Book Review: Wicked Nix by Lena Coakley

Wicked Nix

Author: Lena Coakley
Illustrator: Jaime Zollars
Publisher: Amulet Books (October 9, 2018)
Hardcover, 176 pages
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Mischievous woodland fairy Nix is up to no good. His beloved fairy queen has gone away, leaving him with a very important job: He must protect the forest from a most dangerous enemy—humans.

When a determined invader trespasses on his territory, Nix’s skills are put to the test as he invents several wicked tricks to chase the sorry fellow away. But when his efforts don’t go quite according to plan, it becomes clear that this intruder—and this sprite—may not be at all what they seem.

Book Review: Vampires Like It Hot by Lynsay Sands

Vampires Like It Hot

Author: Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau, Book 28
Publisher: Avon (September 18, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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When Raffaele Notte pulls a barely dressed, disoriented woman from the ocean, the last thing he expects is for her to utter that word. The immortal has come to the island resort to help his cousin, but now, it seems, there are rogue vampires dining on unsuspecting tourists. And he soon realizes that not only is Jess a target, she’s also the life mate he’s been waiting for…

Vampires are real. Jess would’ve never believed it until she saw them with her own eyes. She knows she has to get off the island, and her gallant rescuer has offered to help. There’s something about Raffaele that’s unlike any man she has ever met, and his touch sends pleasure through her that is beyond all imagining. But when Jess discovers who he really is, will she risk life as she knows it for a chance of forever by his side?

Blog Tour: The Forever Christmas Tree by Sandra Hill (excerpt, teaser, giveaway)

The Christmas bells are chiming across the Outer Banks town of Bell Cove, North Carolina, but there’s one local ‘grinch’ who’s not listening . . .
He’s got bad-boy looks and a Bah Humbug attitude, so when the local paper asks the villagers to vote on the “Biggest Local Grinch” as a fund-raising project, Ethan Rutledge isn’t surprised to hear he’s made the ballot. He might own the local Christmas Tree Farm, but the holiday hasn’t been welcome in his home since Wendy Patterson left him heart-broken twelve years ago.
But now Wendy’s back, fresh from a tour of duty as a female Navy SEAL. She’s bold, beautiful, and has five Navy buddies trailing after her—as if she needs a bodyguard! And what’s all this about them wanting to start a treasure hunting company right here in Bell Cove’s failing bell factory? Then Wendy learns about how Ethan’s been nurturing the one thing he has to remember her by: a gorgeous Norway Spruce tree.
Can the magic of Christmas and the spirit of the town help rekindle the romance between two people who thought they’d left love behind years ago?

About the Book

The Forever Christmas Tree
by Sandra Hill
Bell Sound Series
Contemporary Romance
Avon Books
Publication Date
September 25, 2018
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Blog Tour: Fragments of Ash by Katy Regnery (guest post, giveaway)

Fragments of Ash
Katy Regnery
(A Modern Fairytale #7)
Publication date: October 1st 2018
Genres: Fairy Tales, Romance, Adult
From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes a dark and twisted retelling of the beloved fairytale, Cinderella!
My name is Ashley Ellis…
I was thirteen years old when my mother – retired supermodel, Tig – married Mosier Răumann, who was twice her age and the head of the Răumann crime family.
When I turned eighteen, my mother mysteriously died. Only then did I discover the dark plans my stepfather had in store for me all along; the debauched “work” he expected me to do.
With the help of my godfather, Gus, I have escaped from Mosier’s clutches, but his twin sons and henchmen have been tasked with hunting me down. And they will stop at nothing to return my virgin body to their father
…dead or alive.
** Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Fragments of Ash is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection: contemporary, standalone romances inspired by beloved fairy tales.
The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) – available now
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) – available now
Ginger’s Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) – available now
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) – available now
Don’t Speak (The Little Mermaid) – available now
Sheer Heaven (Rapunzel) – available now
Fragments of Ash (Cinderella) – available now
Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) – coming soon

#ARCtoberReadathon is this weekend! (Did you remember to sign up?)

#ARCtoberReadathon is this weekend! YAY! Who is ready to get their read on for readathon?

The Rules

#ARCReadathon has no hard start and stop time - it begins on Saturday Oct 13 and ends Sunday Oct 14. The goal is to read as much as you can (or care to) in that time, with a focus on getting through ARCs. So just for this weekend, set aside the library books and the new releases (sorry, Hocus Pocus: the all new sequel - I guess you'll have to wait until Monday to get read!) and get cracking on those ARCs!


