Weekly Wrap-Up: March 31st through April 6th 2019

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Clicking on the links under Books I’ve ReadNetGalley Haul,and Email Haul will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on the links under Books with Pending Reviews and Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

Clicking on the links under Freebies I Scored (which were free at the time I got them.) will take you to Amazon, BookFunnel, or Prolific Works (I will say which one under the picture).

Also, all links are Amazon Affiliate links. I get a small commission out of every purchase you make. I would love it if you clicked my link when buying!!


Book’s I’ve Read:

Ignite

Stone Mothers

The Promise

No Other Duke But You

Books with pending reviews:

Stone Mothers—review coming April 23rd, 2019

No Other Duke But You—review coming May 9th, 2019

Love Again—review coming April 9th, 2019

Books with published reviews:

The Promise—review here

The Girl He Used to Know—review here

Breaking His Rules—review here

NetGalley Haul:

Mensch*Marks

Once Upon a Bad Boy

The Last Hope

Attracted to the Earl

28 Dates by Stacey Lynn

The Scent of Murder

Email Haul

Freebies I Scored (Free at the time of posting. Please check the price before purchase!!):

Virgin Bride—Amazon

A Life Less Broken—Amazon

Giveaways/Contests I entered:

Paranormal Book Fair and Kindle Giveaway-through author newsletter

Spin Giveaway—Goodreads

Blog Tours

How To Build a Heart—Blog Tour Invite

The Escape Room—Blog Tour Invite

The Last Hope—Blog Tour Invite

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap-Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

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Freebie Sunday: December 16th, 2018

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Disclaimer: Books are free at the time of the post publishing. Please check before buying!!!


Romance:

You for Christmas

You for Christmas (Rags to Riches Book 3) by [Ash, Madeline]

Tattered

Tattered (Lark Cove Book 1) by [Perry, Devney]

Maybe Now

Maybe Now (Maybe Someday Book 2) by [Hoover, Colleen]

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Too Close for Comfort

Too Close For Comfort: A gripping British crime thriller with a stunning twist (Knight & Culverhouse Book 1) by [Croft, Adam]

Legion

Legion (Prequel to the Man of Wax Trilogy) by [Swartwood, Robert]

Death by Chocolate

Death by Chocolate by [Berneathy, Sally]

Young Adult

Accidental Sorceress

Accidental Sorceress: Epic Fantasy Romance (Hardstorm Saga Book 2) by [Marton, Dana]

Stardust

Stardust (Half Light Book 1) by [Ivy, Alyssa Rose]

The Chronicles of Kerrigan

The Chronicles of Kerrigan Box Set Books # 1 - 6: Paranormal Fantasy Young Adult/New Adult Romance by [May, W.J.]

Fantasy/Science Fiction

Fate of Thorik

Fate of Thorik (Altered Creatures Book 1) by [Wedgeworth, Anthony]

Mortal Bite

Mortal Bite (Golden Vampires of Tuscany Book 2) by [Hamilton, Sharon]

Emergence

Emergence (The Dark Tide Trilogy Book 1) by [Edmondson, Dayne]

Women’s Fiction

Crashing the Net

Crashing the Net: Game On in Seattle (Seattle Sockeyes Series Book 2) by [Davenport, Jami]

Chasing the Dragon

Chasing The Dragon (Deception Duet Book 1) by [Leigh, T.K.]

Then Came You

Then Came You (Love Everlasting) (The Youngers Book 1) by [Morland, Iris]

LGBTQIA

Pretend for Me

Pretend for Me: A Morning Madison Fake Boyfriend Romance by [Finn, Ian]

Summer’s Deadly Kiss

Summer's Deadly Kiss (The Vampire Inheritance Saga Book 1) by [Farren, Cate]

Damaged Like Us

Damaged Like Us (Like Us Series: Billionaires & Bodyguards Book 1) by [Ritchie, Krista, Ritchie, Becca]

Horror

Haunting of the Hadleigh Estate

The Haunting of the Hadleigh Estate: Book 0 by [Donnelly , Conner]

Heart of Destiny

Heart Of Destiny: (The Heart Of The Citadel Book One) by [Faw, Susan]

Blade & Rose: Books 1-3

Blade and Rose: Books 1-3 Digital Boxed Set: Blade & Rose, By Dark Deeds, & Court of Shadows by [Honfleur, Miranda]

