ARC Review--Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge

The first installment in a fabulous dark urban fantasy series—think Kill Bill with demons and gangsters instead of martial arts—from the award-winning author of the Iron Codex trilogy and Vertigo comic Coffin Hill

Ava has spent the last hundred years as a hellhound, the indentured servant of a reaper who hunts errant souls and sends them to Hell. When a human necromancer convinces her to steal her reaper’s scythe, Ava incurs the wrath of the demon Lilith, her reaper’s boss.

As punishment for her transgression, Lilith orders Ava to track down the last soul in her reaper’s ledger...or die trying.

But after a hundred years of servitude, it’s time for payback. And Hell hath no fury like an avenging Ava... 

I received this ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.

Caitlin Kittredge's Black Dog was a pretty unique read! Never have I read a book that stars a hellhound, wherein she's the main character! But yet, I found myself struggling to follow along with some of the plot details, which could be due to the fact that I started this on a Friday and didn't read it again until Monday...time lapse and all that may have caused me to lose track of what's going on with the story and when things get revealed I felt totally lost.

Ava has been a hellhound for nearly 100 years, working for her reaper. So basically she goes after the people her reaper made deals with and collects their souls, very Supernatural-esque, except the hellhound can be both human and dog.

It's not until after Ava kills her reaper that things get rolling, she and Leo--the guy who wants her to kill his father for him--team up and are sort of on the run. Killing your reaper is bound to make someone very unhappy and that someone happens to be Lilith. She then gives Ava a new task to locate a man named Clint who was in her reaper's books as needing to be collected. If Ava collects Clint, all will be well...mostly.

That task turns out to be harder than planned and Clint turns out to be something a bit more than your average human making deals with a demon. Now it's the three of them on the run from Lilith and her big master plan that will likely require/result in their deaths. No pressure or anything!

This read was pretty intense, because for awhile we're in the dark on who is who and what their game plan is. We get Ava figured out pretty quick, Leo to follow and Clint remains the biggest mystery of all! And yet, I still can't help but feel I lost something between the pages for when I read a line towards the end I was totally thrown through a loop! Happens sometimes with some reads.

That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy this one. I liked it for the most part though. It was exciting and pretty action packed with a tense kind of feeling coupled with the danger that lurks after these characters. There wasn't much for romance either though. I was starting to think nothing romantic would happen between Ava and one of the men she was traveling with. I mean come on, a girl and two guys and there seems to be tense moments with each guy...something should happen right? Well, it does! Around 80-something%. It was worth the wait, though I wished I didn't have to wait nearly as long as we did! 

The ending leaves you with lots of surprises and maybe a few questions. I know I was kind of scratching my head a bit wondering what all just happened! I mean I read it, but I once again felt like I lost hold of something at one point. Overall, it was an enjoyable read! Quite different from our usual cast of paranormal characters, take that as you will. I for one never tire of the vampire read, but still loved reading about something new too!

Overall Rating 2.5/5 stars--an okay read with some definite potential. 

Black Dog releases October 28, 2014

RELEASE DAY BLITZ: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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We are thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's STONE COLD TOUCH! STONE COLD TOUCH is the second full-length novel in Jennifer's The Dark Elements Series, a young adult paranormal romance being published by Harlequin Teen!!


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Every touch has its price 

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay...

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I’d remained in bed after that, trying to sort through the odd tingling in my chest. There was a slight smile on my lips, because Zayne…well, he’d made my day, but then I’d remember what Roth had said to me the night before and the smile would wash away as if it had never been there.

I probably needed to get used to the whiplash mood swings.

It wasn’t until after dinner that I decided to scrub a day’s worth of gunk off myself. Gingerly, I peeled the bandage off, happy to find that the cut in my arm was healing as expected. I didn’t need to cover it anymore. The arm was still tender, but the Warden blood in me was quickly undoing the damage from the iron.

After changing into fresh pj’s, like a total hermit, I padded over to my desk, where I’d left my cell phone. It had been on silent all day and when I tapped the screen, I wasn’t surprised to see a slew of texts from Stacey.

