Friday, November 24, 2017

Addicted by Krys Fenner - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

Addicted
Krys Fenner
(Dark Road Series, #1)
Publication date: September 29th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old Bella Kynaston has been the victim of a brutal rape, by someone she can only describe as ‘the scar-faced man.’ With little recollection of what happened, she must somehow rebuild her life. Being the person she once was proves more difficult than she imagined.
To complicate matters, Bella has just met Jeremiah Detrone, the new guy in school. He’s attractive, funny, and smart. All things she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. Too bad she’s conflicted over so many unexpected emotions. Without realizing it, she falls down a rabbit hole and begins walking a dangerous line between addiction and self-preservation.
As Bella works together with the police to bring her attackers to justice, will she be able to see it through to the end? And even if she does, will it only bring her more pain and misery? Or will she find an anchor in Jeremiah and figure out how to move forward?

My Review
Addicted is the first book in the Dark Road series, and it may be a bit difficult for some people to read. It does deal with sensitive subject matter, so if that's not your cup of tea, you may want to skip this one.

Addicted is about a sixteen year old girl named Bella who is dealing with a very traumatic past experience. She can't really remember much about it, but she can't seem to move past what happened, either. 

Enter Jeremiah, the new guy at school. He makes Bella feel almost normal again, and she can't seem to resist his friendship.But is Jeremiah worthy of her trust?

The story gets a little...hard for me to get through at times, but not because of the subject matter. More so because of the way it's written. The story seems a bit rushed in spots, and scenes tend to jump from one to the next without really connecting. I had a bit of a hard time keeping track of what was going on at times. 

I also was a little bothered by the fact that the one character seemed so possessive of Bella. I mean, I get why he was like that, because that's just the type of character he is, and he's meant to be awful, but some of this thoughts towards her, and the things he thought about Jeremiah got to be a bit too much for me. I couldn't really connect with any of the characters, either.

The ending also left me a little unsatisfied. I know it's because there's a second book, and the author wants readers to continue on with the story, but I would have liked a smidge more of something there at the end. I needed a little bit of closure, and I feel like it was left too open. That's just me, though.

While there were things I took issue with, I also found myself flying through the book. I finished it in two days, which is a pretty good record for me. The pacing of the book is pretty quick, and while I wasn't overly keen on the story, I did like it for what it was. And I may consider reading the second book, just so I can see what happens.

Overall, I give Addicted 3 stars.

Author Bio:
Krys Fenner has been infinitely passionate about writing and helping people for as long as she can remember. To date, she has published two books, numerous poems, and is now avidly working on a fantasy series. Krys received an Associate of Arts in Psychology and is currently working on her B.A.
To find out more about Krys Fenner and her upcoming book releases, visit her official website: www.krysfenner.co


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Golden Series by Kathryn Celeste - Book Tour + Giveaway


Unicorn Gold
The Golden Series Book 1
by Kathryn Celeste
Genre:
Paranormal Romance

Rourke is a unicorn shape shifter and a virgin. Sent back from Alter Earth
to rescue the paranormal beings who were left behind when magic left
this world he is forced to confront the fact that unicorns seem to
have vanished from the world.


Kaitlyn is a veterinarian with healing abilities. Unaware of the origin of
her gifts she tries to live life under the radar.

Then she meets Rourke. For the first time in her life sparks fly. But
Rourke has his own secrets of his own. Secrets that threaten to turn
Kaitlyns world upside down.
Hunted by those who fear their gifts will Rourke and Kaitlyn be able to
overcome everything trying to tear them apart? Or in the end will the
hunters steal the choice from them?




Wrapped in a golden shimmer of power the lone woman stood still among the rush of creatures eager to escape the hunters. As each neared her position a flare of raw power reached out to caress them until they vanished. A handsome black unicorn, horn gleaming onyx in the sunlight, sides flecked with sweat, pulled up hard before her.
“Rourke.” She said reaching a hand out to him. Speaking directly into her mind Rourke said;
They come.
Nodding she reached out with her power and with a gentle caress, sent him through the portal to safety on a new world.
The humans approach, hurry!
Flexing her powers she reached out to envelop the approaching beings, transporting them to her side, then beyond the shift in reality to Alter Earth.
Return now!! She yelled through the common mental link. They are nearly on us.
Shattering the peace of the grove humans burst into the clearing firing arrows into those who fled before them. Only to watch each arrow drop to the ground without finding its mark. One by one the paranormal creatures disappeared before the human hunters’ eyes. As they watched, the golden power expanded outward, away from the proud, lone woman until only a faint haze remained in the air.
One young hunter notched an arrow and sent it flying towards her heart. As it found its mark she screamed, an eerie banshee-like sound that had the hunters covering their ears in distress. A mental cry traveled weakly along the communal connection as she fell backwards towards a deep, still pool.
I will return for you. Believe. Survive.
Her powers snapped back in a tsunami of wind and debris, toppling the hunters. The collapsing portal cushioned her fall on the fragrant green grass of Alter Earth.



