Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Speak Easy (Speak Easy, #1) by Melanie Harlow

Speak Easy (Speak Easy, #1)Speak Easy by Melanie Harlow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Tiny wants more out of life, she works for her father bootlegging whiskey from Canada, and has to take care of her younger sisters. Something she's been doing ever since her mother passed away. She wants more, she wants to be a nurse and is saving up all her money for school. She's strong willed and isn't afraid to butt heads. She's the kind of leading lady that I enjoy.

Enzo is sexy as they come and just as dangerous. He's a gangster and the son of a powerful mob boss. The same gang that is messing with Tiny's father. She knows that she shouldn't feel the attraction to him but sometimes you want what you can't have or what you know you shouldn't have.

Joey has been a friend of the O'Mara family since childhood, he's grown up a lot since Tiny had seen him last and never did she think she would catch herself thinking about him in ways that she has. He wants the best life has to offer and he's not afraid to go after what he wants.

Speak Easy is set during prohibition era, it's labeled as "New Adult Historical fiction". It is a sexy read, thrilling and suspenseful with a "love" story tossed into the mix. I guess you could call it a potential love triangle. We have gangsters,kidnapping, murder, steamy love/hate relationships, backstabbing, cheating and lies.

This book was fantastic. The writing was suburb, the story line and characters were both equally amazing and interesting. Can't wait to read the next book, which the author,Melanie Harlow has so graciously provided for me.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Arc:Three Broken Promises (Drew + Fable, #3) by Monica Murphy

Three Broken Promises (Drew + Fable, #3)Three Broken Promises by Monica  Murphy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Arc copy given for review!

Book 3 of the Drew + Fable series, but unlike the previous 2 this book focus is on Fables best friend and co-worker Jen and their boss Colin. But have no fear Fable and Drew are still around.

Jen has been in love with Colin for as long as she can remember. He's been there for her looking out for her and protecting her. She's fallen on some pretty hard times in the past and it's been him who's picked her back up, rescued her. Moved her into his home, given her a job at his restaurant. But even still there are things that he doesn't know about, things that she doesn't want him or anyone to know about. So that's why she needs to go. She needs to walk away and not look back because her past is catching up and she's not ready to face it, she doesn't want to ever face it. But can she walk away from Colin and her feelings for him? Can she walk away without him ever knowing those feelings?

Colin needs Jen in his life, more then she even realizes. To her she's just an obligation, because he was best friends with her brother Danny, but Danny has been dead for a few years now. He doesn't just look out for her because of him and her family, he does it because she he's in love with her. She's the one thing he wants so badly but doesn't try to have because he's to afraid. He doesn't want to let her down more then he thinks he has already. He doesn't want to let her down like he feels he did Danny and her parents. And now she's leaving, can he just let her walk away and out of his life with out him ever confessing how he really feels?

I enjoyed these two, the chemistry between the them is obvious. The love story is frustrating but that's just because you want to shake them and tell them to speak up and tell the other the truth about so many things. Frustrating but great.

Another smash hit from Monica Murphy. I can not wait to read the next book. And well anything else by this wonderful lady!!

Expected publication: December 31st 2013

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Hunter by Jax, Jacquelyn Frank

HunterHunter by Jax
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*ARC provided by Kensington Books via NetGalley for an honest review*

Hunter has came back to his coven after being away for 10 years. And stepping back into his role of the sentinel of Willow coven was a lot easier then he thought would be. He never thought he would be back, never thought he's be given the call to come back but there's a dark coven trying to get in a destroy his, a coven that is lead by someone Hunter is way to familiar with and after certain events things get more then personal.

Tatyana is the baby of the family, a family of 13 her closest sibling is her brother a witch who at the time she knows nothing of this. This world of witches and magic comes crashing to her the night her car breaks down and she has to walk in the freezing cold. Little did she know at the time that her whole life as she knew it was going to change.

This book was alright, I was kind of hoping for more, the chemistry was good between the characters but they kind of annoyed me at the same time. But having saying that if this book turns into a series, I would be interested in checking out the next book.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Spirit of Christmas by Liz Talley

The Spirit of ChristmasThe Spirit of Christmas by Liz Talley
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Mary Page is just a regular girl with a big heart who just happened to stop at the right place and the right time. Needing to pick up a gift for to take to her Uncle Christmas party stopping into a convenience store on the way she notices an homeless man, who is rude to her when but she still goes out of her way to give him coffee and on noticing his bare feet she offers him the socks she had bought for the party and offers to take him to a shelter for a hot meal and warm bed. This act of kindness changes her life.

Brennan Henry is does not like Christmas, it brings back to many painful memories. He is hard working and all he can think about the bottom line and preparing to run his Grandfathers company one day.

Malcolm Henry Jr is a new man after he suffered a heart attack. All his life it was only about work, success and making money. But none of that did him any good when he spent days alone in the hospital. Days that gave him time to think about the important things in life and how what he thought was were really not at all. So he comes up with an idea, that will help both his company, the community, and hopefully his grandson Brennan. Love and kindness towards others, helping those who have less then you. Finding the really meaning of Christmas, the spirit of Christmas. And to him Mary Page is that.

Sweet Christmas, about how love and kindness can change your life for the better. Very enjoyable and heartwarming, with little bit of spice and humor.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

ARC: Witch Finder (Witch Finder, #1) by Ruth Warburton

Witch Finder (Witch Finder, #1)Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review copy provided by Hachette Children's Books, via NetGalley.

Witnessing his parents death by a dark/black witch, Luke vows to hunt the murderer down. He is gifted the ability to see witches when others just seem them as ordinary people. He is a witch finder. He joins a group, Malleus Maleficoruma a brotherhood of men who hunt witches. On joining you have to pass a series of trials, the last one is to murder a witch that has been selected at random.

