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{Arc Review & Giveaway} A Heart so Fierce and Broken

Book Summary:
In the sequel to New York Times bestselling A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer returns to the world of Emberfall in a lush fantasy where friends become foes and love blooms in the darkest of places.
Find the heir, win the crown.
The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.
Win the crown, save the kingdom.
Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

My Review:

The book picks up right after first one.

Grey is on the run hiding, while Rhen is picking up the pieces of his kingdom with Harper.

Grey wants nothing to do being a long lost heir. He thinks Rhen can rule his people just fine without him. He is also afraid what Rhen will do to him if he knew the truth. Now he is hiding and hope the kingdoms can be at peace without needing the heir help.

Rhen is getting fearful of this hidden heir with magic powers. He is loosing his sense on what is right and wrong. Rhen is becoming a ruthless king to be fear, while on the hunt for Rhen and answers he may have. With Harper still by his side, she still believes in him.

I did liked this book, but not love it like the first one. At times the story felt like it drag out a little. Still the ending makes me excited to see what happens next. It told in three points of views and adds a new character in the mix.

It comes out January 7th. One lucky reader gets a chance to win a arc copy from me. Sorry US only..

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Good Luck and Happy Reading!!!!

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Bella’s Top Ten of 2019

Happy New Year my Readers!!

This year I read about 118 books, so it was hard just picking out 10 favorites for 2019.

Here are Bella’s favorite reads of the year and you can look for reviews of each book on my blog.

The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu

Rules for Vanishing by Katie Alice Marshall

Every Stolen Breathe by Kimberly Gabriel

Crown of Oblivion by Julie Eshbaugh

Lock Every Door Riley Sager

Unpregnant by Jenni Hendricks and Ted Caplin

The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons

Crown of Coarl and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan

The Kingdom by Jessie Routhenberg

What was some of your favorite read of 2019??

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{Arc Review} Reverie by Ryan La Sala

Book Summary:
All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.
As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.

My Review:

What happens when you wake up in a hospital with hardly no memory or how the accident happen?

Kane is confused on what happen when he almost die. He remembers his family, but can’t remember having friends. First day back from school, he meets a girl who seems to have the answers. After over hearing her and group of other people talk about him, he knows something is up. Kane life is on the line and must remember who he is before it’s to late.

The book was such a magical read. It hard explaining to much without giving it all away. I want my readers to be surprised what the Reverie truly is for themselves. I did like the idea being confused in the beginning of the book like Kane was, on what’s happening with the story. This book will blow your mind on what’s real or not. This magical adventure will leave you such fun twist and turns you may not see coming. It recently came out last week. Just behind reviewing it.

If your in the mood for a good read, then check out Reverie. Not sure if it’s a stand alone, but would love more from this book.

Happy Reading!!!

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Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandira

Book Summary:
In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary.
But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?

My Review:

What happens when you start using your favorite fantasy book on advice with a crush?

Phoebe is the local bookworm in her group of friends. She hardly notice her best guy friend has a crush on her. With a little push from her best friend, she takes notice of him outside her book world. Phoebe slowly starts changing herself to become like her favorite fantasy character she likes. With slowly building confidence, will she gets the guy she likes?

This book was such a adorable read. Can relate to the main character on being a book worm myself. It was neat story on getting advice from books on getting a boy. Never thought of doing that before. This is a some slow burn romance but still a cute read for contemporary readers. There two other books in this series, based on the main characters friends. This is a low key read hardly most readers I know never read it. So hopefully more people find this book out and give it a chance.

Happy Reading!!!

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Signing Events Week

Hello my readers,

Despite suffering a bad cough for nearly 3 weeks I been busy attending two awesome signing events. Sorry for late blog updates also. Just have been really sick and hardly reading much. Got some reviews upcoming hopefully soon. In meantime enjoy some fun pictures of my signing events.

I was lucky enough to get a chance to met Holly black and Brigid Kemmerer. It was such a fun event and very packed night. These two was lots of fun and excited to read both their books.

Here are my sign reads:

Also today I met three very nice authors.


