Book Blitz: Splash By M.E. Rhines

Book Blitz: Splash By M.E. Rhines

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Title: Splash
Author: M.E. Rhines
Series: Mermaid Royalty #3
Release Date: June 12th, 2018
Available: Amazon/B&N/iBooks/Kobo
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Synopsis

Fawna is happy with the new life she has made for herself on land. She has her child and her youngest sister Pauline by her side—plus an amazing new human boyfriend named Randy. So when an old friend from Atargatis shows up, she immediately feels the weight of everything she stands to lose. But the news can’t be ignored – there’s been an attack on their kingdom; her aunt Myrtle is dead and her mother is missing. Angelique, their middle sister, is now ruling a kingdom to the north, leaving Fawna as the only royal left to help save Atargatis. Torn between responsibilities in two different worlds, the decision is made for her when the powerful sea witch who attacked the kingdom also takes Fawna’s son. Now she has no choice—to save her life on dry land, she’ll have to dive back into the ocean…

The final installment in the beloved Mermaid Royalty series, Splash is a heart-pounding fantasy romance that will have you feeling like you need to come up for air!

About the Author

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M.E. Rhines a southwest Florida native currently living in North Port with her two beautiful children and a third, much larger child whom she affectionately calls husband.
She writes young adult paranormal romance to feed her belief that fairy tales are real and nonsense is necessary.

Contact

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Happy Reading!

~C.C.

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3 Year Blog Anniversary – Hiatus is Over!

3 Year Blog Anniversary – Hiatus is Over!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY CHARMED BOOK HAVEN REVIEWS!

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Wow, three years ago I never thought I’d be here, sitting at my desk writing this post. It’s been a wild ride for sure. I’ve met many bloggers, writers, readers, etc., since starting this journey in the beginning of the summer of 2015. Whether it’s bonding over our mutual love for Harry Potter or discussing the latest new releases – this community never ceases to make me feel at home both online or even in the outside world with the connections built.

I took a month and a half break from here to focus on reading. Well, that was the original plan until adulting officially took the wheel and my reading slump officially took hold. The month and a half passed rather quickly, but at the same time it felt like it dragged at an endless pace. The struggle to get back into reading after all that time was painfully real.

We all seem to go through reading slumps we can’t seem to break and when it comes to something you love the most – it’s even worse. I tried diving into genres out of my comfort zone (i.e. dystopian classics, contemporary lit), but nothing seemed to ignite my passion for it. It wasn’t until the last two weeks, though, when I picked up Three Dark Crowns By Kendare Blake from my local library that for the first time in quite awhile, I devoured a book in a mere couple of days. I recently downloaded the second book on my kindle and plan on begin reading it later this week.

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Since then, I haven’t been able to stop reading. At work, I’m currently drowning in these audiobooks:

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For those who have kept up since the beginning, from the bottom of my heart, thank you! I wouldn’t still be running my blog without your support. And also, shout out to all you writers out there. Keep writing! Never give up on your passion or your dreams. It’s your imaginations and your characters who bring us all together. Without you, there would be no joy in this world. No inspiration for future writers to pick up the torch and create new worlds. Thank you for your hard work and love you put into your stories!

What do you do to get over your reading slumps?

What are you currently reading?

Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

Blog Tour, ARC Review, & Excerpt: From the Earth to the Shadows By Amanda Hocking

Blog Tour, ARC Review, & Excerpt: From the Earth to the Shadows By Amanda Hocking

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Title: From the Earth to the Shadows
Series: Valkyrie Bk. 2
Author: Amanda Hocking
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*Disclaimer – I received an ARC Copy via NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press. This does not effect my review whatsoever.

 

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The epic conclusion to the thrilling Valkyrie duology by New York Times bestselling YA author Amanda Hocking, From the Earth to the Shadows.

