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REVIEW + GIVEAWAY – Crowned (Beholder #4) by Christina Bauer

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY – Crowned (Beholder #4) by Christina Bauer

I’m so excited to be on the Crowned Blog Tour! This series was a ton of fun! Check out my 4 Star Review below and enter a fabulous giveaway. Enjoy!

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY – Crowned (Beholder #4) by Christina BauerCrowned (Beholder #4)
by Christina Bauer
Purchase on: AmazoniBooks
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Synopsis:

At last, Elea has found the love of her life. Unfortunately, the evil Tsar Viktor is about to unleash an army of twisted mages bent on killing everyone Elea cares about… including the man who’s stolen her heart.

So what’s a powerful witch to do? Why, fight back, of course!

Elea goes on a mission to find the Sword of Theodora, the only weapon that can destroy Viktor. That’s challenge enough, but on the eve of battle, Elea realizes that her true enemies may be far more powerful than even Viktor: The deities Oni and Yuri could be out to destroy her as well. With major battles brewing on two fronts, Elea’s not sure that she’ll win, but with true love to inspire her, she’s certainly ready to fight.

Review:

Crowned was a fabulous conclusion to the Beholder Series!  Here are some of my favorite reasons why I absolutely adored this series –

A story filled with action and intrigue –

Perhaps this would be the time my law-breaking tendencies caught up with me.

I loved how much action was found in the pages.  And even during the slower moments, there was still so much going on.  It made the books fly by quickly and I always felt as though I had to know what was going to happen next for Elea and Rowan. But behind everything was a story that was rich, full and came to life.  It was definitely a ton of fun!

A strong love story –

In the process, I might lose my heart, but too many people were relying on me across numerous worlds. I couldn’t fail them now.

At the heart of this, was a beautiful love story between Elea and Rowan.  Their strength, love and devotion to one another was breathtaking.  And I loved how they started out as just two people trying to work towards the same goal.  To take down an evil tyrant.  And through their trials and tribulations a beautiful friendship was formed.  And that friendship turned into something more.  Aw, I loved watching how their relationship progressed throughout this series.

Side characters that meant the world to me –

I closed in on the glowing orange gateway with one thought on my mind: this simply had to work. For all of us.

Nan, Ada, Amelia, Jicho and so many others played such important roles in these book.  Every single character, no matter how big or small their part, stood strong by themselves and were so multi-faceted.  I found myself caring for so many of them.  But in this final book, I loved what a huge role Jicho played.  He was so adorable and I always loved his antics!

I didn’t have any plan yet, but I knew I wasn’t going to simply bow down to this death. “I refuse.”

The Beholder Series was filled with a strong heroine, a book boyfriend that I desperately loved, and a story that had me flying through the pages.  I’m so glad I binge read this series!  The only thing I could have wished for would have been an epilogue.  Maybe there will be a follow-up Novella?  *begs…please, please, pleeeeaaaaseeeee* lol  Oh I can wish!  I just can’t ever get enough of Elea and Rowan and I’d love a look into their future,  especially because of how this book played out and their time together.  But regardless of my wishes, I’m definitely looking forward to all of Christina Bauer’s future books!

**ARC kindly provided by Monster House Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Reading Order & Links:
Amazon (click on covers), iBooks (click on titles) & Book Depository (click on book #)

Cursed #1
Review:

Jen

Concealed #2
Reviews:

Jen

Cherished #3
Review:
Jen


Crowned #4
Review:
Jen

 

About Christina Bauer:

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn

 

Giveaway:

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Our Most Anticipated Releases For December

We love talking about books that we can’t wait to read! And that includes the ones that haven’t been released yet. So on the first day of every month we’ll share with you the books coming out that month that we’re the most excited about. There’s a link to Goodreads in case you want to add them to your tbr too! So here are the books we are counting down until they are released in December.

Releases 12/05 – Undone (Unknown #3) by Wendy Higgin

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The final book in the trilogy!

USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins, brings you the gripping, sensual conclusion to her apocalyptic trilogy.

Amber Tate never dreamed their heart-wrenching escape from the enemy’s attack would lead them to the most beautiful place she’s ever seen, marred by one ugly fact; it’s under enemy control. Like everywhere else in the world, Elmendorf military base in Alaska has been captured, and it’s time to take it back—all of it—one base, one city at a time. After losing so much, Amber clings to the only precious person she has left, and vows to sacrifice everything to help save the Earth.

