Thursday, February 25, 2016

Cover Reveal: Lost

Lost by Alyssa Rose Ivy
The Allure Chronicles # 3
Expected Publication: March 10, 2016
 Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance,
When all that you love is left behind, you are lost…
Owen is devastated. He was willing to give up everything for Daisy, but she refused. He wants to believe there is a way to bring her back, even if it means getting help from the unlikeliest of sources.
Daisy is numb. She has lost any ability to feel human emotion. Her dreams are her only escape from her dull existence, and even those are fading.
Owen and Daisy are both lost, and only their love for each other will bring them back together.

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 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.

My Thoughts: I say this every time a new book comes out by Alyssa, but I am so excited to get into this one. I have loved every book she has written and I am so excited to read more about Owen and Daisy's story!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Hidden in Plain Sight Cover Reveal

Hidden in Plain Sight by Karen Ann Hopkins
Serenity's Plain Secrets #4
Expected Publication: March 2016
Genres: Adult, Mystery
When a cold case heats up, Serenity won’t stop until she discovers the truth.

In the fourth installment of the bestselling Serenity’s Plain Secrets’ series, Serenity must work with US marshals to uncover the truth behind a shockingly brutal fifteen-year-cold murder.

Desperate for answers, Serenity finds herself in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where she unravels secrets that threaten to tear her and Daniel apart. But digging up the past is dangerous, and the quaint Amish settlement isn’t as safe as it seems.

If Serenity chooses to trust the man she’s come to love, it could mean a happily ever after… or her final act.

About the Author
A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.

My Thoughts:  I love the Serenity's Plain Secrets series, and I cannot wait for the next installment! The cover is beautiful and I am so excited!

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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

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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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