Luke, hoping it would be the man who murdered his parents, is disappointed slightly when it turns out to be a sixteen year old girl named Rosa Greenwood. But she is still at witch and after her death he can continue his hunt.

Rosa, or Rose as she mostly called is a prisoner so to speak in her own home. A witch who can not practice for fear the servants will notice, on top of that her family is putting on an act they are pretty much paupers themselves. Both her mother and brother are hoping to use Rose to help themselves insuring their future and finance.

I really liked this book, at first I was thinking okay here we go we have a boy who has no parents who witness their deaths and is marked or rather gifted since it has happened, who lives with his uncle and the deaths happened at the hand of a dark/black wizard. I was thinking hmmm Harry Potterish. Not exactly but something made stop for a moment, but then as I read on I was thinking 'nah this isn't anything like it other then the few things previously mentioned'.

I have to say this book is really good. The story is well written and held my attention and I couldn't wait to get back to each time I had to stop. Kept me wondering will Luke do it? Can her really kill her? Will he find the person who murdered his parents?

The visuals it was giving me were very detailed and vivid. Like this for example, every witch seems to have a color around them, whips like smoke that seem to dance and shimmer. Not only can Luke see them but he can see the magic and spells they do, the traces that remain on spells already cast. It gave for really great imagery.

Really really looking forward to see where this series goes, it's going to be a good one I think.

Expected publication: January 2nd 2014

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Right Now (Moments, #2) by Marie Hall

Right Now (Moments, #2)Right Now by Marie Hall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Copy received for review via Netgalley.

Right Now takes place just shortly after A Moment ends. Ryan and Lili are still around and we get see more of their happily ever after but this story, is the story of Alex.

Alex, can get any girl he wants. And he's had too many to count. But it's getting old, boring and well it's not really working for him anymore. His longest relationship lasting a week. Using sex as away to cope, with his issues. He doesn't want to live like this.

After deciding to listen to his fortune cookie, "Be opposite" he takes his first step in that direction and into Zoe Stone's world.

Zoe, (is probably one of the coolest characters I've read in awhile by the way), works at a tattoo parlor. Dubbed the ice queen by her best friend Jamie she doesn't really date much, not that she doesn't like to she just isn't boy crazy and her hearts really only belonged to one guy ever and he's never even knew she existed, Alexander Donovan.

Imagine her surprise when their worlds collide.

I really enjoyed this book, in fact I liked it better then the first book. Zoe is a great and totally cool character, I love pinups, tattoos, body mods, rockabilly, the 50s that whole scene. So I was really excited to read a character like her. Alex is broken with issues that he still is trying to come to terms with, he's in a dark place trying to escape going back there anyway he can and usually it's through sex. I can relate to this pairing it's freaky how much I can. I think that's part of the reason why I liked this book so much more.

It's dark, and painful and you just want to scream when they scream and hold them in your arms when they are breaking down. I really hope we get a book 3. Will definitely be keeping my eyes open for it.

4.5 stars

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

What's a Ghoul to Do? (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #1) by Victoria Laurie

What's a Ghoul to Do? (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #1)What's a Ghoul to Do? by Victoria Laurie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If there's somethin' strange in your neighborhood
Who ya gonna call (ghostbusters)
If it's somethin' weird an it won't look good
Who ya gonna call (ghostbusters)

I mean M.J Halliday. That's right she's your resident psychic medium and ghostbuster.

Like I said M.J Halliday is a ghostbuster/medium and it seems that where ever she goes there is some poor soul still wandering and can't cross over to the other side. At one point she calls her self the local payphone and everyone wants to make a call at the same time.

Her newest client is a very handsome doctor, Dr. Steven Sable. He has hired her to help discover what was really the cause of his grandfathers death. The authorities have labeled it a suicide but Dr.Sable believes otherwise. So together with her partner Gilley and pet bird Doc, they all jump headlong into a case that involves playing detective and risking their own lives as they try to uncover the truth.

What's a Ghoul to Do? was a very enjoyable read. We have a little bit of romance, and lot of humor, and some suspense with a great twist. I was kept me on my toes through out the whole book I really hadn't seen it coming. And for a cozy mystery it had me looking over my shoulder when reading it at night, because I kept on expecting to see a ghost hanging out in my living room.

Looking forward to taking on the next client.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

My Little Pony: Pony Tales Volume 1

My Little Pony: Pony Tales Volume 1My Little Pony: Pony Tales Volume 1 by Thom Zahler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Review copy via NetGalley

My Little Pony: Pony Tales Volume 1 is a graphic novel that consists of 6 stories, each individual story having a different pony as the focal point. Each story ending with a letter to Princess Celestia with a lesson they have learned.

Cute, funny and adorable is what I could call this graphic novel on a whole.BUT that being said it really isn't meant for the younger fans, it is obvious the graphic novel is aimed at the older fan base MLP has, because a child could possibly get a little scared if they understood the meaning of what was said in some of the stories, more specifically the second story, very dark.

I enjoyed the stores and the artwork, I would most likely check out more MLP graphic novels in the future.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

A Tale Dark and GrimmA Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Once upon a time there was a man who decided we needed fairy tales to be more like the use to be, the way they were originally written. Dark and well grim.

This man is Adam Gidwitz.

A Tale of Dark Grimm takes us on the travels of Hansel and Gretel as they travel through out many different tales in the search for parents to love them. Grown ups who are actually good. But the thing is no one is perfect, everyone makes mistakes. Something that both children learn as they experience death and much danger. We are given a story that is gruesome, dark, but lighthearted too. Thanks to the Mr. Gidwitz lovely little story interruptions to check on us readers, thank you oh so much for those, they brought a smile to my face each and every time.

