Dead Men Tell no Tales, They Just Like to Sing Songs: BLACK SOULS by Nicole Castroman Blog Tour

Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by on our Blog Tour stop for BLACK SOULS by FFBC. I am a huge fan of all things pirates....arrrrrg, be walking the plank. See, I cannot stop myself and I blame it all on Nicole Castroman and her pirate tales of BLACKHEARTS and now BLACKSOULS that has captured my very heart and dares I say it....Soul!!!! I was so inspired that I created a play list that is quite jaunty and entertaining and I would hope that you would feel inspired to read the series if you already haven't and if you have then you can remember it during those times that you need a little more swashbuckling adventure in your day. For Blackbeard seemed to have been a canny strategist, a master of improvisation, a showman, a natural leader and an extraordinary risk taker. And that I can admire with a huge smile.

Please check out the other stops on this tour and remember that Dead Men Tell No Tales...


Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined. 

BLACKSOULS Playlist as interpreted by The Ravenous Reader


Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend…she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her.

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is the country located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.

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FREE AUDIOBOOKS Through AudiobooksSYNC - Get Ready!

We have the BEST opportunity for all you audiobook readers out there (and for those of you wanting to take a risk-free chance on them)...


What is SYNC?


SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+ (and you adult YA readers, too). Returning April 27, 2017 SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. In 2016, 30 titles were given away over 15 weeks.


SYNC is dedicated to introducing the listening experience to the teen audience and demonstrates that Required Reading can be completed by listening.


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Personally, we can't wait for Shadowshaper and Between Shades of Gray! What's on the list that you can't wait for?

THE CASQUETTE GIRLS by Alys Arden Review: A Tale of Magic and Mystery

Do you ever have that book that makes you wish you could immediately go back and enjoy it again? The kind of read that stays with you and makes you want to talk about it to everyone with a pulse?  Well, THE CASQUETTE GIRLS by Alys Arden is just that book for me. This slow-burning gothic read is an dear love letter to the city of New Orleans and it's resilient inhabitants, while showcasing an enigmatic cast of characters that you will not easily forget.

THE CASQUETTE GIRLS  begins on somber note with Adele Le Moyne returning to New Orleans with her father after a two month hiatus due to hurricane Katrina. As Adele and her father try to resemble their lives and have everything return to normal it soon becomes apparent that life in the French Quarter is everything but normal. After some shocking events Adele soon discovers that she has a gift at the same time that the unexplained deaths and people are going missing in the quarter. Coincidence? As Adele tries to make sense of everything she finds herself hopelessly tangled in an old curse that her ancestors may have cast. Oh sweet baby Jesus!! Now this story is really getting good.

At this point Adele comes in contact with a bit of information that leads her to delve into the past and her family history. It is all presented so gradually and you don't even realize how thoroughly you are invested until you are neck deep and have not were to go but forward. I was holding on to dear life and breathless with anticipation. The twists and turns that Adele had to navigate through were downright perilous but enthralling. I wish I could go into detail but that is for another day. Trust me when I say that you need to read this book.

When I began reading THE CASQUETTE GIRLS I thought that it would be a novel that I could easily sail through, but that was not the case. It demonstrated a pace that I was not too familiar in my typical YA reads. At first, I was greedy for more NOW!! for I was not used to this slow-burning cadence in my books, but I soon became enthralled with the storyline to ever truly mind. Being familiar with the French Quarter made me reminisce my time spent there and long to return, yet THE CASQUETTE GIRLS is written in such a fashion that it will not hamper anyone's enjoyment of the story regardless if you have been there or not. But If I were a betting person, I know you would want to go and check out all the fabulous places mentioned in this series.

THE CASQUETTE GIRLS is a must read for anyone that wishes that the worlds of Harry Potter and Buffy could combine to create a kick-ass ensemble of characters that are on a mission to kick some butt. It's a wicked smart story interwoven with the magic and lore of New Orleans and it's people and have you turning the pages in breathless anticipation and then leave you clamoring for more.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!!


