July wrap up! 

Hello sweet bookworms! I read six books during the month of July. My goal was only five because I was so busy this month, so I done pretty good. 😉 I would love to know what you read so let me know in the comments or leave a link to your blog post or booktube! 🙂 


Book 1:

   

Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury

                                                         4/5 Stars 

                                              Goodreads Description 

When former national baseball star Tyler Ames suffers a career-ending injury, all he can think about is putting his life back together the way it was before. He has lost everyone he loves on his way to the big leagues. Then just when things seem to be turning around, Tyler hits rock bottom. Across the country, Tyler’s one true love Sami Dawson has moved on. 


A series of small miracles leads Tyler to a maintenance job at a retirement home and a friendship with Virginia Hutcheson, an old woman with Alzheimer’s who strangely might have the answers he so desperately seeks.


A team of Angels Walking take on the mission to restore hope for Tyler, Sami, and Virginia. Can such small and seemingly insignificant actions of the unseen bring healing and redemption? And can the words of a stranger rekindle lost love? Every journey begins with a step.


It is time for the mission to begin…


Book 2:
 Not Every Girl by Jane McGarry 

                                     5/5 stars

                       Goodreads Description 

Olivia Davenport’s plan is destined to fail. 

She is going through with it anyway, of course. After all, it is the chance of a lifetime. The unreasonable rules of others should not stand in her way. 

In her small kingdom of Stewartsland, Olivia trains with the squires and harbors a secret dream. She longs to become a knight under the command of the Master-of–Arms, who just happens to be her father. He has indulged her passion so far, but they both know a simple fact – girls may not attain knighthood. Dismayed by the constant discouragement of her ambitions, she makes an impetuous decision to disguise herself as a boy in order to sneak on a mission. The consequences are not at all what she anticipated. 

When her deception is revealed, she is sent home in disgrace; however, an unexpected turn of events puts her at the center of a dangerous plot against the King. The ensuing adventure finds her grappling with mercenaries and outlaws, yet these pale in comparison to her newly awakened emotions. She finds not only her life at risk, but also her heart, when the aloof Prince Liam begins to affect her in ways she never thought possible. In the end, it is her courage and unique spirit which must guide her through the challenges she encounters both physical and emotional. 


Book 3:

   

Sacrificed by Emily Wibberley

                                          5/5 stars 
                                    Goodreads Description 
Knowing the future can save her city – but not her heart. 

Born to serve the merciless Oracle, Clio wants nothing more than to break free. But when her entire family is murdered by Mannix, the king’s adviser, Clio inherits the Oracle’s power, a power she never wanted and doesn’t understand.
Hunted by Mannix, Clio is forced to flee her home in Sheehan and seek refuge in a foreign city where oracles are forbidden. If she’s found out, she will be sacrificed atop its great pyramid. 
Clio has no choice but to win the trust of Riece, an enemy warrior. Despite the undeniable attraction between them, Clio knows that if he finds out who she really is, he won’t hesitate to execute her.
Clio tries to hide her budding powers, but the Visions she keeps having of Mannix and his barbarian army slaughtering her people torture her conscience. She alone has the strength and foresight to stop him, but only if she can embrace her destiny and sacrifice everything.


Book 4:

 Forsworn by Emily Wibberley 

                                                  5/5 stars
                                       Goodreads Description 

 Clio can see the future, but what she doesn’t know about her past could destroy her. 

It’s been a year since Clio made her sacrifice to the Deities and embraced her destiny as the Oracle to save her people.

The only family she has left is a brother who wants her dead.

The prince, her oldest friend, is a king with his own agenda.

And the man who once loved her, now hates her.

All she can do is try to forget about Riece, the enemy commander whose heart she broke to save his life, as she serves the Deities. Her days are filled with Visions and bloodshed in a never-ending war against the Untouched. To add to her problems, she must pose as King Derik’s mistress to conceal her forbidden powers from the Emperor’s spies.

