Book Review: Fallen by K.L. Bone & Greg Wilkey

 

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the FALLEN by K.L. Bone & Greg Wilkey Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 About the Book

 

Title: FALLEN (Starbound Book 1)

Author: K.L. Bone & Greg Wilkey

Pub. Date: January 5, 2021

Publisher: K.L. Bone & Greg Wilkey

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 180

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle

Sometimes, even stars must share their light to stop the darkness… 

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The dream was always the same. Stars falling from the sky, their dying screams echoing across a bleak canvas. Rosalind never imagined the horrors which plagued her sleepless nights were not dreams, but warnings of an uncertain future. Nor that her visions were shared by another.

Across an ocean, Zeke gazes at the sky each evening, helplessly watching as his beloved stars vanish from sight. Most believe these disappearances to be natural, but as the light of the night sky rapidly fades, Zeke knows in his heart, something far worse is at play.

When this unlikely pair meet, romance sparks under moonlit nights. Little do they know their union will awaken a long-dormant power which seeks to consume all within its grasp.

Together, they must discover a way to save the stars, before only darkness remains.

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This was such a fantastic read! It did not came as a surprise at all, since I’ve read (as in listened to) another book by K.L. Bone – Embracing the Dragon (review here) that was also a 5 star book. Not only it brought me closed to the stars I also happen to love, but it made me feel so intrigued and so determined to find out what is behind this strange connection that our main characters have.  

The opening scene, with the two professors debating about the Universe captivated me from the start and I started making my own scenarios about how the story would unfold. Still I was not expecting the outcome. Then we have our main characters, Rosalind and Zeke, who have so much in common. Their connection feels natural and unusual at the same time. They both love the stars, they both have the same nightmares and they both love their studies with a passion. Their dedication is impressive.  

As a Romance reader myself, I cannot but appreciate how the relationship between Rosalind and Zeke evolves and how their connection moves forward, at a natural pace. The cliffhanger killed a piece of my heart, but I am now so looking forward for the next book in the series. 

Yes, I loved it in a crazy way and I devoured every page! I hope you’ll love it just as much!  

Cover Review: I love it! I love the sky, the stars, the font, even the & between the authors’ names! It feels balanced and it is really well connected to the story!  

5 stars

 

About K.L:

K.L. Bone is a USA Today bestselling author of dark fantasy and paranormal romance. Her works include the bestselling Black Rose Guard dark fantasy series. The bestselling Flames of Kalleen paranormal romance series. The Rise of the Temple Gods fantasy series. And a stand-alone science fiction novel, The Indoctrination and numerous novellas.

Bone has a master’s degree in modern literary cultures and is working toward her PhD in creative writing at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. She wrote her first short story at the age of fifteen and grew up with an equally great love of both classical literature and speculative fiction. Bone has spent the last few years as a bit of a world traveler, living in California, London, and most recently, Belfast. When not immersed in words, of her own creation or studies, you’ll find her traveling to mythical sites that have inspired storytellers for generations.

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About Greg:

“Greg Wilkey is a writer to watch. His three suspenseful Mortimer Drake teen vampire novels delight male as well as female readers, and Greg’s imagination, and storytelling
have enchanted fans, young and old. I applaud Greg’s immense talent and his willingness to go it alone as an indie published author. Obviously word of mouth is bringing the intrepid Mortimer Drake to new readers every day. Many a New York published writer would be grateful for Greg’s ever increasing sales.” — Anne Rice, author of Interview with the Vampire.

Greg Wilkey was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1971. He developed a love of stories and adventure at an early age. He has always loved to read and write. He graduated from college with a degree in education and began a career in teaching world languages in 1993. He spent the next 15 years as a classroom teacher of Spanish until moving into school administration in 2007. He is currently in his eigth year as an assistant principal. He was married for 21 years to the love of his life, Alicyn Melton Wilkey. She died suddenly of a heart attack on February 28, 2014. He makes his home in Chattanooga where he is the proud pet parent of three spoiled cats. Currently, he is the author of the Mortimer Drake Series of vampire books for young adults and the Neither Nor Series of supernatural thrillers starring his young hero, Edgar Flax.

