Weekly Wrap Up: May 5th, 2019 through May 11th, 2019

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

Clicking on the link under Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

Clicking on the link 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 next to the title).


Books I’ve Read:

I Know You

Into the Shadows

Books with pending reviews:

Books with published reviews:

Little Darlings—review here

Into the Shadows—review here

A Safe Place—review here

Sunset Beach—review here

Then Came You—review here

Welcome the Little Children—review here

The Scent of Murder—review here

No Other Duke But You—review here

No Feelings Involved—review here

The Roads to Damascus—review here

NetGalley Haul:

A Highlander Walks into a Bar

The Duke Is But a Dream

Email Haul:

The Rumor

Fairy Ring: Changeling of Janderelle

Bending the Rules

The Woman He Knows

The Bridge of Little Jeremy

Freebies I Scored (Free at the time of posting. Check the price before buying!!):

Giveaways/Contests I entered:

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

The Scent of Murder—Blog Tour

No Other Duke But You—Blog Tour

No Feelings Involved—Blog Tour

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

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Into the Shadows (The Shadow Vampire Trilogy: Book 1) by Sara Crawford

Into the Shadows: A Young Adult Paranormal Vampire Romance (The Shadow Vampires Trilogy Book 1) by [Crawford, Sara]

4 Stars

Publisher:

Date of publication: February 26th, 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Series: The Shadow Vampire Trilogy

Into the Shadows—Book 1

Where you can find Into the Shadows: Amazon

Book synopsis:

Is Chloe ready to travel into the shadows?

Chloe Chastain thought the mysterious stranger from the internet was just another obsessed fan of her favorite vampire books, and she grew close to him, letting him see into her soul. When she discovered that he was the actual dangerous vampire, Theodore Dupont, from her favorite books, she vowed to forget him. 

After an encounter with her childhood bully goes horribly wrong, she knows Theodore is the only one she can turn to for help, and she travels to New Orleans to find him. As she learns all about the world of the vampires and her role in it, she tries to resist her connection with Theodore, but she’s not even sure if she wants to anymore. 

When she finds out how much is at stake for not only Theodore and herself, but the entire New Orleans supernatural community, she’s forced to make an impossible choice. 

Fans of The Vampire Diaries and Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles will love this Southern gothic young adult vampire romance.


My review:

I am going to come out and say it: I am not a huge fan of PNR’s that feature vampire. Ever since the whole Twilight craze, I have steered clear of them. I like my vampires in the dark and evil. Not glittery and good (well goodish). So when I was approached to review Into the Shadows, I went back and forth about accepting the invite. I decided to accept the invite because of the blurb. Enough information was given to make me go “Hmmm.“

The plotline for Into the Shadows was simple. Chloe travels to New Orleans to meet her online friend, Theo. She met Theo through a forum dedicated to a series of vampire novels that she was obsessed with. When Chloe meets Theo, she finds out that Theo is Theodore Dupont, the dangerous vampire from the series. At that meeting, who and what she was and what she was to the supernatural community. There are choices to be made and battles to be fought. Will Chloe be able to adapt to her new reality?

As I was reading Into the Shadows, I was reminded of The Vampire Diaries. I could picture Theo as Damon and Chloe as Elena. But, the deeper I got into the book, the more those two characters took on their personalities.

I didn’t know how Chloe dealt with everything being thrown at her at once. I would have gone off the deep end. She was thrust into a world that she did not know about. And then to find out about her parents. It was awful. I didn’t blame her for going catatonic for two weeks. I did like her, though. She was strong and adaptable. I didn’t like that she was made into a blood whore, though. I thought it diminished her character. She was able to bounce back, but still.

I did like Theo. He didn’t live up to what Chloe imagined him to be. Which was a good thing, believe me on this. I do wish that the author went more into his background. His real background, not the one that the author embellished. I thought it was fascinating that his blood tasted like strawberries.

The secondary characters were well developed and brought an extra depth to the book. I loved Daliah and Chloe’s friendship. I did think that Chloe was right to question it, though. I was a bit iffy with Christine for 75% of the book. I thought that Thomas was a slimy jerk. He deserved what he got.

There is no sex in Into the Shadows. Which I was fine with. I liked seeing Theo and Chloe fall in love. It was refreshing to read without them jumping in bed every 5 mins.