Remy Haines is a lover, not a fighter, so when she finds herself in enemy territory, expected to feign allegiance while gathering intel for the rebel cause, she’s never been more out of her element. Tensions only increase when her feelings for Jacob “Tater” Tate won’t go away, and the enemy’s leader takes an interest in her. She’s torn between what her heart wants, and what she knows she should do. As for what her body needs…well, it’s always had a mind of its own.

 

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Releases 12/05 – Ever the Brave (Clash of Kingdoms #2) by Erin Summerill

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The sequel to Ever the Hunted.
 
After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she’d like to, and now he’s insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost. 

The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart. 
 
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Releases 12/11 – Brave (A Wicked Saga #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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The final book in the trilogy!

Ivy Morgan hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine… and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.

If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies.

Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves–and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind every evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen….

 
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Releases 12/26 – Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

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Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings, Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list, she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being.

But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems . . . and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

 
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So these are the books we can’t wait to be released this month! Are you excited about any of these releases too? Or is there a book we missed that we should definitely check out? Let us know. ♥

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BOOK REVIEW – Cherished (Beholder #3) by Christina Bauer

BOOK REVIEW – Cherished (Beholder #3) by Christina BauerCherished (Beholder #3)
by Christina Bauer
Purchase on: AmazoniBooks
Book Depository
Add to: Goodreads

Synopsis:

For Elea, there’s never been a better time to turn away from witch life. The Tsar is in exile. The Vicomte is dead. And Rowan? Falling for him only broke her heart. Instead of casting spells, Elea spends her days running Braddock Farm and enjoying the flirtations of the very handsome and non-magical Philippe. Everything is going perfectly, except for one problem.

Someone’s trying to kill her.

Shujaa is a Changed One, a Creation Caster mage whose mutated form makes him invincible in battle. Now that the Tsar and Vicomte are gone, Shujaa wants to rise and rule. To do so, he must eliminate all those powerful enough to oppose him, and Elea is top on his list. Anyone who offers her aid quickly ends up dead.

In the end, there’s only one person who can keep Elea safe while helping her defeat Shujaa: Rowan. Like it or not, Elea must team up with her old love. With Philippe along for the ride, Elea plans to team with Rowan without losing her heart this time. But that’s when all her plans fall apart…

Review:

Cherished was action packed and a ton of fun.  I know I’ve said it before, but this series is so easy to devour.  It’s filled with magic, fabulous characters and a plot that keeps me entertained.  I absolutely adore the Beholder Series!  This time around I was ecstatic to see that the puzzle pieces were falling into place and so many of my questions were finally getting answered.  So here are some of my favorite things about the third book in this series –

Redemption

“Would it change anything to say I can explain?”
“Some lines can’t be uncrossed.”
“But my culture isn’t yours. When we exchanged mating bands, you saw my soul. Am I capable of such terrible deceit as to become betrothed to another?”
“Souls are tricky things. I once thought my friend Tristan was incapable of deceit.”
“I’m not him.”

This book toyed with my emotions in the best of ways.  I’m more than impressed!  You see, I started getting frustrated that so many of the characters spoke in riddles, didn’t tell Elea what was going on and seemed to know what was best for her.  I was about ready to throttle quite a few of them.  And Rowan was sadly even in that group.  But looking back, oh how Rowan deserved more of my faith in him!  Because we finally started to learn truths.  And it wasn’t just an oh okay that makes sense kinda thing.  It was an oh my gosh, I definitely get it and all is forgiven kinda thing.   So have faith, because that was the one of the best explanations I have ever read!

Heartfelt characters –

My mind became a blank as I strode toward Rowan. Curse the gods, the man was smirking.
How I hated him.
Definitely.
Possibly.

Whether it was Elea, who was a heroine that was fierce and deserved my respect.  Or Rowan who melted my heart and made me want to steal him out of this book.  To even new characters we meet, like Jicho, who were absolutely adorable.  There was something heartfelt about each and every one of them.  But my favorite moments, with all of these characters, was when Elea and Rowan were together.  Their chemistry was captivating and I loved being caught in their seductive spell.

That ending

He paused by the edge of the bed. “I’m not going anywhere, Elea. You’re my heart and my future. I won’t ever give you up. I love you.”

