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Ivory Guard Re-release

Published 27/04/2015 by leannecrabtree

So my author friend, Natalie Herzer, is re-releasing her book Ivory Guard after it has had a good editing. In response I feel it’s only right to help her get the word out and I’m going to post my original review as well as the book info.

18282611[1]Ivory Guard

Natalie Herzer

Paranormal Romance

Life will make you stumble…

One peaceful afternoon Lillian finds two angels in her living room – wings and gloriole and all – telling her she is an Ivory. Half human and half angel, she is born to fight for humankind and guard the hellholes where the membrane between worlds is at its weakest.
She, an important warrior? Yeah, riiiight.

Life can make you fall…

Raz might be an angel, but he doesn’t do compassion. His job is to train and make her a leader. So Lillian will just have to suck it up when she discovers the deadly truth behind his words. When she does exactly that, he has to admit there’s more to the bookworm than he thought. Much more. But there’s one thing he shouldn’t forget – in his world feelings come with a price. Is he willing to pay?

Love will give you wings.

My Review

4.5 stars.

I’ve been Natalie’s plot tester/beta reader with this, as well as it’s proof reader, from early on and I really enjoyed it, now I’ve finally gotten to read it’s ending.

The thing with Natalie is she always come up with something original. This is the first time I’ve read a book, or even heard of a book, about a team of half angels/half humans who are trained by angels to takeout demons. The same could be said about her Patroness series; once again, I’ve never read anything like it. That’s what I like about her books: they’re different.

I’ve been Natalie’s plot tester/beta reader with this, as well as it’s proof reader, from early on and I really enjoyed it, now I’ve finally gotten to read it’s ending.

The thing with Natalie is she always come up with something original. This is the first time I’ve read a book, or even heard of a book, about a team of half angels/half humans who are trained by angels to takeout demons. The same could be said about her Patroness series; once again, I’ve never read anything like it. That’s what I like about her books: they’re different.

I don’t want to give too much away but this is a story of good (angels) versus evil (demons) to put it simply. The struggle of eighteen year old Lillian as she realises her life is about to change whether she wants it to or not and her journey from bookworm to fearless leader with the help of her Ivory Guard and Raz, the angel of secrets.

I really enjoyed it, like I did her Patroness series and I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the series, Ebony Fight, to see how everything works out for her and her team.

Published 02/05/2014 by leannecrabtree

Congratulations to the three lucky winners of Natalie’s Birthday Giveaway. I hope you enjoy all four books you receive.

For those of you who didn’t win (and are on Goodreads) I’m offering 10 people the chance to read Charlotte & Sebastian in exchange for an honest review via the Making Connections group. Here’s a link to the topic: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1798816-3148-charlotte-sebastian-by-leanne-crabtree

All you have to do is write your email address and what format you’d like it in (mobi or epub) and I’ll send it you in exchange for an honest review via Goodreads/Amazon/Barnes & Noble etc.

If you’re not on Goodreads but like the sound of the offer, a book in exchange for an honest review, then by all means leave me a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks!

Eversea arrived

Published 17/10/2013 by leannecrabtree

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So the signed copy of Eversea by Natasha Boyd arrived in the post earlier. Can’t wait to read it. Thank you Laura/Bookish Treasures for the chance to win it 🙂

Now I’m just waiting on Nocturne, which seems like it’s not coming since it will have been 6 weeks on Saturday since I was picked as a winner on Goodreads 😦

Changes to September Challenge (Goodreads)

Published 13/09/2013 by leannecrabtree

As you may remember I said I was going to read 9 out of the 14 options that they gave us in the challenge. Well, I changed my mind and decided to go all out.

We had to pick book covers which contained these:

Hot Male (I’ll leave you to interpret this one!)
Beautiful Woman
Artistic Cover
Vampire
Blood
Castle
Moon
Car
Couple
Gothic
Rose
Tattoo
Terrible
Dress

So here are the books I picked and in the correct order to correspond with the list:

lordofthevamps craved touched firstbookdemons birthofnyxian revengesweet moondance wrongwaysdownkindred eternitycure briarrose darkcraving turning dieforme

So far I’ve managed 8 out of the 14:

Lord of the Vampires – Gena Showalter 3 out of 5

Craved – Stephanie Nelson  4 out of 5

Touched – A.J. Aalto 5 out of 5

The First Book of Demons – Raquel Dove

The Birth of the Nyxian – Amanda K. Browning DNF

Revenge is Sweet – Misty Evans

Moon Dance – J.R. Rain

Wrong Ways Down – Stacia Kane

Kindred – Erica Stevens 3 out of 5

The Eternity Cure – Julie Kagawa 5 out of 5

Briar Rose – Jana Oliver 4 out of 5

Dark Craving – Donna Grant 3 out of 5

The Turning – Jennifer Armintrout

Die For Me – Amy Plum 3 out of 5

Another First Reads win via Goodreads!

