody Madden fail. I craved nothing except being the best—willing to do anything to prove them wrong. But I went too far, and I tried too hard, and it broke me.

“At the time of going to print, Jordan Elliott was unavailable for comment.”

I met Brody Madden in my senior year of college. An Australian native on an international scholarship, I was the female soccer sensation with stars in her eyes and no room for a hotshot wide receiver with a chip on his shoulder.

But a heart bursting with ambition and a driving fire to succeed isn’t made of stone. I became his strength, his obsession, and the greatest love of his life. Only I wasn’t there when he needed me most.

This is a story about love and a game that takes everything. Where the path to glory is paved with sacrifice. Where pressure makes you, or breaks you, and triumph is born in the ashes of failure. Where two people’s end game will change everything.

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I’m trying to think of the last sports romance I read and I can’t think of one. This may be I’m no longer a sports romance virgin.

My cherry has been popped.

Kate brought out a lot of emotions in this read. She dug deep and kept right on digging until she had thoroughly plundered Brody’s character.

The more you read the more you get deeper into the effects of  what being the best can have on a sports person. Apart from the discipline and sacrifices.

I really liked Brody’s character and banana boy aka Jaxon who is Brody’s cousin, well I loved his humorous character. I can’t help thinking this isn’t the last we’ve seen of him.

Kate kept drawing me in, page after page with what at first seemed like a good read, that turned into a powerful hypnotic read. She really plundered Brody’s soul.

The sub characters are all fantastic. I did love Hayden.

I lift my head and my eyes climb upwards, slowly taking in the Viking warrior standing before me. Worn jeans encase brawny legs, and a Colton Bulls muscle tee shirt covers a chest so powerful and wide it deserves its own postal code. Further up I catch brown hair pulled back off his face with a tie, a scruffy jaw, and eyes the color of dark blue denim – one of which winks at me.

Kate was sure teasing me with Hayden.

Hayden’s still in bed. Naked. The sheet barely covers below his waist, affording a peek of all the glory that lies beneath. I avert my eyes. Leah’s boyfriend is big everywhere . I have a sudden new found respect for her ability to walk a single step in the morning, let alone run.


This was a really great first sports romance read for me with some  twists that will explode in your face, and I love a good surprise.

After reading Fighting Redemption I knew Kate was gonna take me on an emotional ride with The End Game. I love the cover art and I think the models suit Brody and Jordan so well.

I highly recommend.


Friday, September 11, 2015


By: Julie Ann Walker
Published By: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 344 Pages

RATING: 4.25 ROCK & WILD BILL STARS with a side order of OZZIE!

Blurb: Goodreads

He's Gone Rogue
Ex-Navy SEAL Rock Babineaux’s job is to get information, and he’s one of the best in the business. Until something goes horribly wrong and he’s being hunted by his own government. Even his best friends at the covert special-ops organization Black Knights Inc. aren’t sure they can trust him. He thinks he can outrun them all, but his former partner—a curvy bombshell who knows just how to drive him wild—refuses to cut him loose.

She Won't Back Down

Vanessa Cordova hasn’t been the team’s communication specialist
very long, but she knows how to read people—no way is Rock guilty of murder. And she’ll go to hell and back to help him prove it. Sure, the sexy Cajun has his secrets, but there’s no one in the world she’d rather have by her side in a tight spot. Which is good, because they’re about to get very tight…

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I was quite excited to get straight onto Rock’s book in the Black Knights Inc. series...and also my library loan was overdue.

I am ADDICTED to this easy to read series full of hawt ex Navy SEALS and their women.

Rock caught my attention in Rev It Up.

I wanted to know him more and I did.

He is absolutely gorgeous when he inner monologues and also he pulls at your heart strings.

Vanessa was an interesting character for me as I felt she came across as a lot tougher in Rev It Up, she was a lot less tougher in this one, but I still really liked her.

The things the Black Knights Inc. men will do for one of their own!

Funnily enough, even though Vanessa was less tough than I thought she was in Rev It Up, the jungle scenes were some of my fave in this book. I loved seeing Richard ‘Rock’ Babineaux in action. He is one smart operative.

This book came with a Tarzan moment which is sure to thrill. I was a bit giddy reading it and a Romancing The Stone style ride in the jungle.

This series is just a great escapism of Alpha men doing their thing to protect, and get those pesky villains off their backs.

Next up I have Eve and Wild Bill in Born Wild.


Looking forward to reading. Now I must return this book as I am holding up the next person who is probably hopping mad I am ten days overdue.



Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Title: The End Game
Author: Kate McCarthy
Release Date: September 8, 2015


“Professional athletes are pillars of their respective communities. They are heroes in the eyes of boys and girls and are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that positively represents their community.”

The public loves a good scandal. Seeing someone fall from the pinnacle of success makes a great headline. No one knows that better than I do. What started out as a promising career in college football, spiraled into scandal and shame.

But being a hero is easier said then done. Especially when there are those who expected to see the great Brody Madden fail. I craved nothing except being the best—willing to do anything to prove them wrong. But I went too far, and I tried too hard, and it broke me.

“At the time of going to print, Jordan Elliott was unavailable for comment.”

I met Brody Madden in my senior year of college. An Australian native on an international scholarship, I was the female soccer sensation with stars in her eyes and no room for a hotshot wide receiver with a chip on his shoulder.

But a heart bursting with ambition and a driving fire to succeed isn’t made of stone. I became his strength, his obsession, and the greatest love of his life. Only I wasn’t there when he needed me most.

This is a story about love and a game that takes everything. Where the path to glory is paved with sacrifice. Where pressure makes you, or breaks you, and triumph is born in the ashes of failure. Where two people’s end game will change everything.











Shutting the door, I walk up the slight incline behind Brody. He sits down at the top of the crest and pats the grassy spot beside him.
“You didn’t mention this part when you explained our date.”
“I can’t give away all my secrets now, can I?”
The grass is a thick blanket on the ground and when I stretch out flat, the rich, earthy scent of soil sweeps over me. My eyes lift to the sky and that’s when I get it. It’s perfectly clear and millions of stars are scattered diamonds twinkling above us—bright and magical.
“Besides,” Brody adds as he lies down beside me and sweeps out his arm, encompassing all of it. “How do you explain that?”
He’s right. You can’t. “It’s beautiful.”
“Is this what the stars are like for you back home?”
“No. Back home it’s different.”
“Different how?”
Homesickness swamps me. As beautiful as Texas is, it’s not Australia. Somehow the stars are always brighter where you belong. “Because there’s no place like home.”
“You’re wrong.”
I turn my head and stare at Brody. He’s not looking at me. His head is tilted toward the sky, eyes riveted on the beauty above him. My gaze follows the line of his profile. From the curl of his hair to the perfect line of his nose, down to the mouth I want kissing me right this very instant.
“Home’s not a place where you live. It’s a feeling.” His hand nudges my own. An invitation. I twine my fingers with his and he squeezes them lightly. “Whether it’s where you are, like the football field, or who you’re with.” Brody turns his head, looking at me when he says that. It’s comforting because it unites us somehow, like it’s slowly becoming us against the world. “You can be anywhere, Jordan. Home will follow you if you follow your heart.”
My breath hitches from the beautiful simplicity of his words. Before I can talk myself out of it, I roll over and straddle him. My knees hug his hips, and he stares up at me from my seated position. My pulse pounds a heavy beat in the silence. Thump, thump, thump. It’s so loud in my ears I’m sure he can hear it.
“Show me,” I breathe. A gleam lights his dark eyes, and he sucks his lower lip inside his mouth. He knows what I’m asking, but I spell it out anyway. “Show me one of those wicked things.”
In a move that steals the air from my lungs, he takes both my hands and pulls me down against the broad width of his chest. I’m rolled over and underneath him before I can blink. The squirm in my hips is instinctive, the ache between my thighs relentless.
“Careful what you ask for,” Brody says roughly, every exquisite inch of his body pressing down on mine.
His lips curve. “Because when I give it to you, it won’t be enough.”
My fingers trail down the side of his face, grazing the firm jaw, cupping his cheek in my palm. Foreboding swamps me. I’m falling hard into uncharted territory, and all I see is a broken mess at the end. How is this going to end well for either of us?
“You’re an arrogant man, Brody Madden,” I whisper.
He brings his face to mine, so close I see the brilliant gold in his eyes, like flecks of light in the dark. “And you, Jordan Elliott, will be the woman who brings me to my knees,” he whispers against my lips.
“Show me,” I beg on a shaky breath.
Brody’s lashes lower and he presses a kiss to the corner of my mouth. I tilt my chin upwards, inviting more. Rather than take my lips like I ache for him to do, he shifts sideways and begins nipping at my jaw. His breath is a rasp when he reaches my earlobe, taking it between his teeth. A sharp pinch from his bite forces a whimper from my throat.
“More?” he asks, drawing back to look at me.
“Is that even a real question?”
Brody chuckles as I slide my hand up and around his nape, dragging his mouth down to mine. He groans and kisses me gently, once, and then twice.
“Brody,” I whisper, and he kisses me again, forcing my mouth open hard like he can’t hold himself in check anymore. My hair is loose and he fists chunks of it in both hands while his tongue rubs against mine, hot and aggressive. It’s almost too much, and when I jerk away I’m left gasping.
Brody doesn’t pause. He ducks his head to my neck, his tongue tasting its way down. He finds my pulse point and sucks. It’s fierce and my back arches involuntarily. His mouth shifts further down, moving on before he leaves a mark.
Sitting up, he takes the neckline of my dress in both hands. Five dainty buttons hold it together. A single wrench will rip the flimsy fabric in two. He pauses and looks at me, inhaling raggedly. “Jordan … I don’t want to ruin it.”
My brow furrows. I glance to the hands poised on my dress. They’re tense, veins straining under his skin. My head is lost in a fog when my gaze returns to his face. “Ruin my dress?”
Brody groans, a deep sound of regret and frustration. “Us.”
“You don’t want to ruin us?”
He draws his hands away from the neckline of my dress. “No.”
“How would you do that?”
“I don’t know. I just get this feeling I’m going to.” He shifts away, moving off me and rolling to his back. I turn my head. Brody’s gaze is back on the stars. I watch his throat work as he swallows, the pulse in his neck pounding visibly. “All I’ve ever wanted is to be the best. Whatever it takes. I’ll do anything. That’s how I’ll ruin us, Jordan. How can something so sweet survive a sentiment so dark?”
I roll to my side, holding my head in my hand. Cupping his face with the other, I nudge gently until he’s looking at me. “I won’t let you.”
Brody’s voice is urgent, his eyes fierce. “Promise me.”
I can’t shake the apprehension. It’s set in my bones and when I speak it feels like a lie. “I promise.”


