Sunday, February 28, 2016

Exclusive Sneak Peak/Cover Reveal of the 2nd book in The Dead Things series "Dark Dreams" by Martina McAtee

Hello Book Lovers! I hope all is well! I'm here to give you a little sneak peak/exclusive snippet of the 2nd book in The Dead Things series " Dark Dreams".

I'm so excited for book two because book one was so addicting. It has such an amazing combo of action, humor, romance, and magic. The characters that Martina creates are so relatable and just overly amazing to read about. Martina constructs magic, romance, necromancers,werewolves, and so much more to make a unique and beautifully executed story. I was amazed with how fast paced Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things was. And I'm just super stoked to see how the story progresses as well as the characters in the 2nd book in The Dead Things series.

                                             Synopsis of Dark Dreams 

17-year old November Lonergan spent her whole life feeling like an outsider, like she was different. She was right. She is a reaper like her mother; like her two cousins, Kai and Tristin. The supernatural world believes they are part of a prophecy to save them from an evil power known as the Grove. Ember just wants to survive high school and fix the fallout from bringing back Quinn. And there is a lot of fallout. Mace and Allister are missing, her uncle Alex is dead and Quinn seems to disappear a little more every day. 

Now, a group of demonic hunters known as the Legionaries has resurfaced, threatening the reapers and anybody who stands with them. They are making good on their threats too; killing those closest to the pack and almost exposing the supernatural world to the humans in the process. Their only hope of defeating the Legionaries involves trusting a stranger to perform a dangerous spell to advance Ember and her cousin's powers. But Ember has a secret; a secret she can't tell the pack. When Mace left, so did her magic and without it all of their planning means nothing.

An attack on pack allies leaves Donovan missing along with a mysterious girl named Evangeline who may play a bigger part in this than any of them realize. As the Legionaries are closing in, the pack must trust their enemies, enter hostile territories, and play a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the psychopath holding Mace. Their entire plan lynches on rescuing Mace and restoring Ember’s magic, but rescuing Mace could mean losing one member of the group in his place...possibly forever.

Exclusive Sneak Peak of chapter 1 in the Dead Things series "Dark Dreams"

