Friday, May 25, 2018

Win their freedom | Alpha by Jus Accardo

Title: Alpha
By: Jus Accardo
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 400
Release Date: July 3rd, 2018
Publisher: Entangled: Teen

Summary from Goodreads: “A fun YA sci-fi story with a compelling cast of characters.” —Kirkus Reviews on Infinity

Sera is the obsession of a killer chasing a ghost. G is a soldier with too much blood on his hands.

Dylan lost the only person he ever loved—and will stop at nothing to get her back.

In a whirlwind chase that takes them back to where it all started, Sera, G, and Dylan will have to confront their demons—both physical and mental—and each other, in order to win their freedom.

Review: I have to tell you the truth, this book was a little hard for me to get into. It might have something to do with the fact that this is the third book in the series, but after reading some of the other reviews, I'm convinced that it was just a slow start. Once things really go going in the story, I was drawn in. Loved the characters and the way they interacted, but I could have used some more world building. I find this a lot with urban fantasies these days. The author automatically assumes that the reader should know about their world just because its set in a familiar place, but that's far from the truth. I want to know about whats around the characters, about different places that I haven't seen. This is where the story lacked for me, but other than that, a great afternoon read.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Lose Her Identity Forever | The Aviary by Emily Shore

The Aviary
Emily Shore
(The Aviary Series, #1)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: March 5th 2019
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult
I am nobody’s Swan.
Beauty is now a corporate commodity, bought and sold on city streets and displayed in elite Museums.
Sixteen-year-old Serenity has spent her entire life in hiding, to keep safe from this decadent world. Overnight, her parents disappear, and Serenity is kidnapped, sold at auction, and thrust into the Aviary—an illustrious Museum where girls are displayed as living art by day and at night, cater to the lascivious whims of men who bid on their exhibits. Serenity has much to learn about this enthralling but competitive world where girls go by names like Raven and Nightingale and will stop at nothing to become top Bird.
The enigmatic and deadly Aviary Director, Luc, soon idolizes Serenity’s purity and aims to turn her into his grandest exhibit of all time—The Swan. In no time, she becomes the most coveted exhibit in the Aviary’s history.
Soon, Serenity learns that Luc holds the key to finding, and freeing, her parents. To save them, she must learn to play the Swan to perfection to win Luc’s heart, earn his trust, and save her parents. She doesn’t count on the fact that she’ll develop feelings for Luc in the process. Now, she’ll have to face an impossible decision: escape The Aviary and lose her only chance at finding her parents; or become Luc’s Swan for good, and lose her identity forever.

Author Bio:
Emily Shore is a MN author with a B.A. in Creative Writing from Metro State University and was a grand prize winner of #PitchtoPublication, which led her to working with professionals in the publishing industry. Her anti-trafficking books Ruby in the Rough and Ruby in the Ruins are her first indie-published books with proceeds benefiting trafficking rescue organizations: Breaking Free and Women at Risk, International. This summer she will be debuting her first contemporary novel as well as re-releasing her paranormal series in the fall: Roseblood
Emily lives in Saint Paul with her husband and two little girls. In her free time, she enjoys connecting with rescue organizations and survivors of sex-trafficking, hearing their stories, and injecting their truths into her books for youth. She loves motivational speaking on the issue of sex-trafficking and is lining up more schools and libraries for the fall and winter, campaigning against sex-trafficking, baking, acrylic painting, interior decorating, and spending time with all the little girls in her life.
To learn more about Emily's work and the anti-trafficking movement, see her Facebook page where she regularly blogs: and sign up for her newsletter through the Contact Me on her website:


Monday, May 21, 2018

Release the Chicken Kraken | #WeeklyMenu Week #249

Well, its Monday again. The ever busy, ugly stepsister to Tuesday. It never fails that I have a million things to do and not enough time to do it. On top of that, there is no chance of having a nice quiet morning when I get home from dropping the kids at school. The solace of a quiet morning are now nonexistent. Sad face :(

Life seems to want to throw me in the deep end. I'm still angry, but more off, I'm just sad. Sad that I let it get like this. Sad that I don't have the guts to change it. I took small steps this week to take my life back, and it seemed to lift a small weight off my shoulders. Baby steps and I think I will get back to the person I used to be... But with a new strength I didn't have before.

Enjoy this weeks menu!

Crispy Chicken





- Spaghetti 

Leftovers Night

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