26 June 2014

Book Tour (Review): Dwellers of Darkness (Darkness #3) by Stacey Marie Brown

Dwellers of Darkness (Darkness #3)
Author: Stacey Marie Brown
Pub. Date: Feb. 27, 2014
Acquired: From author/publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Author Page: http://www.staceymariebrown.com
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Some days feel like years, but in Ember Brycin’s case just the opposite is true. She had only been in the Otherworld for a day or two when she returned back to the Earth's realm. But it is three years later on Earth. Em is now 22. It would matter if she was human, but she’s not. She is a Dae, part Demon and part Fay, with a little Dark Dweller thrown in to make her even more of a freak.

Seeing Seattle rebuilt only confirms she has been gone three years. For her it was not long ago that the Seattle area was just rubble of concrete and death. All done by her hand.

One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is her undeniable connection to Eli Dragen, who is sexy, gorgeous, and even more volatile and frustrating. But her problems go way past him. The Seelie Queen of the Otherworld still holds Mark, Em’s father, and her friends, Ryan, and Josh as hostages. Em needs to rescue them without, once again, getting caught and being used as a pawn to help the Queen regain possession of Earth. At the same time Ember is in hot water with Lars, the Unseelie King, after breaking her contract with him.

As some secrets have come to light others seem to become even more enigmatic. The only truth Ember knows is,everyone is harboring secrets. As Eli’s past is revealed, Em understands more clearly why he acts the way he does and how much their lives are intertwined. But she also knows Eli is holding something back, something that could change their relationship forever.

Em herself continues to wrestle with her feelings toward Torin and her own secret she’s withholding from Kennedy. As the tension for war mounts between the Seelie and Unseelie (Light and Dark), the tension at the Dark Dweller’s compound mounts even more as they prepare to obtain the sword no matter what the price. But is Ember the answer to the location of the sword? Is she the one to fulfill the prophecy? As usual nothing is ever what it seems.

~My Review~

So, seriously, what is it about this series that has me so hooked?!
I can't even pin it on one thing, exactly. There are just too many amazing things to choose from!

So, if you're looking for a slow-building, chaste, sweet romance, please don't pick up this book. Wait. Just kidding. Pick up this book, anyway, because you're going to change your mind about what kind of stories you enjoy.

The chemistry between Ember and Eli is crazy! And I'm talking about just their conversations. These two are going down as one of my all-time favorite book couples. I'm just a little worried about what this big secret is that I can tell will most likely be hashed out in the next book. I'm terrified, actually. Ugh.
But, I'm hoping it'll just bring Em and Eli closer in the end.

As for the other characters, I'm still loving most of the supporting characters. But, I'm pretty sure that Kennedy is my favorite. She's so overlooked in the first books in this series and then she pretty much has the ability to steal the show.

Now, let's talk about who I don't like for a moment. And this may be a little against-the-grain, here, but I really, really, truly do not like Lily, Ember's mom. And I feel so torn about that because Ember missed her so much! But, seriously, this lady is NOT a fun character. I'm really hoping to see her in a better light in the future.

All-in-all, this series is a must-read. Take it from me, there is so much right with this story!

~My Rating~

~About the Author~

Stacey Marie Brown by day is an Interior/Set Designer, by night a writer of Paranormal Fantasy, Adventure, and Literary Fiction. She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. Even before she could write, she was creating stories and making up intricate fantasies. Writing came as easy as breathing. She later turned that passion into acting, living and traveling abroad, and designing. Though she had never stopped writing, moving back to San Francisco seemed to have brought it back to the forefront and this time it would not be ignored.

When she’s not writing she’s out hiking, spending time with friends, traveling, listening to music, or designing.

25 June 2014

Book Tour (Review) & Giveaway: Carnelian (The Chalcedony Chronicles #1) by B. Kristen McMichael

Carnelian(The Chalcedony Chronicles #1)
Author: B. Kristen McMichael
Pub. Date: Feb. 1, 2014
Acquired: From author/publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Author Page: http://www.bkristinmcmichael.com
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Everyone has a past, but for most it isn’t as long ago as Seth Sangre. His past is literally thousands of years ago. Seth’s life led him to the present seeking something that might help him save his country from destruction. He has been in the present for over three years now and just found exactly what he has been looking for.

Mari had dreams that college will be a fresh start, one where she would start over and not fall for the good looking player like high school. Unfortunately for her, that’s exactly what ends up falling into her lap on the first day she moves into the dorms. Now she has to hold to her promise to herself and not fall for the handsome Seth. But he doesn’t plan to make it easy for her. Seth has already marked her as his next conquest. As the semester progresses, Mari learns that Seth might just have a life of his own that’s actually from the past.

Suddenly Mari finds her future along with her past put into question. She’s connected to Seth far more than she ever wanted to be and maybe the player isn’t who she thought he was. If Mari can trust her heart enough to follow him, Seth will lead Mari on an adventure of a lifetime and reveal family secrets she never knew existed.

~My Review~

After reading a few stale romances, lately, this book was a refreshing dose of awesome. I already LOVE time-travels, so from the get-go I knew that Carnelian was a must-read.

One of the things I loved the most about this story was the strong characters: main and supporting. Both Mari and Seth had me rooting for them--not just as a couple--but as individuals from the beginning. So many stories fail to make me love the people in them that when I read a writer like Ms. McMichael it gives me some great hope!
The supporting characters were amazing! Ty, Dee, and Sim made me love them! And I LOVE when characters make me love them!

While I absolutely do recommend Carnelian, keep in mind that it IS YA. Now, I just so happen to believe that YA can be a pretty underrated genre. However, there are times when you're in the heads of the "young adults" who are the voices of these stories and you have to stop and remind yourself that you were slightly less mature when that age, too.
This story is the same. There are moments when I felt a little disconnected from the characters because of that. BUT, I think that's normal. It just makes what will happen next even more entertaining.

All in all, I'm pretty excited to read the next book in the series, and I'm going to HAVE to pick up another B. Kristen McMichael book. She is one. Talented. Author.

~My Rating~

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~About the Author~

Originally from Wisconsin, B. Kristin currently resides in Ohio with her husband, two small children, and three cats. When not doing the mom thing of chasing kids, baking cookies, and playing outside, she is using her PhD in biology as a scientist. In her free time she is currently hard at work on multiple novels. Every day is a new writing adventure. She is a fan of all YA/NA fantasy and science fiction.