Rise (The Order of the Krigers #1) by Jennifer Anne Davis ~ Spotlight and Giveaway!



By Jennifer Anne Davis
Published on May 17, 2016
Published by: Month9Books
Source: Month9Books
The people of Nelebek live in fear of persecution from the evil Morlet, who reigns with a dark and destructive magic. The kingdom’s only hope lies with the Order of the Krigers—twelve warriors with mysterious powers linked to magical weapons. 

For over a century, Morlet has been annihilating the Order, picking them off one by one. Eleven Krigers have been hunted down, tortured, and imprisoned in his dungeon. Now, only one remains.

Sixteen-year-old Kaia survives by keeping her head down and minding her own business. But when she finds herself in the middle of a public execution where the mysterious Morlet is in attendance, an odd compulsion she can’t resist comes over her. 

Kaia looks into Morlet’s eyes.

Soon, an ancient power awakens and Kaia can no more blend into the scenery. Will she heed the call of the Krigers or will Morlet’s dark magic destroy the last of the Order?

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About the Author...




Jennifer Anne Davis is the award-winning author of the bestselling TRUE REIGN series. After graduating from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential, she married her high school sweetheart. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three highly energetic children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.








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Jaime Lynn

Jaime Reviews ~ Emerge (Mer Chronicles #1) by Tobie Easton

By Tobie Easton
Published on April 19, 2016
Published by: Month9Books LLC
Source: Month9Books LLC
Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid but she’s never lived in the ocean. War has ravaged the seven seas ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality. Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he’s gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there’s a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia's entire community at risk. 

So it’s for the best that he’s dating that new girl, right? That is, until Lia finds out she isn't the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn't realize the danger he's in. If Lia hopes to save him, she’ll have to get closer to Clay. Lia’s parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with him, the harder it is for her to deny her feelings. After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.



Emerge...

I have been trying for a long time to find a story that focuses on Mermaids that I could actually read all the way through. Normally, it just doesn't happen. I hear people rave about this one and that one, I get excited, then end up DNF'ing and wondering what is wrong with me. Well, I finally found a mermaid story that I was able to finish. It wasn't perfect, there may have been some skimming along the way, but I FINISHED IT!

After a curse stemming from the legendary Little Mermaid shattered the immortality of mermaids, new leaders started emerging left and right, claiming to know how to break the curse. After years of fighting and death, a group of Mermaid's decided to leave the ocean depths behind and live on land, as humans. Lia and her sisters have lived on land since they were born, daughters of the Foundations leaders. It has always been made clear that relationships with humans is against the law. The risk is just too great to all of Mer kind. Unfortunately for Lia, she falls in love with a human. She does everything she can to stay away from him until a new Mermaid comes along and threatens him with her song. She is a siren. To protect Clay, Lia does the unthinkable. Now, she is in a race to save Clay before Mel can take things too far. A battle ensues over one boy that may affect the entire Mer race.

Emerge was an incredibly cute story. There were some darker moments to it but for the most part this story is a really cute love story. Lia is a good character, who makes some really dumb decisions. But we all make dumb decisions for love, so....Clay was a good character as well. Incredibly sweet, but we really didn't see much of who he really is for.... reasons. The entire character list is a long one, but each one is unique. Ms. Easton is great at defining a character, which I can appreciate.

The pacing of Emerge is slow at times, and there are a lot of info dumps and some serious inner dialogues going on. And angst. To me, it felt like the characters were a lot younger than their 16-17 year old ages. The whole story felt geared more towards the middle school girls age than my decidedly older age. This is what led to a lot of the skimming. It was very.... cutesy.

But I finished it, so that has to tell you something. I did enjoy this story. Like I said, it is cutesy and sweet. The romance was very cutesy and sweet. I enjoyed the history of the Mer's, and their language. My absolute favorite part of the entire story were the descriptions of the homes the Mer's built for themselves. Absolutely breathtaking to imagine, and I wish that I could build one exactly like them. World-building and beautiful description is Tobie Easton's strong point, to be sure.

Emerge is a book that I would HIGHLY recommend to middle school and early high school young women. That would definitely be the sweet spot. For me, it was a little too young, but I still enjoyed it and look forward to more from this wonderful author! 

