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Moon Mark by Scarlett Dawn

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Official Blurb

When natural disaster strikes Joyal, Madeline is tossed from her planet into the hands of the Kireg. Madeline has always feared the Kireg, an alien who can bend—or snap—a mind with only a thought. What she found on their home planet is even more frightening. Civil unrest has exploded and enemies are everywhere. But the one thing she never expected to find was her mate, the rebellion leader who started the war.

Review

Moon Mark was nothing and everything I expected from Scarlett Dawn. With what I’ve come to consider her signature mix of sexy and humor, Scarlett Dawn takes us on a wild ride with Geo and Madeline. You guys, this one had me blushing like crazy! It’s a little dark, kind of twisted – my eyebrows shot up and my jaw dropped at least once. I read one portion aloud to my husband giggling like a child because man, oh man, was it sexy.
Scarlett Dawn excels at creating badass bitches and hot as heck alpha males and she does not let us down here. Seriously, you thought that the Mian’s were a little possessive of Briata? Yeah… Geo takes it to a whole new level. Yet, he did not once come off as stalkerish and creepy to me in the way that these super testosterone filled characters have potential to do. Madeline is a good, strong character. She worked through her fears, (reluctantly) kept an open mind to new things, and she stood up for herself and for others. She protected those she could.
My only complaint is that we didn’t get to see enough of these two together. I’m not talking about sexy-times because there was plenty of that for sure, but if felt like it lacked a little emotional connection. Yes, this story took place in the midst of civil war and a lot happened in the course of the short novella, but I wished we had gotten to see the characters having a little bit of fun together – actually getting to know one another. A little bit more flirting and emotional foreplay would have gone a long way with me.
Despite that, this is a solid four stars and great quick read if you’re looking something with a bit of action, some steamy romance, and a few laughs. If you enjoyed getting to know the Mians in Cold Mark, you’ll enjoy a glimpse into the world of the Kireg in Moon Mark!!

Go get your copy at Amazon now!!

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June Reads!!

Even the avid reader that I am, I typically look forward to summer for all the amazing movies that are surely on the way.
(more than one this summer, a fabulous adaptation from novels – Serious! We get Me Before You, The Jungle Book, Through The Looking Glass. And that’s just what’s already been released!)

But this summer, the books are REALLY stepping it up too!! I can’t remember the last time I’ve had such a long reading list for brand new books so I thought I’d take the time share the books I’m most excited to read this month!Belle

Okay, so not ALL of them are June releases. I may be a little behind, but here they are, in no particular order!!

  • MOON MARK by Scarlett Dawn – Okay, so maybe there’s a little bit of an order because I am soooo excited for this novel! If you didn’t have a chance to read Cold Mark (originally released as a novella series, but now sold as a single book and currently on kindle unlimitedyou are missing out. This one is a stand alone though, and follows different characters so, you don’t have to read Cold Mark. FUN fact?? Amazon currently says Moon Mark will be featured on Kindle Unlimited as well! This one comes out toward the end of the month, but you can pre-order!!
  • GAME MASTER by Scarlett Dawn – Yeah, two reads from Mrs. Dawn this month. Go, ahead, jump up and down, don’t bother to contain your excitement. This one is actually part of the Skeleton Key series, which will feature 30 fantasy stories you’re sure to love! Game Master along with the rest of the series should be out June 15!
  • THIRD TIME’S A CHARM by Tara Brown – This one is already out! Actually it released a couple of weeks ago and is the third installment in the Crimson Cove series. I haven’t had a chance to pick it up just yet but I’m super excited to! This whole series is also on kindle unlimited if you haven’t started reading yet, it’s a fabulous YA mystery meets love series!
  • PUCK BUDDIES by Tara Brown – Puck Buddies is part of the Roommate series that is sure to be the perfect mix of hilarity that will make you giggle (and possibly snort) and romance that will have you swooning.It comes out June 25 and I am PUMPED to read this one!! Pre-order it here and get excited because it, too, will be on kindle unlimited! (honestly, I could be their spokeswoman because it’s like suddenly EVERYTHING awesome is on unlimited and I am dying happy).
  • GODS by Ednah Walters – This is an extention of the universe created in the Runes series that, if you haven’t read, is awesome. Norse Mythology, bad boys, magic… it has everything and the newest installment coming on June 14 is sure to be just as good!

Okay, I’ll stop there with just my top five of the month, but my actual reading list this month is about 15 books (if I don’t keep finding and adding new ones… which I totally will!) What can I say?
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What are your favorite JUNE reads?? Anything awesome coming out that I’ve missed???

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THE FALLEN PRINCE by Amalie Howard

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Oh my goodness, you guys, prepare to transported by Amalie Howard’s THE FALLEN PRINCE, a Young Adult Science Fiction novel and the sequel to THE ALMOST GIRL! Publishers Weekly calls the first in the series “a high-octane thriller.” Grab your copy of this amazing novel today!

 

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About THE FALLEN PRINCE:

Riven has fought for a hard-won peace in her world, and has come to shaky terms with who and what she is—a human with cyborg DNA. Now that the rightful ruler of Neospes has been reinstated, Riven is on the hunt for her father in the Otherworld to bring him to justice for his crimes against her people.

But when she receives an unwelcome visit from two former allies, she knows that trouble is brewing once again in Neospes. The army has been decimated and there are precious few left to fight this mysterious new threat.

To muster a first line of defense, her people need help from the one person Riven loathes most—her father. But what he wants in return is her complete surrender.

And now Riven must choose: save Neospes or save herself.

