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Review of Spark Rising

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Synopsis

All that’s required to ignite a revolution is a single spark rising.

Two hundred years after the cataclysm that annihilated fossil fuels, Sparks keep electricity flowing through their control of energy-giving Dust. The Council of Nine rebuilt civilization on the backs of Sparks, offering citizens a comfortable life in a relo-city in exchange for power, particularly over the children able to fuel the future. The strongest of the boys are taken as Wards and raised to become elite agents, the Council’s enforcers and spies. Strong girls—those who could advance the rapidly-evolving matrilineal power—don’t exist. Not according to the Council.

Lena Gracey died as a child, mourned publicly by parents desperate to keep her from the Council. She was raised in hiding until she fled the relo-city for solitary freedom in the desert. Lena lives off the grid, selling her power on the black market.

Agent Alex Reyes was honed into a calculating weapon at the Ward School to do the Council’s dirty work. But Alex lives a double life. He’s leading the next generation of agents in a secret revolution to destroy those in power from within.

The life Lena built to escape her past ends the day Alex arrives looking for a renegade Spark.

Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Review

Spark Rising by Kate Corcino is brilliant because it is so unique and fresh, I have honestly never read anything like it before! It has a post-apocalyptic / dystopian feel as it features an imperfect society that recently rebuild itself after a disaster that wiped out large numbers of the population. The “Sparks” then mix together both paranormal and sci-fi elements. Finally to top it off, there are very strong romance elements and the character ages and content make it a New Adult novel.

I loved that this NA novel brought something a little different to the table. It still features a lot of romance and the sexiness that many NA readers enjoy but rather than being too similar to other already available NA novels it has ditched a traditional contemporary storyline and instead gone in the dystopian direction.
One of my favourite elements to dystopian novels is that they generally have “strong” female characters and I’m not talking strong in a physical sense (though they often are) but more in their morality, sense of self and the fact that they can take care of themselves. Lena is no exception to this trend but she also seems more real than many of those in other books.

This book does have romance, though the romantic development felt to me more like a secondary plotline with the dystopic action taking the forefront. However, if you are a romance lover through and through this book still lots of it as well as a few steamy scenes. Alex is also quite good book boyfriend material, especially if you like the thought of a double agent rebelling against a corrupt government (I know I did!).
Whilst this doesn’t have a cliff-hanger ending, Spark Rising seemed to set the scene for what will be a longer series. I am looking forwards to the next book as I think there is much more about the world of Dust and the Sparks that is still to be explored and I cannot wait to see what else this author can bring to the table.

If you love both YA dystopian novels like the Hunger Games and Divergent and also NA contemporary romances then this will be perfect for you.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinions or ratings in any way*

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK


Laura

Review of Amour Amour

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Synopsis

"Every day,” he says lowly, “I hold a person’s life in my hands. The circus is based one-hundred percent off trust. I give it all to someone, and they give it all to me.”The best aerial technique won’t land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour—a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she’s out of her element the second she meets Amour’s leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the “God of Russia.”

When Thora unknowingly walks into the crosshairs of Nikolai’s after-show, her audition process begins way too soon. Unprofessional. That’s what Nik calls their “non-existent” relationship. It’s not like Thora can avoid him. For one, they may be partners in the future--acrobatic partners, that is. But getting closer to Nik means diving deeper into sin city and into his dizzying world.

Thora wants to perform with him, but when someone like Nikolai attracts the spotlight wherever he goes—Thora fears that she’s destined to be just background to his spellbinding show.

Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Review

Amour Amour by Becca and Krista Ritchie is a sexy, absorbing and stunning New Adult romance novel. I loved the circus element to the storyline; I like how refreshing it is to see an acrobat as the male lead and the strength and intensity of Nikolai will have readers wanting more male characters like him.

The opening of Amour Amour makes it seem like the book will be incredibly raunchy but sex scenes don’t actually have the largest of roles. There is still steaminess, a few light sex scenes and incredible sexual tension. I loved the balance in this book as the storyline and character development didn’t get lost in the sex as I am starting to see happen more and more in NA romance nowadays.
For me the circus element was incredible as I love dance, acrobatics and aerial arts and so know a lot of the terminology and about how prestigious circuses like the fictional one here generally work. However you don’t need to know any of that stuff to enjoy the book, the romance is the main element of this book and everything that you need to know about the acrobatics is well described.

