Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Reign of Shadows Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Welcome to Unabridged Bookshelf's stop on Reign of Shadows Blog Tour!  Make sure to check out everything going on during this tour by checking out the schedule below or clicking on the banner above.  

About the Book

Title: Reign of Shadows
Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Reign of Shadows #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.
But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.
With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.
With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.

 About the Author

Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and
princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.

My Review of Reign of Shadows
Reign of Shadows exceeded my expectations in every way and kept me on my toes the entire story. Danger around every corner, romance, and adventure had me loving every second of Reign of Shadows. I was seriously hooked until the last sentence, and I defiantly did not want it to end there. Luna is an exceptional heroine in this novel, even with her disadvantages she is stronger and tougher than most of the other survivors left in her world. I could not help but want to root for her in every way. 

There is a bit of romance, and I love that it does not come out forced as sometimes I find other book will do just to have a romance aspect to the story. It has a natural feeling to it, and it even acts like a beacon of hope in a world of eternal darkness. With switching points-of-view, readers get to experience the story from both Luna’s perspective and Fowler’s perspective. I have always been a fan of the multiple viewpoint stories, as I think it provides a 360 view of the story and the characters. I think it is a needed feature in Reign of Shadows as these two characters both have many thoughts and secrets that only readers get to experience through the changing perspective. 

The setting and world building of Reign of Shadows is perfect. It is a dark and creepy world where dark dwellers rise up from the ground every day to eat anything living and without any real sunlight, survivors of the eclipse on get one hour of peace when the dark is just bright enough to drive the dwellers back underground. The description of the dwellers were detailed enough to nearly give me nightmares after reading Reign of Shadows. 

This is the first book of Sophie Jordan’s that I have had the chance to read, but I have always heard amazing things about her other books. Now I know that I have definitely been missing out, and I am setting to rectify that mistake as soon as possible. Her writing sucks you deep in the story and holds you there until the very end brings you back to reality. Only the truly best stories can offer that type of hold over a reader. 

**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book, in exchange for an honest review**

Tour Schedule
Week One:
2/1/2016- Supernatural Snark- Interview
2/2/2016- Good Choice Reading - Excerpt
 2/3/2016- Seeing Double In Neverland- Review
2/4/2016- NightlyReading- Review
2/5/2016- Fangirlish- Interview

Week Two:
2/8/2016- Dark Faerie Tales- Excerpt
2/9/2016- Unabridged Bookshelf- Review  <--you are here
2/10/2016- Bibliojunkies- Review
2/11/2016- Two Chicks on Books- Interview
2/12/2016- Fiktshun- Review

1 winner will receive a $50.00 Amazon giftcard and signed copies of Reign of Shadows, Firelight, & Uninvited
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Monday, February 8, 2016

Cover Reveal: The Rise of Genesis

The Rise of Genesis by M.R. Merrick
Expected Publication: March 15, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
In a world where being Supernatural means you’re in danger, Ash Lawson is front and center. After years of helping others escape ATOM—a government entity known for abusing Supernaturals—he’s captured, and saving himself will prove to be the most difficult task he’s undertaken. 
Tryst Rivera is a Succubus and veteran at the Academy, a facility tasked with converting underage Supernaturals into cooperative ATOM soldiers. She’s endured her time mostly unscathed, but when Ash arrives and their lives are tethered to one another, she’s placed in immediate danger. 
With escape at the forefront of his mind, Ash struggles with the idea of life under ATOM’s thumb. He’ll die before he converts, but his life isn’t the only one he’s responsible for, and he already has more blood on his hands than he can bear. When a chance for freedom arises, Ash needs to decide how much—and who—he’s willing to risk for a second chance.

 About the Author
M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer and author of The Protector Series, and The Rise of Genesis.
Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and proud breakfast enthusiast, he's usually found at the computer between a pair of headphones and a large bowl of cereal.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Welcome to Unabridged Bookshelf's stop on the Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows Blog Tour!  Make sure to check out everything going on during this tour by clicking the banner above. 

About the Book
Title: Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows
Author: Michelle Madow
Series: The Elementals #1
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, 
Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows is the first in a new series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love!
When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers—and, to her dismay, by Blake—the school’s notorious bad-boy.
Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.
When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect—it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.

 About the Author

Michelle Madow grew up in Baltimore, graduated Rollins College in Orlando, and now lives in Boca
Raton, Florida. She wrote her first book in her junior year of college, and has been writing novels since. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has toured across America to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.
To chat with Michelle and other fans about her books, join Michelle Madow's Street Team on Facebook!

My Review of The Elementals: The Book of Prophecy
Michelle Madow has really created something that every fantasy fan will enjoy. The comparisons to Percy Jackson and Secret Circle are extremely accurate. Greek Mythology plays a large part in the storyline for our group of “Elementals” as does the use of magic. Even though this book is only the start of the group’s epic quest, it was still packed with action.

The only problem I had with the story was the love interest between Blake and Nicole. I am just not sure how to feel about Blake and I distrust his intentions simply because he will not do the right thing by Nicole or Danielle in my honest opinion. I hope we get more of the story in the next installment, and maybe get a better feel for his character. 

