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Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2)
by Nicole Castroman
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 11th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Pirates, Adventure
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Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.
Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.
Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.
Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.








After being separated, Anne is sailing on The Providence to Nassau, hoping that Teach got her message and would come after her. She befriends a pair of siblings-Cara and Coyle-who take her under their wing. Teach is trying to keep his identity a secret on his father's ship, The Deliverance, so that he can go after Anne. But being First Mate leaves him to deal with a cowardly and stupid captain and it isn't long before he realizes that if he doesn't take charge of the ship; they could possibly all die. But after arriving in Nassau both characters find themselves trapped by a powerful man who could very well end Teach's life if he doesn't do what he's told.

FINALLY!!!! Though it wasn't as Pirate-y as i'd hoped we did start to see the focus shift to pirates with the setting and the characters. But YES THERE WERE PIRATES IN THIS BOOK!!! It feels like we're building up to that full pirate atmosphere i'm literally craving!


We get introduced to new characters- Cara, Coyle, Benjamin, John and many more! I really liked each of them but at the end of the book my heart literally broke at some point!!


Where book 1 was much more romance focused this one goes much more into story line and plot. There was quite a lot of action and naval battles *swoons*!!!. The author also did an amazing job at the setting-i felt like i was watching everything play out like a POTC movie in my mind, she really did put in a lot of research!

LOVED LOVED the ship setting. I think in book 1 the fact that the story took place in an English household mostly, kind of broke off the Pirate feel but in this book half of it was on a ship and the other half in a port-ish scenery so i was getting Pirate vibes:P 





The romance is really starting to get to me!!! They are such a swoony couple-( I made my own little edit with who i would cast-
Ruben Cortada as Teach and Alisha Boe from 13 Reasons Why-I used Photoshop to make her eyes blue :P)

"What Teach wanted most in life was to find Anne and build a quiet life together somewhere, away from the rest of the world. Only then would he truly be happy.
Only then wold he truly be free."

Even though he's super protective of Anne and always wants her to stay out of harm's way; he never makes her feel caged or entrapped. I think we're slowly working up to the changes that turned him into Blackbeard because so far he's been through A LOT and i guess i can start to see the subtle change. I can't wait to see what finally drives him off the edge COMPLETELY and turns him into Blackbeard because now he's starting to walk towards that edge but he hasn't reached it yet.

"He never wanted people to dread him or the sound of his name so much that the only emotion they felt at his death was relief." 

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My poor poor Teach, this is historically ironical (If that's even a thing).

Anne really stepped up in this book! She really wants to find a place where she can belong and no one will judge her for her mixed heritage and she thinks she finds that in Nassau but even though most people don't bat an eye at her, some still retain the cruelty of racism and prejudice. Though she came back as strong as ever and is as stubborn as ever!

I can't wait to get to the next book for more adventures and hopefully MORE PIRATES!!!



Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend...she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her.

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.














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QUINSEY WOLFE'S GLASS VAULT ARC REVIEW

TITLE: Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault
AUTHOR: Candace Robinson
SERIES: ?
PUBLICATION DATE:May 16th 2017
PUBLISHER: Self Published

SOURCE: ARC from author





*sorry guys the cover hasn't been released yet but i did see it and it's GORGEOUS!!!*

Some see it... Some don't...
People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline's best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie, along with her friend August, go on a pursuit to search for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with their disappearances?






WOW!!!

So the wonderful Candace from Literary Dust has finally released her first book!!!

The synopsis pretty much says everything. Perrie is still recovering from a break up and is trying to figure out if she has feelings for August, one of her friends. But one day the see a weird mansion on the road which they're pretty sure has never been there. As the people closest to Perrie start to disappear, it isn't long before her investigation leads her and August to Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault. And before she knows it, she and August are thrust into a dark world filled with terror and they uncover a plot far more sinister than they ever could  have imagined.
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Mystery meets horror meets twisted fairy tales meets tragedy!!! This book was so unusual and yet so unique!!!!



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I instantly connected with Perrie from the moment her cousin, Maisie, tapped her on the shoulder and she almost jumped out of her skin. I'm also pretty jumpy like if you just pat my shoulder and i don't see you, i will literally scream.  And the weird thing is Horror movies don't scare me at all! Anywho, Perrie was a tough and smart MC! I loved the realism of her thoughts-everything i was thinking i only had to read a few lines below and she'd echo my thoughts!

All the characters were unique and developed and that was a real bonus because normally the side characters are totally flat and neglected. I loved Maisie's uniqueness and her obsession with Eye Patches! She was a bright and bubbly character with a super big heart!

My only issue with this book would be that at the beginning, the writing felt a little bit awkward but then about 10% through, the writing really started flowing as the story came together!!!

This book had to have one of the best cliffhanger/surprise twist endings-I did not see it coming AT ALL. I was staring at my kindle for like a minute after i finished trying to figure out if i want a sequel or just be morbidly happy about the ending? GAH i don't know!!!! I just LOVED the ending. LOVED IT.