The chemistry between Thora and Nikolai is electric and passion practically sizzles off the page. The romance develops fantastically too, it has the perfect amount of tension and the pacing is on point. My favourite thing about Amour Amour was the character development, both Thora and Nikolai grow so much and overcome fears and insecurities’ to be better people by the end of the book. I also love Thora’s dedication and passion to her art, she is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve her dream. This makes her the type of “strong” female character that I love (though she can be a bit whiney at times).
Amour Amour also has a cast of fantastic secondary characters, my favourites being Luka and Daniel but I don’t want to give too much away so you can learn more about them by reading the book :P

I wasn’t the biggest fan of how this book resolved itself as I thought it detracted from Thora’s strength, commitment and dedication to her art. However there are still worse ways it could have ended and it wasn’t terrible. In fact I liked the very end, just not how it got to that point.
Highlight for spoiler explanation I really wanted her to make it on her own, not fail and only get to be a part of Cirque Ethereal because of Nikolai basically pulling strings.

Overall this is a wonderful, unique read that I 100% recommend. There were a few elements, such as the aforementioned ending, that perfected it from being a 5 star read in my mind but I still really loved it.
Just for a bit of fun, I have embedded below an example of one of the circus acts briefly mentioned in Amour Amour - Wheel Of Death. I wanted to share an aerial silks duet but couldn't find one I liked enough. I think knowing what the acts are will make you understand the characters a little more as to what type of person they are so do google as you read!



Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Laura

Hot New Releases: December 3rd - 16th

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
The last 2 weeks have had some incredible new releases and here is my round up of some of the best.

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

Contemporary YA


For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so... different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who’s never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything — except the one thing Echo’s just not ready for.

But when the source of Echo’s constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants — even as foster kid Noah’s search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves.

Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah's more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he'd be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn... seriously epic.  

Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

***

Non-contemporary YA


Game of Thrones meets the Grimm's fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty's daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora's throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?


Goodreads | Amazon

***


Sixteen-year-old Mya Jones is cursed.

She is, hands down, the most beautiful creature on earth. But beauty can wound, and Mya finds herself reviled and shunned by her peers. If there is even a chance that she could start over, Mya longs to take it, no matter the risks.

So when the strange Mr. Merk offers her a new life away from home, Mya is hesitant but hopeful. Only she didn't count on the mysterious Ross, or her feelings for him.

BEAUTIFUL CURSE is a contemporary retelling of the myth of Psyche and Cupid.

Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK


“There’s something hidden in the maze.”

Seventeen-year-old Imogen Rockford has never forgotten the last words her father said to her, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family’s English country manor.

For seven years, images of her parents’ death have haunted Imogen’s dreams. In an effort to escape the past, she leaves Rockford Manor and moves to New York City with her new guardians. But some attachments prove impossible to shake—including her love for her handsome neighbor Sebastian Stanhope.

Then a life-altering letter arrives that forces Imogen to return to the manor in England, where she quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind Rockford’s aristocratic exterior. At their center is Imogen herself—and Sebastian, the boy she never stopped loving.

Combining spine-tingling mystery, romance, and unforgettable characters, Suspicion is an action-packed thrill ride.

Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

***

Contemporary NA / Adult


The best aerial technique won’t land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour—a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she’s out of her element the second she meets Amour’s leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the “God of Russia.”

When Thora unknowingly walks into the crosshairs of Nikolai’s after-show, her audition process begins way too soon. Unprofessional. That’s what Nik calls their “non-existent” relationship. It’s not like Thora can avoid him. For one, they may be partners in the future--acrobatic partners, that is. But getting closer to Nik means diving deeper into sin city and into his dizzying world.

