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Eight NA Paranormal Romance Free Reads

Sunday, 9 November 2014
As it is currently New Adult paranormal month here on Bookish Treasures I thought it would be nice for me to share a few fantastic books that are currently free (at the time of writing this post - I cannot control how long books are free for) ! I have read all of these books and would give them all at least 4 stars.

THE TEMPERING by Adrianne James


The Mythology department at prestigious Harvard University is tiny—and Mackenzie Duncan has just been selected as one of the lucky few. Her love for myths and legends is strong, but she never thought any of it could be real.

After being attacked by a large wolf while walking home alone, Mackenzie realizes something is not right. She heals quickly, is suddenly super strong, and is experiencing mood swings that can't possibly be normal. The myths she's studying aren't myths at all. Werewolves are real and she's one of them. Fear of what she is, and who she might hurt sends Mackenzie running from the life she’s worked hard to build–and straight into the arms of a handsome Were named Geoff and into the home of his pack. Living with her new pack takes the edge off her confusion and self-loathing, but the arrival of new pack members changes the dynamic, and tests Geoff and Mackenzie’s growing relationship.

The hardest part of being a werewolf is having no control and no memory of her time as a blood thirsty beast. When a moon cycle passes and she actually remembers bits and pieces of the night, she starts to ask questions, and the more questions she asks, the more she realizes she doesn't like the answers. Can she set aside her own sense of morals to belong to a pack that is like a family or will she leave everything behind yet again in search of a life she can be proud of?

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My Review

***

INTO THE DARKNESS by K.F. Breene


Sasha has grown up with one surety: she’s not normal.

She sees things in the darkness that no one else can see. Mysterious men cloaked in shadow, moving through the night. The problem is, pointing out invisible people is a fast track to a padded cell. Orphaned at age five, Sasha quickly learns an important survival tip: keep her mouth shut and stay out of the spotlight.

Until one night, everything changes. She and her boyfriend, Jared, find themselves stranded on the wrong side of town. Suddenly, the men she was convinced were hallucinations, are very real. And very dangerous.

As a new world opens up around her, she meets him. The Boss. An alpha leader who entrances her mind and tugs on her body. Primal and sexual, his people have a different set of rules. And they don’t always play nice.

As danger rises up around her, her differences may be the only thing that saves her life. She must embrace what she’s tried so hard to hide, while resisting the person her body craves most. Sasha has finally found her shadow men, and they will change her life forever.

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DARKNESS OF LIGHT by Stacey Marie Brown


Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo.

Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her.

When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for troubled teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible.

Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could.


DARKNESS OF LIGHT is a Mature YA(16+)/New Adult Paranormal Romance.

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***

THE FORGOTTEN ONES by Laura Howard


Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.


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My Review

***

BRANDED by Keary Taylor


Jessica had the nightmares for as long as she can remember. Nightmares of being judged by people who have died, of being branded by the angels. Her friends and family think she's crazy because of it all. Yet she carries the mark of the condemned, seared into the back of her neck, and hides it and herself away from the world.

But when two men she can't ignore enter her life everything changes, including the nightmares. The two of them couldn't be more different. She will do anything to be with one of them. Even tell him the truth about angels, why she never sleeps, and the scar on the back of her neck. But one of the two has set events into motion that will pull her toward her own judgment and turn her into the object of her greatest fear.


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***

VAMPIRE SHIFT by Tim O'Rourke


When 20-year-old police recruit Kiera Hudson is posted to the remote town of The Ragged Cove, her life is changed forever. Investigating a series of horrific murders, grave desecrations, and missing persons, Kiera uses her unique ability of seeing, and soon realizes her own life is in danger. When Kiera falls for police officer Luke Bishop, not only are her mind and heart opened to a terrifyingly new world, she comes to suspect that Luke might be involved in the killings. In a race against time to unearth the truth, Kiera must discover the identity of who - or what - is behind the gruesome deaths on her Vampire Shift.

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***

PROMISE by Kristie Cook


Alexis Ames has a life full of promise...but not all promises can be kept.

When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can't be real, she decides it's time she learns who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their family's secrets closely. After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however, Alexis retreats behind her façade of normalcy...until she discovers he's not exactly normal either. Then their secrets begin to unravel.

