-My Review Of The Prince By Jennifer Armentrout-

37531545Book: The Prince 
Series: A Wicked Trilogy, #3.5
Author: Jennifer Armentrout
Pages: 125
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Novella, Adult
Rating: 4-star

*ARC provided in exchange of an honest review.*

What’s It All About? 

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world (Wicked by Jennifer). And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.** 

She’s everything he wants….

Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.

She’s everything he can’t have…

Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.

She’s everything he’ll take….

But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing.

She’s everything he’d die for….

My Review In a Nutshell: 

Well, I wasn’t expecting to love this novella as much as I do. There was a lot of lusty heat packed into 125 pages. Like, damn.

First things first! You can absolutely read this if you haven’t read Wicked. BUT! If you do go that route, the resolution of Wicked is obviously discussed in The Prince, so it’ll be spoiler-ish.

One of the reasons I always come back to Jennifer’s novels are for the comedy and hilarious pop-culture references. As well as relatable heroines who are not only bad-ass, but intelligent and witty. The story moved quickly with a big WTF moment in each chapter, lots of action and thrill.

I also appreciate the message The Prince is putting out there about racism. Even though we are reading about Fae and humans, the lesson absolutely applies to modern day life. Basically, racism is REAL, no matter how much some want to pretend it is not.

I really loved this novella and can’t wait to read the next. There are some gaps to be filled and some kinks to be worked out, so i’m going to need The King right meow.

P.S TINK IS BACK, BITCHES.

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-Featured Book: The Girl Who Shot First By Angel Lawson-

Image may contain: 1 person, textGenre: Zombies, Horror, Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopia

What’s It All About? 

The last time Alexandra Ramsey sees her scientist father, he tells her to wait two weeks for him to return. If he doesn’t, she and her mother must locate her sister, who is over three hundred miles away in one of the states under quarantine. Assuming she survived, that is.

The virus spreads through the southern states, infecting the healthy and turning them into raging, cannibalistic versions of their former selves. Dr. Ramsey has spent months studying the E-TR Virus, seeking a way to stop the annihilation of the human race. Before he disappears, he hands Alexandra what may be the most valuable information in existence. Information that more than one powerful group will go to great lengths to possess.

Alexandra is no match for this world—one where men and women’s brains burn with infection and a compulsive need to spread the parasitic virus that could potentially wipe out mankind. The weak are a liability, but she made her father a promise. It’s a vow she intends to keep no matter how many lives are lost on the way.

*The Girl Who Shot First was formerly published under the title Zocopalypse.*

To Purchase: https://amzn.to/2ON8nxu

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-Girl, Wash Your Face By Rachel Hollis-

Image result for girl wash your face“Stop believing the lies about who you are so you can become who you were meant to be.” 

I have never loved a quote SO. Damn. Much. Often, especially as little girls, we are labeled. We are bossy, we are mean, dramatic, we are ugly, too fat, too skinny- the list goes on.

Those words, they stick with us. Especially when they’re repeated on a daily bases, even worse when it is by a superior. Like a parent, teacher, aunt, or uncle. I spent years trying to prove I wasn’t the things my parents labeled me as. Then it hit me, they were wrong. They were fucking wrong.

What’s It All About? 

As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.

With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.

With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle–and how to give yourself grace without giving up.

 

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-Featured Book: To Make Monsters Out Of Girls By Amanda Lovelace-

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This is the writer who gave me a love for poetry.

What’s It All About?

“What happens when the man of your dreams turns out to be a nightmare with sharp teeth and claws?”

Winner of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Poetry, amanda lovelace presents her new illustrated duology, “things that h(a)unt.” In this first installment, to make monsters out of girls, lovelace explores the memory of being in an abusive relationship. She poses the eternal question: Can you heal once you’ve been marked by a monster, or will the sun always sting?

To Buy: https://amzn.to/2nzsfHX

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-Decorating With Books-

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Notice something odd? 

Some of the books are turned around! 

I used to think this was so weird. But while decorating my family room, I kept a strict color-scheme and my OCD was crying over my hoard of mix-matched books with not-so-pretty spines. 

So, I flipped them around!

Would y’all flip your books around? Or would you feel like you’re hurting their feelings? (That was my issue 😂)

Some people, including myself, remove the jackets off of hardbacks! Go do it, you’ll be surprised by how pretty what’s underneath is.

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-Major Changes in the Origin Event Line-Up-

Sarah J. Maas will no longer attending The Origin Event due to scheduling conflicts. Per The Origin Even Facebook page, Sarah will be sending swag. 

“Good news on that front her publisher is going to be sending us some awesome Kingdom of Ash tour exclusives to give away on a first come first serve basis. They will also be sending us SJM’s signature stamp for any attendees who want to bring their books to get stamped. I know it doesn’t totally make up for her not being able to be there in person but it’s pretty darn cool of them to do that for us!”

=Authors no longer attending=

I am linking their names to their Goodreads profiles, because you should still read the works of these amazing authors! 

=NEW AUTHORS ADDED TO THE EVENT=


Emily Rose

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What’s It All About? 

For Miles Conrad, moving to Hampton, Georgia was a way to escape the darkness of his past.
Working as a bartender, he has family and the simple life he never had before.
But sometimes, the past doesn’t want to stay where it belongs, especially when it comes to Reanna “Ray” Adams. She’s the girl he could never have. The girl he could only dream of having, yet the same girl who could get under his skin like nothing else.
And it seems that no matter how far he can run from everything that is Ray, it’ll never be far enough.
But things aren’t the same.
He has changed.
In a lot of ways.
But….
All it takes is one moment.
One twisted second…
To shatter everything.