Kate McCarthy is an Australian, living in the pretty sunshine state of Queensland with her two kids and two dogs, Rufus and Pete.
She loves to bake sweet stuff and eat it too. With an exciting degree in business, she works as an accountant by day, and an author by night. In between family life, she is most often found in bed reading, or at the beach, still reading.



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Sunday, September 6, 2015


By: Abbi Glines
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Released: Available Now
Details : Paperback from publisher for honest review, 328 Pages


Blurb: Goodreads

To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god. But on the inside he's grief-stricken - his father is dying and he hasn't told anyone because he can't face the truth.
Now, as his pain grows unbearable, West finally decides he needs to talk to someone about his dad. So in the dark shadows of a party, he tells the one girl who doesn't speak everything he can't tell anyone else. West expected to feel relief, a flood of emotions - but what he didn't expect was for Maggie Carleton to reply. For her to reveal a pain even deeper than his own. And, for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn't ever let her go.

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

This was a great start to The Field Party series and I really enjoyed being introduced to all the characters.

This is a story which can’t help but tug on your heart strings. Bring up the word cancer and already you know your heart is going to be squeezed tight and you will feel sadness for the characters and their family.

I was unsure of West and his buddies and their way of looking at the girls at their school as they were repeat offenders with some comments, but that is the lay of the land to show eventual character development.

We’d had the same girls in this town since elementary school. They were boring, superficial, and I’d slept with all the good-looking ones. No one was a distraction. They were just as annoying as hell.

Abbi brings that familiar recipe to her story telling. Mean girls, heartache, dramalama with said mean girls, hot guys and you just know you are gonna get that HEA once all that gets dealt with, but it’s an enjoyable ride getting to the focal characters HEA.

Maggie was a very likable character, a very patient, caring character who has had too much thrown at her for her age, something had to come unstuck.

I liked watching West’s character develop and show us what we possibly always knew was coming. Bad boy on the surface, lovable mixed up guy underneath who does indeed have a heart that is breaking and a love for a girl who has her own life’s heartache. I thought West's heartache took more of a center stage than Maggie's considering what she has done to survive. 

The sexual content is toned right down in this book and I didn’t miss it.

I am quite taken by Brady at the moment. Abbi has already set us up with some small crumbs and I am looking forward to finding more out about the girl that nobody has time for and the boy who showed us a bit of his caring nature in Until Friday Night.


Saturday, September 5, 2015


By: Julie Ann Walker
Published By: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 321 Pages


Blurb: Goodreads

He's the heartbreaker she left behind...

He Never Misses a Target

Jake "the Snake" Sommers earned his SEAL code name by striking quickly and quietly—and with lethal force. That's also how he broke Michelle Carter's heart. It was the only way to keep her safe—from himself. Four long years later, Jake is determined to get a second chance. But to steal back into Michelle's loving arms, Jake is going to have to prove he can take things slow. Real slow...