Chapter One
“It would appear you owe me a new body, Luv.” 
November Lonergan stared at the ghost of her dead pseudo-boyfriend and contemplated how truly screwed up her life had become. Despite everything that happened that night, Mace was there, standing in her window, fading in and out, image static. She sighed from her toes, not sure how she felt about the situation. Of course he was there. 
He flickered, image strengthening as she got closer. There was still blood on his torn t-shirt but his silver hair looked cleaner than the last time she’d seen him. The symbols she’d painted on his skin were gone but the of scars layered across his torso remained. His dark brows were smudges over luminous silver eyes. He was beautiful even in death. 
She opened her mouth to say something but realized there was nothing at all suitable for this occasion. She’d already endured a blood ritual, two deaths, a knife fight and a resurrection; she didn’t know if she could handle anything else today. Her magic didn’t agree, it stretched and purred at Mace’s presence, reaching out for his power. Even death hadn’t severed their magic’s connection it seemed. She didn’t give in to the temptation to move closer. 
The heat of her magic and a bone deep exhaustion had her swaying on her feet. He moved towards her before seeming to remember he was of little use in his present condition. “You don’t look very well. Maybe you should sit down.” 
Ember nodded, not so much sitting as collapsing onto her pale pink bedspread. “Or you could lie down.” She heard Mace mutter. 
She yawned so hard her jaw cracked. She was still fully clothed but undressing seemed as impossible as climbing a mountain. She wiggled her toes. She needed to take her shoes off. She made a halfhearted attempt. “When did my feet get so far away?” 
He glanced at her feet. “They appear to be in the same place as always.” He walked back towards the window. “While you’re just lying about perhaps you could enlighten me on how exactly you plan to fix this disaster?”
Ember blinked up at him. Funny how quickly his affections turned. “An hour ago it was ‘do what you have to do, Luv. I could have loved you’ now it’s hurry up and fix this?” 
He chuckled at her terrible impression of his accent. “Well, I was trying to be noble and romantic in my final moments of existence. Now that I still exist, I think we’ve wasted enough time on sentiment.”
“Having your soul back obviously hasn’t made you a better person.”
“Did you think it would? I told you not to romanticize me. My soul was tarnished long before I gave it away.” Even as a glitchy apparition, she could see the moment her words sunk in. “Did you say my soul?” 
He hadn’t realized what his continued existence meant. “Didn’t you wonder why you’re still here?”
“Certainly, but that wasn’t the answer I expected. How?”
Ember yawned again, eyelids drooping. “Can’t we talk about it tomorrow? I’m so tired.” 
He gaped at her. “Seriously? You tell me I have a soul and now you want to go to sleep?”
“Yes. I’m tired. I’ve had a rather rough day.” 
“Really? Did a witch force you to cut open your own stomach and create a mural with your own entrails? No? Then I win.” 
Ember was too tired to play. “Drama queen.” 
There was a long pause before he said. “You might consider a shower. You are still covered in blood. My blood specifically. Quite a lot actually.” 
Ember groaned, looking down at herself with effort. She was pretty gross. She was so tired though. “If you weren’t a ghost I’d force you to carry me.” 
There was a low chuckle. “Inviting me to shower with you? I’m sure that would go over quite well with the little alpha.”
Ember thought about the alpha werewolf currently downstairs cleaning the kitchen. After the night they’d all had, she doubted Isa would be concerning herself with such mundane things as teenage hormones. Could the wolves hear her talking to Mace? Could they hear Mace? See him? Did they think she was in here talking to herself? Could she only see him because she was a reaper? She had so many questions.
She rolled to her feet, grabbing her things and keeping her thoughts to herself. She hurried to the bathroom and locked the door. She caught a glimpse of herself in the mirror and froze. He wasn’t lying. She was covered in blood, and not just his blood. Her bright orange curls were a tangled sweaty mess matted together with blood and who knows what else. There were dark smudges under her eyes, making her already pale skin look chalky under the soft white lights. Her violet eyes glowed--actually, glowed--like the wolves did mid shift. That was new. Had they been glowing since the ritual or was Mace’s presence sending her magic into hyper-drive? 
She flipped the water on and stripped down, not even waiting for the water to heat up before stepping beneath the spray. She realized almost immediately her mistake. She muffled a scream, bouncing from one foot to the other under the frigid water, relaxing only when steam finally began to rise. 
“So, tell me; how did I get back my soul?” 
Ember gasped, slipping and yelping as her back hit the cold tiles. She stuck her head around the curtain. “There is a reason these doors lock.” 
His smile was disarming. “There isn’t a lock in the world that would keep me away from you, Luv.” 
She rolled her eyes, righting the navy and white shower curtain, absently wondering how much he could see in those white stripes. “That is like the most stalkery thing you’ve ever said to me and you rank really high on the creepy-lurker-stalker-guy meter.” 
There was another throaty laugh. “I am starting to think this power has gone to your head. Five hours ago you were weeping at my side like a war widow.” 
Her mouth fell open. She yanked the curtain back enough to level a glare at him. “Five hours ago, I thought I’d never see you again. Five hours ago, I thought I needed you. Five hours ago, I hadn’t known you’d been playing me the entire time. Remember? You’re the parasite and I’m the host. You needed me. You lied to me this whole time.” 
He shrugged, incredulous. “Of course, I lied. I could hardly tell you the truth. You would have booted me into the abyss, which you ended up doing anyway, I might add.” 
