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Hey Bookworms! Today I am sharing with you my review of this paranormal dystopian as my stop on the tour! Continue through the review to the end to enter the giveaway! Leave comments and let me know if you plan on reading this one! Check out the rest of the stops on this book tour HERE.

SERIES: Thorn and Dagger Series – Book #1
AUTHOR: CJ Dushinski
RELEASE DATE: March 2015
PUBLISHER: Entangled Teen
MY RATING: 3.00/5.00 Stars | GOODREADS RATING: 3.61/5.00 Stars

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:  Warring families. Forbidden love. And danger they can’t escape…

Daggers. Roses. Cowboys. Boat Men. Survivors of Earth’s Last War, four “families” vie to rule the dreary streets of Rain City through violence and blood. Valencia Hara, Princess of the wealthy Black Roses, is raised in warrior ways with sharpened steel. But she is no ordinary Rose. She is Cursed—tainted with the ability to see seconds into the future…

To avenge his father’s death, Sebastian Leold, of the rival gang Two Daggers, must face off against the Black Princess, he with his dagger, she with her katana sword. Yet a secret from a shared past leaves him unable to kill beautiful Valencia; nor can she kill him. For they once knew each other beyond their blood feud…and they have more secrets in common than they know.

But in a world filled with vengeance and violence, there can be no room for love…

MY REVIEW:  A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The first time that I read the summary for this book; I realized that it was one that I wanted a copy of ASAP.

My first thoughts were that it was a futuristic, dystopian re-telling of Romeo and Juliet – which I see lots of other reviewers saying they thought the same thing – even though this book isn’t marketed as such. Personally, I feel that I’d have picked this one up without a second thought if it had been marketed as such. Romeo and Juliet is one of my fave stories of all time!

The world-building in this story was pretty remarkable. I think that the author had a clearly defined world in her imagination and was able to perfectly portray her visions onto the pages.

I liked the characters too. Each was 3d and able to stand out from the rest. There was such an array of different types of characters too – apart from the main characters that really made this book stand out in its genre.

The writing style was just okay – I don’t think that there was anything that would make it stand out or have me remember it as being incredible.

Would I recommend this book?
Yes, if you love sci-fi/dystopian/paranormal/tragedies. 

Will I continue this series?
Yes, I anticipate finishing the series.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  While attempting to navigate life as a responsible human being, CJ graduated from university with a B.Comm and worked her way along as a marketer, copywriter, and graphic designer to earn a paycheck while pursuing her passion for creating fantastical stories set in dark and wondrous corners of the world. Born amongst the wheat fields and open skies of the Canadian prairies, CJ’s imagination has always run wild, taking her on adventures across the world from modeling in Seoul, South Korea to backpacking through Europe and surfing (poorly) in Hawaii.

After wandering through ancient cities and civilizations, learning from diverse cultures, and surrounding herself in new experiences, CJ was inspired and began work on her debut young adult novel THE THORN AND THE SINKING STONE, to be published by Entangled Publishing 2014/15. CJ currently resides in Calgary, Alberta Canada – home of the Canadian Rockies – and keeps one hand on her passport and pen at all times, ready to pick up, see the world, and weave her experiences into stories.

CJ is represented by Marlene Stringer of the Stringer Literary Agency LLC.


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BLOG TOUR: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

Allison O’Malley’s plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she’s been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison’s mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn’t trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother’s sanity.


Urban Fantasy? Check. Fairies? Check. Romance? Check. Three of my favorite things ever? Check, check, and check. When I first read the summary for this New Adult Paranormal I was excited to read it, and I am very glad that I was given the opportunity to participate in the blog tour. This was a wonderful story chock full of awesomeness!

I really enjoyed Allison’s character. She mostly keeps to herself and enjoys quiet and calm, but as the story goes on we watch Allison grow and change from who she was in the beginning. Between her relationships with her mother, who suffers from episodes of schizophrenia, a cousin who is pretty much her opposite socially, Ethan – the boy she’s been seriously crushing on, and then her father – who’s been absent her entire life and whom appears out of nowhere to tell her all about the Tuatha de Danaan, and how her and her mother are now in some serious amounts of danger.

The building of the relationship between Allison and Ethan was cute and sweet. I enjoyed how they started out as friends and it turned fun and flirty. There wasn’t any insta-love that I’m so not fond of, so that was a breath of fresh air.