Thora wants to perform with him, but when someone like Nikolai attracts the spotlight wherever he goes—Thora fears that she’s destined to be just background to his spellbinding show.
Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

***


The fifth book in the New York Times new adult series that began with Real. When an angry, heartbroken girl is forced to be near her rocker ex-boyfriend, only time will tell if the fire between them will consume them both.

Pandora, the gothic friend of Brooke (Real, Mine, Remy) and Melanie, thought that getting her heart broken by her bad boy rocker ex could only happen once. But now, he's back in town with the biggest concert of the year. Pandora hates him so much that she gets Melanie to come with her and play a prank on him at his gig. But when they are caught by security, and her ex himself is summoned, he decides not to press charges if she'll follow certain conditions. Pandora likes none of his rules, or that he's in charge of her, especially since they seem designed to make sure she's in close contact with him again. But the closeness reignites the passion they once shared, and soon no matter how much she wants to hate him, it's clear she's still hung up on him. And worse: he knows it too.


Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK


Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she's acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she'll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn't exactly Lizzie's biggest fan.

But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you're ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks... and that she'd like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he's not the kind of guy who'd ever reciprocate.

Until he does.

Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.

Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left.
  

Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

***


I tried hard not to fall for the bad guy.

My new roommate, Blake, is a jerk—an unemployed artist with a chip on his shoulder. I can’t stand him unless his hands are on me. He makes me desperate for him, and everything he makes me feel.

And then there’s my new boss, Pierce--successful, charming, and extremely good-looking. He goes after what he wants, but what does he see in me?

I try to stay away, but I end up in the arms of exactly who I was hiding from. And when I find out what’s being hidden from me, my heart twists in ways it never should.

I thought I knew him.
I didn't.
The way he kissed me.
The way his hands traveled every inch of my skin.
I thought it meant something, but as it turns out, it was all lies unspoken.


Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

***


After the first sighting, he’s fascinated.

After the first smile, he’s infatuated.

By the first kiss, he’s obsessed.

Nolan sees Chloe through a window of a bakery in downtown Manhattan. At first sight, something about her calls to a piece of him he thought was lost. Without thinking, he begins watching her, and when the moment presents itself, he strikes, claiming Chloe for himself. For a man who is used to getting what he wants Nolan wont let anyone or anything stand in his way.


Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

***

Non-contemporary NA / Adult


Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

***


Kalliope lives with one purpose.

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.


Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

***


All that’s required to ignite a revolution is a single spark rising.

Two hundred years after the cataclysm that annihilated fossil fuels, Sparks keep electricity flowing through their control of energy-giving Dust. The Council of Nine rebuilt civilization on the backs of Sparks, offering citizens a comfortable life in a relo-city in exchange for power, particularly over the children able to fuel the future. The strongest of the boys are taken as Wards and raised to become elite agents, the Council’s enforcers and spies. Strong girls—those who could advance the rapidly-evolving matrilineal power—don’t exist. Not according to the Council.

Lena Gracey died as a child, mourned publicly by parents desperate to keep her from the Council. She was raised in hiding until she fled the relo-city for solitary freedom in the desert. Lena lives off the grid, selling her power on the black market.

Agent Alex Reyes was honed into a calculating weapon at the Ward School to do the Council’s dirty work. But Alex lives a double life. He’s leading the next generation of agents in a secret revolution to destroy those in power from within.

The life Lena built to escape her past ends the day Alex arrives looking for a renegade Spark.


Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

***

Book Bargains This Week!

Make It Right by Megan Erickson
Black Box by Cassia Leo
Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park
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Suspending Reality by Chrissy Peebles - FREE

Review of Indecent Proposal

Monday, 1 December 2014
Synopsis

With his chiseled jaw and his thick blond hair, Harrison Montgomery was born to lead. Four generations of Montgomery men have served the state of Georgia and now he’s next in line. Harrison, though, is driven to right wrongs: namely to clean up the political mess left by his father’s greed and corruption. But Harrison must first win his congressional bid, and nothing can get in his way—not even an angel who served him whiskey and gave him a shoulder to lean on and a body to love for a night. Problem is, she’s pregnant. Scandal is brewing and there is only one solution: marriage.