Check out this fantastic Book Trailer that sends shivers down my spine.

by Alys Arden
Published: November 17th 2015 by 
Publisher: Skyscape

Purchase a Copy: Here

Seven girls tied by time.
Five powers that bind.
One curse to lock the horror away.
One attic to keep the monsters at bay.

After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne wants nothing more than her now silent city to return to normal. But with home resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal needs a new definition. 

As the city murder rate soars, Adele finds herself tangled in a web of magic that weaves back to her own ancestors. Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, who can she trust when everyone has a secret and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless . . . you’re immortal.


May 23rd 2017 by Skyscape

Tormented by the fate she condemned her mother to, and by the lies she’s forced to tell to cover it up, Adele scours Storm-ravaged New Orleans for the truth about her family’s magical past. But every turn leads her back to the one person she’s determined to forget: Niccolò Medici. Not even the multitude of enchanted locks on the attic door trapping Nicco within can break their connection.
Sensing Nicco calling to Adele, Isaac tries relentlessly to keep her from exploring paths too dark that would endanger them all. But a new threat is rising: the Medici’s presence has attracted something else to New Orleans…an older enemy, one that will bring Isaac’s haunted past to life, test the witches’ friendships, and jeopardize Adele and Isaac’s blossoming relationship.

In this spellbinding continuation of The Casquette Girls saga, Adele must draw on the past—from seventeenth-century Florence, a time bubbling with alchemy and fraternal betrayal—and sort history from fantasy if she is to have any chance of saving her mother, her coven, and her magic.

The Author:

Alys Arden was raised by the street performers, tea leaf-readers, and glittering drag queens of the New Orleans, French Quarter. She cut her teeth on the streets of New York and has worked all around the world since. She either talks too much or not at all. She obsessively documents things. Her hair ranges from eggplant to cotton-candy-colored.

One dreary day in London, while dreaming of running away with the circus, she started writing The Casquette Girls. Her debut novel garnered over one million reads online before being acquired by Skyscape in a two book deal. Rep’d by ICM. 
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Dreamland & Our First Dessen Reads - Review +GIVEAWAY

Between now and June, contemporary readers all over the world are prepping for Once and for All, Sarah Dessen's upcoming lucky number 13. That's right, she's written THIRTEEN books! Wow! So to get ready, many of us are reading her back catalog and the Ravenous Readers took a shot with Dreamland, a book they both hadn't read.

Dreamland isn't your normal (aka more fluffy) Dessen read. This book shows the darker side of intense teenage love, something we don't often see. It does feature your normal Dessen elements: a realistic main character, a love interest, friends, and a family that is a work in progress. We appreciated how Sarah brought everyone full circle in the end. 

After reading Dreamland, we reflected on our first experiences reading Sarah Dessen and thought we would share them with you! Tell us in the comments what your first Dessen book is and be sure to enter the giveaway at the end for ALL of her books!

The Truth About Forever // Christy's First Dessen Read 

When I re-entered the YA world, I joined the best book club ever - Forever Young Adult. They typically read Sarah Dessen books throughout the club and had picked The Truth About Forever for a spring 2016 read. I try to stay faithful to the books in the club so I picked it up. Little did I know how deep the Dessen world is!

I remember reading it and then seeing something about all the easter eggs within her world. I was in awe by how she could do that after so many years! Plus I loved the characters and the story. It was so much more than fluff - it was real. I was hooked!

Just Listen // Nancy's First Dessen Read

My very Sara Dessen book was Just Listen and I read it when it came out and loved it thus beginning my SD love. It loved the musical aspect of it and how the MC Annabel, was able to find her voice and truth through an unlikely relationship with a boy named Owen Armstrong. 

