Return of the Ascendant (Ascendant #1) by Raine Thomas

TitleReturn of the Ascendant

Series:  Ascendant Series

AuthorRaine Thomas

Published:  April, 2014

Expecting to enjoy another typical college night at a frat party with friends, Kyra Vaughn’s plans derail when she’s almost killed…twice. Her savior, a tall, sexy stranger who calls himself TaeDane, claims that he’s the personal bodyguard for the Ascendant of Alametria. She’s convinced he’s crazy.

Especially when he insists that she’s the Ascendant.

With dark enemies hunting her down, Kyra has no choice but to trust her supposed bodyguard. Ty vows to help her remember her past and return her safely to Alametria, but someone seems intent on interfering, challenging his abilities at every turn.

As Kyra’s memories emerge, she remembers that Ty is more to her than he’s let on…much more than he’s allowed to be. She’ll also discover that there are many things about her planet and herself that she’d rather forget. In the end, she’ll have to make a choice: cling to the life she knows, or risk it all to become the person she’s destined to be.

**Note:  This book was provided to the Book Hookup by the author but that did not in any way influence this review!

Ana will put Return of the Ascendant on her top shelf!!

I have now come to terms with the fact that I will read and enjoy anything that Raine Thomas writes…young adult, new adult, contemporary, romance, fantasy…grocery list…  Well, maybe not that last one, but you know what I mean.  It’s great to find an author who can write many different types of books and do it all so well!  After a couple of contemporary romances, Ms. Thomas is back to her roots with this new fantasy series and I, for one, am glad.  Her imagination knows no bounds and this book is proof of that.

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Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt, and Multiple Giveaways! Nova and Quinton: No Regrets (Nova #3) by Jessica Sorensen

Today is our stop for

Nova and Quinton: No Regrets (Nova #3)

by Jessica Sorensen

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make sure you check out the excerpt after my 5 star review,
and enter the 2 rafflecopters!


I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH IT HURTS

If you haven’t seen my previous flails for this series,
let me tell you they are HUGE.
Breaking Nova (Nova #1)
Saving Quinton (Nova #2)

Title: Nova and Quinton: No Regrets
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Series: Nova
Publisher: Forever Grand Central (Hachette)
Published: April 15, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Synopsis: Today is the first day of Quinton Carter’s new life. The toxic guilt of his past left him in pieces-but one girl unexpectedly put him back together. Thanks to Nova Reed, Quinton can finally see the world with clear eyes. She’s the reason his heart is still kicking behind the jagged scar on his chest. And he would love to have her in his arms every minute of the day . . . but he’s not ready yet.

Playing drums in a band and living with her best friends are just some of the highlights of Nova’s life. But the best new development? Talking to Quinton on the phone each night. She wishes she could touch him, kiss him, though she knows he needs time to heal. Yet shocking news is on the way-a reminder of life’s dark side-and Nova will need Quinton like he once needed her. Is he strong enough to take the final leap out of his broken past . . . and into Nova’s heart?


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**I received a copy of this story from the publisher,
but that did not influence the review**

SPOILER FREE REVIEW :)

5 Huge emotional blissfully happy stars
I love this series my friends.

And I mean
L O V E

The story was definitely not shiny and happy, but it was real and I absolutely couldn’t get enough. So if it wasn’t happy what was it? It was raw, it was desperate, it was painfully broken. But the reason I kept going was because of Nova, and her hope for Quinton as well as herself. She always had this sliver of hope and faith she held onto, and I wanted to see it blossom, to see it transfuse into Quinton, to save him. It was always within reach for Quinton, but so many times it slipped right by him, and I had to keep reading because I knew Nova was going to make sure he caught it one of those times.

So while the storyline itself was so good to me, I want to talk about the characters now. I felt like I knew both Nova and Quinton inside and out, which is why I’m so emotionally attached to this series. I didn’t just read words on the pages telling me what they looked like or what they were feeling. Ms. Sorensen is a genius and somehow wrote them in a way that made me feel what they felt. I don’t know how she did it, but I felt them. I am almost clutching my chest as I write this, but you know I’m not because I’m typing furiously. But just thinking about them? It makes me want to clutch. I love them both alone and together.

I mentioned that Nova was really strong and had so much faith, but now it’s time to talk about Quinton. While he gave in to his feelings of just utter pain, pain that ripped my heart out along side of his, he ended up having hope too. And his hope came from Nova. When he finally started to have some faith in living again, it turns out he was strong, really strong. He knew what he could handle, and what he had to take on, and was always honest.

The romance was always a back story, but here it got to take the front stage a little bit more, and I was so excited!!! I loved the phone conversations and the text messages. Even though they weren’t together in person, once again Ms. Sorensen built up the emotions and the relationship to make me think I was just as much a part the story as Nova and Quinton. And I was so in love guys, So. In. Love.

What would I have wanted to make this story better? NOTHING. Well, maybe another kissy scene, but that is just me being greedy. This series goes down as one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES EVER EVER EVER. It was definitely heartbreaking to read some parts, but oh so worth it my friends. I can’t rec this enough.

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Cover Reveal: Runner by AJ Summer

Title: RUNNER (Tainted Hearts #2)
Author: AJ Summer
Release Date: 30th April 2014
Hosted by: Forever Me Romance
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BLURB:
run/rən/
verb
move at a speed faster than a walk, never having both or all the feet on the ground at the same time.
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run·ner/ˈrənər/
noun
a person who smuggles specified goods into or out of a country or area.
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run·ning/ˈrəniNG/
noun
because if you don’t I will find you and you will wish you’d done it a little faster, a little better, because there’s nowhere on earth I won’t find you…
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CHOICES
You make the right choice, you win.
You make the wrong choice, you lose.
You let someone else choose for you, because there really isn’t any other way to do it and they own you.
I’ve worked for Reno Parker for six years.
And shit just got bad.
I’m going to the place I thought I’d never see again.
I’m going home.
Do I want this new responsibility? No.
Do I need it? Yes.
Will someone else choose for me?  Never again.
And to finally crash this impending train wreck, there’s a girl messing with my head.
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Are you ready for another seven days?
Please note: This book contains mature and sensitive content and is not suitable for readers under the age of 18yrs.
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Author Bio:
AJ Summer lives in a dusty little town in South Africa. She married her high school sweetheart and has three beautiful kiddies.
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She loves getting lost in a book and writes poetry with a darker, emotional edge. Her stories follow much the same path.
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Her debut novella released in November 2013 and is the first in a 5 book series.
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Where to find AJ:

 

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Great by Sara Benincasa

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Blitz and Giveaway: Toxic Girl by Chantal Fernando

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Stacking the Shelves {34}

Live for You

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Blitz! Girl Lost by Nazarea Andrews

Girl Lost

This book is on our radar and looks divine. Check out the teaser and an excerpt and add it to you TBR! Girl Lost by Nazarea Andrews Release Date: May 1, 2014 Genre: New Adult Girl Lost Summary: Northern was supposed to be a fresh start—a place where people didn’t know who I was or how I had spent years in and out of mental institutes. People didn't know about my parents death or the … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, REMINGTON TATE! (and Celeste) Celebrate with a special never seen before birthday scene, and of course a giveaway!

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Ladies and gentlemen...it's April 10th. And you know what is special about today? One of my favorite book boyfriends ever (and when I say ever I mean EVER) has the same birthday as me. who? REMINGTON. RIPTIDE. TATE. oh em gee Coincidence? I think not. More like fate. Ha, who am I kidding? He belongs to Brooke, but that still doesn't mean we can't all celebrate. Wouldn't you like to know … [Continue reading & get hooked!]