While dealing with dark revelations about her life and her world, Malin finds herself with new allies–and new enemies. Her quest for the truth leads her to places she never thought possible, and she’s never been one to shy away from a fight. But for all her strength and determination, will it be enough to save the world before it’s too late?

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Amanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with Batman and Jim Henson. In between watching cooking shows, taking care of her menagerie of pets, and drinking too much Red Bull Zero, she writes young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Several of her books have made the New York Times Bestsellers list, including the Trylle trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her zombie series, The Hollows, has been adapted into a graphic novel by Dynamite. She has published over fifteen novels, including the Watersong quartetand My Blood Approves series. FrostfireIce Kissed, and Crystal Kingdom – all three books in her bestselling trilogy, The Kanin Chronicles– are out now.

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ONE

The air that fogged around me was thick enough that I could taste it—earthy and wet, with a trace of salt. It stuck to my skin, which was already slick with sweat, and that only seemed to attract more insects. They buzzed around me, leaving burning little bites in my flesh. I wanted to swat them off, but I couldn’t. I had to stay perfectly still, or the Kalanoro would spot me too soon.

The oversaturation of green in the jungles of Panama had been a strange adjustment from the smog and bright lights of the city. Out here, it was an endless emerald sea: the plants and trees, the rivers, were all varying shades of green—even the sky was blotted out by a thick canopy of leaves.

This wasn’t where I wanted to be, crouched motionless in the mud with a giant millipede crawling over my foot. Not when Asher was still gone, held captive in Kurnugia by the underworld goddess Ereshkigal and her mad centaur boyfriend, Gugalanna. Not when the fate of the world felt heavy on my shoulders, with Ereshkigal attempting an uprising that would unleash the underworld on earth.

It had only been three days since I’d gone to the Gates of Kurnugia, along with Oona, Quinn, Asher, and Atlas to aid me. I’d wanted to avenge my mother—and I had killed the draugr that had killed her—but all of that may have set off a chain of events that would bring about the end of days.

And I had lost the guy I … well, not loved. Not yet. But I cared about him. All I wanted to do was rescue him. But I couldn’t. There was too much at stake. I couldn’t let my heart get the best of me. I had to hold it together, and follow my orders.

After Gugalanna had pulled Asher down into the underworld where I could not follow, the rest of us had gone to Caana City in Belize. It was the safest city near the Gates of Kurnugia, and Oona needed medical intervention to survive. She was on the mend now, and that’s why I had left her behind, with Quinn and Atlas.

I didn’t want to risk losing them the way I had Asher, and I was on a special assignment, coming directly from the Valkyries’ highest authority—Odin.

Odin had found me outside of the hospital where Oona was being treated. I had never met him before, and, like most of the Vanir gods, he changed his appearance to suit his needs, so I hadn’t recognized him.

He towered over me in his tailored suit, with his left eyelid withered shut. He had a deep rumble of a voice, with a softly lilting accent, and a grim expression. His large raven, Muninn, had been watching over me, but when I tried to press him for a reason why, he had told me that there wasn’t time to explain.

“I need you to go deep into the heart of the jungle, where no man dares to live,” Odin explained, as we had stood in the eerily silent parking lot in Caana City. “You must retrieve something for me.”

“Why can’t you retrieve it yourself?” I asked bluntly. I wasn’t being rude, but the reality was that Odin was a powerful god, and I was just a young mortal Valkyrie-in-training. He had far more knowledge and power than I could ever hope to have.

“I’m not allowed to meddle in the affairs of humans or any of the other earthly beings,” Odin clarified.

“But…” I trailed off, gathering the courage to ask, “What is this you’re doing now, then? Isn’t directing me to get something for you the same as meddling?”

A sly smile played on his lips, and he replied, “There are a few loopholes, and I think it’s best if I take advantage of one now. If you want to save your friend, and everyone else that matters to you, you need to act quickly.”

“What is it that you need me to get?” I asked, since I didn’t seem to have a choice.

