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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway – The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari

Welcome to the I Heart Fictional People’s The Best Kind of Magic blog tour stop! This tour is hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club! Read my review for this awesome book and check out the giveaway! 🙂

Title: The Best Kind of Magic (Windy City Magic #1)

Author: Crystal Cestari

Published: May 16th, 2017

Length: 328 pages (eBook)

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal

Source: The Fantastic Flying Book Club (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber’s pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone’s soul mate.

Amber works at her mother’s magic shop–Windy City Magic–in downtown Chicago, and she’s confident she’s seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for one–her own. (The Fates are tricky jerks that way.) So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor’s son and most-desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father’s missing girlfriend, she’s distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can’t see her own match, she can see his–and it’s not Amber. How can she, an honest peddler of true love, pursue a boy she knows full well isn’t her match?

The Best Kind of Magic is set in urban Chicago and will appeal to readers who long for magic in the real world. With a sharp-witted and sassy heroine, a quirky cast of mystical beings, and a heady dose of adventure, this novel will have you laughing out loud and questioning your belief in happy endings.
 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

The last few books I have read have just been “okay, whatever, let’s move onto the next one.” But I had a feeling about this one. When I saw the cover, I just knew. I was like, “Ooohhh, pretty. I must have it.” This is not news. I often judge books by their cover. And in this case, I’m glad I did!

WHAT I LIKED

The writing. O.M.G. Okay, I don’t even know how to put this into words, but here is my attempt. Sometimes you just know from the first page of a book whether an author has IT or not, IT meaning a natural born talent to write. I knew instantly that this author does. I remember reading the first page and being blown away. It had nothing to do with the plot. It was just the writing. So creative yet professional yet simplistic. I was beyond impressed. And I stayed impressed for the entire book. It wasn’t one of those start strong and finish weak kind of books, which I have noticed a lot of. It started strong and finished strong, maybe even stronger. I absolutely loved it. Crystal Cestari just might be my new favorite author.

The concept. It’s no secret that I’m a hopeless romantic. The tattoo on my wrist is of the Chinese symbols for “true love.” So, as I was reading the story, I kept thinking, “This book was made for me.” Amber can see everyone’s true love. How badass is that?! And of course, you can only imagine the complications that could arise with this type of gift as well. But I LOVED IT. It is such a unique ability to have. I was so intrigued, and I couldn’t wait to see how everything turned out.

The characters. Amber made the book for me. She had this sarcastic, snarky side to her that I loved. I got the feeling that she didn’t give a crap about what people thought of her, which is admirable. I just kept thinking, “I wish this girl was real. We’d be best friends.” And her soft side came out too, especially when she began falling for Charlie. Speaking of Charlie, he was swoon worthy! I couldn’t get enough of him. He was a trooper. He was thrown into this supernatural world and just kind of learned to accept it without freaking out or judging. And he’s a hot guy…with glasses. How often do we see this in books? Not very often. I love it! Then there’s Amani, Amber’s best friend. I really liked her. I could see her story developing further. That would be awesome.

Amber and Charlie’s relationship. This was perfect, in my opinion. It started with Charlie needing Amber’s help. It was nothing more than that. Acquaintances, if anything. Then, they gradually became friends. And from there, feelings started to grow. Such perfect pacing. Again, the author’s talent truly showed here.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Nothing! There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like. This book was so good!

OVERALL THOUGHTS

What a perfect blend of love and magic, of contemporary and paranormal. And what brilliant writing. I can’t say enough about the writing. It was incredible. I fell in love with the author and these characters, and I really hope there’s more to Amber’s story. This could potentially be an amazing series. I already am looking into buying a physical copy of this book. I must have it on my bookshelf so I can stare at its beautiful cover, especially now that I know that the story is equally beautiful! More please!

5 out of 5 Hearts!


It was hard to narrow it down, but here are some of my favorite quotes:

“I know love is real—I KNOW IT—but that doesn’t keep it from being an evasive little bastard that works in mind-boggling ways.” (Ain’t that the truth!)

