Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday(112)::The Starless Sea & Winterwood


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Title: The Starless Sea 
Author: Erin Morgens 
Release Date: November 5th 2019  
Publisher: Doubleday 

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world--a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues--a bee, a key, and a sword--that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth. 

What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians--it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction. 

Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose--in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

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Title: Winterwood

Author:Shea Ernshaw
Release Date: November 5th, 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Winterwood
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep comes a haunting romance set deep in the magical snow-covered forest, where the appearance of a mysterious boy unearths secrets that awakens the enchanted, but angry, woods.

Be careful of the dark, dark wood . . .

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.

Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago. 

Look at this cover! I love witches, and underdogs, I'm rooting for Nora and her family. Hopefully, Nora can find the cause of the disturbances before it takes over the town.

These are the books we can't wait for! Drop a comment below and let us know what books you can't wait for!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

#BlogTour:: A TOUCH OF DARKNESS



 A TOUCH OF DARKNESS (Hades & Persephone #1)
Author: Scarlett St. Clair
Pub. Date: May 23, 2019
Publisher: Scarlett St. Clair
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 438

Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist.

Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite bets are rumored to be impossible.

After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever.

The bet does more than expose Persephone’s failure as a Goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows—and it’s forbidden.
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 My thoughts...

Before we jump into the book take a look at that beautiful cover! I love the colors, flowers, touch of gold vines! I love this cover! If the cover is pretty, you better believe I'm giving the book a chance.

Now let's talk about the book! This is my first time reading a retelling of Persephone and Hades. I love Hades, we never get to his story without him being a terrible god w/ human emotions. I always hear about how bad Hades was to Persephone from other but never from her point of view. Hades is thee, God of the Dead, who just so happens to run a gambling empire in the mortal world. Persephone is the Goddess of Spring, should be able to create life but she has never been able to create life. Just take it. ***cue intro music***

Persephone gets an internship in New Athens, and masquerades as a mortal. She is trying to live her life the way, she wants, and not her overbearing mother. Demeter, who happens to be "hell on wheels" but not the fun version....Just the typical overprotective, controlling, "This is what is best, for you" trope. Demeter, has nymph's spying on Persephone, waiting for her to make a mistake. Persephone has a girls night, and meets Hades..like a chance meeting, strikes a bargain with him. Now she has to "find out, who she is", Loved it! Whew! Persephone, definitely needed this just as a much as Hades. Persephone is not a push over, she stands up for herself, and fights back! Which we never get to see or her from her pov.

Persephone, and Hades work, they fit so well together that they clash the first time they meet. Which legit, makes sense..I mean he is thee God of Death, so yeah.. But Persephone gets past all the preconceived notions about Hades as does he. They both show a vulnerable side, and being misunderstood. She is learning to trust herself, and finding out what freedom actually is. Which she deserves because "hell on wheels", is trying to keep her locked up, and safe but is doing more harm than good. Romance books are not my jam but inst-a-love, is different. Sometimes it just makes sense, Hades, and Persephone work! Not only is she on a trip to self discovery, Hades also has a chance to show he is not the God people think he is. Persephone allows him to show a different side of him, that we don't get to see. Their romance heats up, and it gets steamy in some parts, like dangerously HOT! If you want to read about Hades being the alpha we ll know he is, read this book! My rating 5/5 

**Be sure to follow the rest of the blog tour!! Also keep a look out for Hades & Persephone Book # 2, more information below!!

  **I received an ARC of this book from Scarlett St.Clair & Rockstar Book Tours . All opinions are my own**
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Excerpt:

Hades dealt each of them five cards. Persephone looked at her hand and tried to remember what Hades
had said about the different ranks. She laid her cards down, face up and the man did the same.

“You have a pair of queens,” he said. “And I have a full house.”

“So...you won,” she said.

“Yes,” he replied, and then claimed his prize immediately. “Who are you rebelling against?”

She smiled wryly. “My mother.”

He raised a brow. “Why?”

“You’ll have to win another hand if I’m going to answer.”

So, he dealt another and won again. This time, he didn’t ask the question, just looked at her expectantly.
She sighed. “Because...she made me mad.”

He stared at her, waiting, and she smiled. “You never said the answer had to be detailed.”

His grin matched hers. “Noted for the future, I assure you.”

“The future?”

“Well, I hope this isn’t the last time we’ll play poker.”

Butterflies erupted in her stomach. She should tell him this was the first and final time she would come
to Nevernight.

He dealt again and won. Persephone was getting tired of losing and answering this man’s questions.
Why was he so interested in her anyway? Where was that woman he’d been with earlier?

“Why are you angry with your mother?”

She considered this question for a moment, and then said, “Because...she wants me to be something I
cannot.” Persephone dropped her gaze to the cards, and then said, “I don’t understand why people do
this.”

He tilted his head, as if questioning. “You are not enjoying our game?”

“I am,” she said. “But...I don’t understand why people play Hades. Why do they want to sell their soul to
him?”

