City of Legends Release Blitz


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Series: City of Legends
Publisher: Alloy Entertainment
Release: February 2016
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Book One: City of Legends

Maci Knight has grown up in the shadow of legends. Her father and her brother, Max, are Heroes, worshipped by humans and Supers alike for their strength and valor. All she’s ever wanted is to follow in their footsteps, to fight villains and protect humankind. But Maci has a secret—one that could change everything. 


Maci had a twin sister who died the same day they were born. In their world, one twin is always good, while the other always eventually turns evil. There’s no way to tell which twin will go rogue . . . which means no one knows if Maci will suddenly become a villain. 



The closer she gets to her eighteenth birthday, the more she has feelings she can’t control: Violence. Rage. Revenge. Maci wants to be a Hero. But she may not have a choice . . . 



The first in a trilogy, City of Legends introduces a new superhero mythology and an unstoppable heroine.

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~EXCERPT~

Crimson throws an arm over my shoulder, the scent of her cherry lip-gloss briefly overriding the stench of fish tanks. “So, Maci Knight . . . think you have what it takes to pass your Hero exam?”
I know she’s not talking about the hours of training I’ve endured over the last decade and this last week of performing skill tests for the examiners to prove I’m ready. Crimson’s question goes deeper than that. She’s talking about the core of being a Hero. Placing my life on the line to save people I don’t even know. Throwing away the idea of a normal life, all to uphold an oath of protecting those who can’t protect themselves.
The Hero Brigade is the most elite group on the planet. I meet her gaze and the corner of my mouth twists into a grin. “Hell yes.”
BOOK TWO: The Valiant



After the most vicious villain attack in centuries, Maci Knight is struggling to put the shattered pieces of her life back together. She survived, but barely, and her family will never be the same. The only good thing to come out of the attack is that the Elders have granted her probationary Hero status. Now she’s desperate to prove that she has what it takes to shine in the field.



Maci gets her first chance when she’s called in to stop an illegal fighting ring where humans are battling to the death. But when she goes toe-to-toe with the fighters, she’s shocked to discover that even she can’t contain them. The humans are strong—supernaturally so. Maci knows that this is the work of the villain underground and is determined to put an end to it. But how do you fight an enemy who won’t show their face?



In the second installment of the City of Legends trilogy, Maci Knight will find out what she’s truly made of.


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~EXCERPT~

“Something strange is going on,” Katia says.
“It’s almost like they have power,” I say.
The two Heroes look at me like I’ve lost my mind. “They’re human, Maci,” Katia says. “They can’t have power.”
“I know,” I say quickly, feeling the sudden need to defend my intelligence. But something about my words rings true. Even with dedicated strength training, humans are weak. If I hadn’t seen firsthand what happens when a Super and human breed, I would have suspected that these humans were some kind of half-Super. But this . . . well this, I don’t have an explanation for. And if we don’t figure it out and put a stop it, it could bring unsurmountable chaos into the human’s worldand ours.
BOOK THREE: Empire Rising



Eighteen years ago, Maci Knight’s family was destroyed when Aurora Falcon killed her mother. Now Aurora’s partner, Felix, has kidnapped Maci’s brother. For five long months, there’s been no sign of Max. His Codex is offline and she can’t feel even the slightest trace of his power. Maci refuses to give up hope, but when a new threat on King City emerges, Maci is ordered to abandon her search. 



Somehow Felix has managed to do the unthinkable: repower all the villains that Central has depowered over the years. Now they’ve banded together to get revenge on the Supers who wronged them. What feels like an arduous mission becomes an opportunity when Maci realizes that if she can stop the villains, she can get them to lead her to Felix—and her brother. 



In the action-packed conclusion of the City of Legends trilogy, Maci vows to save her city and bring her family back together—no matter the cost.

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~EXCERPT~


Evan approaches and slides his hands around my waist. A chill goes through me at the feel of his touch and the familiar tingle of his power so close to mine. Heroes train hard to hone and strengthen their power more than any other Super, so it has a distinct and dominant feeling. Evan spent a few years in Hero training, but his power isn’t like that. It doesn’t burn like Crimson’s power when she’s in a frenzied fight, and it doesn’t intimidate like one of the older Heroes might. It encircles my body the same way his arms do, bringing me closer to him spiritually and physically.

Desire courses through my veins. I grab his shoulders and lift up on my toes. Evan grips my waist and lifts me into the air. I close my eyes and kiss him. His lips taste salty and perfect. My fingers slide up through his dirty blonde hair. He deepens the kiss and I hold onto him as if I need his lips to stay alive. I want this moment to last forever. 




Cheyanne YoungABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cheyanne Young is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, and collecting nail polish. After nearly a decade of working in engineering, Cheyanne now writes books for young adults and is the author of the City of Legends Trilogy. She doesn’t miss a cubicle one bit.
Cheyanne lives near the beach with her daughter and husband, one spoiled rotten puppy, and a cat that is most likely plotting to take over the world.
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Review – Origin by Jennifer Armentrout

Origin (Lux, #4)Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Overall Rating 3 Stars

-Book Description: 3

-Cover: 2

-Plot: 3

-Creativity: 3

-Grammar: 4

-Simile Use: 3 (minimal usage)

-Description: 3 (Average)