Where r u? 

R u skipping, u ho? 

A minute later: Your locker misses u. Guess u sick with the herp? 

Oh my God. I laughed out loud, grinning as I thumbed through her texts. Our bio sub is still hot. U r missing this. 

Bio is lonely. 

My boobs miss u.

How weird is that? 

That was notably weird and yet not surprising.

If I get my cell taken from me, it’s ur fault. 

Holy shit, Layla, where r u?!? 

Air punched out of my lungs as I read the next text and the several following them.

U have no idea who just walked into bio!!! 

Roth is here! 

Holy Canola oil, why aren’t u here to witness this? 

Ok. He says he had mono. Srlsy? Do people still get mono? And who in the duck was he kissing? A second later—Duck? I didn’t mean duck. That’s SO not what I meant, autocorrect. 

Another text had come in about fifteen minutes after the last one. He asked where u were. I told him u joined a cult. I laughed. He didn’t. 

Finally, the last text was to call her if I wasn’t dead.

“What in the Hell?” I tossed my cell onto the bed, mouth hanging open. 


And don't forget! The choice is yours... 

Beginning today you’ll have 3 weeks to visit the series website,, to take a poll and decide which guy Layla should ultimately choose in the final book in the trilogy, Every Last Breath. At the end of 3 weeks, we will tally all the votes, and that’s when Jennifer L. Armentrout will start writing Every Last Breath. The guy who gets the most votes is the one Layla will pick.

To prevent early spoilers, we're not going to reveal who won the poll in advance…you’ll have to wait until Every Last Breath goes on sale on July 28th, 2015 to find out whether Zayne or Roth wins Layla in the end. We promise the book will be epic and definitely worth the wait!

Who do you want Layla to end up with? Go to and vote for your choice!

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout: 

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.   

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Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays
Here are the rules:
1. Grab your current read    

2. Open to a page
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc

I totally LOL'd at this one and couldn't agree more with Clay's statement! A little inside information that's not mentioned in the teaser, Clay and Elena are in ST. LOUIS!

"But there was also something to be said for skipping the whole 'track, capture, and maim' part and being able to go straight to a hotel room, and lock the door. Still, we could only stay in there for so long before we got restless, and when we came out, we'd discovered the problem with our honeymoon destination: there wasn't a helluva lot to do." Kindle location 14%*

*This quote comes from my ARC copy, therefore it and its location are not final.

TITLE: Otherworld Nights: Stalked 
AUTHOR: Kelley Armstrong
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: October 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This week's topic is: Top New Series I Want To Start (New..GOING TO JUST MAKE THAT NEW TO ME)

*in no particular order

 1. MYTHOS ACADEMY SERIES by Jennifer Estep--I have books 1-4 & 6 waiting in my TBR Mountain of Doom! Got all of them at RT over the past few years, sadly 5 was never available or sold, so once I start it I need to buy that one!
2. NIKKI STYX SERIES by Terri Garey--I have all 4 of these in that same pile there! Bought them at a Borders closing sale (le sob!).
3. THE GRISHA TRILOGY by Leigh Bardugo--as you can see, I'm about to start this series after knocking out a review book or two since I got behind!

4. SPLINTERED TRILOGY by A.G. Howard--have books 1 & 2 waiting in the ol' TBR Mountain of Doom still too! Won those earlier this year and really do want to read it!
5. GARGOYLES SERIES by Christine Warren--love a good gargoyle story! Started reading her Others series--and still need to finish it--but I bought the first two in this series because they were on sale! Can't pass up those $5 sales for MMPB!
6. DOON SERIES by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon--read a review of the first one and then bought it as a kindle daily deal and then last week I won the second book! So need to get started on that one too!

7. PAX ARCANA SERIES by Elliot James--one I picked up this year on sale. It sounded intriguing and I am eager to start it!
8. BANNON & CLARE SERIES by Lilith Saintcrow--have read her previous books and have always enjoyed them. So eager to read this one! Have the first 2 books in that series as well!
9. THE GUARDIANS OF THE NIGHT SERIES by Jenna Black--didn't realize that this was a reprinted series until I looked it up! Just saw her name and bought the first book at RT this year! Eager to start it as well since I loved her Morgan Kinglsey series, Faeriewalker trilogy, Replica trilogy, & Nikki Glass books!