“They don’t agree to a game because they want to sell their soul,” he said. “They do it because they
think they can win.”

“Do they? Win?”

“Sometimes.”

“Does that anger him, you think?” The question was meant to remain a thought in her head, and yet the
words slipped out between her lips.

He smirked, and she could feel it deep in her gut.

“Darling, I win either way.”

Her eyes went wide, and her heart stuttered. She stood quickly and his name slipped out of her mouth
like a curse.

“Hades.”




A TOUCH OF RUIN (Hades & Persephone #2)
Author: Scarlett St. Clair
Pub. Date: Available in early 2020
Publisher: Scarlett St. Clair
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Goodreads

Persephone’s relationship with Hades has gone public and the resulting media storm disrupts her
normal life and threatens to expose her as the Goddess of Spring.

Hades, God of the Dead, is burdened by a hellish past that everyone’s eager to expose in an effort to
warn Persephone away. Things only get worse when a horrible tragedy leaves Persephone’s heart in ruin
and Hades refusing to help.

Desperate, she takes matters into her own hands, striking bargains with severe consequences. Faced
with a side of Hades she never knew and crushing loss, Persephone wonders if she can truly become
Hades’ queen.



Tour Schedule:

Week One:
10/28/2019
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10/28/2019
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10/29/2019
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10/29/2019
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10/30/2019
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10/30/2019
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10/31/2019
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10/31/2019
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11/1/2019
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11/1/2019
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Week Two:

11/4/2019
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11/4/2019
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11/5/2019
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11/5/2019
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11/6/2019
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11/6/2019
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11/7/2019
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11/7/2019
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11/8/2019
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11/8/2019
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About Scarlett:
Scarlett St. Clair lives in Oklahoma with her husband. She has a Master’s degree in Library Science and Information Studies and spends a lot of time researching reincarnation, unsolved murders and Greek mythology–all of which made it into her debut novel, When Stars Come Out.

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Giveaway Details:
1 winner will win a $10 Amazon GC, International. Giveaway ends November 12th , midnight EST.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday (111) When the Stars Lead to You & Call Down the Hawk

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.



Title: When the Stars Lead to You
Author: Ronnie Davis
Release Date: November 12th 2019 
Publisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Eighteen-year-old Devon longs for two things.

The stars.
And the boy she fell in love with last summer.

When Ashton breaks Devon’s heart at the end of the most romantic and magical summer ever, she thinks her heart will never heal again. But over the course of the following year, Devon finds herself slowly putting the broken pieces back together.

Now it’s senior year, and she’s determined to enjoy every moment of it as she prepares for a future studying the galaxies. That is, until Ashton shows up on the first day of school. Can she forgive him and open her heart again? Or are they doomed to repeat history?


From debut author, Ronni Davis, comes a stunning novel about passion, loss, and the power of first love.

I am a sucker for summer romances but I am a bigger fool for lost love that shows up unexpectedly book. So I honestly can't wait to get my hands on this book!!!!!
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Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer, #1)Title: Call Down the Hawk
  (Dreamer Trilogy #1)
Release Date: November 5th 2019 
Publisher:  Scholastic Press
The dreamers walk among us . . . and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.

And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.


Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.

Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.

Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed. . . .


RONAN FINALLY GETS HIS OWN BOOK!! 

These are the books we can't wait for! Drop a comment below and let us know what books you can't wait for!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Excerpt Reveal - SAVED BY YOU by Kimberly Daniels

Today we have the excerpt reveal for SAVED BY YOU by Kimberly Daniels! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!

Title: Saved By You

Author: Kimberly Daniels

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Blitz: November 6th

Cole Stevens thought he was finally given a second chance in life. With the woman, he always loved now by his side, an adopted son who felt like his own since the day he met him, and a baby on the way, Cole could finally see his forever. And then his past showed up on his doorstep, threatening to take it all away.   Now forced to relive painful memories and bring dark secrets to light, Cole begins a downward spiral that leads him back to the place he spent years trying to escape. As the pain of his past collides with the present, he finds himself lost again, fighting for his family's future. How can he find the way back in time for his forever to be saved?

Pre-Order Your Copy Today:

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Exclusive Excerpt:

“Footsteps approach. I feel a light touch, and then hands gently finding their way around my waist. Camryn lays her head on my shoulder and squeezes. Gavin stands up next to me on the other side of the bench and links his arms around my neck. “Daddy, are you mad at me?” he asks. I lift my head, pull Gavin onto my lap, and tilt his chin toward my face. “You listen now. I could never be mad at you for talking about the baby. You will be the best big brother anyone could ask for. So, you talk about the baby all you want.” I lift my thumb. “Thumbs up to the best big brother in the world.” He touches his thumb to mine. “Thumbs up to the best daddy in the world.” As the pain melts away, Camryn squeezes my waist and kisses my shoulder. “Are you ready to go, best-daddy-in-the-world?” I gently kiss her lips and assure her, “With you, I’m ready for anything.” The meaning of my words run deeper than the family dinner awaiting us at home. She stands up from the bench and turns toward me. “Let’s start small then[…]”

About the Author:

Kimberly Daniels is a middle school English Teacher who took the advice of her students to pursue her writing hobby as a career. When she’s not at her laptop dreaming up new happily-ever-afters, she can be found glued to the TV or Kindle consumed with a new show or book addiction. She lives with her husband and two daughters in in the suburbs of Philadelphia, spending weekends at basketball games, softball fields, and dance recitals.

