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Dear readers,

Hi Rhireaders! Are you ready for the new year? There's just something exciting about the freshness of a new year. I just want to make all kinds of goals. And I love opening a new planner and writing down all the great stuff I have planned.

Did you drop by to request a review or tour stop? I am currently OPEN for review requests for February and later books. I have some promotional openings for late January and beyond. Just please drop me an email with a polite request and if I'm interested I will reply.

♥ -- Rhi


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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Review: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke 
Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.
Release Date: March 22nd, 2016
Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Digital/Print/Audio (256 pages, DIAL BOOKS)
Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.
Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.
What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

Author Site: website

The author's style and voice did not work for me. (2 stars)

I must confess that it was the cover that truly lured me into this read. The blurb sounded potentially enjoyable with hints at secrets and lies. Unfortunately, it fell extremely short of being enjoyable.

What struck me first is that in spite of other readers mentioning this being an "unreliable narrator" book I found it so pretentious and predictable that I could see through each voice adding to the story. Worse, it was almost like reading the same character in all three. They all had this really, really, really annoying habit of repeating the same word in their narration over and over. And over, over, over. At first it was annoying but by the last hundred pages I wanted to toss, toss, toss, the book in the fireplace just to make it stop, stop, stop. I'm not a fan of ripping apart an author's writing style or voice if it doesn't work for me so I'll just say that the only reason I forced myself to finish this painful read was because I kept waiting for the twist. A twist which never came.

The one thing I really did like and find enjoyable was something I didn't put my finger on until I finished. Unlike many seemingly contemporary YA novels, there was a timeless quality to this. It could pretty well have been set any time in the last 50 years and worked.

While I wound up not enjoying this book thanks to it's pretentiousness, the feeling that it was just trying way too hard to be edgy and cool, and the plodding pace, chances are if you're a millenial you'll find it more to your taste. It somewhat reminded me of Heather Brewer's The Cemetery Boys, which I also did not particularly love so if you enjoyed that you should give this a try.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Weekend Reading [1/22-1/24] :: New Hero Crush & When do you DNF?


Heeeey dear readers! I'm rolling in here kinda late today. While the East coast is getting hammered with snow we got a lively chinook today and the weather got so mild and the sun was shining after work I just didn't feel like sitting here for even another fifteen minutes to write a post. It was a really good work day too. The team I work with gets along so well and it feels great when you go to work—even if you digi-commute like we do—and the people you're collaborating with make it a pleasure to be there. I've always worked with mostly women but this is the first crew where it didn't feel like a cat fight was going to happen any minute. lol If any of you gals are reading this, thanks for being a team I feel truly part of!

I've been reading Samanthe Beck's Emergency Engagement for work (such a chore that is HAHA!). Be jelly ladies and go preorder. It's all I can do not to quote a line right now. Seeeexy, sexy hero. I have a total crush on Beau. If you don't need dry undies after you read it you need to share with me what does 'cause this one is smokin'. ;)

My just-for-fun read is Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke but not gonna lie... at 24 pages I was already considering DNF'ing it. I'm about 50 in now and it's okay, the pace has picked up a little. I think the trouble I'm having is that it feels like it's trying way too hard. It reminds me of The Cemetery Boys a bit. Mean girl characters can be hit and miss with me too and there's one here. Also, everyone seems to have the kind of names that make you wanna roll your eyes. Guess we'll see if I can stick it out to the end.

Since we're on the subject how do you decide when a book just isn't worth finishing? I used to refuse to quit a book permanently. I might break from it for a while but I'd always finish. Blogging changed my mind about that a bit. Sometimes you just have to realize you're wasting precious reading time on something you're not going to connect with when you could be reading something you will.

I suppose I should head back to the reading. But do please tell me what you're reading this weekend in the comments! -- Rhi

Review: Staked by Kevin Hearne

Staked (The Iron Druid Chronicles #8) by Kevin Hearne
Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.
Urban Fantasy, Mythology, Werewolves, Vampires
Digital/Print/Audio (336 pages, RANDOM HOUSE)
When a Druid has lived for two thousand years like Atticus, he’s bound to run afoul of a few vampires. Make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers—led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus—have become a huge problem requiring a solution. It’s time to make a stand.
As always, Atticus wouldn’t mind a little backup. But his allies have problems of their own. Ornery archdruid Owen Kennedy is having a wee bit of troll trouble: Turns out when you stiff a troll, it’s not water under the bridge. Meanwhile, Granuaile is desperate to free herself of the Norse god Loki’s mark and elude his powers of divination—a quest that will bring her face-to-face with several Slavic nightmares.
As Atticus globetrots to stop his nemesis Theophilus, the journey leads to Rome. What better place to end an immortal than the Eternal City? But poetic justice won’t come without a price: In order to defeat Theophilus, Atticus may have to lose an old friend.
Author Site: website

I need book 9. NOW. (5 stars)

Wait, whut? This is only 300-some pages long? Well it sure as heck felt like 800. In a good way! There's a lot of storyline packed into Staked between our three protagonists and the stakes (no pun intended) get quite high.

