#Audiobook Review: VENGEFUL by V.E. Schwab


I just finished listening to VENGEFUL by V.E. Schwab and I am stunned by it's absolute savage tribute to power and women. Five years in the making and OMG! I can't believe it is over. 

Upon returning to this world where E.O.'s reign and the search for ultimate power matters most it is refreshing to return with new players that change the game as we know it. Yes, Victor and Eli are back and while their stories will leave you in breathless anticipation, it is Marcella, June and Sydney's stories that will bring you to your knees.

Marcella Riggins, is a new player in this story and I must say became an instant favorite. What more can I say about this character except that she was mesmerizing to witness: Cunning and ruthless, with a way of scaring the crap out of you while leaving you in rapt admiration at the same time. I admired her lack of fear and how she wanted to be seen and not ignored simply by being a woman. Her collaboration with other new characters created a tour de force that could rule the world or burn it down to the ground. And things were going to change especially when you add Victor and Eli to the toxic mix. It is only a matter of time and when the inevitable clash comes you will be left stunned. You have been warned.

As I began listening to this story I was reminded on why I liked V.E. Schwab's writing so much. It's best described as being with an old friend that puts you on edge, the one that dares you to go beyond your comfort zones and although it feels uncomfortable at first you are thankful for the experience. She has a way of writing these villainous characters that one cannot help but empathize with and cheer on. Fans of this series will be pleasantly surprised by the turn of events in this book and will only crave for more like I did.

Narration: Jeremy Arthur did a fantastic job with Vengeful. Every emotion and nuance of this story was captured in the perfect cadence of his voice. I am a fan of his previous works and was pleased that he came in to work on this novel. I am so thankful that I got to listen to this book because it is one of my favorite for this year.




VENGEFUL

A super-powered collision of extraordinary minds and vengeful intentions—#1 New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab returns with the thrilling follow-up to Vicious.
Magneto and Professor X. Superman and Lex Luthor. Victor Vale and Eli Ever. Sydney and Serena Clarke. Great partnerships, now soured on the vine.
But Marcella Riggins needs no one. Flush from her brush with death, she’s finally gained the control she’s always sought—and will use her new-found power to bring the city of Merit to its knees. She’ll do whatever it takes, collecting her own sidekicks, and leveraging the two most infamous EOs, Victor Vale and Eli Ever, against each other once more.
With Marcella's rise, new enmities create opportunity--and the stage of Merit City will once again be set for a final, terrible reckoning.

Listen to an excerpt of V. E. Schwab's VENGEFUL audiobook, read by Jeremy Arthur.

Audiobook Review: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White



Oh beautiful darkness!! I have not enjoyed an audiobook as much as this one in a long while. THE DARK DESCENT OF ELIZABETH FRANKENSTEIN is so beautifully executed and I long for more adventures in this genre.

Kiersten White has done a fantastic job of creating an atmosphere that is tangibly creepy as Elizabeth Lavenza recalls her life and all that she was willing to do to stay within the good graces of the Frankenstein family. Her price at keeping her station were high, keeping Victor Frankenstein in check because he did not function well in normal society,  yet she never faltered on her mission, even when another came to join their small group.

The story deftly goes from the past to present as Elizabeth travels to find Victor and bring him home after a long stay away, but she may have bitten off more than she can chew as she begins to discover that Victor's absence means something more sinister that she can possible imagine.

When ensues is the stuff that gothic nightmares are made of: secrets, lies, dead bodies all set against a backdrop of darkness disguised as beauty. This story is wicked in it's concept and it will keep you glue to your headphones until the very end.

THE DARK DESCENT OF ELIZABETH FRANKENSTEIN is mesmerizing and  I will be the first to admit that I squee'd in delight when I discovered that this book was being written but it is nothing compared to listening to it on audio.



Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable. 


But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness. 




Author: Kiersten White | Narrator: Katharine McEwan
Release Date: September 25, 2018

Audiobook Review: TIME'S CONVERT by Deborah Harkness


I have been a long time fan of Deborah Harkness and her All Souls Trilogy and when I learned that she was delving back into this world of Vampire, Witches and Demons, I could not wait. So, you could imagine my joy at being able to listen to this amazing novel and experiencing these world with these mesmerizing characters once again.

As I return to the world I am treated to three POV's: Diana, Marcus and Phoebe, which I will point out that the narrator has excellently executed with amazing talent. During each POV I was treated to the current status of the de Clermont family through Diana, the transition of being made into a vampire and what the first few months means are like with Pheobe's and lastly Marcus' memories of when he was human and his early years of being a vampire. All stories entwining to further showcase that being a paranormal being is never as easy as it seems.

I loved returning to the de Clermont family and seeing how the twins were faring. I was curious to witness their development and I was not disappointed. I cannot wait to see how this part of the story will eventually develop. I also loved listening to Pheobe's challenges at becoming a vampire and how even at this modern age the transition was not as smooth as one would believe. Marcus' story was intriguing but at times I felt it was a big long winded and would find myself drifting despite enjoyed how well the narrator could deftly switch between characters.