She made a noise of disgust. This was Mace with a soul. “I’m such an idiot.” She said, more to herself than him. He tilted his head, a hint of something behind his eyes, regret maybe? She didn’t give in, letting the curtain drop back into place, determined to ignore him.     
She scrubbed herself quickly, alarmed at how little it bothered her to have this conversation with him while she was naked. 
“I didn’t lie about my feelings for you, Luv; if that means anything?” 
“Hah.” Like she was going to believe anything he said now. 
“I’m serious. If you believe nothing else. Believe I meant what I said.”
“You said you could love me. If you’d been capable. Well, apparently you were capable this whole time. So I don’t even know what to do with your half-assed confession of love.” 
Why was she even talking about this? Maybe it was the shower curtain. It was like a confessional. It was so much easier to talk to somebody when you didn’t have to look at them. 
“Half-assed?” He said, “I sacrificed myself so that our dear friend, Quinn could have my body.” 
Ember choked on her laugh. “Oh, please. You were kidnapped and tied to a chair with a gaping abdominal wound. It’s not like you volunteered for the job.” Ember’s eyes dropped to her feet, shuddering at the blood spiraling towards the drain. 
Mace wasn’t done being offended. “Well, that hardly matters. Quinn’s soul is safely housed in my body and I’m…here? So you could at least tell me how this all came to be.” 
Ember rolled her eyes. He was impossible. “Not that you deserve any sort of explanation but Ms. Josephine says I restored your soul the night we met in the cemetery.” 
He was quiet for so long she caved and, yet again, pulled the curtain back enough to ensure he was still there. He stared at nothing, jaw slack. “I’ve had my soul the whole time?”
“Yep.” She couldn’t help but feel a bit smug about how wrecked he looked. 
“You’re sure?”
She slathered conditioner into her hair. “That’s what Josephine thinks.” 
“The swamp witch?” 
“Oh, that’s right. You were dead. Josephine the swamp witch isn’t a witch at all. Well, maybe she’s a witch but she’s also an Oracle, because those are apparently a thing too. Oh, and Miller, my boss from the funeral home is actually Josephine’s brother and she’s had him, like, watching me this whole time and Donovan is her grandson.” 
He sounded awed as he said, “Good Lord, how long have I been dead? I’ve clearly missed a lot.” 
“You have no idea. Allister tried to kill me but Quinn saved me by stabbing Allister but as Allister was dying he forced Quinn to absorb his magic.” 
“The human killed his own father to save you? I didn’t think he had it in him.” 
“Former human.” She corrected. "Besides, Allister isn't dead." 
"What? What do you mean? You just said Quinn killed him." 
She hesitated before saying, "I revived him."
"Revived or resurrected?" Mace asked, leery. 
"What's the difference?" Ember asked, deliberately avoiding answering.
"Reviving is CPR, resurrecting is bringing a soul back across the veil. Stop being evasive, Luv." 
"Fine, I resurrected him." 
"With a spell?" 
"No" she said, tone casual. "With my hands." 
She could hear his forced exhalation. “This is all very astonishing, even in our circle.” 
Her heart did a strange skip at the word ‘our’. She was pathetic. She snagged the towel and wrapped it around herself. 
“Why would they go to all this trouble to orchestrate this elaborate plan?” 
She yanked the curtain open and stared at him. His eyes roamed her body, starting at her toes and working their way up. He grinned at her petulant expression. “Sorry, Luv. I’m dead, not blind. I’ve never been so jealous of a piece of cotton.” 
She rolled her eyes. “Move, please.” 
“Why? You can just walk right through me.” 
When she didn’t take the bait he moved, following her back into her bedroom. “You didn’t answer my questions. So, what are you to two witches? Or a witch and an oracle?” 
“They have a crazy theory.” 
“Which is…?” he prompted in exasperation.
“They believe that Tristin, Kai and I are descendants of some ancient triple goddess.” 
“The Morrigan?” Mace said, sounding like the breath had been punched from his lungs. 
Ember narrowed her eyes. “Yes, exactly. They say there is some sort of prophecy. It’s insane. They are both insane.” 
He watched her for a moment as she wriggled into her t-shirt and sleep shorts without revealing anything. She towel-dried her curls.  
“I suppose it makes sense.” 
“Nothing about this situation makes sense.” She told him, slipping between the sheets with a moan that bordered on obscene. She didn’t know what sex felt like but she bet it wasn’t as good as cold Egyptian cotton with a 700 thread count. She flipped her light off, amused as his spirit gave off a faint glow allowing her to see his annoyed expression. 
“What are you doing?” 
“We’ve had this conversation. Going to sleep.” 
“You can’t. We have to figure this out.” 
“What if I’m not here tomorrow?” He asked quietly.
Ember’s eyes jerked open, pulse tripping. She hadn’t thought about that. Could he cross over? Would he want that? He’d been immortal for a very long time. “You mean what if you cross over? Could you? Is that something you’d want?”
He sounded sick when he said, “To be tortured for all eternity in the pits of hell? No, Luv, I’ll pass, thank you. Besides, soul or no, sluagh can’t cross over into the spirit world.” 
“So why do you look so worried?” 
“Because there are things far worse.” 
“Worse than hell?”  
“Aye. I told you before, nobody gets away with the things I did.”
“We’ll figure something out.” She said without thinking. Why was she still trying to help him? He really wasn’t her problem. All those squishy sad feelings she’d had after he was gone were quickly turning to something else. She didn’t know what to call it but it felt like it was burning a hole through her chest. 
She reached out, her hand brushing his. Her magic shocked through her, causing them both to suck in a breath. 
Again, that same spooked look. It made her shiver. What the hell could scare Mace? 
“But we have to figure this out tonight.” 
She wanted to tell him not to worry but she felt drugged, eyelids so heavy. “Tomorrow. I promise.” 
“Ember.” Her name sounded like a plea but she was too far gone. 
“Tomorrow.” She mumbled, already falling into sleep. 

