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Cover Reveal + Pre-Order: The Queen and the Cure by Amy Harmon

It's finally here!!
Happy cover reveal day to the amazing Amy Harmon for The Queen and the Cure!! It's the much anticipated follow up to book one; The Bird and the Sword. If you haven't read the first book, what are you waiting for?

(check out my review for The Bird and the Sword here)

There will be a battle, and you will need to protect your heart.

Kjell of Jeru had always known who he was. He'd never envied his brother or wanted to be king. He was the bastard son of the late King Zoltev and a servant girl, and the ignominy of his birth had never bothered him.

But there is more to a man than his parentage. More to a man than his blade, his size, or his skills, and all that Kjell once knew has shifted and changed. He is no longer simply Kjell of Jeru, a warrior defending the crown. Now he is a healer, one of the Gifted, and a man completely at odds with his power.

Called upon to rid the country of the last vestiges of the Volgar, Kjell stumbles upon a woman who has troubling glimpses of the future and no memory of the past. Armed with his unwanted gift and haunted by regret, Kjell becomes a reluctant savior, beset by old enemies and new expectations. With the woman by his side, Kjell embarks upon a journey where the greatest test may be finding the man she believes him to be. 
Pre-order links:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2pemj5W
iTunes: https://itun.es/us/Lobbjb.l
Kobo: http://bit.ly/KoboTQATC
Barnes & Noble: coming soon!

Release date: May 9, 2017

 Cover design: By Hang Le - http://www.byhangle.com/

About the author:
Amy Harmon is a Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in fifteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.
Amy Harmon has written eleven novels — the USA Today Bestsellers, The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as From Sand and Ash, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her recent release, The Bird and the Sword, is a Goodreads Best Fantasy of 2016 finalist. 

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Title: Grip
Author: Kennedy Ryan
Publication Date: March 2, 2017
My Rating: 5/5
Resisting an irresistible force wears you down and turns you out.
I know.
I’ve been doing it for years.
I may not have a musical gift of my own, 
but I’ve got a nose for talent and an eye for the extraordinary.
And Marlon James – Grip to his fans – is nothing short of extraordinary.
Years ago, we strung together a few magical nights, but I keep those memories in a locked drawer and I’ve thrown away the key.
All that’s left is friendship and work.
He’s on the verge of unimaginable fame, all his dreams poised to come true.
I manage his career, but I can’t seem to manage my heart.
It’s wild, reckless, disobedient.
And it remembers all the things I want to forget.

*must read the prequel Flow before moving on to this book, go get it, it's free!!*

First of all I don't appreciate how fucking good this book was!! When I say I fell in love with this book, I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK!!!! I read this like 2 weeks ago and I'm just now trying to get my thoughts out coherently. I've been wanting to get my thoughts out since I finished the very last page, but I was in such a big book hangover that it wasn't even possible for me to try. So my apologies if this review is a hot ass mess, but I have to rave about my new favorite book baby!!

I had so much fun buddy reading this book with one of my main boo's Ari over at The Daydreaming Bookworm!! If you haven't visited her blog before then please go do so ASAP!! And definitely go and check out her review here.

Marlon James, or Grip as he's known by his fans, is a hot up and coming rapper busting into the big spotlight. Born and raised in the mean streets of Compton, he's no stranger to the harsh realities of life. Drive by shootings on the daily, growing up in a single parent home with a mother that does the best she can with what little they have, and facing the unfair injustices of growing up black in a time where having a darker skin tone can mean life or death. Knowing that he wanted a way out, not only for himself, but also for those he loves, Grip is determined work his ass off and achieve his dreams. 

"So here in these streets, in my neighborhood, what happens to a dream deferred? It explodes."

When a once in a lifetime opportunity chance to attend a prestigious performing arts school in a better area is presented for his great writing skills, Grip's mom and teacher push him to go so that he can see something better than what's around him

It's at this school that he meets in his best friend Rhyson, and later gets the chance to meet and become friends with Rhyson's sister Bristol. One week during the summer is all it takes for them to see that there might be something special between them, but after a situation occurs they decide to keep things on a friendly level, especially since Bristol starts managing his career.

Things go as can be expected with lingering feelings in the air, but Bristol tries everything she can to fight the feelings. 

Growing up the way Bristol did she learned to keep her emotions in check from a very young age. With two parents who's main focus was on her brother and his big career, she often got left in the dust at home with various nannies that raised her. After seeing how cold and indifferent her parents are towards one another she has built up a fear of love because she doesn't want end up like them, and more importantly her mom. She's a very headstrong woman determined to make a name for herself without relying on her parents and her name for any help. She knows that being with Grip, and even worse, being hurt by him, could really do some major to her already fragile heart. But what it she let her guard down and allowed him to love her wholeheartedly? Could it possibly turn out better than she could even imagine?