“…all I can think is, damn, the heart is a hell of a machine. Even when it’s broken, it still finds a way to carry on.” (More truth!)

“You never know what you’re getting into when you fall in love, but that doesn’t mean you avoid the jump.” (I absolutely love this one.)

“Appreciate the journey, because when you get to the end, you’ll only be able to look back, and hope you don’t regret what you see.” (Yes, more wisdom. Love it.)

“Just because you’re having some sort of emotional breakdown doesn’t mean you can’t have cute toes. Rainbow or gold?” (This is why I love Amani. What are best friends for?)

“Amber, I don’t know what’s going on in that head of yours, but I want you to know: every time I’m around you, I feel like a non-fatal firework is lit inside me. It’s magic—actual magic—and you’ll have to forgive the pun, but I don’t want to be under anyone else’s spell.” (Oh, Charlie. I love you. Marry me.)


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With rainbows in my hair and stories in my head, I am a writer drawn to magic in the everyday world.

My debut novel, The Best Kind of Magic, arrives May 16, 2017 from Hyperion. Follow Amber Sand, a magical matchmaker who can actually see true love, as she takes off on a fun and romantic adventure toward happily ever after.

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Review: No Rest for the Wicked by M.L. Sparrow

28009289Title: No Rest for the Wicked

Author: M.L. Sparrow

Published: November 27th, 2015

Length: 258 pages (ebook)

Genre: Historical Romance, Fantasy

Source: Author (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤

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When a rich gentleman finds a beautiful young woman lying in the snow, on the brink of death, he takes her back to his house and, when she has recovered, employs her as a maid. Immediately Elira realizes that Anthony Luther is no ordinary man and nothing about the house she now lives in is as it seems, for Anthony is a powerful wizard.

Inexplicably drawn together, they begin a tentative romance, but it’s not just Elira’s uncertainties and the rules of upper-class society which drive a wedge between them; rivalries and a precious family heirloom, a priceless necklace of unforeseen power handed down through generations, threaten not only the couple’s happiness, but also their lives and the safety of the people around them.


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INITIAL THOUGHTS

Another M.L. Sparrow book? Count me in! Of course I said yes to reading this. She has become one of my favorite authors. And this was a historical romance, which I have a soft spot for. Plus, the cover is great! I was definitely intrigued.

WHAT I LIKED

The romance. Okay, M.L. Sparrow has this unique ability to make you forget about the rest of the world and other distinctive parts of the plot and solely focus on just the romance. I forgot about the zombies in The Demon Inside. I forgot about the horrible conditions and place that people were living in in Ghetto. And this time, I forgot about Anthony being a wizard and having magical powers. I absolutely LOVE that she can do that. I haven’t come across that with any other author. Plus, this romance was sweet. He hires her as his maid, and they fall in love. And there’s this whole social class issue that he doesn’t care about but everyone else seems to. It’s just all very sweet.

The characters. I really liked Anthony. He had this protective, intense side, but also this easy-going side with a sense of humor. I loved it. And I adored Moira, the cook/housekeeper. She may have been Anthony’s employee, but she definitely wasn’t afraid to voice her opinions about certain things. And she had this nurturing side, which was sweet.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

The pace. It started off a little slow. It took me awhile to really get into it, which is not usual for this author’s books.

Elira. Honestly, she kind of bugged me. She was very naïve, and it got a little irritating at times.

Not enough magic. I really enjoyed the idea of Anthony being a wizard. I just wish there was more to that part of the story. I wanted more magic and more fantasy feud-type stuff. I kind of pictured this epic battle taking place, but that didn’t really happen for me.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Okay, I may not have liked this one as much as M.L. Sparrow’s other books, but it was still good. It had its moments, and the romance was great. I just wish the pace was a bit faster and it had more of the fantasy, magical stuff. However, I’ve been such a big fan of Sparrow’s, so I’m really looking forward to her next book.

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3 out of 5 Hearts!