She Aims to Make Him Beg

Michelle Carter has never forgiven Jake for being so cliché as to "love her and leave her." But when her brother, head of the Black Knights elite ops agency, ticks off the wrong mobster, she must do the unimaginable: place her life in Jake's hands. No matter what they call him, this man is far from cold-blooded. And once he's wrapped around her heart, he'll never let her go...

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I’m getting quite addicted to this series. The writing is very easy to read and for me this series is turning into a delicious hot-man-fest with a bit of action and love wins over the girl.

Jake ‘the Snake’ Sommers is said hot man, even if he dresses a bit in his down time like Magnum PI in his Hawaiian shirt enjoying a beer with his fellow hot man friends.


Assassins are lurking.

Woman and child needs guarding.

Secrets are revealed.

Love conquers all.

I have to say one scene in this book...the Columbian Neck Tie...oh that was not a good visual in my head.


I don’t think I am ever gonna forget that scene.

Hell bent on vengeance villains and a bunch of lads you simply have to read more about is what makes up this series and I keep on coming back for more.


Friday, August 28, 2015


By: Chantal Fernando
Published By: Gallery Books
Released: Available Now
Details: Digital copy via NetGalley for honest review, 352 Pages


Blurb: Goodreads

The third in a sexy romance series from the bestselling author of Saxon and Toxic Girl about the bad boys of the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club and the women who fall in love with them.

Tracker is everything I’ve ever wanted.

I see him. I’ve watched time change him.

I’ve been patient, but he still hasn’t noticed me. Not the way I want him to. The more time I spend with the MC, the more I understand.

When you want something, you have to take it. You have to fight for it.

And Tracker is more than worth fighting for…

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

Suddenly he says, “I don’t think I’ve ever just enjoyed silence with a woman.”

I really enjoyed Tracker’s End, I am rather addicted to this MC series.

Tracker is simply gorgeous. He did have me scratching my head at one stage with his behavior, I was like dude, you need to chill and let the woman speaketh.

Rake...goodness me, we get to see more of his shenanigans and there was a particularly panty dropping scene with Tracker and Lana. I don’t think Rake is gonna let her live that one down.

The MC lads are all gorgeous in this series with their own hang ups and what not which makes a great MC read.

Faye definitely six years down the track has come into her own as the old lady of the Prez. She was so different to when she was in Dragon’s Lair.

I love seeing Talon pop up and there is another biker gang introduced.

I am looking forward to the next one in the series.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015


By: Claudia Gray
Published By: Harper Teen
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 357 Pages


Blurb: Goodreads

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:
I meant it when I said I didn’t believe in love at first sight. It takes time to really, truly fall for someone. Yet I believe in a moment. A moment when you glimpse the truth within someone, and they glimpse the truth within you. In that moment, you don’t belong to yourself any longer, not completely. Part of you belongs to him; part of him belongs to you. After that, you can’t take it back, no matter how much you want to, no matter how hard you try.

First of all I want to say, cover art NAILED IT!

Love it!

You can’t help but turn the book upside down and have a good look.

Secondly, fan of Claudia Gray. Love her Evernight series. Simply loved it.

I enjoyed this book and the whole idea of the parallel universes and the Firebird as the means to slip into a new one. I did admittedly get a little confused a few times with some of the theories and explanations of the parallel Pauls etc, especially when it came to the erm, sex scene and the whole which-Paul-and-how-much-the-other-would-know and ...GOOD LAWD!!

I kind of felt bad for Paul # 1 we shall call him, or was that Paul # 2?

Anyhoo, I loved Paul from Russia. I could have read him the whole book.

I like to note when I review, and I did have a bit of a plot chuckle and then more of a mortified plot *GASP* she-did-not-just-inner-monologue-that, moment.

Loyalist solider, you were a good boy running after the two Duchesses, but they are right beside each other and you nab the bratty younger one and leave the other one by herself. Admittedly it did leave the main character ( Duchess Marguerite) to get her nookie on and then inner monologue to my horror...

Endangered? Oh. By danger he means pregnancy. It’s not like it would be great for me to get pregnant right now in any dimension, but for the Grand Duchess Marguerite—intended to be the virgin bride of the Prince of Wales—it would be personally and politically disastrous. Fear quivers in my belly, but I tell myself it was only once.


Folkettes you can get pregnant with unprotected sex the first time. Just clarifying.

“They may have rigged the train with explosives. You must run to the forest.”

Cool, so Katya and Marguerite run. They flee to the forest.

But then shenanigans happen with a baddie and ...

