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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tour! A Review of Red: The Untold Story by Angela M. Hudson





Red: The Untold Story by Angela M Hudson
Genre: Young Adult (Fractured Fairy Tale)
Date Published: July 25, 2016
Publisher: Self

A powerful new YA novel by award-winning dark romance author AM Hudson.

Do not go gentle into the wolf's asylum...

Once every twenty years, pack alpha Luther takes a new wife. On the day of Selection, Red is chosen. Just as her family always planned. Just as she always planned. Until she met Alex Plain.

Alex took Red to worlds she never imagined, where the ordinary is seen as magical, and the upright is abstract. With the help of this new friendship, Red begins to see a future for herself outside of the pack. But, unfortunately, Alex Plain came along too late.

Red is obligated to marry Luther now, and taken to live in the mysterious Ravenswood Mansion, where truth lies and the walls have eyes. What Red learns there about her alpha will ignite some burning questions—ones that, when answered, could undo the entire order of the pack:

What happened to all the children born there? Why hasn’t this mansion left the seventeenth century? And where are all his previous wives?


Red: The Untold Story by Angela M. Hudson made me cry more than I care to think about. I'm not talking just sad cries, although they happened too, but happy cries as well. I wasn't expecting to get emotional reading a re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood was I? But I did. I felt an emotional attachment to each character for one reason or another, and they each felt very alive while I read their story. Red and Alex's friendship was simply beautiful. They were full of imagination, and they just glowed. I don't know how else to describe them. I hated Luther, and I loved Luther. He has a deep darkness, evil in many ways, but he also has vulnerability that almost felt like an innocence. There's much to say about him, and I want to say so many things! But finding his mysteries was part of the experience. Red: The Untold Story makes its reader see the magic in life again, even the everyday moments have a little magic. This book really showcased that. This is a book I'd definitely recommend.

Red: The Untold Story was kindly provided to me by YA Bound Book Tours for review. The opinions are my own.


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From the town that brought you Sam Worthington, the city that brought you Heath Ledger, and the country that gave you Chris Hemsworth, comes the AusRom TODAY Author of the Year 2015 and Best Established Author nominee AM Hudson.

This internationally successful author has captivated fans all over the world since her Dark Secrets series was released in 2011. Known for her character-driven novels and twisted plots, her epic stories will confuse you, draw you in, make you feel something, including a strong desire to slap the protagonist.

When she's not making people fall in love with her works, she spends time sorting a mountain of laundry for her four sons and drags shoelaces around the house for her Ragdoll cat Pudding to chase.

Mrs. Hudson loves a good chat about all things bookish, so come find her on Facebook at 'AM Hudson', and she absolutely loves readers that leave reviews.

To learn more about Angela M. Hudson and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.


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Monday, August 29, 2016

Release Day Review! The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson




The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson
Genre: Adult Fiction (Historical/Regency Romance)
Date Published: August 29, 2016
Publisher: HEA Publishing

Who is he really? A high and mighty lord or a lowly servant?

When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother need to vacate the house they've called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied. They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience?

Fate plays her hand when Lucy discovers the earl unconscious and injured in the middle of the road. When he awakens with no recollection of who he is, Lucy seizes the opportunity to teach the earl a much-needed lesson in humility and tells him that he is nothing more than a mere servant. Her servant, in fact. 

And thus begins the charming tale of a pompous lord and an impetuous young woman, caught together in a web so tangled that it begs the question: Will they ever get out?

The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson is the first historical fiction book written by this author. I love reading this author's work. She's one of my favorites, and this book was just as lovable! Lord Drayson was quite a butt head in the beginning, and I have to say Lucy puts him in his place nicely. This is one of those romances where you can watch the relationship grow from two people who didn't like each other very much at all to more, and I really enjoyed that. Lucy is a little spit fire. She's my favorite type of character, especially in this particular time period. She just makes things more fun. The supporting characters were entertaining as well. They all added something special to the story. I was so excited to find out that this will probably be turned into a series. I will definitely be watching for more!

The ARC of The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson was kindly provided to me by I am a Reader, Not a Writer for review. The opinions are my own.


He stared at her incredulously, as though she had escaped Bedlam. “Are you in your right mind, woman?”

Lucy leaned forward and planted her palms on his bed so that her eyes were level with his. “My name is Lucy Beresford. I have lived in Askern all my life. I’m the sole daughter of a vicar and a seamstress who lived most happily despite their differences in station. When my father passed away, I came here, to this dower house. So yes, I am in my right mind. It is you who are not.”

The earl’s jaw clenched, and Lucy took some pleasure at the sight. Perhaps he would come down off his high horse and show at least a small amount of kindness or respect.

“I may not know who I am or where I came from,” he finally said, “but at least I do not feel the need to tell tales.”

“Tell tales?” Lucy gaped at him. Was he accusing her of telling untruths? Her, of all people? What untruths? How dare he!

Lord Drayson glanced down at his fingers, frowning when he spotted grime under his nails. He began to scrape it out as he spoke. “Claiming to be the daughter of a vicar and seamstress is all very romantic, but it cannot possibly be the truth.”

“And why not?” she asked.

His gaze returned to hers. “In my experience, the daughter of a vicar would behave with more decorum, would know how to make a palatable broth, and would never allow herself to be alone in a room with a man who is not her relative. If there is one thing I know with absolute certainty, it is that you are no relation of mine.”

Lucy’s jaw clenched as she fought to control the rage building inside her. Ever so slowly, she pushed herself up to standing and glared down at the earl. “You are correct in thinking I am no ordinary vicar’s daughter. I do not love unconditionally. I show decorum only when I wish to. And I despise those who care for no one but themselves. But I do not tell tales.”

He actually chuckled, but it was more of a scoff than a show of humor. “Did you learn those traits from your father?”

“Do not speak of my father.”

“I would prefer to speak of myself, but you do not seem to share that preference, so perhaps we should speak of your father instead. Where is he, by the by? I would very much like to meet him.”

Lucy’s fingers became fists while her conscience became a battleground between all that was good and evil inside her. It was a short battle, with evil making a quick triumph.

Ever so slowly, her body still trembling with anger, she lifted her chin. If he was going to accuse her of telling tales, then tell them she would. “Very well, Collins. If you must know, I am your employer. And though you may not remember me, or this house, or your position in it, or the fact that you are perfectly susceptible to coming off a horse, just like any other human, I still expect some kindness and respect from you.”

“What on earth are you talking about? What position?”

There was not a hint of hesitation in her voice when she answered. “You are a servant in this house.”

Check out my reviews of  more books by Rachael Anderson!! 

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Rachael Anderson is the author of four books: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She’s the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

To learn more about Rachael Anderson and her books, visit her blog.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.
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Release Day! Love by Alyssa Rose Ivy





Love (The Allure Chronicles #4) by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Genre: New Adult (Paranormal Romance)
Date Published: August 29, 2016
Publisher: Self

There is nothing more powerful than love. 

Daisy and Owen never catch a break. After being torn apart by the powerful and ruthless Elders, the sweetness of their reunion is tempered by the knowledge that Daisy's emotions may soon disappear again. 

With loyal friends by their side, Daisy and Owen will stop at nothing to save her, and their love.

Check out my reviews of the previous books in this series!


If you haven't done so already, you need to read Alyssa Rose Ivy's books!! While you're at it take a peek at my reviews too!

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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.

To read more about this author, visit Alyssa Rose Ivy's Blog and Website. You can also find her on GoodreadsPinterestFacebook and Twitter.