The end of Into the Shadows was interesting. I’m not going to go much into it except to say that I want a Faerie. If you have read the book, then you understand why I said that. I also will say that the scene with Chloe’s parents was heartbreaking. Talk about trying not to cry in a public place (where I was reading the book). I snorted a couple of times trying to reign in my emotions. I will say that I was surprised at what was revealed in the last chapter. I can’t wait to see what the next book will bring!!


I would give Into the Shadows an Older Teen rating. There is no sex. There is violence. There is mild language. I would recommend that no one under the age of 16 read this book.

I would reread Into the Shadows. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**


Have you read Into the Shadows?

What are your thoughts on it?

Let me know!!

WWW Wednesday: May 8th, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Personal:

Miss R: She had a ton going on this past week. First, she had Kindergarten Orientation. She got to play on the playground at the elementary school while I sat in a 30 min meeting. The next day, she had her first T-Ball game. She wasn’t motivated at all (which cracked me up). She walked the bases. She walked to get the ball. She covered her face with her glove. She played with her hat. You guys get the theme here…lol. Yesterday, she had her 2nd T-Ball game. I didn’t go because we had to divide and conquer.

Miss B: Out of the three kids, she was actually the least busy. Which was great because I had my hands full with the other two. She had a concert at LRU. It was her middle school, the other middle school, and the main highschool putting it on. Her middle school rocked!!! They headlined the concert (with a total of 5 pieces performed). So, yes, I am a proud band mama here :).

Mr Z: He had a busy week this week. Thursday, he went to the orthodontist and got a palate spreader installed. Yeah, he wasn’t happy about that. We also found out at that appointment that he’s to get 4 teeth pulled with more in the future. He goes in 2 weeks to get it done. Again, he’s not happy about that. Monday, his elementary school had a tour of the middle school. When he came home, we (and Miss R) went back to the middle school to sign him up for Orchestra. He’s playing the violin. We went home and then we went back at 6pm for his Parent Orientation.

Me: So, considering the week I’ve had since last Thursday, I am happy to be staying home tonight and relaxing. Then back to running around. Lucky me. I did forget to mention, last week, that my garden is up. We planted potatoes, onions, leeks, corn, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, cayenne pepper, lettuce, and cabbage. We also have a raspberry bush that is growing out of control and a strawberry plant that is already producing strawberries (plus BK planted 4 more in that general vicinity that are sprouting)

Reading/Reviews/Blog:

I didn’t read anything from my WWW from last week. I ended up rearranging my list. I have books that I need to read ASAP because, well, I forgot about them <wince>.

I have caught up with reviews. I can’t even begin to express how happy I am. Now, to keep it that way!!

I had to DNF a book this past week. Which I wasn’t happy about. I could not get into it. I couldn’t even get past the first chapter.

Nothing new going on with my blog. I’ve decided to leave well enough alone.


What I am currently reading:

Into the Shadows: A Young Adult Paranormal Vampire Romance (The Shadow Vampires Trilogy Book 1) by [Crawford, Sara]

click on the picture for the Amazon link

Is Chloe ready to travel into the shadows?

Chloe Chastain thought the mysterious stranger from the internet was just another obsessed fan of her favorite vampire books, and she grew close to him, letting him see into her soul. When she discovered that he was the actual dangerous vampire, Theodore Dupont, from her favorite books, she vowed to forget him. 

After an encounter with her childhood bully goes horribly wrong, she knows Theodore is the only one she can turn to for help, and she travels to New Orleans to find him. As she learns all about the world of the vampires and her role in it, she tries to resist her connection with Theodore, but she’s not even sure if she wants to anymore. 

When she finds out how much is at stake for not only Theodore and herself, but the entire New Orleans supernatural community, she’s forced to make an impossible choice. 

Fans of The Vampire Diaries and Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles will love this Southern gothic young adult vampire romance.


I recently finished reading:

A Safe Place (The Devereux Family Book 1) by [Watson, Margaret]

click on the picture for the Amazon link

Tough, tender-hearted Frankie Devereux doesn’t have time to babysit a smooth-talking football player who’s supposed to be doing community service at her after-school center for troubled teens. She’s dealing with serious stuff – gang problems, a homeless pregnant girl and scraping together enough money to keep her center open. 

But when a dark secret from her past threatens Frankie and the existence of her program, Cal tries to step up and help. But with his career on the line, which will he choose? Football? Or Frankie and her vulnerable kids? 