When Riece unexpectedly returns to Sheehan with a new and beautiful ally, Clio knows she must put him out of her mind once and for all, but first, they are thrust together into battle against a mysterious Untouched warrior with otherworldly power. To reclaim her city, she must team up with the man she hurt, the man she still loves but can never be with, and finally confront the questions about her origin—questions with answers that Clio may not be prepared to face.

Book 5:

  
To Get To You by Joanne Bischof

                                                    4/5 Stars
                                           Goodreads Description 

To get to the girl he loves, Riley Kane must head off on a road trip with the father he never knew. Then pray for a miracle.

Most teens would love to have a pro surfer for a dad. Just not Riley. Abandoned as a kid, he hates the sound of the ocean and the man who gave himself to it.

When the eighteen-year-old learns that his best friend is stranded at a New Mexico hospital as her father fights for his life, Riley hits the highway to head east. But when his Jeep breaks down before he even leaves California, he must rely on the one man he despises to get to the girl who needs him the most. 

And when it comes to the surfer with the Volkswagen van and dog-eared map, a thousand miles may–or may not–be enough to heal the past.

A story of new beginnings and second chances.

Book 6:

 The Fort by R. Holt

                                                      4/5 Stars
                                         Goodreads Description 

Jake remembers when he was still an innocent kid, just waiting for something exciting to happen in the summer between elementary school and junior high school. The excitement was Malia, who just moved in to the house across the street.

This is Jake’s story. He and his closest friends, Charlie, Beth, and Emma, have been together from the beginning as toddlers, until Malia joined their group that summer. Their summer began with the metamorphosis of their playhouse into The Fort. This special place holds their deepest and darkest secrets, from childhood to adulthood. Growing and experiencing countless adventures through junior high and high school, they returned to The Fort on graduation night to say good-bye to each other, to The Fort, and to their childhood.

Returning to their high school reunion after going to college, working, and loving others, they have become different. Altered by life and adulthood, they have experienced life, death, and everything in between. And what if the one person who Jake thought he could always count on has changed and is keeping a devastating secret? Would that secret tear them apart?

Forsworn by Emily Wibberley 

Buy Sacrificed here. Sacrificed is the first book in The Last Oracle Series. 

  Buy Forsworn here. Forsworn is the second book in The Last Oracle Series

     Enter giveaway to win a paperback copy of Forsworn & Forsworn swag here!

  
                  So excited to be hosting the Forsworn Blog Tour today on my blog! 

                                                             5/5 stars

                                               Goodreads description 

   Clio can see the future, but what she doesn’t know about her past could destroy her. 

   It’s been a year since Clio made her sacrifice to the Deities and embraced her destiny as the Oracle to save her people.

The only family she has left is a brother who wants her dead.

The prince, her oldest friend, is a king with his own agenda.

And the man who once loved her, now hates her.

   All she can do is try to forget about Riece, the enemy commander whose heart she broke to save his life, as she serves the Deities. Her days are filled with Visions and bloodshed in a never-ending war against the Untouched. To add to her problems, she must pose as King Derik’s mistress to conceal her forbidden powers from the Emperor’s spies.

   When Riece unexpectedly returns to Sheehan with a new and beautiful ally, Clio knows she must put him out of her mind once and for all, but first, they are thrust together into battle against a mysterious Untouched warrior with otherworldly power. To reclaim her city, she must team up with the man she hurt, the man she still loves but can never be with, and finally confront the questions about her origin—questions with answers that Clio may not be prepared to face.

