ARC REVIEW: The Last Changeling by Chelsea Pitcher + Giveaway!!

 aaTITLE: The Last Changeling (Faerie Revolutions #1)
AUTHOR: Chelsea Pitcher 
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: November 8th 2014 by Flux
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
PAGES: 360 pages (paperback)
SOURCE: e-arc via publisher (netgalley)
RATING:

3 ★★★1/2

 
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A Kingdom at War . . .
Elora, the young princess of the Dark Faeries, plans to overthrow her tyrannical mother, the Dark Queen, and bring equality to faeriekind. All she has to do is convince her mother’s loathed enemy, the Bright Queen, to join her cause. But the Bright Queen demands an offering first: a human boy who is a “young leader of men.”
A Dark Princess In Disguise . . .
To steal a mortal, Elora must become a mortal—at least, by all appearances. And infiltrating a high school is surprisingly easy. When Elora meets Taylor, the seventeen-year-old who’s plotting to overthrow a ruthless bully, she thinks she’s found her offering . . . until she starts to fall in love. 

 

 

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REVIEW:

 

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You know why this is awesome? Because it’s a Fantasy book with a message that needs to be heard. And that is hard to come by these days. Okay, let me explain.

Lora is the daughter of the Dark Queen but unlike her Mother, she actually care for their people and kingdom. Now she’s planning to overthrow her own mother, the Dark Queen with the help of the Bright Queen. But the Bright Queen has one demand, and that is to get a mortal offering. Now, that should be easy for Lora.. but when she met Taylor, she didn’t expect to like him.. or fall in love with him.

First of all, the writing is just plain lovely. This is my first from Chelsea Pitcher and I have to say that I loved her writing. I will be checking out her other books. She did a wonderful job voicing out Lora. It was humorous and enchanting. And Taylor is such a sweetie pie. I just want o pick him up and put him in my pocket or just hug him all day. 

There’s a lot going on in this book, and that can be a good or bad thing. I’m pretty much in the middle. Though, yes, I love the whole equality part and having diverse characters, but I felt that it was too focused in that aspect. I just want to hear more of the Faerie World and not just from Lora’s story telling. But I want to experience it too. Though I agree with Taylor, every time Lora tells the story, you can’t help but be enchanted and feel tranced. Maybe the whole LGBT theme should’ve been mentioned in the blurb so that readers will know. Anyway, it was handled well.

“Equality doesn’t work if it’s only for some people”

The Romance in my opinion is pretty tame and I really loved it. It’s the kind of romance that you keep anticipating every chapter TO FINALLY HAPPEN and when it finally did, you just cry out of joy. It was slow burn and it was sweet and beautiful. 

The ending was great. It wasn’t that cliffy but it will really leave you wanting more. The scenes near the end was heart pumping and totally written well (the whole book, really) It also gave me the Faerie world that I really want to see. Hopefully, it will be more explored in the upcoming books. The Last Changeling is perfect for you if you’re looking for a fantasy read with diverse characters, sweet romance and brilliant writing. 

 

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

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Chelsea Pitcher is a native of Portland, OR where she received her BA in English Literature. Fascinated by all things literary, she began gobbling up stories as soon as she could read, and especially enjoys delving into the darker places to see if she can draw out some light.

 

 

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TITLE: Nocte (The Nocte Trilogy #1)
AUTHOR: Courtney Cole
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: November 3rd 2014 by Lakehouse Press Inc (IT’S TODAYYYY)
GENRE: NA > Romance | Dark
PAGES: 277pages (kindle edition)
 
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Save me and I’ll save you…
My name is Calla Price. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m one half of a whole.
My other half– my twin brother, my Finn– is crazy. 
I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I’m terrified he’ll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me
I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline.
Dare DuBray.
He’s my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I’m afraid, where I belong, where I’m lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me.
He has the power to destroy me.
Maybe that’s ok. Because I can’t seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt.
Why? Because of a secret.
A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming.
You won’t either.