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I’m not really sure what to say about myself – my real life is definitely not as exciting as my imaginary one! I’m currently working in childcare and writing in my spare time. All my life I’ve dreamed of becoming an author, except when I was little and wanted to be a farmer!
Besides writing, and obviously reading anything I can get my hands on, my other passion is travel. After finishing college I took a break from education to travel, visiting Mexico, Sri Lanka and, my personal favourite, Japan. One day I hope to be able to combine the two and travel while writing professionally.

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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway – The Cupcake Witch by Poppy Lawless

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Welcome to the I Heart Fictional People’s The Cupcake Witch blog tour stop! This tour is hosted by YA Bound Book Tours!

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Title: The Cupcake Witch (The Chancellor Fairy Tales #2)

Author: Poppy Lawless

Published: November 24th, 2015 by Love Potion Books

Length: 98 pages (eBook)

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Source: Publisher via YA Bound Book Tours (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

book blurb

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They say the course of true love never runs smooth.
That’s nothing a magical cupcake can’t solve.

Julie

Buttercream. Vanilla. Fondant. Dark chocolate. Brown sugar. Molasses. Baking has always been my true love, but it wasn’t until my mother’s death, and the unexpected inheritance of Serendipity Gardens, that my bliss called me. Bittersweet. But Serendipity Gardens has more to offer than just a potential shopfront. An unusual recipe box left to me by a distant relative might be the key to unlocking my dreams.

Too bad the most powerful family in Chancellor has plans that could turn those dreams to ruins—literally.

Too bad the son of that powerful family is just the kind of guy I’ve been looking for.

Horatio
I suppose being heir to the Hunter family’s Blushing Grape Winery should make me happy, but nothing could be further from the truth. With my mother gone, my father has taken me under his wing, and I despise everything about the way he does business. Sour grapes, indeed. Instead of raising money for charitable causes, my true passion, I’m chasing my father’s manifest destiny.

Too bad his dream includes paving paradise.

Too bad the property owner is the sweetest woman I’ve ever met.

The Cupcake Witch is a stand-alone sweet romance and book 2 of The Chancellor Fairy Tales series.

my review

INITIAL THOUGHTS

I absolutely loved the title and the cover. It sounded and looked like a cute fantasy that I just had to read. And of course, reading the blurb and seeing that a guy was involved made me want to read it even more.

WHAT I LIKED

The message. Both Julie and Horatio have never really followed their own dreams because of their parents. Their parents wanted different things for them, so they have always chosen to please them instead of themselves. Finally, they realize that they need to follow their own dreams, no matter what their parents or anyone else thinks. And I think that is a great message. We all have dreams. And we all have to deal with people and their opinions about those dreams. But no matter what, we should go after our dreams and do what we are passionate about. Sorry to go all after-school special on you, but it’s true! And I like that this book addresses that.

The characters. I loved every single one of them, even Horatio’s hard-headed father. Julie is driven and not afraid to go after what she wants. Horatio is ambitious but also very sweet and caring. And I loved the other characters too, especially Tootie, Violet, and Betty. Those ladies reminded me of the aunts in Practical Magic. LOVE THEM.

The plot. Girl, who may or may not be a witch, wants to be a baker and inherits very cute building. Boy needs building to tear it down and make it into a parking lot for his father’s new restaurant. Boy meets girl. Things change. Love the idea of this. Cute and intriguing all at the same time.

The writing. I had never read anything by Poppy Lawless before, so I didn’t know what to expect. I just have to say that she is amazing. I love the writing style! I want more!

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

The pace. Okay, there were a few issues I had, like the lack of background info about the characters or not enough witch stuff, but it all comes down to the pace. It was way too quick for me. There wasn’t enough time for all that stuff. I know it’s a novella, but it all just happened way too fast for me to care about the characters or get really invested in the book. This really would have been the PERFECT book if it was a full-length novel.

Horatio’s name. I’m sorry, but I just don’t like it. I did, however, love the fact that Julie agreed with me: “Who in the world names their kid Horatio these days?” Lol.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I really, really liked this book, and I would have given it five very well-deserving hearts if it was longer. It had everything! Unforgettable characters, perfect plot, some awesome magic, a cute romance. But, it just felt rushed. That being said, I would definitely recommend reading this. I’m starting to think that I’m just not a novella-type reader. All in all, this book is really good, and I look forward to reading more by this amazing author.