“The Valhallan cloak,” he explained. “It was stolen centuries ago by a trickster god—I honestly can’t remember which one anymore—and he hid it with the Kalanoro of Panama.”

“The Kalanoro?” I groaned reflexively. Having dealt with them before, I already knew how horrible they were.

If piranhas lived on land, they would behave a lot like the Kalanoro. They were small primate-like creatures, standing no more than two feet tall, and they vaguely resembled the aye-aye lemur. The biggest differences were that the Kalanoro were tailless, since they lived mostly on the ground, and they had razor-sharp claws on their elongated fingers and a mouth of jagged teeth they used to tear apart the flesh of their prey.

“What is the Valhallan cloak, and how will I find it?” I asked Odin.

“You’ll know when you see it. It’s an oversized cloak, but the fabric looks like the heavens. The rumors are that the Kalanoro were attracted to the magic of the cloak, though they didn’t understand it, so they took it back to their cave,” Odin elaborated. “They apparently have been guarding it like a treasure.”

“So I have to go into the treacherous jungle, find the man-eating Kalanoro, and steal their favorite possession?” I asked dryly. “No problem.”

Which was how I ended up in the jungle, alone, in the heart of Kalanoro country—at least, that’s what the nearest locals had purported. In front of me, on the other side of a very shallow but rapidly moving stream, was the mouth of a cave. The cave I hoped was the home of the Kalanoro, but I was waiting to see one for official confirmation.

Sweat slid down my temples, and a large dragonfly flew overhead. The trees around me were a cacophony of sounds—monkeys and frogs and birds and insects of all kinds, talking to one another, warning of danger, and shouting out mating calls.

Back in the city, beings and creatures of all kinds lived among each other, but there were rules. The jungle was not bound by any laws. I was not welcome, and I was not safe here.

I heard the crunch of a branch—too loud and too close to be another insect. I turned my head slowly toward the sound, and I saw movement in the bushes right beside me. Tall dark quills, poking out above the leaves, and I tried to remember if the Kalanoro had any quill-like fur.

I didn’t have to wonder for very long because a head poked out of the bushes, appearing to grin at me through a mouthful of jagged fangs and a face like an alien hyena. The leathery green skin, mottled with darker speckles, blended in perfectly with the surroundings, with a mohawk-like row of sharp quills running down its back.

It wasn’t a Kalanoro—it was something much worse. I found myself face-to-face with a Chupacabra.

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If you’d like to check out my review of the first book, you can check it out here!

Firstly, thank you Amanda and the team for allowing me to be apart of this blog tour for this wonderful duology! Also, Happy Release Day! This series has been a joy to read, and I can’t wait to read more in the future!

The story turns up the action and places the relationship aspects on the back burner with Malin going off on a mission from Odin in order to retrieve his sword from the Underworld as well as rescuing Asher from the Underworld. Once the sword is retrieved, the balance between immortals and mortals would be complete.

I will be perfectly honest, this sequel wasn’t as strong as the previous installment. The plot wasn’t as thoroughly planned out and was over simplified compared to the first book. I loved the action, but love triangles are over with and need to be taken out of YA literature for good.

Instead, this book needed more complex scenes, problems, etc.. It just needed…..more. Get rid of the triangle, add more mythology based issues, betrayal – things like that. Push the limits, give the readers something to munch on even after the final page is turned.

If you are an Amanda Hocking fan or into mythology, be sure to check this series out.

Rating 6

 

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

C.B.H. Reviews: Hunting Prince Dracula By: Kerri Maniscalo

C.B.H. Reviews: Hunting Prince Dracula By: Kerri Maniscalo

Hello Charmers,

I’ve been meaning to post this review for awhile. With Book Tours and Blitzes coming up more and more frequently, it’s time to take a breather to review a book from my TBR 2018 Challenge. I reviewed the first book, Stalking Jack the Ripper, not too long ago and you can check out my review here.