I sat down to read this book and a few hours later I was done, I didn't take a break at all, well other then to grab and snack and run to the bathroom. You know as I was reading the first thing that popped into my head was, 'you know who this author is reminding me of?' C.S. Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia. Yep and that's big because well it's Narnia.

Wonderful story for children of all ages, and I'm talking wee little ones to us big grown ups who still believe in the magic of fairy-tales.

4.5 Stars

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Broken Beauty (Broken Beauty Novellas #1) by Chloe Adams

Broken Beauty (Broken Beauty Novellas #1)Broken Beauty by Chloe Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Copy provided by Indie Inked

This book contains serious subject matter.

How does one survive after being raped? Especially when everyone is telling you lies and telling you to keep quite about it. How do you go on when the person who has violated you is free to go on with their lives while you are too scared to move?

Mia is the underage minor of a politician and it's election year so everything that happens to him or his family is in the public eye. So of course when she is drugged and raped by the son of a very important allie of her father it has to be hushed and twisted to shine in the favor of her father.

She has been so misguided her whole life, never having anyone really there for her. Brained washed to believe that rape can not lead to pregnancy. She blames all of it on herself, what if she never went that party, what if she never wore that dress.

Broken Beauty made me so angry and break my heart at the same time. How is the world can someone think of themselves at a time like this. She's your daughter, screw the election. If it wasn't for Ari her best friend or Dom, the cop who rescued her and stayed by her side the whole time. her own personal guardian angel as Mai calls him she would be so alone. Even though in her mind she feels so alone.

Rape is a serious issue and sadly so many women have gone through it, and sadly most if not all blame themselves and are scared and torn as to what to do.

If they know the attacker do they come forth and tell, having to live the experience all over again and again? Or do they keep it to themselves and watch as the bastard gets to go out and live his life and possibly do it again.

I can't not wait to read the next book, Broken World is slated for Nov/Dec.

Note from the author: "Broken Beauty" is the first of six novellas chronicling Mia's struggles and triumphs. The novellas will be released over the course of the year, tentatively ever two months.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1) by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was like Harry Potter meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer, well minus the vampire slaying. It's the wit of the characters that give me a Joss Whedon feel (which is fantabulus thing because I bow down to him for his my god).

Life for Sophie has never been easy or normal. Raised by her human mother, never knowing her father who is a warlock by the way, has lived in more states then you can shake a stick at. Finally after the love spell gone crazy she's been sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for witches, shifters, and fairies.

And if she thinks her life wasn't normal before things are just going to get more and more abnormal. And anything but easy.

I really liked this book, a lot of twists that I never saw coming. Some mystery, a little bit of romance or more so heavy crushing. A lot of unanswered questions, but good unanswered questions. Because it has me on the edge of my chair now as I wait to read the next book.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

The Lure of Fools by Jason King

The Lure of FoolsThe Lure of Fools by Jason King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Copy given for review curtsy of Curiousity Quills Press

Review contains spoilers

So there's a lot going on but not a whole lot happening all at the same time, if that makes any sense.

Jek, is a village boy with green eyes, something that is rare, is sent out to go on the well finding expedition, at first his uncle was against his going because he was afraid he would be attracted to the lure,  “Adventure is the lure of fools, and excitement glamour to the gullible. The siren song of the world is as music to the wanderer’s feet, but that dance leads only to the soul-less grave.”

But all that is changed now that the man with two different color eyes is in town asking questions, searching for someone, for something. Karl, is someone from Ez's past who wants to poses the sword because he knows that with it along with the other tailes he has,he will be unstoppable. So Ez sends him off to the expefition with his sword, he has to protect it and he is to NEVER touch it.

Mae, determined to keep an eye on Jek because she loves him so, disguises herself as a boy in order to join Jek in the well finding expedition.

Eventually in his adventures he meets up with an interesting group of people who helps him on his journey to meet up with his uncle.

Kariah is Allosian, something to the humans nothing but a story, the fae, she is on a journey to visit the rulers of the three nations to warn them of her brothers plot to wipe out the human race.  In order to do so she must steal a magical necklace that will help disguise her looks because pale skin and purple hair would call attention in the outside world.

All the while this is happening there is a person? A creature, roaming around who is sucking the life from all he encounters, he his death himself has he likes to think.

So back to what I was getting to when I said there's a lot going on but not a whole lot happening all at the same time. This book seems like it's all about the build up, it's obvious that this is book one of a series. If not then I'll be majorly disappointed. Because it feels like I'm going on this long walk, stopping to check things out and I'm heading somewhere but I don't really know where that is. But I am headed somewhere. If this book doesn't continue, it's going to feel like I just stop walking in the middle of the road and just stood there.

We have a lot of action taking place, we have a lot of characters with there individual things taking place and it will all mix together nicely. When it happens and it started too, but then it ended. :(

I liked the story, I like the characters. It's all tossed into the pot, getting stirred up together now it needs to simmer and cook. I'm looking forward to meal.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet

Save YourselfSave Yourself by Kelly Braffet
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a little twisted, a little a dark. I really can't say what I think, still trying to let it sink in. It felt like there was a horrible accident that had taken place and I couldn't look away.

The story is given to us from the many sides, we get to see the messed up lives of each character, Patrick, Caro, Mike, Laya and Vera, and how they handle the misery that they feel their life is. And misery is a good word for it, some of the stuff these people deal with daily is shocking and hard to swallow. So much corruption, brainwashing and darkness.

