Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas took the world by storm after its debut. You can hardly scroll through Bookstagram for two seconds without stumbling upon a flatlay featuring the YA fantasy novel.

I was really skeptical about this one. I’m always a little suspicious about books that get so much hype. How could it possibly live up to the incredibly high expectations?

But I was so wrong. It was everything I thought it would be and more. I don’t even have the words to explain how much I loved this book.

After reading ACOTAR, I went ahead and bought the full series. It was enchanting, romantic and action-packed… basically, everything a book should be. There were so many twists and turns that I never saw coming. And seemingly insignificant details weaved together so beautifully in the end.

The quality of the storytelling was absolutely brilliant. Sarah J. Maas is officially my new favorite author!

Book Review: Catwoman by Sarah J. Maas

Catwoman by Sarah J. Maas was a fun and lighthearted twist on the familiar DC comics villain.

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This was my first time reading a book from a villain’s perspective, and I suppose the old adage is true that even villains are the heroes of their own stories. It made for an entertaining read, as while Selina Kyle was committing crimes, she had a compelling reason driving her actions.

Selina was an interesting character and the ending weaved so many elements that appeared throughout the book together seamlessly.

Catwoman makes for a light and easy read. If you’re looking for a fun little escape and don’t mind her backstory taking an entirely different direction, then it’s worth checking out.

Now on Pre-Order: Fangs and Fortune (Vampires of Crescent Cape Book 2)

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I am beyond excited to share that Fangs and Fortune, the second book in the Vampires of Crescent Cape series, is now available on pre-order.

This book has been INSANELY fun to write and is filled with some crazy twists I think readers are going to love.

Go ahead and snag your copy now – and if you haven’t already done so, be sure to read Curses and Crowns first! This series is meant to be read in sequential order.

A cut-throat competition.
A romance to die for.

Danielle Parker’s life was a dream. Until it became a living nightmare.

Ripped of her memories of how she was kidnapped from her family, Danielle is whisked away to the mystical Crescent Cape—a kingdom ruled by vampires, where she is to live out her human life as a blood slave.

She’s not going down without a fight.

But her plans are thwarted when she’s selected to compete for the prince’s heart.

The winner will be turned into a vampire and taken as his bride. And the losers’ blood will be fed to the princess-to-be to complete her transition.

As much as she’s disgusted by the idea of the competition, and as dangerous as Prince Aiden is, she can’t deny her attraction to him—or to his troubled brother, Julian.

Will she be able to resist the brothers’ charms? Or will she find herself pulled into the dangerous world of the vampires of Crescent Cape?

A romantic and thrilling new series that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Perfect for fans of The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and The Selection.

Book Review: Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee

I can’t say enough good things about Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee.

It’s a research-based look at the aesthetics of joy, but the information is presented in a casual way that makes you feel like you’re chatting with a best friend. It’s not a heavy read by any means (rightly so, as it’s titled Joyful!) and is filled with fascinating anecdotes.

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Reading this inspired me to make a variety of changes in my own home, including making our laundry room (the way we enter our home 99% of the time) a more welcoming space, with cheerful yellow paint and inviting decor. It is SUCH a nicer way to walk in the door.

I could go on and on, but in short, this book is a must-read for anyone searching for ways to appreciate the little things in life.

The biggest takeaway for me was that, with time, we lose that childlike wonder at things that spark joy for us.

Joyful is all about owning and reclaiming those things which bring us happiness.

New Releases in YA Paranormal Romance

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Click on the book covers to learn more about these new releases in YA paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

In the year 2133, vampires rule America.

Within the Realms, human life is defined by blood.

But there is a way out: The Testing.

No one knows what happens to those who pass. But rumours of the powerful vampire family who want them spark fear in the chosen few.

When sisters Callie and Montana pass the test, they rebel against their fate and plan to do what no human has ever done.

Escape their Realm.

But the vampires have eyes everywhere and the girls are soon torn apart, sending them spiralling down two dangerous paths.

One to the vampires.

The other to the slayers.

With Callie in the hands of a fierce warrior and Montana trapped in a terrifying ritual run by the royal vampires, can they find their way back to each other before it’s too late?

Or will their fates be decided by the deadly men who shadow them..?

