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    BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt + #Giveaway

    As a huge fan of Author Amanda Hocking, I was thrilled to learn of her new book BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART and am stoked to be a part of the tour!

    I also happen to love Norse mythology and think Valkyries are seriously awesome, so I couldn’t wait to read this first book in Amanda Hocking’s Valkyrie duology. And it was amazing. One of my favorites by the author. And I’m so glad the second book’s release isn’t too far away, because that ending…

    So if you’d like to know what I think, my review follows below. I’m also sharing an excerpt from Chapter One if you want to meet Malin and get a peek into this incredible new world of mortals and immortals.

    And if you’re in the U.S. and would like the chance to win a copy, check out the Rafflecopter below for details and to enter.


    About BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART

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    Title & Series: BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART (Valkyrie #1)
    Author: Amanda Hocking
    Release date: January 2, 2018
    Publisher: Wednesday Books (Macmillan)
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description

    When the fate of the world is at stake
    Loyalties will be tested

    Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner in this commanding new YA fantasy inspired by Norse Mythology from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.

    As one of Odin’s Valkyries, Malin’s greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend must decide where their loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk—to the world and her heart.

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    Note: This review is based on an eARC received by the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A finished copy was purchased for my Kindle.


    The Review

    BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART draws you in from its very first sentence and will keep you riveted until the story’s end. With an original and exciting world of mortals, immortals, and those somewhere in between, an interesting take on Norse myth, a fierce, flawed but immensely likable heroine, a dangerous pursuit, a question of fate versus free will, and an ending that will leave you desperately wishing for book two, it is a lightning-fast read that promises to be unputdownable.

    Malin knew that the life of a Valkyrie wasn’t an easy one. Returning immortals to the underworld was challenging more often than not and even dangerous on occasion. It was also a lonely existence – the job didn’t allow for much time for friends, being hated or feared by immortals meant there weren’t many options for friends even if there was time, and not being able to fall in love made for a lot of empty and pointless relationships.

    But still she couldn’t imagine becoming anything but a Valkyrie. It was in her blood. It was her destiny. She never felt more alive than when she was wielding her sword and sending the chosen immortal back to where they belonged.

    She never questioned her orders. She never wondered how her assignments were chosen. She never hesitated to do her job and keep the balance. Not until things start to go wrong and she discovers that the person she trusts most has been keeping a dark secret that could change everything she believes in.

    Amanda Hocking created a world that is imaginative, dark and dangerous, and utterly fascinating – where mortals and immortals live side-by-side, in a fragile balance enforced by the Valkyries. She chose a setting for the bulk of her story that is gritty and decaying and seedy and a little bit sexy. She introduced a wide variety of beings from Norse – and other – mythology and folklore.  And she gave readers characters who are captivating and intriguing and unusual and appealing.

    BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART has action and romance and mystery and suspense. It has drama and heartbreak and humor and intrigue. It has heat. It has adventure. It has battles aplenty. And it has one adorable wolpertinger named Bowie. All of which make for an absolutely gripping and wildly entertaining must-read.

    The Rating


    About Amanda Hocking

    Photo credit: Mariah Paaverud with Chimera Photography

    Amanda Hocking is the author of over twenty young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her love of pop culture and all things paranormal influence her writing. She spends her time in Minnesota, taking care of her menagerie of pets and working on her next book.

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    The Giveaway

    Courtesy of the publisher…

    A finished paperback copy of BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART – to ONE (1) winner – US only

    • Prizing provided by the publisher.
    • Giveaway is US only.
    • Must be 13 or older to enter.
    • Giveaway ends January 9th at 11:59 p.m.
    • Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and contacted by email.
    • Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

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    THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING Spellbinding Prize Pack #Giveaway

    Thanks to the very awesome folks at Disney-Hyperion I have a Spellbinding Prize Pack – consisting of a copy of Alexandra Bracken’s THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING and some other lovely merch – to give away!

    And yes, I received one too and it’s even more amazing than it looks in the pics. (Yummier, too!)

    So, after you’ve checked out all the deets about Alexandra Bracken’s new book (recommended for ages 9 and up), enter for a chance to win in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post.

    To get a peek at the first two chapters, visit DISNEY.COM!