 

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Review

(I recieved an eARC of The Fallen Prince in exchange for an honest review)

If you’ve read The Almost Girl you know even before picking up The Fallen Prince that you are in for a treat!! (If you haven’t read The Almost Girl – stop reading this immediately and start reading Amalie Howard’s The Almost Girl… it’ll blow your mind!) Because honestly, I have to say that this sequel is even better than the original!

The quick-paced, action packed story picks up after The Almost Girl’s end and gives you exactly what you were craving. It was clear to me that between novels Amalie Howard upped her story-telling game! The plot moved at the perfect pace, the character’s were given more depth, and the world-building (oh my god, the world building) was on point! Amalie Howard successfully took us on another adventure into a new world that was at once terrifying, thrilling, and attention grabbing! I LOVE when authors transport us to another world and earth seems to fall away and Howard successfully did that in The Fallen Prince.

As I mentioned, the characters, Riven and Caden experienced a lot of growth and were given more depth. Riven was, to me, a lot more likable in The Fallen Prince. She was smarter, wiser, and stronger. Caden is a leader. I very much enjoyed watching the pair grow, both together and make sacrifices they had to for the greater good. It always irks me when a romance seems to be the focal point and the only thing that matters to the protagonists when there’s so much more important stuff going on, but that did not happen here. The romance was seamlessly added into the story, paced well with the rest of the plot and action!

I’d say the series is definitely worth a read. Even if you aren’t necessarily a cyborg fan (I’m not either), you may find yourself pleasantly surprised and totally into the novel (I did!).

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Praise for THE FALLEN PRINCE:

 

“[P]acked with action . . . Imagery is the highlight of this book.”—VOYA

“A parallel-dimension–jumping cyborg soldier must make questionable alliances to save her country from an existential threat in this sequel to The Almost Girl. [O]ffers a solid conclusion.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This sequel to The Almost Girl was everything I wanted: non-stop action, smart science, new and intriguing characters, and a satisfying romance. I couldn’t put it down!” —Page Morgan, author of The Beautiful and the Cursed

“[T]he next step in a dark, clever and thrilling scorched-earth, world-hopping adventure.” —Jet Black Ink

 

Excerpt

We zoom off in opposite directions and I watch as the ship hovers into stealth mode, mirroring the stone face of the mountain behind it. With my enhanced vision, I can see the slight haze of its outline, but if I didn’t already know it was there, it’d be undetectable. After stashing the bike on the far side of a large boulder, I crouch down and wait. The instrument panel on my wrist says it’s nearly a hundred degrees and climbing, but the suit does its job, wicking moisture away from my body and keeping me cool. I scan the horizon, but there’s nothing but hazy bands of heat flickering through the morning sunlight. I finger the hilts of my ninjatas. Something is off. It’s too quiet.
“See anything?” Bass’s voice buzzes in my ear.
“Not a thing.”
“Me, either.”
“Weird, right? I mean, you’d think we’d see something. A beetle or a bug, but it’s all gravel.” I glance down at a small round orb and prod it with my toe. It rolls to the side and three gaping holes stare up at me. It’s not gravel. It’s a skull.
Add bones to the list, I think as a similar white sphere catches my attention—this one slightly bigger than the first. Frowning, I squint through the reflection of the sun and kick at the pebbles beneath my feet. A dozen more skulls roll out along with limb bones of all sizes—all picked clean.

 

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Amalie Howard - headshotAbout Amalie Howard:

AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.

She is the award-winning author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller, and the sequel, Bloodcraft, was a national silver IPPY medalist. She is also the co-author of the adult historical romance series, THE LORDS OF ESSEX. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children.

 

 

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Amalie Howard’s THE FALLEN PRINCE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

May 30th

Movies, Shows & Books – Excerpt

My YA NA Book Obsession – Review & Excerpt

Adventures in Writing – Excerpt

The LitBuzz – Review

Deluged with Books Cafe – Excerpt

WTF Are You Reading? – Review & Excerpt

Rambling Reads – Excerpt

AC Book Blog – Excerpt

Cynthia Bloggs – Excerpt

May 31st

Dazzled by Books – Excerpt

Comic Book Love – Review

Pandora’s Books – Excerpt

Have Words Will Scribble – Review & Excerpt

Vagabonda Reads – Excerpt

Hannah’s Words – Review & Excerpt

The Romance Reviews – Excerpt

Maari Loves Her Indies – Excerpt

June 1st

Socially Awkward Book Nerd – Excerpt

Escape Inside the Pages – Review & Excerpt

SnoopyDoo’s Book Reviews – Excerpt

Penny For My Thoughts – Review

Blissfully bookerized – Excerpt

Amy’s Review Obsession – Review

Bookish Things & More – Excerpt

Readers Live A Thousand Lives – Excerpt

June 2nd

Book it – Review & Excerpt

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

Books Need TLC – Review & Excerpt

BookCrushin – Excerpt

Roxy’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Romance Book Nerd – Excerpt

Mes Livres – Review & Excerpt

TMBA Corbett Tries to Write – Excerpt

The Rest Is Still Unwritten – Review & Excerpt

June 3rd

The book slayer – Review & Excerpt

Fishing for Books – Excerpt

The Recipe Fairy – Review & Excerpt

YA Book Divas – Excerpt

2 girls who love books – Excerpt

Book Lovers Life – Excerpt

Only One More Page – Excerpt

Teen Readers’ Diary – Excerpt

June 4th

Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps – Review & Excerpt

Hart’s Romance Pulse – Excerpt

The Cover Contessa – Review & Excerpt

Evermore Books – Excerpt

The A P Book Club – Review & Excerpt

The Travelogue of a book addict – The Book Drealms – Excerpt

City of Books – Review & Excerpt

RhiReading – Excerpt

Danielle’s Domain – Excerpt

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