Jaime Lynn

Month9Books/Tantrum Books Friday Reveal ~ Sacrifice (Serpentine #2) by Cindy Pon



Today Cindy Pon and Month9Books are revealing the cover for SACRIFICE, book 2 in the Serpentine Series! Which releases September 27, 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win a paperback copy of book 1, Serpentine!!

Here’s a message from the author.

I am so excited to share the Sacrifice cover with readers! I didn't think it was possible, but I love it even more than my gorgeous Serpentine cover. My second novel is always about dealing with consequences of what happened in the first book. Skybright was on a journey to discover the truth of her origins and identity in Serpentine, and I believe she truly comes into her own in Sacrifice. I love the prominent featuring of her crimson tail, and the tension and energy this cover conveys—it reflects the novel so well. I hope you enjoy Sacrifice!

On to the reveal! 




Title: SACRIFICE (Serpentine, Book 2)
Author: Cindy Pon
Pub. Date: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, Hardcover,  & eBook
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Sacrifice, the sequel to Serpentine, plunges Skybright into the terrifying underworld where demons are bred and whisks her up to the magnificent Mountain of Heavenly Peace where the gods dwell.

Stone is stripped of his immortal status and told to close hell's breach, which mysteriously remains open, threatening mortals.

Zhen Ni, Skybright's former mistress and friend, has been wed to the strange and brutish Master Hou, and finds herself trapped in an opulent but empty manor. When she discovers half-eaten corpses beneath the estate, she realizes that Master Hou is not all that he seems.

As Skybright works to free Zhen Ni with the aid of Kai Sen and Stone, they begin to understand that what is at risk is more far-reaching then they could ever have fathomed.






Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy,Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA.The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was released in April 2011. Her first published short story is featured in Diverse Energies,a multicultural YA dystopian anthology from Tu Books (October 2012). Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade. Visit her website

Where you can find Cindy: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Tumblr | Instagram




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Jaime Reviews ~ This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab

By Victoria Schwab
Published on July 5, 2016
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Source: Edelweiss/ Around the World ARC Tours
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from acclaimed author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books, This Savage Song is a must-have for fans of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives. In This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab creates a gritty, seething metropolis, one worthy of being compared to Gotham and to the four versions of London in her critically acclaimed fantasy for adults, A Darker Shade of Magic. Her heroes will face monsters intent on destroying them from every side—including the monsters within.



This Savage Song...

I adored The Archived and The Near Witch. Both spoke to what an amazing writer Ms. Schwab truly is. So of course I jumped on the chance to read and review This Savage Song. The author, and the added bonus of Monsters? Yes, please! Yet when I started, there wasn't an immediate connection and I almost gave up, but I held out, and then all of a sudden, it sucked me in so hard and fast I almost got whiplash. THAT's why I try my best not to DNF. THAT MOMENT when the magic happens, and it just CLICKS! (sorry for the all caps moments. I will try to rein it in!)

A building burns so a girl can get home. And she does get to go home, to North City where her father rules the dark side. Where he offers protection to the humans from the monsters, for a price. All she wants is to prove that she is a Harker, her fathers daughter. Ruthless, calculating, capable of standing by his side.

There is a boy who wants to be more. He wants to offer himself up to protect the city. His city, South Side, ruled by his father. Kind and gentle, Henry Flynn wants to save the city, return the monsters to where they came from. August, and his brother and sister are his secret weapons. He wants them safe, so he keeps them hidden. Until now. August finally has a mission...  It is NOT what he had in mind.

I won't say too much more about the story, since we are a ways from its release date, but I will say that I loved this book. Initially, it did take some time for me to become invested, but once I did that was all she wrote. I think the beginning, me struggling to get interested, was definitely ME, not the story, so don't let that scare you away. This Savage Song is full of action. The darkness is full of teeth and eyes as red as blood. The characters full of loss and bone deep pain, fear and anger and worry. They are strong, and weak at the same time. Struggling to find themselves, to figure out who they really are. Kate and August are stunningly wrought characters, full of life. I couldn't help but follow their stories, individually and apart, with all of my attention.