I've been quietly watching Hearne's career from before Hounded released and it's been really great to see his writing get stronger with each book. I probably recommend this series offline more than any other for sheer broad appeal but something about Staked just felt stronger, more tightly written. Like he's really hitting his stride as a story teller. I finally feel like I'm connecting with Granuaile as a character too which I think had a lot to do with her plot this time around. Owen continues to amuse but his characterization felt richer, more reachable and mature in a way that made me feel sappy. On the same hand I don't think I'll be the only reader who finds themselves feeling torn when certain happenings happen and make things complicated for former student and teacher. Prepare for complicated feels y'all.

Look, if you've loved the series so far and you want to skip a night of sleep you're gonna love this. It's never slow, there's a ton of story, loads of butt kickery, and plenty of good humor thrown in. I think it's Hearne at his finest and I can hardly stand the thought that we're going to be waiting months for book 9. Put on the coffee readers, you're going to be napping at your desk tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Blog Tour: MONTANA WILD by Roni Hall [Excerpt + Giveaway]


Out Now is MONTANA WILD by Roni Hall…Born and Bred in NYC, Fate Leads Jamie to the Wilds of Montana Where the Reluctant City Girl Comes Alive. Empowered, She Risks It All To Save A Life, Befriend A Wild Stallion and Fall In Love…Only To Have It All Taken Away By Past Demons…Check Out MONTANA WILD by Roni Hall!


About MONTANA WILD

Spiraling downward after losing two loved ones within one week, Jamie’s world was closing in…until she grabs an unexpected lifeline and escapes. Knowing only New York City, Montana is another world and she is unprepared by how the land, the people and even the animals touch her.

After risking her life to save a child, Jamie shares an undeniable bond and the beginning ripples of deep emotions with her co-rescuer, Kevin. However, her past follows her to Montana and threatens all that she loves there.

Jamie has no choice but to hurt Kevin in order to save his life and returns to New York with her ex, Derrick. Broken, Kevin refuses to believe she doesn’t love him and searches for Jamie, only to find her in Derrick’s lair. Once again Jamie tries to protect Kevin but this time gets caught in the cross fire…

On Sale in Digital:
January 20, 2016

EXCERPT:
Jamie had amazed herself at her reaction when she saw Kevin. It was like she was watching herself on a TV screen with no controls. I must be drunk on this fresh air. Pleasantly surprised at Kevin’s rugged good looks, she tried to deny the raw sensual tremors he set off and helped him unpack the truck. He was tall and muscular with sand-colored hair, deep blue, kind eyes, and a small cleft in his chin. Don’t even think about it. The last thing I need is to get involved again.

“We need to pick a spot and set up our tents,” he informed her as they trekked toward camp. Many of the choice areas were already taken so Kevin continued to search for patches of level ground for the tents. Common areas with picnic tables, fire pits, and tents were scattered everywhere. They hiked a little farther, toward the outskirts of the tent city.

He put the gear down and explained how he needed to closely scrutinize the ground for rocks, large sticks, and other natural decorations that could cause the body sore spots by morning.

“The tents aren’t big so they don’t need much ground area. This looks good.”

As he pulled one tent out of its pack sack, Jamie instinctively began to help, but her inexperience was obvious.

“I don’t know what to do, but I’m teachable.”

Kevin laughed. “Here, let me show you. It’s pretty simple. Even a city girl can do it.”

“Who? Me? What makes you think I’m a city girl?” Wide-eyed, she pointed to herself.

“Maybe the fact that you’ve lived in New York City all your life?”

“You’ve got a point there. But like I said, I’m teachable.” They bantered back and forth as they erected the first tent. “Okay.” Kevin stood back and admired their success.

“One down. This’ll be yours. Now I’ve got to find a spot for mine.” Eyes focused, surveying the ground, he walked away from her tent.

“Where are you going? Where’s your tent going to be?” The concern was obvious in her voice and he turned to look at her.