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4 out of 5 Hearts!


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Romance author. Cupcake connoisseur. Certified herbalist. Beach bum. Fan of all things Starbucks. Holistic healing advocate. Surfer girl wanna-be. Lost guru. Maker of dandelion wine. Counselor. Paranormal buff. Etsy addict. Secretly Jedi. So not a geek girl. Gifted in sarcasm. Hot wife. Ninja mom. And now, I’m ready to share a whole head full of witty, mouthy, smart, lovely, heart-warming, and hot characters with the world. Are you ready?

Poppy Lawless is the author of the forthcoming series Love & Chocolate releasing in 2015 and The Glass Mermaid. Poppy holds degrees in English and Psychology. She is a counselor in the field of mental health and is a trained herbalist. Poppy’s new series blends the best of romance with a Practical Magic or contemporary Bewitched appeal.

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Review: The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling

Title: The Ugly Stepsister (Unfinished Fairy Tales #1)

Author: Aya Ling

Published: June 12th, 2015

Length: 299 pages (eBook)

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling

Source: Author via Xpresso Book Tours (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

book blurb

When Kat accidentally rips apart an old picture book, she’s magically transported into the world of Cinderella–as Katriona, one of the ugly stepsisters! Life turns upside down now that she’s a highborn lady and must learn how to survive the social season, including how to get through the door in a huge metal hoop skirt. To get back, she’ll have to complete the story, right to the end of happily ever after. But the odds are huge: the other stepsister is drop-dead gorgeous, the fairy godmother is nowhere to be found, and the prince, despite being insanely hot, openly dislikes balls. Can she ever return to the modern world?

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INITIAL THOUGHTS

I got this book months ago and just never got around to reading it. I’ve always been curious about fairy tale retellings, but I can’t remember any that I have read. Guess I haven’t been curious enough. But when I saw this book available for review, I instantly requested it. I love the Cinderella stories and all the movie adaptations. I’ve never heard the story from the ugly stepsister’s point of view, so I was definitely intrigued. Plus, I LOVE the cover.

WHAT I LIKED

Kat. I loved her. First of all, she was completely relatable. As soon as she compared herself to Belle from Beauty and the Beast because of her love of books, I knew I would love her. And she has always felt like the unpopular, unattractive one that no one notices, which I can relate to as well! So I was attached to her right away. Secondly, she has this determination and perseverance about her that I admire. Once she sets her mind on something, she does whatever it takes to get it done. She sticks up for what she believes in, unafraid to offend anyone or of the consequences. Such an awesome character to look up to.

The very real issues. While the majority of the book is based on the original Cinderella story, I really like the unique additions to it. For example, Kat is very adamant about making changes in this world she is forced to live in. She sees children working in horrible conditions and being treated like they don’t matter. She sees that women have no say in anything because they are inferior to men and should be only doing domestic duties. I love that she takes on such real issues as child labor and gender equality.

The references to modern-day pop culture. Ahh! I LOVED all the references to books and movies. She is stuck in this world that is 100% different from her world, but she can’t help comparing certain situations to what she is familiar with, such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Kill Bill, and Inception. At times, it made the story hilarious. This was such a fun part of the book. I absolutely loved it.

Kat and Edward’s relationship. Okay, their relationship was my favorite part of the book. She was so determined to make Prince Edward fall for Cinderella, but she couldn’t help falling for him herself. And I loved how cautious and hesitant she was around him. She didn’t throw herself at him, and she rejected his advances. Their relationship just gradually grew. It was heartwarming and sweet, and it was done perfectly.

