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Friday, July 21, 2017

My Ramblings: Missing Books: Where Are They Now?


Missing Books: Where Are They Now?

* This post was inspired by Maryse and her blog post.

Reading Maryse's blog post made me realise that over the years I've curated a list of novels I've found digging through Goodreads that should have released years ago but never did. The synopsis of these novels were so good that I had to list them somewhere so I could remember to check back on them later. I just need to share this list with someone!
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Fearless Fighter By Harlow Grace

I came upon this book while scouring Goodreads for books to read in 2015. At the time this book (I believe) had a possible release date. After a few months passed and nothing of this book actually releasing, I went searching for more information. The author's Goodreads page (as of scheduling this post) shows that she's adding friends and liking reviews as of June 2017. On her other social media though, it's a different story. Her official Facebook page's last post is of August 2015. Her Twitter page's last post is of September 2015. I sent her a Goodreads message in February of this year and haven't heard back from her as of scheduling this post. I just really would love to know if this book is ever going to release because, even though so much time has passed, I would still give it a chance.
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Blaze (Fireborn #2) By Mari Arden

The first book in this series was so good! I would love to get a continuation to the story, but this author seems to have disappeared off the face of the internet. Her Goodreads page has a book marked as 'currently reading' as of January 2016. The last post on her website is from November 2013. There's a quote of the unreleased second novel on her blog under the 'Fireborn Series' tab, but no release date, update, or new information. Her Twitter page hasn't been updated since November 2013. Her Facebook page hasn't been updated since September 2015, BUT I found a comment asking about the second book to the Fireborn series and a reply from the author:


So, if I'm being optimistic, as of July 2015 she was still working on this book. I just wish she would give a more in depth update as to how it's coming along and if it'll ever release. I've reached out to the author via Facebook and haven't heard back as of scheduling this post.

Update: The author has responded to my message and has said that she still plans to release this novel. She's going through some personal matters at the moment. That's the reason this book has been delayed.
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Rocked Out (Rocked #2) By Cora Hawkes

This novel dates back to 2013. The first novel that the author released was amazing! This novel was supposed to be released a few months later. The release date never came. Her author Facebook profile hasn't had a new post in years (2013). The comments range from 2013 to 2016 with people asking if this novel would still be released. The authors twitter hasn't been touched in years. The last update of this book is on her blog/website in the form of a post from July 2013. The comments on the post are the same (if not more rude and violent) as the ones on her Facebook page: Everyone want's an update! I've reached out to the author through her Facebook page and haven't heard back as of scheduling this post.
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Nik (Band Of Brother #2) By Lyra Parish

This book was originally supposed to release a few months after the first. She stated that in a Goodreads question that she answered.


I found it strange that after she teased that the cover was gorgeous ( I vividly remember reading this somewhere), yet out of nowhere in the Goodreads synopsis the following pops up one day: "**THIS BOOK WILL NO LONGER BE PUBLISHED, I'm very sorry.**". It was updated on Feb. 28, 2017. Her last website post and Facebook post is from January of 2017. I couldn't find a justification for that quote anywhere on her official social media. I reached out to her through email a few weeks ago and have yet to hear back from her. I want to keep my hopes up, but with her disappearing from her social media, it's disheartening.
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This post wasn't made with the intention to throw any author under the bus or to insight rude comments on their social media. If the author has backed out of the publishing world, that's their right and it deserves to be respected. Please be mindful of that in the comments!

If you have any news for any of the books/authors
mentioned in this post I'd love to hear it!
Feel free to tell me about it in the comments below!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Power Of Book Covers: Omega By Jus Accardo


They say don't judge a book by it's movie...err...COVER. 
BUT they never said we couldn't PRAISE them.

This week's cover:

Omega
(The Infinity Division #2)
By Jus Accardo

Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Release date: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Entangled TEEN

One mistake can change everything. Ashlyn Calvert finds that out the hard way when a bad decision leads to the death of her best friend, Noah Anderson.

Only Noah isn’t really gone. Thanks to his parents’ company, the Infinity Division, there is a version of him skipping from one dimension to another, set on revenge for the death of his sister, Kori. When a chance encounter brings him face-to-face with Ash, he’s determined to resist the magnetic pull he’s felt for her time and time again. Because falling for Ash puts his mission—and their lives—in danger.
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Cover Reveal: André By Sybil Bartel


André
(Uncompromising #3)
By Sybil Bartel 


Release Date: October 16th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

André

The Marines trained me to set my sights and wait for the shot. For eight years, I guarded my brothers and defended my country. Now I protect my clients. My personal security firm is the best in the business because I leave nothing to chance… until a dark-haired, hazel-eyed spitfire crosses my path.