When I first picked this up I thought there was going to be more of a mystery/thriller. It was more the darkness that we live. You know whats the scary and well sad thing is? There are people who lives are like those in this book, they are suffering from the brainwashing from family and other loved ones. They are suffering from corruption, they feel like they have no one to turn too. Working in dead end jobs, being picked on in school to the point you just want to run away and change who you are. Go somewhere no one knows who you are. Being with people who make you feel that you need to do what they say to belong. The world is a messed up place and this book, Save Yourself gives us a little glimpse of what life is like for some.

The last 20% or so I would have never said or even guessed was how the book would unfold. I'm not going to spoil the ending but I was actually shocked and then glued with my jaw dropped, literally it dropped open and I said "wow".

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sketchy (Bea Catcher Chronicles, #1) by Olivia Samms

Sketchy (Bea Catcher Chronicles, #1)Sketchy by Olivia Samms
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Warning spoilers ahead!!

I devoured this book! From the opening right up until the very end my attention was held. Not once did I get bored, and when I had to take breaks I could not wait to get back to it.

Bea, is a recovering addict. She's been clean for 3 months. It's a daily struggle for her, anyone who's had any from of addiction knows what it is like themselves.

"So you don't use anymore?" she asks.
I take a deep inhale. "No, haven't for three months."
She pauses,"Nothing? Not even weed?"
"Nothing." I exhale.
"Is it hard?"
"Hard?" I laugh." "You ever try to stop a semi truch coming at you full speed? Like every day? Every hour? Every minute?
Yeah, it's hard, but better then where I was, I guess."

I can't even imagine going to rehab at the age of 17. It's her time spent there that she discovers her special ability. She's a talented artist, a gift she has received from both her parents. But she just doesn't draw people, when she talks to someone or looks at them when sketching she can draw the truth out of them as she calls it. An image comes to her, something picked out of the subjects brain, something they are thinking about at that moment. How or why she has this ability, she doesn't really know and at first she thought it was something related to her being in rehab and starting to get clean.

But then it starts to happen again. And who she draws shocks her and brings her back to a place she really doesn't want to be.

Girls are going missing, being raped and dying. Bea hopes that through her ability she can help find and catch the guy. But who's going to believe a former drug addict? So far everyone is quick to judge her without giving her a chance, with the exception of Chris a guy she met at art camp a few months before getting clean. And lucky for her it's his school that starts to go to.

Okay so I REALLY really liked this book! It was what I needed to read right now, pretty much everything I was looking for in story at this moment in time. Mystery, suspense, a little bit of paranormal, touching on addictions (a subject that I've currently been in the mood to be reading about.) The characters were great, I love Bea and Chris is a hoot and half, just fabulous. The writing was great, the story was fast moving, and it kept me guessing the whole time.

Rating: 4.5 stars

So why not the full 5 stars?

Well there are some unanswered questions I have, like why did her dad just mysteriously stop drawing one day? Did he see the same things that Bea does and not like what he saw and get freaked by it?

Will I be reading the next book in the series, Snitch?

Darn tootin!!

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Arcadia by Mandana Towhidy

ArcadiaArcadia by Mandana Towhidy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was given a copy for an honest review!

Arcadia is set in the 80s, it's main character is Ronnie, she's the smart and quite one in the lot. Each section or chapter is focusing on each of her friends. And what party or show they are going to or what guy they like at the time. We have big hair, wet N wild lip gloss, and metal!!

I was kind of looking for more when I started this book because hello it's a book about the 80s and metal. As a lover of 80s metal I jumped at the chance to read this book. I loved that the author had video links through out, I loved the soundtrack. That was the great about this book. The not so great is well I found  went on a bit, too descriptive, and I like descriptions.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sleepless (Bird of Stone, #1) by Tracey Ward

Sleepless (Bird of Stone, #1)Sleepless by Tracey  Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Copy given for honest review.
Warning: Proceed with caution the following review contains traces of spoilers.

When I first opened up this book I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. I knew we had this girl, Alex by the way. I knew she was going to be special. What I never knew was that when she closed her eyes to go to sleep that the chances of her waking up somewhere else other then her own bed was the norm for her.

Alex calls them slipping, she travels in her dreams. She has no control over this. One minute she could be dreaming about the woods, the next moment when she awakens there she is in a forest some where. Scary right? Could you imagine going to sleep and not knowing if you will wake up in your own bed in your own room?

But you know whats a little more scary then slipping? The dragon dream as she calls it.

On Alex's 20th birthday her sister takes her out to celebrate, and she celebrated a little bit too much if you catch my drift. This is how she meets Nick. Going of to get sick she sees a person laying on the ground in nothing but speedos on, unsure if he is alive she tells him to breath. But a funny thing happens and I'm not talking about the puking. He just *poof* disappears.

Back to his own location, where he's been brought back to life from drowning during his combat training.

After sometime has past she meets him again, in her dreams or rather his dreams. From there on out they end up seeing each other this way, at first Nick thinks that she is just something he has imagined, she isn't real, he's just talking to himself.

I just noticed that this review is getting kind of lengthy. So I think it's time to wrap it up with my own thoughts. I found this book to be extremely good. And very original and refreshing. Very well written. The banter between Alex and Nick was actually laugh out loud material. I found myself snickering aloud many times, and being grateful that there was no one around to witness it.

But yes wonderful book, wonderful characters (the supporting cast are great), wonderfully written. Highly recommend this book and I will definitely be reading the next book, cause well you know...

