Friday Fever #5: all bookish sales and discounts!

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Welcome to another edition of the Friday Fever, yay! I’m actually pretty proud of me for having this up on a Friday with everything that has been going on, haha!

The Friday Fever is hosted by my bff Beth, from the Betwixt The Pages, and here are her rulez:

Friday Fever is your one stop igloo for all things bookish and sales-worthy! These are all epic finds under $5.00 on Amazon Kindle! Click the cover to be taken to the AMAZON page!

Remember:  these deals can change at any time. ALWAYS double check before hitting the buy button!

Beth works with weekly themes for her posts, but I’m doing a general sales deal. All the books here recommended I’d purchase for myself or I already own and think you should give them a try as well =) No recommending things I can’t back up, haha!

As I’m one of those pandas that always picks up books mainly because they are so pretty and have pretty titles, HERE WE HAVE JUST COVERS, MY PEEPS! Also, I’m lazy

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Friday Fever #4: all bookish sales and discounts!

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I KNOW IT’S SATURDAY AGAIN, I’M SORRY! My life has just been all kinds of crazy, oops! Anyway, I’m still doing the thing, because I must tell you all about the awesome bookish sales of the world ❤

By the way, hello! Hahaha! The Friday Fever is hosted by my bff Beth, from the Betwixt The Pages, and here are her rulez:

Friday Fever is your one stop igloo for all things bookish and sales-worthy! These are all epic finds under $5.00 on Amazon Kindle! Click the cover to be taken to the AMAZON page!

Remember:  these deals can change at any time. ALWAYS double check before hitting the buy button!

Beth works with weekly themes for her posts, but I’m doing a general sales deal. All the books here recommended I’d purchase for myself or I already own and think you should give them a try as well =) No recommending things I can’t back up, haha!

As I’m one of those pandas that always picks up books mainly because they are so pretty and have pretty titles, HERE WE HAVE JUST COVERS, MY PEEPS! Also, I’m lazy

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Friday Fever #1

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Hello, lovelies! Yup, I’m aware it’s Saturday night. Yup, I’m aware the meme is called “Friday Fever” for a reason and that is because it’s meant to be posted – surprise, surprise – on Friday. However, the last few days were crazy busy for me and we are on holiday season. Aka: authors and retailers are going CRAZY with the awesome discounts and I refuse to wait another week to let you all know about the a w e s o m e deals I’ve seen around!

Bottom line: I’m doing the Friday Fever meme on a Saturday night. Also, I couldn’t wait to show you all the new panda header I made on Friday afternoon *–* Please, tell me later if you guys liked it!

The Friday Fever is hosted by my bff Beth, from the Betwixt The Pages, and here are her rulez:

 Friday Fever is your one stop igloo for all things bookish and sales-worthy! These are all epic finds under $5.00 on Amazon Kindle! Click the cover to be taken to the AMAZON page!

Remember:  these deals can change at any time. ALWAYS double check before hitting the buy button!

 Beth works with weekly themes for her posts, but I’m a rebel and also #holidaysseason, where everything is at sale, so, until Christmas is gone, I’m going a general sales deal. All the book here recommended I’d purchase to myself or I already own and I think you should give it a try as well =) No recommending things I can’t back up, haha!

One thing I’ll be doing, tho: nooo descriptions, just covers! /o/ (because I’m lazy)

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Bookish news: a cool summary of what I’ve seen on my inbox this week!

Hi, guys! Hope everyone is happy and ready for Friday, because it’s almost here! ❤ To help you see the light and to make the week go by faster, I prepared another edition of the Bookish News that I receive on the comfort of my inbox, haha!

You see, I’m a sucker for newsletters. I’m positive I’m signed up to over a hundred of them easily enough, haha! Mostly are bookish, as you’d expect, and sometimes I get to see really nice releases or news from authors that deserve to be shouted to the world ❤ And that’s what I’ll be doing today =)

Just as I did last time, you’ll find the bookish news sorted alphabetically by the author’s first name because I want it that way, haha! #backstreetboysfeelings

On this post, you’ll find news about: Amy McNulty, B. Kristin McMichael, DeAnna Knippling, Lucy Abbot, Michelle Madow, R. J. Scott and Riley Knight.

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Seducing Jordan, from Andrea Dalling (Ache of Desire #1)

Hello, there! I’m back again with another gay book review, haha! This one was a clandestine book on my April TBR – totally shouldn’t have been read there, but it was and I regret nothing – and it’s been a while since I finished it, but I was lazy and didn’t write a review for it earlier, oops!

