Friday, March 24, 2017

The Struggle by Jennifer L Armentrout ~ Buzz Tour & Giveaway



THE STRUGGLE SYNOPSIS



A bloody path has been chosen… 

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs. 

The Great War fought by the few is coming… 

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people. 

In the end, the sun will fall… 

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same. 

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…

















Favorite Greek God?


I think if anyone had asked me before I read the Covenant and Titan series who my favorite Greek God way, I'd have said Poseidon. I loved the whole water thing he has going AND truthfully, I loved the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. 



 But now? Well this series changed things, didn't it.

Now my favorite is the sun God, Apollo!

Apollo, Greek God of the Sun, The Light, the Music and the Prophecy.



Name(s):  Apollo, Aegletes, Phoebus, Phanaeus, Hilius
Rules:  Music, Poetry, Art, Oracles, Archery, Plague, Medicine, Sun, Light and Knowlege
Symbols:  Lyre, Laurel wreath, Python, Raven, Bow and arrows
Sacred animals: Wolf, Dolphin
Parents: Zeus and Leto
Siblings:  Artemis
Children:  Asclepius, Troilus, Aristaeus, Orpheus
Facts sourced from Greek Gods & Goddesses




     Yes, yes,...all of that is interesting but what really made me love him was The Covenant Series.  JLAs interruption of Apollo is much more interesting than the Greeks views on him.


***Spoiler Alert***
If you haven't read The Covenant Series (*gasps* say what?) don't read the next part!


      At the beginning of the series, the Gods were absent, or so we thought.  But Apollo is actually around a lot.  He likes to appear as a human named Leon and was quite a good Sentinel!  But the real fun started when we found that little tidbit out and he started openly popping in as Apollo.  And I do mean POPPING in! HA!

     As Leon...


     Leon, the King of Impeccable Timing, glared at me.  "You are in need of a professional babysitter." (Deity)

     When I looked up, Leon was gone.  Shaking my head, I went over to one of the marble benches and sat.  I had no idea how Leon could move such a massive body around so quietly and fast.   The ground should tremble in his wake.  (Deity)

      And I truly believed that Telly was behind the compulsion that'd been used on my the night I almost turned into a human Popsicle.  If Leon hadn't found me, I'd have frozen to death. (Deity)

      A second later, there was a knock on my door and a booming voice.  "Alexandria?"  Seth stilled above me, panting.  "You have got to be freaking kidding me."  Leon knocked again.  "Alexandria, I know you're in there."  Dazed, I blinked several times.  The room slowly came back into focus as did Seth's disgruntled expression.  I almost laughed, except I felt...off.  "You better answer him, angel, before he barges in here."  (Deity)

      It sounded lame, but it was like the old times, before everything got so incredibly screwed up.  Sometimes Leon popped in on us.  He never seemed surprised or suspicious.  Not even the last time, when we'd been sitting with our backs against the wall, arguing about whether or not ghosts existed. (Deity) 


    As Apollo...


      I jumped, smacking my hand off my chest.  Apollo sat on the edge of the toilet seat, one leg crossed over the other..."Oh, my gods,"  I said.  "Seriously.  Are you trying to kill me again by giving me a heart attack?"  (Deity)

      "She should be kept as far away from Lucian's hours as possible," Apollo said, appearing out of nowhere.  Several of the Guards backed off, eyes wide and faces pale.  Apollo grinned at them.  "Anywhere Seth will be, I suggest Alexandria should not be."  "We need to put a bell on him," Aiden muttered.  I pressed my lips together to keep from laughing. (Deity)

      There was a part of me that kept expecting the gods to zap on of us for finally breaking all the rules.  So when Apollo popped in on our fourth round of Scrabble, I about had a heart attack.  "Gods!"  I clutched my chest.  "Can you stop doing that?" (Deity)


AND that was just ONE book in the Covenant series. 

Then you add it all the Apollo time in the Titan series!


      He occasionally makes me mad...he did that a lot in The Struggle.  I won't give you reasons, since they are way to spoilery.  BUT I get him.  He loves Alex.  He loves Josie.  He tries more than the other Gods do.  But, of course, that is the JLA version of Apollo and he's the one I love!