10. ASHES DUOLOGY by Melissa C. Walker--a duology I still need to start as well, but own this one! It sounded intriguing and I love a good ghost "story" so it was bought and still needs reading!

ARC Review--Talon by Julie Kagawa

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

I received this ARC from a fellow blogger who attended BEA, I was in no way compensated for this review.

Here there be dragons! Julie Kagawa's Talon is the first in her epic new series featuring, you guessed it, dragons! (and the Order of St. George, aka dragon killers).

This promises to be a truly amazing series, Hollywood has already optioned it for film and if they're smart, they'll make it happen because this book was really, truly freaking incredible! I have loved pretty much everything Julie has written and Talon proves no different.

Ember and her twin brother, Dante, are rare in the Talon society because twins are basically an anomaly. They are being let out of their "keep" to come and study human society and basically learn to assimilate.

All too soon we meet Garret, a member of the Order of St. George, dedicated to hunt and eradicate dragons. No one really knows how all this animosity started, it's just the way of things. At first, Garret isn't sure if Ember is a dragon or not, the fact that she has a twin throws him off. In order to learn the truth he has to get closer to her.

Then there's Riley, a rogue dragon who's basically wanted for leaving the Talon. But Ember soon learns that the Talon are keeping secrets from her and her brother. That they have their own agenda.

I'm not really surprised that I loved this one! Julie is just an incredibly talented author who only continues to amaze and entertain me (and sometimes torture me with evil cliffhangers!). Talon was a truly exciting and enjoyable read. I loved every minute of it! The pacing was good. Granted, we don't really know where the story is headed right away, but there is a kind of mystery or intrigue that builds up, so it makes it quite the thrilling read.

I'm sure you noticed we have two guys and a girl. But surprisingly, for now, it doesn't really ring as a love triangle. Ember has a clear choice in mind even though we readers see the folly in it. And the other "choice" hasn't really any ground for the moment. He didn't make much of an effort for the first half of the book basically. There's definitely tension and connections going on, but Ember's heart has clearly made a choice and she doesn't want to be the kind of girl with two guys after her. Of course things are bound to get complicated as we move along in the series and her choice may not be as final as we think.

I also liked that we got Ember and Garret's point of view. It definitely gives you more insight to Garret when we believe him to be the enemy. And we get to see some major character growth with both these people. And add in Riley in part two and we definitely learn a lot more about him. He's still got a bit of mystery going on about him but I am eager to see what we learn in the next one!

Talon was quite action-packed towards the end, leaving you kind of breathless with anticipation. The ending itself definitely leaves you craving for more, but I can at least happily say that you won't be screaming in agony *coughsTheIronTraitorcoughs*. But who's to say what Julie will do to use in book 2! I definitely can't wait for more in this series because it's bound to be amazing! Julie Kagawa has done it again, first with the Fey, then vampires and now dragons! There's nothing this author can't do that won't be incredibly epic!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars

Talon releases October 28, 2014

ARC Review--Stay by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Nothing could possibly get worse. Everything and everyone that could be in jeopardy already is, and Jared knows that he is The Society's only hope. If he doesn't find a way to escape he fails everyone including Vera, the bear shifter he can't seem to get out of his head.

Casey and Toby are in love. Head over heels in love, but is their love strong enough to survive a magic so powerful that Casey's mind is no longer in her control?

Vera will do anything to help her sister, and unfortunately that means she is well acquainted with Jared, the most frustrating man she has ever met. Now she has to find a way to fight her annoyance and growing attraction long enough to help save Levi and Allie.

Racing against the clock, all four must face their greatest fears to save The Society and all the people they love.

I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.