Damage control? Ryan Kaminski can’t believe that a cold, calculating political animal now inhabits the body of the emotionally vulnerable stranger who’d given her the most unforgettable night of her life. Really, she doesn’t want anything from Harrison, except to be left alone to have her baby in peace. But Ryan is broke, jobless, and essentially blackmailed by Harrison’s desperate family to accept this crazy marriage deal. For two years, she will have to act the role of caring, supportive wife. But what is Ryan supposed to do when she realizes that, deep in her heart, she’s falling in love.

Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Review


This book has a very interesting backstory for the heroine. It seems to cover all the bases to portray the impact socioeconomic factors, familial dynamics, naiveté, and poor decisions have on one’s life. Most people can relate to at least some of these factors but it is a whole different story if someone starts looking at your life with a microscope.

I liked how the heroine had no way to contact the hero at first and accepted her fate as a single parent. I realize that sounds odd, but it is the stark reality of a one-night stand that is rarely acknowledged. Of course, this is a romance, so serendipitous events allow the characters to reunite. But…it is far from a happy reunion.

I can’t say that I loved the roller coaster that was their relationship but I liked how the heroine developed allies, set a course for her future, and resolved her relationship with her family.  She is also quite the actress and a quick thinker which kept her from drowning when she was thrown to the sharks. The hero alternates between sweet and cynical and does a great job in the end of debasing himself for her. I have to admit that the ending wasn’t quite what I was expecting but it was more realistic than what I was anticipating.


Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Katie

Black Friday Amazing Book Deals

Friday, 28 November 2014
I hope all my American followers had a wonderful day yesterday :) Black Friday is always the best time of the year for book (mainly ebook) sales so I am going to try to share as many as I can. This will be added to throughout the day and probably all weekend so check back later for more great deals AND please let me know of any sales you see so that I can help spread the word!

These are US links unless stated otherwise, if the book is also on sale in the UK that link will be next to the book title. I do apologize if any of the US prices are incorrect, I cant see them myself due to being in the UK so am going off what I have been told.

Also, find out how you can get an extra 30% off any book on amazon.

Young Adult

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green | Now $2.99 £2.49 in UK
If I Stay by Gayle Forman | Now $2.99 £1.99 in UK
Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
Vivatera by Candace J Thomas | Now $0.99 £0.77 in UK
Blood Warrior by H.D. Gordon | Now $0.99 £0.77 in UK
Ex Factor by Elisa Dane | Now $0.99 £0.77 in UK
Throne Of Glass by Sarah J Maas (UK Paperback) | Now £3.50
Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan (UK Paperback) | Now £3.50
Take Back The Skies by Lucy Saxon (UK Paperback) | Now £4
Apple And Rain by Sarah Crossan (UK Hardback) | Now £5.50
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

New Adult

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover | Now $2
Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire | Now $2
Goodbye To You by A.J. Matthews | Now $0.99 £0.77 in UK
Bad For You by Abbi Glines | Now $2
Reclaiming The Sand by A. Meredith Walters | Now $0.99 £0.77 in UK
Just Breathe by Tamara Mataya | Now $0.99 £0.77 in UK
Where There's Smoke by Elizabeth Lee | Now $0.99 £0.77 in UK
Men & Martinis by Delancey Stewart | Now $0.99 £0.77 in UK
Forever Jack by Natasha Boyd | Now $0.99
At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey | Now $0.99 £0.99 in UK
Up For Grabs by Heather Young Nicholls | Now $0.99 £0.99 in UK
Entice by Rachel Van Dyken | Now $0.99 £0.99 in UK
The Dare by Rachel Van Dyken | Now $0.99 £0.77 in UK
Real Ugly by C.M. Stunich | Now $0.99 £0.77 in UK
Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski | Now $0.99 £0.77 in UK
Be With Me by J. Lynn


Adult

Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren | Now $2
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn | Now $2.99 £2.99 in UK
The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle | Now $1.99
Going Home Again by Abby Cavenaugh | Now $0.99 £0.77 in UK
Relative Evil by Debra Erfert | Now $0.99
Burn Me by Shelley Watters | Now $0.99 £0.77 in UK
Axel by Harper Sloane | Now $0.99 £0.77 in UK
Cage by Harper Sloane | Now $0.99 £0.77 in UK
Beck by Harper Sloane | Now $0.99 £0.77 in UK 

Incinerate by Tessa Teevan | Now $0.99 £0.77 in UK
Nice Work If You Can Get It by Linda Morris | Now $0.99 £0.77 in UK

18+ Only Reads - Erotica, Dark Romance etc.