                                          


                                     My review *may contain spoilers*

   Considering the story takes place a year after Sacrificed left off, I expected to be confused. I honestly expected this book to suffer from “second book syndrome.” But, I can honestly say this book was even better than the first. (If that’s even possible!) From the very first page, I was sucked back into Clio’s world. I finished this book in less than 24 hours, so that says a lot. The only thing I can tell you about this book? Read it. Now. It was just fantastic. So action packed, but still had the love between Riece & Clio that the first book had. So top what your doing, go buy Sacrificed (link at the top of post) then buy Forsworn (also at the top of post.) You will thank me later. 😉 


I was send this book by the author in exchange for my honest review. 🙂 


                                               Forsworn blog tour: 
 

July 21, 2015- Tour Kick Off: http://sassyanddangerous.blogspot.mx/?m=1

                        Forsworn Playlist Part 1: http://never-anyone-else.blogspot.com/

 

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July 22, 2015- Forsworn Review: http://bookishrandomz.blogspot.com                                             

                        Forsworn Excerpt: http://jeanzbookreadnreview.blogspot.com

                       ​ Q&A with Emily: https://readbycarolllina.wordpress.com/

 

 

July 23, 2015- Forsworn Review: https://thebookettte.wordpress.com  

                        ​ Forsworn Playlist Part 2: http://www.readwithroyella.weebly.com

                       ​ Forsworn Review: http://rachybee-the-rest-is-still-       unwritten.blogspot.com.au

 

 

July 24, 2015- Forsworn Review: http://eatandsleepandread.blogspot.com  

                       ​ Forsworn Dream Cast Part 1: http://rachybee-the-rest-is-still-unwritten.blogspot.com.au

                      ​ Forsworn & Sacrificed Review: http://ponderingtheprose.blogspot.mx/

                      Forsworn Excerpt: https://bookgatherer.wordpress.com/

                      Forsworn Playlist Part 1&2: http://www.booksablog.com/

 

 

July 25, 2015- Forsworn Review: http://lydialeighslibrary.blogspot.com

 

 

 

July 26, 2015- Q&A with Emily: https://motherofbookdragons.wordpress.com

                       ​ Forsworn Excerpt: http://blackteaandmilk.co.uk/

 

 

July 27, 2015- Forsworn Review: http://bookblitzer.blogspot.com/?m=1

                       ​ Forsworn Dream Cast Part 2: http://lovelyparanormalbooks.blogspot.co.nz

 

 

July 28, 2015- Forsworn Review: http://thereadingtaco.blogspot.com

                       ​ Forsworn Review: http://cyberbookwall.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

About the author – Emily Wibberley 

Emily grew up in the South Bay where she spent her formative years battling zombies on her Xbox, watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and voraciously reading everything from The Hunger Games to Jane Austen, where her love for feisty young heroines was born.

After graduating from Princeton University Magna Cum Laude in 2014, she began writing. Her debut novel, Sacrificed, was named a finalist in the Young Adult category of the 2015 International Book Awards, the Young Adult category of the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards, and in the Young Author category of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Since its release, Sacrificed has spent more than four months as a Kindle Top Ten Teen and Young Adult Bestseller.

When she isn’t reading the latest YA book, Emily enjoys watching kick-butt action movies with her two rescue German Shepherds, Hudson and Bishop, named after characters from James Cameron’s Aliens.

Sign up for her mailing list to hear about exclusive giveaways and news about the upcoming release of The Last Oracle III as well as other young adult books she’s writing.

Sacrificed by Emily Wibberley (The Last Oracle Series) 

             Book one in The Last Oracle Series                                        

                                               5/5 stars 

                                                Goodreads Description 

   Knowing the future can save her city – but not her heart. 

   Born to serve the merciless Oracle, Clio wants nothing more than to break free. But when her entire family is murdered by Mannix, the king’s adviser, Clio inherits the Oracle’s power, a power she never wanted and doesn’t understand.

   Hunted by Mannix, Clio is forced to flee her home in Sheehan and seek refuge in a foreign city where oracles are forbidden. If she’s found out, she will be sacrificed atop its great pyramid. 

   Clio has no choice but to win the trust of Riece, an enemy warrior. Despite the undeniable attraction between them, Clio knows that if he finds out who she really is, he won’t hesitate to execute her.

