Tuesday, 1 December 2015

The Blood Scion Blog Tour - ARC Review + Giveaway







I was just a reporter, trying to stay ahead of my student loans. I knew the rules, and I followed them.I thought I knew how the world worked—humans lived their petty little lives in the safety of the sun. We loved and fought and—when the sun sank—we scurried behind our walls and lived in fear. That is when the monsters came out to play. And even in the safety of the sun, we knew who ruled us. The Houses. And their Scions. Everyone knows the great Houses and their Scions—they are feared and loved and hated and envied. They are the gods who walk the shadows and rule all of our lives. They are salvation and death. And somehow, I am one of them.








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*ARC supplied for my honest review

After reading The Scionless House I was really looking forward to learning more about this mysterious vampiric world Nazarea Andrews created. The Blood Scion definitely didn't disappoint.

The story picks up from where the novella left off (You don't need to read the novella but I recommend you do) We meet a young lady by the name of Farley Hart who is propositioned by two vampires, Octavian and Sulla, both of whom are blood princes for their house. From here the story moves quickly we find out about the connection between Farley and the vampire house, and what exactly they want from Farley.

The chemistry between Farley and Octavian is electric. The combination of Farley's snark and impulsiveness matches well with O's level headedness and control. Their relationship, although forbidden, is instant.
I also like the relationship budding between Sulla and Farley. There is something like a big brother thing happening but at times there seems to be more. I look forward to seeing how that progresses in the next book.

A couple of things that I would have loved:

1) Book was way to short for my liking, which I felt as a result a lot of things happened in so short of time. I would have loved for it to be longer and develop the characters and story a bit more.

2) I would have loved the romance between Farley and O to be more drawn out. What I mean when I say this, I like to have romances where there are frequent encounters throughout the story so it leaves the reader wanting more and wondering when they will get to see each other. One of the best examples of this is Pride and Prejudice. Mind you I have never read the book but the BBC tv series is one of my all time favourite tv shows. The moments that Mr Darcy and Elizabeth shared, whether it was a look, sharing a dance or a chance encounter in the woods, it left the viewer wanting more of these two and to see what happens next.

Sorry I get a bit carried away when I start talking about that show!

Overall I really did enjoy The Blood Scion. I can't wait to see what adventures our favourite scion and vampires get up to next!




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Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.


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Monday, 23 November 2015

ARC REVIEW + GIVEAWAY - Hearts of Blue by L.H. Cosway blog tour




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She upholds the law. He breaks it.
Two blue hearts, both alike in bravery In not-so-fair London, where we lay our scene From gun crime to petty theft Where family is blood and survival makes hands unclean In this place, we find two hearts who should be foes And yet, amidst the turmoil their love still grows Misadventure abounds and the divide will bring them strife But with luck, death doesn’t always mean an end to life.
Hearts of Blue is a standalone contemporary romance that tells the story of star-crossed lovers Karla Sheehan and Lee Cross, a police constable and the thief who steals her heart.



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**ARC supplied for my honest review
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Hearts of Blue has really taken me back to when I first read Six of Hearts. The easy and natural flow of the relationship really sat with me and brought me back to the memories of Jay and Matilda and how natural their relationship felt. Its not hard to believe that a police office could fall in love with a criminal. There are countless stories in the news of inmates seducing prison guards to escape. There is something about the bad boy and how women feel like they will be the one to change them mixed in with the excitement of living on the edge that is intoxicating and hard to resist.

If you are familiar with the Hearts series who will know we briefly meet Lee Cross and Karla in King of Hearts. Lee is the second oldest of four brothers and shouldered a lot of the responsibility of providing for his family. Although he lived a life a crime, family and community came first. He would do anything to protect them.
Karla was a police officer and it ran in her family. Her father was a cop who had a tough reputation and although her life would have looked good from the outside it was anything but.  She struggled to get the support and love from her family as well as some of her colleagues in the force.

The chemistry between the two was undeniable. I loved the way Cosway teased us with the odd encounter here and there. After every scene they had together you were left wanting more. You felt the excitement and anticipation Karla felt when she saw Lee. It reminded me of times when I was younger and had a crush and would hope that I would run into them.

The sex was hot and real. The hottest scene by far was when they were in the nightclub. I am so glad that Cosway didn't hold back with their first time together. Most romance novels would have had the male or female protagonist hold back and say something like "I want our first time somewhere special"...gag. I am glad they didn't hold back because it was sexy as hell and perfect.

As usual any of the Hearts series can be read as standalone but I highly suggest that you read all of them..yes all of them! Its the only way you can truly appreciate the amazing talent of L.H. Cosway.
The best part about it we will get to see more of the Cross brothers in the next instalment of the Hearts series, Thief of Hearts and Hearts on Air.

Enjoy xx




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L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.






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READ THE BOOKS
Six of Hearts
Hearts of Fire
King of Hearts
Hearts of Blue