The story is full of dark things, monsters and emotions, people... but it is full of life and song and so much hope for something better. I adored it. The mundane school days, and the nights on the run. I adored it. And the ending ripped my heart out. I don't know how in the world I am going to be able to wait a full year to continue this wonderful story, wondering.....

Jaime Lynn

Tour Review and Giveaway ~ The Paladins (The Artisans #2) by Julie Reece



By Julie Reece
Published on May 3, 2016
Source: Month9Books
The Artisan curse is broken. Souls trapped in a mysterious otherworld called The Void are finally released. Now, Raven Weathersby, Gideon Maddox, and Cole Wynter can finally move on with their lives...or so they thought. If the ancient magic is truly dead, then why are mystical fires plaguing Gideon at every turn? What accounts for Raven’s frightening visions of her dead mother? And who is the beautiful, tortured girl haunting Cole’s dreams?

Last year, a group of lonely teens sacrificed secrets, battled the supernatural, and faced their own demons to set one another free. Yet six months later, the heart of evil still beats within The Void. And the trio is forced to face the horrific truth: that their only way out is to go back in.

The Paladins completes this eerie YA Southern Gothic where loyalties are tested, love is challenged, and evil seeks them on the ultimate battlegrounds—in their minds, their souls, and their hearts.



The Paladins...

Thank you, Julie Reece, for upping the creepiness in round two of The Artisans. Creepiness is a favorite thing of mine, and this book delivered. As a matter of fact, everything about The Paladins felt like it was upped a notch. And I loved it, so much!

The Paladins was a non-stop thrill ride. Magic abounds, with a nice little gothic-y vibe happening.  With multiple POV's (Cole, Raven and Gideon), done perfectly, we get to see things in so many different lights, it brings the story to a whole new dimension. Each POV is done well, and the switch offs are smooth.  After the events of The Artisans, even though things ended relatively well, I still had a few questions. Mostly, is it REALLY over? And I got my questions answered, and then some.

Raven is the same girl from book one, with her self-doubt but fierce stubborness. Gideon is as dark and brooding as ever, and incredibly aggravating. I loved these two in book one, and I love them even more this time.  But things are definitely different. And I adore Cole. It was wonderful getting to know him more, and I loved having his voice as one of the POV's.

I couldn't have asked for a better story than the one this author delivered. Julie Reece has such a strong voice, and quite the wonderful imagination. I knew when I read The Artisans that this would be an author to watch, and she cemented that fact with this sequel. Now that The Artisans series is complete, I very much look forward to whatever she has coming for us next. 


About the Author...

   Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.
   I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.
   Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.
  Then I thought I’d write one down…

Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!




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Tour Review and Giveaway ~ The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry



The Girl I Used to Be
by April Henry
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary, Suspense
Rate:  3 STARS!

Synopsis:

When Olivia's mother was killed, everyone suspected her father of murder. But his whereabouts remained a mystery. Fast forward fourteen years. New evidence now proves Olivia's father was actually murdered on the same fateful day her mother died. That means there's a killer still at large. It's up to Olivia to uncover who that may be. But can she do that before the killer tracks her down first?



April Henry has written a quickly paced, emotional mystery. One that will keep you on your toes, trying to figure out who could have done such a horrendous thing so many years ago, but still have the heart to leave a little girl alive. 

It has been fourteen years since Olivia's mother was gruesomely murdered. She has been through foster homes, and adoptions, now living as an emancipated minor. Olivia has always believed that her father was the one that killed her mother and left Olivia in a Walmart, unharmed. Not having any memories of the tragedy, she has always believed this to be true.  But when new evidence comes to life, the murder becomes even more of  mystery. Not knowing what else to do, Olivia sets out on a journey to her old hometown, hoping to get some answers. And maybe find out who the murderer is, once and for all. 

Olivia was a good character, definitely one that I felt an emotional pull towards. I can't imagine the horror of growing up, knowing that my mother had died in such a horrible way. She is determined, and strong, and I appreciated that. She wasn't reckless (except for one idiotic decision towards the end) but she stuck her neck out to discover the truth. I always understood her motivations. A lot of the characters in the book were all legitimate suspects, and I never really knew where the story was going, other than a show down, in the end. And what a show down. 