Tiffany Schmidt, she wrote Bookish Boyfriends books. It a cute contemporary read for book nerds. Wish more people read it.

Isabel Bandeira, she has three books release. The first book call Bookishly Ever After. Another adorable contemporary read. I’m in the middle reading it and enjoying it. Will a post review of it when finish.
Julie Eshbaugh, I was lucky enough to bump into at this event. She wrote Crown of Oblivion book. Which was very awesome fantasy stand alone. Will be writing up my review of that book this week.

Here are my sign reads:

Hope my blog been helping you guys to discover some awesome new reads.

Happy Reading!!!

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Pretend She’s Here by Luanne Rice

Book Summary:
Emily Lonergan’s best friend died last year.
And Emily hasn’t stopped grieving. Lizzie Porter was lively, loud, and fun — Emily’s better half. Emily can’t accept that she’s gone.
When Lizzie’s parents and her sister come back to town to visit, Emily’s heartened to see them. The Porters understand her pain. They miss Lizzie desperately, too.
Desperately enough to do something crazy.
Something unthinkable.
Suddenly, Emily’s life is hurtling toward a very dark place — and she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to return to what she once knew was real.

My Review:

In Pretend She’s Here, the book is about grieving a lost of a friend and daughter. Some people grieve in their own way or grieve in a unhealthy way.

For Emily she dealing with the lost of her best friend. She has support from friends and family to help her out. It been a long time since she saw Lizzie’s family. She thought they long move on with life but she was wrong.

Lurking in the darkness of grief, Lizzie’s family been plotting and planning. They do whatever it takes to have their daughter back, even if it means to kidnap Emily. Making Emily pretend she is their dead daughter by force.

With lives threaten, Emily must become something she is not and slowly start loosing herself in the process. Will she be able to find a way to escape?

This book was such an emotional read. At times it was a little dark. You can really feel how each characters is handling the situation at hand. Overall I really liked this read and so engrossed in the story, also rooting for Emily. This is a tense read and has mental abuse. May be little sensitive to other readers.

If your into heavy read thrillers, then you may like Pretend She’s Here. Also you can check it out library if your unsure of this read.

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Every Stolen Breathe by Kimberly Gabriel

Book Summary:
The Swarm is unrecognizable, untraceable, and unpredictable—random attacks on the streets of Chicago by a mob of crazed teens that leaves death in its wake. It’s been two years since the last attack, but Lia Finch has found clues that reveal the Swarm is ready to claim a new victim.
Lia is the only one still pursuing her father’s killers, two years after attorney Steven Finch’s murder by the Swarm. Devastated and desperate for answers, Lia will do anything to uncover the reasons behind his death and to stop someone else from being struck down. But due to debilitating asthma and PTSD that leaves her with a tenuous hold on reality, Lia is the last person to mount a crusade on her own.
After a close encounter with the Swarm puts Lia on their radar, she teams up with a teen hacker, a reporter, and a mysterious stranger who knows firsthand how the mob works. Together, they work to uncover the master puppeteer behind the group. Though if Lia and her network don’t stop the person pulling the strings—and fast—Lia may end up the next target.

My Review:

Every Stolen Breathe was such a very intense read. The storyline was something a little different. The book keeps you on the edge of your seat. I do like the characters in it also.

Lia in the book witness the death of her father by the swarm. The swarm is a like a gang that goes around attacking random people. Lia thinks there was a motive on why the swarm kill him. She has a feeling her father was getting close to something big to take down the swarm. With her best friend help, she tries to seek answers before the swarm comes for her next.

This book was a quick read and action pack. I like how the main character has certain quirks like asthma and PTSD she working through. Lia is a tough cookie with dealing health issues while seeking out a dangerous gang. Her mom in the book a little over protected and just want her daughter safe and not end up like her father. You don’t know who to trust since the swarm can be anyone in public.

Looking for another new read to tackle then you might want to check out Every Stolen Breathe.

Happy Reading!!!

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{Arc Review} Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

Book Summary:
The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land’s greatest honor…and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave.
In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.
When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.
But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.
Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.