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Full Blooded (Jessica McClain, #1) by Amanda Carlson

Full Blooded (Jessica McClain, #1)Full Blooded by Amanda  Carlson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*Warning the following review may contain spoilers, proceed with caution. You have been warned.*

Jessica is the only female werewolf because females weren't meant to change, she shouldn't exist, she was a mistake. When she was born the pack wanted her father, the Alpha, to kill her because they were scared of an ancient myth,

  "As a female in Wolf Skin rises, the unborn Daughter of Cain is born; In her the beast shall lie, well hidden in True Form; And from this day forth, the Wolves of the Night shall pay; Blood and flesh of their bones, her mighty hand shall slay; The end of the race will close at hand; When the Daughter of Evil rules the land. "

When she never made the change an puberty, when all others did they thought she was safe, that she didn't have gene in her. She thought she was safe from it as well. Wanting to remove herself from that life she moves away assumes a new identity Molly Hannon. Working for a while as a cop then leaving the force to become a P.I with her best friend Nick, who just happens to be a shiftier.

The only female werewolf idea not completely original, see Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series. But this is UF/PNR most times it's hard to come by something that hasn't really been done before.

I enjoyed the story, I love that from the start we are faced with the action as Jess shifts for the first time. I love that we get to go along for the ride as she discovers what it's like to be full blooded. She's a tough as nails chick, very spirited,who when not shifted could still kick your ass. Besides Jess there are so many likable characters, from Nick, Tyler, James, Marcy etc.

Funny and action packed, would definitely recommend to others who are fans of the genre. I enjoyed Full Blooded and I'm looking forward to reading book 2, Hot Blooded very soon.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Underlighters by Michelle Browne

The UnderlightersThe Underlighters by Michelle Browne
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I was given a copy of this for an honest review.

I didn't enjoy this book, I'm sorry. The idea was interesting but the execution was not done well. I found myself getting easily bored and distracted when reading it. The characters never interested me in the least. They fell flat and I really could have cared less for them.

I really not a fan of saying negative review. Doesn't mean I haven't but just something I don't tend to enjoy.

It wasn't for me, I had hoped it would be. I love post apocalyptic stories. And this one seemed like it would be different then the others of the genre that I have read with the crossover elements of scifi and horror. There is potential for this, I will say that. The author has came up with an interesting idea and story. But I think it needs tweaking, something to actually keep the readers attention.

So again sorry.

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

A Beastly Scandal by Shereen Vedam

A Beastly ScandalA Beastly Scandal by Shereen Vedam
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given this copy in exchange of an honest review.
Be warned review contains spoilers, you may proceed with caution.

Lady Annabelle Marchant has the ability to sense spirits, she also gets visions of things after they have occurred.

Lady Terrance a widow only 6 months in mourning, has invited Belle, the granddaughter of a dear friend of hers, to her home to help hunt the spirit that is haunting it. Only thing is she isn't permitted to speak of it. No talk of ghosts or spirits are to be allowed.

Lord Terrance (Rufus), or "Lord Terror" as the villagers call him has made her promise not too. The only way she has been allowed to stay as his mothers guest.

Rufus himself is home for a reason to solve his fathers murder and clear his name from being the suspect. He has been given this chance before the case is sent to London.

All the while both Rufus and Belle are falling in love with the other. He keeps on confronting her about her real reasons for being at his home and telling her that she could fine a husband if she would just drop the whole silly notion of being able sense spirits. To which she replies that she has no desire to be with anyone, yet every time they touch, be it in passing or embraced in a kiss sparks rush through her body.

I found this book to be fantastic. The attraction and banter between Belle and Rufus alone is enough to make this book great. But on top of that we have a murder to solve, and a ghost to hunt.

The whole time writing this review I was flopping back and forth 4 or 5, 4 or 5. So in the end I will settle it by going with 4.5 stars.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Is a Worry Worrying You? by Ferida Wolff, Harriet May Savitz, Marie LeTourneau (Illustrations)

Is a Worry Worrying You?Is a Worry Worrying You? by Ferida Wolff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Is a Worry Worrying You? is a wonderful story filled with silly pictures and situations to help explain to children different kinds of worries they may face and how to get rid of them.

This is a book that should be read to all children. Actually adults could learn from it as well. Because we all have worries, it doesn't matter your age. And children unlike most (not all) adults don't understand why they are worrying or how to over come their worrying. I know myself I am a big worrier. I worry about a lot of stuff, stuff that is beyond my control but I just can't help. I'm getting better at it that. But enough about me back to this book.

I don't think I can say anything negative about this book even if I tried. I for one will be going out and picking up myself a copy. Because you never know when a worry will be worrying you. :)

I received a copy from Tanglewood Press, via Netgalley for review.

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Magic Words From the Ancient Oral Tradition of the Inuit

Magic Words: From the Ancient Oral Tradition of the InuitMagic Words: From the Ancient Oral Tradition of the Inuit by Vanita Oelschlager
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Beautifully, beautifully illustrated. The colors just jump off the pages.

Magic Words is a poem which has been translated from Inuit, it is very short and simple. But yet it's message and meaning are far from it. The mind is magical and powerful thing. The words and images work tell a story that when you read it over again you see other things that you never saw the first time through it.

Great for Pre-K up through primary aged kids.

Arc copy provided by Vanita Books, via Netgalley.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Ballerina & The Fighter (The Ballerina and The Fighter, #1) by Ursula Sinclair

The Ballerina & The Fighter (The Ballerina and The Fighter, #1)The Ballerina & The Fighter by Ursula Sinclair
Rating: 2.5 stars of 5

I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review
Warning potential chance to spoil.

I almost gave up on this book when I first started. It wasn't doing anything for me at all, folding my laundry was exciting me more. I know that sounds harsh, but to quote Miss Cyrus:

The writing at times was irksome, "Sure 'nuff we found it". I don't normally nit pick like that but it annoyed me. The first part of the story had me shaking my head, because I'm like who does that. Who just takes their picture with random people they don't know. Someone who was watching you and your friend dancing on the beach? I don't care how "hawt" the person is, its just, I don't know, weird (and I like weird) maybe creepy is a better word.