The villain, Vale, -we encounter him in the prologue-was extremely dark and creepy and yet there was this kind of allure to him. He was by far the my favorite character because i feel like there is so much more to him despite his thirst to destroy everything and everyone. The way he toys with people and manipulates them was genius-he reminded me of Iago from "Othello". He was a fantastic villain you can't help but love :P

 "This time he will make sure the world ends in flames."

It was just so much more sinister then i ever could have imagined!!! It was beautiful!!!!!!!!I had the privilege of reading the prologue for book 2 and i am EXCITED, The originality of the story was off the charts! 

Hope you guys have an awesome week!!!!!

BLACKHEARTS REVIEW

TITLE: Blackhearts
AUTHOR: Nicole Castroman
SERIES: Blackhearts #1
PUBLICATION DATE: February 9 2016
PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse
SOURCE: Bought


Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.
Edward "Teach" Drummond, son of one of Bristol's richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There's just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.
Following her parents' deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to CuraƧao—where her mother was born—when she's stuck in England?
From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.





Anyone who knows me knows that i am OBSESSED with anything related to Pirates of the Caribbean-I literally started crying when the trailer for the fifth movie came out; which i cannot wait for btw! So since i signed up for the tour of book 2 i decided to finally read book 1 which i've had on my kindle forever.

I didn't hate the book, on the contrary, i actually liked it a lot and it kept pulling me in every time i put my kindle down! 

But at some point in the book i realized there was something lacking. Something severely lacking.

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THE BLOODY PIRATES. I WAS PROMISED PIRATES, MATES!!!! There were only a few mentions of the ones fated to a "short drop and a sudden stop" BUT THEY WERE NOT HERE. I NEEDED BLOODY PILFERAGE, STEALING, SCHEMING PIRATES WITH A THIRST TO RIDE THE SEAS ON SAILS OF FREEDOM.
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Hopefully in book 2 things will pick up and we'll really delve into the beauty that is PIRATES. And we know that the story isn't gonna end well since Blackbeard's ship was called Queen Anne's Revenge both historically and in the POTC movies so something has got to happen to Anne. I wonder how they will tackle the fact that Blackbeard had fourteen wives!?

But this book was a love story. It had the impacts of racism, slavery and the societal prejudice of that time so it did make a pretty interesting background. I loved that their connection both came from that need to be free from societal constraints and prejudice and just sail across the seas to find out where they belonged. I was totally gripped and sucked into their relationship that eventually grew into something totally sweet and adorable.

The characters were really well developed each with their own flaws which brings me to that awesome symbolical cover!!! Both wanting freedom and yet they find themselves trapped. It was definitely more character driven then plot driven and though i'm not totally in love with the characters, i do really like them. 

I was reading a few reviews on Goodreads and i realized that when this book came out, everyone thought it was gonna be a standalone which explains why a lot of people hated the ending. So despite the lack of pirates i understand that we need a build up to Teach's character that leads to him becoming one of the most feared Pirates in history and hopefully the sequels will not disappoint.

That being said, i'm so excited to finally start the sequel because i have big expectations! 

Hope everyone has a nice week :P!

FRAGILE CHAOS TOUR+GIVEAWAY






















Fragile Chaos
by Amber R. Duell
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Release Date: July 11th 2017
Radiant Crown Publishing







A GOD OF WAR SEEKING RESTORATION.
AN UNWILLING SACRIFICIAL BRIDE.
BETRAYAL THAT COULD DESTROY THEM BOTH.
“[E]very fiber of my being is woven from the rage of mortals.”
Theodric, the young God of War, has a talent for inciting conflict and bloodshed. After being stripped of his powers by his older brother, King of Gods, he sets out to instigate a mortal war to prove himself worthy of being restored to power.
“I loved Kisk once; it was my home… But that was before. This is now.”
Sixteen-year-old Cassia, like many in the modern era, believes gods and goddesses to be just a myth. Enemy to her country and an orphan of the war, she has no time for fairy tales. That’s until religious zealots from Theo’s sect offer her up as a sacrifice.
Can Cassia and Theo end the mortal war and return balance to the earth and heavens? Or, will their game of fate lead down a path of destruction, betrayal, and romance neither of them saw coming?




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Hello everyone! I'm so excited to be participating in the blog tour!!! First of all can we all take a minute to appreciate this gorgeous cover!? It was what first drew my attention and i'm so glad i got the chance to read this book.

War is everywhere and Theo, the god of War is on a mission to prove his self worth to his siblings. Cassia, orphan and sister to a traitor, is left to wander the streets of Kisk but she never believed that the inhabitants hated her so much for what her brother had done. When the High Priest offer her as an unwilling sacrifice to Theo he has two choices-accept her sacrifice and let her become his Bride thereby stopping the war or rejecting the sacrifice and allowing her to move on to the Netherworld after death. But Theo doesn't want to stop the war, he has too much to prove to his older brother, and neither is he ready to let Cassia pass on.
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I did get a little confused with all the wars and the backgrounds. At times the romance went a little downhill for me but it was a really solid world building and a super unique plot!