Published 07/09/2013 by leannecrabtree

nocturne

I’m feeling very lucky lately. I’ve just seen an email saying I’ve been picked out of 1461 people to win 1 of 2 paperback copies of this, Nocturne, a New Adult book that was released at the start of this month. Eeeh! So excited! Cant wait to read it!

Another NA book to add to my growing shelf 😀

Book Review – Briar Rose

Published 06/09/2013 by leannecrabtree

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Name: Briar Rose

Author: Jana Oliver

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairy Tales

Release Date: 12th September 2013

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received this book as a first reads copy via GoodReads and My Kinda Book.

For Briar Rose, life is anything but a fairy tale. She’s stuck in a small town in deepest Georgia with parents who won’t let her out of their sight, a bunch of small-minded, gossiping neighbours and an evil ex who’s spreading nasty rumours about what she may or may not have done in the back of his car. She’s tired of it all, so when, on her sixteenth birthday, her parents tell her that she is cursed and will go to sleep for a hundred years when the clock strikes midnight, she’s actually kind of glad to leave it all behind. She says her goodbyes, lies down, and closes her eyes . . . And then she wakes up. Cold, alone and in the middle of the darkest, most twisted fairy tale she could ever have dreamed of. Now Briar must fight her way out of the story that has been created for her, but she can’t do it alone. She never believed in handsome princes, but now she’s met one her only chance is to put her life in his hands, or there will be no happy ever after and no waking up.

I’ll start by saying I love the cover of this book.

Then: I’m a big Jana Oliver fan, having loved her Demon Trappers series so when I saw the First Reads giveaway on Goodreads for this I just had to enter and luckily for me, I was picked as one of the winners.

I have to admit that I, too have always liked the idea of Princes and Princess’ and fairy tale endings and this was a unique take on it, with the twisted fairy tale one that is almost of Briar Rose’s own making.

I kinda wish I could say more but I don’t want to ruin it for those who are going to read this…sorry ;D

Saying that, it was very unique to me, as I have never seen or heard of anything like this before, and I really enjoyed it. Maybe it was the authors style which I can easily fall into or maybe it was the idea of the story but I was captivated by it from early on.

I also really liked all the major characters though it took a while for Pat to grow on me. The rest; Briar, Joshua, Reena and Ruric were all pretty cool from the start.

If you’re a fan of the author then you should give this a try, as well as those who like fantasy books as this is no ordinary fairy tale.

Next review: Mine to Keep by Cynthia Eden

September Challenge (Goodreads)

Published 03/09/2013 by leannecrabtree

So, on Goodreads, I’m a member of a few groups and one of the more active (Paranormal Addicts & Newbies – Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy) does challenges every month and some full year ones. Well this month it’s visually pleasing. This is a good thing because it means I have to read some of my older books that have been on my kindle for over a year.

We had to pick book covers which contained these:

Hot Male (I’ll leave you to interpret this one!)
Beautiful Woman
Artistic Cover
Vampire
Blood
Castle
Moon
Car
Couple
Gothic
Rose
Tattoo
Terrible
Dress

And pick a difficulty rating: 3 (easy) 6 (medium) 9 (hard) —- I went for 9.

So here are the books I’ll be reading for the challenge:

lordofthevamps craved touched firstbookdemons birthofnyxian revengesweet briarrose kindred dieforme

I’m currently reading Die For Me and Birth of the Nyxian.

Back to my Kindle

Published 10/06/2013 by leannecrabtree

So after finishing Dreams of a Dark Warrior earlier on (it was amazing! (Immortals After Dark is such a brilliant series and if you haven’t read them yet, I totally recommend you do; if you like paranormal romance, that is)) I’m going back to my kindle to work through my list of ARC’s again. I was going to read Acid by Emma Pass but the file hasn’t come through and neither has Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley (I’m trying to sort this out) so I’ve rearranged my reading list (see tab “Reading List” above) and I’m going for Faking It by Cora Carmack.

faking it

If you’ve been keeping up with my reviews, you’ll have seen I read Losing It also by Cora Carmack a bit ago and loved it and I have high hopes this will be just as good.

Then I’ll be reading Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover, the second in the Slammed series. The first being Slammed, which I read a while ago. Then there’s a third book, This Girl which I’m going to buy eventually.

pointofretreat

After that I’ll be reading a new Urban Fantasy/Shifter series by Amanda Carlson:

fullblooded

hotblooded

By the time I’ve read these, hopefully Acid and Fire Inside will have come through and they will be next on the list 🙂
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Classics??

Published 07/11/2012 by leannecrabtree

Well i recently joined goodreads as mentioned in a previous post and i’ve been exploring the site and updating my account with all the books i’ve read/not read but on my kindle and i saw the trivia heading under the explore feature.

So i was answering questions and couldnt help noticing a lot of them were about classic books… And i had no idea of the answer on many of them, so guessed…and got a few right

My point with this is…as a writer (i’ll admit i’m only an amateur at the minute) should i be more familiar with the classics? Should i take the time to read them? Be inspired by them?