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New Book Releases – 24 Nov 2020

Hola, Book Dragons. Three new releases today!

1. The Awakening (The Dragon Heart Legacy #1) – Nora Roberts

Synopsis:
In the realm of Talamh, a teenage warrior named Keegan emerges from a lake holding a sword—representing both power and the terrifying responsibility to protect the Fey. In another realm known as Philadelphia, a young woman has just discovered she possesses a treasure of her own…
When Breen Kelly was a girl, her father would tell her stories of magical places. Now she’s an anxious twentysomething mired in student debt and working a job she hates. But one day she stumbles upon a shocking discovery: her mother has been hiding an investment account in her name. It has been funded by her long-lost father—and it’s worth nearly four million dollars.
This newfound fortune would be life-changing for anyone. But little does Breen know that when she uses some of the money to journey to Ireland, it will unlock mysteries she couldn’t have imagined. Here, she will begin to understand why she kept seeing that silver-haired, elusive man, why she imagined his voice in her head saying Come home, Breen Siobhan. It’s time you came home. Why she dreamed of dragons. And where her true destiny lies—through a portal in Galway that takes her to a land of faeries and mermaids, to a man named Keegan, and to the courage in her own heart that will guide her through a powerful, dangerous destiny…

2. The Princess Knight (The Scarred Earth Saga #2) – G.A. Aiken

Synopsis:
In New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken’s gripping new fantasy romance series, the Blacksmith Queen must confront armies and pretenders desperate to take her new-won crown. But with the Princess Knight at her side and a centaur warrior clan at her back, she’ll risk everything for victory . . .
LONG LIVE THE QUEEN
Gemma Smythe dedicated her life to the glory of battle. With her fellow War Monks, she worshipped the war gods, rained destruction on her enemies, and raised the dead when the fancy took her. Until her sister Keeley became the prophesied Blacksmith Queen, and Gemma broke faith with her order to journey to the Amichai Mountain and fight by Keeley’s side.
The Amichai warriors are an unruly, never-to-be-tamed lot, especially their leader-in-waiting, Quinn. But when the War Monks declare support for Gemma’s ruthless younger sister Beatrix, the immaturity of her key ally is the least of Gemma’s problems. She has to get to the grand masters, dispel their grudge against her, and persuade them to fight for Keeley and justice. If her conviction can’t sway them, perhaps Quinn’s irritating, irreverent, clearly unhinged, ferocity will win the day . . .

3. How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (The Folk of the Air #3.5) – Holly Black

Synopsis:
An illustrated addition to the New York Times bestselling Folk of Air trilogy, that started with The Cruel Prince, from award-winning author Holly Black.
An irresistible return to the captivating world of Elfhame.
Once upon a time, there was a boy with a wicked tongue.
Before he was a cruel prince or a wicked king, he was a faerie child with a heart of stone . #1 New York Times bestselling author, Holly Black reveals a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame’s enigmatic high king, Cardan. This tale includes delicious details of life before The Cruel Prince, an adventure beyond The Queen of Nothing, and familiar moments from The Folk of the Air trilogy, told wholly from Cardan’s perspective.
This new installment in the Folk of the Air series is a return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humor, and drama that enchanted readers everywhere. Each chapter is paired with lavish and luminous full-color art, making this the perfect collector’s item to be enjoyed by both new audiences and old.

What about you guys? Do you have any new releases for me? 😉

∼Lyn

Posted in Blog Memes, Music Monday

Music Monday – 16 Nov 2020 – Dynamite – BTS

I can’t believe it’s the 16th of Nov already. Time flies by when you’re commuting 4hrs everyday and you’re stuck at a job till 5 p.m. *sigh* I know I should feel lucky that I have a job but the commute’s brutal and I’m just so tired all the time. *sigh* I keep worrying what I’ll do when it snows.

I’ll probably turn into a popsicle. Lol.

I recently started listening to this song and it’s quite addictive. 😉

Music Monday is hosted by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. Be sure to check out his awesome blog.

Posted in Book Blog, Book Reviews, Netgalley

Book Review: Quiet No More – Nikki Barthelmess

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Review:

Life after surviving sexual assault. How do you do it? How do you pick up the pieces and get on with your life? Is that what you’re supposed to do? Can you? That is what Victoria strives to figure out after surviving sexual assault by her father and the hardship of foster care.

Victoria’s now in college, trying to get through her classes while inside her emotions are all messed-up. Her father’s sentencing looms ahead and she’s stuck in a love-and-hate tug of war for him, trying to grasp the right thing to do.