      What about you?  Have a favorite Greet God??




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March 19 - Krista Dust Jacket  - Chapter 1 Reveal 
March 20  - The Escapist Book Blog - Top 5 Seth Moments
March 21 – Vi3t Babe/Deity Island - Top 5 Josie Moments
March 22 - Jenuine CupcakesQ&A with Drew Leighty
March 23 - K-BooksTitan Series Dreamcasting

March 24 - Stuck in Books - Fave Greek God














#SIBisOutofTown Giveaway 1



Val & Jess is out of town!

At Apollycon!

And we're leaving the promo for the blog up to YOU, our followers!

Are you up for the challenge??

Each day there will be a different giveaway for a book by an author that's at Apollycon!

The entries will be based on promoting the posts on the blog!


FIRST Author up?

Jennifer L Armentrout

Of course!!






A bloody path has been chosen…

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.

The Great War fought by the few is coming…

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.

In the end, the sun will fall…

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…








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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Swoon Thursday ~ 3/23/17



Who doesn't LOVE a good swoon?!  We love them for sure!  Check out our swoon below and then add to the fun.

Post anything that made you swoon, past or present read.  Include the cover, blurb and links.  Please no spoilers.











A bloody path has been chosen…

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.

The Great War fought by the few is coming…

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.

In the end, the sun will fall…

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…





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That's our swoon this week!  What about you?  Leave us a comment & a link.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Struggle (Titan, #3) by Jennifer L Armentrout ~ Double Review

SETH!




A bloody path has been chosen…

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.

The Great War fought by the few is coming…

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.

In the end, the sun will fall…

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…







The struggle is real people!  Oh yes, when I finished this book there was a mighty struggle!  I HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR TO FIND OUT HOW THIS PLAYS OUT?! Say what?

It's not a cliffhanger so much as revelation of things to come.  One that makes you scream!  Then pretend to throw your reading device (but then pet your iPad because you love it too much to throw).  And finally, cry because you know you have to WAIT to find out how this brilliant author is going to figure out the mess the characters are in.  *sigh*

Obviously, I love the characters.  I re-read books one and two right before I read this one and I laughed so much.  I adore Seth.  Anyone who looks down on him, judges him or thinks he's not good enough for Josie is gonna have to go through ME.  So sometimes that's even Seth.  He needs to have his own behind kicked a few times.  I love that he feels bad for the bad choices he's made in the past.  I adore that he tries hard to do the right thing now.  I want to kick his behind when he still makes the wrong choice.  But I so want to snuggle him.  He needs it.  And he so loves to snuggle.  He loves Josie with all his heart and he's willing to do anything to protect her.  Talk about some character development.  I thought he'd come a long way in The Covenant series.  He's made even more progress (and I do mean growth here) in this book.  This book was just as enlightening to the series as Deity was to The Covenant series.  And Seth is at the center of that.

Now Josie is the heart of the book, as well she should be.  Her struggle is very hard on her.  And she's so strong.  Who would have thought this girl that couldn't fight and thought she was going to college for Psychology just a short time ago could have come so far.  She is a force to be reckoned with and I'm so proud of her.  Her strength is not always about the fight but about the will.  And her ability to stand up to Seth?  Legendary!  So strong this girl is.

I so enjoyed seeing Alex and Aiden some more.  Deacon and Luke were so much fun to have around.  I love that the characters are all dear friends that I feel like I know and would love to spend time with.  It's nice to see them happy as couples.  And there is another character I loved so much from The Covenant series that makes an appearance in this one.  I screamed when he showed up.  Makes me smile.

Characters?  Check.  

What about the story?  Talk about tear my heart out of my chest story!  Some books I read straight threw and some books I must pace.  This one is the latter.  I needed time for my heart to deal with the emotions that this books stirred in me.  But it called to me every time I put it down.  It was back in my hands the next day.  And I was cheering for these two.  Hoping.  Praying.  

Story?  Double check.

It's just so good, guys!  The emotions, the scary Titans, the struggle to find things, the need to fix things - it's all so brilliantly woven into an emotional story that both satisfies and has you longing for more.  I want the rest.  I want book four.  I want to sit and read all four books in order as I drink up every drop of this series.  Of Seth.  Of Josie.  And I know in my heart that I love every last moment of it!