That ending was everything I was desperately hoping for in the last two books.  It was beyond wonderful, beautiful, and heart warming.  It left me ecstatic to see how the final book will play out.  And the best part was that I was finally given the hope that I desperately needed.

Now I’m off to read the final book, I can’t wait!

PS Again there were typos in this book but I’m emailing them to the author so they can get fixed.

*Book was kindly provided by Christina Bauer in exchange for an honest review*

Reading Order & Links:
Amazon (click on covers), iBooks (click on titles) & Book Depository (click on book #)

Cursed #1
Review:

Jen

Concealed #2
Reviews:

Jen

Cherished #3
Review:
Jen


Crowned #4
Review:
Jen

Monthly Wrap-Up – November

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights were –

I finally posted our family Super Hero Halloween picture.  We even dressed up our two little dogs *sequels!*  You can see the picture here.
My parents, brother, Grandma, Aunt and Uncle all live 10-17 minutes away from us now, so we finally don’t have to travel 10+ hours for the holidays anymore.  Thank goodness!  We drove a few minutes to my parents house for Thanksgiving, and cooked and played games all day.  It was a fabulous day!
We decorated our house for Christmas the Saturday after Thanksgiving!  I love cranking up the Christmas music, having the fire going and celebrating the holidays.  The boys helped decorate the tree and there’s definitely little clusters of ornaments right at their height level lol.

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, if you celebrate!  And cheers to a December filled with lots of happiness!

During our Monthly Wrap-Up we’ll take a look at what has happened around here in the last month. That’ll include what we read, any other posts we may have had, giveaways still going and books that I’ve added to my ever-growing TBR.

♥ Enjoy!

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What Brittney, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Renegades by Marissa Meyer

4.5 Stars:
Wolves and Roses (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1) by Christina Bauer
The Night Realm (Spell Weaver #1) by Annette Marie
An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne
Everless by Sara Holland
Run Away With Me (Come Back to Me #3) by Mila Gray

4 Stars:
The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross
Holiday Wishes (Heartbreaker Bay #4.5) by Jill Shalvis
Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco
Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalco
Cursed (Beholder #1) by Christina Bauer

3.5 Stars:
Haven by Mary Lindsey

2 Stars:
Dating-Ish (Knitting in the City #6) by Penny Reid
What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

 Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer  (Chelsea’s Choice)
Total opposites, these two grow closer and closer, not realizing that the person they crave talking to most every day is one of their worst enemies. Dark, misunderstood Declan and popular, uppity, miss goody-two-shoes (so he thinks) have found the ultimate connection. But in real life, they continue to clash.

 

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer  (Brittney’s Choice)
This was SO fun, twisty, and fast paced. And visual. Meyer is so insanely creative – we saw that in her Lunar Chronicles series that I loved – and I would argue that this might even be stronger (though no one can replace Thorne.) All the prodigies have crazy cool powers – ones that I would have NEVER thought of. The whole plot is brilliant.

 

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Run Away With Me (Come Back to Me #3) by Mila Gray  (Jen’s Choice)
I know without a shadow of a doubt that each time I pick up one of her books that I’ll laugh, cry, sigh and fall in love.  And that’s exactly what happened when I read this friends to lovers romance.  Run Away With Me was a beautiful story that was filled with hope, friendship, family and love.  

 
 
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Other Posts:

Our Most Anticipated Releases For November

 

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Giveaway:

✮All three of Mila Gray’s books, signed for the release of Run Away With Me by Mila Gray.  Enter here.

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Added To Jen’s TBR:

I.  Yeah.  My TBR is out of control.  And I didn’t even include the ones that don’t have covers yet *cries*.

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So that was our November. 🙂   Did you read any of the same books that we did? Or did we share the same favorite book? If not, then what was your favorite book? Or have you read any of the books I just added to my TBR?

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful November and cheers to December being just as fabulous!

**We linked this post to November Round-Up Link-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction**

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BOOK REVIEW – Concealed (Beholder #2) by Christina Bauer

BOOK REVIEW – Concealed (Beholder #2) by Christina BauerConcealed (Beholder #2)
by Christina Bauer
Purchase on: AmazoniBooks
Book Depository
Add to: Goodreads

Synopsis:

As a Grand Mistress Necromancer, Elea’s a witch who commands the ultimate power over spirit and bone. It’s magic that she’ll need in order to stop the Vicomte Gaspard from killing her Sisters by draining their magic along with their life force.

