Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #50

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine, that highlights upcoming releases we're anticipating.


The Great Pursuit (Eurona Duology, #2)
Author: Wendy Higgins
Title: Great Pursuit
Series: Eurona Duology
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Summary From Goodreads: 
Lochlanach has traded the great beast for something far more terrible, a Lashed enemy veiled in beauty, deception, and a vengeance passed down through generations: Rozaria Rocato. And she’s offering the hunter Paxton Seabolt power and acceptance he could never receive in his homeland. Pax must decide how far he’s willing to go under her tutelage, knowing she is the opponent of Princess Aerity Lochson.
In a land where traditionalists dread change, the Lochlan throne must contend with mysterious foes and traitors, while attempting to keep revolt at bay. As dire circumstances strike the royal family, matters of the castle are left in Aerity’s hands. It's time to put aside her fears and grasp the reign, taking actions that have the potential to save or destroy her people.
One hunt has ended, but the pursuit for love and justice continue. In this sequel to The Great Hunt from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, political intrigue and romance intensify in another thrilling fantasy. Princess Aerity embraces a quest for identity and passion before making the ultimate sacrifice for her kingdom.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Don't Scam People. That's All.


In light of the recent scam by Crossroad Review, I decided to post this.

I remember back in 2013, I was just a reader who happened to stumble into the blogging world. I discovered many blogs, one of them being Crossroad Reviews. Knowing nothing about blogging at the time, I thought her blog was cool. She posted a lot of reviews, giveaways, and author events which I had admired.

Things were okay in the beginning. I would read her posts, enter a few giveaways here and there, but then it started getting fishy.
First it began with her giveaways. She started an event where the top commenters on her blog would win a prize. Then, she started a different event where if her blog reached a certain amount of page views within a day she would host another giveaway. Essentially, she was bribing people to view and comment on her blog which was unethical and honestly offensive to the other bloggers who actually post quality content for their readers and not to fish for views.

After that, I only visited her blog sporadically. 
I stopped visiting all together when I won a couple of giveaways and never received the prize or was asked to pay shipping. Then, more scams from her started to appear such as on Books for Trade, which is when I unfollowed her on all social media platforms. 
But I’m honestly shocked that she’s still continuing this behavior. I’ve debated about posting my experience when her past scams appeared (you can find more details about her previous scams on Parajunkee’s blog), but in posting this time, I hope it will prevent bloggers from falling for her latest co-blogging scam. 
Moral of this story, don’t trust Crossroad Reviews. She’s proved multiple times that she’s not an honest blogger :(

Friday, October 28, 2016

Blog Tour Review, Giveaway, Excerpt: Red Winter by Annette Marie



Author: Annette Marie
Series: Red Winter Trilogy #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy/Mythology, Romance
Release Date: October 21, 2016
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy
Rating: 4 stars
Summary:
Emi is the kamigakari. In a few short months, her life as a mortal will end and her new existence as the human host of a goddess will begin. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess—and not once has she doubted her chosen fate. 
Shiro is a yokai, a spirit of the earth, an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Mystery shrouds his every move and his ruby eyes shine with cunning she can’t match and dares not trust. But she saved his life, and until his debt is paid, he is hers to command—whether she wants him or not.
On the day they meet, everything Emi believes comes undone, swept away like snow upon the winter wind. For the first time, she wants to change her fate—but how can she erase a destiny already wrought in stone? Against the power of the gods, Shiro is her only hope … and hope is all she has left.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cover Reveal: Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

I'm excited to reveal the beautiful cover for the upcoming novel by Renee Carlino, LUCIAN DIVINE releasing on JANUARY 9, 2017. Get ready for this story!

Summary:        
“My guardian angel is a drunk.”

Evelyn Casey's life is at a standstill. She's in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It's absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he's a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he's brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he's brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as -- -- . But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.

For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.

Yes, God as in God.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Cover Reveal: Unrest by Wendy Higgins

Hi, guys! Today I get to share with you the cover of Unrest by Wendy Higgins! This is the second book of the Unknown series, and it will be out February 16, 2017.

Summary: 
Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.
Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can't escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.
In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy's identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

A (lengthy) Overdue Explanation



Hello everyone!

I guess I should finally pop back in and say that I’m still alive… I’m so sorry for the super long hiatus @.@ I honestly wasn’t planning to go on hiatus, but senior year pretty much killed me so I barely had any time to read and blog. But honestly, the more time I spent away from the blog, the less I wanted to post. It became one less thing to worry about. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading and talking about all things book related, but I admit that blogging is more of a hobby to do in my free time. I admire and praise all the book bloggers who post daily and consistently, but I know I’ll never be one of them.  I don’t have a permanently set schedule but rather post freely when I feel like it. That’s probably why my blog is such a mess but when I try to cram too much blogging into a certain timeframe it starts to feel like a chore rather than something fun.
Honestly, I was a terrible blogger to begin with. Book blogs were a completely foreign concept to me at first. I didn’t even know an entire community of book bloggers existed until I received a comment on my Goodreads status from a blogger informing me of a giveaway happening on her blog for that particular book. My curiosity led me to click on it and from there I fell head first into the world of blogs. I found so many different book blogs that summer and ultimately became fascinated. I always loved books, so I found myself thinking “I could totally create my own blog and review books too!”. I had no clue about anything remotely blogging related (much less even writing reviews, scheduling posts, blog designs, etc). After naively flailing about for some time, I slowly got the gist of it but blogging never became a serious part of my life. Yes, I love talking about books, but I found myself shying away from other (bigger) bloggers, mostly because I’m a socially awkward potato. LOL. I guess because I never built any strong connections between other bloggers and readers, I didn’t feel as obligated to post regularly. Once school began, everything went downhill from there because by the time I finished my assignments and studying, I felt too tired to even blog. And then during summer I fell into the hole of K-drama but that's a whole other story.
I suppose the point of this entire long ramble is that reading is my passion, but not blogging. I'm not trying to make up excuses for my inconsistency (because I know I'm a mess), but I felt that I should at least let everyone know that I'm still alive. I can’t promise to post regularly (especially with college starting), but I don’t think I’ll permanently close my blog anytime soon either because I still love the book community. Of course I’ll continue to support authors but blogging just falls lower on my list of priorities. Again, I apologize for my extremely long (and unmentioned) absence. I hope this letter clears up things a bit. Thank you for hearing me out<3
           
Love,
Ariel

PS- I have a post going up tomorrow, and I'm currently working on some long overdue reviews at the moment so hopefully those will be up soon!
Also, I’m thinking about changing my review format which might help me post faster :)