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Cover Reveal - Inspire by Cora Carmack

Thursday, 25 September 2014
I LOVE Cora Carmack and I am also a fan of NA Paranormal novels so I am very excited for this book. The cover is also incredibly beautiful so I am very happy to be sharing it today.


Synopsis

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.
Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.
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Review of Maybe Someday

Thursday, 18 September 2014
Synopsis

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Review

The synopsis fails to mention the key conflict in this book which is a love triangle.  I know there are a lot of people out there who groan at the mention of a love triangle but this was not your typical one.  The love triangle revolves around the hero of the story rather than the heroine and the author painfully conveys the struggle of developing feelings for someone while still being in love and in a relationship with someone else.  The girlfriend is not some catty wench that doesn't deserve the hero.  In fact, she is a charming, sympathetic character whose inner strength is nothing short of remarkable.

This is not a story about cheating, for the most part, as the heroine has personal experience with cheating and refuses to be that type of person.  There are some lines that are crossed but not in a manner where you would lose respect for either of the characters.  The characters are pretty close to saintly, considering the circumstances, but it doesn't mean that mistakes aren't made and that there are no painful ramifications associated with those mistakes.

This is a very memorable story as there are a lot of elements that are unique.  As song writing is a key component of the book, it is awesome that the author collaborated with a musician to have songs recorded.  Song lyrics don't always translate to writing the same way as when they are sung so the soundtrack really brings them to life.  And... they don't suck.  The title track has been stuck in my head for days as the chorus is both emotionally moving and catchy.

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Katie

Waiting On Wednesday - Apolonia

Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows readers to share the books that they are most looking forwards to reading.

This week the book I have chosen to feature is Apolonia by Jamie McGuire.




Title: Apolonia

Author: Jamie McGuire

Series: Standalone (I think)

Publication Date: October 6th

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK



Synopsis

“They killed me, but I survived.”

Three years after Rory Riordan foiled her own murder, she still trusts no one. Not Dr. Z, the eccentric college professor who has taken her under his wing, not Benji, the endearing, attractive classmate who insists on following her around, and certainly not Cy, the beautifully dark and mysterious boy who sits on the first row in Dr. Z’s Astrobiology class and asks far too many questions.

When Rory witnesses Cy being abducted by soldiers in the middle of the night, she finds herself submersed in a world that holds even more secrets than she could imagine--even darker secrets than her own.

From #1 New York Times Bestseller Jamie McGuire, experience the perfect combination of her bestselling books Providence & Beautiful Disaster. This New Adult Sci-Fi Romance is an action-packed, whiplash-inducing roller coaster ride. Page after page, this unpredictable, dark and sexy nail biter will keep readers guessing until the very end!


Thoughts

I have loved this authors books for many years now and so far I haven't read one that wasn't amazing. The premise for this book sounds really good and I'd be excited for it no matter who the author was but it being Jamie McGuire makes me excitement unbearable!

What are you waiting for this week?

Introducing NA Paranormal Month

Monday, 15 September 2014
As you know I am a loud and proud supporter of the NA category and I love to support everything it has to offer. Contemporary romance novels completely dominate NA and have for a while now but MY personal favourites are the paranormal novels. To help support these amazing books and the authors that write them I have decided to run a NA Paranormal Month throughout November here on Bookish Treasures. I hope to fill the month with lots of reviews, author interviews, guest posts, excerpts and more as well as a few individual giveaways and a huge bumper giveaway.

If you are an author of NA paranormal novels interested in participating please let me know as soon as possible as going off past events I have ran I am expecting spots to fill up fast. It will be roughly first come first serve but not entirely as I want a good mix of known and as yet unknown authors as well as a variety of books and post types. You need to have at least one NA paranormal book either currently available or releasing within a few months.

We are probably going to have a post a day as well as lots of fun stuff happening on facebook. We cant wait for November and hope you feel the same!

Mini Reviews - Slide, Kiya: Hope Of The Pharoah, Yours To Uncover

Thursday, 11 September 2014
Mini reviews are a new little thing here at Bookish Treasures. You see, sometimes it is hard to find a lot to say about a book. Maybe it is hard to write a long review without including spoilers or maybe the book didn't really inspire us and we don't have much to say. Sometimes it might even be that for whatever reason we were unable to write a review after finishing the book and though we can still remember our feelings for the book easily, we can't remember the details clearly enough for a long review. Or maybe it is just a very short book so there isn't much to talk about! Whatever the reason, we still want to share our thoughts on these books with you so expect the occasional bunch of mini-reviews!