    And if you’d like to join the conversation, be sure to…

    THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING is available now, so if you just can’t wait to see if you’ve won a copy, you can find it online and in stores. It’s a perfect read for the season, it’s positively delightful, and it can (and will) definitely be enjoyed by those readers upwards of nine years of age.


    About THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING

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    Title & Series: THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1)
    Author: Alexandra Bracken
    Release date: September 5, 2017
    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
    Pages: 368
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    “I would say it’s a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness….”

    Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history—that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made—and then broke—a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, eight-hundred-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type.

    The fiend has reawakened with one purpose–to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts to trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his afterlife without a side of eternal servitude, thanks. But with the help of his long-lost uncle, Barnabas, and his daughter, Nell, a witch-in-training, it seems like Prosper has at least a fighting chance of ridding himself of Alastor before the demon escapes and wreaks havoc on his family.

    Little does Prosper know, the malefactor’s control over his body grows stronger with each passing night and there’s a lot Alastor isn’t telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host…

    From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation.  Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it?

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    About Alexandra Bracken

    Alexandra Bracken is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds series. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved East to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that’s perpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at www.alexandrabracken.com and on Twitter @alexbracken.

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    The Giveaway

    Prepare to be Spellbound!

    One (1) winner receives:

    • THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING
    • PLUS spellbinding merchandise include “Witches Brew” hot cocoa; witch-broom pen set; and trick-or-treating tote!

    Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion.

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    BAD GIRL GONE Blog Tour: Excerpt

    I am thrilled to be a stop on the BAD GIRL GONE Blog Tour and to share an excerpt of the first chapter, “Awakening.”

    BAD GIRL GONE by Temple Mathews releases tomorrow so it’s not too late to grab a copy on its release day. And in case you haven’t yet read the description, in brief, it’s a paranormal murder mystery, where the ghosts are the detectives, that offers up a side of romance with the sleuthing and vengeance and ghostly hijinks.

    Author Temple Mathews has some awesome screenwriting credits to his name. Just visit his website (linked below) to check out what he’s done.

    Also, Iggy Azalea (who loved BAD GIRL GONE) and her production company optioned the novel for film. So you might get to see it on the big screen one of these days.

    So if you’d like to get a peek at Chapter One and you want to know more about BAD GIRL GONE, scroll down for all the info.


    About BAD GIRL GONE

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    Title: BAD GIRL GONE
    Author: Temple Mathews
    Release date: August 8, 2017
    Publisher: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 272
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Sixteen year-old Echo Stone awakens in a cold sweat in a dark room, having no idea where she is or how she got there. But she soon finds out she’s in Middle House, an orphanage filled with mysteriously troubled kids.

    There’s just one problem: she’s not an orphan. Her parents are very much alive.

    She explains this to everyone, but no one will listen. After befriending a sympathetic (and handsome) boy, Echo is able to escape Middle House and rush home, only to discover it sealed off by crime scene tape and covered in the evidence of a terrible and violent crime. As Echo grapples with this world-shattering information, she spots her parents driving by and rushes to flag them down. Standing in the middle of street, waving her arms to get their attention, her parents’ car drives right through her.

    She was right. Her parents are alive—but she’s not.

    She’s a ghost, just like all the other denizens of Middle House. Desperate to somehow get her life back and reconnect with her still-alive boyfriend, Echo embarks on a quest to solve her own murder. As the list of suspects grows, the quest evolves into a journey of self-discovery in which she learns she wasn’t quite the girl she thought she was. In a twist of fate, she’s presented with one last chance to reclaim her life and must make a decision which will either haunt her or bless her forever.­­­­

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    About Temple Mathews

    Photo credit: Matt Misisco

    TEMPLE MATHEWS is an author and screenwriter with several films to his credit, including Disney’s Return to Neverland, The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea, and Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas. He wrote Aloha Scooby Doo for Warner Brothers and Picture This for MGM. He is also the author of the The New Kid trilogy.

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    Review: YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT

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    Title: YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT
    Author: Giovanna Fletcher
    Release date: April 25, 2017
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    Description…

    In this charming and exciting women’s fiction novel, Giovanna Fletcher explores the complicated relationship between three friends—Maddy, her fiancé Rob, and their best friend Ben.

    Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob—the man she’s about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben—best man and the best friend anyone could ever have. And that’s the problem. Because if it wasn’t Rob waiting for her at the altar, there’s a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive, Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?

    Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben, and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make, but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it… Romantic, suspenseful, and a whole lot of fun, You’re the One That I Want is a great read about friendship, love, and the decisions that we make.

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    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A finished copy was provided to me. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT is a moving, romantic, wistful story of friendship, love, broken hearts, and a path not taken. It begins with a walk down the aisle, and goes back in time to reveal the beginnings of a childhood friendship between Maddy, Ben, and Robert, advancing through their lives to the present.

    Told only from the points of view of Maddy and Ben, they share how the three met, how their friendship grew, how it changed, and how the changes affected the threesome. Their story is a love story – joyful and sad, sweet and bittersweet. It is filled with moments that are, moments that could be, and moments that aren’t to be.

    The instant that Robert and Ben met Maddy, they adored her. And she adored them. Soon they were inseparable. The best of friends. Nothing could tear them apart. Not their changing interests. Not whomever they were dating. Not even Ben’s growing feelings toward Maddy.

    But when a trip to Paris with their art class ends in ways that none of them expected, leaving one of them heartbroken, keeping their friendship from falling apart won’t be easy. Especially with hidden feelings, bad timing, a colossal mistake, a lapse in judgment, unexplored possibilities, and impulsive decisions threatening to derail them and an important choice to be made that could irrevocably destroy their friendship.

    Giovanna Fletcher created a love story that was at times one-sided and maybe unrequited and at others was filled with possibility. The author also created another love story that was at times full of the promise of a happily-ever-after and at others was on the verge of a disastrous end.

    Both love stories involved Maddy. And the author left it up to her character to choose. A character who was loved and in love, who was both confident and uncertain, happy and angry, sentimental, emotional, regretful, remorseful, and guilt-ridden. Making for an affecting and captivating read with an unpredictable outcome.

    YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT is the perfect blend of charming and heartwarming and heartrending and tragic. The love story has the potential to be ill-fated for one of the three best friends, out-of-this-world incredible for another, and somewhere in between for the third. It is a lovely and enchanting and tearful read that is certain to make readers choose which love story they’d want for Maddy.

    The Rating


    About Giovanna Fletcher

    Photo Credit: Jamie Hughes

    Giovanna grew up in Essex with her Italian dad Mario, mum Kim, big sister Giorgina and little brother Mario, and spent most of her childhood talking to herself (it seems no one wanted to listen) or reading books.

    At thirteen she left Essex behind to attend the full-time Sylvia Young Theatre School, where she met her husband Tom Fletcher. Following SYTS she completed an acting BA (hons) at Rose Bruford – since then she’s been acting, chaperoning mini actors and dabbling in a spot of freelance journalism.

    Giovanna is a firm believer in the power of magpies and positive energy. To see what makes Giovanna smile, view her blog at www.giovannasworld.com, or her Twitter page @mrsgifletcher.

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    THE LAST MAGICIAN Scavenger Hunt: Excerpt + #Giveaway

    Welcome to Week Three of THE LAST MAGICIAN Scavenger Hunt Tour.

    For this final week of the hunt I have an awesome EXCERPT to share.

    Be sure to note the HIGHLIGHTED WORDS for the Scavenger Hunt.

    If you missed Week One’s post with other details, you can find it HERE and if you missed last week’s post you can find it HERE.

    And if you’ve entered the giveaway, don’t forget to visit the other stops and collect the hunt clues for additional chances to win.

    Lisa Maxwell’s THE LAST MAGICIAN releases this July. It sounds amazing. So if you’re like me and can’t wait for its release, be sure to follow along to learn more about the book and its characters..


    About THE LAST MAGICIAN

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    Title: THE LAST MAGICIAN
    Author: Lisa Maxwell
    Release date: July 18, 2017
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Pages: 512
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    From Unhooked author Lisa Maxwell comes a captivating new world filled with magic and deception, about a girl who must travel back in time to find a mysterious book that could save her future.

    Stop the Magician.
    Steal the book.
    Save the future.

    In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

    Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

    But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

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    The Excerpt

    “The first rule,” Viola said, drawing herself up as though the whole conversation about Tilly had never happened, “is you don’t take from our own. You work the cars or the streets north of Houston. You work the line and the banks, but you don’t dip into pockets Dolph protects. The second rule, you don’t cross any of the other bosses. Dolph works hard to keep Paul Kelly and Monk Eastman off his people. He don’t need you messing that up.”

