Thursday, June 30, 2016

Uncovering Camila

Uncovering Camila (Wildflowers, #3)

Book: Uncovering Camila
Author: Vivian Winslow
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Camila Cohen is a highly ambitious and driven third-year NYU law student who works as a part-time bartender to help pay her way through school. She prefers no-strings attached relationships, afraid that anything serious could get in the way of her goals.
But when chef Eliseo Perez ditches her for a job in Miami, she realizes even a casual arrangement can leave you feeling burned. Just as Camila’s close to accepting a position at the high-powered law firm of Sullivan & Moore (more appropriately known by its initials, S & M), her uncle Arthur, the head of the Cohen Real Estate dynasty, makes a proposal that compels Camila to question the career path she’d always assumed would be right for her.
As she attempts to balance her busy final year of law school with her bartending job, what should have been a random Tinder date for a hot hook-up leads to something unexpected. Meeting the incredibly brilliant and handsome Marshall James forces Camila to face her greatest fears and realize that creating a life for herself means making decisions that could potentially hurt the ones she loves.

Author Bio:

Elizabeth Ann Hayes writes Romance under the pen name Vivian Winslow. Elizabeth was born in San Diego, California but has spent most of her adult life as the consummate wanderer. Her nomadic life took her abroad to Paris, Madrid, London, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and São Paulo. After eleven moves across four continents over a span of seventeen years, her journey brought her back to New York City in 2011 where, despite the chaotic pace, she’s managed to make it home for herself and her family.

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Since 2014, Elizabeth has published nine novellas in her Gilded Flower Trilogies as well as two installments of Wildflowers, a New Adult series of standalone novels. These contemporary romance books are female-driven with strong, beautiful and intelligent women as well as diverse characters, reflecting her own multi-cultural heritage.

Excerpt 1
“Soooo, the host,” he says. “Obviously single, no kids . . . .”
Camila shrugs. “Someone new to the school. I’m not in any of his classes, so I don’t know much about him.”
“You’re being weird. You’re always about extraneous details, and now you can’t say the man’s name or look at me.”
“What? I’m making you a cocktail.” Camila forces herself to look at Jared.
He regards her suspiciously. “You’re a terrible liar, my friend. I’ll figure out what you’re hiding.”
It takes all of one second when he sees Marshall walk into the apartment.
“Oh my God, it’s Mr. Gucci,” he whispers into Camila’s ear.
“Shut up. This isn’t the time.”
“Oh, it totally is,” he replies and heads into the adjacent kitchen to introduce himself to Marshall.
“Good evening. I’m Jared. I work with Camila over at L,” he says, hinting he recognizes Marshall from the bar that night.
“It’s great of you to come.” Marshall casually extends a hand.
“Remind me of your drink of choice, and I’ll be sure to keep your glass full tonight.”
“Yeah, that’d be great. You know how to mix a Metropolitan?”
The bartender suppresses a smile. “Funny. Camila really enjoys those too. I’ll be right back.”
“You fucked him didn’t you?” Jared wags a finger at his friend.
“How can you tell? You spoke to him all of two minutes.”
“While you hid in here like a scaredy cat. What happened? Buyer’s remorse? Hard to imagine though.” He turns in the direction of the kitchen and shakes his head. “No way. With that mouth, the way he stands, and his posture. He’s definitely good in the sack.”
Camila makes a face. “I didn’t realize he was my Professor.”
“I thought you said you weren’t in any of his classes.”
“I dropped it on the first day when I saw him. But what’s worse. He’s my faculty advisor for Law Review.”
“That’s classic,” Jared laughs out loud. So loud it gets Marshall’s attention. He spots Camila standing by the bar. “Oh, hey C.,” he begins to say then clears his throat. “Camila, I didn’t realize you were here.”
“I came early to help Jared set up,” she says, finishing her drink in one gulp.

