Blog Tour Book Review: Along Temptation’s Edge by Nik August

 
Title: Along Temptation’s Edge AKKADIA written Nik August
Genre: Fantasy – Romance
Publisher: Libertine Press
Page count: 309
Format: Ebook (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Rating – 4/5
A sleepy Hamlet on the east end of Long Island… A peaceful
playground, but what lies beneath may change human civilization, even human
evolution… Forever.
Danny, a self-centered playboy, has finally fallen in
love. Or, is he an unwitting pawn in the young woman’s quest to save her
ancient, secret world. How can he be sure of her motives, when even his own
memories are suspect?
Danny, his best friend, Aaron, and Aaron’s girlfriend,
Sarah, get caught up in a tangled web of sexual pleasure and deceit, as they
try to save another society from impending extinction.
 During Danny’s misadventure, many will seek to destroy
him. Others will give up their home world to help him. Yet, will they pay the
ultimate price? A war is imminent, but how can the human race defend themselves
from an unknown enemy?
 

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Along Temptation’s Edge AKKADIA written by Nik August. A big thank you to Nik August and Libertine Press for allowing me to read and review this book!

Along Temptation’s Edge is a fantasy story with a strong romance element. It centers around Ilmartutar and Danny, two unlikely people who find themselves in the middle of a Romeo & Juliet type story – except far more sexy and imaginative. Theirs is an unlikely romance due to the fact that Ilmar is not human but who comes from a race of people that dwell, secretly, within the Earth. Aside from this romance are other small romances throughout the book, as well as the problem Ilmar’s people have of keeping their existence a secret from humans while humans are trying to unravel mysteries that may lead them to discover the hidden race!

As you can see, there is a lot happening in this book which resulted in my literally devouring the book. I really liked this book and I had so much fun reading it. It’s one of those “just like candy” books where I can’t put it down because I’m enjoying reading it so much, the story was so interesting and fun. I really liked learning about Ilmar and her people, their politics and customs. I loved seeing her people go to the surface and attempt to interact with humans, overall I just really liked reading about the relationships between the characters and seeing those develop throughout the book.

The only thing I didn’t like about it is there are a lot of spelling and grammar errors but I liked reading the story so much that this is one of those books that I didn’t really care so much. Sometimes if I’m not enjoying the book as much as I did this one, that kind of thing can irk me, but it wasn’t so with this book. One thing I can definitely tell you is this book is definitely very sexy, which was a good thing! I don’t read very many romances that have a ton of sexy times but I was glad this one did and it happens to be a pretty central focus of the story as well since it’s part of the conflicts between humans and Akkadians.

All in all, I liked reading this book very much! It was a great, fast and entertaining read. I can see it turning into a sexy, yet funny and dramatic film one day and I would be more than willing to read another book set in this world! Fans of fantasy romance may enjoy this book as much as I did!

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Feet on the ground, head in the stars.
The first child of very talented parents, Nik spent
the formative years at an advertising agency in Manhattan, along side a father
who allowed and encouraged creative expression. With an affinity for
illustration, Nik spent hours immersed in any form of artistic conduct. Whether
writing and preforming short plays for the family as a child, or memorizing
movie dialog and old radio shows, Nik found imagination could be enhanced
within the pages of books.
Science Fiction held so much mystery and
possibilities,. Nik read and read, until the desire to create the fantasy
worlds became a driving force. Nik created over 40 comic book characters, then
wrote and illustrated 4 original comic books. Some of Nik’s comic characters
were published in a local magazine. Nik’s recent novel writing is a course
change. While writing has been a part of the work throughout Nik’s life, it has
now become a focus. Look for Nik’s work of insane wine infused ramblings in the
DAILY DOSE.
 
 

Blog Tour Book Review: Hunter No More by GD Tinnams

 
 
 

Title: Hunter No More written G.D. Tinnams
Genre: Sci Fi
Publisher: Mythos Press
Page count: 140
Format: Ebook (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Rating – 4/5

 
 The Hunter Class Spacecraft designated ‘The Amberjack’
disappeared during a routine mission to Seek, Locate and Destroy the enemy
Machine Mind contingent known as ‘The Ochre’. Conclusion: It was either
destroyed by the Ochre or went rogue for reasons unknown. If sighted, approach
with extreme caution.
 
On the planet Borealis, a violent revolution forces
Samantha Marriot and her parents to flee their home for the relative safety of
‘The Rainbow Islands’. Once there, Sam discovers a secret her father has been
keeping from her all her life, a secret that will change everything.
 
Meanwhile, The Machine Mind Hierarchy of Earth
dispatches a ship to rid themselves of the planet’s troublesome human
population. The only hope of a defence lies with a damaged binary Hunter unit
that has long since abandoned both its programming and weaponry.
 