Eternal Reign is an upper YA dystopian paranormal romance with strong female leads and alpha males. If you loved The Selection Series, the Twilight Saga and A Shade of Vampire, you’ll fall for this brand new series!

They fell in love long before they met.
Now the harshness of reality will be their love’s ultimate test.


Ava
The child of a prophecy.

Ava has seen a glorious white wolf in her dreams for two years. They’ve connected so deeply she’s sure he must be real. She just needs to find him…

Hunter
A protector at no matter the cost.

An Alpha from the age of sixteen, Hunter can’t afford to find out if what he’s seen out on the arctic tundra is more than just a lonely fantasy. Wolf numbers are critically low, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to save them.

They meet as a dangerous virus appears in the wolf population and poaching has become far more coordinated. It seems that some are seeking to hasten the wolves’ extinction as the two desperately race against time to save them.

Battling a deadly disease, their responsibilities, and their own undeniable feelings, Ava and Hunter struggle to find the balance between what is right, what is wrong, and who to trust. 

Ultimately, they are going to have to face the only possible solution – that their love may be the key to it all.

From winner of the 2018 RONE Award for Best Young Adult Novel, discover a breathtaking love that will leave a legacy! Grab your copy now. 

Mysterious strangers. Hidden abilities. Inescapable darkness…
Join our courageous heroines and heroes as they battle demons, governments, and secret organizations in worlds where fae, vampires, angels, witches, humans, and more fight for survival.
Cursed Lands will lead you through one doomed world after another in this haunting dystopian, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance boxed set. Inside, you’ll find 22 exclusive, page-turning tales from today’s bestselling and award-winning authors.
Do you dare venture into Cursed Lands, where magic, danger, and romance lurk between the shadows and the light?
One-click today to indulge in over 100 hours of bewitching young adult and new adult reads in this epic limited time collection.

Emma Hamm
Nina Walker 
Claire Luana 
Dorothy Dreyer 
Elle Scott
A.J. Flowers 
Krista Street
Alison Ingleby 
USA Today Bestselling Author B. Kristin McMichael
Ella Wayne 
Jenna Lee 
Char Webster 
K.A. Parkinson 
J.L. Myers 
S K Gregory 
Lichelle Slater 
Michael J. Allen 
Lee French 
Candace Osmond

Plus, my own book, Curses and Crowns, released in February.

A cut-throat competition.
A romance to die for.

Danielle Parker’s life was a dream. Until it became a living nightmare.

Ripped of her memories of how she was kidnapped from her family, Danielle is whisked away to the mystical Crescent Cape—a kingdom ruled by vampires, where she is to live out her human life as a blood slave.

She’s not going down without a fight.

But her plans are thwarted when she’s selected to compete for the prince’s heart.

The winner will be turned into a vampire and taken as his bride. And the losers’ blood will be fed to the princess-to-be to complete her transition.

As much as she’s disgusted by the idea of the competition, and as dangerous as Prince Aiden is, she can’t deny her attraction to him—or to his troubled brother, Julian.

Will she be able to resist the brothers’ charms? Or will she find herself pulled into the dangerous world of the vampires of Crescent Cape?

A romantic and thrilling new series that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Perfect for fans of The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and The Selection.

Book Review: The Vampire War by Michelle Madow

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The Vampire War is the fifth and final book in The Vampire Wish series, and oh my goodness! It did not disappoint.

I flew through the book. Madow expertly crafted competing storylines and weaved them together for the final book so beautifully. I think anyone who read the previous books will find it to be a satisfying conclusion.

What’s more, it’s the perfect lead-in to the next book in the overarching Dark World series, The Angel Trials.

Normally, I wouldn’t be drawn to a book about angels. I’ve never read one and honestly didn’t even know that was a thing in urban fantasy until recently. But since I’m already familiar with the characters from The Vampire Wish series, I’m curious enough to keep reading.

And, let’s face it – this will be the third series of Madow’s that I’ve read. Based on her other work, I know it won’t disappoint.

Book Review: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

I’m a bit torn as far as how to review this one. On the one hand, I feel like this book is really inspirational in that it shows that with enough grit and determination, you can do ANYTHING you set your mind to, no matter how hard.