Freebie Sunday: December 2nd, 2018

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Romance:

Winter Nights

Winter Nights: Ten Book Boxed Set by [Reid, Penny, Kenner, J., Black, Shayla, Tijan, Kennedy, Elle, Warren, Skye, Canterbary, Kate, Hart, Lena, Byrd, Charlotte, Regnery, Katy]

The V Card

The V Card by [Blakely, Lauren, Valente, Lili]

Say You’ll Stay

Say You'll Stay (To Serve and Protect Book 2) by [Shay, Kathryn]

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Claus (Legend of the Fat Man)

Claus (Legend of the Fat Man): A Science Fiction Holiday Adventure (Claus Series Book 1) by [Bertauski, Tony]

Corktown

Corktown (Abby Kane FBI Thriller Book 1) by [Hutchinson, Ty]

A Thin Veil

A Thin Veil: Book 2 in the Adam Kaminski Mystery Series by [Gorman, Jane]

Young Adult

Tender Kisses

Tender Kisses (3:AM Kisses Book 13) by [Moore, Addison]

Las Vegas Girl

Las Vegas Girl: A Gripping, Suspenseful Crime Novel by [Wolfe, Leslie]

The Year of Four

The Year of Four: A Phoebe Pope Novel (Book 1) by [Jade, Nya]

Fantasy/Science Fiction

The Emperor’s Edge

The Emperor's Edge Collection (Books 1, 2, and 3) by [Buroker, Lindsay]

Claus (Legend of the Fat Man)

Claus (Legend of the Fat Man): A Science Fiction Holiday Adventure (Claus Series Book 1) by [Bertauski, Tony]

Deadly Illusions

Deadly Illusions: There's More To Magic Than Meets The Eye by [Jordan, Tim]

Women’s Fiction

The Doctor’s Christmas Proposal

The Doctor's Christmas Proposal (The Gallaghers of Montana Book 3) by [Gaddy, Eve]

Last Chance Christmas

Last Chance Christmas (Road to Romance Book 1) by [Rock, Joanne]

Botticelli’s Muse

Botticelli's Muse by [Blume, Dorah]

LGBTQIA

Seduction Games

Seduction Games (Game for Cookies Book 1) by [Lindt, Allyson]

Omega Dating Agency

The Matchmaker: Omega Dating Agency Prequel by [Bates, Aiden, Bates, Austin]

Damaged Like Us

Damaged Like Us (Like Us Series: Billionaires & Bodyguards Book 1) by [Ritchie, Krista, Ritchie, Becca]

Horror

Contamination Box Set (Books 0-3)

Contamination Boxed Set (Books 0-3 in the series) by [Piperbrook, T.W.]

The Haunting of the Hadleigh Estate

The Haunting of the Hadleigh Estate: Book 0 by [Donnelly , Conner]

Empty Bodies

Empty Bodies: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of Dystopian Survival (Empty Bodies Series Book 1) by [Bohannon, Zach]

Freebie Sunday: October 7th, 2018

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Romance

Ask Him

Ask Him by [Malone, M.]

Addicted to You

Addicted to You (Addicted Series Book 1) by [Ritchie, Krista, Ritchie, Becca]

Man Candy

Man Candy (After We Fall Book 1) by [Harlow, Melanie]

Two Cabins, One Lake

Two Cabins, One Lake: An Alaskan Romance by [Marlow, Shaye]

Bury the Hatchet

Bury the Hatchet (Tulsa Thunderbirds Book 1) by [Gayle, Catherine]

Brennus

Brennus (Immortal Highlander, Clan Skaraven Book 1): A Scottish Time Travel Romance by [Hunter, Hazel]

Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Next Exit, Three Miles

Next Exit, Three Miles (The Exit Series Book 1) by [Browning, CW]

Strangeville

Strangeville by [Tingle, Kenneth]

Castle Cay

Castle Cay (Julie O'Hara Mystery Series Book 1) by [Hanson, Lee]

Young Adult

Ben Archer and the Cosmic Fall

Ben Archer and the Cosmic Fall: (The Alien Skill Series, Book 1) by [Knightly, Rae]

Davenport House

Davenport House by [Silk, Marie]

Lantern

Lantern by [Desalls, Chess]

 