“This is worse than my cousin’s bar mitzvah down in Palm Springs,” Jared groans to Camila when she approaches him for another drink.
“It may kill you to hear this, but this is one of the better networking parties I’ve been to,” she replies.
“That guy in the corner talking to your boyfriend looks like my Uncle Mordy.”
Camila slaps his arm. “Shut up already. And that man happens to be the foremost expert in Trusts and Estates in the country. I think Oprah is his client.”
“Seriously, honey. You do not belong with this crowd. You are so downtown cool, and they’re uptown uptight.”
“For your information, I just spoke with a woman who runs a legal aid office in the Bronx. She said her work was ‘rewarding’. How many people ever say that about their jobs?”
“Most teachers, except middle school ones, and saints.” Jared leans on his elbow. “So fine, not all lawyers are like my Uncle Mordy. But most of them are.” He checks his watch. “Cover for me a minute. I’m going to the bathroom.”
“I thought I was paying Jared to work, not you.” Marshall says.
“He’s taking his Union fifteen,” Camila answers wryly.
“I guess I can’t interfere with that. I would hate to get a letter from a union lawyer.” He holds up his glass. “Would you mind? I think I prefer your Metropolitans to his anyway.”
“I told you it’s because I don’t sweeten it. Besides, I could use something to do.”
“You’re not giving up so quickly, I hope. There are plenty of attorneys I can introduce you to.”
“So this was a plan to get me to consider a different line of work.”
“Not a plan as much as a hope. But I know better than to interfere in your life. You know what you want.”
Camila looks up when she hears that last word. “Up until recently I would’ve agreed with you. But I realized that I’ve been confusing need with want. I need a job. I don’t know if I want the one I thought I did.”
Marshall furrows his brow. “That’s a tough one. You want to talk about it?” He looks around at the party. More people have arrived. Students are always game for free alcohol, as he knew they would be. However, if he could, he’d snap his fingers and make them all disappear so he could be alone with Camila.
“Maybe later,” she says vaguely, pouring his drink into a clean glass.
Marshall drops five dollars into a tip jar. “Later then.”

“I’m glad you came tonight,” Camila says as she stacks the shakers and places them into a small box. “It was nice to have a friend around.”
“Students are terrible tippers, but you know I’d do anything for you,” Jared replies. He hooks a cord around the box of alcohol and stands. “At least I got to check out your secret boyfriend.”
Camila slaps his thigh. “Shh. He is not.”
“Oh please. You and Felicity should start a club. You guys can make a SLAM book and write Felicity + Todd and Camila + Marshall on the cover. This is so junior high with your sad, longing faces.” He presses his cheeks down. “A crush on your professor, and a crush on your boss, I swear I am living in the middle of a young adult drama.”
“Oh come on. You said they’re probably sleeping together. That’s not happening here.”
Jared puts a hand on his hip. “You’re lying to me, and you’re lying to yourself. I can see what’s going on. My vision is 20/10.”
“Enough. You’re being weird.”
“Pot, kettle, honey. I’ve known you for seven years, and I’ve never seen you act this strange.”
“But he’s my professor,” she whispers as the catering staff bustle around her, clearing out the dishes. Most of the party has emptied out with the exception of a few lawyers who seem to be friends of Marshall’s.
“No he isn’t. He teaches at the law school where you happen to be a student. I’m not an idiot. That’s gray area at best, but still within acceptable boundaries. And I should know a thing or two about boundaries because I’m always breaking them.” Jared hands her the container with the shakers. “Walk down with me and wait while I get a cab.”


Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Alchemists of Loom Cover Reveal!

Cover Reveal!

Gah, I cant get over how gorgeous this cover is!!!! I can't wait to read this novel by the amazing Elise. I fell head over heels for her Air Awakens series and I'm sure it will be the same for the Alchemist of Loom! 

Title: The Alchemists of Loom
Series: The Loom Saga (Book One)
Release Date: January 10, 2017


Her vengeance. His vision.
Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.
Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.
When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.
He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Star-Touched Queen

Book Review!