Slide synopsis


This book drew me in right away with the heroine’s emotional plight.  Evangeline is basically shipped off to her grandparents following a profound tragedy and has now been recalled to her former life.  She is exceedingly wealthy but she doesn’t come across as spoiled.  In fact, she is quite relatable.  She is not a blushing virgin or a complete commitment-phobe like some characters.  She is real, with a real sexual appetite and real insecurities and yet is remarkably pragmatic about things.  The hero, Ryan, is portrayed as the typical, sexy womanizer who finds himself intrigued but it works.  His transformation is gradual and his reasons for emotional distance are clearly explained.  This isn’t a case of instalove where the hero sudden turns into a stalker.  Sure, he makes one hell of an effort but it doesn’t come across as creepy or implausible. 
 
I can’t say I was thrilled with the direction things took as I am not a huge fan of women hiding certain things but I can’t argue much with a happy ending and I enjoyed the emotional ups and downs the book took to reach it. 
 
Try it for yourself! Amazon | Amazon UK
Katie
 
Kiya: Hope Of The Pharoah synopsis


This is such a unique, individual and special New Adult book. It is set in ancient Egypt and follows Kiya, an 18 year old girl who becomes one of the Pharoah's many wives. This book certainly isn't your typical romance though it does have some romance in it. Kiya loves her husband in a way though it is more respect, friendship and the desire to do right by him than true romantic love.

I loved that there was so much to the story and all of the characters have depth. This book has such an epic feel and promises great things from the rest of the series.

Try it for yourself! Amazon | Amazon UK

Laura
 
 
 
This book held a lot of potential but it was just much too rushed - and no I'm not talking about the actual length of the book. This book has insta-love to the extreme, think having sex after sharing pretty much nothing more than a sentence or two, declaring eternal love close to immediately after and then trying to get married all in the span of a day or two.
 
The synopsis made it seem like this book would be so much more exciting but it was a little bit of a let down. This is not one of the better Sci-Fi Romances I have read.
 
Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK 
Laura
 


Waiting On Wednesday - King Tomb by Scarlett Dawn

Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows readers to share the books that they are most looking forwards to reading.

This week the book I have chosen to feature is King Tomb by Scarlett Dawn, book 3 in the Forever Evermore series.

**Spoilers - Be warned that this is the conclusion to a series and the synopsis does include some slight spoilers**

You can read my review of book 1 here - Review of King Hall



Title: King Tomb

Author: Scarlett Dawn

Series: Forever Evermore #3

Publisher: Escape Publishing

Publication Date: 8th October

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK


Synopsis

From Scarlett Dawn comes the stunning, sexy, sensual, surprising, spell-binding conclusion to the best-selling first Forever Evermore trilogy.

Queen Shifter, Lily Ruckler, has found solace in brutal warfare. Her bloodied fists and bared fangs fill the holes left in her memory, the blank spaces that leave her soul aching and empty. Her only pleasure is in blood; her only salvation is the relationship she has with her infant child, the baby of unknown origins who brings her solace and stability.

When Elder Harcourt summons Lily and her protector Antonio back to the United States, Lily thinks nothing unusual about the change of location. But a standard reconnaissance mission leaves her trapped inside King Zeller’s private quarters, and at his mercy. Surprise attraction rapidly turns to a battle of wills and an intense power struggle that leaves no clear victor but plenty of resentment.

They are not allowed to nurse their wounds. In order to win the war against the Commoners, the King Vampire and Queen Shifter must work together. It should be easy. The war is turning, the battle is deadly, and both Lily and Ezra love the cold cleanliness of combat. But their chance meeting has led to more than an unlikely alliance. Secrets have a way of surfacing, especially on a torn-up battlefield, and Lily and Ezra are about to re-learn all they cannot remember. If they can’t control their emotions and responses, it will be to their own ruin and the destruction of everything around them.