The suspense. I just HAD to know how this book was going to end! I couldn’t stop reading it! My husband kept telling me to go to bed. But I couldn’t help myself. Was Kat ever going to get back to her real world? How was she going to get the prince to fall for Cinderella when he was falling for her? Was she going to give in and just stay in this world to be with Edward? WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN?! I was obsessed…

WHAT COULD’VE BEEN BETTER

At first, I wasn’t a fan of how Kat was transported to this story and time period. So she accidentally rips a book and is now cursed and stuck in the story? Books fall apart over time. That’s just what they do. I thought there could’ve been a better, more creative way to get her into the story. BUT, as the story progressed, I totally forgot about what bothered me in the beginning because I was so captivated by everything about the book.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I loved this book so much that I told my mom all about it and the author, which I never do. (By the way, mom was ecstatic because the author is from Taiwan and so is my mom, so it was like a family member of hers became a published author. Too funny.) I read a lot, but I don’t usually bug my family and friends about the books I read because they are not readers. But I had to tell them about this one! It is so, so good! I mean, we all love the Cinderella story, but it has been told the same way for years. It was so refreshing to read a completely different version of it. The amazing protagonist, the humor, the romance, the suspense, the fascinating plot. Everything about this book was incredible, and I am super happy that I got the chance to read it. I can’t wait to read the sequel, which is coming out next year! Kudos to Aya Ling for her awesome storytelling skills. She just became my new favorite author!

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5 out of 5 Hearts!


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Aya is from Taiwan, where she struggles daily to contain her obsession with mouthwatering and unhealthy foods. Often she will devour a good book instead. Her favorite books include martial arts romances, fairy tale retellings, high fantasy, cozy mysteries, and manga.

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Review: Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth

I know I’ve been MIA lately, but student teaching is kicking my butt. So, when I started my week off for Thanksgiving break, I jumped right back into reading! I received an ebook copy of this book from the author months ago, so I was ecstatic to finally read it. Enjoy my review!

23351890Title: Escape from Witchwood Hollow

Author: Jordan Elizabeth

Published by: Curiosity Quills Press on October 29th, 2014

Length: 178 pages (eBook)

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Source: Author

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

book blurb

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Everyone in Arnn – a small farming town with more legends than residents – knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.

After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.

Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.

To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness.

How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?

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INITIAL THOUGHTS

This was one of the first review requests I got when I started my blog. I initially had mixed feelings because the fantasy genre has always been a hit or miss for me and witches aren’t my favorite topic, but I wanted to give it a try. Plus, the cover and book blurb intrigued me!

WHAT I LIKED

The writing. I had never read this author, so I set my expectations fairly low. Turns out I didn’t need to. This book was so well-written. It felt like I was reading a book by an author who has been writing for 30 years. I was very impressed. This story could’ve easily gotten confusing because there were about three different time periods, and unfortunately, this is not usually done well in my experience of reading these types of books; however, Jordan Elizabeth nailed it. I never once questioned which time period I was in. And the writing style was awesome. Just enough detail, not too much or too little. The dialogue felt natural and didn’t seem forced. Plus, the story flowed so smoothly.

The mystery. Wow. I didn’t expect to get so sucked into this story and the mystery behind it all. I couldn’t stop reading once I started. I just kept asking myself: what is going on with these woods? Is there really a witch? What is she doing? Who are all these different characters? How are they all connected? And once I gradually began to figure things out, I had to pretty much put the book down and clap because it was amazing. Kudos to the author for keeping me guessing and keeping the mystery alive until the very end.

The characters. I really liked Honoria and Albertine. They both suffered yet were so determined in their own unique way. And I was so attached to them. I cared so much about what happened to them and the other characters. I just HAD to know how it ended, which kept me up late reading. And I LOVE when that happens. It’s no fun reading a book if you don’t care about the characters.

WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED

Maybe adding an epilogue. I would’ve liked to see how the characters are doing afterward, even something very short. I just got so attached, so I wanted to know more. BUT, this is such a minor issue. It didn’t even have an impact on my rating or my thoughts on the book. It’s just a personal preference of mine.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Omg, I loved this book! I’m so glad I was contacted by the author, and I’m so glad I gave it a chance. I was beginning to think that the only books I would enjoy would have a romance at the center of the story, but I’m glad this story proved me wrong. It was full of mystery, suspense, intrigue, and so much more. I could go on and on. What a great first impression I got of this author. I can’t wait to read more from her!