Stay concludes Alyssa Rose Ivy's Empire Chronicles, but it in no way concludes the world series! The ending of Stay--and Alyssa saying that there's definitely more to come--assures us of that! And definitely makes me one happy reader! I love this series and pretty much what will just have to be considered the world series as well because the Crescent Chronicles was equally amazing as well!

We pick up Stay pretty much where we left off in Search, which my memory was pretty poor on that front as well, but as I read along, the details were revealed and I remembered enough so I wasn't stalling out on memory lapses! Casey is safe with Toby after Jared helped her escape Tiffany, the-shock-of-a-lifetime villainess! I seriously did not see that one coming! Jared remains trapped as her prisoner and basically, chaos is running rampant everywhere!

This time we have four narrators and that really helps make the story go round and round! But it's not at all confusing. Pretty much Toby and Casey are always together and Vera--Casey's sister--is always with Jared. Hence the point of view changes between four people but in only 2 locations sort of thing. Make sense?

Casey and Toby are dealing with the aftermath of Casey's imprisonment and the shocking results that came with it. This might not have been revealed in Search, so I won't say anything here. In the meantime,  Vera not only helps Jared escape Tiffany's clutches but helps him with the new problem...protecting Levi and Allie. For Tiffany has quite the evil plot planned for the two of them. Her backstory was way intriguing as well! Very shocking in the details and truly, I'm still reeling in the fact that Tiffany was a villain! I totally loved her character when we met her in Allie's stories, but never did I think that she was evil incarnate! (in the sense that she is a villain!)

This was naturally a one-day read for me and oh boy did those electronic pages just flow! I was lost to the story and nothing could draw me out! I still find it amazing how deeply Toby changed from the boy we met in the Crescent Chronicles! Naturally, I feel it's safe to say, we were all a bit freaked out by that possessive boyfriend attitude he had going. Especially, when he was an ex-boyfriend! And he was kind of creepy-skeevy! But then in Soar, we saw that he was no longer that guy. He was totally changed and in part, Casey was the cause of that. Before he even asked her out on that date.

Casey and Toby's romance was definitely one of the more sweeter kinds I've read! I loved how they just clicked. And how they were even able to easily overcome Casey's dalliance with Jared, however brief and fleetingly it was. Toby remained a solid rock next to Casey and his devotion to her was just so endearing. I got all gushy and feely-like every time!

The ending to this one was astonishing! So many shocks and reveals! I have the feeling I know who our next hero/heroine will be in this world series! There's enough story fodder left over that points us in that direction! I even think I know who could be another possibly couple storyline, but it's too soon to tell on that one! But who knows! Alyssa may surprise us yet again with the added couple to the next series installment!

If you're looking for the perfect Paranormal New Adult series, I can never recommend Alyssa Rose Ivy enough, because her series are perfect! If you're looking for that story that's purely New Adult but with the delicious mix of paranormal goodness, then look no further than Alyssa Rose Ivy!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars

RELEASE DAY BLITZ: Stay by Alyssa Rose Ivy



We are thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Alyssa Rose Ivy's STAY! STAY is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and the third novel in The Empire Chronicles Series!




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STAY Excerpt: 

“Then just kiss me already. Get it over with.”
“Kiss you? Are you kidding?”
“I already told you I’m not sleeping with you.”
“Then just shut up.” She yanked on my shirt pulling me toward her. Her lips were on mine before I could process it. My lips responded immediately, greedily sucking on her bottom lip before pushing my way into her mouth.
She moaned, eagerly letting me in. My tongue tangled with hers, as I explored every corner of her mouth. Before my hands could do their own exploration she broke the kiss. “So much better.” She hopped down from the bar.
“Excuse me?” I was still spinning from the kiss. Had she really stopped that suddenly?
“Ok, let’s talk about the plan.”
“Now?” I asked with disbelief.
“After that?”
“You could say thank you.”
“Thank you?”
“For easing the tension. It was thick enough to cut with a knife, but I preferred your tongue.”
“So that’s it? You just did that to ease sexual tension?”
“What did you think I was doing?”
“Giving in to your desires.” My eyes devoured her. Her tank top had pulled up when we were kissing, exposing even more smooth skin I wanted to touch.
“You mean our desires. There’s nothing one sided here.” I glanced down at the bulge still obvious in my pants
“You’ve got that right.”
“You’re not a bad kisser.”
“Not bad?” I raised an eyebrow.
“I’d say you’re a seven.”
“A seven? I’m a ten. I’m a ten at everything involving sex.” I had no confidence issues in that department. No matter how pissed girls got at me, they never complained about the sex.
“But that wasn’t sex. Your dick wasn’t involved. I’m sure you rely on it to earn you points.”
“I don’t just rely on my dick.”
“Oh yeah? Well your tongue seems a little bit out of practice. Not using it much?”
“I use it plenty.”
“Oh. My mistake.” She licked her lips. “Anyway back to that plan.”   