    “How will I know who’s who?”

    Viola gave her an impatient scowl. “You’ll figure it out. One way or another.”

    The two went a couple of blocks farther and then cut over a block to where a horse-drawn streetcar to rattle to a stop at a curb nearby. Viola opened the door at the back of the bus-shaped vehicle and directed Esta inside. After Viola placed a couple of coins into a battered metal box at the front of car, they found seats on the two narrow wooden benches along the length of the smudged windows. With the windows closed against the cold, the car smelled strongly of the tobacco spit that stained the floor and the sharp, metallic reek of motor oil.

    Outside, the bright signs of the dance halls and glittering windows of cheap jewelry stores gave way to more sedate shops, each piled with canned goods and household items. Then they turned onto Canal Street, past the legendary prison built to look like an Egyptian tomb.

    “Have you been with Dolph long?” Esta asked.

    Viola glanced at her out of the corner of her eye. “Long enough,” she said, turning her attention back to the street passing outside the window.

    “And you like working for him?” Esta tried again.

    At first, Viola seemed to ignore the question, but then, just when Esta thought she wouldn’t answer, she turned. “Look. We probably not gonna be friends, you and me. I don’t need any more friends. I don’t need the chitchat the ladies make with each other over the weather or the price of meat. I work for Dolph because I want to work, and he lets me. Do I like it?” She said with a shrug. “I’m not married to some fat idiota, having his babies one after another, am I? I work hard, maybe, but I’m good at what I do. Dolph gives me that much. What else is there to like?”

    “Nothing,” Esta murmured her understanding. She knew what it was to need to feel useful. If Doc hadn’t found her, she’d be like Mari was now—probably unaware of what she was, what she could do. She couldn’t imagine what it would be like to never feel the deep, echoing satisfaction of a job well done. To simply be ordinary—or worse, a freak in her world, where magic was nothing more than a bedtime story. Maybe Doc had never been what anyone would call an affectionate father, but he’d given her that much.

    About fifteen minutes into the jarring ride, the streetcar slowed next to a curb, and Viola gestured for Esta to get out.

    “We’re at City Hall,” Esta said, recognizing the building.

    Viola made a dismissive sound in her throat. “We gonna walk a little farther, and then you go on your own.”

    “On my own?” Esta blinked, surprised at this pronouncement. She’d assumed Viola had been sent to watch her.

    “You told Dolph you’re a good thief, no?”

    “Yes…” Esta said slowly, not liking where this was going.

    “The tricks you did last night don’t prove nothing. You want Dolph’s protection? Then you earn it by working the Line.” Viola pointed down the street they were walking. “It used to be good pickings down on Wall Street with all the bankers. Fat wallets. Lots of gold and jewels. Easy items to fence. But a few years back, Inspector Byrnes drew the Dead Line.

    “Byrnes is gone, but the Line’s still there. Downtown, they pick up any known pickpocket on sight. Dolph loses a lot of his boys that way, but you’re new, and you say you can steal anything?” She shrugged. “So you’ll work the Dead Line. Maybe you won’t get caught.”

    “And if I do?”

    Viola glanced at her, indifferent. “My advice?  You don’t get caught. The Tombs isn’t a place for a girl, not even a big girl like you,” Viola said, cocking a mocking brow toward Esta.


    About Lisa Maxwell

    Lisa Maxwell is the author of Sweet Unrest, Gathering Deep, and Unhooked. Next up is THE LAST MAGICIAN (July 2017). When she’s not writing books, she teaches English at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.

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    • Two (2) winners will receive a signed/personalized ARC of THE LAST MAGICIAN – US only

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    PERFECT Release Day Blitz + Giveaway

    It’s release day for PERFECT by Cecelia Ahern, the second book in the author’s Flawed series, and I am stoked to be able to help spread the word about its release. It is an awesome follow-up and I can’t wait for everyone to get the chance to read it!

    I have been a long time fan of the author, have read all her books, and I absolutely love this series. But if you haven’t yet discovered it, there are all sorts of details about both books in the series below, along with links to excerpts on the publisher’s website. There’s also a peek at Chapter 8 from PERFECT if you just can’t wait.

    And if you aren’t familiar with the author, there’s a long bio below and links where you can find her online.

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    HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS Blog Tour: Review + Excerpt

    I am super excited to be a part of the HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS Blog Tour. This is the first book by Kerrelyn Sparks that I have read, and I’m thrilled to say it won’t be my last.