Now what you've all been waiting for!!!! Here's the cover of "Dark Dreams " 2nd book in the Dead Things series!!! I fell in love with this cover, I feel like it's such a beautiful companion to the first novel cover! I love all of the tones and hues and I hope you love it as much as I do! 






How did you all like the cover of Dark Dreams and the chapter 1 exclusive excerpt? I hope it gave you the chills! I'm so excited to dig into Dark Dreams, when it comes out.

Have any of you read Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things? If so then what's your favorite scence/character in the novel?

And here's a little info about Martina McAtee. If you'd like to visit her website please click here


20150802_172711(0)Martina McAtee lives in Jupiter, Florida with her teenage daughters, her best friend, two attack Chihuahua’s and two shady looking cats. By day she is a registered nurse but by night she writes young adult books about reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. When she isn’t working, teaching or writing she’s reading or watching shows involving reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures.
Her debut novel Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things is on sale now at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Books A Million. She is currently working on the second book in the ‘Dead Things’ series due to release in May/June of 2016.    

Friday, February 26, 2016

Water's Wrath, 4th book in the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova cover reveal/ WW ARC Giveaway

Hello Book Lovers! How have you all been? Hope all is well! I've been sick with the flu/cold for the past week. But I'm getting over it little by little. Anyways have any of you read the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova? If so how far have you gotten in the series? Within the next week, I'm going to devour Fire Falling and Earth's End, so I'm prepared for Water's Wrath.

 Which comes out April 26th, 2016.  You can preorder Water's Wrath on any of these sites.

        Water’s Wrath Preorder Links


            So when I first saw the cover of Water's Wrath. This was my expression...

And then it finally sunk in and I was like OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!

Anyways you probably wanting to know what the 4th cover looks like, so I won't hold you back anymore. I guarantee that each and everyone of you are going to react the same way I did! Here we go!!!








Water’s Wrath Synopsis

Librarian turned sorcerer. Sorcerer turned hero. Hero turned puppet.
The Solaris Empire found victory in the North and, at the cost of her heart and her innocence, Vhalla Yarl has earned her freedom. But the true fight is only beginning as the secret forces that have been lurking in the shadows, tugging at the strings of Vhalla’s fate, finally come to light. Nowhere is safe, and Vhalla must tread carefully or else she’ll fall into the waiting arms of her greatest foe. Or former lover.

Isn't it divine? Honestly all of the cover are beautiful! I love the contrast between all of the colors, the perspective between both Aldrik and Vhalla is amazing! I love how it's focused in on both of them, but it teeters back and forth from focusing on Aldrik and Vhalla. The artist's name who did this amazing art is Merzillia Chan! She's so extremely talented, I aspire to be an amazing artist like her one day! To learn more about her please click here.