My Thoughts

This series is definitely right at the top of my favourites for NA Fantasy Romance and due to the somewhat dramatic ending to book 2 I have been desperate for this book since last year. Luckily it releases reasonably soon so I don't have much longer to wait :)

Cover Reveal - Midnight Kiss

Friday, 5 September 2014
As you likely already know I am a huge supporter of NA paranormal novels and today I am very excited to be revealing the cover for Midnight Kiss - a collection of 4 previously unreleased NA PNR stories by 4 amazingly talented authors.


Synopsis

This Halloween, prepare to be haunted by a kiss…

Midnight Kiss is a limited edition collection of four BRAND NEW, NEVER RELEASED novellas, all set in New Orleans on Halloween night.
AFTER MIDNIGHT by Sarra Cannon
From the outside, Becca Goldberg looks like any normal freshman girl at Tulane, but she’s been keeping a terrible secret. She’s really Allison Moore—a young witch from Peachville hiding out from an evil coven of witches known as the Order of Shadows. She thinks she is safe until an unexpected accident occurs. Now, she only has until midnight on Halloween until her identity is discovered.
She must turn to the hottest, most elusive guy on campus for help. Will he help save her? Or will her life come crashing down around her after midnight?
THE MIDNIGHT TEST by Juliana Haygert
Being the weakest witch of her generation, nineteen-year-old Hazel is convinced she's supposed to live a normal, human life—except for the occasional ghost hunting. When Hazel moves to New Orleans, the most powerful witch coven in the world grants her a chance to join them, but only if she passes a dangerous test on Halloween night. Everything is going fine until mysterious Sean steps in Hazel’s way, putting her entire test at risk.
Will she be able to ace the test and keep them both alive at the same time?
SEDUCTION'S KISS by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Never agree to a road trip to New Orleans with your roommate. At least not when your roommate is dragging you along while she reconnects with an ex boyfriend. Possible consequences of failing to take my advice:
1) Unknowingly going out with a vampire stripper.
2) Getting kidnapped by said vampire’s nest mates.
3) Falling head over heels for your winged hero.
Believe it or not number 3 is the worst one, especially when no one believes you that he exists.
KISS OF AWAKENING by Jennifer Snyder
With one kiss, everything will change...
When a mysterious letter arrives from her estranged mother, twenty-one year old Kenna Blake and her best friend, Bree, make a trip to New Orleans hoping for a little Halloween fun and to get away. The mystifying Crescent City has something else in store for her though.
Cryptic messages, a hot tour guide, and a new sense Kenna can't seem to explain are just the beginning of this eye opening trip. Will Kenna accept what awakens with in her or will she crumble under its reality?
 

Review of Reed's Reckoning

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Synopsis

Reckoning- Noun
" the time when your actions are judged as good or bad and you are rewarded or punished "

Arianna 'Ari' Williams thought she experienced the depths of true love until the man of her dreams dismissed her with no explanation. Heartbroken and humiliated, she found herself changing the course of her life and picking up the pieces of her shattered heart. Now four years later, she has a successful career, amazing friends, and a young son with crystal blue eyes that reminds her every day of the love she imagined. Emotionally she has moved on but the wounds never healed.

Reed Matthews has it all. Playing professional football was always his dream. Being one of the most successful wide receivers in the league comes with money, fame, and all the women he wants. Even with all his wishes coming true, he never stops thinking of the one woman that owned his soul four years ago.

A chance encounter brings Reed to the realization that Ari Williams not only hid a life changing secret from him, but also things weren't as they seemed all those years ago. He's determined to get her back and build their lives together.

When the truth behind their deception is revealed- friendships are tested, families are torn apart, and the one person behind it all is relentless.

Can Reed protect those he loves and build the future he dreamed of?

*Due to graphic language and explicit sexual situations, this book is recommended for readers 18+.

Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Review

This is a second chance love story featuring a sweet heroine and her loyal friends and family. The hero is also as drool-worthy as one would expect from the author.

There are several things that I loved about this story. The first is that there isn't a whole lot of time spent wallowing in the characters' misery. The emotion is adequately conveyed in glimpses throughout the story when pertinent. When I read, I want to experience the full range of emotions but I don't want to be depressed, so I appreciate books that balance that well. The second is that I truly loved the supportive friends and family. They weren't able to magically fix anything but they were fiercely loyal.