-Show And Tell Balance: 3

The cover to this novel makes me laugh. I mean this dude is just striding forward without his shirt on? Yeah, that’s totally Daemon. The shirtless wonder who causes girls to instantly drop their panties. In the fourth book of the Lux series, we see much of the same as the other books. The plot is focused on our two overly horny main characters Katy and Daemon. There’s more to the plot than that, but honestly, it feels like it comes second to the hormones of these two. Their relationship honestly begins to feel a bit flat to me in this novel, driven by pure physical attraction. Katy doesn’t really develop at all; she’s still whiny, obsessed and stupid. She makes dumb decisions over and over, and guess who joins her? Daemon. His decision to go and get her isn’t stupid, but the series of decisions after that is. It feels like a lot of things happen just for the sake of the plot, when a logical person, as the other characters involved are supposed to be, would have said, let’s think about this. Here’s a far more effective alternative. I skimmed through major portions of this book because the description was not only burdensome, but repetitive. I get they love each other and want to rip their clothes off. Can we get to something more important than this? But that seems to be the most important part, because immediately after escaping these two are at it again ready to have a go. Who is really thinking about sex in these situations? I don’t know…maybe it’s because this sex is just so mind blowing. Wait…they’re teenagers and this is their like fourth time together. That says it all. Overall, I’m left saying meh again because the plot seemed so centered on physical lust and what should have been the core of the plot just ended up being far too dramatic and drawn out for me. I’m on to the next book, just so I can finish the series, but I don’t have high hopes. And as bad as it sounds, I can’t wait for it to be over.

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The Villian Debate

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The Dilemma  City on Fire is wrapping up, and there’s one question left in the air– kill the Villain, or leave him alive? It should be an easy decision, do it or don’t do it. But here’s the thing about … Continue reading

The Villian Debate

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The Dilemma  City on Fire is wrapping up, and there’s one question left in the air– kill the Villain, or leave him alive? It should be an easy decision, do it or don’t do it. But here’s the thing about … Continue reading

Review – Opal by Jennifer Armentrout

Opal (Lux, #3)Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Overall Rating 3 Stars

-Book Description: 3

-Cover: 2

-Plot: 3

-Creativity: 2.5

-Grammar: 4

-Simile Use: 3 (minimal usage)

-Description: 3 (Average)

-Show And Tell Balance: 3

The description of this book is interesting enough to keep me going on this series, but as my review of Onyx showed, I’m quickly losing interest in the plot–or lack there of. The plot seems to be centered around the romance of Kat and Daemon, without much build up aside from that. It goes a little like this: Kat spends much of the time thinking of Daemon and how she needs to be strong for him, and how very unworthy she is of his amazing-ness. Daemon is your typical YA fantasy guy, but I have to say that he’s pretty much the only reason I’m still reading the series. He’s the only one of the characters that doesn’t seem completely flat to me. He has an attitude which I’m a fan of, but I’m not quite sure why he’s fallen for Kat, other than she’s the damsel in distress. Most of the book talks about Daemon’s abs and hotness, and it really just feels like I’m reading about horny teenagers. Then when these two finally act on their hormones I have to read it twice, not because it’s that good, but because it’s so strange. This doesn’t really surprise me, since I’ve read JLA’s New Adult – steamy novels, and her description of the act is, well, interesting. While the author avoided words to describe things as anything but what they are (like in her NA lit), she makes it just weird. Daemon asks “Are you ready?” at the end of what they’re doing, and I’m going to assume he’s talking about the big finish–and what does Kat do? She yawns in his face. Ummm…if he’s so amazing, why the hell are you yawning? Then after they do it, she continuously alludes to his creativity– I’m sorry. They’re teenagers. Let’s be a little realistic about what that means. He may be an alien, but last time I checked he wasn’t a God, despite Kat’s absolutely thinking he is. Overall, Kat and Daemon’s story just feels like two horny teenagers, instead of two people going through perils and falling in love. As for the ending, I kind of went, meh. I was actually happy they were separated, maybe they can grow when they’re not thinking about jumping one another. We’ll see, at this point we’re flat lining.

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Review – Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout

Onyx (Lux, #2)Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Overall Rating 3 Stars

-Book Description: 3.5

-Cover: 2

-Plot: 3

-Creativity: 3

-Grammar: 4

-Simile Use: 3 (minimal usage)

-Description: 3 (Average)

-Show And Tell Balance: 3

As always, let’s start with the cover. I have the compilation version of this book, and I have to say that cover is a 1 or a 2. The standalone one would be about 3. The reason for the low rating on the compilation cover is because there is nothing about the cover that pulls the reader in, it’s very typical of a YA novel cover. Onto the book description, it promised an intriguing continuation of Daemon and Katy’s story, what I ended up with was being more annoyed with Katy and feeling bad for Daemon, because, you guessed it–Katy. Throughout the book she’s stubborn to the point of absolute stupidity. Standing alone does not make a heroine strong — it makes them weak, because they are too afraid to admit they don’t know everything. This was Katy’s problem, she ignored signs and ignored Daemon’s warnings. He’s an alien, I’m pretty sure along with his other talents, that his gut feeling is probably right–and he can probably teach you a thing or two about what you’re going to the exact wrong person for. Overall, the whole story line was predictable. Katy’s stupidity got her and others in trouble, Daemon stayed the course, and they admitted their feelings for each other. The story line fell flat for me, dragging about 1/2 way through. Even when the book was at it’s climax I had no problem putting it down and going to bed. In the end, the book description promised a bang, and I got a sputter. I’m hoping the third book doesn’t fizz out completely.

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