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Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card, International.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One: 

1/4/2021

Rockstar Book Tours

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1/5/2021

Jaime’s World

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1/5/2021

JaimeRockstarBookTours

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1/6/2021

Two Chicks on Books

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1/7/2021

BookHounds

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1/7/2021

BookHounds

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1/8/2021

Adrienne Woods Books and Reviews

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Week Two:

1/11/2021

I’m Shelf-ish

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1/12/2021

Books A-Brewin’

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1/12/2021

Books A-Brewin’

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1/13/2021

The Obsessed Reader

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1/13/2021

The Obsessed Reader

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1/14/2021

DEEKAY | Daily Dose of Reading

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1/15/2021

Lilly’s Book World

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1/15/2021

Lilly’s Book World

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2021 Reading Challenges Part 1: Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge

Hey Guys,  

This year I want to really be focused on reading and to motivate myself even more, I’ve decided to join 4 challenges: three of them are for the duration of the entire year and the fourth one is a series that will continue monthly. Here are some details about the first challenge I’m signing up for…

The Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 

This challenge is currently hosted by Yvonne from Socrates Book Reviews and the main rule is to clean up your Netgalley and Edelweiss shelves. Simple, right? There are several levels one can complete:

  • Bronze: 10 books 
  • Silver: 25 books 
  • Gold: 50 books 
  • Platinum: 75 books 
  • Diamond: 100 books 

Now, taking into account that my Netgally has more than 100 books not read, I would go with the Diamond Level. It really is a challenge, since I’ve already committed to 120 books on Goodreads and so far none of the books I have planned for January is a Netgalley book. Also, I don’t even remember what I have in Edelweiss.

All in all, I do plan to improve my profiles on both these platforms. I have lots of book to go through and a lot more enthusiasm 😊 I’ll have in my monthly wrap up the results of this challenge. Next week I will give you details about the second challenge I plan on attending, so be sure to visit often.

Until next time, let me know in the comments below if you are taking part in any reading challenge or readathons this year.

Happy Reading!  

Weekly Quote #18

Hey there and Happy New Week!  

I hope you had a great weekend and that you are full of energy for the next 5 days 😊  

On my end, I’ve finished with Kat Ransom’s book on Saturday. I simply did not want to rush through it. I took my time reading all the scenes and memorizing all our character’s reactions. My review will probably be up in the coming days, so stick around to read my thoughts. Until then, here goes another quote from this great story:  

Ginny scoots toward the fire. “oh, please! No one’s shit gets fixed. That’s not how life works. You always have the same shit. It never goes away. You just learn how to live with it, how to cope. 

The entire camping scene was great, with our characters bonding and admitting a lot of their issues. Suffice to say, I cannot wait for the next book in the series.  

Enjoy your week everyone, and remember to stop by for your daily dose of bookish 😊  

Book Review: Naughty Boss by Whitney G.

Title: Naughty Boss 

Author: Whitney G. 

Published: December 15th 2016 by WGW Books, LLC 

Source: owned 

Type: e-copy 

Blurb

He definitely wasn’t supposed to get that email… 
 
Subject: My Boss. 
 
Have I already told you that I hate my boss today? 
 
Sexy as hell or not, this pompous, arrogant, ASSHOLE asked me to pick up his dry cleaning the second I walked through the door. Then he told me that I needed to take his Jaguar to a car wash that was ten miles outside of the city, but only after I needed to stand in a never-ending line to buy some type of limited, hundred-dollar watch. 
 
I honestly can’t wait to see the look on his face two months from now when I tell him that I’m quitting his company and that he can kiss my ass. KISS. MY. ASS. 
 
All those former fantasies about him kissing me with his “mouth of perfection” or bending me over my desk and filling me with his cock are long over. OVER. 
 
Your bestie, 
Mya 
 
PS–Please tell me your day is going better than mine… 
 
Subject: Re: My Boss. 
 
No, you haven’t already told me that you hate your boss today, but seeing as though you’ve sent me this email directly, I know now… 
 
Yes, I did ask you to pick up my dry cleaning the second you arrived to work to day. (Where is it?) And I did tell you to take my Jaguar to the car wash and pick up my thousand-dollar watch. (Thank you for taking five hours to do something that could be accomplished in two.) 
 
You don’t have to wait two months from now to see the look on my face when you tell me you’re quitting. I’m standing outside your office at this very moment. ( Open the door. ) 
 
No comment on your “fantasies,” although I highly doubt they’re “long over.” 
 
Your boss, 
Michael 
 
PS–Yes. My day is definitely going far better than yours… 

Check it on Amazon & Goodreads 

My Review

Oh, this is very steamy indeed!  

I was sold from the blurb. I know it would be great from the description. This was a very enjoyable read. Quick, fun and full of hot moments between our main characters, “Naughty Boss” was the perfect book to get me through my reading slump (I spoke about it more here).  

Mya definitely has a problem with her boss. Well two problems: he is very demanding and he is very attractive. Things get really heated up when her boss accidently receives an e-mail that was not addressed to him, but to Mya’s best friend. What happens next is a series of burning encounters, in which each of our characters tries to figure out the length to which they are willing to push this relationship.  

What made me devour this book was the easy writing style, with many witty lines and fun moments. The beginning was amazing, the e-mail exchange was fun to read about. I liked how Mya’s conflicting emotions were portrayed and I liked her relationship with her best friend.  