Anyway, the book in question is Seducing Jordan, first of the Ache of Desire series, from Andrea Dalling 🙂 I downloaded it for free on Amazon sometime in March/April and was seduced and read it almost on the spot, haha! Now, to the review!

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the story

Jordan can’t wait for college to start. He is so tired of desiring his very straight best friend Rick and getting nowhere, of being trapped in a small town without options to openly explore his sexuality. More than anything, he is tired of the hypocrisy that surrounds him. Jordan knows he still may have problems in college and on his adult life thanks to his sexual orientation, but he refuses to hide who he is to please others.

Jordan needs a change of scenario, now.

Rick can only think of one thing for months now: his best friend Jordan. With college so close, Rick is nervous to share Jordan with the world and maybe lose him to some random stranger who won’t just become his best friend, but also his lover. Rick can’t stop thinking about having sex with Jordan, but wouldn’t that mean that… He also is gay?

Rick needs a change of scenario, now.

Determinated to understand himself and show Jordan how he doesn’t need college guys, Rick sets up a romantic camping trip for them. But will it the problems between them or just show them that sex indeed just complicates everything in a friendship?

the analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

I’d like to start this review saying that this book is a novella (aka quick read) and an excuse to read about gay sex between curious virgins teens. I honestly thought it had much potential and maybe the next book will deliver that, but it didn’t happen this time. However, it was an entertaining read, as there is no instalove, the characters are very well developed through the pages and the sex is the most real that I have ever read, for good and bad. It served me well and I was amused every time I picked it up for reading in between my official April reads, but it isn’t impressive by any means. Four stars 🙂

The narrative is third person with switching points of view between Jordan and Rick. Dalling’s writing style is smooth and simple, you fly through her words and the reader doesn’t even notices how much he already got into the story until it is over, haha! It is very engaging and we are trapped in Jordan and Rick’s own confusions and feelings. I liked Dalling’s style and definitely will keep reading this series – at least the gay books, I’ll explain this better later.

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The plot was simple, but I wasn’t sure of the outcome until the last page. I had mixed feelings about the immediate future of Jordan and Rick, but I liked how they ended. Dalling was very realistic in portraying the boys’ relationship, how it developed, transformed in the weekend they shared on the camping trip. I honestly missed seeing a little of their relationship before the camping trip, to evaluate for myself how things went instead of trusting Jordan and Rick’s memories, but oh well.

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The characters were well constructed for such a short story, but I have to say that Rick is a dick, haha! You saw what I did there. Jordan is cute enough, but I wasn’t very pleased with his submissive way towards Rick. I mean, Rick always had him way with Jordan, he used Jordan’s feelings. I don’t like when this happens to achieve sex. Hell, you have to have a very good reason for me to put up with this! And sex is so not a good one!

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I honestly hope to see Rick growing up in all senses or else, I sense Jordan suffering a lot in his hands and he totally doesn’t deserve that!

Now, let’s talk about sex scenes. This book is all about sex. What makes it interesting is how Dalling glues said scenes with the story events, how she manages to make every scene a key piece of the puzzle that is Jordan and Rick. I was highly amused to see how realistic she was even with the small things, it was educative and entertaining at the same time. Just like hetero romances do, a lot of times homosexual romances won’t contemplate the small things a couple has to take care of to have sex, but not with Dalling. Every small step was there and for that, I give her a big high five 🙂

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And can we just take a second to look at this wonderful cover? It was the decisive piece for me to download and start reading Seducing Jordan right away, haha!

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About the comment I made about only reading Dalling’s gay books, let me explain myself better, haha! You see, Ache of Desire currently has five books. The next book, Handling Cynthia, isn’t focused on Jordan and Rick as you may have guessed from the title, but on Rick’s ex-girlfriend, Cynthia. Annelise, dear, sometimes you are such a genius.

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ANYWAY, the blurb makes it quite clear that Cynthia likes BSDM and, while I don’t oppose to it (it’s a free world, you should enjoy it if that’s your thing), BSDM is so not my thing. I make exceptions here and there, but I don’t think I’d stand a hetero BSDM-sex-only-book. I ironically don’t deal well with those, oops! Jordan and Rick’s story comes back on the third and fifth books, so I plan to grab those 🙂

Overall, if you enjoy gay romance, quick and steamy hot reads and don’t mind uncertain ends, you should give Seducing Jordan a go 🙂

4star

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Thanks for reading my review! I took at look at Amazon and unfortunately the book is back to $0,99, but you can still read it for free if you are a Kindle Unlimited user 🙂

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BOOK BLITZ: Kingdom from Ashes, by Megan Linski (Kingdom Saga #1)

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Hello, there! Welcome to the second and last book blitz of the day 😀 This time on YA Bound Book Tours‘ account, I present you guys the first book from the Kingdom Saga, by Megan Linski: Kingdom From Ashes!