By the way this isn't going to be a negative review of The Ballerina & The Fighter, because it did improve story wise. I wanted to not give up, folding laundry could wait a little longer. The writing was still a little irksome for me but it wasn't standing out to me as much.

So yay!

The Ballerina & The Fighter is told from two different point of views, both Maze and Ivy's. Starting when they were teenagers meeting for the first time in the Summer before they both heading off to peruse their perspective paths in life. A summer that was both wonderful and heartbreaking for Ivy. Memories that eventually lead her to push Maze out of her life.

After many years have past the book switches to present day. Both are successful in their careers Ivy, a Prima ballerina and Maze, who has never lost, a match is one of the top fighters of mixed marshal arts.

Their lives, only connecting through texts that only occur on key dates and Google searches. But one day that all changes. Maze keeping track of Ivys career takes in one of her shows, in fact buying out the box so he can watch it alone. Never been able to get her out of his thoughts even though it's been many years.

Potential, there is so much potential for this.

After the initial hump of ugh, the story held me. It was sweet, sad, suspenseful. I can see why people have rated higher. To me it was an okay read. I'll check out the blurb for the next book because well with that ending there HAS to be one.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim

Yellow CrocusYellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First of all a rating, 4.5 stars.

So where to begin with this review.

This book is wonderful, and deeply moving. Tugging on many many emotions. My heart swelled up and it also broke, my eyes filled with tears but I also smiled. Felt struggle and pain also pride and joy. Pure happiness as well as pure agony.

The topic of slavery in the US has also been of interest to me, as a small child one of my favorite books was Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman, a book that I have read many times and still own today. I have written papers in University about slavery and abolitionism, it should never have happened.

  No person should have ever been allowed to own another.  No race, gender, creed, sexual orientation is any better then the other. We are all equal and should be treated as such.

But other then a story involving slavery, Yellow Crocus is a coming of age story. The bond and love between 'Lisbeth and her nurse, Mattie is so strong and that time, space and skin color can't do anything to break it.

Yellow Crocus follows both their story, switching sides through out the book. Essentially it's told from the side of 'Lisbeth as we watch her grow and come of age. She is naive and innocent to the ways of world, she knows that her family and other white families "owned" black people as field hands and house slaves. But she really has no idea of the cruelty behind it, she is led to believe that they are helping them to become more Christian and this is just the way it is. That is the best thing for them, they are protecting them. Until one day she witnesses the terror in a poor little girls eyes, an image that haunts her day in and out. Waking her up to question and realize all that she was taught to believe,   that owning another human being, slavery is wrong.

So now why 4.5 stars and not 5?

It got to the point where I knew what was going to happen in the story, I just new it was going to happen. Also I would have liked to seen more events from Mattie's side. And I wanted more in the end, I wanted more story.

I highly highly recommend this book, if you have any interest in that point of time in history or if you just want a story that will touch your heart.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Carrot by Vanita Oelschlager, Kristin Blackwood (Illustrator)

CarrotCarrot by Vanita Oelschlager
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read Now copy via NetGalley

What drew me to this book was the big orange cat on the cover, and as a lover of cats (especially orange ones) I just had to check it out.

Carrot is a cute little rhyming book about the daily adventures of Carrot the cat. One day she sees a white long haired kitty named Buffy looking rather royal like on a yacht. After spending sometime admiring Buffy she starts to wonder what her life is like and what her own life would be like if she could be Buffy. At first it all seems to be wonderful and exciting, thinking of all the things she could do and see. But after more thought Carrot starts to think of all the things she would miss if she lived in that world rather then her own.

This story is a great for teaching children that as much as some other persons life may seem more interesting and better then theirs, things are not always as they seem. And to think about all that they have, that would be missed out on if you they could change places with someone else.

I do have some issues with the book, some of the words are rather big for a children's book, especially for those trying to read it on their own. The story it's self while I found it to be cute seemed just a tad too lengthy. But that is just MY opinion.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

It Happened at the Fair by Deeanne Gist

It Happened at the FairIt Happened at the Fair by Deeanne Gist
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cullen is a young inventor, his father wanting him to go for his dreams has purchased his tickets and applied for him to go to the World Fair in Chicago. Cullen's invention is the automatic fire sprinkler, it's the next step in fire safety and prevention. It could save the lives of many. But he's having a hard time selling any because he can't prove it works.

Della is a young attractive lady who is a teacher for deaf children, teaching them how to read lips rather then use sign language. The whole purpose is to treat them as if they where like everyone else. But is this way of thinking and teaching only going to make them stand out more? Make them feel even less then normal when they are able to read the hate full things people say about them because they are "different"? They are living in a time where to be different, means there is something wrong with you, you're dumb and you should be locked up in the mad house.

Cullen is losing his hearing in one of his ears and with the help of Della's private lessons he starting read lips. Through these lessons and outings together feelings start to grow between the two. But the thing is there is a girl back home who Cullen is to marry but now he's doubting if ever really loved her in the first place.

It Happened at the Fair is a sweet story. With blooming and unexpected love, heartbreak, tragedy. The connection between Della and Cullen made me smile many times and we witness it growing through out the story.

I really enjoyed the pictures through out, it really helped in placing me at the fair with them. Looking forward continuing this series.

Review copy provided by Howard Books, via NetGalley.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

A Plain Death (Appleseed Creek Mystery #1) by Amanda Flower

A Plain Death (Appleseed Creek Mystery #1)A Plain Death by Amanda Flower

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When Chloe moved to Appleseed Creak to start her new job at the local college she didn't once think she was going to be dropped in to the middle of a murder mystery. The weapon being her car.