The only things that I struggled with in this book were the promiscuity of the hero prior to their reunion and the sheer volume of crap upended on the heroine by scheming individual(s). On the first item, I have to say that while this upsets me, I prefer it to the unrealistic fairy tale of a wounded celibate male. As for the second item, the scheming is the predominant conflict in the book, so it is what it is. The key is that she is never really forced to deal with any of it entirely on her own.

This is a great standalone book that covers the full spectrum of emotions and includes the steam factor we've come to expect from this author. I look forward to reading more of her work.

*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Katie


Book Blogger UKYA Awards - Time To Vote!

Monday, 1 September 2014
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Hey Guys! Today I am here with VERY exciting news! It is the shortlist of the Book Blogger UKYA Awards! This is the time for YOU to vote for your favourite from the list! Voting is open until 21st September. Make sure you don’t miss out! Voting will also be happening a little differently than the nominations. On this blog you will be voting for: Best Self-Published, Most Social Author (Online), Most Social Author (Offline), Author Whose Mind You Wish Was Yours And then you will hop along to the next blog to vote for more awards! There are five different awards to jump to (and five/six bloggers hosting each group, but you only need to visit five blogs!). This doesn’t have to happen all at once, it gives you the chance to vote in your leisure – but make sure you do so before 21st September.
 
 
Jump To (choose which blog for each category you want to visit!)
 
Best Contemporary, Best Historical, Best Crime/Mystery, and Best LGBT
 
Funniest Book, Most Heartbreaking Book, Best First Sentence, Best Ending
 
Best Horror, Best Sci-fi/Fantasy, Best Paranormal, Best Adventure
 
Best Protagonist, Best Couple, Best Friendship, Best Villain

Stacking The Shelves / Showcase Sunday #51

Sunday, 31 August 2014
Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky @Books, Biscuits, and Tea and Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and they both give bloggers the opportunity to share the books they have received in the past week.
 
It has been MONTHS since I last did a stacking the shelves post but I miss sharing what books I have got and receiving your suggestions on what I should read first. I am not going to share all of the books I have got over the past few months or we would be here forever so I am just going to go with the last 2 weeks. As usual if you click on the book cover you will be taken to the books Amazon page (or goodreads if it isn't yet on amazon).

For Review

Paperbacks

I am so excited about all of these books, most notably The Memory Keepers by Natasha Ngan. I loved Natasha's debut novel The Elites last year and she is also a lovely person so I am very much looking forwards to reading this one. I am also very happy to have a paperback of Heir Of Fire (though I have actually already read it in ebook) and Firelight was unexpected but sounds great. I am also so excited to read This Book Is Gay by the uber funny James Dawson, Chained By Night by Larissa Ione which is the sequel to a book I loved last year and Red Rising which I keep hearing great things about.

Thank you to Hot Key Books, Bloomsbury, Hodder & Stoughton, Piatkus Entice and Pocket Books.
 
 
 
Ebooks

I have already read The Innocent Assassins and that was pretty fantastic. I am also really looking forwards to Dire which I have JUST received.

Thank you to Pema Donya and Alyssa Rose Ivy for these ebooks.
 
NetGalley & Edelwiess

I saw Red Queen as someone's WOW last week and it sounded so good I had to try and read it immediately. Luckily it was on Edelweiss! I also downloaded Unborn, Divinity, Yours To Uncover and Dark Sacrifice (all from NetGalley). Dark Sacrifice I have already read and it was such a fantastic and unique NA novel!
 
 
Bought

Paperback

The other week I did something I have not done in a very long time, bought a book in a bookshop that I had never heard of before. I'm really looking forwards to reading this with pretty much no expectations caused by reviews, people talking about the book etc.
 
 
Ebooks

I bought three ebooks and have read them all. Debt Inheritance I was NOT impressed with (you can read my review here) but I loved both Oath Bound and Trust. Oath Bound is an Urban Fantasy novel - a genre I am completely into at the moment.
 
 
Freebies

So many freebies! These all look great and I think most if not all are still free. I was very excited about River's Remorse as it is a sequel and I went specifically on amazon to see if it had been released yet only to find that not only it had but it was also free!
 
 
So what do you think? Have you read or want to read any of these books? Feel free to link to your own Stacking The Shelves or similar post in the comments.