Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Her Last Chance Cowboy Takeover Tour & Giveaway



Her Last Chance Cowboy

Title:  Her Last Chance Cowboy
Series: Big Heart Ranch

Author:  Tina Radcliffe

Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 224 pages
Publication Date: February 19, 2019
Publisher: Love Inspired
Edition:  Mass Market Paperback
Genre:  Western & Frontier, Romance, Christian Fiction

BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon |  

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. All opinions are my own.  

Synopsis:

She came seeking family…

Will she find love at Big Heart Ranch? 

When pregnant single mother Hannah Vincent shows up professing to be the half sister of the Maxwells of Big Heart Ranch, horse trainer Tripp Walker is wary. Wounded before, he doesn’t trust easily. If only Hannah and her feisty five-year-old daughter weren’t so impossible to resist. Now, despite his doubts, joining this little family is quickly becoming the cautious cowboy’s greatest wish.

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GIVEAWAY

(1) Winner will win a Her Last Chance Cowboy Prize Pack that includes:
  • a CANDLOVE “Carrot Cake Scented 16oz Mason Jar Candle 100% Soy (Made in The USA)
  • Out of Print Clothing Library card vintage mug
  • and 1 autographed print copy of Her Last Chance Cowboy



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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Kingdom of Ash Reveiw

Kingdom of Ash
Title:  Kingdom of Ash
Series: Throne of Glass book 7
Author:  Sarah J. Maas
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 984 pages
Publication Date: October 23rd 2018 
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Edition:  I borrowed the hardcopy from my local library
Genre:  epic, fantasy, YA fantasy
BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon |  


Synopsis:

Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas's #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius's journey from slave to king's assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world. . .

Aelin has risked everything to save her people-but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they've gathered to battle Erawan's hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation-and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen-before she is lost to him forever.

As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

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WARNING: this is BOOK #7
#0.5) The Assassin's Blade
#1) Throne of Glass
#2) Crown of Midnight
#3) Heir of Fire
#4) Queen of Shadows
#5) Empire of Storms

#6) Tower of Dawn 
#7) Kingdom of Ash



Main Characters

  • Aelin Galathynius- Queen of Terrasen
  • Maeve- Queen of the Fae, antagonist 
    RowanWhitethorn- Aelin's husband/mate, King consort
    Elide Lochan- criple, part of Court of Terrasen
    Lorcan Salvaterre- fae with gift of death
    Gavriel- Aedion's father
  • Lysandra- Lady of Caraverre, shapeshifter posing as Aelin
    Aedion Ashryver - Aelin's cousin
    Erawan- Valg bad guy
    Chaol Westfall- Dorian's 2nd
  • Yrene Towers- heir apparent to Torre Healers, Chaol's wife.
  • Manon Blackbeak- witch, leader of the 13 
  • Dorian Havilliard- King of Adarlan
  • SO MANY MORE characters

Plot

This book starts right after books 5 and 6 which timeline wise happened at the same time. Four separate plots with all our beloved favorites scattered all over Erilea fighting against the Valg invasion.


Once upon a time, in a land long since burned to ash, there lived a young princess who loved her kingdom...


Aelin was captured by Maeve, locked away and tortured for a good chunk of the beginning of the book, with Rowan and his cadre hunting down every lead trying to find and rescue her. Some of the torture was graphic making me cringe and heartsick over my heroine.

Aedion (and Lysandra acting like Aelin) cons everyone and lead troops North to Terrasen. There were epic battle scenes, fights and high tensions, and loss of hope.

Manon hunting down Crochan witches, half of her kin, to join the fight for Terrasen. Dorian searching for the third Wyrdkey so either him or Aelin can lock the Wyrdgate and prevent more Valg coming through. While they travel together Dorian continues to learn to harness his raw magic.

Chaol traveling with the khaganate (warrior army from Southern Continent) marching north to hopefully join forces with Dorian and defend Adarlan or Terrasen.


Setting

Fantasy continent of Erilea 

Theme

Epic fantasy battle, overcoming hopelessness

What did I like about the book?

I laughed, I cried, I had to sit the book down on several occasions so I could just FEEL for all the characters I love. I feel satisfied with how things ended. There was war and death and destruction but I kept hope while reading. I also liked the nod to a certain winged Fae in a different Maas universe.

What did I not like about the book?

-it was SO LONG

Date Started/Finished : January 30th - February 10th 2019


Recommend? YES

If you balk at a daunting 1,000 page book and/or an 8 book series- don't bother picking this up. (that would be me actually, but I started this before I realized it was going to be 8 books long because I'm a trendy sucker who saw it all over Instagram and HAD to know what everyone was talking about.)

If you like YA fantasy, or want a lighter Game of Throne-esque type epic series, or super trendy reader like me, or like to binge read the entire series because it is ALL OUT NOW- then this is totally for you!

Rating: 5 /*****

based off Goodreads' ratings:  5 stars – it was amazing, highly recommend


Monday, February 11, 2019

No Exit Review

No Exit
Title:  No Exit
Series: a novel
Author:  Taylor Adams
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length:  352 pages
Publication Date: January 15th 2019 
Publisher: William Morrow
Edition:  Hardcover 
Genre:  Thriller, Mystery, Horror, Kidnapping, Psychological Thriller

BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon |  

This was my December Book of the Month pick. I took the William Morrow Books Chapter 1 Challenge - finish the first chapter... and I consumed the book in two days #Ch1Challenge
All opinions are my own.  

Synopsis:


A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do?
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On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Inside, are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers.
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Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm . . . and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked in an animal crate.
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Who is the child? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her?
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There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, and no way out. One of her fellow travelers is a kidnapper. But which one?
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Trapped in an increasingly dangerous situation, with a child’s life and her own on the line, Darby must find a way to break the girl out of the van and escape.
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But who can she trust?
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Main Characters

  1. Darby Thorne, a college student
  2. Ashley Garver- random guy, seems nice enough, likes magic tricks and talking
  3. Ed & Sandi- cousins on a trip to family dinner
  4. Lars- quiet creepy guy

Plot

I can only imagine what I would do if I was stuck in a blizzard at a Rest Stop and found a girl locked in a cage in the back of a van. That's exactly what happened to the main character, Darby Thorne. It was a little slow, at first but the ending was full of action and drama. ⠀

Setting

Colorado - at a truck stop during a blizzard

Theme

Child abduction, everyday hero

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I liked the mystery part of the book. Wondering if the main character is an unreliable narrator, did she really see a child locked up? Who owns the van? Why would anyone want to abduct this particular child? Will Darby be able to get help or will she have to rescue the kid on her own?

I also liked the awkwardness of adults being stuck together in a small space. Its not the same as when parents tell their kids, go talk, play nice but more a forced civil effort. That's common in the north, the keep to yourself mentality. I've found in my travels southerners are much more friendly so I imagined Ashley with a slight twang. How do you find a common ground outside of location? The character building was great and I could really sympathize with the tension.


What did I not like about the book?

The pacing felt a little slow. The entire 300+ page book was set in an evening, with the same characters, the same problem, the same location. 

The escalation of the dilemma, there was a whole lot of action at the end. I did NOT expect everything that unfolded and was left equally horrified and thinking out of the whole thing, that was likely the only unbelievable part.

Date Started/Finished : January 27th - 28th 2019



Recommend? maybe

If you like thrillers, don't mind a slower pace, and aren't squeamish about things like child abduction and blood.... you will probably like this. If you need a fast paced book to keep your interest or don't like to picture the darker parts of humanity - skip this one.

Rating: 4 /*****
based off Goodreads' ratings : 4 stars – really liked it, really enjoyable



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