The Star-Touched Queen

Title: The Star-Touched Queen
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Date Published: April 26, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: Fantasy YA
Page Count: 342
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Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

My Thoughts:

This book was PHENOMENAL!! Just the writing alone blew me away, I'm still in awe of the authors beautiful writing and in shock that this is her debut novel. I want, no I need more of this beautiful story and this magnificent characters; I refuse to believe that it is a 

Maya has been born with a cursed horoscope; a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, because of this she is feared by everyone in the Kingdom even by her father the Raja himself. When her father decides to arrange a wedding for Maya for political convenience her world comes crashing down, but none the less Maya becomes Queen of Akaran and the wife of mysterious Amar.

Gosh, I absolutely adored this book, I just couldn't get enough; the world building was so beautifully done and I really enjoyed how the author brought mythology and Indian folklore together, she did it so brilliantly. Maya is such a strong character and goes through a lot of development as the book progresses, with that said, I did find her a little naive and irritating through the middle of the book I just wanted to go in there and shake her around until she came into her senses. Amar, is one of the reasons I didn't give this book five stars and not because I didn't like him, but because I wanted so much more of him and his backstory and I feel the author didn't seem to give enough of him; I absolutely loved Amar the way he treated Maya had me swooning all over the place, I really hope we get a novella about him. This book hit me with a twist towards the very end that I did not see coming and that made me sit in the edge of my seat until the very end. Overall this book in my opinion is a masterpiece that everyone should pick up!   

Favorite Quote from Book!
"I make this bond to you in blood not flowers. Come with me and you shall be my empress with the moon for your throne and constellations to wear on your hair. Come with me and I promise you that we will always be equals."


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Reluctant Huntress Cover Reveal, Teasers & Giveaway!

Cover Reveal!

Hello my lovely followers today I will be sharing with you the beautiful cover of The Reluctant Huntress a companion novel to The Reluctant Sacrifice by the amazing and sweet Kerr-Ann. If you have yet to pick up the first novel, I highly recommend it and I will also leave my link for the review of it below. Also in honor of her birthday on July 3rd Kerr-Ann is hosting a giveaway on her Instagram I will have all the details to that below! The Reluctant Huntress is expected to release on September 16, 2016. 

The Reluctant Huntress  (The Aramithians, #2)


Giveaway Details!

Lets Help Kerr-Ann get to 500 followers on Instagram before her Birthday!!! All you have to do to be entered for this awesome giveaway is make sure you follow her on Instagram and repost this pic with the hashtag #bookishandproud! Thank you for participating and supporting Indie authors!


Monday, June 20, 2016

The Destined Cover Reveal!

The Destined

I'm beyond excited to share this amazing cover with all my readers! I just want to take a minute to thank E.J. for introducing me to this amazing world and these characters that have made me laugh, cry and swoon all over the place. If you have yet to pick this trilogy up, I highly recommend it! The covers are not only gorgeous, the story is magnificent and very different from your ordinary fantasy novel; I can’t wait to get my hands on the final book; and now to share the BEAUTIFUL cover of "The Destined" and the synopsis.  Also I will add the links to reviews for the first two books and the novella below. 


“I searched for you in the stars tonight. 

But I found none
that burned as bright as you.”
—Part of a letter from Dev to Molly

With the loss of Terra’s greatest weapon, the war against darkness escalates rapidly, and time is on no one’s side. While Dev struggles to keep his home and hope alive, Molly and Rae find themselves forced to confront a desperately kept secret and quickly learn that a life-altering sacrifice is the asking price to restore order.
Nightmares, betrayal, the fate of two worlds, and one man’s hunger for vengeance lead Molly down a twisted and dark path she fears she might never come back from. Cornered into making a heart-wrenching decision, Molly teeters between deliverance and damnation. Who is worth saving most—a nation or the one she loves?
In this breathtaking conclusion of The Dreamland Series, The Destined will take you on a spine-tingling and gripping ride through self-sacrifice, the true power of love, and the importance of friendship.

