eARC REVIEW: The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember

Tiger's Watch CoverTitle: The Tiger’s Watch (Ashes of Gold #1)

Author: Julia Ember

Expected Publication Date: August 22, 2017

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Rating: ★★/ 2 Stars

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.

When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.

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Mini ARC REVIEW: Something to Remember by Elliot Junkyard

35910898Title: Something to Remember

Author: Elliott Junkyard

Publication Date:August 4, 2017

Rating: ★★★★★/ 5 Stars

Genre: Magic, f/nb romance, Fantasy

When Emma applied to study healing magic with one of the most prestigious mages in the country, she never thought she’d actually be accepted into the program. Her bags are packed but she is not ready to go. Accepting the position means she’ll be apart from her partner, Sky for three long months. But Sky has a night planned that Emma won’t soon forget.

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REVIEW: Takeover by Anna Zabo

20922758Title: Takeover (Takeover Series #1)

Author: Anna Zabo

Publication Date: August 19, 2014

Publisher: InterMix

Rating: ★★★/ 3 Stars

Genre: contemporary, m/m romance, bdsm

Michael Sebastian thought Curacao would be the perfect place to have a little fun in the sun—and between the sheets. So far, no one has struck his interest, until Sam Anderson walks into the bar. With one look at his tense body and expensive suit, Michael knows that this is a man in need of release. And Michael is more than willing to lend a hand.

Shattered by the most intense sex he’s ever had, Sam has to face the facts—one night with a handsome, dominating stranger is all he gets before returning to the closet he’s been suffocating in for years. But when Sam starts his new job as the CEO of a failing technology company, he discovers that Michael is one of his new employees.

While Michael is desperate for another night with Sam, he knows he shouldn’t get involved with his boss, let alone another man who can’t accept who he is. But as they’re forced to work together to save the company, the desire sparking between them becomes impossible to ignore…

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eARC REVIEW: All the Wrong Chords by Christine Hurley Deriso

All The Wrong Chords CoverTitle: All the Wrong Chords

Author: Christine Hurley Deriso

Expected Publication Date: December 12th 2017

Publisher: Flux

Rating: ★★★★/ 4 Stars

Genre: Contemporary, music, ya

Scarlett Stiles is desperate for a change of scenery after her older brother, Liam, dies of a drug overdose. But spending the summer with her grandfather wasn’t exactly what she had in mind.

Luckily, Scarlett finds something to keep her busy–a local rock band looking for a guitarist. Even though playing guitar has been hard since Liam died, Scarlett can’t pass on an opportunity like this, and she can’t take her eyes off the band’s hot lead singer either.

Is real happiness just around the corner? Or will she always be haunted by her brother’s death?

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eARC REVIEW: Fast Forward by Xio Axelrod

35392066Title: Fast Forward

Author: Xio Axelrod

Publication Date: June 27, 2017

Rating: ★★★★/ 4 Stars

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance (music as a subgenre?)

As a nineteen-year-old, wunderkind doctoral candidate, Ian Waters had little interest in social interaction. Books were his companions, and that had suited him just fine. Then a hurricane named Jessen Sørensen blew into his life, throwing Ian off his axis.

On the cusp of rock stardom, Jessen had burned brightly, and Ian had fallen heart-first under his spell. But Ian soon learned he was only a temptation, a pit stop on the road to the rocker’s dreams, and Jessen was gone as quickly as he’d come. Ian buried his heartache in academia, the only home he’d ever known.

When Ian encounters Jessen at a party, the seven-year separation seems insurmountable. There’s too much pain, too much distrust. But Jessen declares he has a new dream, and that’s a life with Ian.

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eARC REVIEW: Taproot by Keezy Young

35833506Title: Taproot

Author: Keezy Young

Expected Publication Date: September 26, 2017

Publisher: Lion Forge

Rating: ★★★★★/ 5 Stars

Genre: Comic, necromancy, ghost/human, m/m romance

Blue is having a hard time moving on. He’s in love with his best friend. He’s also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart’s content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal’s strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means… leaving him

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eARC REVIEW: Starswept by Mary Fan

cover118113-mediumTitle: Starswept

Author: Mary Fan

Expected Publication Date: August 29, 2017

Rating: ★★★★/ 4 Stars

Genre: Sci-fi, romance, YA

Some melodies reach across the stars.

In 2157, the Adryil—an advanced race of telepathic humanoids—contacted Earth. A century later, 15-year-old violist Iris Lei considers herself lucky to attend Papilio, a prestigious performing arts school powered by their technology. Born penniless, Iris’s one shot at a better life is to attract an Adryil patron. But only the best get hired, and competition is fierce.

A sudden encounter with an Adryil boy upends her world. Iris longs to learn about him and his faraway realm, but after the authorities arrest him for trespassing, the only evidence she has of his existence is the mysterious alien device he slipped to her.

When she starts hearing his voice in her head, she wonders if her world of backstabbing artists and pressure for perfection is driving her insane. Then, she discovers that her visions of him are real—by way of telepathy—and soon finds herself lost in the kind of impossible love she depicts in her music.

But even as their bond deepens, Iris realizes that he’s hiding something from her—and it’s dangerous. Her quest for answers leads her past her sheltered world to a strange planet lightyears away, where she uncovers secrets about Earth’s alien allies that shatter everything she knows.

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LIST: July Wrap Up

img_2232Hello Beautifuls!

I’m quite happy July is ending. As you might have seen in my TBR Breakdown July post, I focused mainly on electronic arcs this month that I’ve received from Netgalley and Edelweiss. This experience was so tough because not only did I want to read already published books, but also because some of the arcs I had practically no interest in and some proved very disappointing. But, among them were true gems that I am so happy to have given a chance to. My July was spent trying to be very peaceful and giving my depression a chance to somewhat calm the heck down. I got into another car accident, not serious! I saw a great movie (Homecoming!!) and I got to hang out with my friends.

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