Their union brings hope and promise to her family's secret society, the Angels' army, and to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy - Satan's minions and Tristan's creators. After all, Alexis and Tristan are a match made in Heaven and in Hell.

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***

LOVE IS DARKNESS by Caroline Hanson


Valerie Dearborn wants a cotton candy life, but it’s more like a puffer fish: pointy, unusual, and—if not prepared exactly right—deadly.

In London for graduate school, Val knows she's finally free. Her father and ex-almost-boyfriend are back in California and she's out of the Vampire hunting biz for good. Or is she?

She draws the attention of Lucas, a 1600 year old Vampire, and King to his kind. He’s also wicked hot. As golden as Lucifer, and just as tempting, he makes Valerie an offer she can't refuse— help him find out if the Others (Empaths, Fey and Werewolves) still exist or he'll stop protecting those she loves.

Lucas tells her that Empaths were a Vampire’s biggest weakness before going extinct hundreds of years ago. While the Fey or a Werewolf might kill a Vampire, an Empath could enslave them, seducing or harming with emotions at will. The one detail he leaves out? Valerie is an Empath.

And after 1600 years of an emotionless existence, Lucas wants Valerie like a recovering alcoholic wants a wine cooler.

Can she keep those she loves alive, stop Lucas from munching on her, survive a fanged revolution and still find a way to have that boring, normal life she’s always wanted? Probably not, but boy is she gonna try!

This is a full length novel and contains adult content.


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***

Review of A Shift in the Water

Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Synopsis

Cade Bowman leads a small werewolf pack in Bellingham, Washington. Or he did, before a fire elemental intent on revenge traps him as his wolf. His pack gone, held prisoner by the elemental's charms, he knows death is coming for him.

Mara Taylor is dying. A mysterious blood disorder is taking her life and her doctors can't seem to stop it. Only her daily swims offer her any relief. Resigned to her fate, she heads to Orcas Island for one last swim.

When Cade's wolf finds Mara, he knows instinctively that she's the key to freeing him from the fire elemental's charm. She's more than that. She's his.

Can Mara free Cade from his wolf and save her own life in the process? And if she does, can they survive when they learn the identity of the fire elemental hunting them both?

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Review

This was definitely a unique werewolf read.  Sure, the werewolf lore is the same as most every book out there, but the plot draws absolutely no comparisons in my mind, which is impressive in and of itself.  I loved how the two characters found each other at their absolute lowest.  They had pretty much given up on life.  But a little compassion and companionship goes a long way in healing some wounds.  It wasn't quite as simple as that, of course, but that certainly was the start.

This was a well-rounded story.  We got a good look at the hero in both wolf and human form, elementals, desperation, loss, friendship, hope, love, lust and... a pretty intense final showdown.  I loved that the heroine is surrounded by friends and family that are loyal and protective of her.  I think it would have been far too depressing in the beginning otherwise.  This was also not a story where sex makes up a large portion of the content.  In fact, it takes quite a while for things to even progress to that point.  There is an insta-connection, but I would not classify it as insta-love by any means.  The heroine is really quite pragmatic in that manner.

The book is the first in a series but it is not a cliffhanger.  The main story arc wraps up tidily at the end so fear not.  It looks like the next book in the series revolves around different characters but the hero and heroine's story from this book isn't quite done so I'm sure they will make a reappearance.  This was also well edited, or at least it was so engrossing I didn't notice a single typo, so either way it is a great choice.

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Katie

Hot New Releases: October 22nd - 28th

Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Hot New Releases is back! Hopefully for a while this time :)

We can only include books that we are aware of! If you have an upcoming release please let us know over email, facebook or twitter for the chance to see it included in the weekly round up. We are also always happy to hear about any free or discounted books :D


Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…


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***


After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned.

Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister.

Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.

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***


There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.


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***


When Avery Hensley met Conner Wellings, she thought she’d found the guy she was going to spend the rest of her life with. She got married young and had the most beautiful son in the world.

Life seemed perfect.

But not everything is what it seems.