The group seems to bond together once they receive their abilities, and work together to follow a scavenger hunt of clues to prepare them for the journey ahead of them. While they do go up against a few big bads, I have a feeling that we are looking for bigger baddies next time around as their journey is only beginning. I really like Nicole and Kat the most and hope that their friendship continues as they work through whatever the world may throw at them. 

I have been a fan of Michelle Madow’s since she first released her first novel, Remembrance.  I love that she branched out with a series based with a background in Greek Mythology. As Greek Mythology is a personal favorite of mine, and I hope it plays an even bigger part in Book 2, Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Cover Reveal: Death to the Undead

Death to the Undead by Pembroke Sinclair
Life After the Undead #2

Expected Publication: February 16, 2016
 Cover Design by Simanson Designs
Genres: Young Adult, Zombies, Post-Apocalyptic
The battle that began in Life After the Undead continues.
Zombies changed her life completely…
Tough teenager Krista escaped to the safety of Florida after her parents were killed by the zombie horde. She united with General Liet, a distant cousin, and moved with him to North Platte to help build a wall to keep the zombies in the West. Krista fell in love with Quinn, a survivor and fighter from the zombie-infested wildlands of the West, and together they freed the garrison at North Platte from the power-hungry Liet.
But zombies aren’t the only enemy they have to face…
Now, North Platte is free, but Liet was not the only one using the zombie apocalypse to control their people. Florida is ruled by five ruthless Families, who use intimidation and the threat of the zombie horde to coerce their populace. Krista and Quinn hatch a desperate plan to run guns into the state and help the people revolt. Krista and Quinn, labeled as rebels run for their lives when the Families attack North Platte. The Families want them captured, the zombies want to eat them, and other survivors want them dead. Caught in between powerful forces, they must survive long enough to devise a new plan and put it into action, all while trying to solidify their new relationship and trying not to self-destruct in the meantime.

 About the Author
Pembroke Sinclair is a literary jack of all trades, playing her hand at multiple genres. She has written
an eclectic mix of fiction ranging from horror to sci-fi and even some westerns. Born in Rock Springs, Wyoming--the home of 56 nationalities--it is no wonder Pembroke ended up so creatively diverse. Her fascination with the notions of good and evil, demons and angels, and how the lines blur have inspired her writing. Pembroke lives in Laramie, Wyoming, with her husband, two spirited boys, a black lab named Ryder, and a rescue kitty named Alia, who happens to be the sweetest, most adorable kitty in the world! She cannot say no to dessert, orange soda, or cinnamon. She loves rats and tatts and rock and roll and wants to be an alien queen when she grows up.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Happy Release Day: Forged in Ice

Welcome to the Forged in Ice Book Blitz!  A very happy release day to Forged in Ice! I cannot wait to dive into this one. 

About the Book
Title: Forged in Ice
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series: The Forged Chronicles #2
Publication Date: January 25, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
An undying love threatened by darkness...
James' worst nightmare has come true. From the grave his father has poisoned the woman he loves, and James will do anything to save her.
Ainsley is stuck in a world she barely knows. She struggles to come to terms with the new life she never asked for and her intense connection with James.
When darkness threatens to destroy everything, they must face their greatest fears and the possibility their love is no match for the darkness.

 Haven't started the Forged Chronicles yet?  Forged in Stone is on sale for 99¢ for a limited time!

 About the Author
Alyssa Rose Ivy is the bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels with over half a million books sold worldwide. She loves to weave stories with romance and humor, and she is best known for writing about college boys with wings and skinny dipping. After surviving law school and earning her masters in library science, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Cover Reveal: The Blood of Hydra

Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra by Michelle Madow
Elementals #2
Expected Publication: April 18, 2016
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Finding out that her new school had her in a special homeroom for witches was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. It’s a secret she needs to keep not only from the Head Elders, but from the super-sexy witch Blake, who she’s had undeniable chemistry with even before he broke up with his long-term girlfriend, the vengeful witch Danielle.
Now Nicole and the four others gifted with powers over the elements, including Blake and Danielle, must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. Three magical items are needed, including the blood of the slain hydra – ingredients that they must journey to the dangerous, mystical islands in Greece to retrieve.
The monsters they face on this journey will be more threatening than anything they’ve encountered yet. But with the fate of the world on their shoulders, it’s up to the Elementals to return home victorious. Will they find the ingredients they need? Can Nicole and her friends pull off this mission while the tension between her, Blake, and Danielle threatens to ruin everything? And how long will it be until Nicole is forced to use her ability to kill in front of everyone, revealing the true darkness of her powers?
Find out in The Blood of the Hydra, and join the Elementals on their next journey in their quest to save the world – or die trying.

 About the Author
Michelle Madow has always loved writing stories, but the possibility of being an author used to feel
more like a dream than a reality. She didn’t share her stories with anyone until her junior year of college, when she signed up for an Intro to Creative Writing course. Her teacher and classmates read the first chapter of a book idea she had, and they loved it so much that they told her she had to finish the book so they could find out what happened next. By the end of the school year, Michelle finished that book, which would later be published as her first novel, Remembrance.
Michelle grew up in Baltimore, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she writes books for young adults. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has toured across America to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

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