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On the other hand, while her life being in turmoil was what led her to begin her trek, it seemed the same poor decision-making continued throughout the entire journey. I kept waiting for a significant “a-ha! moment,” but it never seemed to come. I was just baffled that someone could make so many poor choices that had led her to the trail and not come out on the other side a different person. Or maybe she did, and the book just didn’t go into everything that happened AFTER finishing the trail.

Either way, I enjoyed Strayed’s writing style and found it to be an interesting read. And one thing is for certain – she is one resilient woman. I do admire that she perservered through the many hardships she faced.

Book Review: The Purple Haze by Andrew Einspruch

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The Purple Haze is a fantastic, family-friendly fantasy adventure.

It’s appropriate for both upper Middle Grade and YA readers and is just good ol‘ clean fun.

The worldbuilding is impressive. And I realize this sounds like an odd thing to say, but one of my favorite parts of the book was the names of the various villages. You’ll see what I mean once you read it. 🙂

You can tell Einspruch put a lot of love and care into writing this adventure, and you’ll fall in love with Princess Eloise, Jerome and her other companions. The action really ramped up in the last quarter of the book, and while there is a cliffhanger, it’s a good one.

Click here to grab your copy today.

Note: I was provided with a copy of The Purple Haze by the author, but I am voluntarily writing this review and the opinions expressed are my own.

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The Best Supernatural Villains of All Time

Villains... There are some we love to hate and some we just plain love. Today, we're chatting about our all-time favorite paranormal romance villains. #pnr #paranormalromance #pnrbooks #amreading #romance #vampires

Yeah, yeah. Heroes are great and all.

But today, we’re talking about villains.

They say that villains often see themselves as the heroes of the stories, which is part of what makes them so fascinating.

Today, my fellow paranormal romance authors and I are discussing our absolute favorite villains and what makes us love to hate them (or just plain love them!).

Question: Who is your favorite supernatural villain of all time and why?

Without a doubt, Klaus Mikaelson is my favorite supernatural villain. He had a compelling backstory and he was fiercely protective over the people he cared about. 

I don’t want to give anything away for anyone who hasn’t finished watching The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, but I’ll just say that he had an AMAZING character arc and I was crying like a baby during the entire last season of The Originals. 

Submitted by L. Danvers, Author of Blood Heirs


The only thing supernatural about her was that she was cursed to live forever, but I loved Delphine LaLaurie in American Horror Story Coven. She was a wretched, awful person who deserved everything she got in that show, but the writing was so good that I found myself feeling sorry for her at times.

As soon as I reminded myself who she was, I could wipe away any sympathy I felt for her, but she was a great villain.

Submitted by Carrie Pulkinen, Author of Sweet Release 


Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He was so witty and sexy without being over-the-top evil and ended up teaming with her by the end of the season. He had feelings and motivations that made sense to me, and of course became a series regular so we got to see a lot more of him, but his villain run in season 2 with Drusilla was just a blast to watch. Those two had some insane chemistry!

Submitted by Anya J Cosgrove, Author of Lost Boy


Death from Supernatural is definitely my favorite. He’s just an entity trying to do the job handed to him, and he gets a bad rap as the head reaper, when he’s really just the guardian of the natural order. He just wants to find a decent deep dish pizza and to ferry the dead where they belong, but the Winchesters are incessantly messing him up. He’s singularly unimpressed with the antics of the world around him and sees it all as inconsequential in the Grand scheme of things. I’ll spare the spoilers for those who have never seen the show, but while he might not be truly a villain, he’s a dark neutral that I adored more with every word that left his mouth.

Submitted by Harper L. Jameson, Author of The Conduit


My ultimate supernatural villain is Loki. He’s so bad he’s good and I never can quite figure out if he actually has a heart of gold buried somewhere deep or will he ultimately screw Thor over.

Submitted by Selena Blake, Author of Ready & Willing


My favourite super villain of all time would have to be Thanos from the Marvel Cinemas world. He destroyed half of the universe’s population with essentially just one hand. Like all villains, they believe they are the heroes of their story. Thanos believed he was making the universe a better place to live that didn’t include people not having to starve anymore because now there would be plenty of resources to go around.

But from the Marvel Comics world, he destroys half the universe to impress Death, who he has fallen in love with. So he is also a romantic at heart. Making him quite the complex fellow. Even villains need love. 