If you've read the rest, you'll want this too.  If you haven't read the rest, what are you waiting for???


                                          






After finishing The Power last year, I was in serious need of The Struggle. If you've read The Power YOU KNOW why. So I was so ready to dive into this book when it landed on my kindle. I didn't know what was in store (though I was hoping for some great Sethie moments), but I figured it was of course going to be great. But Y'ALL. This. Book. It blew my mind. And yes, I loved it.

There are several elements that made this novel great. The first of which was, of course, the characters. We have Josie, who's strong and loyal, and I love how she stands up for Seth. She's on his side, always. She's also reasonable and smart and brave, and I totally admire her. Then there's Seth -- and may I say that I am in awe of how much he has grown. Throughout the series in general, but ESPECIALLY in this book. I've always been a Seth fan, but I swear I fell in love with his character all over again in this book. Love him, love him, love him.

Another strong element was the romance, which never fails to set my heart aflutter. I adore Seth and Josie together, and I especially enjoyed how much stronger their relationship became in this book. They've always been a couple I was rooting for, but now they've gone up a few levels and I am so HAPPY.

One of the biggest aspects of The Struggle that blew me away was the plot. So many things happen! We find out lots. And...well. Stuff happens. And I'm kind of hesitant to even try to explain because I don't want to spoil. So I'll just say this -- things were happening and happening and I was having feelings and I didn't want to put the book down and then I reached the end and I LOVED IT. So. Freaking. GOOD.

That cryptic paragraph will have to suffice.

Last but never least, there was the ever-fantastic writing. I'm pretty sure you'd already understand that the writing was great if the characters were marvelous (and, I repeat, their GROWTH) and the plot was riveting. And of course there was the signature JLA humor strewn throughout, which is awesome.

Overall, The Struggle is my favorite book of the series so far! It's romantic and interesting and unputdownable. If you haven't picked up this newest installment in the Titan series yet, I highly recommend you do -- it's amazing!














Waiting On Wednesday ~ 3/22/17


This is our version of Waiting on Wednesday but with more cuddles, books we can't wait to cuddle for various reasons.

What are we waiting on this week?  THIS!


The Glass Spare (The Glass Spare, #1)A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.


Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?


Releases October 24, 2017!

Why am I waiting? Because Lauren DeStefano's writing is amazing. I loved the first two books of the Chemical Garden trilogy (which is a big deal, because the premise is something that would usually make them an automatic nope for me). And this book sounds SO GOOD. Seriously, reading this description right now makes me wish I didn't have to wait until October to get my hands on this beauty.


What do you think? What are you waiting on? Leave us a comment and link us up!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hard Justice by Lori Foster ~ Now Available

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Lori Foster returns with the second installment in her explosive new series featuring sexy bodyguards who’ll do anything to protect the ones they love.


   

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Playing it safe has never felt so dangerous…

Justice Wallington knows how to harness his strength and intimidating size—skills he put to good use first in the MMA cage, and now as a bodyguard at the Body Armor agency. But no opponent has ever left him feeling as off balance as his new client, heiress Fallon Wade. Far from a spoiled princess, she’s sweet and intriguingly innocent. It’s a risk-free assignment, until he’s required to fake a relationship with her in order to blend in.

Sheltered from the world after a family tragedy, Fallon longs to experience life—going to bars, dancing, talking to strangers. Not easy with a huge, lethal-looking bodyguard shadowing her every move. Justice seems like her polar opposite, but pretending to be a couple stirs undeniable heat. And when danger strikes again, it’s not just her safety in jeopardy, but a passion that’s real, raw and absolutely against the rules…

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Lori Foster - Author photo About Lori Foster: LORI FOSTER is a New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than 55 titles, beloved for her contemporary romance novels revolving around alpha males and the women they fall for. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. For more about Lori, visit her website at LoriFoster.com, or check out these online locations where she interacts with readers: Facebook.com/LoriFoster, Twitter.com/LoriLFoster, Goodreads and Pinterest.com/lorilfoster. You can also sign up for her monthly newsletter at LoriFoster.com/Newsletter.  






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