His knife finds the traitor’s gut, and the loyalist grabs Katya in his arms as the dead man falls. He begins running with her back toward the train.

Loyalist soldier dude, what about that possible bomb? Oh and didn’t you forget Marguerite she is big sis and also royalty.


I did work out something but then I got a big BAM did-not-work-that-out moment and I was so excited to get that twist.

I did enjoy this adventure of jumping into parallel universes and I am looking forward to more Theos and Pauls. The lads are so different but both so endearing.

Bring on Ten Thousand Skies Above You, and another brilliant piece of cover art.


FLOVE the cover art!

Thursday, August 20, 2015


By: Amanda Hocking
Published By: Pan Macmillan
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from publisher for honest review, 422 Pages


Blurb: Goodreads
Cast out by her kingdom and far from home, she's the Kanin people's only hope.

Bryn Aven - unjustly charged with murder and treason - is on the run. The one person who can help is her greatest enemy, the enigmatic Konstantin Black. Konstantin is her only ally against those who have taken over her kingdom and threaten to destroy everything she holds dear. But can she trust him?

As Bryn fights to clear her name, the Kanin rulers’ darkest secrets are coming to light… and now the entire troll world is on the brink of war. Will it tear Bryn from Ridley Dresden, the only guy she’s ever loved? And can she join forces with Finn Holmes and the Trylle kingdom? One thing is certain: an epic battle is underway—and when it’s complete, nothing will ever be the same…

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle :

Things got hopping in this final installment. I really enjoyed the action side and the lurrvvve side was a slow burn but I was endeared to it and knew it was inevitable, just some emotional bridges to cross along the way.

Bryn and Konstantin get paired up for a fair bit of this book and I enjoyed having them partnered up, not by choice but by circumstance.

I really like Konstantin. Sure he did some shady, erm bad things in his past and I am not sure if I was that invested in why he did them, but he did, so here stands our bad boy in more ways than one.

But bad boy isn’t altogether bad, and I knew that, I could feel it early into the trilogy.

Ridley and Bryn spend a fair bit of this book apart, but when they get their mojo on the same page...

There are twists, a couple I could see coming, but for the most part I loved that I got little shocks and surprises. I enjoy getting those in a book.

There are villains and allies must be made and swords come out and Omte are about and Ogres and all good fantasy stuff is going on.

There are moments that will squeeze your heart tight and moments where you are cheering on Bryn who is being kickass and well... a cool chick.

Crystal Kingdom was a satisfying ending to the Kanin Chronicles. I am now looking forward to what Amanda will bring us next.


Blog Tour – Crystal Kingdom

· Saturday, August 1 - Diva Booknerd - Review and Q&A

· Sunday, August 2 - Book Nerd Reviews - Review and Giveaway 

· Monday, August 3 - Butterfly Elephant – Review

· Tuesday, August 4 - Confessions from Romaholics – Review

· Wednesday, August 5 - SassyBookLovers - Review, Q&A & Giveaway 

· Thursday, August 6 – Fictional Thoughts - Review and Q&A 

· Friday, August 7- Behind the Pages - Review 

· Saturday, August 8 - Words Read and Written - Q&A 

· Monday, August 10 - Aussie Bookworm - Review and Q&A 

· Tuesday, August 11 – Gobblefunked – Review and Q&A

· Thursday, August 13 - The Rest Is Still Unwritten – Review

· Friday, August 14 - The Rest Is Still Unwritten - Q&A

· Saturday, August 15 – Fangirl World – Review

· Sunday, August 16 - The Cosy Dragon – Q&A

· Tuesday, August 18 - Mystical World of Books - Review and Q&A

· Thursday, August 20 - Novels on the Run – Review

· Saturday, August 22 - #LoveBooks - Review and Q&A 

· Sunday, August 23 - The Cosy Dragon - Review 

· Monday, August 24 - Behind the Pages - Q&A

· Wednesday, August 26 - YA Book Addict - Review 

· Thursday, August 27 - Read Between the Lines - Review 

· Saturday, August 29 - Book Nerdigans - Review and Q&A 

· Monday, August 31 - Oops I Read a Book Again - Review and Q&A 

Amanda Hocking lives in Minnesota, had never sold a book before April 2010 and has now sold her

millionth. She is now ‘the most spectacular example of an author striking gold through ebooks’- Observer. Amanda is a self-confessed 'Obsessive Tweeter. John Hughes mourner. Batman devotee. Muppets activist. Unicorn enthusiast.'

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‘[Hocking has] generated an excitement not felt in the industry since Stephenie Meyer or perhaps even J.K Rowling’ – New York Times