Maybe, just maybe, some of the elements in the book could have been less accentuated. For example, I believe Michael’s love life was a bit exaggerated, some of Mya’s expectations came too fast in the book. Sometimes she gives the impression of being materialistic.  

 However, I still enjoyed “Naughty Boss” and I still devoured it. It is indeed a quick read, one that I would advise reading with a glass of something cold to avoid burning out with the characters 😊  

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read it, if you’ve enjoyed it or if you plan on reading it 😊 Until next time, happy reading!  

Cover Review: I like it! I like the mysterious man on the cover, is care-free attitude and I even like the contrast color of the title. Yup, a good one!  

About The Author 

Whitney G. is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author. Her books are currently published in over a dozen languages. 

She lives deep in the Tennessee woods and spends most of her time drinking coffee while penning dirty-talking alpha males. 

Find out more about her next project at www.whitneygbooks.com 

Cover Reveal: Black Water Magic by Leslie Scott

Black Water Magic
Leslie Scott
Publication date: January 12th 2021
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Teagan Blackwater’s biggest problem used to be hiding her relationship with a demi-demon from her grandmother, Nola, the most powerful witch in all of Florida.

When Nola is murdered, Teagan learns how insignificant her secret really was. And how rare it is she only had the one. Firewater Springs is a small town, and every one of its residents seems to have secrets of their own. Including the friendly cop Teagan had a crush on in high school and the Demi-demon she’s been sleeping with.

But the person with the most secrets was Nola herself, and Teagan needs to unravel them to break a curse and solve Nola’s murder. It’s no secret Teagan doesn’t feel up to the task, but she is the new Swamp Witch of Firewater Springs, so what choice does she have? Everyone is counting on her.

No pressure.

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Author Bio:

Award nominated author of Two Hearts, One Stone and the Arkadia Fast Series, Leslie Scott has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. The happier the ending, the better. Currently, she lives and writes amidst her own happily ever after with her soul mate, son, and domestic zoo. http://lesliescottromance.com/

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Weekly Quote #17

Hey Guys and Happy Tuesday!  

I am posting my weekly quote a little later this week (shame on me), but I do have a great one prepared. It is from Kat Ransom’s latest book – “Lights Out”, which I’ve just started reading: 

I got ninety-nine problems. Right now, I don’t give a shit about ninety-eight of them. 

This was said by Alexandr (the male main character) when seeing Kinsley looking good in a pair of cowboy boots 😊 it was a really great scene. So far I love this book, even if I am not that far into it. I mean, it’s Kat Ransom. Obviously I love the book!  

That’s it for now and talk later 🙂  

Bye! 

2020 – Goodreads Stats

Hey Guys,  

Happy Sunday! Finally I decided to accept my fate when it comes to my Goodreads statistics – a disaster. In 2020, my objective was to read and review 100 books. Well, I managed to have reviews up for 39 of them. Yes, I did read more than this, but as I was mentioning in one of my previous articles, if it not official, I am not counting it.  

39 books read, with a total of 7,072 pages, according Goodreads is still something. I mean… I could have read way less right?! (no, I am a book reviewer, I need to read more, not less).  

7,072 
pages read 
Lilly Charysma 
This is my journey in books for 2020! 
39 
books read

My shortest book had 55 pages and my longest 512 – The Raven and The Dove by Kaitlyn Davis (an amazing book, by the way – check out my review here). But wat surprised me was the average book length: 181 pages. I was expecting somewhere in the range of 230? Come on, I read medium size books…  

Most popular and least popular books are no surprise. Honestly, I did not like Reble Heir that much and Outer Space and Its Colors is indeed a weird book.  

Average rating: 4.3 stars. Let’s see if this year I am as generous (spoiler alert: I have just finished a 1 star book…) 

There are currently 7 books marked as “Currently Reading” on my Goodreads page, 6 of which are completed since months and one that I have just started. I am not considering the 6 in this statistics but here are all the other 39: 

For 2021 my goal is to read 120 books, which would mean 10 books per month in average. Seams doable. I would also like to improve my average page count and this can also be achieved, since I plan on reading at least 4 books that are more than 500 pages. Stick around to see how this goes 9I know I am curious 😀 )  

Until next time, let me know in the comments below what is the longest book you’ve read in 2020 and if you have a number of books planned for 2021.  

Happy Reading! 

Cover Reveal: Cole by Eden Summers

Finally, it’s here! From International bestselling author, Eden Summers, comes the thrilling conclusion to the Hunting Her series.

Blurb

These men don’t build bridges… They bury bodies.

I fell for the enemy. A man whose actions resembled the devil so closely it was sickening. But I learned from my mistakes.

At least I thought I had. Until I’m tempted back into his life with a case I can’t refuse.

Cole Torian needs my help. And I’m unable to deny him.

This time I voluntarily put my career on the line. Along with my safety. My heart. My sanity. I risk everything for him and his family of accomplished criminals.

But succumbing to my tormentor comes with more than a personal price. Everyone will pay for my mistakes with Cole. And not all will live to tell the tale.

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January TBR

I am so nervous right now! This is my first TBR from 2021! I have 10 amazing books prepared for this month, one not yet received, but hopefully I will, soon. Without further words, here they are:  

  1. Detour (Beautiful Biker #1) by  DD Prince 
  2. Déjà vu (Confessions of a Soul Book 1) by P.E. Chretien 
  3. Snowed in with the Billionaire by Lila Monroe 
  4. Lights Out (The Donington Racing Series #1) by Kat Ransom 
  5. Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! (Confessions #1) by Kay Marie 
  6. Flawed (The Young and Privileged of Washington, DC, #1) by Vivian Kohlman  
  7. Blessing and Curse (Acrabha Stone Book 1) by J. Elias Epp 
  8. Matsushita Leadership by John P. Kotter  
  9. A Warlock’s Storm by Marie-Claude Bourque (if I receive the ARC) 
  10. Soothsayer by Kathryn Amurra 
MOST EXCITED FOR… 

Definitely I cannot wait to read “Lights Out”. Discovering Kat Ransom was the best thing that happened to me in 2020, when it comes to reading, so I am anxious to start her latest book. (bloody readding slump! I should have read it sooner!) 

I PREDICT 5 STARS FOR… 

“Lights Out” and “Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist!”, but also “Detour”.  

NOT HIGH HOPES FOR… 

I have three books here. “Blessing and Curse”, simply because lately it was difficult for me to read Fantasy. But I do want to read more in this genre this year, as part of my resolutions.  “Soothsayer” it not so appealing to me, because of the cover. I don’t see the relationship between the cover and the blurb. I hope the saying “Looks can be deceiving” will apply here. “Déjà vu” is on the list because of its blurb – it’s confusing a bit.  

INTERESTING READ 

“Matsushita Leadership” is one of the books my other half loved it last year and he has been asking me to read it for months now. I must finish it 😊  

I am focusing on reading a minimum of 10 books per month, just to be on track with my Goodreads goal. But I do want to exceed this number. There are so many books out there that I did not manage to read last year or the years before and there are a lot more coming out this year. So looking forward to new amazing reads!  

Let me know in the comments below if you have any reading plans for January or if you have read any of the books mentioned above.  

Until next time, Happy Reading!  

2021 Non-Bookish Resolutions

New beginnings – that is what we all say when a new year knocks on the door. Since I have recently posted my bookish resolutions, I want to tell you a bit about my plans outside of reading.  

  1. Finish the sewing course (and all projects from the sewing course)I’ve started taking sewing classes since October and it has been a real challenge. I’ve learned that I am afraid to make mistakes and that I want to have each cut perfectly executed. I am a beginner, so this definitely doesn’t happen. Frustration sets in and emotional turmoil. But it is part of my development as a person and as a future seamstress.  
  2. Dare to sew from Burda: I love the designs in this magazine and there are some that are easy to perform, with my current knowledge. I just need to have the guts to do it! 
  3. Start promoting my sewing business: I’ve been spending a lot of time planning than doing the actual job. It is high time I started putting my ideas on paper. Now! 
  4. Start a planner for my sewing activities: again, OneNote is a savior here. I was mentioning in my Bookish Resolutions for 2021 that I am using OneNote for my blog as well and it will be my choice for sewing as well.  article_break
  5. Knit more: I’ve been crocheting for a while now. I am not an expert, far from it. But I want to try knitting as well. My mom knits and she makes some beautiful sweaters. I want to learn as well:) 
  6. Charity donations: I want to give more. There are people out there who need our help, as little as it may be, it still is something. Sewing, knitting or crocheting for charity are also an idea.  
  7. Be more organized at home and at work: this applies not only to closets and drawers, but also to my time dedicated to other activities. I need to put my sh..adows together  
  8. Be more relaxed at the office (or quit): this is probably the most difficult thing to achieve.  
  9. Complete the tasks on time: uh, this one is also though to accomplish. This applies both to my sewing activities and my job.   
  10. Stick to the plan!  

As usual, I am trying to push myself over the limits. But this is because mine are pretty low at the moment and I know I can do better. 2021 will be full of challenges and new projects. Hopefully I will be able to stick to my ideas and put them to practice.  

Let me know in the comments below if you have any personal goals (the ones that can be shared, obviously). Until tomorrow, happy reading !