What books I think I’ll read next? (click on the pictures for Amazon links)

I Know You: A gripping suspense thriller with a heart-stopping twist by [Therme, Erik]

Sisters Bree and Alissa Walker share a special bond. Neglected by their parents, they have always looked out for one another. But one day, sixteen-year-old Alissa goes missing. When Bree discovers her green backpack with all her belongings, abandoned on the steps of their run-down trailer, she knows that something bad has happened …

Then she receives a chilling text message. Someone has Alissa. But Bree will have to give up something very precious in exchange.

Desperate to save Alissa, Bree looks at everyone close to their family. She’s sure that Alissa’s best friend is keeping something back about her little sister and a boy at school, and why has their estranged uncle, who they’ve not seen in years, been hanging around again?

It soon becomes clear that the person behind the message knows a lot about the dark truths within the Walker family and will go to any lengths to get revenge. And as the search for Alissa continues, Bree discovers something about her brother Tyler that she wishes she hadn’t, a dangerous secret, which is also the key to bringing her little sister back home …

Stolen Gypsy by [Horton-Newton, Elizabeth]

“Her parents are dead. The government has failed her. Now she doesn’t even know who she is. Terza Blackstone is rescued by handsome Irishman Tristan Devlin and that begins the search for her true identity. When everything you thought was yours has been stolen from you, there’s only one thing to do. Steal it all back. What do gypsies, the Witness Protection Program, a drug cartel, and a young girl running for her life have in common?”

 

Touch of Smoke by [Laurel, Karissa]

Three years ago, Rikki Albemarle watched her best friend die at the hands of a supernatural evil. Certain she was slated to be the next victim, Rikki fled her small Smoky Mountain hometown, vowing to never come back. Plagued by nightmares and knowing she’s the only one who believes Mina’s death was no accident, Rikki returns with hopes of finding answers and holding the killer accountable.

Rikki is convinced the key to unlocking the secret of Mina’s death lies with Owen Amir, the alluring young army vet who once claimed her heart. But the deeper Rikki digs into Owen’s past, the more she’s torn between the urgings of her heart and her memories of him on the night Mina died.

After falling further into the rabbit hole, Rikki lands at the feet of an ancient and powerful evil determined to finish what it started years before. To survive, she’ll have to make a decision: believe Owen is the monster she always feared he might be or trust him enough to stay and fight for a second chance at love.

Realm by [Weis, Alexandrea]

Based on a true story.

When her homeland is conquered by the mighty Alexander the Great, Roxana—the daughter of a mere chieftain—is torn from her simple life and thrown into a world of war and intrigue.

Terrified, the sixteen-year-old girl of renowned beauty is brought before the greatest ruler the world has ever known. Her life is in his hands; her future his to decide.

Without formal education or noble blood, Roxana is chosen by the Greek conqueror to be his bride. Soon she comes to know profound happiness and unyielding desire in her warrior’s arms.

However, being the king’s consort comes at a heavy price. To survive her husband’s treacherous kingdom, she must endure continuous warfare, deadly plots, jealous rivals, victory-hungry generals, and the stigma of being a barbarian. Persian blood will keep her from claiming the grandest title of all—queen—but her reign will seal the fate of an empire.

History tells his story. This is hers.

An Indigo Wind (The Four Book 2) by [Watson, Margaret]

Firefighter Gianna Fallon struggles to hide her unusual talents – especially her ability to control fire. But when she and Callan Doyle are tasked with taking down a compound creating warriors with superpowers, both will need every tool they possess. 

Callan Doyle, surfer and former SEAL, hates what happened when he began receiving the mysterious injections that changed who he was. Still, he’ll use those changes to help destroy that compound. 

But a powerful evil hides in plain sight in the compound, making their task more treacherous. As a net slowly surrounds them, can they neutralize the evil in the compound before the net pulls tight and evil eliminates them?

Weekly Wrap-Up: March 3rd through March 9th, 2019

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

Play to Win: A Wynn Hockey Novel by [Jamieson, Kelly]
An Unfortunate Dimension by [Schunker, Dominic]
The Lich's Heart (The Windhaven Chronicles) by [Davis, Watson]

Books with pending reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to Amazon):

Inspection: A Novel by [Malerman, Josh]

Play to Win—review coming March 19th, 2019

Play to Win: A Wynn Hockey Novel by [Jamieson, Kelly]

The Lich’s Heart—review coming March 14th, 2019

The Lich's Heart (The Windhaven Chronicles) by [Davis, Watson]

Springtime at Hope Cottage—review coming March 5th, 2019

Springtime at Hope Cottage: Includes a bonus short story (Sweetwater Springs Book 2) by [Rains, Annie]