I empathized with Victoria over what she was undergoing and the author did a good job showing her doubts, confusion, her pain, her struggle not to let what happened to her drown her.

Right and wrong have always been pretty black and white for me. So I wanted Victoria to see her father for what he was, and I wanted her to make the right decisions but it’s hard to do that when you’ve been pushed into a certain mold.

What her so-called friend did was horrible and a breach of trust and friendship. I don’t condone that. Quiet No More is a book worth reading, providing awareness on what victims and survivors of abuse face from friends and family, strangers and society in general.

Synopsis: College freshman Victoria Parker is trying to move on with her life after surviving sexual assault by her father and six months in foster care. She’s focusing on the positives–attending college, living on her own, repairing old relationships and making new ones, and getting involved with an abuse survivors activist group on campus. But everything’s thrown into disarray when a strange woman shows up, claiming to be Victoria’s aunt and asking Victoria to lie about what happened to her. With her father’s sentencing in a few months, she’s nervous about having to share the truth of what happened with a judge. She’s not even sure if she has the strength to go through with it. But when her fellow club members begin pressuring her to speak out, Victoria has to decide how to share her story while remaining true to herself.
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New Book Releases – 10 Nov 2020

Hola, Book Dragons. Exciting, isn’t it when you get new releases? I got two for you today.

1. Rent a Boyfriend – Gloria Chao

Synopsis:
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets The Farewell in this incisive romantic comedy about a college student who hires a fake boyfriend to appease her traditional Taiwanese parents, to disastrous results, from the acclaimed author of American Panda.
Chloe Wang is nervous to introduce her parents to her boyfriend, because the truth is, she hasn’t met him yet either. She hired him from Rent for Your ’Rents, a company specializing in providing fake boyfriends trained to impress even the most traditional Asian parents.
Drew Chan’s passion is art, but after his parents cut him off for dropping out of college to pursue his dreams, he became a Rent for Your ’Rents employee to keep a roof over his head. Luckily, learning protocols like “Type C parents prefer quiet, kind, zero-PDA gestures” comes naturally to him.
When Chloe rents Drew, the mission is simple: convince her parents fake Drew is worthy of their approval so they’ll stop pressuring her to accept a proposal from Hongbo, the wealthiest (and slimiest) young bachelor in their tight-knit Asian American community.
But when Chloe starts to fall for the real Drew—who, unlike his fake persona, is definitely not ’rent-worthy—her carefully curated life begins to unravel. Can she figure out what she wants before she loses everything?

2. Leopard’s Rage (Leopard People #12) – Christine Feehan

Synopsis:
It will take more than desire to tame the animal within in this Leopard novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.
Leopard shifter Sevastyan Amurov has an anger inside of him that burns so hot it’s almost impossible to control. His barely leashed rage relentlessly threatens to break free, until he meets a woman who soothes his restless soul.
Sevastyan wants Flambe Carver with every breath. He’s determined that the fiery-haired woman will want to be his completely. But his would-be mate comes with strings attached—a relentless stalker who intends to claim her for his own.
They barely know each other, but with a very real threat looming just out of reach, Sevastyan takes Flambe under his protection. And as their connection grows, the embers of desire sparking between them soon burst into an inferno that will consume them both.

What about you guys? Do you have any new releases for me? 😉

∼Lyn

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Music Monday – 09 Nov 2020 – Betterman – Virginia To Vegas

Monday, Groanday. Hola, peeps! How’s it going? I have a few minutes at work so I’m grabbing the time to do my Music Monday post. With 4hrs commute everyday, I’m all for time management these days.

Can you believe this song has been out since February and I only found out in Oct? Man, I missed 8 months’ binge-listening lol. I totally love this song and I’ve got it on repeat, with the chorus on my various alarms. 😉

36 hours and I’m back where I started
LA in the rear view
My heart is
Barely what it used to be
Barely what it used to be

Left a house in the oaks by the ocean
Back to Toronto
I’m hopin’
I can find what’s left of me
That city got the best of me

Sick and tired of living my life that way
Maybe I should get to church on Sunday
Call my mom, put a smile on her face
Tell her one day

I wanna be a better me, a better man
A better lover, better brother, better friend
Put myself back together again
Cause I still got a couple loose ends
And I got pretty lucky
Made a whole bunch of money
But I don’t feel any better yet
So I’m tryna do the best I can
To be a better me
A better man

To be a better me
A better man
To be a better me
A better man

Music Monday is hosted by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. Be sure to check out his awesome blog.