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We pick up where Audrey Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell left off from the previous book. For the sake of the dreaded SPOILERS, we will not discuss the identity of Jack the Ripper from the first book. Because, come on, why spoil the surprise?

Audrey is suffering from symptoms of PTSD in the form of flashbacks of facing Jack the Ripper along with their shocking demise. Regardless, she is still taking on the task of heading off to Romania with Thomas to attend one of the best forensic schools in the world. They are met with a new challenge, however, in the form of a possible vampire slaying attack aboard their train, it seems Audrey and Thomas may be taking on a new case under possible vampiric circumstances.

Obviously, this is a historical fiction novel with no ties to the paranormal world, but it was nice left wondering, “What if?” throughout the novel. The inclusion of the lore behind Vlad the Impaler through adding historical facts and tales passed down from the locals enhances the storytelling greatly in this sequel verses the first book. It was harder to put this book down. Each chapter added more historical elements that made you want to learn more. History has always fascinated me and this novel made my love grow all the more.

I have to say thank you to the author for including the circumstances surround the LBGQ community around that time and including characters so understanding. We, as a society, have come a long way and still have a ways to go. But in the fictional world, you sometimes need to be reminded how history used to be in order to grow in the future.

If you haven’t read this book nor it’s first installment, it’s a must! If you are a fan of the lore of Dracula and other tales linked to the vampire lore, this is a mystery that’ll get your mind racing.

Rating 9

Have you read this series?

Which book was your favorite?

Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

Blog Tour & Review: Clowders By Vanessa Morgan

Blog Tour & Review: Clowders By Vanessa Morgan

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Title: Clowders
Author: Vanessa Morgan
Release Date: March 1st, 2018
Available: Amazon
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Clervaux, Luxembourg. This secluded, picturesque town in the middle of Europe is home to more cats than people. For years, tourists have flocked to this place – also known as “cat haven” – to meet the cats and buy cat-related souvenirs.

When Aidan, Jess and their five-year-old daughter, Eleonore, move from America to Clervaux, it seems as if they’ve arrived in paradise. It soon becomes evident, though, that the inhabitants’ adoration of their cats is unhealthy. According to a local legend, each time a cat dies, nine human lives are taken as a punishment. To tourists, these tales are supernatural folklore, created to frighten children on cold winter nights. But for the inhabitants of Clervaux, the danger is horrifyingly real.

Initially, Aidan and Jess regard this as local superstition, but when Jess runs over a cat after a night on the town, people start dying, one by one, and each time it happens, a clowder of cats can be seen roaming the premises.

Are they falling victim to the collective paranoia infecting the entire town? Or is something unspeakably evil waiting for them?

Their move to Europe may just have been the worst decision they ever made.

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Vanessa Morgan is known as the “female version of Stephen King.” Three of her works (The Strangers Outside, Next to Her, A Good Man) have been transferred into films. When she’s not working on her latest book, you can find her watching horror movies, digging through flea markets, or photographing felines for her blog Traveling Cats.

Contact

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I adore my fur child Josie with all my heart. But like almost every cat owner, you can’t help but wonder if your pet has notorious thoughts towards you….just me? Ok, but Author Vanessa Morgan takes our nine live furry friends and gives them a home where for each cat that dies, nine humans pay the price.

Husband and wife, Aidan and Jordan are ready to start a new life with their daughter Eleonore across the sea to a town called Clervaux in Luxembourg. They believe the place to be pleasant until Jess accidentally hits a cat on the road. Little by little, people begin to pass away at an alarming rate. Was it all worth the escape?

The whole storytelling aspect of this story seemed a bit awkward at times. It made me believe this story was perhaps translated from a different language due to how the characters were written. The idea behind the story is unique to itself, but it was hard to get past the way the author wrote. If you look beyond this, you will find this story will make you take extra care of your little furry companions.

 

Rating 6

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Happy Reading!

~C.C.