 

 

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EXCERPT:

 

Glancing up, I suck my breath in when I find dark eyes connected to mine, eyes so dark they’re almost black, and the energy in them is enough to freeze me in place.

A boy is attached to the dark gaze.

A man. 

He’s probably no more than twenty or twenty-one, but everything about him screams man.  There’s noboy in him.  That part of him is very clearly gone.  I see it in his eyes, in the way he holds himself, in the perceptive way he takes in his surroundings, then stares at me with singular focus, like we’re somehow connected by a tether.  He’s got a million contradictions in his eyes….aloofness, warmth, mystery, charm, and something else I can’t define.

He’s muscular, tall, and wearing a tattered black sweatshirt that says Irony is lost on you in orange letters.  His dark jeans are belted with black leather, and a silver band encircles his middle finger.

Dark hair tumbles into his face and a hand with long fingers impatiently brushes it back, all the while his eyes are still connected with mine.  His jaw is strong and masculine, with the barest hint of stubble.

His gaze is still connected to mine, like a livewire, or a lightning bolt.  I can feel the charge of it racing along my skin, like a million tiny fingers, flushing my cheeks.  My lungs flutter and I swallow hard. 

And then, he smiles at me.

At me. 

Because I don’t know him and he doesn’t know better. 

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

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Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.

Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: A Murder Of Magpies by Sarah Bromley

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TITLE: A Murder Of Magpies
AUTHOR: Sarah Bromley
PUBLICATION: Publication: October 28th 2014 by Month9Books, LLC
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Horror | Gothic
PAGES: 326pages (paperback)
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RATING:

4 ★★★★

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Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.
No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it’s not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk. 
Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.
Unwanted. That’s all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can’t explain the hold she has on him–inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn’t know what her powers can do. Yet.
Just as Vayda and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn’t so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.

 

 

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REVIEW:

 

“Cardinal Rule: You never know who’s watching, and I promise you someone is always watching”

Well, how do I start this? I guess by saying that I completely fell in love with that cover! I just know that I have to read it. And I am so lucky to be part of this tour and to review A Murder of Magpies.

Vayda and Jonah are twins. Everywhere they go, they can’t escape the fact that people find them strange. Well, they kind of are. Both of them has their own mind game that they got from their mother. And as much as they try to fit in and hide their abilities, some people can’t help to notice.

I really love the atmosphere in this book. I think I need to read more books with gothic theme because if they are as good as this, I WANT TO READ ‘EM. The author really got the intriguing and mysterious vibe. The setting and the characters was fleshed out. I love how every time I get back to reading it, I feel like I am being transported to where Vayda and Jonah is.  This story is on dual Pov’s. One is from Vayda, which I absolutely adored. There’s something about Vayda that is so badass. But she’s also so nice and caring. She’s a well written character and I can’t wait for more of her in the following books. (i don’t know yet if there are following books, but I AM HOPING) the other Pov is from Ward’s. Oh, this boy confuses me still. I have a feeling that there’s more to him. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THAT. And Vayda isn’t the only character that I loved, Ward and Jonah are incredible. They have their own characteristic that makes them unique and distinct. 

I’m a fan of the authors writing. It bothers me sometimes when the genre of the book doesn’t match the way it was written. Well, this is brilliant. The tone, the pacing and like I mentioned above, the atmosphere was perfect. 

Reading A Murder of Magpies will really make you think that the author thought everything through. It’s haunting, mystifying and not to mention, totally sexy. This book is full of intrigue with dark and rich characters that I can’t get enough of. It’s hard to believe that this is Sarah’s debut novel. We all better watch out for Ms Bromley.  

 

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

Sarah Bromley

 

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Sarah Bromley lives near St. Louis with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She likes the quiet hours of morning when she can drink coffee in peace, stare into the woods behind her house, and wonder what monsters live there. When she’s not writing or wrangling small children, she can be found volunteering at a stable for disabled riders.

 

 

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