Dragon Gold
The Golden Series Book 2

A year ago David met his mate. It should have been the happiest day of
his life. Instead, it was the worst. Emma ran from him. Only his
ability to touch her mind keeps him sane but how long will that be enough?

Hunted and alone Emma hasn’t stopped running since she left Haven. David’s
presence in her mind brings her comfort in the hardest times. When
she returns to Haven will Emma be able to face David in person or
will fear keep them apart?

With hunters after David and Emma’s ex stalking her is there any way
this mating stands a chance?






Kathryn Celeste has been a programmer, a security specialist, a bookseller, a
reviewer and a secretary. Through it all she has written. Pushed hard
by a relentless muse to give life to a world unseen by others.

She lives in Queensland Australia with her husband, three sons, dog, cat,
ducks and chickens where she continues to write about the paranormal
folks that poke around in her head.


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Lovesick Gods by Amanda Meuwissen - Book Tour + Giveaway


Lovesick Gods
by Amanda Meuwissen
Genre: Superhero GLBT Romance

Heroes aren’t meant to act like their villains—or fall in love with them.

The elements touch everyone on Earth—Fire, Water, even Light—but
every so often someone becomes more attuned to their elemental
leaning and develops true power. When an evil Elemental known as
Thanatos arrived in Olympus City, it saw the rise of its first
hero—Zeus. But the death toll caused by defeating Thanatos changed
Zeus, who by day is young detective Danny Grant.

It’s been six months since Thanatos terrorized the city at the start of
Lovesick Gods. Danny should be used to his duty behind the mask, but
the recent past haunts him. His girlfriend left him, he snaps at the
barest provocation, his life feels empty—he needs an outlet, any
outlet to pull him out of his depression.

Enter notorious thief Malcolm Cho, the Ice Elemental Prometheus. There was
a time when Danny welcomed a fight with Cho, filled with colorful
banter and casual flirtations that were a relief compared to
Thanatos. Even as a criminal, Cho had recognized the threat Thanatos
posed and promised to help Danny stop him, but the day Danny needed
Cho, he never showed. Cho was the reason so many people died that
day—including Danny’s mother.

Danny decides to teach the man a lesson and fan the fire of their
attraction into something more. At worst, he’ll get some
no-strings-attached sex out of the deal and finally blow off steam;
at best, he’ll get Cho to fall in love with him and then break his
heart to spite him. 

Danny doesn’t expect to fall for Cho in the process, and he certainly
can’t predict the much darker threat on the horizon.





The sound of the bar door caught Mal’s attention. It was late for the lunch rush, so a new patron was curious. Craning his ears, he realized he recognized the approaching gait, the particular pattern of breathing. He gave credit to his element for his ability to observe his surroundings without a single ripple of unease to disturb his calm, but when the person breached the corner of the booth and slid in across from him, Mal couldn’t place why he should know the man so well.
He made a point of knowing most of the cops in the city who might give him trouble, so he recognized the clean-shaven face and sunset colored hair. The man was one of two detectives who’d run the Elemental Task Force when it formed after Thanatos’s arrival, but Mal had never met him.
“Detective Grant,” Mal nodded, not bothering to pause in devouring a French fry even as his free hand slid beneath the table and started to frost over in case Grant tried anything foolish.
“Quite the dive you got here, Ice Man,” the detective said.
Mal sat up straighter. Only one man dared greet him with that nickname, especially with such a familiar voice.
Sparky?” he drawled with a slow grin, letting his powers dwindle as he returned his hand to the table. “My, my, so this is what Zeus looks like under that mask.” After more than half a year sparring on the streets, he thought he knew his nemesis well, but he’d expected someone older. Although, he had a feeling this kid wasn’t quite as young as his boyish looks implied. “Playing vigilante by night, Detective? What is the world coming to?”
“It’s Danny,” he said with a shift of his eyes around the mostly empty bar, which admittedly wasn’t the best place to be throwing around words like ‘detective’ or ‘Zeus’, “and I didn’t come here for banter.”
Mal downed another fry, more at ease now that he knew his nemesis sat across from him instead of some badge. Zeus made the game so much more fun. He wasn’t hard on the eyes either. “Pity. We’ve gotten so good at our banter. So…” Mal trailed a fresh French fry into his ketchup, “why are you here? Hoping I’d treat you to lunch to make up for that last bank heist?”
Danny folded his hands on top of the table, a serious expression filling his lightning-yellow eyes. “I want to make a deal.”
 



Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts in a personally designed major from St. Olaf
College in Creative Writing, and has been posting content online for
many years, including maintaining the blog for the digital marketing
company Outsell. She spent a summer writing screenplay script
coverages for a company in L.A., and is an avid consumer of fiction
through film, prose, and video games.

Amanda lives in Minneapolis, MN, with her husband, John, and their cats,
Helga and Sasha (no connection to the incubus of the same name).




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