C.H.B. ARC Review: Just One Look By Deb Julienne

C.H.B. ARC Review: Just One Look By Deb Julienne

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Title: Just One Look
Series: Launching Love #1
Author: Deb Julienne
Published: September 20th, 2017
Available: Amazon
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*Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy via NetGalley and Kindred Ink Press LLC in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my review whatsoever.*

Synopsis

On a secret mission for her entrepreneur father, Diana Tolliver (aka Diana Clay) finds herself unexpectedly alone on a singles cruise. She befriends another solo female passenger, and they play a game to make their would-be-boring cruise a bit more fun. Each woman must pick out a single male for the other to date for the duration of the cruise.

JJ Westbrook is working his final gig as band manager for his best friend, country singer Hunter Cross, leaving to pursue a new job. While on the deck of the cruise ship, JJ spots a blonde goddess and is captivated.

When mutual friends reconnect, Diana and JJ are set up and quickly become enamored with each other, but only have a few chances to sneak away together during their time on the ship. Will they be able go their separate ways after the cruise, or will romance—and careers—bring them together again?

My Review

Short, Sweet, and Oh so tantalizing! Despite being a little over ninety pages or so, this short story will leave you clambering for the sequel especially if you are into romances. It’s a hilarious yet loving romp about two unsuspecting people who have a limited amount of time to fall in love, but who will cave first?

Diana Tolliver is abandoned by her friend and assistant Liv on board a singles cruise. Originally, she was sent there on a mission by her father to scope out whether it was worth purchasing by her father. It was supposed to be an innocent business venture alongside Liv. That is, until Liv decided to skip out on her own rendezvous and leave Diana stranded to figure what she’ll do next.

Diana quickly rebounds and teams up with another solo girl on the ship and they both go on a mission. They both set up one another with a random male passenger. What could go wrong, right?

Loved the set up, execution, plus all of the characters in this story! Fell in love immediately and could not put it down. If you’re looking for a short romantic novel to dive into – pick this one!

Rating 9

Happy Reading,

~C.C.

Graphic Novel Review: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Issue #3

Graphic Novel Review: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Issue #3

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What happens when a group of writers take a classic character people know and love and completely change them and their world into a dark, dangerous entity? Welcome to the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina….

If you missed my reviews on the first two issues, you can check them out here…

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Issue #1 Review

 

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Issue #2 Review

But enough of the past, lets get on with the next issue!

 

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Twas the night before Halloween, Sabrina’s sixteenth birthday is looming upon the horizon, Madam Satan uses her influence as Sabrina’s substitute drama teacher to orchestrate a series of disastrous moves that will change the tide of the whole series, but that is not the only thing that is looming off in the distance….Harvey and Sabrina’s relationship is beginning to “turn up the heat”.

Ok, lame analogy, but this springs up a little bit of trouble for Sabrina due to the fact she cannot consummate anything due to her upcoming ritual where she shall either choose to embrace darkness and become apart of the Church of Night or become a human. But, there is only one catch. Her aunts constantly remind her she must remain pure or else her test/ritual will be no good. Kind of odd, isn’t it?

 

Oh, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Remember when Sabrina learned how to fly in the show? Welcome to Sabrina’s flying lesson 2.0! This has to me my favorite part of the whole issue if given the choice. Her cousin describes the events of her ritual when Sabrina goes to him for advice. Once he reaches the point of where she will be flying, I love it’s described to the audience and the visuals are ominously wonderful.

 

 

The ending reveals which side Sabrina chooses. Will it be darkness or be human? And also, Madam Satan sends Harvey on a mission to the woods where the ritual is taking place. What will Harvey see and what will happen if he stumbles upon the witches?

 

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Don’t worry, you won’t have to wait too long for my review of the Issue #4 of this series! I’m sorry it took this long for this to be released. More reviews to come for this dark turn on Sabrina!

Rating 7

Happy Reading!

~C.C.