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Kingdom from Ashes

Kingdom Saga #1

by Megan Linski

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: April 1st, 2015

Publisher: Gryfyn Publishing

summary

Princess Bennua is to be married. The daughter of a sultan, her duty is to marry a powerful yet cruel warlord to be her husband, sealing an alliance that will scare the desert of Sahrahn into submission. But the wedding is halted in place when the infamous Raider Prince, king of thieves and leader of the dark city Ashana, threatens to take her city by force.

Sacrificing her freedom for her country, Bennua agrees to accompany the Raider Prince on his travels if he leaves her homeland alone. Stolen from her charmed life Bennua begins to learn the truth of what lies beyond the palace walls and the suffering that plagues Sahrahn’s people. Bennua begins to plan her escape, but the more she learns from the thieves the more she finds herself becoming one of the them…all while falling hard for their leader, the Raider Prince himself.

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You can get Kingdom from Ashes FOR FREE! YAY! 😀

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also in the series

Fallen from Ashes (The Kingdom Saga #2)

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Redemption from Ashes (The Kingdom Saga #3)

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Prince of Fire (The Kingdom Saga #4)

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Megan Linski is the owner of Gryfyn Publishing and has had a passion for writing ever since she completed her first (short) novel at the age of 6. Her specializations are romance, fantasy, and contemporary fiction for people aged 14-24. When not writing she enjoys ice skating, horse riding, theatre, archery, fishing, and being outdoors. She is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, and is an active fighter against common variable immune deficiency disorder. She lives in Michigan.

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That’s it, thanks for reading! Don’t pass up the chance of grabbing Kingdom from Ashes for free 😀

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BOOK TOUR: The Blood of the Hydra, by Michelle Madow (Elementals #2)

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Hello, there! Good morning 🙂 It’s my deepest pleasure to introduce you to today’s blog tour, my first with Barclay Publicity. Our star is the second book in the Elementals series by no one less than Michelle Madow: The Blood of the Hydra! 😀

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The Blood of the Hydra

Elementals #2

Michelle Madow

Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing

Release Date: April 18th, 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

summary

A demigod who can kill with a touch. It’s an ability that must be kept secret from everyone, even from those trusted most.

Finding out that she was a witch was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. No one can know her secret—not even Blake, who she’s had undeniable chemistry with since first moving to town.

 Now Nicole, Blake, and the three others with elemental powers must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. The creatures they face on this journey will be more dangerous than anything they’ve encountered yet. Will they all survive the quest? And how long will it be until Nicole is forced to use her ability to kill in front of everyone, revealing the true darkness of her powers?

 Find out in The Blood of the Hydra, and join the Elementals on their next journey in their quest to save the world—or die trying.

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I’m especially excited about this book because I’ve won a giveaway of Michelle’s this month and now I have the first book in this series awaiting for me on my shelves!! 😀 It won’t get its turn soon enough, haha!

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You can find The Blood of the Hydra in both paperback and ebook formats 😀 The Elementals series is available on Kindle Unlimited, so subscribers can read it for FREE!

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excerpt

“Back up for a moment,” Blake said, and all heads turned to him. “Getting the lotus seeds and the milk from Helios’s cattle sounds crazy, but feasible. But the blood of a slain hydra? I know we’ve been practicing with our powers and weapons for a month—and we’ve gotten pretty good at it, too—but the hydra is one of the most dangerous creatures out there. Slaying it was one of Hercules’s twelve labors. What if one of us gets hurt? Or worse?”

I didn’t know if I was imagining it or not, but I could have sworn that his gaze drifted to mine when he’d said that last part. It was like he was saying that he didn’t want me getting hurt. My cheeks heated at the thought, and I focused on my hands, unable to look at Blake without my feelings for him showing on my face for everyone else to see.

“Hercules was one person,” Chris pointed out. “We’re five.”

“Actually, Hercules didn’t slay the hydra on his own,” Kate said. “He needed help from his nephew.”

“But neither of them had powers like ours.” Chris rubbed his hands together, his confidence not wavering. “We’ve got this.”