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F Is For Friday – 06 Nov 2020

God, it felt like Friday would never come! These days, I live only for Fridays lol because I don’t have to work during the weekend. I am so staying in.

It’s been a while since I did this post – mostly due to exhaustion from my job but I have plenty to be grateful for so even though it’s late and I feel sleepy and knackered, I wanted to try to express my gratitude.

F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)

I’m a sucker for elf romances and who wouldn’t love this cover? 😉

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New Book Releases – 06 Nov 2020

Hola, Book Dragons. Happy Book Birthday to this beauty:

A Deal with the Elf King – Elise Kova

Synopsis:
Perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses and Uprooted, this stand-alone, fantasy romance about a human girl and her marriage to the Elf King is impossible to put down!

The elves come for two things: war and wives. In both cases, they come for death.

Three-thousand years ago, humans were hunted by powerful races with wild magic until the treaty was formed. Now, for centuries, the elves have taken a young woman from Luella’s village to be their Human Queen.

To be chosen is seen as a mark of death by the townsfolk. A mark nineteen-year-old Luella is grateful to have escaped as a girl. Instead, she’s dedicated her life to studying herbology and becoming the town’s only healer.

That is, until the Elf King unexpectedly arrives… for her.

Everything Luella had thought she’d known about her life, and herself, was a lie. Taken to a land filled with wild magic, Luella is forced to be the new queen to a cold yet blisteringly handsome Elf King. Once there, she learns about a dying world that only she can save.

The magical land of Midscape pulls on one corner of her heart, her home and people tug on another… but what will truly break her is a passion she never wanted.

A Deal with the Elf King is a complete, stand-alone novel, inspired by the tales of Hades and Persephone, as well as Beauty and the Beast, with a “happily ever after” ending. It’s perfect for fantasy romance fans looking for just the right amount of steam and their next slow-burn and swoon-worthy couple.

What about you guys? Have you heard of this book? The cover is amazing, right?

∼Lyn

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WWW Wednesday – 04 Nov 2020

Good morning, Book Dragons. By the time this scheduled post is published I’ll probably be hard at work. *groan*

I wish I could work from home every day. Alas, my fate is to struggle all my life and the 4hr commute is seriously eating into my reading time. It wouldn’t be so bad if it were just one bus but it’s 3 freaking buses and sometimes 4. Yep, life is hard but at least I have a job. For now. I’ve been told that with COVID there could be risk of being laid off and of course, the last to get hired is the first to go. But let’s focus on better things, like books.

1. What are you currently reading?

Yes! I’m at last reading this! 😀

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New Book Releases – 03 Nov 2020

Hola, Book Dragons. 2 new books (that I know of) today! Happy Book Birthday to these beauties:

1. Instant Karma – Marissa Meyer

Synopsis:
In this young adult contemporary romance, a girl is suddenly gifted with the ability to cast instant karma on those around her—both good and bad. Chronic overachiever Prudence Daniels is always quick to cast judgment on the lazy, rude, and arrogant residents of her coastal town. Her dreams of karmic justice are fulfilled when, after a night out with her friends, she wakes up with the sudden ability to cast instant karma on those around her. Pru giddily makes use of the power, punishing everyone from public vandals to karaoke hecklers, but there is one person on whom her powers consistently backfire: Quint Erickson, her slacker of a lab partner and all-around mortal enemy. Soon, Pru begins to uncover truths about Quint, her peers, and even herself that reveal how thin the line is between virtue and vanity, generosity and greed . . . love and hate.

2. Send Me Their Souls (Bring Me Their Hearts #3) – Sara Wolf

Synopsis:
The finale to the epic Bring Me Their Hearts series reaches its thrilling conclusion, full of intrigue, emotion, and of course romance.

Reunited with Lucien, Malachite, and Fione, Zera finally has the choice of whether or not to regain her humanity and give up her life as a Heartless. But with war raging and an army of valkerax on the loose, she’s never needed immortality more. Will they be able to stop Varia without sacrificing themselves in the process?

What about you guys? Are there any new releases you anticipated for today?

∼Lyn

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Music Monday – 02 Nov 2020 – Human – Cher Lloyd

Yes, peeps! I’m back. No, I’m not dead though I do feel undead. Four hours’ commute everyday will do that to you. So you see why I haven’t been posting. But I’m determined to continue blogging (Definitely not quitting, Tattoed Book Geek 😉 ).

I’m trying to find a balance but for now, most of my posts will be at night, unless I’ve scheduled in advance. So this song suits me right now.

Did anyone miss me?

Music Monday is hosted by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. Be sure to check out his awesome blog.