   Clio tries to hide her budding powers, but the Visions she keeps having of Mannix and his barbarian army slaughtering her people torture her conscience. She alone has the strength and foresight to stop him, but only if she can embrace her destiny and sacrifice everything.  

                                            

                                                  My review 

   To say this book was amazing, is an understatement. I loved this book. There was so much action and the author still managed to add in some romance. 😉 (definitely Team Riece by the way) Anyway, several times I had to simply lay down my iPad to process what had happened. The story was that good! Clio was so brave and she is one of my favorite female characters. I especially loved the character she became by the end of the book. The character development was amazing. Emily’s writing was beautiful!  

*may contain spoilers*

   Okay, can I just talk about the ending for a minute? When she told Riece she didn’t love him, I was heartbroken. I laid the iPad down and refused to read more, only for 10 seconds of course. 😉 But seriously, they have to be together! And what about Mannix?! He’s her brother? What? Mind. Blown. What about Derik? Will he become king? So many questions! Can’t wait to read the sequel! 

I recommend to anyone who likes YA fantasy or a good book with a strong female lead. 

Special thanks to the author for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. 🙂 

Buy Sacrificed here!


Not Every Girl by Jane McGarry 

                                                      

  

                                                         5/5 stars
                                                
                                               Goodreads description 

                                         Olivia Davenport’s plan is destined to fail.
   
      She is going through with it anyway, of course. After all, it is the chance of a lifetime. The unreasonable rules of others should not stand in her way.

     In her small kingdom of Stewartsland, Olivia trains with the squires and harbors a secret dream. She longs to become a knight under the command of the Master-of–Arms, who just happens to be her father. He has indulged her passion so far, but they both know a simple fact – girls may not attain knighthood. Dismayed by the constant discouragement of her ambitions, she makes an impetuous decision to disguise herself as a boy in order to sneak on a mission. The consequences are not at all what she anticipated.

     When her deception is revealed, she is sent home in disgrace; however, an unexpected turn of events puts her at the center of a dangerous plot against the King. The ensuing adventure finds her grappling with mercenaries and outlaws, yet these pale in comparison to her newly awakened emotions. She finds not only her life at risk, but also her heart, when the aloof Prince Liam begins to affect her in ways she never thought possible. In the end, it is her courage and unique spirit which must guide her through the challenges she encounters both physical and emotional.

                                                        My review

    Not Every Girl is definitely my new favorite book. So good. From the very beginning it had me on the edge.  It was one of those books where you just didn’t know what would happen next! I expected a crappy love triangle, but got a wonderful love story. It wasn’t another Romeo & Juliet with star crossed lovers, it was just beautiful. Price Liam wasn’t overly sweet or anything, but I loved that. He was a gentleman & treated Livy with respect, proved his love for her, and kept his word. He is seriously boyfriend goals. But the story wasn’t some sappy love story, it was full of action. Olivia is a great role model! She is strong, independent, brave and so much more. I have to say though, my favorite character was Athos. 😉 The ending was amazing. It didn’t leave me crying or dying for the sequel, but left me satisfied with how it turned out & still craving more. Cannot wait to read the next book! Jane, you done a wonderful job on this! One word to describe this: AMAZING. 
I recommend this to anyone who loves historic fiction or just wants to read an amazing book! 

So stop what you are doing, and go buy this book. Help Jane reach her dream of her book in print! You can buy this awesome book here

I was sent this book by the author in exchange for my honest review. 🙂 

Finally started a blog! 

Hello sweet book lovers,

I have wanted to start this blog for a while now, & I finally gathered up the courage to do it. I know it might look kind of plain right now, but I’m working on it. 😉 On this blog, I will review books, interview authors, & other book related things. If you know an author, or are one yourself, I would love to review your work or interview you…or both 🙂 my email is 2000gracey@gmail.com. Love each of you readers!

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