Consequences by Aleatha Romig | Now $0.99
Bang by E.K. Blair | Now $0.99 £0.77 in UK
FaCade by Ker Dukey and D.H Sidebottom | Now $1.99 £0.99 in UK
Degradation by Stylo Fantome | Now $0.99 £0.77 in UK

Want to help me out AND get a short story published both at the same time?

Wednesday, 26 November 2014
As is quite clear to see Bookish Treasures hasn't been the most active of blogs lately. One of the reasons for this is that at the end of September I started a masters degree in publishing and I have been spending a lot of time trying to make all my assignments and projects utterly amazing.

We have a major project on the course instead of a dissertation and this is essentially conceptualising and producing a book. I am doing this with one other girl and we are at the stage now where we have just done a call out for writers and illustrators to submit proposals to be considered as a contributor for the book which is an anthology of dark, gothic fairytales suitable for a crossover YA/Adult audience.

I thought I would share the callout here in case anyone is interested in getting involved! There will be no payment (sorry!) as UCLan publishing is a not for profit company but if chosen you will get the experience of going through the editorial process with me and my partner with the assistance of top publishing professionals and at the end you will get a copy of the book. If their is money in the budget for a print run it will also be properly published through the small publishing house attached to my University that does many of the major projects.

Illustrators & Writers Wanted!
 
For a new gothic fairytale book for adults
We are producing a Gothic fairy tale book for adults with a completion date of August 2015.
 
We can’t offer you payment but we can offer you a printed copy of the finished book and the chance to work with publishers.
To apply please send a sample of your work and a 300 word summary about why you are interested in the project to uclanfairytales@gmail.com by 19th December
 
 


Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today I am sharing ten of the books I plan to read over the Winter months. I haven't planned too much of my reading for the next few months so these are pretty much the only books I currently have set plans to read soon :P Some of these are books I have, others are releasing shortly and I plan to get them as soon as I can.

 
The Fire Sermon - UK - This is a YA dystopian novel and I received an incredibly pretty arc of it last month that I am DYING to read. As it is a February release, over Christmas will be the perfect time for me to read it.
 
The Walled City - UK - This released earlier this month and I recently received a review copy from the publisher so I plan to dive into shortly.
 
Wicked - UK - This is a New Adult paranormal novel by one of my favourite authors so I am very eager to read it. Wicked releases December 8th and I plan to get myself a copy to read pretty quickly.
 
 
Anatomy of a Misfit - UK - I have had this book for a while now but simply haven't had the time to read it. It sounds fantastic so I look forwards to reading it over the Christmas holidays :)
 
Dark Bites - UK - This book is a collection of short stories by Sherrilyn Kenyon, I have read some of her books previously and she is a fantastic writer so I'm looking forwards to reading this paperback I received for review. This book also just released today!
 
Shooting Scars - UK - This just popped through my letterbox and I was really excited to receive it so I am going to start on reading this really soon.
 
 
Seeker - UK - This is a YA fantasy novel releasing next year and it sounds absolutely fanastic! I am trying to start scheduling more reviews in advance so reading this over Christmas will be perfect for a review around release.
 
Under Different Stars - UK - This is an amazing sounding fantasy / sci-fi romance novel by the incredible Amy Bartol. I only just got this but is exactly what I am feeling like reading at the moment so it is going to get a bit of a bump up my tbr pile :)
 
A Touch Of Midnight - UK - I have had this PNR on my kindle for ages and this winter is when I am finally going to read it :P
 
The Body Electric - UK -  I love Beth Revis and this is the first in a new series by her and as I have an ebook I will read it soon.
 
What do you plan to read this winter? Feel free to share your own Top Ten Tuesday links in the comments :)
 

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?

Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

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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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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