Review – The Dire King by William Ritter

The Dire King (Jackaby, #4)The Dire King by William Ritter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

William Ritter seamlessly weaves the dry humor and mystery of Sherlock Holmes with mystical creatures through his Jackaby series. The Dire King is the final tale in the Jackaby series, which is narrated by Jackaby’s assistant Abigial Rook. The novel is set in the Victorian era America where not only has Abigail sought refuge, but many mystical creatures have as well. Ritter does an excellent job balancing out his description of the world as Abigail and Jackaby see it with delightful dialogue that keeps the book moving quickly ahead. I was excited to see the hint of romance we were shown in the last novel continue with both Charlie and Abigail and Jenny and Jackaby. This novel is my favorite in the series because it speaks to deeper tones of persecution and racism that we are seeing today, showcasing a world at the brink of war due to lack of open mindedness. The parallelism between characters shows hope can conquer all to bring back the light in even the darkest corners, and how love can make us better even when we’re ripped apart. The Dire King is the perfect ending to the series, tying all ends together and leaving the reader with a sense of hope for a better world.

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Review – The House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer

The House of SecretsThe House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Complicated. That’s pretty much the only way I can describe this political thriller. It feels a bit all over the place, which is probably why it’s so engaging. Just as the characters are confused, you are and just as they start to put the pieces together, you did. It’s like history, convoluted and only crystal clear for a moment — then it’s muddied by perception. Confused? I’d suggest you read the novel to find out what I mean. Exceptional story.

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The Rules of Love & Grammar – Review

The Rules of Love & GrammarThe Rules of Love & Grammar by Mary Simses

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Overall, it took a lot to get through this novel. The main character Grace has just lost her job, her boyfriend and her apartment’s ceiling has collapsed. So she finds herself back in her hometown, reliving memories of her past, including the death of her sister when she was a teenager. It would all be touching except for the fact that Grace is 33 and acts like a thirteen-year-old, what’s worse is that she regresses instead of progressing. Then there’s a ‘epiphany’ moment that is unbelievable, and it still does nothing to make Grace more likable. The writing is stilted at times, burdened by unneeded description with dialogue that feels forced. Overall, it was cute, but I struggled with the immaturity of the main character. If she’d been twenty, the events would’ve been more believable and maybe a bit less annoying.

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Week Two Freebie: Behind the Lens

WEEK TWO: BEHIND THE LENS
8/4-8/8

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Natalie Scott’s life is simple with no strings attached. As a band photographer, she’s made metal music her life, and life on tour means no relationships.
At least not ones that last and that’s the way she likes it.
She only has one rule.
Don’t date or otherwise screw around with the client.
But she never said anything about love.
Brent Andrews knows Natalie’s rules.
And he’s about to make sure he’s an exception to them.
All of them.
Even ones she doesn’t know she has.

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Three Weeks of Freebies!

Happy Summer, Book Loving Friends!

We’re in the dog days of summer, and I don’t know about you, but hanging out by the beach (or in the comfort of the AC) with a good book is exactly where I want to be! So to celebrate summer and relaxing, I’m having a sale.
Three Books.
Three Weeks.
All FREE!
We’re starting off with my newest series, Boys of Fallout. Each book can be read as a stand alone, so don’t worry about reading them in order. Just click the Amazon button and get them on your Kindle! Sit back, relax and fall in love with these rock star characters!
For the third book, we’re wrapping up with a surprise — my favorite published novel I’ve ever written… so stay tuned for a future email on that!
And if you love them as much as I do, don’t forget to post a review — reviews and word of mouth are what sell books!

Happy Reading!

Always,
Cassie

WEEK ONE: REBEL CAUSE
7/21-7/25

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Reese White has spent her whole life trying so hard to be perfect, that when she looks in the mirror, she doesn’t know the person staring back at her. Sure, she’s always gotten high grades and excelled academically, but she’s never put much time into herself. Now, as she heads off to college, Reese realizes she’s remained so hidden inside a book that she’s invisible to everyone, including herself.

Kellin Lake has always seen Reese, his little sister’s best friend, the beautiful girl hidden behind baggy clothes and good grades–but he’s hiding, too– even from her. Tattoos, lip piercing and lead singer in a metal band, he’s a rebel without a cause. But that’s just to the people at school. At home, he covers it all up, and he’s the boy with the angel’s voice, and a 4.0 only his parents know about.

When Reese flips the switch and takes control of her looks, they make an arrangement– pretend to be in a relationship to elevate Reese’s social status. It’s simple. Kellin helps his sister’s best friend, and Reese isn’t invisible anymore. No one falls in love. No one gets hurt. But what Reese doesn’t realize is Kellin is already in love with her.

And now things get a hell of a lot more complicated.

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Beautifully Flawed Series

Fans of Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G. and Wish You Were Mine by Tara Sivec will fall in love with the flawed characters in this sweet new adult contemporary romance series. Continue reading

Huge Giveaway!!

Summer is officially here! I’ve teamed up with 8 Young Adult authors to host this amazing summer giveaway that will run the entire month of June.

Here’s what one lucky winner will get:

9 Signed Paperback books + swag from these authors:

Linda Budzinski
Natalie Decker
Jennifer DiGiovanni
Cassandra Giovanni
Deirdre Riordan Hall
Rebekah L. Purdy
Amy Sparling
Patricia B. Tighe
Cheyanne Young

A $10 Starbucks Gift card + a bottle of nail polish (donated by Natalie Decker)

A $10 Amazon Gift Card (will be emailed to the winner)

A Cute Heart Books tote bag for all your summer book needs

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Cover Reveal – Tide by Deirdre Riordan Hall

Today is the cover reveal for Tide by Deirdre Riordan Hall. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The cover is designed by Nova Book Covers

TideTide (The Sea & Sand series #1)
By Deirdre Riordan Hall
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: May 16, 2017

Blurb:
Never trust a mermaid’s kiss.

Tyler McColdrum has a bright future on the professional surfing circuit until his father tragically dies at sea. Unable to pay the bills, Tyler and his mother leave California and move to his late grandfather’s cottage in Land’s End, Maine—a world away from the life he’s known. Not even the stormy Atlantic can douse Tyler’s surf stoke, but when mariners go missing off the coast, legends as old as the sea itself suggest something lurks beneath the surface. As the police investigate, his friend Kiwa—the only female surfer for miles—indicates there’s more to the McColdrum family history than blood and bone.

Amara is a beautiful mermaid, a mero, who wants a life on land away from her sinister sisters. As charming as mero are, with musical voices and a tempting gaze, they’re also brutal and cruel, stealing the souls of sailors. As Initiation nears, Amara learns Poseidon selected her as consort and her desperation for freedom increases. When Tyler encounters Amara, he falls hard for her. The ocean is no longer safe for him, but he trusts their love can overcome her mero nature. As locals and officials wage war against the sea, trying to keep mariners safe, Tyler and Amara struggle with how to protect each other.

With one foot in the sand and the other in the sea, Tyler must choose love or the surf as the tide quickly rises.

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Deirdre Riordan HallAbout the Author:
Deirdre Riordan Hall is the author of the young adult bestsellers, Sugar and Pearl along with women’s fiction. When she’s not writing, she’s probably surfing or in pursuit of magic. She also has a healthy case of wanderlust, loves chips and salsa, and dreams about learning no less than three languages. Join her monthly newsie.

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