She and her sexy-as-hell striptease were supposed to be a one-night distraction. But too late I noticed the branding on her back and my blood ran cold. This woman wasn’t a distraction—she was a death sentence.

Knowing who she was left me no choice. I took her on as my client. But running from her past wasn’t an option.

The Marines didn’t train me to retreat. They taught me to engage.

One shot. One kill.
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About The Author:

Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.

Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

But Seriously? Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.

She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never rely on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Audio Book Review: Shine By Dannika Dark

Shine
(Mageri #5)
By Dannika Dark

Narrator: Nicole Poole
Length: 14 hours and 7 minutes
Love is infinite. 

Hate is absolute. 

In the short span of a year, Silver has gone from becoming a Mage to discovering the truth about her unique genetics. Logan Cross went from her mortal enemy to her immortal lover, but a threat is fast approaching like an inevitable storm. Attacks are underway against the Mageri and one man is behind it—an elusive foe who is an unstoppable force. Nero is not Silver’s only concern as someone close to her is arrested for treason. In the midst of chaos, Silver discovers she cannot protect everyone from the wrath of fate, including her own Ghuardian.

Justus finally opens his heart, but an unexpected turn of events could darken his soul forever. Secrets are revealed that will leave you reeling from one twist after the next. Would you sacrifice everything for love?

Destiny has set sail and once she alters her course, no one’s life will ever be the same in this explosive conclusion to the Mageri Series.
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My Review:

I feel numb to this series by this point. I put myself through 5 books (most of them more than ten hours in length) all for that anti-climatic ending. The 'big' villain for most of the books was defeated in the what I consider a half baked miracle. That's my reward? I'd say it's not up to par.

This book had a lot going on with a bunch of (what I'd consider) pointless side stories that I could happily live without. The only side story I've grown to love was the Justus and Paige one. The Adam and Sadie one, in particular, almost made me stop reading because of how insignificant it was to the main plotline in the long run.

Silver was a more enjoyable character in this novel. She seems to have shed most of her impulsiveness and naiveté. What she did for Logan was sweet, but the life and death situation made me roll my eyes so hard. I swear I was going to see my brain at some point (this goes for this series as a whole).

I did warm up to Logan, because his domineering and overbearing nature were at an alltime low for the duration of this novel. That's a huge step to making him seem realistic and I appreciate it very much. There were quite a few sweet moments, but I still would rather never hear from him again.

The ending was very sweet, but it wasn't what I was anticipating. This goes back to the defeat of the villain. I understand that the author wanted to leave loose endings for future stories to develop, but solving the main problem and leaving three and a half hours of story was off putting to me. I'm in the unpopular opinion category when it comes to this series and that still hasn't changed. 

The Audio Book:

The narration, as always, was awesome. Nicole Poole has grown on me for quite some time. I love her variations in tones and accents. I could tell everyone apart very clearly. Her narration didn't take away from the story as a whole.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Cover Trends I Like & Dislike

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Welcome back to the Top Ten Tuesday meme!!

It's a weekly feature created By The Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Tuesdays will be on hiatus until August 15th 2017.
During those weeks I'll going through their archives and posting about topics I missed!

Book Cover Trends I Like & Dislike

5 Trends I LIKE:

- Vibrante and in your face colorful covers

- Covers featuring powerful and bad*ss looking women

- Shirtless and tattooed men ;)

- Single focus covers where only one object that relates to the story is featured on the cover on a simple background. Minimalist covers (that are done right) are beautiful.

- Creative art covers. They are usually on the minimalistic side of covers, but depending on the design and color palette they are gorgeous.

5 Trends I DISLIKE:

- Covers featuring beautiful ball gowns that have nothing to do with the story. It's there for esthetic purposes only. It's beautiful, but doesn't say anything about the book.

- Clean new adult or (sometimes even) young adult books with covers that would look better in the erotica section.

- Covers that have clashing colors.

- Books that use the same cover photos as other more popular books. With so many to choose from I don't understand the need to use the same photo and not change a SINGLE DETAIL. Am I the only one that's bothered by this?

- Font's that are somewhat strange and borderline unreadable from 2 feet away.

Am I the only one that despise books that use the same cover photo as other more popular books?
Let me know in the comments below!
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