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5 out of 5 Hearts!

Cover Reveal, Excerpt, & Giveaway: The Affiliate by K.A. Linde

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I am so excited to release the cover of K.A. Linde’s The Affiliate! This YA fantasy looks awesome!! And after reading the excerpt, I pretty much NEED to read this book…like now. Enjoy! And enter the giveaway for your chance to win an eARC!

Title: The Affiliate (Ascension, 1)

Author: K.A. Linde

Release Day: September 15th

Genre: YA Fantasy

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On the day of her Presenting, in front of the entire Byern Court, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm’s lifelong plans come to fruition when she’s chosen as an Affiliate to the Queen.

Or so she thinks. When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue and deadly magic, Cyrene’s position only grows more treacherous when she finds herself drawn to the one man she can never have…

King Edric himself.

Cyrene must decide if love is truly worth the price of freedom. Find out in this first book in USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s new Ascension series.

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“Do you enjoy the view?” King Edric asked.

“The rains have made the gardens bloom, and it warms my heart to see it so.”

“It is good to know that the gardener approves of the work.”

Cyrene laughed lightly. “I have not gardened in a month’s time. I fear I can no longer call myself a gardener.”

She remembered when she had told the king of her interest in gardening at the last feast day almost a week ago. After that dance, Queen Kaliana added a list of plants to her assignment, forcing her to reread every page she had already dredged through for information. It had wasted two entire days.

“Perhaps I could change that,” he offered.

He directed her down the staircase and into the courtyard below lit solely by the setting sun in the distance.

Her stomach churned at the thought of him offering assistance to any of her needs. It was like what she had read in her children’s books of the tales of Leifs, and how one request would be necessitated by a much larger sacrifice. Her biggest sacrifice at the present moment was time. She wanted nothing more than to finish her work on agriculture and prove that she could get moved somewhere that involved traveling…and adventure.

“On the contrary, My King, I am fully enthralled in my Affiliate duties, and believe that gardening would only distract me from my work.”

“You cannot spare one afternoon to spend in my gardens?” His blue-gray eyes searched her face. “If you have half the green thumb you suggest, then it would be delightful to have you on the grounds.”

She swallowed. “I really have much work to accomplish before we go on Processional.”

“I could speak to the Queen and request it be lessened,” he whispered into the evening air.

“No!” It was the first time he had ever admitted to discussing her with the Queen. Hearing him admit it aloud made her voice come out strangled.

Cyrene missed her footing on the pebble path and stumbled forward a pace. Edric steadied her. He turned his body to face her in the middle of the garden, and her breath caught at the sight of him in the setting sun.

“You do not wish me to speak to the Queen?”

“I spoke out of turn. Please forgive me.”

“I cannot forgive that which I do not understand. Did the Queen somehow offend you?”

Cyrene shook her head. “I fear that the Queen does not…like me.”

Edric laughed softly, taking one of her hands in his own. “Oh Cyrene, I believe that the Queen likes no one but herself.”

Cyrene found that she, too, could laugh at his comment.

“Now, tell me what the Queen has done to make you believe that she dislikes you.”

“It’s nothing, my King.” She turned her face away from his. She couldn’t possibly tell him the real reason.

“Enough to infuriate you, which is enough for me.”

When she looked back up into his blue-gray eyes she felt that same magnetic pull between them. Somehow she had not realized how close they were standing. His hand felt warm against her bare skin. His body only a few inches away from her. His breath hot on her face. Her heart contracted in her chest, and she forced herself to respond.

“She speaks of…of your interference, as if…as if you…”

Time stretched between them, and she thought for a split second he might move even closer to her. She was rooted in place, captivated by his gaze.

“Yes?” His other hand drifted to her waist, and she was suddenly on fire.

Their breath mingled together as she murmured, “As if you favor me.”

“And do you think that?”

“I…”

“Yes?” he asked, stepping closer.

“I think you have your queen,” she breathed.

