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Brave the Tempest by Karen Chance Review

Brave the Tempest (Cassandra Palmer, #9)

Title: Brave the Tempest

Series: Cassie Palmer #9

Author: Karen Chance

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: Cassie Palmer has been chief seer of the supernatural world for a little over four months. In that time, she’s battled two gods, fallen in love with two men, and confronted the two sides of her own nature, both god and human. So it’s not surprising that she currently finds herself facing two adversaries, although they have a single purpose: to wipe out the supernatural community’s newest fighting force, leaving it vulnerable to enemies in this world and beyond.

To prevent catastrophe, the vamps, mages, and demons will have to do the one thing they’ve never managed before and come together as allies. Cassie has the difficult task of keeping the uneasy coalition intact, and of persuading her own two opposing forces, a powerful mage with a secret and a master vampire with a growing obsession, to fight at her side. She just hopes they can do it without tearing each other apart.

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Format: ebook

Pages/Hours: 544 pages

Ownership: Own (eARC from NetGalley)

My Rating: ★★★★★

Tags: Overarching Story-line, Fast-Paced, Humorous

Themes: Love Triangle, Slow Burn Romance

Review:  544 pages of pure awesome!!

This book wasn’t exactly a long time coming but there has been a lot building up to it since the beginning and it hit the mark just perfectly! It’s the perfect book for dedicated fans of the series. For those of us who have been rooting for Cassie and dying to see her coming into her power and strength and owning her new position of authority.

And fans of this guy ^^^ are in for a real treat 😍 😍 😍

Brave the Tempest is released tomorrow, July 30th 2019

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

Synopsis and book cover from Goodreads. Photos from my Instagram @elainehowlin_

The Pancake Book Tag Mukbang

I love pancakes so I when I came across this tag I had to do it and I had to eat some pancakes while doing it! The Pancake Book Tag created by Blogs of a Bookaholic

Pancakes and a sprinkling of sugar – A Book that has a dusting of beautiful prose/descriptions

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Pancakes and Lemon Drizzle – A Sharp character in wit or temperment

I’m not sure what is meant by sharp but a very witty character is Will from Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. He’s very quick with a humorous remark.

Pancakes and Chocolate Nutella Drizzle – A Comforting read you could devour again and again

Falling for a Dancer by Deirdre Purcell. I have already read this multiple times and I will read it again and again.

Colin Farrell in Falling for a Dancer

Pancakes and Golden Syrup – A novel that gave you a seriously bad book hangover

Reap the Wind by Karen Chance. Oh, man! I was in a daze after finishing this!

Pancakes, Strawberries and Cream – a book that gave you all the indulgent feels

Classics give me this feeling. Something like North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. They give me the feeling like I’m settling in for something really good.

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell Elaine Howlin Literary Blog

Pancakes and Blueberries – A character that seems sharp at first, but actually has hidden depths

Again I’m not sure what is meant by sharp but Pritkin from the Cassie Palmer series by Karen Chance came across quite differently when he was first introduced. He seemed like a simple character but there was a lot more going on with him.

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Pancakes and Banana Toffee – a book with a slippery plot that kept you guessing

Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole. This whole series has kept me on my toes! There has been a few times where I thought I had things figured out and then WHAM! I have no idea what’s going to happen in the end.

Pancakes and Crispy Bacon – A romantic pairing you weren’t sure you’d like at first but that ended up being the perfect match

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I didn’t like the pairing at first but I can see they are well suited.

Pancakes and Peanut Butter – a character that makes you recoil

Asking for It by Louise O’Neill. The boys in this book are simply disgusting.

Pancakes with a Bit of Everything – a book with wonderfully diverse characters

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Korean characters and characters with autism which is something I have never read about before.

TAG! You’re it! Please feel free to do this tag if you want.

Smutathon Vlog

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Smutathon is a week-long readathon hosted by Riley Marie and Ginger Reads Lainey running from Monday, June 3rd to Monday, June 10th. I didn’t find out about this readathon until Tuesday so I just jumped right in.

Reading Plan

Usually the most I would read in a week is about two books, three at a push. So I picked out a few that I’d like to read and then just went with what I felt like at the time.

I was already reading The Kiss Quotient prior to the readathon so I’m not really counting that but I did finish it during Smutathon and it is the perfect book for this type of readathon. I ended up reading two books for the readathon which I’m pretty with 🙂

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Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews

Audrey Callahan left behind her life in the Edge, and she’s determined to stay on the straight and narrow. But when her brother gets into hot water, the former thief takes on one last heist and finds herself matching wits with a jack of all trades… 

Kaldar Mar-a gambler, lawyer, thief, and spy-expects his latest assignment tracking down a stolen item to be a piece of cake, until Audrey shows up. But when the item falls into the hands of a lethal criminal, Kaldar realizes that in order to finish the job, he’s going to need Audrey’s help…

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases — a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan — from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

The Kiss Quotient is available on Kindle Unlimited

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The Ice Princess by Elizabeth Hoyt

SEVEN NIGHTS OF SIN 
As the madam of Aphrodite’s Grotto, the most infamous brothel in London, Coral Smythe knows everything possible about men’s needs and desires. Yet she’s never experienced the love of a single man-not even that of Captain Isaac Wargate whose hawk-like eyes stare at her with both condemnation…and lust.

SEVEN NIGHTS OF ECSTASY 
Captain Wargate heartily disapproves of the sensuous madam who always wears a golden mask. She lures his officers from both his ship and their duty. But when Coral herself is offered up as the prize in a game of chance, Wargate impulsively enters…and wins.

SEVEN NIGHTS OF LOVE 
Now the puritanical navy captain has just seven nights to learn everything he can about the mysterious madam and what she knows of a man’s desires. But when Coral is threatened by the new owner of Aphrodite’s Grotto, will Wargate take a chance on the woman beneath the mask…and on love?

Books & Charms Unboxing | February 2019

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Movies about Books

I love a good movie about a book. It adds another dimension to the story of the movie since we can’t get our hands on the book (in most cases) leaving us with an unfulfillable desire to discover the contents of the book.

Here are some of my favourite movies that centre around a book or books.

Inkheart

A teenage girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook’s hero. – IMDB

The Pagemaster

A cowardly boy, who buries himself in accident statistics, enters a library to escape a storm, only to be transformed into an animated illustration by the Pagemaster. He has to work through obstacles from classic books to return to real-life. – IMDB

The Ninth Gate

A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones. – IMDB

The Princess Bride

While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. – IMDB

The Never-Ending Story

A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book. – IMDB

The Hours

The story of how the novel “Mrs. Dalloway” affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives. – IMDB

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as “the property of the Half-Blood Prince” and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort’s dark past. – IMDB

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows. – IMDB

The Evil Dead

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. – IMDB