    I absolutely loved the start to this new series by the author, loved being introduced to the world of the Embraced, and loved getting to meet Ana and Leo. And I can’t wait to see what happens next in Aerthlan, find out what new secrets are revealed, what new dangers and threats are looming, and what has Luciana so worried.

    Anyway… for my stop today I’m sharing a review as well as an excerpt from Chapter Four. So if you’d like to know just what I thought, or you want to take a peek inside this new series, scroll down.

    And if you can’t wait to get your hands on a copy of HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS, the wait won’t be long, as it releases next week on March 7th!

    About HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS

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    Title & Series: HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS (The Embraced #1)
    Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
    Release date: March 7, 2017
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Mass Market Paperback, eBook

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    Description…

    Luciana grew up on the Isle of Moon, hidden away because of her magical powers. But when her father arrives, he offers her a choice: remain on the island or return with him and marry the Beast of Benwick in order to save their legacy – and her father’s life.

    Lord Leofric, the Beast of Benwick, has not been touched since he was a child. Born with the power to harness lightning, he is a danger to everyone he touches. When he meets his betrothed, he expects a loveless, lonely marriage…until he discovers she’s vastly more powerful than he realized. But is she strong enough to withstand his touch?

    If they can survive, their love will alter the future of the kingdom. But will their extraordinary powers cost them everything?

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    Praise

    “As Sparks starts a delightful new paranormal-romance series…Luciana and Leo’s erotic tension ratchets up. Readers will relish Spark’s lovingly detailed and memorable tale and look forward to the next.” —Booklist

    “An entertaining first entry for Sparks’ new series.” —Kirkus Reviews

    “Sparks…creates an intricate, layered world that’s easy to fall into without tons of backstory needed. Luciana’s gifts were unique and made for a fun read with situations that led to all kinds of trouble, making this story a joy to read. The Beast, Lord Leo, is everything you’d want, without being so dark he irks you. Readers will be fully invested in this Embraced series!” —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick!


    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eBook copy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    Kerrelyn Sparks introduces an exciting new world and characters in HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS, the first book in her Embraced series. She begins to paint a picture of a world in conflict, where not only are the kingdoms at war, but differing belief systems have caused their citizens to live in fear. She imbues several of her characters with an interesting array of abilities that she only touches on in this book, but hints at the possibility of exploring more in future books.

    She brings together two characters who appear to be complete opposites – one innocent, one deadly – who are forced to keep secrets, and who have seemingly impossible odds of having a happily ever after. And she sets up a situation that is fraught with danger, that is filled with risk, and that demands trust, love, and bravery for any hope of success.

    HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS tells the story of Leo – the Beast of Benwick – and Luciana – the daughter of a Duke. The secrets she must keep could get her and her father killed if discovered. His very existence puts him in danger.

    Forced to wed to keep the king’s murderous impulses at bay means a perilous and torturous life for them both. Luciana will have to live a lie every day of her life. Leo will have to be forever alert to keep her safe. Both will have to deny their attraction to avoid any possibility of harm from his lethal touch.

    Spies, assassins, a greedy, power-hungry and paranoid king, and deadly threats from neighboring kingdoms are just some of what awaits Leo and Luciana in this thrilling and incredibly appealing read. Instant attraction, lust, longing, and the inability to have a physical connection serve to torment both characters and readers alike.

    The romance has a tantalizingly slow build throughout the read that culminates in scenes that sizzle. The mystery surrounding their unknown enemies and whether certain secrets will come to light keeps the story suspense-filled. The hope for a happy ending will keep readers captivated. And the promise of new kingdoms to explore, new abilities to discover, new characters to meet, new romances to fall in love with, makes HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS an absolutely delectable, must devour first book in this new series.

    The Rating


    About Kerrelyn Sparks

    Apparently, she has issues with reality. After writing 16 books about vampires and shifters, Kerrelyn has now completely gone off the deep end and wound up on another planet.

    Although Kerrelyn is best known (so far) for the Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on the USA Today list, she hopes her readers will love The Embraced as much as they did her merry band of vamps and shifters.

    Kerrelyn lives with her family in the Greater Houston area of Texas. You can visit with her on Goodreads or her Facebook page, where she does a monthly contest. On Twitter, she posts as @KerrelynSparks.

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