Fantasy

Mageborn

Mageborn (The Mageborn Saga) by [Edmondson, Dayne]

Shifters Forever: The Boxed Set

Shifters Forever : The Boxed Set Books 1 - 6 (Shifters Forever Worlds Boxed Set) by [Thorne, Elle]

Before Midnight

Before Midnight (Blood Prince Series Book 1) by [Blackstream, Jennifer]

Justice Calling

Justice Calling (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Book 1) by [Bellet, Annie]

Science Fiction

Something in The Woods is Taking People

SOMETHING IN THE WOODS IS TAKING PEOPLE: : Missing Children, Missing Hikers, Missing in National Parks. Supernatural Abductions. Monsters. Underground Bases. by [Young, Steph]

Shotgun Grandma: Volume 1

Shotgun Grandma: Volume 1 by [Grant, Evan]

Lieutenant Henry Gallant

Lieutenant Henry Gallant (The Henry Gallant Saga Book 2) by [Alesso, H. Peter]

Slow Burn: Zero Day

Slow Burn: Zero Day, Book 1 by [Adair, Bobby]

General Fiction

Veiled

Veiled (Believe Series Book 2) by [Chapman, L]

The Emerald Scepter

The Emerald Scepter (A Matinicus “Matt” Hawkins Adventure Book 1) by [Kemprecos, Paul]

Touching the Wire

TOUCHING THE WIRE: Auschwitz:1944 A Jewish nurse steps from a cattle wagon into the heart of a young doctor, but can he save her? 70yrs later, his granddaughter tries to keep the promise he made. by [Bryn, Rebecca]

The Curvy Girls Club

The Curvy Girls Club (Confidence is the New Black Book 1) by [Gorman, Michele]

Naupala Blooming

Naupaka Blooming: A Hawaiian Romance by [Eck, J.L.]

Finding Home

Finding Home: A Hometown Harbor Novel (Hometown Harbor Series Book 1) by [Grace, Tammy L.]

Horror

 Before the Clock Strikes Six

Before the Clock Strikes Six: A Horror Short Story by [Tate, Justin]

Weekly Wrap Up (August 12th through August 18th)

Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

Strange Circumstances

Carbon Replacements (The McAllister Justice Series #4)

Foundryside (Founders, #1)

Books I’ve Reviewed (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Foundryside—review coming August 21st

Foundryside (Founders, #1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Last Straw—review here

The Last Straw (Pigeon-Blood Red Book 2)

Incognito—review here

Incognito

Deliverers—review here

Deliverers (Mud, Rocks, and Trees #6)

The Raging Ones—review here

The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones, #1)

Golden Skies—review coming August 22nd, 2018

Sister of Mine—review here

Sister of Mine

Bishop—review here

Bishop (Arizona Vengeance, #1)

NetGalley Haul(clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Email Request (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Carbon Replacements (The McAllister Justice Series #4)

Dead Girls Don't Love

Weekly Posts:

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Weekly Wrap Up

The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones: Book 1) by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

4 Stars

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Wednesday Books

Date of publication: August 14th, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Series: The Raging Ones

The Raging Ones – Book 1

Where you can find The Raging Ones: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

From New York Times bestselling authors Krista and Becca Ritchie, comes The Raging Ones, an edge of your seat sci-fi romance with twists and turns that you will never see coming!

In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds. 

Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday. 

Until the day she does. 

Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people who haunt him and the world that imprisoned him. 

Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny. 

With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought-after spot in the newest mission to space. Against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.

My review:

My interest in The Raging Ones was caught when I read the blurb. I could see the potential in a plotline based on a society that knew when they were going to die. Then I read the book and man, I can’t even begin to describe what it was like reading this book. The best way I can describe it is like unwrapping a Christmas gift. You don’t know what you are going to get and you are eager to get it open to see it. That is how I felt about The Raging Ones.

The Raging Ones follows 3 teenagers who have dodged their deathdays. In doing that, they have bonded with each other. Desperate to keep their secrets, the trio decides that their best bet is to enter a competition that will send them into space. A competition that will test their bonds and their alliances with each other. But what awaits them in space?