My Review:

Gravemaidens was such an addictive read. I had trouble putting the book down. The storyline was something different which I enjoy. Did like some of the characters in the book.

When a king on his deathbed, people are chosen as gravemaidens. They are to be put to death with the king. Then enter the underworld.

Kammani life is anything but easy. Always looking for the next meal, healing people and keeping family together. With her father always running off drunk, it up to her to heal his patients. With so much going on she neglects a guy friend attention or notice her sister need to be a gravemaiden.

When Kammani’s sister is chosen gravemaiden. It up to her to heal the king and save her.

This book was a fast pace story. I like the world building idea to it. I like the way Kammani always looking out for her family. She puts to much on her plate and don’t pay attention to the people around her. Gravemaiden recently came out so you guys might like it.

Happen Reading!!

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The Hive by Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden

Book Summary:
Cassie McKinney has always believed in the Hive.
Social media used to be out of control, after all. People were torn apart by trolls and doxxers. Even hackers – like Cassie’s dad – were powerless against it.
But then the Hive came. A better way to sanction people for what they do online. Cause trouble, get too many “condemns,” and a crowd can come after you, teach you a lesson in real life. It’s safer, fairer and perfectly legal.
Entering her senior year of high school, filled with grief over an unexpected loss, Cassie is primed to lash out. Egged on by new friends, she makes an edgy joke online. Cassie doubts anyone will notice.
But the Hive notices everything. And as her viral comment whips an entire country into a frenzy, the Hive demands retribution.
One moment Cassie is anonymous; the next, she’s infamous. And running for her life.
With nowhere to turn, she must learn to rely on herself – and a group of Hive outcasts who may not be reliable – as she slowly uncovers the truth about the machine behind the Hive.

My Review:

The Hive was a interesting read. The storyline was somewhat different than I use to read. I liked some of the characters in the book and connected well with them.

Cassie always on her phone, checking social media. She believes in the hive system and the justice it serves on the people. After he father passed away she is angry and hurt. She kinda of a loner at the start of school. Later on she becomes friends with the mean girls at school. One harmless prank with them, leads Cassie on the run from the hive. While on the run she has no one to trust.

The book starts out pretty good. I did like the idea of it. Somehow in the middle the book is start dragging out for me. Cassie in the book at first seems a bit mean girl herself, but slowly grows on you. She dealing with a lot like the hive chasing her and some shocking father secrets she discovers along the way. Her mother is very supportive person and will do anything to help her daughter out. I like the bond between Cassie and her mom in the book. I’m still looking forward to reading a book two if there is one. The ending make me want to read more. If your in the mood to discover something new and different, then check out the hive yourself.

Happy Reading!!!!!

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Beau and Bett by Kathryn Berla

Book Summary:
After Beau LeFrancois’s mother wrecks Bett Diaz’s luxury SUV, his family faces an impossibly large bill—with no car insurance to help pay it. To pay off the debt, Beau spends his weekends working at the Diaz Ranch.
Beau’s prepared to work, but he’s definitely not prepared for the infamous temper of Bett Diaz, also known as “The Beast” at school. As Beau learns the secrets behind Bett’s tough exterior, he finds himself falling for her . . . until he catches Bett in a lie.
A contemporary twist on a classic fairy tale, Beau and Bett is a timely story of family, friendship, and the power of speaking out and standing up for yourself.

My Review:

I did enjoyed this book. It was a short and quick read. A very modern take on Beauty and Beast story. I did like some of the characters in the book.

Beau is a nice guy and hard worker. So when his mom gets into an car accident. He goes working with this rich family to pay off dents. Beau is a type of person who see the good in everyone.

Bett can come off this mean chick. There are rumors at school she is this beast. When Beau start working for her dad, he kinda pecks her interest a bit. Is Bett really all that bad?

This review may be a little short sorry. I like the characters develop in the book. It fun how they interact with each other. It has a very slow burn romance build up, which don’t bother me. To me this book was a cute retelling, some of you might enjoy it.

Happy Reading!!