"So confident, and it didn't come from having money or fame or anything  else. Just confident in himself, It came from somewhere I couldn't even relate to, but it was completely authentic and magnetic."

I've said it before and I'll say it again, there are some books that come along and completely take you by surprise in the best way possible. They come and along and grab you mind body and soul. They make you feel, think and go through a roller coaster of emotions, and in the end you come out feeling like a better person. 

I've been fortunate enough to come across of few books that have done this for me and I am so completely happy that Grip is going on that list. I didn't really know that to expect reading this new to me artist, but I had heard great things about her other series so that was enough for me. Plus Grip being a black male character, and rap being thrown on the book as well had me pre-ordering this baby early and keeping my fingers crossed for a good read.

Good doesn't even begin to describe just how freaking amazing this book was for me. I'm telling you guys right now, there are not enough words in the world that can even come close to adequately describe how spectacular this book is, or how much I love it!!

There wasn't a moment of this book that I didn't love and if I could give it an infinite amount of stars I would in a heartbeat, but 5 will have to do for now.

Never have I ever read a book that did such a fantastic job of showcasing the often times harsh experiences that black people are sometimes subjected to. It was the most refreshing thing in the entire world to open a book and see things that are so important to me, things that I can relate to wholeheartedly being shown in a New Adult book. Seeing something that is usually not put into my favorite genre made my whole year so thank you so much to Kennedy Ryan for writing this book!! Thank you so much for showing that a book with a black male mc can and will sell to people of all races. Thanks for showing that no matter the content matter people can and will pick it up and love the shit out of it. Thanks for not being too scared to talk about the injustices of young black men in our country. If you want to read more about why Ryan tackled a book with this topic, and hear more of what she as to say on it then I highly suggest you read her interview on Huffington Post here.

Now if some of the racial issues you hear about in this book turn you off in any way, please don't let it. I promise that the book is written in such an amazing way that there is a great balance of steam, and rawness that will keep you hooked!! I laughed reading this, I cried my eyes out at many points, and by the end my heart was so fucking full and I had to take a week just to get myself back together. I was in the worst best book hangover in my ENTIRE life and I wasn't even upset about it because I just sat back and thought about everything that I read all over again and savored the feels I had.

If you're a regular visitor of my blog then you know just how important characters are for me when reading a book. I feel like they can easily make or break a book in a snap. Every single character in Grip was so well done and so complex (well... maybe except for one particular jerk lol.) I fell so in love with Bristol's character because she was such a bad ass headstrong woman that knew what she wanted and didn't want in life. I never found myself annoyed by her or her actions because I feel like she was so good at going about things in a realistic way. Even though it seemed like she had a perfect life in the eyes of other people she still had some deep flaws and hardships that made me want to give her a big hug. She never once let her parents name or money get her ahead in life, she was always determined to make her own way, and struggle her way from the bottom so that she could prove her worth not only to others but also to herself. 

And another thing that really sealed the deal with me and her character was how willing she was to learn everything about Grip. Since they were in an interracial relationship there were certain obstacles they had to face that some couples would never have to deal with. There were a lot of aspects in Grip's life that she didn't fully understand such as the racial profiling that is done by some police, and instead of telling Grip be was being dramatic or dismissing it, she was open and willing to hear what he had to say about these issues. She was always open to listen to the harsh experiences that he faced and she never once judged him, instead she fought harder for him and their relationship. 

"He hasn't met a love like mine. My love is Pandora's Box. Grip snapped my hinges and pried me open."

And as for Grip, lawd Jesus I would marry that man in a heartbeat!! Bristol is one lucky girl and I can't even hate on her because they made such a great couple. He was such an amazing man and I LOVED reading the chapters that were told from his POV. He was such a complex character, and a lot of his story broke my heart and had me crying for him. But I was also so damn proud because although he was handed some rough things in life, he overcame each and everyone of them and came out a stronger and better man than what society expected from him. Seeing the growth in him from beginning to end was so amazing!! And he definitely deserved a woman like Bristol because she supported and was there for him 100%

"Not my music, not my money, not fame, or anything I dreamed would satisfy what comes close to what I feel when she looks at me like that."

I could honestly go on and on about my love for this book and never shut up. But instead I'm going to try and hold back so that you all can go out and experience this book for yourselves. Trust me when I say that this will quickly become a hit for you and will leave you breathless!! I'm so happy to say that Grip is one of my TOP reads of 2017!!