To Purchase: https://amzn.to/2OoDDSp


Laurelin Paige

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What’s It All About?

You have the right to remain sexy.

Anything you say can and will be used to get you in my bed.

You have the right to use my body to give yourself a delirious, life-changing orgasm.

If you have trouble… don’t worry, I’m a bit of an expert in that department.

There’s nothing ‘thin’ about my blue line, if you catch my drift, and trust me, I know how to put those handcuffs to good use.

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Livia Ward wants a baby before she’s thirty.  And even though Officer Chase Kelly is exactly the kind of cocky jerk this librarian has sworn off, he is undeniably hot.  Both of them think they can give each other what they want—a few nights of fun for Officer Kelly, a no-strings baby for Livia—but this hot cop is about to learn that sex, babies, and love don’t always play by the rules.

To Purchase: https://amzn.to/2AY9lUI


For the full:

-Origin Event Reading Challenge-

 

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-Audibles Romance Package!-

From period pieces to love triangles, irresistible alphas to sexy immortals. Find all the stories that make your heart race with the Audible Romance Package.

It’s only 6.95 a month, y’all.

I spend that in an hour on only ONE book. 

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And! You get to read/listen all of Reese’s picks from her hellosunshine book Club!!

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-Release Blitz: The Last Valkyrie By Karina Espinosa-

What’s It All About? 
 Raven Romero is a washed up Valkyrie who is unable to return to Valhalla, spending her days in a haze of sex, drugs, and alcohol.
When she is wrongfully accused of murder, Raven has two options: run or clear her name. With a laundry list of enemies, she has no idea who could be framing her. One thing is for sure: they know what she is and they’ll stop at nothing until she’s behind bars or dead.
With no choice but to delve into the supernatural underground she tried so hard to avoid, Raven seeks aid and learns what it means to be human.
The world believes her kind no longer exists, but Raven Romero is The Last Valkyrie.

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-What was Harley Quinn Reading in Suicide Squad?-

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*DRUM ROLL*

Harley Quinn was reading Between the Sheets by Molly O’Keefe!

Image result for between the sheets o'keefeWhat’s It All About? 

After years of running, Wyatt Svenson has now parked himself in Bishop, Arkansas, trying to do the right thing and parent a son he didn’t even know he had until recently. Over six feet tall and packed with muscles and power, Ty likes to get his hands dirty, fixing his motorcycle at night and keeping his mind away from the mistakes he’s made. Then his pretty neighbor shows up on his driveway, doesn’t bother to introduce herself, and complains about the noise. First impression? She should loosen up. Funny that she turns out to be his son’s elementary school art teacher—and the only one willing to help his troubled boy. Ty needs her. In more ways than one.

Though Shelby Monroe is safe in her structured life, she is drawn to Ty’s bad-boy edge and rugged sexuality. What if she just lets it all go: her worries about her mother, her fear of heartbreak, and her tight self control? What if she grabs Ty and takes a ride on the wild side? “What if” becomes reality—intense, exhilarating . . . and addictive. But Ty wants more than a secret affair. He wants it all with Shelby. But will she take a chance and open her heart? Ty is determined to convince Shelby to take the biggest risk of her life: on him.

To Purchase: https://amzn.to/2K4HCRJ

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Review of Sweet Sixteen by Brenda Rothert

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Book: Sweet Sixteen
Author: Brenda Rothert
Publisher and Publication Date: Silver Sky Publishing, Inc.
Pages: 213
Genre: New Adult Romance
Rating: 4-star

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.*

What’s It All About? 

They say roses are the most beautiful…

Gin Fielding is counting the days until she escapes the small-town life of Roper, Missouri for college at NYU. She prefers to blend in, though she’s far from invisible. But when she protects a younger student from a bully, the spotlight turns on her in ways she never imagined.

I say that every rose has its thorn…

The Friday night lights shine bright on Chase Matthews. Roper’s golden boy, Chase can do no wrong, enjoying the small-town celebrity being the star quarterback brings. When Gin defends his little sister against a bully, he decides to lend her his star power and change her senior year in ways she never imagined.

But maybe the thorns are part of their beauty.

When Gin declines Chase’s invitation to be part of the elite Sweet Sixteen, the repercussions turn both their lives upside down. But amidst the chaos, Gin and Chase find solace in one another. Together, they confront the ugly truth— that sometimes glory has a dark side.

***Warning—Sweet Sixteen is an upper YA book with mature themes and is intended for readers 18+.

 My Review in a Nutshell:

When I realized what Sweet Sixteen actually meant, I shat my pants. Just kidding. But my stream of emotions went like this:

  1. Shock
  2. Horror
  3. Intrigued
  4. Anger
  5. Confusion
  6. Rinse and repeat

Those emotions made this book a one-sit-read.

I instantly fell in love with Gin, and instantly love-hated Chase. She is an outcast in her football driven hick town, and he’s the golden boy. Polar opposites. Which made their budding relationship that much more interesting. But not in the ways you think. Brenda really broke the mold on character development. *DEAR GOD I WISH I COULD SAY MORE BUT I CAN NOT.*

I appreciate how many important issues were gracefully tackled in this book: misogyny, racism, abuse of all kinds… The plot is scandalous, the kind that’ll mind-fuck you for years to come because it is REAL LIFE and showcases how desensitized our society has become.

Nothing was sugar coated here; not everything will be wrapped up in a pretty little bow in the end. And I loved it.

There’s a lesson to be learned through Gin and Chase. Their story is more than romance. so. damn. much. more.

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