In order for the unit to
succeed it must call upon the aid of an ancient enemy, and prove, once and for
all, that it is a Hunter no more.
 
 
Welcome to my stop on the Hunter No More blog tour! Thank you to GMTA Publishing and G.D. Tunnams for allowing me to participate and review this book!
 
I had been itching for a good Sci-Fi book to read so when I saw that Hunter No More was going on tour I jumped at the opportunity to read it. Hunter No More is exactly what you want in a Sci Fi read complete with a mechanical species threatening the human race, emotional distress, fast paced action and a heart breaking and rather beautiful conclusion. I was riveted from the beginning to end. At 140 pages it is a fast, light and yet satisfying read.
 
While I enjoyed this book and the story enough to give it four stars I really wish it was longer but that’s just selfish of me because I liked the story alot and felt like the action and drama could have gone on awhile longer. I loved the story itself and was really interested in the civil war going on with the humans and the hunters themselves were fascinating to me and their way of thinking about and dealing with humankind. I do like how Josella, at the start of the story seems to be a minor, sort of sidekick type character but ends up being a pretty central focus of the story. I think that was great. I feel like all of the characters, except maybe Anna and Skylar each were equally important (at least perspective wise) to the story. I love books that are written from multiple perspectives, I always like to see the differences in the story as it occurs character to character. This book was no exception to that, I really enjoyed the delivery. One thing I loved about this story is that it never stops with the action and I love my Sci Fi reads to just be full of gut punch action where you can feel the adrenaline pumping almost like you are experiencing it for yourself. Hunter No More was like that for me.
 
The ending to this book was rather stunning…surprising to me and sad. In a good way. I rather enjoyed reading this book and I think that Sci Fi fans in need of a light read would enjoy it too! I really dig the cover as well!!
 
 
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G.D. Tinnams has worked as a barman, a call centre
operator, an IT support analyst, and a software tester. But during all this
time he was also an insatiable reader of science fiction and fantasy books like
Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising Sequence, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game,
Robert Charles Wilson’s Blind Lake and Greg Egan’s Permutation City. He is very
fond of weird, mind-bending stories and decided quite early on to try writing
some. ‘Surface Tension’ is his second novel.
 
 

Spotlight on The Marian (The Marian #1) by Taylor Hohulin

Hello everyone! I wanted to take a moment and spotlight an exciting new release. The Marian (The Marian #1) which is written by Taylor Hohulin is releasing on September 19, 2014.

The author recently revealed the fantastic cover which you can see below for your viewing pleasure!

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I have the honor of participating in the blog tour for The Marian! Be looking forward to a guest post from the author as well as a review from yours truly on September 17th. Get excited!

Below I have included a few very important links that you will want to check out in anticipation of the release! If you haven’t had a chance yet to read the synopsis, check it out and add it to your TBR list!

As always, Happy reading everyone!!

Book Review: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

QueenTitle: The Queen of the Tearling written by Erika Johansen
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Collins
Page count: 434
Format: Hardcover
Rating – 5/5!

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend…if she can survive.

The Queen of the Tearling introduces readers to a world as fully imagined and terrifying as that of The Hunger Games, with characters as vivid and intriguing as those of The Game of Thrones, and a wholly original heroine. Combining thrilling action and twisting plot turns, it is a magnificent debut from the talented Erika Johansen. (Goodreads)

It’s been months since I first heard about The Queen of the Tearling, and over those few months I had succeeded in hyping this book up for myself. When it was finally published early last month I sent my husband to the bookstore and got my hands on a copy. It took me a few days to prepare myself to read it because I just knew it was going to be epic…and it was.

The Queen of the Tearling is 437 pages of a wonderfully written, beautifully detailed fantasy novel. It’s a dark fantasy set in a dystopic world that seems to take place centuries after our time. The best thing about this book is it’s strong heroine, Kelsea, whom is unlike any other heroine that I have read of so far. She’s not your typical beautiful heroine that everyone falls all over themselves over. She is plain, not very feminine or graceful but is strong, courageous and intelligent unlike her mother, the queen before her that was vain and petty. Kelsea is without a doubt a badass.

I don’t know if it was my built up anticipation to read this book but I fell in love with it instantly. The vast universe that Johansen has woven for us  is so interesting and literally delicious to absorb. Once I began reading it, I couldn’t bear to be away from it for more than a few seconds at a time. It is so absorbing, sweeping and so detailed in scope.

When I first saw how big the novel was I thought that maybe it was a standalone but having finished this book, I know for certain that this is the first book in what is going to be a KILLER series. From what I understand this is also going to be a movie which I am super excited about because there are these epic, amazing moments in the book that just HAVE to be translated to the big screen, they just have to be. I’m expecting amazing things from this author, since her debut was so earth shattering for me. I cannot wait for the next one.

If you haven’t heard of this book or are contemplating reading it, do it!!! You will not be disappointed!

Happy reading everyone!

P.S. What a beautiful cover right? There is also another version that I thought was really cool (see below). Which do you like more?

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Lost Catacomb by Shifra Hochberg

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Title: The Lost Catacomb written by Shifra Hochberg
Genre: Historical Mystery
Publisher: Enigma Press (an imprint of GMTA Publishing)
Page count: 257
Format: Ebook (read on Nook App for Microsoft Surface)
Rating – 5/5!!

An intoxicating blend of Vatican thriller and heart-rending love story, THE LOST CATACOMB is a stunning debut novel set against the backdrop of the Holocaust in Italy. At its heart is Nicola Page, a beautiful young art historian who flies to Rome to assess a newly discovered catacomb of enigmatic provenance. Its magnificent frescoes hold the clues to a centuries-old murder and the existence of a fabled treasure from the ancient Temple in Jerusalem.

Assisted by a handsome Italian archaeologist, Nicola is quickly drawn into a tangled web of intrigue and peril, masterminded by a powerful priest who is determined to destroy those who would reveal the dark secrets of the past. And as Nicola uncovers layer after layer of this deadly past, she is brought face to face with shocking facts about her own family history—facts that will forever change the course of her life.

Happy Thursday and thanks for stopping by my stop on the Blog Tour for The Lost Catacomb! Special thanks to GMTA Publishing and Shifra Hochberg for allowing me to participate!

The Lost Catacomb was an absolute blast to read. It is a thrilling mystery whose narrative cycles between the present and the period of the Holocaust. The narrative is fascinating, action packed and gut wrenching. My goodness, this was a great book. It’s one of those books that’s just like candy and you just can’t get enough of it. From the get go this book had me so engrossed in it’s pages that I literally did not put it down. My whole day off of work was devoted to staying under the covers and reading this book, it was just THAT good.

There were a lot of things that I loved about this book including the historical fiction part of it. I’m always fascinated with a good historical fiction plot and I think that the World War II period is my most favorite period to read about. It just always reminds me of the dark side of human history but also reminds me of hope and compassion and the fact that we must never allow anything like that to ever happen again. This book was no different in that respect. I don’t want to give too much away about the actual plot and the plot twists but there are really amazing plot twists that concern our main character Nicola that just had me spinning. Well, the whole story had me spinning actually…and biting my nails!

Another thing that I just loved about this book was the main character herself. From the start I got the sense that she was a strong female character but she still had this sort of “lost” quality to her like although she is so successful in her career and academic accomplishments, her personal life is just…there. I LOVED seeing her “find” her identity, that was so satisfying for me. The ending was spectacular in that it was so chilling and makes you think. There is resolution…sort of and it was just the perfect way to end the book. I wish there was going to be another one but maybe there is! Great writing style, wonderfully built characters, just enough amount of romance (which wasn’t a lot but it was a good amount for this story), just the right amount of action and suspense. A superb read! I can’t tell you enough how much I really enjoyed this story and I would definitely be up for rereading it in the near future. I am expecting to read some awesome stories from this author in the future.

I would recommend this book to any historical mystery fans, especially readers that love Dan Brown books. In my opinion this book is definitely on that level! I would LOVE to see this as a movie! I think it would be both thrilling and beautiful at the same time.
If you are interested in reading this book, I have up to 20 free copies of the ebook to give away. Please let me know in the comments if you are interested!

 

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Shifra Hochberg has a Ph.D. in English literature from New York University and teaches at Ariel University in Israel. She has published over 20 academic essays and is currently writing another novel

 

 

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Book Review: The Space Between by Kristie Cook

17552467Title: The Space Between (The Book of Phoenix #1) written by Kristie Cook
Genre: New Adult – Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Ang’dora Productions, LLC
Page count: 408
Format: Ebook (read on Kindle app for Microsoft Surface)
Rating – 5/5

When Life Falls to Pieces, Answers Lie in the Space Between

Leni Drago can’t make a smart decision on her own, according to her mother anyway–the few times she’s tried resulted in disaster. When her uncle sends her on a dance tour in Italy to find her real self, she returns to an empty home and any evidence of his existence wiped out. Then things get even stranger, like the mysterious appearances of Jeric Winters–inked, pierced and a hit-‘em-and-quit-‘em type. He’s one decision that should be easy for Leni. Or is he?

Jeric doesn’t do girlfriends. Unless they’re someone else’s. He left the fighting cage and modeling for a reason, and girls who want more than a night of fun are distractions he doesn’t need. Especially when they come with as much baggage as Leni carries. But he can’t shake the gut feeling that he needs to know her. All of her.

To discover the truth behind their connection and their ties to a journal from 1989, they must face painful secrets from their pasts. And they must do so quickly because their own existences are falling to pieces.

Two love stories, one mystery and a paranormal twist that readers call “mind blowing.” This first part of The Book of Phoenix takes you on a heart-wrenching ride as you discover the answers that lie in The Space Between.

I decided to download and read The Space Between on a whim while I was browsing through the free ebooks in the romance section of the Amazon Kindle app. I don’t typically browse these that often but I absolutely fell in love with the cover of this book and was immediately drawn in by the synopsis. This is quite literally the first free ebook I’ve ever gotten off of Amazon (it’s also free on B&N Nook) so  I wasn’t too sure what to expect and I admit at not having high expectations but I am so happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised by what I found within the pages of this book.

The Space Between is a wonderfully unique and beautiful story. It is also wildly romantic, sexy, tragic and suspenseful. I am so impressed by it. For some reason I thought this would be a typical romance book but even though it did have a few romance cliché’s and cheesy one liners, these were very few and far between. I enjoyed these characters and this story so much. It was nearly impossible for me to guess where the plot was going the whole time I read it. The “story within a story” narrative was confusing for me at first but if you stick it out and pay attention that gets cleared up in no time and is something I ended up enjoying. When I first started reading this book I forgot that it was a paranormal romance and the plot twist literally knocked me off of my feet, it’s breathtaking!

If you’re a paranormal romance or fantasy romance fan, you won’t want to miss this book and remember it’s free right now on Amazon and B&N. It is the first book in a series (yes!) and the second book has been released. I can say without a doubt that I will be reading the second book very, very soon because I want more of this romance and I want to know more about these twin flames and what their mission is going to be, what they mean for the world, etc. AHHH, great book!!

 

 

 

Blog Tour Book Review & Giveaway: Smorgasbord by Jagjiwan Sohal

Smorgasbord PicTitle: Smorgasbord written by Jagjiwan Sohal
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult Comedy Horror
Publisher: Mythos Press (Imprint of GMTA Publishing)
Page count: 179
Format: Ebook (read on Kindle app for Microsoft Surface)
Released: March 2014
Rating – 5/5

When Anna Lopez’s zombie attack video goes viral, no one could believe that the high school cheerleader had taken a bite out of the undead monster – and liked it! Now nothing will ever be the same for supernatural beings…because humans have discovered they taste freakin’ DELICIOUS!

 

And when a zombie boy gets in the crosshairs of a gang of hungry-human hunters, Julie, a young vampire loner, jumps in for the rescue. But now Julie’s got more than she bargained because taking care of a rambunctious undead creature who only knows one word (“brains”) is NOT easy. And when Julie and her zombie pal stumble upon on a crazed soccer mom, they find themselves on the run from a trigger-happy family who want nothing more than to grill them up for a neighborhood barbecue bash!

I knew I had to read this book when I caught a glimpse of the cover. It just looks like it would be a fun book to read (who doesn’t love a good zombie story?) and I’ve been trying to hunt down books that my ten year old niece may enjoy as well.

Smorgasbord is a totally unique spin on what could happen if the Zombie Apocalypse were to occur that features a zombie apocalypse gone wrong. Instead of the traditional uber scary, uber panic driven zombie attack on mankind, this story presents us with a zombie apocalypse in which, through an accidental bite, humans discover that zombies (along with other paranormal creatures) are fingerlickin’ good. It is the zombie apocalypse gone awry where humans are now doing the hunting while zombies and other paranormal creatures are doing the running.

The story is original and fresh in a market that seems at times a bit oversaturated with zombie novels, but Smorgasbord is not your “run of the mill” zombie story, it is a fresh of breath air. I couldn’t put this book down it was so fun to read. Lately I’ve been reading some pretty serious books so it was great to take a break from that and just go on a fun ride that suprisingly had me rooting for the paranormal creatures instead of the humans.

It had sort of a Shaun of the Dead type of humor vibe for me, except our protagonists are from the other team, which was great and it’s a story that is suitable for older kids and teens as well. I enjoyed it as an adult and it actually made me seriously think about how mankind might react to zombies and paranormal creatures if we somehow gained the upper hand…would we find a way to exploit them?

I hope to read more from this author in the future as I really enjoyed his style of writing, the dialogue he created, and the characters he created.

If you like zombie themed books or are looking for a  light, fun read where you might find yourself siding with the zombies and not the humans…Smorgasbord may be just the book for you! I have twenty copies to give away for free so leave a comment and let me know you are interested!

I’d like to thank GMTA Publishing and the author for allowing me to read and review this book!!

Also check out this rad playlist for the book! I love it!

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Born and raised near Toronto, Canada, Jagjiwan Sohal works in the Canadian film and TV industry as an up-and-coming screenwriter and producer. His short stories have been published by The Horror Zine, Scribal Tales and Hello Horror. Smorgasbord is his first novel.

 

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