At the time it was a heavy read for me, one that dealt with sexual assault, eating disorders, aggressive friendships and being able to tell the truth (which we know can be very hard for some people). I just re-read the book and feel differently about it as I did initially but that goes to show you how books can affect you differently based on where you are in life.

by Sarah Dessen
Published: September 1st 2000
Publisher: Speak
Source: Publisher (we <3 being a PRHPartner)

Love can be a very dangerous thing.

After her sister left, Caitlin felt lost.

Then she met Rogerson.

When she's with him, nothing seems real.

But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him?



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An Excerpt And A Bit Of Magic: THE LAST MAGICIAN Scavenger Hunt

Hello lovely readers and welcome back on our final spot on THE LAST MAGICIAN Scavenger Hunt. We hope that you have fun along the way and that you will read this excerpt from this book. Please remember take the special word that is highlighted to enter as part of the hunt. Good Luck!!

Excerpt 4
It wasn’t magic that allowed Esta to slip out of the party unseen, the bright notes from the piano dimming as she left the ballroom. No matter the year, no one ever really looks at the help, so no one had noticed her leave. And no one had noticed the way her shapeless black dress sagged a bit on one side, the telltale sign of the knife she had concealed in her skits.
But then, people usually do miss what’s right in front of them.
Even through the heavy doors, she could still faintly hear the notes from the quartet’s ragtime melody. The ghost of the too-cheery song followed her through the entry hall, where carved woodwork and polished stone towered three stories above her. The grandeur didn’t overwhelm her, though. She was barely impressed and definitely not intimidated. Instead, she moved with confidence—its own sort of magic, she supposed. People trusted confidence, even when they shouldn’t. Perhaps especially when they shouldn’t.
The enormous crystal chandelier might have thrown shards of electric light around the cavernous hall, but the corners of the room and the high, coffered ceiling remained dark. Beneath the palms that stretched two stories up the walls, more shadows waited. The hall might have appeared empty, but there were too many places to hide in the mansion, too many chances someone could be watching. She kept moving.
When she came to the elaborate grand staircase, she glanced up to the landing, where an enormous pipe organ stood. On the floor above, the private areas of the house held rooms filled with art, jewels, priceless vases, and countless antiques—easy pickings with everyone distracted by the loud, drunken party in the ballroom. But Esta wasn’t there for those treasures, however tempting they might have been.  
And they were definitely tempting.
She paused for a second, but then the clock chimed the hour, confirming that she was later than she’d meant to be. Tossing one more careful glance over her shoulder, she slipped past the staircase and into a hall that led deeper into the mansion.
It was quiet there. Still. The noise of the party no longer followed her, and she finally let her shoulders sag a bit, expelling a sigh as she relaxed the muscles in her back from the ramrod-straight posture of the serving girl she’d been pretending to be. Tipping her head to one side, she started to stretch her neck, but before she could feel the welcome release, someone grabbed her by the arm and pulled her into the shadows.  
On instinct, she twisted, holding tight to her attacker’s wrist and pulling it forward and down with all of her weight, until he let out a strangled yelp, his elbow close to popping.
“Dammit, Esta, it’s me,” a familiar voice hissed. It was an octave or two higher than usual, probably because of the pressure she was still exerting on his arm.
With a whispered curse, she released Logan’s arm and shook him off, disgusted. “You should know better than to grab me like that.” Her heart was still pounding, so she couldn’t manage to dredge up any remorse for the way he was rubbing his arm. “What’s your deal, anyway?”
“You’re late,” Logan snapped, his too-handsome face close to hers.
With golden hair and the kind of blue eyes that girls who don’t know better write poems about, Logan Sullivan was a master of using his looks to his advantage. Women wanted him and men wanted to be him, but he never tried to charm Esta. He knew better.
So did she.
“Well, I’m here now.”
“You were supposed to be here ten minutes ago. Where have you been?” he demanded.
She didn’t have to answer him. It would have pissed him off more to keep her secrets, but she couldn’t suppress a satisfied grin as she held up the diamond stickpin she’d lifted from an old man in the ballroom who’d had trouble keeping his hands to himself.
“Seriously?” Logan glared at Esta. “You risked the job for that?”
“It was either this or punch him.” She glanced up at him, to emphasize her point. “I don’t do handsy, Logan.”
He continued to glower at her, but Esta refused to regret her choices. Regret was for people who dragged their past along with them everywhere, and Esta had never been able to afford that kind of dead weight. Besides, who could regret a diamond?

