I am thrilled to be one of the hosts for the Bloodstone Saga book tour. This week is dedicated to With My Last Breath. Today I have an excerpt from With My Last Breath and twofabulous giveaways! Check out my review ofEvery Last Kiss here (it was awesome!).
Goodreads Description: "Just when Harmonia thought she had saved everyone she loved, the unthinkable happens and her life is shattered… in the space of just one breath.
Now, she is left alone to shoulder a challenge, because she alone can fulfill a prophecy and restore Olympus. She knows she can succeed; she is the daughter of gods, after all. But will doing so cause her to lose herself?
To find Zeus’ sword, she is forced to return to a place that she knows will cause her pain. But she willingly goes in order to save everyone she loves, because pain alone cannot kill her. Or can it?"
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Author: Courtney Cole Publisher: Lakehouse Press Release Date: April 21, 2011 Source: For Review Format: ARC Goodreads Description: "What would you do if you held Fate in your hands? 17-year old Macy Lockhart has the weight of the world on her shoulders. For thousands of years, she has been a Keeper in the ancient organization, the Order of the Moirae… and she literally holds fate in her hands. But this is something that she forgets because her memories are wiped clean in every life until it is time for her cycle to start again. For the last two thousand years, this has never been a problem. Until now. And now…Fate, the very thing that Macy was born to keep, is being challenged and she has only one choice: To return to a previous life to fix it; a life where she was Cleopatra’s handmaiden, Charmian. And that’s not all. Unless she interferes with the fabric of time, the very thing she has returned to repair, her soul mate will die leading Marc Antony’s forces against Rome. Can she really stand aside and allow the love of her life to die all over again?"
Time travel, mythology, Ancient Egypt…where could you
possible go wrong? Every Last Kiss by
Courtney Cole was a wonderful story! I have always been a fan of time travel,
mythology, and historical fiction, so I was bound to love this book. Courtney
Cole has an engaging writing style that is bound to capture the reader’s
attention and leave them wanting more.
My favorite part of Every
Last Kiss was definitely the romance. I wasn’t overly attached to any of
the characters, but the scenes between Chairman and Hasani were swoon-worthy. I’m
expecting similar things from the rest of the series!
The plotline was also very intriguing. Chairman/Macy, is
reincarnated and meets a tragic ending in every lifetime. This makes for some
great historical fiction and allows the reader to travel to many different
places with the same characters. In Every
Last Kiss, we only see Ancient Egypt and the United States, but I imagine
that we will get to travel to other exotic places in the rest of the series.
Another thing I particularly enjoyed in Every Last Kiss was the writing style. There was not a single time
that I thought the wording was funny or the pacing was wrong. It flowed really
well and made the story that much more enjoyable.
Overall Every Last
Kiss is a fantastic read from a very talented author. I recommend it for
fans of mythology, Ancient Egypt, time travel, and steamy romance. I’m looking
forward to reading the rest of Courtney Cole’s Bloodstone saga!
Author: Cayla Kluver Publisher: Harlequinn Teen Release Date: June 28, 2011 Source: Purchased Format: Paperback Goodreads Description:
"I noticed his eyes. They were blue, sharp and intense. Despite the youthful glows of his suntanned face, his eyes were cold and unfriendly, suggesting he had great experience in the world and was now expecting the worst.
In her seventeenth year, Princess Alera of Hytanica faces one duty: to marry the man who will be king. But her father's choice of suitor fills her with despair.
When the palace guard captures and intruder—a boy her age with steel-blue eyes, hailing from her kingdom's greatest enemy—Alera is alarmed…and intrigued. But she could not have guessed that their clandestine meetings would unveil the dark legacy shadowing both their lands.
In this mystical world of court conspiracies and blood magic, loyalties will be tested. Courage won't be enough. And as the battle begins for everything Alera holds dear, love may be the downfall of a kingdom."
Legacy was a slow
book for me in the beginning because of all of the character building, world
building, and plot set-up. I consider this a necessary evil in most high
fantasy novels, and Cayla Kluver’s debut novel proved to be worth the less-than
riveting beginning. The two things that drew me into Legacy were the romance and character building.
Likeable, three-dimensional characters are essential to a good
book. Without them, we don’t enjoy the story because it becomes difficult to
connect with the characters (and therefore the story). Alera, proved to be a
likeable main character, albeit naïve. What made me respect her was her
constant struggle to be taken seriously in a chauvinistic society and her
desire for freedom. As the crown princess of Hytanica, Alera knows her duty is
to marry a man that is suitable to rule the kingdom. While she wishes to marry
for love and find a husband who views her as more than a pretty face, there are
a great deal of obstacles she will have to overcome if she is ever to achieve
Alera has been commanded to find a husband in only a few
months, and her father has the perfect choice in mind—Steldor, the captain of
the guard’s son. Too bad Alera can’t stand him. Personally, I don’t think Steldor
is as bad as Alera thinks he is—which is another commendation to Kluver’s character
development skills. Fortunatley, Alera’s
aversion to Steldor creates a wonderful love triangle. The love triangle was
definitely the best part of the story for me, and I’m really anxious to see how
everything plays out in the rest of the series.
Legacy is ideal
for fans of love triangles and stories that are driven by character
development. It is pretty light on action
and adventure, but the attachments that you form to the characters and the
unexpected ending will leave you wanting more.
All in all, Legacy was a solid
novel and I’m looking forward to more stories from Cayla Kluver.
Goodreads Description: "Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who's had a bad year. She was smart and on track but then her mom left, her dad is depressed, she's graduating, barely, and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has. Then she meets Caleb. She saves his life and instantly knows there's something about him that's intriguing but she is supposed to be on her way to a date with his cousin. But things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally. They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she's ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive. Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, and a pain as well, but Caleb's enemies know he's imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities and take her from him. Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?"
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Author: Michelle Madow Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing Release Date: December 8, 2011 Source: Review Format: Paperback Goodreads Description: "When Chelsea Givens discovered that her ex-boyfriend Drew dumped her to be with her former best friend Lizzie, she'd never felt so betrayed in her life. Then her new friend Shannon tells her she can help set things right. Chelsea's willing to listen, but what Shannon wants her to believe -- that she shared a past life with Drew -- is impossible. And what she wants her to do to get him back … well, it's downright crazy. Could Shannon be telling the truth? And if she is, what lengths will Chelsea go if it means making Lizzie pay?
Find out in Vengeance, the second part of the Transcend Time Saga.
*Vengeance is the short story that bridges the events in Remembrance and the final novel in the Saga."
I am so excited that Vengeance
is told from Chelsea’s point of view because many readers hated her after
reading Remembrance. Personally, I
always felt really bad for Chelsea because from her perspective her boyfriend
cheated on her with her best friend.
After reading Vengeance,
I feel even more sympathetic towards Chelsea. Hearing Chelsea’s side of the
story at the beginning of Vengeance was
really heart-breaking. I can’t say any more than that or I’d be giving out
spoilers, but if you didn’t like Chelsea after reading Remembrance, Vengeance will
help you understand her side of the story.
Even though, Vengeance
added more sympathy to Chelsea’s character, I can’t say I was pleased with
her actions. I really like Lizzie and Drew, and I know that Chelsea’s actions
will impact them negatively. We’ll have to wait for the next book to see just
how bad the damage will be though!
As always, Michelle Madow weaves a captivating tale of love
and betrayal that entrances the reader from the very first page. Her stories
have a way of sucking you in, so that you find yourself thinking about them
long after you’ve finished reading. The Transcend
Time series is perfect for lovers of drama, reincarnation, and everlasting