Share your progress updates on Twitter using the hashtag #ARCtoberReadathon for the chance to win prizes. ;)  The more you tweet with the hashtag, the more chances you'll have to win. Oh, and make sure you sign up in the #ARCtober sign up post if you want your #ARCtoberReadathon tweets to be entered into the grand prize and the ARC book prize drawings!! If you're not signed up in the main post, I won't know if you're a US or INT entry. (Plus, it will warm my Hufflepuff heart and make me want to host more challenges if I can get a solid half-dozen people signed up for my very first challenge... Haha.)

Book Review: Consumed by J.R. Ward


Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Firefighters, Book 1
Publisher: Gallery Books (October 2, 2018)
Hardcover, 416 pages
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Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed...

By her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer.

Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self.

Shattered and demoralized, Anne finds her new career as an arson investigator a pale substitute for the adrenaline-fueled life she left behind. She doesn't believe she will ever feel that same all-consuming passion for her job again--until she encounters a string of suspicious fires setting her beloved city ablaze.

Danny McGuire is a premiere fireman, best in the county, but in the midst of a personal meltdown. Danny is taking risks like never before and seems to have a death wish until he teams up with Anne to find the fire starter. But Danny may be more than a distraction, and as Anne narrows in on her target, the arsonist begins to target her.

From the creator of the bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood, get ready for a new band of brothers. And a firestorm.

#blogoween: Bookish Monster Bender (Anne of Green Gables)

I love this prompt for #blogoween! This one is hosted by Camilla @ Reader in the Attic, but I actually stumbled across the post on by Luna @ BookishLuna about Little Women (and zombie Beth) and was inspired to write my own Bookish Monster Bender post, so thanks Luna, Camilla, and the whole #blogoween crew! I love the direction Luna took this, with Beth dying as in the book but instead of staying dead she rises again as a zombie. Sort of like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! And as Luna says, it may not be exactly what the prompt calls for, but it's the direction in which I am going to take it... 

Bookish Monster Bender || You’re transported in various books but a bad surprise awaits you. Everything is horror and death, because a monster version has taken over the story. Prompt objective is to do a monster bender version of book characters. You can choose who you want and imagine a dark horror version of their novel (you can add or not your ideas about the horror – re-written blurb or “how things went wrong”) and themselves. But the main thing to do is create a monster out of bookish characters. I suggest you look up on the internet a bit of the videogame Bloodborne for monster aesthetic inspiration. Oh, and don’t hesitate to add yourself to the scenery, survival weapons included. Or die.
The first book that sprang to mind for me (perhaps prompted by Luna's choice of Little Women) was L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables

Only in this Monster-Bent world, Anne is a Hunter (think Dean and Sam from Supernatural). There wasn't really a mistake with the Cuthbert's "order" for an orphan boy - it's just that the boy they'd ordered had turned out to be a werewolf and Anne had to put a silver bullet in his heart. Then as she'd been hearing whispers of a nest of vampires in Avonlea, so decided to take the werewolf boy's place and set off for Green Gables. 
What Marilla, Matthew, and the people and of Avonlea take as an overactive imagination and flights of fancy are really calculated efforts to root out evil in the PEI. 
That mouse that drowns in the plum pudding sauce? A weremouse. 
Getting Diana drunk on red currant wine? She'd slipped holy water into the wine, making sure Diana wasn't a vampire. 
It wasn't croup Diana's little sister had, but an evil spell that Anne had to find and break. 
The list goes on, but suffice to say that all that time Anne was fighting evil and people thought she was just being whimsical. Of course, even if people believed half of what she said who could ever separate the real from the fantasy from a girl who does things like rename avenues "The White Way of Delight." (Oh, but the cherry tree outside her window? It truly was the spirit of a Snow Queen trapped inside of a tree, and Anne never did figure out how to free it.)

While I chose to write about Anne of Green Gables, my first thought went to dark/horror versions of fairy tales, of course. I seem to especially see a lot of horror versions of Alice in Wonderland that are done a lot. What do you think of horror versions of well known (or less well known) stories? Would you be up for reading a horror/monster "alternate reality" version of a novel?

Book Review: Wicked Nix by Lena Coakley

Wicked Nix Author: Lena Coakley Illustrator: Jaime Zollars Publisher: Amulet Books (October 9, 2018) Hardcover, 176 pages Goodreads...