If I had to make a complaint, I would say that the ending seemed awfully abrupt. From the beginning of the confrontation to the end took no time at all. And the resolution felt a little rushed. But I loved the hopeful ending. 

With a sweet romance, albeit a little quick for my taste, and an epic show down at the end, April Henry's book was definitely a worthwhile read. I look forward to reading more from the author in the future. 




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I write mysteries and thrillers. I live in Portland, Oregon with my family.

If you've read one of my books, I would love to hear from you. Hearing from readers makes me eager to keep writing.

When I was 12, I sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He liked it so much he arranged to have it published in an international children's magazine.

My dream of writing went dormant until I was in my 30s, working at a corporate job, and started writing books on the side. Those first few years are now thankfully a blur. Now I'm very lucky to make a living doing what I love. I have written 13 novels for adults and teens, with more on the way. My books have gotten starred reviews, been picked for Booksense, translated into six languages, been named to state reading lists, and short-listed for the Oregon Book Award. 

I also review YA literature and mysteries and thrillers for the Oregonian, and have written articles for both The Writer and Writers Digest.








Jaime Reviews ~ Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade #3) by Jennifer Estep

By Jennifer Estep
Published on April 26, 2016
Published by: Kensington
Source: Netgalley
"The characters are as fantastic as Estep fans have come to expect." – RT Book Reviews

Bad Things Always Come In Threes…

As a thief, I'm good at three things: hiding in the shadows, getting in and out unseen, and uncovering secrets. I put these skills to work for the Sinclair Family, one of the magical mobs that run the tourist town of Cloudburst Falls. 

Everyone knows Victor Draconi wants to take over all the other Families--and kill every last Sinclair. What they don't know is that I'm on to him, and no way will I let the man who murdered my mom get away with hurting all the other people I care about. Especially when I've got places to break into, stuff to steal, and Devon Sinclair fighting right by my side… 

"An adventurous ride you will never want to get off." --#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout on Cold Burn of Magic




Bright Blaze of Magic...

  I always see people say in reviews that they have a hard time writing reviews for those books that they just LOVE. Now, I get it. Completely. I don't even know what to say, where to begin. So, I will just rave for a few minutes, and then go back and read the series. Again. 

 From the first chapter of the first book, I knew this series was going to be an all-time favorite. Boy, was I right. I loved Cold Burn of Magic and Dark Heart of Magic so much. I will admit that I was nervous about reading this final book. You know what happens, with these final books. You love an entire series so much, and get so excited about reading that last one. Then the unthinkable happens. It is nothing but a big disappointment. So, nervous was I. In this instance, that couldn't be further from the truth. 

 From the first book, I have fallen more and more in love with these amazing characters. They are seriously some of my favorite characters, ever. Lila, Devon, Felix, Deah, Poppy, Claudia, Mo. I love these characters hard. They each bring something completely themselves to the table, and the books wouldn't be even close to the same without a single one of them. The characters growth was a beautiful thing to read. The family relationships, the romances, the friendships brought something amazing to this series, and I will gladly read it over and over to experience it again. 

 In this final book, Victor Draconi's plot to take down the other families makes itself known. And it is heartbreaking. Jennifer Estep doesn't shy away from killing characters off, and boy she does it hardcore. But it was necessary to bring the resolve, the strength to the main players. To give them something MORE to fight for. Justice can mean everything. The final play in this final book is one for the records. 

 Heart-pounding, fear-inducing, and seat of your pants fast, I was breathless throughout the whole book. From the relationships to the fight scenes, to the shocking revelations, and the tender moments, I was in this book with my whole heart. 

 If you are looking for a fantastic, magical adventure with all of the feels, and the shippiest of romances, DON'T HESITATE to reach for the Black Blade trilogy. I wish I could put a stamp on the cover that says "100% Jaime Approved" (which would mean nothing to no one, but it would make me feel better!)

 (Stinky Side Note: I asked Jennifer Estep, author Extraordinaire, if she has any plans to revisit this world.... and she said no. Sigh... Guess I will have to go back for rereads to satiate myself!)


Jaime Lynn
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