Blog Tour Book Review: The Phoenix Born (A Dance of Dragons #3) by Kaitlyn Davis

Phoenix Born tour bannerThe Phoenix BornTitle: The Phoenix Born (A Dance of Dragons #3) by Kaitlyn Davis
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 320 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: November 16, 2015
Rating – 5/5 – it was amazing

From bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis comes the final book in the thrilling A Dance of Dragons series—perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Graceling, and Game of Thrones!

For the first time in a thousand years, the fire dragon has been awakened and Rhen is its rider. But after destroying the armies that threatened the city of Rayfort, Rhen is shown a vision in flames that changes everything. The shadow’s phantom armies are coming and the dragons are the only things that might stop them.

High in the castle at the top of the Gates, Jinji has learned something of her own. Janu, her long lost twin, is alive. And just as the spirit shares her body, the shadow shares his. In the blink of an eye, her quest for vengeance against the evil that killed her family has changed to one of protection. Because she knows that if Rhen learns the truth he will do what she cannot—end the shadow and end her brother in the process.

As the shadow grows more aggressive, Jinji and Rhen fight to find the rest of the dragon riders. But with time running out, they are forced to face the impossible decision between honor and love. Alliances are formed, promises are broken, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance…


Happy Tuesday everyone! I am so excited to share my review with you today for the blog tour for The Phoenix Born by Kaitlyn Davis! The Phoenix born is the conclusion to the A Dance of Dragons series! This series is special to me because I have reviewed both the first and the second book in it so I was really excited to have the chance to read and review the third. You can read both of those reviews by clicking on the titles here: Book One: The Shadow Soul and Book Two: The Spirit Heir. I want to send a HUGE thank you to the author Kaitlyn Davis for giving me the chance to read and review this book series in exchange for an honest review. It has been quite a ride!

The Phoenix Born was everything I expected and a whole lot more. When I read this I was really in the mood for a fantasy read as I have surprisingly not read much fantasy this year which is a sad thing so I was craving a fantasy read. This was it definitely it. I always immediately fall into this world when I start reading about it but I felt captivated by this last books especially. Since I’ve read the first two I wanted to know what happens to the characters, I wanted to see what happens to the world as the series has been building to this epic conclusion. Ahhhhhh!

I have always loved Jinji and Rhen and the dynamics of their relationship/friendship since book one so this book of course, gave me all sorts of feels and sadness and more feels. Jinji, especially, has had this dangerous and emotional journey throughout the series which has been literally just breathtaking to read. Reading about the dragons and their riders was thrilling!

I thought the book was extremely well written and just like many book series I feel like the writing, which was great to begin with, just always got progressively better with each book. That’s always one of my favorite things about book series. I also just loved the journey that each character goes through and the characters in Kaitlyns books just always have these tremendous inner and outer journeys that just suck me right in.

I am giving this book a well deserved five star review and honestly I can’t wait to read it all over again in the upcoming year as I will be purchasing them all in print form and adding them to my library. There are also novellas which I am planning to read and review soon because yes, how can I not read them? And I’m pretty sure I am going to ache to return to these characters and this world because of everything that happened in it!

If you are a fantasy fan please check these books out, you will regret that decision! These books always transport me so quickly into their pages and they’re always full of danger, action and also some romance! I am also a big fan of their covers!

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As a bonus, enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 10 of The Phoenix Born!

Jinji stopped him by grabbing his cheeks and pulling his face against hers, kissing him urgently. Rhen tried to pull away, to understand why she wasn’t thrilled by the news, but her hands traveled to the back of his neck, grip tight, and he couldn’t break her hold. Her lips moved fast against his, pleading with him silently. Everything about her was desperately trying to hold on to the moment, to stop time, as though she were drowning and the air from his lungs was the only thing that might save her, as though he were her tether to life.

Rhen wanted to give in. More than anything, he wanted to melt beneath her touch and forget the world, to kiss her until the sun rose the next morning, and even then maybe not stop. He could so easily get lost in the fire of her touch, the silkiness of her skin.

But he couldn’t let himself.

The woman he loved was in pain.

Her kiss wasn’t full of passion. It was full of dread. Rhen sensed the dark taste on his tongue.

“Jin,” he mumbled against her lips.

But she didn’t stop.

Rhen reached back, unlatching her fingers, pulling her forcibly away from him, finding her eyes. “Jin?”

And with that word, she couldn’t avoid what was in her heart any longer. A tear rolled down her cheek, and she gave in, collapsing against him as her body racked with sobs. The moans came from a dark place within her, ripping their way up her throat, making him wince at the sound.

Rhen wanted to demand answers.

He wanted to force her to explain, to let him in, to tell him what had her so distraught.

But he didn’t.

He just held her, kissing her forehead and rubbing her back. Not questioning. Not demanding. There would be time for answers later. Right now, Jinji needed a shoulder to cry on and nothing more. He gave that to her, embracing her until sleep claimed them both.


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Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie.

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found indulging in some puppy videos, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her–about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general–you may contact her at:

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Audiobook Review: Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

20588640Title: Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned by Lena Dunham
Genre: Humor, Biography
Publisher: Random House Audio
Length: 6 hours
Format: Audiobook via Scribd
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
Rating – 3/5 stars – I liked it

In Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one’s way in the world: falling in love, feeling alone, being ten pounds overweight despite eating only health food, having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age, finding true love, and most of all, having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told.

“Take My Virginity (No Really, Take It)” is the account of Dunham’s first time, and how her expectations of sex didn’t quite live up to the actual event (“No floodgate had been opened, no vault of true womanhood unlocked”); “Girls & Jerks” explores her former attraction to less-than-nice guys—guys who had perfected the “dynamic of disrespect” she found so intriguing; “Is This Even Real?” is a meditation on her lifelong obsession with death and dying—what she calls her “genetically predestined morbidity.” And in “I Didn’t F*** Them, but They Yelled at Me,” she imagines the tell-all she will write when she is eighty and past caring, able to reflect honestly on the sexism and condescension she has encountered in Hollywood, where women are “treated like the paper thingies that protect glasses in hotel bathrooms—necessary but infinitely disposable.”

Exuberant, moving, and keenly observed, Not That Kind of Girl is a series of dispatches from the frontlines of the struggle that is growing up. “I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you,” Dunham writes. “But if I can take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine will have been worthwhile.”


Happy Wednesday! I spent yesterday listening to Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham on Audiobook. I discovered Lena Dunham through watching her show Girls and I really, really loved what I have seen of the show so far . When I saw this book via one of Book Riot’s vlogs, I knew I had to pick it up at some point and read it. I wanted to know more about Lena Dunham and I really like her sense of humor.

While there were some funny moments in the book and even some moments of wisdom, I found it sort of lacking. I think I had hyped this book up so much in my mind that when it actually came down to it, it just didn’t meet my expectations. To me it just seemed like a mish mash of memories without really a cohesive message or story to it. I felt like Amy Poehler’s book definitely accomplished more of what I desired to read in a book like this. I still think Lena Dunham is fantastic and I love her work but I just wanted something more out of this book.

I am, however, super glad that I listened to the audiobook version (which I listened to on Scribd. I may not have enjoyed the book quite if I hadn’t listened to the audiobook version because I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Lena narrate her own stories. It wasn’t a long listen, it was six hours so that’s one of the shorter length audiobooks I have listened to so far.

One thing I did like about this book and about Lena is that she is wholly unapologetic about her past and who she is. I think that is tremendous and I totally respect her for putting herself out there and just saying this is me, like me or hate me, I don’t fucking care. I absolutely love that about her. She’s definitely real and fabulous. To me, it was worth the read to be able to learn a bit more about her even though I wasn’t a huge fan of this book I still liked it and found something to enjoy about it so I gave it a three star review.









Blog Tour Book Review: The Raven Room by Ana Medeiros

The Raven Room COVERAbout The Raven Room

• Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Diversion Publishing (November 3, 2015)

A searing erotic thriller perfect for those tantalized by A.R. Torre’s Deanna Madden series…

Anything you can imagine. Everything you crave. For the members of The Raven Room, it’s every fantasy fulfilled. But for some, that desire is a matter of life and death.

Drawn by needs he cannot control, Julian ventures to The Raven Room, a secret and exclusive sex club in the underbelly of Chicago. It goes beyond sex. It goes beyond kink. The Raven Room is the only place where Julian finds release from the dangerous urges that threaten to destroy the successful life he’s worked so hard to build.

When the police link the Raven Room to the death of a young woman, it threatens to expose a number of powerful people—people who would kill to stay anonymous…

Meredith’s body can’t get enough of Julian. He has opened her sexual horizons to tempting new possibilities. But out of bed she’s an aspiring journalist, and The Raven Room is the story she’s been looking for. By writing an exposé on the club and its elite clientele, she plans to launch her career.

As Meredith embarks on a sexual journey into the forbidden world that Julian inhabits, questions emerge, and dark appetites threaten to swallow her whole.  How much can she trust the man who has laid bare her erotic nature and how much will she sacrifice in order to protect him?


“If you’re looking for an exciting novel that can balance erotic sections with a thrilling who-done-it, look no further; The Raven Room will have everything you could possibly want and more.” – San Francisco Book Review

“Readers who enjoy complex stories with strong characterization and psychological depth will find The Raven Room a satisfyingly story of emotional turbulence…” – D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

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Happy Monday everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Raven Room by Ana Medeiros! Thank you to the author and TLC Book Tours for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

The Raven Room is an erotic thriller told in alternating third person perspectives about an aspiring journalist in the midst of a sexual awakening, a sexy psychologist with a troubled past that still haunts him, and a murder that threatens to expose the seedy goings on at The Raven Room – a club dedicated to the dark, sexual inclinations of the elite.

I loved this book. This year I haven’t read many erotic novels so I think reading this type of story was just what I needed at this point in time. Overall it took my about a day to read it but I think if I didn’t have work I would have probably read it in a few hours as I found it quite hard to put down. I really enjoyed the psychology of the characters in this book, the conundrum of the Julian as a troubled man who happens to be a psychologist was interesting to me and the dynamic of his relationship with Meredith was also captivating. I just loved getting to know more about them as the story unfolded.  I must also pay homage to the gorgeous cover! Isn’t it beautiful?  I am also super excited that there are going to be more books in this series! Yes!

I went into this book without many expectations or really any idea of what the story was going to be about, though judging by the cover I knew it was going to maybe be dark and a little romantic. It proved to be dark, sexy and dangerous. I loved the descriptions of The Raven Room, when I was reading about it, it was almost like I could imagine myself there. I love the description of the distinct smell, of the walls that appeared to be breathing…the dark corners, the red lights…need I say more?

I have never read an erotic thriller and I must say that I definitely enjoyed that fusion of two genres that I really enjoy. I would be up for reading more books like this and also more from this author. Five stars from me and a whole lot of sexy!


Photo by: Garfield L. Miller

Photo by: Garfield L. Miller

About Ana Medeiros

Born in the Azores islands, Portugal, Ana Medeiros has a background in Photography, Sociology and Psychology. For the last seven years she has worked in the magazine industry. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada, with her boyfriend and two cats. The Raven Room, book one of a trilogy, is Ana’s first novel and is published by Diversion Books.

Visit Ana at her website and connect with her on Facebook.

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Audiobook Review: My Sister’s Grave (Tracy Crosswhite #1) by Robert Dugoni

61xgo0yWpfL._SL300_Title: My Sister’s Grave(Tracy Crosswhite #1) by Robert Dugoni, Narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith
Genre: Fiction – Thriller
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Length: 10 hours and 49 minutes
Format: Audiobook via Audible
Publication Date: November 1, 2014
Rating – 4/5 stars – I loved it!

Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House — a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder — is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past — and open the door to deadly danger.


It’s hard to believe, given my recent obsession with them, that a year ago I really hated listening to audiobooks. This past week I listened to My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni and I, of course, loved it.

My Sister’s Grave is a thriller read about a detective whose younger sister disappeared when they were both younger. After the “supposed” killer was put behind bars, Tracy never actually felt right about her sister’s death. When her sister’s body is found and new evidence comes to light that contradicts evidence used to convict the killer, Tracy starts to look into the circumstances surrounding her sisters disappearance and subsequent death. What she founds will be creepy and altogether, unexpected.

really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. Apparently I have a thing for listening to thrillers on audiobook as more than half of the ones I have listened to this year have been thrillers. I really liked this story. I thought it was really interesting and thrilling, it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me wanting to listen. I went through the ten plus hours of listening pretty fast and I really liked the narrator. I thought the pacing in this book was really good and I wasn’t ever bored. At first I thought the plot twist was weird but it was actually pretty good. I’m surprised to hear that there is going to be a sequel (I’m not exactly sure how many are going to be in this series) but I am rather glad. I was surprised at first because I thought the mystery surrounding Tracy’s sister and her killer was wrapped up pretty well but then I realized that she had been working on another case during this book that kind of just got lost in everything else. I really wish that had been saved til the next book because it literally was just..there…throughout the whole book with not much attention being paid to it although I realize that the title of this book is about her sister. I just think it should have been introduced and worked on in the next one.