“I don’t know. What’s wrong?” His eyes searched hers.

“Like you said, I’m a city girl and I’m not used to sleeping out in the woods. How far away are you going to be?”

He laughed. “With all these tents, you don’t have to worry about animals if that’s your concern.” His face softened as he asked, “Would it make you feel better if I stayed close by?”

Relief flooded through her. “Yes.”

And with that, Kevin chuckled and pitched his tent nearby. They made a return trip to the truck for the remainder of the gear. As they unloaded their bags at the tents, Ben and Tommy came walking up.

“Hey, dinner’s ready. You guys going to eat?” Ben asked.

Add MONTANA WILD to your TBR pile on Goodreads!


About Roni Hall:

The summer after high school graduation, Roni worked two jobs to pay for nursing school. During the midnight shift as a waitress, a charismatic young man at the counter flirted with her for hours as he consumed seven cups of coffee. Their first date was eventful enough to be a book itself! Thirty-seven years and two kids later, the love story continues. Just like her novels, life can’t be too simple and you must make it an adventurous ride!

Her favorite place to write is in her hammock at their small Michigan cottage where she literally dodges the feeding hummingbirds while being serenaded by the lake’s loons. Besides writing, she loves Slow Rollin’ in Detroit and the combination of good food, better wine, and dear friends.

You can also visit her online at the following places: 

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Let your FOMO guide you... to kickass romance reads!


Love romances that kick ass? We have two new, totally action-packed romances that just came out from Select Otherworld that we think you will love. 

Waking Up Alive by Emma Shortt is the stand alone companion novel to the post-zombie-apocalypse romance, Waking Up Dead. If you dig The Walking Dead but think it could use more sexy times then this book is for you. 

Nico Rosso's novella, Ironheart, originally released as part of the Holding Out for a Hero anthology and it's finally releasing alone with this gorgeous new cover! This superhero romance is the smokin' hot cousin of your fave summer blockbusters.


Waking Up Alive by Emma Shortt

They’re running for their lives…
After surviving the zombie apocalypse for two years, Tye LeBow never expected to be saved from a hungry gang of zombies by a geek with a bad attitude and a penchant for explosives. Tye can’t quite work out why scientist Polly Parker saved him. She doesn’t want his protection, and she certainly doesn’t want his company. But Tye has no intention of leaving the beguiling geek behind.
Polly doesn’t want to leave her home, but when the wakers begin to show signs of a burgeoning intelligence, heading south is the only option. With a car packed full of homemade explosives, and Tye’s very large axe, they are ready for the road trip of their lives.
Bombs and blades aren’t the only keys to survival–they’ll need to rely on each other, in a way that neither could have imagined…

Find it: Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo | Entangled | Goodreads

About Emma Shortt: 

Emma scribbles stories in all sorts of genres, contemporary, paranormal, post-apocalyptic, historical, sci-fi...if she hasn't tried it yet she will before long. The only common theme is the romance. A hopeless romantic everything Emma writes has a love story in there somewhere.

She lives on the west coast of England with her very Greek husband and teenage kiddos. Apart from all things geek reading is her main hobby and she likes nothing better than getting home from a hard day at work and curling up with a book, though sometimes she gets home and writes one instead.

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Ironheart by Nico Rosso

Superhero Vince “The Anvil” can take on knives, bullets, and bombs, but he’s not invincible. It was a hard hit when Kara, AKA “Snapdragon,” flew off after their explosive affair. And he’s especially vulnerable when she returns, looking for his help.

Kara is new to the superhero game, and villain TechHead is too much for her and her teammates to handle. He’s determined to use their combined power to fuel his ultimate weapon. Her only chance to take him on is with Vince’s brutal skill. But bringing Vince into the fight leaves her exposed to the white hot passion that had scared her away in the first place.

When TechHead captures Kara, Vince will stop at nothing to rescue her–even if it means sacrificing his heart.

Find it: Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo | Goodreads

About Nico Rosso: 

Nico Rosso was a writer in search of a genre until his wife, Zoë Archer (AKA Eva Leigh) brought romance into his life in more ways than one. He’s created sci-fi and post-apocalyptic romance worlds, as well as working with his wife on the steampunk Ether Chronicles series. His paranormal Demon Rock series brought you satyr rock stars and the Muses who feed them. With the romantic suspense Black Ops: Automatik series, he takes you into the deep dark world of secret operations designed to protect the innocent.

When he isn’t writing, Nico works in the shop creating furniture and hammering on other projects for the house he shares with Zoë and their two cats in the central coast area of California.

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