“Handsome, cocky Ethan. His smile had the power to break down every one of my defenses.”

The dreams that Allison has are very real and a nice way to add intrigue to the story. My interest in the book really reached its peak when Tuatha de Danaan and Liam’s world take a bigger part in her life, and intertwine us into the action and suspense part of the book beautifully.

“Things aren’t always as they appear.”

I love to learn how other’s interpret mythology and how they craft tales of the fae to their own thoughts and ideals. Reading about Howard’s Tua de Danaan and Tir na n’Og as well as how she interprets the fae was interesting. She has woven a wonderful tale of intrigue and I was captivated by the world she’s created. Howard gives a fresh, unique spin on the enchanting world of the Fae, one I was happy to get lost in. I was able to really picture Tir na n’Og in my mind, as Howard creates such an easily imagined world with such realistic imagery.

Howard’s writing style is easy to read and while at times the pacing was a bit slow, I was engaged in the story the entire time, finishing the book in one sitting. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and the cliffhanger at the end. I cannot wait to see how the story continues, and what’s next for Allison.


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Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

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BLOG TOUR+GIVEAWAY: The Corollaria by Courtney Lyn Batton

Release date: February 2nd 2013
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Emily has always felt like there was more to her parents’ mysterious death, more to her being sent to live with the Lyall’s when she was fifteen. And definitely more to her inexplicable infatuation with Luke, the Lyall’s youngest son.

Luke can’t help but be drawn to Emily. She has these perfect blue eyes, unlike any he’s ever seen. And he feels a fierce need to protect her. Suddenly, one night, changes everything. He feels conflicted about his feelings and his destiny, as he and Emily are suddenly plunged into a strange new world. 

Fast paced and action packed, a romance between Emily and Luke begins to take shape just as they are thrust into an ancient war, caught in the crossfire of bloodlust, revenge and love.

About the Author
Courtney Lyn Batten
Courtney grew up in Texas where she still lives with her husband, their two kids, and two dogs. She was studying to become a teacher and has graduated in May 2013.
Courtney loves to read and write love stories. She has an obsession with books, and owns far far too many.


There was an ache. A gnawing, raw, festering ache that burned in her belly. Her head pounded, her limbs were sore and heavy. Emily laid prone, face first in a pile of pillows on what felt like a soft plush bed. She ran her fingertips over the smooth cool unfamiliar silk of bed linens.  She slowly began to drift more into consciousness. Panic and fear rose up inside her as she tried to open her eyes and raise her head.

Emily was startled by a man sitting in a large ornate red chair. The dark wood that framed the crimson fabric curved up and out and reminded her of a painting she’d once seen in her Aunt Lucinda’s house. The man looked like he was in his mid-forties, with flecks of gray in his inky black hair. His skin was pale, and his eyes were dark and serious. And trained on her. His clasped hands rested under his pointy chin.

If it wasn’t for the faint deathly smell that hung in the air around him or the bone-chilling knowledge of what he must be, Emily thought he could be considered handsome, distinguished even.

 Vampire. That word made her shiver.  She wasn’t even sure how she knew. But after seeing Curtis last night, after feeling his unnaturally cold touch, his pale skin and black eyes, his fangs pierce her skin—

She swallowed hard.  Did that really happen?  She stared at this man across from her and wondered for a minute how old he really was.

He stared at her, unblinking, for a long time. His dark ebony eyes silently studied her and his lips pressed into a thin white line.  Emily didn’t move. She could barely expand her lungs enough to breathe.  And it wasn’t just because of the uncertainty that surrounded her, the terror bubbling up just below the surface. The intensity of his stare, the voracious greed she could feel rolling off of him prickled her skin, sent a chill down her spine, and curdled in her gut.

She knew he wanted something from her.

Without warning, the same sharp intense pain that had been aching inside her, stabbed at her as Luke’s face flashed in her mind. Luke, she thought. The weight of his name on her tongue was almost too much to bear.  An emotion she couldn’t even name—longing? fear?—seemed to press down on her chest. She suddenly felt hungry. Hungry for him, for his warmth, his arms. The memory of the feel of his lips on her skin, of his arms wrapped around her, of being pressed up against his chest burned along her skin.

Where was he? What had happened?

 Emily nervously cleared her throat, her voice shaky as she asked, “What do you want with me?” 

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