I enjoyed this story more than I expected maybe because I truly had no idea what this audiobook was going to be about. I went in "blind" so to say and was pleasantly surprised. I believe fans of The All Should Trilogy will eat this story up with a spoon and greedily consume it words with pleasant satisfaction.



From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, a novel about what it takes to become a vampire.

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus's deeply held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood.

Fast-forward to contemporary Paris, where Phoebe Taylor--the young employee at Sotheby's whom Marcus has fallen for--is about to embark on her own journey to immortality. Though the modernized version of the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable than they were in the eighteenth century. The shadows that Marcus believed he'd escaped centuries ago may return to haunt them both--forever.

A passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities not just for change but for revolution, Time's Convert channels the supernatural world-building and slow-burning romance that made the All Souls Trilogy instant bestsellers to illuminate a new and vital moment in history, and a love affair that will bridge centuries.



Author: Deborah Harkness | Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld
Release Date: September 18, 2018

All Hail the King: A NORDIC KING by Karina Halle, Release Blitz


A Nordic King by Karina Halle Publication Date: September 21, 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance
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SYNOPSIS: 

When I first applied for the job I thought it would be like all the others: working as a nanny for an aristocratic family.

Then I got the job and found out how wrong I was.

Now I’m the new nanny for two adorable little girls who happen to be princesses.

Their father is the widowed King of Denmark.

And my new home? The royal palace in Copenhagen.

Adjusting to my new life isn't easy but the hardest part hasn’t been the girls who still grieve over the loss of their mother.

It’s their father.

Cold, mysterious and moody, with an icy stare that seems to penetrate your soul, King Aksel may have hired me to take care of his daughters but he wants as little to do with me as possible. 

Yet the longer I share these palace walls with this man, the more that I’m drawn to him. His chiseled face and sexual swagger are only part of the package. It’s in the long, intense glances at the dinner table, the way we’ll brush up against each other in the halls, the rare glimpses of the man deep inside, like the sun passing through clouds.

But no matter how I feel about him, we can never be together.

You think it's bad enough being in love with your boss?

Try falling in love with a king.


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Meet Karina: Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.
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Audiobook Review: The Raging Ones by Krista + Becca Ritchie


I have been wanting to listen to THE RAGING ONES by Krista & Becca Ritchie since I learned about this novel. I have been a fan of their NA romances and when they announced this novel I was intrigued and not disappointed.

THE RAGING ONES has a unique premise that begins with a somewhat confusing introduction but soon develops into a story that I could not stop reading. The more I read and grasped what was happening the more I became invested in the story and I loved every single moment.

The world building is fascinating and it is complimented by a riveting cast of characters that had I could not stop thinking about and now I need the next installment in this series, THE LAST HOPE. Is there any way I can have this, like now?

THE RAGING ONES has a lot to offer in audiobook form and I think it is a great listen that you have to stick with and the patience will pay out handsomely. 

Narration: I always enjoy having more narrators than one when it comes to any audiobook and this trio kept me engaged and their timing was spot on. I hope they return for the next novel.




The Raging Ones by Krista & Becca Ritchie is an edge of your seat sci-fi romance audiobook with twists and turns that listeners will never see coming!
In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.
Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday.
Until the day she does.
Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.
Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.
With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space. Against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.

Listen to an excerpt of Krista & Becca Ritchie's THE RAGING ONES audiobook, read by Graham Halstead, Emily Lawrence, and Tristan Morris.

When the pain is too much: TRAGIC by Devney Perry, #CoverReveal


I am so happy to join Inkslinger for the cover reveal of TRAGIC by Devney Perry! I am a big fan of Devney's novels and when presented with the chance to help promote this amazing series I could not say no. So, please check out this amazing cover and make sure to let share the news.


TRAGIC
Lark Cove Book 3
By Devney Perry
Release Day – NOVEMBER 27th
Standalone



Kaine Reynolds wants nothing more than solitude. After an unthinkable tragedy destroys his family, he’s cut off all ties to his former life so he can battle his grief the only way he knows how.

Alone.

So when Piper Campbell knocks on his door, rambling on about being his new neighbor, he slams the door in her face.

But Kaine’s gruff demeanor doesn’t scare her. She’s set on living in Montana and starting over after a terrible divorce. And she wouldn’t mind having a fling to chase away the pain of her husband’s betrayal. Her handsome, albeit rude, neighbor is the perfect candidate.

Yet what neither of them suspect is that their no-strings affair will result in the surprise of Piper’s lifetime—and Kaine’s worst fear.


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Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media. 