Who would ever think that by helping an Amish girl on the side of the road would turn into so much craziness. The Amish are suppose to be a simple people right? Well there is nothing simple about this story.

A Plain Death is a murder mystery with many twist and turns. A potential love story in the making as well.

I enjoy the story, but I never loved it. It was an alright quick read. I felt like there was somethings lacking, and there where too many players involved. But it was enjoyable enough to want to read the next book in the series. I've read a few Amish books now and those more so center around those living with in the church not those who have left the community, so it was interesting to read something from that side.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Taylor-Made Life by Kary Rader

A Taylor-Made LifeA Taylor-Made Life by Kary Rader

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

*Copy given in exchange for an honest review*

Taylor is a seventeen year old girl, a cheerleader who likes to play online video games. She is also a seventeen year old girl who is dying from leukemia. One of her biggest concerns is dying a virgin.

Gavin at the age of 25 is very successful video game creator who runs his own company. He is also dying, he has melanoma. He wants to find someone to marry, he wants someone to miss him when he's gone.

Through the cancer mentor program the two meet, the attraction is immediate. But she's only seventeen and time isn't on there side, will both be happy with just friendship? 

So what did I think? That's a good question, because I'm unsure how to rate this book.

I laughed, I smiled, and I cried. So one would think okay well then you obviously enjoyed the book. And yes I did like it but, on top of the laughing, smiling and crying I went 'hmmm I'm not to sure about that'

I will tell you that I loved the Firefly mentions and the fact that Mr. Joss Whedon was given a mention. I mean for that alone some people could argue 5 stars no doubt. The geek that I am swooned when seeing it, heck as someone who use to play wow all the time, I was giddy that the pairing played online video games, not only that Gavin created them. Still not enough to give it all the stars though.

So after much thinking I'm going to go with 3.5. Because I enjoyed the story, it triggered the waterworks but it still felt a little to far fetched for me. But this is just my opinion. Someone else might read it and instantly go 5 stars, some reviews I see have done so.

Only way to tell is go buy the book and give it a read see for yourself, make sure you pick up a pack of tissues when you do so.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

In Plain View (Valley of Choice #2) by Olivia Newport

In Plain View (Valley of Choice #2)In Plain View by Olivia Newport

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In Plain View takes up a few months after Accidentally Amish ends. We have Annie living a simple life trying to decide if becoming Amish is for her, or if she is just wanting to do so because of her love for Rufus. Facing the temptations of her former life. And like the first book, the story is split in the past as we follow the lives of the Byler family as they are faced with the Revolutionary War.

We also have a little bit of a mystery to uncover, as in the first. Along with other love interests for Rufus making an appearance.

I have to admit, as much as I liked book 2 of the Valley of Choice series, I preferred the first book.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Trouble With Goodbye (Fairhope, #1) by Sarra Cannon

The Trouble With Goodbye (Fairhope, #1)The Trouble With Goodbye by Sarra Cannon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Warning: The following review has spoilers

Leigh Anne, is the girl who had it all. Rich boyfriend, popular but wanted more out of life. She wanted freedom, freedom from her parents expectations and plans for her. What better way to achieve that then moving away for school.

Now after two years away, Leigh Anne is coming back home. But she's changed. How can she face all her friends and family after what happened. How can she maintain her mask of everything is okay and nothing's changed?

But she carries a darkness that is eating away at her, a secret that she has had to to live with for a year and a half.

And it has broken her.

The wight of the world feels like it's coming down on my shoulders. I stare at the pieces of glass and realize that's what I've become.


Knox, is new to town. Moved there just after Leigh Anne left for collage. He has a troubled past and likes to keep to himself. But keeping to himself doesn't stop the rumors about him from spreading.

Stories that Leigh Anne has a hard time believing because she has seen a side to him that no one else has, she has seen the same look in her eyes that greets her everyday in the mirror.

I'm not proud of my past, but it's part of who I am. I'm still working through a lot of shit, but for some reason, I'm less broken when I'm with you."

Maybe it's because we're both broken

It's this connection, this bonding of two broken souls that helps Leigh Anne come to terms with what had happened helps her open up to share her story.

She was raped.

There are so many people walking around like Leigh Anne, carrying this secret. Because who can they tell? If they do tell will it change how people act around her? Will they still want to be? And if they do tell, will the person they told only be concerned about how it will affect them if it gets out? Because people with a name and status to keep up don't want something like rape to sully the family name after all. You best deny it or keep it hush hush.

I enjoyed this book, I have so much respect for Knox it's not even funny. He's a good guy, yes he has a past we all do. My only real complaint would be that the story went by so quick and it ended too soon. I wanted to see more. :)

I would like to thank Sarra Cannon for giving me a copy of her book.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Romancing the Bookworm by Kate Evangelista

Romancing the BookwormRomancing the Bookworm by Kate Evangelista
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*This copy was given in exchange for an honest review, and may contain spoilers*

Tammara, would rather spend her time reading rather then going out and being social. In fact some days she can finish 3 novels. It's her escape. Books don't cause her pain, they are always there for her when she needs them.

  This is why I'd rather read! Real people come with too much bullshit.

Ronni, her best friend decides it's time Tammara gets her nose out of her books and starts living at little. And now is the perfect time to do it, spring break. So being the best friend that she is she convinces Tamara, to spend spring break with her in  Maverick Bay.

And it just so happens that the Maverick's Surf Invitational, takes place at the same time. A surfing competition that is organized by a fellow college student, Xavier, who's had his eye on Tammara for a few weeks now. An eye that she's never noticed because of her getting lost in her books.