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About STAY: 

Nothing could possibly get worse. Everything and everyone that could be in jeopardy already is, and Jared knows that he is The Society's only hope. If he doesn't find a way to escape he fails everyone including Vera, the bear shifter he can't seem to get out of his head.

Casey and Toby are in love. Head over heels in love, but is their love strong enough to survive a magic so powerful that Casey's mind is no longer in her control?

Vera will do anything to help her sister, and unfortunately that means she is well acquainted with Jared, the most frustrating man she has ever met. Now she has to find a way to fight her annoyance and growing attraction long enough to help save Levi and Allie.

Racing against the clock, all four must face their greatest fears to save The Society and all the people they love.

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Alyssa Rose Ivy Bio: Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.         

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.

Last Week I Read:

Legend by Marie Lu (4.5 stars)
Prodigy by Marie Lu (4 stars)
Champion by Marie Lu (4 stars)
The Young Elites by Marie Lu (3 stars)

Review That Was Posted:

Gray Bishop by Kelly Meade (ARC) (5 stars)

About to Start Reading:

Stay by Alyssa Rose Ivy (ARC)

What I Plan to Read this Week:

Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong (ARC)

Other Posts of Interest:


Stacking the Shelves

This weekly meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Stacking The Shelves is all about the books we are adding to our shelves each week, sharing with you our excitement for our newest titles and maybe have you discover a new book in the process!

Had a pretty decent week this week! Not too many books got added to the TBR Mountain of Doom! LOL! Seriously am calling it that now!

Here's what I bought:

 Steadfast by Claudia Gray--darn coupon from B&N again! Still need to read the first one still too! LOL!
Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake

Then from the author I received for review:

Stay by Alyssa Rose Ivy (ARC)

THANK YOU Alyssa!!

And that was my haul! Pretty tame after the last few weeks if I do say so myself! What did you get?

Top 5 Sundays

Top 5 Sundays is a weekly blog meme created by Larissa at Larissa and Friends' Bookish Life.

Every Sunday I will post a TOP 5 list on the blog. It can be about anything and every week I'll have a new theme {You can vote on next week’s theme on my left sidebar!} and I will ad the Mr.Linky bellow the post so you can do a list with the theme and add you link to it.

1 - Write a post listing your TOP 5 choices within the theme I chose (or was chosen on a poll) for the week.
2 - Mention this Blog on the post and link back to it.
3 - Feel free to use the Feature's image (there is a smaller size version of it bellow)
4 - After you've finished your post, add you link (of the post, not your blog's main page) to the Mr.Linky at the end of that week's post.
5 – If you don’t have a blog to post, just leave your list in the comments =)

This week's topic is: MOST AWAITED BOOKS {2nd Half of 2014} [Part 2]

*in no particular order

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A JLA book that's New Adult and Paranormal?! Hells Yeah!

by Juliet Blackwell

Looooove Juliet's mystery series! So always looking forward to another, even though I am incredibly behind on all my paranormal mystery series!

by Carrie Vaughn
Cormac's book! YES! So can't wait for this one!

by Gail Carriger

Love Gail's books! I'm one book behind in this series but still can't wait for more of it!

by Allie Condie

This one is close and coming! I'm curious about it because it's like a mermaid story, but I don't think they're quite mermaids from what I have heard in early reviews. Still anxious to read it!