Audiobook Review: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Kylie Scott



Years ago I was introduced to author Kylie Scott with her DIVE BAR series and I was instantly addicted to her stories. She had a way with wicked boys and plucky gals and I knew I would always want more. So, when I had the opportunity to listen to IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME, I could not say resist and I was not disappointed.


IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME on audiobook is an entertaining listen, a bit angsty, a bit forbidden and hella hot! 

What I enjoyed most about this audiobook was the way in which Adele carried herself, she was forthright and honest. She wasn't afraid to express herself and let her feelings be known, which I found refreshing especially along side Peter who seemed a bit emotionally stunted. Yet, together they worked. Many may not find the age gap attractive but it was one of the things I enjoyed about this story and although it might not be something most may not enjoy, it worked for me.

For fans of Kylie it may not rank up there as a top favorite but it will keep you engaged and rooting for Adele who seemed to capture and hold my attention.

Narration: What else can be said about And Arndt but that she is THE best at narrating these romance novels. She has the perfect timing and inflection and it is always comforting to hear her voice.



It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, from bestselling author Kylie Scott, is a brand new audiobook that will have listeners hooked.
Returning home for her father’s wedding was never going to be easy for Adele. If being sent away at eighteen hadn’t been bad enough, the mess she left behind when she made a pass at her dad’s business partner sure was.
Fifteen years older than her, Pete had been her crush for as long as she could remember. But she’d misread the situation—confusing friendliness for undying love. Awkward. Add her father to the misunderstanding, and Pete had been left with a broken nose and a business on the edge of ruin. The man had to be just as glad as everyone else when she left town.
Seven years on, things are different. Adele is no longer a kid, but a fully grown adult more than capable of getting through the wedding and being polite. But all it takes is seeing him again to bring back all those old feelings.
Sometimes first loves are the truest.

Listen to an excerpt of Kylie Scott's IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME audiobook, read by Andi Arndt.



Hold on to your tiara's: ROYALLY YOURS by Emma Chase, Cover + Blurb Reveal

     

Folks, hold on to your tiara's because Emma Chase revealed the cover for ROYALLY YOURS and it is gorgeous!! I love everything about this cover, this storyline and yes, this cover!!! LOL! The Royally series is on of my absolute favorites and I cannot wait until it reaches my hands.

   

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ROYALLY YOURS will be available on October 30th

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Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco.
It’s a big deal.
When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning.
What she isn’t…is married.
It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want.
Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty.
Even Queens. Especially them.
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Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home.
And a sacred promise keeps him there.
To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure.
**
Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever.
Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story.
This is theirs.
                 


Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine. 


What if your whole life was based on :LIES by T.M. Logan #GIVEAWAY


Today I am partnering with St. Martin’s Press for an amazing giveaway! LIES by T.M. Logan has been receiving praise across the pond and now it has arrived on our shores and it us unputdownable. I’m giving away the  #LiesBook and more. What's the "more" you may ask? Well, just check out the #giveaway at the end of this post and you will see how awesome this prize pack is. 



Praise for LIES


'"A terrific page turner, didn't see that twist! A thoroughly enjoyable thriller" Mel Sherrat

"Creepy, creepy, creepy . . . a winner if you like thrillers." Woman's Way

"Outstanding and very well-written debut psychological thriller.The book was so gripping I genuinely found it hard to put down" KL Slater, bestselling author of BLINK

"Intense and surreal and utterly amazing . . . that ending just absolutely blew my tiny mind. I didn't see it coming and it was FANTASTIC." Girl vs Books


LIES
By T.M. Logan
In Stores September 11, 2018
Published by St Martins Press



What if you have the perfect life, the perfect wife and the perfect child—and then, in one shattering moment, you discover nothing is as it seems?

It’s the evening drive home from work, a route Joe Lynch has taken a hundred times with his young son. But when he unexpectedly sees his wife’s car ahead of them, he decides to follow her—and ends up witnessing her secret rendezvous with another man. The encounter will tear two families apart and leave an innocent man set up to take the fall for a murder.

Joe finds himself in the sights of a ruthless killer determined to destroy everything he treasures. He will do whatever it takes to protect his family, but as the net tightens around him, his life begins to fall apart. Soon, Joe is in a life or death struggle with a cunning opponent who is always one step ahead.

Lies poses the question: Can we ever really trust those closest to us?

Lies by T.M. Logan is an unputdownable thriller in which each chapter changes the meaning of what came before, keeping the reader guessing until the jaw-dropping finale.


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About T.M. Logan
T. M. Logan was born in Berkshire to an English father and a German mother. He studied at Queen Mary and Cardiff universities before becoming a national newspaper journalist. He currently works in communications and lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children. LIES is his first novel.






LIES GIVEAWAY
Unputdownable!


One (1) winner receives:
  • Copy of the psychological thriller, Lies
  • Plus a French Press & coffee mug because this one will have reading way past your bedtime.

Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by St Martins Press.

ENTER BELOW and Good Luck!!