Connect with Kimberly:

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Double Cover Reveal:: A TOUCH OF DARKNESS & A TOUCH OF RUIN by Scarlett St. Clair



Today Scarlett St. Clair  Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the GORGEOUS covers for her adult fantasy Hades & Persephone retellings, A TOUCH OF DARKNESS & A TOUCH OF RUIN! A TOUCH DARKNESS is out now, and A TOUCH RUIN will release in early 2020! Check out the awesome covers and enter the giveaway!

On to the reveals!


Title: A TOUCH OF DARKNESS (Hades & Persephone #1)
Author: Scarlett St. Clair
Pub. Date: May 23, 2019
Publisher: Scarlett St. Clair
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 438
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, TBD

Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist.

Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite bets are rumored to be impossible.

After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever.

The bet does more than expose Persephone’s failure as a Goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows—and it’s forbidden.



Title: A TOUCH OF RUIN (Hades & Persephone #2)
Author: Scarlett St. Clair
Pub. Date: Available in early 2020
Publisher: Scarlett St. Clair
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: ?
Find it: Goodreads

Persephone’s relationship with Hades has gone public and the resulting media storm disrupts her normal life and threatens to expose her as the Goddess of Spring.

Hades, God of the Dead, is burdened by a hellish past that everyone’s eager to expose in an effort to warn Persephone away. Things only get worse when a horrible tragedy leaves Persephone’s heart in ruin and Hades refusing to help.

Desperate, she takes matters into her own hands, striking bargains with severe consequences. Faced with a side of Hades she never knew and crushing loss, Persephone wonders if she can truly become Hades’ queen.

Excerpt from A TOUCH OF DARKNESS:

Hades dealt each of them five cards. Persephone looked at her hand and tried to remember what Hades had said about the different ranks. She laid her cards down, face up and the man did the same.

“You have a pair of queens,” he said. “And I have a full house.”

“So...you won,” she said.

“Yes,” he replied, and then claimed his prize immediately. “Who are you rebelling against?”

She smiled wryly. “My mother.”

He raised a brow. “Why?”

“You’ll have to win another hand if I’m going to answer.”

So, he dealt another and won again. This time, he didn’t ask the question, just looked at her expectantly.

She sighed. “Because...she made me mad.”

He stared at her, waiting, and she smiled. “You never said the answer had to be detailed.”

His grin matched hers. “Noted for the future, I assure you.”

“The future?”

“Well, I hope this isn’t the last time we’ll play poker.”

Butterflies erupted in her stomach. She should tell him this was the first and final time she would come to Nevernight.

He dealt again and won. Persephone was getting tired of losing and answering this man’s questions. 
Why was he so interested in her anyway? Where was that woman he’d been with earlier?

“Why are you angry with your mother?”

She considered this question for a moment, and then said, “Because...she wants me to be something I cannot.” Persephone dropped her gaze to the cards, and then said, “I don’t understand why people do this.”

He tilted his head, as if questioning. “You are not enjoying our game?”

“I am,” she said. “But...I don’t understand why people play Hades. Why do they want to sell their soul to him?”

“They don’t agree to a game because they want to sell their soul,” he said. “They do it because they think they can win.”

“Do they? Win?”

“Sometimes.”

“Does that anger him, you think?” The question was meant to remain a thought in her head, and yet 
the words slipped out between her lips.

He smirked, and she could feel it deep in her gut.

“Darling, I win either way.”

Her eyes went wide, and her heart stuttered. She stood quickly and his name slipped out of her mouth like a curse.

“Hades.”





 
About Scarlett:
Scarlett St. Clair lives in Oklahoma with her husband. She has a Master’s degree in Library Science and Information Studies and spends a lot of time researching reincarnation, unsolved murders and Greek mythology–all of which made it into her debut novel, When Stars Come Out.











Giveaway Details:
1 winner will win a $10 Amazon GC, International. Giveaway ends November 12th, midnight EST.


Can't Wait Wednesday(110)::The Queen of Nothing & Gravemaidens

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Title: The Queen Of Nothing  

(The Folk of the Air #3)
Author: Holly Black
Release Date: November 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown


He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

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Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens, #1)
Title: Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens #1)
Author: Kelly Coon 
Release Date: October 29th, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press

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.
 


Look at this bea-u-ti-ful cover! Love it, I'm a sucker for a fantastic cover. Not to mention this story sounds amazing.


These are the books we can't wait for! Drop a comment below and let us know what books you can't wait for!
 

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