Between the Lies—review coming March 5th, 2019

Between the Lies by [Adams, Michelle]

Books with published reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to Amazon):

An Unfortunate Dimension by [Schunker, Dominic]
Springtime at Hope Cottage: Includes a bonus short story (Sweetwater Springs Book 2) by [Rains, Annie]
Ice Hot: A New York Nighthawks Novel by [Goodwin, Tracy]
Between the Lies by [Adams, Michelle]

NetGalley Haul:

Rogue Most Wanted (The Cavensham Heiresses Book 5) by [MacGregor, Janna]
I Know You: A gripping suspense thriller with a heart-stopping twist by [Therme , Erik]
Bright Burning Stars by [Small, A.K.]
Realm by [Weis, Alexandrea]

Email Haul:

The Goal (Off-Campus Book 4) by [Kennedy, Elle]
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Caught on Camera: Part one: Gay Romance by [Harlem, Lily]
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Fatal Lies by [Luciani, Kristen]
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Until You Set Me Free: Book 1 in the Until You Series by [Davis, D.M.]
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Blue Angel (The Doyle Sister Series Book 2) by [Kelly, Kristen]
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Making Ends Meet
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Into the Shadows: A Young Adult Paranormal Vampire Romance (The Shadow Vampire Trilogy Book 1) by [Crawford, Sara]

Freebies I Scored:

Rescued By A Viscount (Regency Rakes Book 2) by [Vella, Wendy]
Stripped From You: (Prequal to Strip Me Bare) by [Never, M.]
From BookFunnel
The Brawny Billionaire (Clean Billionaire Beach Club Romance Book 2) by [Johnson, Elana, Bay, Getaway]
From Amazon
The Brainy Billionaire (Clean Billionaire Beach Club Romance Book 1) by [Johnson, Elana, Bay, Getaway]
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What Fate Portends (The Frost Arcana Book 1) by [Coulson, Clara]
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Her Husband's Harlot (Mayhem in Mayfair Book 1) by [Callaway, Grace]
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The Last Man in London (Rogues and Gentlemen Book 9) by [Leech, Emma V]
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Turn the Tide by [Ruggle, Katie, Anders, Adriana, Rushdan, Juno, Mann, Connie]
From Amazon
When Love Comes (Diamond Creek, Alaska Novels Book 1) by [Croix, J.H.]
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Flirting With Death: The Hunted Series: A short story by [Winters, Ali]
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Game Player by [Harvey, BJ]
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Such a Clever Deception: A Stolen Tears Prequel by [Pearson, Cortney]
From BookFunnel (via author’s newsletter)
Shade (Shade Series, #1)
From Prolific Works
Relics and Runes: A Limited Edition Urban Fantasy and Fantasy Anthology by [Adkins, Heather Marie, Dawn, CK, Etherton, Tameri, Lane, Amir, Ember, N.J., Wilson, Muffy, Flinthart, Aiki, Schlag, Jennifer Ann, Hogan, Mirren, French, Lee, Swain, Kimbra , Shand, Tiffany , Jenkins, Robyn]
From Amazon
By Twilight (Vampire Delights Book 1) by [Kallysten]
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The Other by [Peake, Marilyn]
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Curse of the Fae Queen by [Castel, Delia]
From BookFunnel
Perfection Unleashed (Double Helix Book 1) by [Kerrion, Jade, Helix, Double]
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Wiccan Wars by [Adkins, Heather Marie]
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The Forever Girl: A New Adult Paranormal Romance Novel (The Forever Girl Series Book 1) by [Hamilton, Rebecca]
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Lord of Pleasure: Regency Romance Novel (Rogues to Riches Book 2) by [Ridley, Erica]
BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON: RISE OF THE ARKANSAS WEREWOLVES by [Vaughn, Jodi]
From BookFunnel
A Wanton Woman (Mail Order Bride of Slate Springs Book 1) by [Vale, Vanessa]
From Amazon
Finding Cory (Island Escapes Book 1) by [Lynch, Caitlyn]
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Flow (The Flow Series Book 1) by [Littlemore, Clare]
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Mate's Baby: Royal Dragon Curse by [Gabriel, Lola]
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From BookFunnel (No link)
Alien Warrior's Captive Bride: A SciFi Alien Romance by [Wells, Juno]
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Giveaways/Contests I entered:

The Do Not Disturb Book Club Spring Into Books Giveaway

Yoga Retreat in Your Living Room Sweepstakes

Cover Reveals/Blog Tours:

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap-Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday