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Review & #giveaway – Counting Wolves by Michael F. Stewart @MichaelFStewart @xpressotours

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Book details:

Counting Wolves
by Michael F. Stewart
Publication date: August 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

CWSynopsis:

The Breakfast Club meets Grimm’s Fairy Tales in the lair of an adolescent psych ward.

Milly’s evil stepmother commits her to a pediatric psych ward. That’s just what the wolf wants. With bunk mates like Red, who’s spiraling out of control; Pig, a fire-bug who claims Milly as her own—but just wants extra dessert—Vanet, a manic teen masquerading as a fairy godmother with wish-granting powers as likely to kill as to help; and the mysterious Wolfgang, rumored to roam for blood at night; it doesn’t take long for Milly to realize that only her dead mother’s book of tales can save her.

But Milly’s spells of protection weaken as her wolf stalks the hospital corridors. The ward’s a Dark Wood, and she’s not alone. As her power crumbles, she must let go of her magic and discover new weapons if she is to transform from hunted to hunter.

review

What a beautifully crafted book this is.

For me, the skill in the story telling is that the reader is never 100% sure what is real, and what is imagined: is this a story with a paranormal twist, or a touching and delicately handled depiction of mental illness.  The manner in which the narrative deals with that blurred line for Milly, meant that I was able to forge an emotional connection with her character, and, by extension, those around her.

Unflinching, yet not brash, this was an absorbing read.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Michael F. Stewart is winner of both the 2015 Claymore Award and the 2014 inaugural Creation of Stories Award for best YA novel at the Toronto International Book Fair.

He likes to combine storytelling with technology and pioneered interactive storytelling with Scholastic Canada, Australia, and New Zealand’s, anti-cyberbullying program Bully For You. In addition to his award winning Assured Destruction series, he has authored four graphic novels with Oxford University Press Canada’s Boldprint series. Publications of nonfiction titles on Corruption and Children’s Rights are published by Scholastic and early readers are out with Pearson Education.

For adults, Michael has written THE SAND DRAGON a horror about a revenant prehistoric vampire set in the tar sands, HURAKAN a Mayan themed thriller which pits the Maya against the MS-13 with a New York family stuck in the middle, 24 BONES an urban fantasy which draws from Egyptian myth, and THE TERMINALS–a covert government unit which solves crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next.

Herder of four daughters, Michael lives to write in Ottawa where he was the Ottawa Public Library’s first Writer in Residence. To learn more about Michael and his next projects visit his website at www.michaelfstewart.com or connect via Twitter @MichaelFStewart.

Michael is represented by Talcott Notch.

author links

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New Release & #giveaway – The Truth About Porn Star Boyfriends by Sunniva Dee @sunnivad @xpressotours

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BOOK DETAILS:

The Truth about Porn Star Boyfriends
by Sunniva Dee
Publication date: August 15th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

THE TRUTH ABOUT PORN STAR BOYFRIENDSSynopsis:

I guess I just forgot.
To ask him what he did for a living, I mean.
And by the time I did, I was in—balls deep, as he’d call it.
He was the perfect boyfriend.
Attentive, gorgeous, guessing my every wish and fulfilling them.
The sex was earth-shattering.
He even dealt with my crazy mom the way no one else could.
He popped the question, God, such a perfect guy.
There was just one issue:
He f*cked other girls on camera for a living.
How the hell do you deal with that?

review

All authors have a distinct style which makes their narrative tone, their voice, unique. Of course Sunniva is no exception to this. Her books have a lead character with an edge, and the other protagonist is the calm counterpoint. That holds true here.

Sav is naive(ish) and easily flustered. Her lack of poise is endearing and completely at odds with Ciro who is smooth and unruffled to the point of frustration.

But this book isn’t just the story of boy meets girl. Whilst one could approach this book solely on that level, for me it goes deeper than that. It is provocative in the way in which it challenges what the reader might consider to be a betrayal within the confines of an exclusive relationship. But it is not done in a brash manner; rather it offers a more subtle presentation of an alternative point of view, despite what you might expect from the title.

There is something about this couple which resonated with me. I can’t put my finger on the precise reason why. What I can tell you is that Sav’s vacillations stayed just on the right side of frustrating and the conclusion was pitched just right.

Simply put, I loved this story.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent her entire adult life in a college environment. Most of her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging their brain as well as their heart while reading.

Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece–Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in Los Angeles, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.

Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it’s contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon’s Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).

This author is the happiest when her characters let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep the reader on her toes until the end of each story.

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Review & #giveaway – Mr Prescott by Carlos Dash @CarlosDash1 @xpressotours @xpressoreads

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Book details:

Mr. Prescott by Carlos Dash
Publication date: August 20th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

MrP.jpgSynopsis:

I’m the Mayor of London.

I’ve come to New York purely on business. The usual boring meetings with other politicians.
I don’t expect my time here to be exciting in the slightest.

But who’s that woman I met this morning? No, girl. That would be a more accurate term for her.
She’s only twenty-one years old. A college student. Someone who shouldn’t get mixed up with a guy like me.

But I can’t get her out of my mind. Every single time I close my eyes, I see her face.
How can someone I just met do this to me? That’s the kind of stuff that happens in movies. Not real life.

I know this will be a dangerous risk for me, but I can’t help it. I want her. I need her.
And whatever it may do to my career, I won’t stop until I have her.

Mr. Prescott is a standalone New Adult Romance novel told entirely from the point of view of the male lead.

review

I’m just going to get this out of the way – Nathan Prescott is a bit of a self absorbed, arrogant ass.  I didn’t really like him as a character.

That said, if you like your stories with a healthy helping of instalove, then this will be right up your street.  For me, although the book was technically well written, with rounded characters, I did struggle a little with the apparent depth of the connection between the two protagonists, particularly given the age of the male lead.  His reaction was, for me at least, far more consistent with a younger man.

However, that niggle aside, this is a hot, diverting little read.  At only 162 pages, the author has nevertheless managed to cram a lot into a reasonably restricted word count.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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Pre Order Links

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About the author

I’m a guy who likes to cut right to the chase, so here we go: I’m a male author of Romance/Erotica novels that are told entirely from the POV of the male protagonist. If you enjoy happy endings and steamy tales about people falling in love quickly, my stories are for you.

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