Submitted by Jessica Gleave, Author of Helios and Zelena, Prequel in the Sky Realm series 


Yikes! This might be harder than picking a favorite book boyfriend–I do so love me the baddies. I debated picking Loki (because, um, hello), but in the end, I have to go with the great and glorious villain who sparked my lifelong love of the bad guys: Maleficent. Everything about her, from her fierce head-horns (shared with Loki, possibly a theme?) to her raven to her brilliant, badass smile just sucked child-me right in. Here was someone fascinating. More than Prince Charmings or fairy godmothers, I imagined Maleficent’s backstory and I wondered what would have happened if she’d stayed a dragon and found herself a fire-breathing friend. And I love how the later live-action movie dug into that backstory and let Maleficent be the anti-hero I always knew her to be. 

Submitted by Dee J Holmes, Author of An Inheritance of Curses

Paranormal Romance Authors Reveal Which Powers They Wish They Had

If you're as obsessed with paranormal romance books as we are, then you've probably spent more time than you'd like to admit imagining what it'd be like to have supernatural powers. Click to see what abilities your favorite PNR authors wish they had!

Have you ever thought about what supernatural power you wish you had?

As paranormal romance authors, we spend a lot of time thinking and writing about all sorts of powers and abilities.

Like, probably more than we’d like to admit.

So, just for kicks, we thought we’d share which paranormal abilities we’d love to have!

Question: If you could have the abilities of any paranormal creature (vampire, werewolf, witch, dragon, etc.), what would you choose and why?

So, as much as I love vampires, I’d have to go with having magic on this one.

I think I’d be a very boring witch, though. I’d be using my powers to do everyday tasks. Dishes? Done. Laundry? Handled. Forgot to grab milk at the grocery store? No worries! It’s in the fridge. 

Thankfully, the characters in my stories are much more adventurous than I am!

Submitted by L. Danvers, Author of Blood Heirs


I love werewolves but I think I’d have to be a witch. I have a fairly sassy personality so I think it’d be great fun to tease people with my powers. And if I can get the mop to clean the house without me, all the better!

Submitted by Selena Blake, Author of Ready & Willing


My favorite shifters are wolves, but I would love to have psychic abilities. Telekinesis, clairvoyance, astral projection, energy manipulation, any or all of those.

Submitted by Erin St. Charles, Author of Close Enough to Love


I love my PNR characters. I write about shifters (cat-shifters and wolf-shifters) and vampires. But if I could chose to be anything, I would probably pick witch. I am a huge fan of Charmed (the original), and even though Paige was half whitelighter, I wish I could orb. Oh, the time I would save. Plus, telekinesis would be awesome too.

Submitted by R.L. Kenderson, Author of Forbidden Blood (Forbidden #1) 


I’d choose to be a dragon because they can fly, have pretty scaled armor, breathe fire and hoard books. (Dragons don’t really need gold or gems…they are lumpy and cold to sleep on.)

Submitted by Beth Caudill, Paranormal Romance Author


Okay, I would love to be a powerful witch who can cast spells. I would love to be able to do things like move things without touching them, teleport or even fly.

Submitted by Alicia Montgomery, Author of The Last Blackstone Dragon


I’d choose to be one of the vampires in my world. Mortal beings with long lives (think of all the history they get to witness) and the ability to travel miles in seconds via the space between dimensions. Who needs sunlight?

Submitted by Miranda Jameson, Author of Berlin Nocturne


I would love to be something that could fly. I can’t really picture myself as a dragon, but maybe some kind of falcon or hawk shifter would be cool! Having other powers is tempting, too–like the longevity of vampires, and the magical powers of witches. Maybe I could be one of those hybrid species that gets the best of everything. 🙂

Submitted by Liza Street, Author of Fierce Heartbreaker


Dragons have shapeshifting powers and magic depending on the world. Otherwise, a vampire with a daylight ring or amulet.

Submitted by Vivian Lane, Paranormal Romance Author


The ninjas in my series have nature based magic. One of them is a shapeshifter, who can shift into a creature she has had contact with. I think that’s the kind of power I’d like to have–but I think it would lead to some devious, different sort of thinking! 🙂

Submitted by D.M. Marlowe, Paranormal Romance Author