“Oh, I know we can slay the hydra.” Blake crossed his arms, as if offended that anyone had thought he’d doubted our abilities. “We just need to make sure that we all get back here alive.”

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The adventure began in the first book in the series, Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows! To learn more about the first book, and to read the first four chapters for free, click here!

 

 

 

 

the author

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Michelle grew up in Baltimore, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she writes books for young adults. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle went on a cross-country road trip from Florida to California and back to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

 Want to get some of Michelle’s books for FREE? Click here to learn how. J

 To get instant updates about Michelle’s new books, follow her on Amazon!

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 One lucky winner will take home a SIGNED paperback copy of one of Michelle’s titles!!

To participate on this awesome giveaway, just click here and good luck: GIVEAWAY!

 That’s it, thanks for reading! And thanks to Barclay Publicity for my spot on this tour, it meant the world to me 😀

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A Love for the Mistletoe, from Joy Penny (A Love for the Pages #0.5)

Hi, there! Welcome to my late review for A Love for the Mistletoe, a short story by Joy Penny that is a prequel to A Love for the Pages ❤ I’ve read this one as soon as I wrote my review for A Love for the Pages, but life has been so weird and rushed here that I couldn’t sit down to write it until today – just as it happens with my poor manga reviews… But enough chit chat and let’s go!

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the story

Two years ago, in a time when there were no internships at the most generous Rockfords’ library, no immediate family pressure for a secure future and no most generous Rockford at all, there was a young couple that sort of started going out in high school.

This is the story of June Eyermann and Sinjin.

And also of the Mistletoe that started the confusion.

You can read it for free on Wattpad 🙂

the analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

I was in love with A Love for the Pages [haha], so of course I ran as fast as I could to read A Love for the Mistletoe. It was lovely and sweet, but I don’t like to think about June and Sinjin. This, along the fact that it was a very short story, made it a proud four stars book for me 🙂

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The narrative follows the pattern that we see in A Love for the Pages: first person from June’s point of view. As I loved her, it was nice to be inside her head again ❤ I continue to love Penny’s writing to the core!

The plot was cute and well executed, even with the story being so short. It was cute to see how a lot of things that would unfold later to start. Can we have a short story on the most generous Rockford now? Hahaha!

I don’t even need to say how much I loved revisiting June and her friends again, right? Because I did, haha! Again, just missing the most generous Rockford, but oh well.

If you’re not sure if you’d like A Love for the Pages you’d be insane to be doubting, it is very good or if you want a quick and smart short story with romantic vibes, you totally should head to Wattpad and read A Love for the Mistletoe!

Sorry for the short review, but it is a short story, haha! I can’t say anything without major spoilers, oops!

4star

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That’s it, thanks for reading my mini review ❤ Do you like prom YA books?

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#DustOffYourBookShelves: Wanting, by Piper Vaughn (Wanting #1)

Good night! I still epic failed to post my weekly answer to this meme on mornings 🙂 Thursdays are #DustOffYourBookshelf days over here; this is a meme hosted by my dear friend Mandy, from The Reading Diaries. Make sure to check her blog if you haven’t ❤

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Da Rulez:

Dust off your Bookshelf was originally created to share books that have been on my “to read pile” for a long time. Some so long I’ve forgotten that they are there, and have purchased duplicate copies. Each week I will share on my blog as well as Instagram a new title. Some may be newer and some so old I have forgotten they are there. I do have issues with buying books and never reading them. I’m hoping that by share them I will be motivated to read them. Plus it’s always fun to find new books hiding within the bookshelves. Feel free to join in and share on Instagram or your blog. Just let me know so I can check out your choice this week too. Just use #DustOffYourBookshelf

My chosen book

This time, I chose a freebie that I saw on my kindle quite by accident when looking for other book, haha! It’s Wanting, by Piper Vaughn 🙂

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summary

Jonah Beckett has been in love with his older brother’s best friend, Laurie, since he was thirteen-years-old. When his boyfriend, Dirk, breaks up with him for refusing to put out, Jonah uses his heartbreak over the situation as an excuse to ask Laurie to teach him all about sex before he starts college in the fall. Problem is, he made Dirk up, and Jonah has no idea what will happen when Laurie finally finds out the truth.

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When one forgets that a book exists, it makes it harder for the book to be read, right? 🙂 I’ll try to knock my freebies shelves on July, it’s kind of a personal goal 🙂

That’s it, thanks for reading!

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