Overall this was a good, solid read.Whether you listen to it via audiobook or read it in physical form, I recommend giving it a read! I’ll be looking forward to the sequel!

Book Review: The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

Title: The Mon3186355sters of Templeton by Alex Lauren Groff
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Length: 361 pages
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: January 1, 2008
Rating – 3/5 stars – I liked it!

In the wake of a wildly disastrous affair with her married archaeology professor, Willie Upton arrives on the doorstep of her ancestral home in storybook Templeton, New York, looking to hide in the one place to which she swore she’d never come back. As soon as she arrives, though, a prehistoric monster surfaces in Lake Glimmerglass, changing the very fabric of the town. What’s more, Willie’s hippie-turned-born-again-Baptist mother, Vi, tells her a secret she’s been hiding for nearly thirty years: that Willie’s father wasn’t the random man from a free-love commune that Vi had led her to imagine, but someone else entirely. Someone from this very town. As Willie puts her archaeological skills to work digging for the truth about her lineage, she discovers that the secrets of her family run deep when past and present blur, dark mysteries come to light, and the shocking truth about more than one monster is revealed.


Happy Saturday everyone!! I feel as though I haven’t posted a book review in forever which is pretty true seeing as how the last book review I posted was on October 20th! Today I bring to you my incoherent thoughts on The Monsters of Templeton written by Lauren Groff.

I actually read this book as part a few of the reading challenges I have been participating in this year (and of which I am seriously behind on). This particular book fits two challenges from this year but the specific one I had in mind was to have someone you know go to your bookshelf and pick a random read for you. I had my husband go to my bookshelf and he picked this book out for me. I was instantly excited when I saw this book in his hand because it’s not only been on my to read list for quite some time, it also has a beautiul, beautiful cover and a super interesting title. So without rereading the description I dove right in.

The Monsters of Templeton is about a girl who returns to her hometown after a pretty crazy breakup with her archaeology professor whom she was having an affair with. When she comes back to town she is confronted with her troubled relationship with her mother, a problematic attraction to an old high school crush and juicy family secrets that she takes it upon herself to unravel.

I ended up liking this book but it did put me in a serious book rut because it wasn’t really my favorite and I had a hard time finishing it. I’d have to put this towards the lower rating end of the books that I have read this year. One thing that I really enjoyed about this book was the writing. I thought the writing itself was beautiful and descriptive which for me really kicks up my enjoyment of the book I am reading. I really liked the chapters where the actual lake monsters are discussed, especially in the epilogue but I feel like I waited the ENTIRE book for something of that sort. Looking back I think the monsters that are addressed in the titled are mostly the secrets of the Willie’s family’s past rather than actual, physical pointy teethed monsters.

This doesn’t happen very often to me but I found myself really disliking the main character. I just thought she was really bratty and rude to literally every one. It took me awhile to finish this book because I felt like there was a huge chunk of the book where nothing was really happening. I didn’t start getting into the story and the characters until the latter part of the book (literally into the 300s). It was definitely a family saga type story which I tend to enjoy but for some reason I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I wanted to although I did end up liking the book overall so I gave it a 3 star rating. If you are into family sagas this may be one that you might enjoy as there are mixed reviews for it on Goodreads so I think it’s worth giving it a read to see if you enjoy it. Although I didn’t love this book, I would be open to reading another book from this author as I did think her writing was beautiful.

I am doing NaNoWriMo 2015!!

NaNo-2015-Participant-BannerHappy Monday everyone! I can’t believe that I am just barely getting around to creating this post but life these past few weeks has been crazy and is just about to get even crazier! I should have anticipated that but just like every other year, I start off a little more optimistic than probably I should.

I wanted to take a little bit of time and share that I’m participating in NaNoWriMo 2015! This is actually my first time participating! I recently heard of NaNoWriMo while I was watching BookTube because yes,  I am shamelessly addicted to BookTube. When I saw that it was happening this November, I thought Why Not! If you are not familiar with NaNoWriMo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month where tons of authors and aspiring authors come together as a community and commit to writing fifty thousand words in the month of November.