(I'm planning on buying some of her prints soon. They are just too beautiful to pass up)

Also Elise Kova is hosting a giveaway for an ARC copy of Water's Wrath!! Which I'm super excited about. So here it is! :)


Previous Books Buy Links
Air Awakens:
You can also order Air Awakens, 1st novel in the Air Awakens series at anyone of these sites.
       As well with Fire Falling (2nd book) and Earths's End (3rd book)

Fire Falling:

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About the Author

View More: Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she’s honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.
Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she’s currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of “geekdom.” She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Review of Air Awakens (1st book in the Air Awakens series) by Elise Kova

Hello all!! I hope everyone is going great! I'm here to talk to you about Elise Kova's first book in the Air Awakens series. I finished it this month and it was so amazing! One of the best books I've read this year! And I already know that the four other novels are going to get better!

                                 Brief Synopsis of Air Awakens 

               A Library Apprentice, a Sorcerer Prince, and an Unbreakable Magic Bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.
Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

                                Review of Air Awakens 

So here is my review of "Air Awakens" 1st book in the Air Awakens series. I hope you all enjoy it!

Let's just start off by saying that Air Awakens is by far the best novel I've read in an extremely long time. Even though I've already finished Air Awakens, I still find myself immersed into the wonderful world that Elise Kova created.

Vhalla Yarl is content in her quiet world, buried, and surrounded by books as a library apprentice.
When all of a sudden she is thrust into a world that involves politics, war, and most of all, magic.
 This all started when she saved the prince whom she thought was Baldair, but instead was his older brother Aldrik.
In Vhalla's world, sorcerers are frowned upon and are not a subject to be talked about. Once Vhalla finds out she's a rare sorcerer, it becomes a lot for her to process. Especially since she spent the majority of her life, living it as a library apprentice. At first she denies what she really is. But when curiosity gets the best of her , she soon caves in and seeks for information from Prince Aldrik. Helping Vhalla learn how powerful she really is, Aldrik becomes more acquainted and comfortable with being around her. This soon creates a beautiful and unique relationship between both of them.

Vhalla Yarl is such an amazing female character. I just love how strong Elise created Vhalla to be. Her strength alone is truly inspiring. At times Vhalla may have even been slightly vulnerable from all of the chaos that was happening in her life, but it just made her stronger. Her knowledge and passion for books is extremely addicting, and her desire to feel whole and powerful in her magic is beautiful. I'm excited to see how much more in tune and stronger Vhalla will get in the second book Fire Falling.

As a prince, Aldrik has quite a lot of weight on his shoulders from all of the responsibility he has. Being a sorcerer Aldrik was also somewhat casted out. It was a series of events and things that made Aldrik closed off and bitter. So at times it's kind of hard to love Aldrik when he's being completely rude. But I have to say that his knowledge and unknown compassion to selected people is truly sweet. I also totally love the relationship between him and Vhalla. It's completely amazing with how he his around her. Vhalla coaxes him out of his hard shell, and makes him his true self.

If you've read The Lunar Chronicles series, then you may think the same way when I say that Baldair reminds me a lot of Captain Thorne in the TLC series. I honestly don't know why I feel this way, but both Baldair and Thorne have this amazing sense of humor and sweet ego that you cannot ignore. Even though Baldair is somewhat of a "player", he actually seems like a really sweet, and compassionate one.

I really was in awe when I found out that Elise Kova put elemental aspects in her novel. ( It's like Avatar the Last Airbender) but way better. Each sorcerer has a calling and chooses one of the following four. Firebearer, Waterrunner,Groundbreaker,and Windwalker.

The world building in Air Awakens clearly has had a lot of time and effort that was poured into it. There was quite a lot of thrilling and important things happening to Vhalla in the story. But Elise did a phenomenal job by making Vhalla's world understandable. There was never a time where I questioned or got confused while reading Air Awakens.

One other thing I'd like to point out, is that Air Awakens almost feels like an older YA novel. And what I mean by that is that it feels like it's targeted towards more of the older teens, and early twenties group. It's like it's teetering between YA and New Adult. Which I really like because it goes to show you that Elise doesn't color inside of those standard lines that most YA authors do. She ends up creating her own lines, using her own colors and hues, that end up creating an exquisite masterpiece,

I'm so excited that I have my copy of Fire Falling (2nd book in the Air Awakens seres) because now I can continue delve into the beautiful and yet thrilling story that Elise created.

I hope you all enjoyed my review of Air Awakens! I loved reading and writing my review and I cannot wait to read Fire Falling and Earth's End!

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 To learn more about Elise Kova please click here!