 

About K.A. Linde:

kalinde copyUSA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde is the author of The Affiliate, the first book in the Ascension Series. As a military brat, she traveled the world with her family, imaginary friends, and ever-increasing supply of books. She has spent much of her life dreaming up new worlds and characters and forcing them into uncomfortable, usually life-threatening scenarios. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a masters degree in political science, she began spending every waking hour putting those characters onto paper.

When not writing, she spends her time dancing, collecting paperbacks in the hopes of filling a Beauty and the Beast style library one day, traveling to visit her friends who live all over the country, and still reading anything she can get her hands on. She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and two puppies, Lucy and Riker, where she is hard at work on her next novel.

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Review: The Blind World by M.C. Rohweder

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Title: The Blind World

Author: M.C. Rohweder

Length: 244 pages (eBook)

Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy

Source: Enchanted Book Promotions

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Synopsis:

Miranda Schaffer just wants a little freedom for the start of college. Having convinced her parents to let her live in the house left to them by her great-aunt Janine, she’s excited. That is, until her classmate, Cole, tries to convince her that the house is one of the tools needed by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to raise Hell.

Cole identifies himself as a Guardian, whose sole purpose in life is to prevent the gateway to Hell—supposedly Miranda’s basement—from falling into the wrong hands. Miranda brushes off his concerns, thinking he’s crazy.

On top of that, the cute real estate agent interested in the house is, according to Cole, one of the Four Horsemen, and she should stay away from him at all costs. That’s easier said than done when she can’t get him out of her head.

Will her indecision leave her with Hell to pay?

My Review:

Talk about a love triangle! From being new girl in town to having a classmate/Guardian and realtor/possible Horseman of the Apocalypse fighting over her, Miranda is definitely having a rather odd and unexpected start to her first year of college. As all love triangles, I have chosen a side, and I pretty much despise the other side (Cough::Team Cole!!!::Cough). Even though I often got irritated when my girl Miranda decided to pay more attention to the “enemy,” I do see the attraction there…I guess. That being said, I have to give it up to the author for her awesome writing talent because I love being completely invested in a fictional relationship where I care way too much about whether or not the heroine picks who I want her to pick. (No spoilers here! You’ll have to read it for yourself.)

The characters were great. You have Miranda, who could be equally awesome and frustrating at times; Cole, who I now have a serious crush on; Caleb, who has his moments and who I bet a lot of readers will love (not including me); TJ, who is the best friend you’ve always wanted; Alexa, who I wanted to slap at times but is probably just misunderstood; and a few other minor characters that all made up the perfect cast. So many times I read books where there aren’t enough characters or there are too many characters or the good outweigh the bad or vice versa, but this group was just perfect.

I really liked the plot. It almost reminded me of one of my favorite shows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with the girl being pretty much thrown into a new supernatural life, a familiar building being literally on top of the gateway to hell, and the love triangle with a seemingly good guy and bad guy. However, this story had its own unique spin with the Guardians and the Horsemen, which I’m excited to learn more about (hopefully) in the rest of the series. So, I really enjoyed it.

If I had to complain about something, there were two little issues I had. 1) The constant back and forth between Cole and Caleb got a little annoying for me. It felt like Miranda was kind of playing them, which I know wasn’t her intention. BUT, this did give the suspense needed for a proper love triangle angle of a story. 2) I didn’t like how Miranda’s best friend’s name changed about halfway through the book. Even though, it made complete sense and was logical, I had a hard time getting used to the new name. Compared to the awesomeness that is this book, these issues can be overlooked.

Overall, I really liked this book, and I’m super excited about discovering this author. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series, and I’ll be impatiently waiting for their release. I need more Cole in my life!

*I was provided with an ARC of this book from Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.*

About the Author:

M.C. Rohweder is from Sin City, where The Brimstone Series takes place. She has been writing for as long as she can remember, and hopes her readers love her stories as much as she loves writing them.

Twitter: @mcrohweder

Facebook: Facebook.com/MCRohweder

Website: www.MCRohweder.com

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Be sure to check out the author and this book, which is the start to what I know will be an amazing series!