Loved Theo's complex character. He was striving to prove himself to his older brother who had stripped him of most of his powers and he was seriously misunderstood. As a war god he is supposed to remain neutral and he has so much pressure from his siblings. It felt like he was struggling to prove to everyone that he could keep the war under control since he was after all a war god and i really hated some of his siblings for undermining him most of the time although  things don't always go the way Theo plans. He had his flaws too in the sense that he keeps everything bottled up inside because he's so hell bent on proving himself and that usually gets his plans ruined.

That's where Cassia comes in-she kind of shakes him up at some point of the book. I liked the balance and the connection these two had! Cassia was a really brave and sassy character who always had her head firmly on her shoulders.


I think this is a standalone and i'm really happy about that ending. There was a twist that sent the whole book into a tangle of deception and lies which i thought was totally awesome! So would i recommend this one? YES YES YES!!!!

 Hope everyone had a lovely Easter :)!


Check out the Chapter One excerpt HERE!








Amber R. Duell was born and raised in a small town in Central New York. While it will always be home, she’s spent the last six years living in Germany and Maine as a military wife where the next step is always an adventure.

When Amber isn't writing, she's wrangling her two young sons. She is a lover of history, a fan of snowboarding, and a travel enthusiast. In her downtime, she can be found curling up with a good book and a cat or two.
For more information, visit www.amberrduell.com.

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SAVAGES ARC REVIEW

TITLE: Savages
AUTHOR: Katherine Bogle
SERIES: Chronicles Of Warshard
PUBLICATION DATE: April 11 2017
PUBLISHER:Patchwork Press
SOURCE: Netgalley ARC


Daughter of Chief Ruin, Breen is one of the most fearsome warriors in the Southern Delica Tribe, but nothing can stop the Emperor from reaping the Savage Lands for soldiers.
When her village is attacked, Breen is taken from her home and her family to the Seaburn Academy, where southern savages are broken and chained into a life of service to the Empire. Through the beatings and torture, Drakkone, one of the few Seaburn-born soldiers, brings solace to her days and gives her hope for the future.
Once freed of the Academy dungeons, Breen is sentenced to daily training between her plots for escape. But one night of unexpected passion turns into a problem bigger than either of them could have imagined.
Breen and Drakkone must risk capture and flee the city or death might be a blessing compared to eternal imprisonment. 




In Book 1 of this series, we encountered the Kingdom of Seaburn that was ruled by a council but there was a mention of the past when Seaburn was ruled by an evil Emperor. This book takes place in those times. You can find my review of Book 1, Haven, by clicking the cover below!




Breen is a fierce warrior and an ideal representation of the tribes. She's fierce, loyal and takes pride in the warrior-like nature of her tribe which Seaburn insists on calling "Savage." But for them fighting skills are a birthright and suddenly it turns out that those same skills are the cause of the target on their heads.


"We have to stay strong."
"We will," she assured. Her fingers clenched.
"We can't go down like this."
"We won't."


 The Seaburn Empire gets its soldiers from the Tribes people. Every now and then, they attack the tribes and take away the warriors back to Seaburn where they're tortured mentally and physically until they submit themselves to the service of the Seaburn armies. To the extent that those ex-tribal warriors even help in capturing other tribe members because they're completely empty inside. There was excellent world building in that aspect. 

"There is no honor in this death. There is no fight," he continued. "There is only suffering. There is only pain."

I did really love Breen! She was fearless and despite everything she had to go through, she never lost sight of who she was and didn't allow herself to break under the endless torture. Drakkone had to be the sweetest character ever! He faces an inner battle between his morality and his duty towards his country. He knows what they're doing to the Tribe people is wrong but how can he betray his country and in turn put his family in danger? We got to see a really soft side to him that we didn't really encounter in Haven.
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But for me, just like Haven, the romance developed a little too fast, It wasn't insta-love exactly but it still happened way too fast. And i wasn't really feeling any romantic chemistry between the two characters. It felt like Drakkone did love Bree but she wasn't really as in love with him as he was with her. We were told she loved him instead of being shown.

And i have to say, the story started out PERFECTLY!!! I was immediately gripped and sucked into this horrible world and i could not  put it down and then suddenly halfway through the book, the pace changes completely to a faster one and we kind of leave the plot behind. It was just a continuous cycle of escape and being found. So the story kind of lost its grip on me halfway through.

Can it be read as a standalone? Yes! But if you want a concrete ending to some of these characters then read book 1! So would i recommend these books? Yes! Because they are still good and quick standalones and god knows we need more YA standalones!

Hope you guys have a great week :)!