To find and free her fellow witches, Elea must venture into some of the most dangerous places in the realm. What starts off as a rescue quest could easily turn into a suicide mission. And with the handsome warlock Rowan along to help, Elea may be risking more than her life. Her growing feelings for Rowan might put her heart on the line, too.

Review:

*Spoilers for Cursed #1, reading order at bottom of review*

Concealed was a solid second installment to the Beholder Series and was filled to the brim with magic, friendship, romance and betrayal.  And I loved that it was such an easy book to devour and read.  But you know what wasn’t easy?  The betrayal.  It was a bitter pill to swallow and don’t say I didn’t warn you. But besides that heart damaging fallout, I swear I’m not being overly dramatic lol, Concealed was a ton of fun and I can’t wait to see how this series will continue to go.

“Band of Eight? I only ran across five of them.”
Rowan’s smile broadened. “I might have helped a bit. Someone has to keep an eye on you.”
A warm feeling spread through my chest.
Rowan watches over me. “You didn’t need to do that.”
“I know.”

Three months have passed since the end of Cursed, and Elea still hasn’t found her Sisters.  They were taken by the Victome, and while he didn’t seem much of a threat, with the Tsar gone he has become a man obsessed with power.  Elea is in a race to find her Sisters, before they are next in line to die at the hands of the Victome.  On her mission to find her Sisters, she comes into the path of Lady Amelia Masson, who is one of Victome’s adopted children.  With Amelia quick to join Elea’s aid, they have adventure, heartache and much more than either of them ever could have imagined in their future.

Amelia gripped my hands again. “Do you think we can really do this?”
“Absolutely.” I was pleased that my voice didn’t waver.
Amelia nodded slowly. “I believe you.”

When we first met Amelia, I wasn’t too sure about her.  To put it mildly, the girl was rather quirky.  You’ll see what I mean!  But after spending time with her, I definitely warmed up and came to adore Amelia.  And the same thing happened with her brother, Philippe.  He was a total player, but his love for his sister and his aid to Elea quickly won me over too.  The three of them together made the most interesting team!  I loved that they built their friendship on a mutual goal, and over time their trust and friendship with one another grew.

I can’t afford to feel more for you than I already do.”
Rowan’s eyes took on that intense look I knew so well. A muscle worked in his jaw for a long moment. “I understand. We both have work to do.”
I exhaled. “I’m glad you can accept the truth.”
“I didn’t say that.” He scooped up the ropes and offered them to me. “This isn’t over.”

But what I loved watching grow the most was Elea and Rowan.  Rowan was there for Elea, time and again.  Not only was he there to physically help her out, but emotionally too.  And if that wasn’t enough for me to fall that much harder him, I loved that he let Elea know how much she meant to him.  His actions, words and loyalty to Elea made my heart oh so happy.  Rowan was still fierce and protective to Elea but his charming and seductive side shined through hard.  Especially when they were kissing.  Sigh, their kisses were electrifying.  It was impossible not to absolutely love everything there was about Rowan.

I wound my arms around his neck and pressed my cheek against his firm chest. “Thank you.”
“I’ll always come for you, Elea.” He gently kissed my cheek.

And I was so happy that Elea had Rowan in her life, because the girl never seemed to get a break from all that she was up against.  And that was definitely evident when she was slapped in the face with betrayal.  Again.  Now here’s the thing.  I saw this betrayal coming back in the first book.  The clues were definitely there and they were scattered throughout this book too.  I hoped that I had guessed wrong, but sadly I didn’t. *cries*  Lies, betrayal and deceit stung my heart, just as hard as it did to Elea.  And I’m just standing here hoping that we get all of our whys answered in the next book because that ending was brutal.  I’m not okay with what unfolded and I’m definitely going to need a very solid explanation as to why some things were done.  So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there’s a lot more hope to be found in the next book.  Elea most definitely deserves it!  Now I’m off to start the next!

PS Again there were typos in this book but I’m emailing them to the author so they can get fixed.

*Book was kindly provided by Christina Bauer in exchange for an honest review*

Reading Order & Links:
Amazon (click on covers), iBooks (click on titles) & Book Depository (click on book #)

Cursed #1
Review:

Jen

Concealed #2
Reviews:

Jen

Cherished #3
Review:
Jen


Crowned #4
Review:
Jen
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