Franny is the first character that we are introduced to in the book. She is a brass, crass Fast Tracker. Fast Trackers are people who are destined to die in their teens/early adulthood. They are known for partying like it is the last day of their life…every single day. I felt bad for Franny because all she wanted was her money so she could die knowing what it would be like to be rich. I liked her. She was the more open of the trio. The more impulsive one. I liked her. She did get the short end of the stick with her new tattoos. That artist did not like her.

Mykal was introduced with Court. Mykal was a Babe. Babes are children whose death dates happen before the age of 8. When he didn’t die, he removed himself from his Hinterland village, supporting himself alone until he found Court half-frozen. While Mykal came across as a country bumpkin but he was anything but. I loved his character. He had a way of looking at things that were refreshing.

Court was the mysterious one. He was an Influential. Influentials are people whose deathdays happen far in the future. Court was very stingy in giving information about himself. That drove me nuts but also kept reading. Court cared about Franny and Mykal but didn’t want to get too close to them. He was also the driving force behind the 3 of them getting into the space program. I liked his character but came to love him.

The bond that Mykal and Court had were intense. As was their attraction to each other. But they didn’t act on it. You could cut the sexual tension with a knife, it was that heavy. I was surprised that nothing happened between them sooner in the book. I did think that there was going to be a love triangle with Franny but nothing ever came from it. Which I liked. A love triangle would have taken away from the storyline.

I do wish that more had been spent on explaining why death dates were needed and how they were discovered. It was explained very briefly but not in detail. I also wish that more time had been given to explained Mykal, Court and Franny’s connection. Why they had it and why they didn’t die.

I liked the science fiction aspect of the book but I did feel that it went on for a tad bit too long. It felt that there was some unneeded luggage with that plotline that could have been trimmed. Mainly the part of the storyline with the cheating. It added nothing to the storyline and bored me.

The end of the book was fantastic. The author had a huge plot twist that I didn’t see coming. There were no hints or anything leading up to it. I was shocked. The author ended the book on that note. Brilliant move on their part. Because now I have to read the next book to see what is going to happen. Also, the author didn’t wrap up the main storyline or any of the storylines added late in the book. So I am curious to see how they will be resolved in book 2.

What I liked about The Raging Ones

A) How diverse the characters were

B) The bond that connected Mykal, Court, and Franny

C) No love triangle

What I disliked about The Raging Ones:

A) No explanation on why death dates were needed/discovered

B) No explanation about Franny, Court, and Mykal’s connection

C) Science fiction part of the book went on a little too long for my taste

I gave The Raging Ones a 4-star rating. I enjoyed the story. I enjoyed reading it. I do think that there was too little information given about death dates and Mykal, Franny, and Court’s connection. Other than that, I enjoyed the book.

I would give The Raging Ones an Older Teen rating. There is no sex. There is mild violence. There is mild language. I would suggest that no one under the age of 16 read this book.

I would reread The Raging Ones. I would also recommend it to family and friends.

I would like to thank St. Martin’s Press, Wednesday Books, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review The Raging Ones.

All opinions stated in this review of The Raging Ones are mine.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

Weekly Wrap Up (August 5th through August 11th)

Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

The Last Straw (Pigeon-Blood Red Book 2)

Incognito

Deliverers (Mud, Rocks, and Trees #6)

Golden Skies (The New Order Trilogy Book 1)

Books I’ve Reviewed (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

The Raging Ones—review coming August 14th, 2018

The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones, #1)

Down with Love—review here

Down with Love (Laws of Attraction, #1)

Blood Cure—review coming August 21st

Blood Cure (Blood Type, #3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blood Match—review here

Blood Match (Blood Type, #2)

The Middleman by Olen Steinhauer—review here

The Middleman

Dark Alpha’s Hunger—review here

Dark Alpha's Hunger (Reaper, #6)

 

Rust & Stardust—review here

Rust & Stardust

Grace and Fury—review here

Grace and Fury

The Ascending—review coming August 13th

The Ascending (Zola Flash, #3)

Broken Perfection—review here

Broken Perfection

Diana Christmas—review here

Diana Christmas

NetGalley Haul(clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Sleepover

A True Cowboy Christmas

First Earl I See Tonight (Debutante Diaries, #1)

Dear Santa

 

 

Email Request (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Aaru: Halls of Hel (The Aaru Cycle #2)

Tetterbaum's Truth

Until We’re Free (No Amazon or Goodreads page)

Weekly Posts:

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Weekly Wrap Up