For someone like me, this is a blessing. I have always had a million ideas floating around in my head for books that I wanted to write, stories that I ached to tell. Over the years I have written random scenes down so I have notebooks and folders of seemingly random thoughts and characters all over my office. Recently, though, a story popped into my head and has been gnawing at me. So I decided to go ahead and write it during this NaNoWriMo! This is huge for me because it’s giving me the commitment and the incentive to finish. I think I am my own worst enemy when it comes to writing something of my own. I think I discourage myself easily but keeping myself accountable during NaNo has definitely helped. I love keeping a writing date with myself every single day to get to know my characters and tell their stories. I must admit that so far, I have had a blast. I am just now getting ready to sit down and start my writing for today and I hope to get about 1700 to 2000 words written today. Not including the words I will write today, my current NaNoWriMo word count after 8 days of writing is 14,240. I am beyond excited because that is far more than I have ever had in the past on one story. I celebrated 13k on Sunday with a Vegan Cupcake!

Anyway, hopefully soon I will post an update on my progress and share more about the story I am working on but it is a Contemporary Romance. I have fallen completely in love with it. I just want it to be beautiful and romantic. It is definitely steamy but more than anything, I just want it to be beautiful. We will see! If you are participating in NaNo, good luck!!! If you aren’t and want to write but always defeat yourself like I used to, please consider doing NaNo next year! It has really done me so much good by way of inspiration and encouragement. I am so happy so far! I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week! I will be posting a few book reviews this week and I actually have a ton of book reviews coming up on this blog in the next few months as 2015 comes to a close!

Happy reading everyone!

Blog Tour Book Review – Between Gods: A Memoir by Alison Pick

Between Gods (397x600)About Between Gods

• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial (October 20, 2015)

Profound, honest, and masterfully written—Between Gods forces us to reexamine our beliefs and the extent to which they define us.

Growing up in a tight-knit Christian family, Alison Pick went to church regularly. But as a teenager, she discovered a remarkable family secret: her paternal grandparents fled from the Czech Republic at the start of WWII because they were Jewish. Tragically, other family members who hesitated to emigrate were sent to Auschwitz.

Haunted by the Holocaust, Alison’s grandparents established themselves in their new lives as Christians. Not even Alison’s father knew of his parents’ past until he visited the Jewish cemetery in Prague as an adult. This atmosphere of shame and secrecy haunted Alison’s journey into adulthood.

Drowning in a sense of emptiness, she eventually came to realize that her true path forward lay in reclaiming her history and identity as a Jew, and she began attending conversion classes. But the process was far from easy as old wounds were opened, and all of her relationships were tested.

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Happy Thursday everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Between Gods: A Memoir by Alison Pick. I’d like to send a huge thank you to the author, the publisher Harper Collins and TLC Book Tours for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review! I am super excited because today is actually my Friday, tonight a video game I have been waiting for is finally coming out AND most of all I am excited to be sharing this book with you today.

Between Gods is one woman’s memoir about her personal and spiritual journey battling depression and crisis of faith and identity. Alison has been raised in a Christian home but stumbles upon the family secret that they are originally of the Jewish faith and that her ancestors had been killed in Aushwifz. It is almost as if a puzzle piece has clicked into place and she embarks on a journey that changes her forever.

I loved this book. I loved the writing. It is wonderfully expressive with beautiful language and details, almost poetic. I think the reason I love reading Memoirs so much is because this type of writing touches my soul and pick does it so well. There is nothing more interesting to me than a persons struggle with identity and faith and I was drawn into Pick’s story from the get go. Reading this reminds me of the quintessential human dilemma of “where do I come from?”, “where do I belong?” This book was really interesting to me and I read it in a few hours because although the subject matter was heavy it was a really fast read. I felt like I learned a lot in those few hours and it even made me start to explore my own spiritual journey. Books that do that are rare and grand…this is one of those books.

I highly recommend reading this if you are into reading memoirs or reading about spirituality and Judaism. It was very moving. 5 stars from me!


Alison Pick APAbout Alison Pick

Alison Pick was the Bronwen Wallace Award winner for the most promising writer under thirty-five in Canada. Her first novel is The Sweet Edge, and her second novel, the bestseller Far to Go, was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction, and was named a “Top 10 of 2010” book by the Toronto Star. Between Gods, named a “Best Book” by both the Globe and Mail and CBC, has been nominated for the prestigious BC National Award for Nonfiction.

Find out more about Alison at her website and connect with her on Facebook.

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