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E.J. Mellow is the Award Winning author behind the NA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series. With a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, E.J. Mellow splits her time between her two loves – visual design and writing. Residing in NYC, E.J. is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter. She has no animals but loves those who do.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016


Book Review


Title: Emotions
Author: Arnulfo Cantarero
Date Published: May 15, 2013
Genre: YA Sci-Fi 
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Jason Ariaz is not your average 22 year old. He has been genetically and cybernatically enhanced but that’s only the beginning. He is an emotionless extraterrestrial born to human parents and living among us. Both him and his implanted thinking computer were damaged on landing and must go through life as less than what they really are. The purpose of their mission: to gain permanent emotions from the more primitive society that is Earth. If he is successful, he will be the first of his species to do so in nearly 200,000 years.

Hope lies in the fact that he is capable of emotional episodes and he has been able to forge true friendships. However, he does have the chance of completing his mission if he can truly care for Ariel, the closest human in his life. But he better know his heart soon. Their lives are in danger of ending tonight, unless he can recover what his species has lost.

My Thoughts:

I was sent an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Have you ever wondered how it would be if we couldn't feel emotions. Our main character Jason doesn't have to wonder, because since the day he was born he has not been able to feel anything.  Jason as we learn in the beginning of the book is an emotionless extraterrestrial who was born to human parents after himself and his companion a computer he has implanted within himself were damaged on the way to Earth; all that Jason and computer recall is that their mission is to gain emotions, if he does he will be the first in his species to have permanent emotions in two hundred thousand years.

This is my first sci-fi read and I have to say I really enjoyed it and I felt that the romance was very minimal in this book, which is very rare in a YA book s. I really enjoyed the concept of the story and thought the author executed it very well. It's hard to imagine not being able to feel anything, but Arnulfo made sure the main characters was unmoved no matter what happened, there was some moments in the book that I just wanted to smack Jason in hopes he would have an emotional episode, yes there is some-times and places where Jason can have an emotional episode which is basically a taste of a certain emotion, but it doesn't last very long. I really liked all the characters in this book! I really enjoyed seeing their progress from teens to young adults and see all the character development they go through. There was only one thing that made give this book four stars instead of five and that was that at moments I felt that there was a big timeline jump from one scene to another and it left me a little confused, but no, this did not stop me from enjoying the book as a whole; with that said I have to say this book has a little of everything sci-fi, adventure, action, humor, romance and many other things. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a new sci-fi read with a very unique premise.  Also I really liked the ending it left me wondering what is going to come next. 


The Girl Who Couldn't Come Up With an Original Title

Short Story Review!

The Girl Who Couldn't Come Up With an Original Title

Author: The Behrg
Publisher: Pricks Like Thorn Media
Page Count: 35
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Girl on the Train, Girl on Fire, Girl in the Ice … 

Having the word “Girl” in a title almost guarantees a bestseller these days. But for this Girl, finding a title to her story will force her to go between the Lines, into a realm of unimaginable possibility.

The only real question is, will she make it back out alive?

“The Girl Who Couldn’t Come up With an Original Title” is a dark literary short story about death and life and the short distance between. 

This edition also includes the bonus short story "Reluctance."

My Thoughts:

I was sent an Ecopy by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

There is two short stories included in this book "The Girl who couldn't come up with a Title" and "Reluctance" both this stories are very dark and deal with two characters who are very depressed and are fighting their inner demons.  

I really liked that the author dove into this very dark topic that many go through on a daily basis and a topic who many try to avoid when it comes up in conversation and he also executed it so brilliantly . So, many things were expressed with so little words and I really liked it; these short stories really left an impact on me and made me wonder how many people that I know go through these feelings on a daily basis and put up a happy front. I feel like this is a topic that should be written about more and I'm glad this author was very real with his stories. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a short story that tackles a very dark topic. 


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #38



Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at BreakingtheSpine in which we spotlight a new release we can't wait to get our hands on.

Title: Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Expected Release Date: November 8th, 2016
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Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Why I Need It!

First of all It's Marissa Meyer, I would read her grocery list if i had the chance. Secondly I love, love retellings especially when is centers around the villain and their back story. I can't wait to see how Marissa executes this Alice in Wonderland retelling! I hope it is just as amazing as The Lunar Chronicles. Also isn't that cover to die for.