Turned out Conner had another side to him, a darker side that Avery didn’t see coming. He wrecked and broke her into a thousand pieces, leaving Avery to put herself back together. From then on, Avery vows never to let a man into her life again.

But then she meets Tristan Morganson. He’s sweet and sexy and wrecks Avery in a different way than Conner did, the kind of way that makes her feel alive again, the kind of way that makes her think maybe not all guys are bad. But can Avery trust him enough to let her walls come crumbling down?

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***


A confrontation is brewing...frustrated and heartbroken, Zoey turns to Declan, the one man charged with hunting her down – and the only person she knows who can help her.

Determined to do what’s right regardless of the cost, Zoey strikes out on her own as leader of Team Rogue, a vigilante group of beautifully lethal women dedicated to protecting the innocent. Her challenges soon become overwhelming as she is wanted dead or alive by two opposing supernatural societies. Making matters worse, she is plagued by blackouts that may compromise her missions.

Politically adept, Declan knows how to walk the fine line between helping the woman he loves and remaining loyal to his family. What the powerful Enforcer Chief doesn’t know is how to keep Zoey safe from their common enemy.

Time is running out for Zoey and her team. If her enemies don’t find her, her inability to control her actions will land her in hot water, if not dead. Aware of the dangers, she proposes a tempting deal to Declan -- spend every night in his bed, as he asked her long ago -- if, he and his powerful family align with Team Rogue in the coming confrontation between their societies.


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***


It's homecoming week at Ashley Waters, but Sang Sorenson has a lot more on her mind than dresses and crowns. Silas's troubled past—full of secrets he and his team thought they'd buried—comes back to haunt him, threatening to ruin everything.

Silas tries to deal, but guilt weighs heavily on him and Sang realizes she might be the only one who can help him keep it together.

Bomb threats have increased. They are followed at every turn. The principal is resorting to drastic measures to make sure they're all going to be kicked out. Pushed to their limits, Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke and North, along with other members of the Academy, have finally had enough. This time, more Academy members are brought in to help hunt down the culprit, and keep everyone safe. It'll cost the boys, but in the end, even a bittersweet victory is better than disaster.

This time, they're getting what they need. All it takes is learning the line of when to let go, and when to never give up

The Academy, Together.


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***


JADEN BAKER is stoked about college, new friends, and a second chance to erase the memory of being bullied through high school. But moving on comes with a price. Her dad has made arrangements for her to move into her brother’s apartment so her brother can watch over her like she was a baby. But there's a glitch in her dad's plans. There are also two roommates living in the apartment too. Suddenly, living in an off campus apartment with three college-aged boys seems like a bad idea -- but not to Jaden. After all, Cade is pretty damn hot, making the whole forced living arrangement and new baby-sitter a little more tolerable.

CADE JENKINS grew up on the opposite side of the tracks from his best-friend and his privileged little sister. His dad bailed when he was a kid, and he can't help but still care for his drug-addicted mother. But things are looking up. He's met someone. Too bad she's his best-friend's fresh out of high-school, inexperienced little sister. Awkward!


Just when it looks like things might be changing for the better, Jaden finds herself battling severe depression and a broken heart when her high school bully targets her once again. Cade, who'd love to pick up the pieces and make her whole, must fight his own demons and family trouble.

If only they didn't find themselves falling irrevocably in love.


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***


Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.


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Seventeen-year-old Skylar has been haunted for as long as she can remember by fleeting yet powerful sensations that something is horribly wrong. But despite the panic attacks tormenting her, nothing ever happens, and Sky’s beginning to think she’s crazy. Then she meets a mysterious, otherworldly boy named Win and discovers the shocking truth her premonitions have tapped into: our world no longer belongs to us. For thousands of years, Earth has been at the mercy of alien scientists who care nothing for its inhabitants and are using us as the unwitting subjects of their time-manipulating experiments. Win belongs to a rebel faction seeking to put a stop to it, and he needs Skylar’s help--but with each shift in the past, the very fabric of reality is unraveling, and soon there may be no Earth left to save.

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen books comes WATERFALL, a novel about love, betrayal, and epic consequences—a world-altering tale told by a girl whose tears have the power to raise the lost continent of Atlantis. This second novel in the Teardrop series is intensely romantic, with strong, hot main characters caught up in a thrilling fantastical love triangle. For readers who love Lauren Kate and the worlds of Alyson Noël, P. C. Cast, Maggie Stiefvater, and Veronica Rossi.

Eureka’s tears have flooded the earth, and now Atlantis is rising, bringing with it its evil king, Atlas. Eureka is the only one who can stop him, but first she must learn how to fight. She travels across the ocean with Cat, her family, and Ander, the gorgeous and mysterious Seedbearer who promises to help her find Solon, an enigmatic lost Seedbearer who knows how to defeat Atlas.

Once on land, Eureka is taunted by gossipwitches, a group of displaced Atlantean sorceresses, and ambushed by locals struggling to survive amid the destruction her tears have wrought. And she feels no closer to facing Atlas or saving the world when Solon lets slip that love is Ander’s weakness, and that any affection he feels toward her makes him age faster.

Trying to make sense of the dark world her sorrow has created, Eureka receives startling insight from an enchanted pond. Her bewildering reflection reveals a soul-crushing secret: if she’s strong enough, Eureka can draw on this knowledge to defeat Atlas—unless her broken heart is just what he needs to fuel his rising kingdom...

In Waterfall, Eureka has the chance to save the world. But she’ll have to give up everything—even love.


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***


Natalie Pepper thinks she can just be friends with CJ, the man of her dreams. But after seeing him every day at work – and after he lays it all on the line – it becomes pretty clear that something’s gotta give. She’d admit to herself, and to him, that all she really wants is him…if she wasn’t so afraid of losing the best job she’s ever had (and the life it has made possible).

At least she’s got her friends to distract her. Lulu Rossi is an unorthodox and unpredictable spitfire of a girl who has a habit of saying whatever’s on her mind. And while that attribute entertains friends and intrigues her new boyfriend, Andrew, it might be the one thing that stops their relationship from moving forward. Lulu has unintentionally entered the world of Upper East Side royalty, as her ER doctor boyfriend turns out to be the pedigreed heir to an old money fortune – one that is watched over by his manipulative and exceedingly judgmental mother, Elizabeth “Tippy” Barton.

Natalie’s insane supervisor worsens the situation at work when her own man troubles result in a new “no fraternization” policy, and CJ finally gives up and begins to look for other opportunities. Natalie is forced to decide what is important to her for once and for all. Will it be CJ or her job?

Lulu must prove her worth to Andrew’s family – or make him see that the only person whose opinion really matters is his.


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Cover Reveal - One Last Song

Monday, 27 October 2014
Those of you who have followed this blog for some time may remember me raving about a book called Secret For A Song a while ago. The book was then picked up by a literary agent, got a book deal with Grand Central Publishing and after some tweaks (including a new title and apparently new ending) will be releasing early next year. I am very excited to be sharing the cover today and I LOVE it, it is different to the original but still has the same style and feel.


Synopsis

I was seven when I swallowed my first needle.

My mom freaked out and rushed me to the emergency room.

She stayed by my side all night.

I never wanted it to end.

When you spend your whole life feeling invisible-when your parents care more about deals and deadlines than they do about you-you find ways of making people take notice. Little things at first. Then bigger. It's scary how fast it grows. Then one day something happens that makes you want to stop. To get better. To be better. And for the first time, you understand what it's like to feel whole, happy . . . loved. For the first time, you love someone back.

For me, that someone was Drew.


One Last Song will be released on January 13th. For now you can add it to Goodreads!

About The Author


S.K. Falls likes to believe a degree in psychology qualifies her to emotionally torture her characters in an authentic fashion. Her books have won the gold medal in the 2014 IPPY awards, been featured on USA Today’s book blog, and regularly appear on Amazon’s various bestselling lists. When she isn’t writing her twisted love stories, she can be found gallivanting around Charleston, SC with her family.

Visit her on the web at www.skfalls.com.

Review of Gifted

Thursday, 16 October 2014
On the theme of NA paranormal, here is a book I picked up for free on Amazon a while back.

Synopsis

A world exists beyond our sight, just within reach. Normal everyday people have gifts given to them from birth. Evelyn is recruited to live in a community of similarly gifted people who use their powers to work for various companies and governments to recover lost items and steal important information. In the midst of the secret missions, Evelyn uncovers a secret that could destroy the community she has come to love, or the country that she calls home. In a battle between good and evil, how does one decide which path is right or wrong? Evelyn must uncover the truth and decide her own fate.

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Review

I really enjoyed the story overall as it felt refreshingly unique.  The premise resembles X-Men in that abilities vary from person to person and everyone lives together on a campus while they attend classes to refine their gifts.  The deviation is that it isn't a mutation per say as there is a long history of gifted individuals in some cases, such as the heroine's, and it is more magic than science.  They have simply existed in isolation until an individual takes it upon himself to gather them up and put them to work.

The synopsis gives away the main conflict but it is clear rather quickly that these assignments may not be for the good of mankind or even the team members assigned to them.  The key is that while the heroine gets hints throughout, they are dismissed completely until near the end of the book.  The primary plot of the book revolves around Evelyn finding her place in this new environment, developing her gifts, and developing a relationship with a certain handsome man.

One of the cool twists in this story is that gifted individuals are able to see magical elements of the world that those who are merely human cannot.  So there is a little whimsy in the fact that there are things such as mermaids and huge winged predators they encounter on occasion without resorting to a whole fantasy world.

The romance was sweet and chaste.  There are a few action scenes interspersed with a lot of downtime as the heroine undergoes training but training itself presents a few conflicts so it keeps it from losing too much momentum.  I would say that the overall emphasis of the story is on the development of the heroine and not on some plot to take down an evil mastermind.

There were quite a few typographical errors so you may want to avoid this if that is a pet peeve of yours but if you can manage grammar blinders, it's a good read overall.  This is also the first book in a series, which has yet to be written, but the ending doesn't leave you with a cliffhanger.  It ties up things rather nicely but provides a clear direction as to what their next task will be.

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK
Katie

Cover Reveal - Inspire by Cora Carmack

Thursday, 25 September 2014
I LOVE Cora Carmack and I am also a fan of NA Paranormal novels so I am very excited for this book. The cover is also incredibly beautiful so I am very happy to be sharing it today.


Synopsis

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.
Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.
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Review of Maybe Someday

Thursday, 18 September 2014
Synopsis

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

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Review

The synopsis fails to mention the key conflict in this book which is a love triangle.  I know there are a lot of people out there who groan at the mention of a love triangle but this was not your typical one.  The love triangle revolves around the hero of the story rather than the heroine and the author painfully conveys the struggle of developing feelings for someone while still being in love and in a relationship with someone else.  The girlfriend is not some catty wench that doesn't deserve the hero.  In fact, she is a charming, sympathetic character whose inner strength is nothing short of remarkable.

This is not a story about cheating, for the most part, as the heroine has personal experience with cheating and refuses to be that type of person.  There are some lines that are crossed but not in a manner where you would lose respect for either of the characters.  The characters are pretty close to saintly, considering the circumstances, but it doesn't mean that mistakes aren't made and that there are no painful ramifications associated with those mistakes.

This is a very memorable story as there are a lot of elements that are unique.  As song writing is a key component of the book, it is awesome that the author collaborated with a musician to have songs recorded.  Song lyrics don't always translate to writing the same way as when they are sung so the soundtrack really brings them to life.  And... they don't suck.  The title track has been stuck in my head for days as the chorus is both emotionally moving and catchy.

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Katie

Waiting On Wednesday - Apolonia

Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows readers to share the books that they are most looking forwards to reading.

This week the book I have chosen to feature is Apolonia by Jamie McGuire.




Title: Apolonia

Author: Jamie McGuire

Series: Standalone (I think)

Publication Date: October 6th

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK



Synopsis

“They killed me, but I survived.”

Three years after Rory Riordan foiled her own murder, she still trusts no one. Not Dr. Z, the eccentric college professor who has taken her under his wing, not Benji, the endearing, attractive classmate who insists on following her around, and certainly not Cy, the beautifully dark and mysterious boy who sits on the first row in Dr. Z’s Astrobiology class and asks far too many questions.

When Rory witnesses Cy being abducted by soldiers in the middle of the night, she finds herself submersed in a world that holds even more secrets than she could imagine--even darker secrets than her own.

From #1 New York Times Bestseller Jamie McGuire, experience the perfect combination of her bestselling books Providence & Beautiful Disaster. This New Adult Sci-Fi Romance is an action-packed, whiplash-inducing roller coaster ride. Page after page, this unpredictable, dark and sexy nail biter will keep readers guessing until the very end!


Thoughts

I have loved this authors books for many years now and so far I haven't read one that wasn't amazing. The premise for this book sounds really good and I'd be excited for it no matter who the author was but it being Jamie McGuire makes me excitement unbearable!

What are you waiting for this week?

Introducing NA Paranormal Month

Monday, 15 September 2014
As you know I am a loud and proud supporter of the NA category and I love to support everything it has to offer. Contemporary romance novels completely dominate NA and have for a while now but MY personal favourites are the paranormal novels. To help support these amazing books and the authors that write them I have decided to run a NA Paranormal Month throughout November here on Bookish Treasures. I hope to fill the month with lots of reviews, author interviews, guest posts, excerpts and more as well as a few individual giveaways and a huge bumper giveaway.

If you are an author of NA paranormal novels interested in participating please let me know as soon as possible as going off past events I have ran I am expecting spots to fill up fast. It will be roughly first come first serve but not entirely as I want a good mix of known and as yet unknown authors as well as a variety of books and post types. You need to have at least one NA paranormal book either currently available or releasing within a few months.

We are probably going to have a post a day as well as lots of fun stuff happening on facebook. We cant wait for November and hope you feel the same!

Mini Reviews - Slide, Kiya: Hope Of The Pharoah, Yours To Uncover

Thursday, 11 September 2014
Mini reviews are a new little thing here at Bookish Treasures. You see, sometimes it is hard to find a lot to say about a book. Maybe it is hard to write a long review without including spoilers or maybe the book didn't really inspire us and we don't have much to say. Sometimes it might even be that for whatever reason we were unable to write a review after finishing the book and though we can still remember our feelings for the book easily, we can't remember the details clearly enough for a long review. Or maybe it is just a very short book so there isn't much to talk about! Whatever the reason, we still want to share our thoughts on these books with you so expect the occasional bunch of mini-reviews!

Slide synopsis


This book drew me in right away with the heroine’s emotional plight.  Evangeline is basically shipped off to her grandparents following a profound tragedy and has now been recalled to her former life.  She is exceedingly wealthy but she doesn’t come across as spoiled.  In fact, she is quite relatable.  She is not a blushing virgin or a complete commitment-phobe like some characters.  She is real, with a real sexual appetite and real insecurities and yet is remarkably pragmatic about things.  The hero, Ryan, is portrayed as the typical, sexy womanizer who finds himself intrigued but it works.  His transformation is gradual and his reasons for emotional distance are clearly explained.  This isn’t a case of instalove where the hero sudden turns into a stalker.  Sure, he makes one hell of an effort but it doesn’t come across as creepy or implausible. 
 
I can’t say I was thrilled with the direction things took as I am not a huge fan of women hiding certain things but I can’t argue much with a happy ending and I enjoyed the emotional ups and downs the book took to reach it. 
 
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Katie
 
Kiya: Hope Of The Pharoah synopsis


This is such a unique, individual and special New Adult book. It is set in ancient Egypt and follows Kiya, an 18 year old girl who becomes one of the Pharoah's many wives. This book certainly isn't your typical romance though it does have some romance in it. Kiya loves her husband in a way though it is more respect, friendship and the desire to do right by him than true romantic love.

I loved that there was so much to the story and all of the characters have depth. This book has such an epic feel and promises great things from the rest of the series.

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Laura
 
 
 
This book held a lot of potential but it was just much too rushed - and no I'm not talking about the actual length of the book. This book has insta-love to the extreme, think having sex after sharing pretty much nothing more than a sentence or two, declaring eternal love close to immediately after and then trying to get married all in the span of a day or two.
 
The synopsis made it seem like this book would be so much more exciting but it was a little bit of a let down. This is not one of the better Sci-Fi Romances I have read.
 
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Laura