THE CHOSEN by J.R. Ward Book Review: A Battle For Love

Before I started this blog and long before I began reading YA novels, I was a hard core adult romance/paranormal reader. I read everything that had shape shifters, faeries, name it and I would read it. But one author in particular with one set of hard-core vampires that wore shit kickers and treated their shellans like queens would always be my favorite series, favorite books always.... J.R. WARD and her BDB (Black Dagger Brotherhood). It all began with Dark Lover and 15 books later we are with THE CHOSEN and it doesn't look like it is going to stop (no, never ever). As with any series there are highs and lows, ups and downs but this book....Oh this book has got the goods and it has been well worth the wait my friends. 

My Thoughts

I came into this book not sure of what to expect. Since I was on a high from reading THE BEAST last year and truly had my heart set on reading about Assail and Sola, whom I thought would be next couple in this series. But then Xcor and Layla were announced to be the center of the next story and I sighed and never paid any more attention until THE CHOSEN reached my hands.

Once I started reading THE CHOSEN I was hooked for it felt like the first few novels that made me a BDB cellie for life. It brought all the feels and made me reminiscent of the days when I started reading for pleasure. Although I initially was not too invested in the Xcor and Layla storyline I was quickly reminded how J.R. Ward can come in and magically pull at all my emotions and she made me a hard core Xcor fan. His plight was almost as heartbreaking as Zsadist's for he had been mistreated by those that should have loved him and trained by a sadistic bastard   that led him on his course in life and to his Band of Bastards. His love for Layla was so beautiful and selfless as he proved to be a man of worth, and it totally redeemed him in my eyes.  Layla on the other hand had seemed like such a meek creature, trained to only please the brotherhood until a confession turned her otherwise perfect world upside down and onto a path that I never saw coming....and OMG! it was good.

Although Xcor and Layla's love story is paramount in this book a lot of stuff is going on on the sidelines that will complicate things for the BDB so be mindful and not too surprised by what you encounter, okay maybe a little surprised. LOL! A new evil has come to play and it will be interesting to see how it is going to affect the Brotherhood down the road.

What I enjoyed most besides the satisfying love story is the way the theme of forgiveness seems to encompass this novel. It takes a big person to admit their faults but it takes a bigger person to forgive another's faults and to move on. The brotherhood proved how much they meant to one another and how they truly have their backs when needed.

If you are a fan of this series then you are in good company my dears. THE CHOSEN is precious cargo and I bow down to the WARDen and all her wondrous talents. If you haven't read her books then I highly encourage you to do so and if you have stopped for whatever reason then please read this one...I promise it will make you so very happy.


The Chosen by J.R. Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood#15 
Published by Ballantine Books on April 4th 2017 
ISBN: 0451475194 
Pages: 521 
Also by this author: The Bourbon KingsBlood KissThe Angels' Share 

A scorching forbidden love threatens to tear a rift through the Black Dagger Brotherhood in J. R. Ward’s newest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.
As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.

Meet The Warden

J.R. Ward is the author of over twenty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood. There are more than 15 million copies of Ward’s novels in print worldwide and they have been published in 25 different countries around the world.

After graduating from law school, Ward  began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.

Visit the JRWard Facebook page for more on the Brotherhood or email her at

Who's Ready for YALLWEST? - We Are! + GIVEAWAY

To say that we're excited to head down to Santa Monica later this week would be an understatement. We've been collecting books since the author announcement and wanted to share just a few of them that we plan to get signed. PLUS we are giving away signed ARCs for both of Wendy Spinale's books AND her e-novella. WOW. 


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