So of course I could relate to Tammare being a huge bookworm myself, and well I also enjoy the company of the written word over most people. But she's a little more extreme them me. One conversation where she can narrow down a scene in a book by the page number seemed a tad bit much. I like how she is the average woman physically, and she doesn't try to make herself to be anything but.

And I have to admit that there was a little bit of creep factor going on, I won't lie. But it was kinda cute and romantic at the same time. But hey if a guy went out of his way for me like that I think it would be pretty darn cool.

Romancing the Bookworm for me was a very humorous take on all of us crazy readers out there. With sayings like "sexy times". But other then the bookworm aspect I enjoyed seeing Tammara, branching out and wanting to do other things besides sit in her room reading.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

A Shimmer of Angels (Angel Sight, #1) by Lisa M. Basso

A Shimmer of Angels (Angel Sight, #1)A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*Warning spoilers ahead*

Ray isn't a normal teenage girl, even though she so desperately wants to be. How normal can you be when you see angels? Or at least you think you do, who knows really after spending three years locked up inside a mental institution.

She's starting fresh now, new school, new state, she hasn't seen an angel in forever. Maybe she can finally have a normal life. Until she meets Cam, the new student. Not only is she thinking she's slipping, students are starting to die, by their own hands. Or is something or someone behind it all?

This series has a lot of potential, and I mean a lot. We have fallen angels, good vs evil, what probably be a love triangle, but besides that we have a well written young adult novel. The author has done a great job at making a interesting story. I haven't read many books about angels, normally I read vampires, witches, werewolves, etc. I think I might have to check out more angel ones now.

You know as I was cluing up this book I thought you know what this would make a pretty good t.v show.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Escape Theory (Keaton School, #1) by Margaux Froley

Escape Theory (Keaton School, #1)Escape Theory by Margaux Froley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

~Warning spoilers ahead~

And it all started with

And Devons need for milk, because you can't eat Nutter Butter cookies with out it.

Devon and Hutch had a special connection, even if they really weren't friends, meaning they never had a friendship that was known. They had one night together back in freshman year, but all it took was night to form a bonding. They understood each other and when he commits suicide, a drug overdose, two years later she can't believe it.

Hutch was Keaton school's legacy student, the golden boy coming from a very well to do family. Devon, is there on scholarship. A scholarship to a school she never really asked to go to. In her junior year she gets involved with the schools newly added peer counseling program, hoping to pad her application to Stanford.

Her first sessions are counseling those closest to Hutch. She came to find a side of him that she never new about, and how big it was in the school. She also come to realize that the Hutch she knew would never kill himself and takes it on herself to uncover the truth.

Is there really more to Hutch's death, or is Devon just obsessing over a dead boy because she can't find closure?

There are some serious topics in this book, teen suicide, teen pregnancy, drug use. But we also have a neat little mystery to solve as well. Devon while in her role of shrink/Nancy Drew she uncovers more then she set out to find, she finds friendship where she never thought she would. And that the students of Keaton really aren't just mindless "organ donors".

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Scrap by Emory Sharplin

ScrapScrap by Emory Sharplin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There is a little town called Hellip, which is part of King Ibis's empire. He is a cruel and hateful man. His time on the thrown seems endless.

In this town is a little girl, an orphan named Tucker. Who works as a bakers apprentice, she survives with the help of the other orphans and by stealing things from her work when the baker isn't looking. Her and her fellow orphans sometime pass the time telling stories, a popular one being about the missing daughter of the king and wondering what happened to her.

  So dare you sing the rebels tune
For his daughters rising soon
We dare you sing the rebels tune
If his daughters rising soon.

One day while working a mysterious woman, Vivian leaves a gift for Tucker and from then on her life as she knew it to be changes.

I REALLY liked this book. There where moments that really didn't surprise me but then there where moments where I went wow this story is just great. I was a little disappointed with the ending, I won't lie I kind of wished there was more so now I will just have to sit and patently wait for book 2, twiddling my thumbs as I do so.

Dum de dum, is it out yet?

A wonderful debut novel by author Emory Sharplin. I have a feeling this will be a great young adult fantasy series.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Demented Adventures of Princess Pertties by K.D. Montgomery

The Demented Adventures of Princess PerttiesThe Demented Adventures of Princess Pertties by K.D. Montgomery
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pertties thinks she is just a normal girl, well normal enough. She has no idea who she is or where she came from, she has no memories except for the past 5 years. After being discovered on the side of the road at the age of 11 by the man, who now with his wife, are taking care of her. The only thing connecting her to who she is, was a silver bracelet with her name on it, Pertties. That and the nightmares..

She goes to school and has a job at the towns only fast food restaurant, she's saving up. She's going to get out of this small town one of these days. Falling into the earth into what appeared to be an underground city wasn't exactly what she had in mind.

With the help of Demented, a troll, and apparent friend from the past. They escape the underground city and the evil enchantress and onto to adventure.

I enjoyed this book, I found it well written and interesting. When Pertties fell through the ground, first thing I thought was Alice falling through the rabbit hole into Wonderland. Full of adventure and just as "Demented".

I would recommend this book for middle grade kids, but closer to the "young adult" ages. The tweens so to speak.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Mannequin (Mannequin, #1) by Olivia Best

Mannequin (Mannequin, #1)Mannequin by Olivia Best
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

OMG wait what?
How dare you just end like that!
Talk about cliffhanger ending.

In Mannequin we see the less then glamours side to modeling. Elodie is a 19 year old model living in Manhattan, she shares an apartment with other models. As we see her going out to clubs and castings Elodie starts to wonder if modeling s really something she wants to do in life. A thought that makes more of an presence after meeting James.

James is a young banker who wants to take things slow due to his past. And he is afraid to do anything that will ruin any potential relationship with Elodie.

But can James make her happy? There is always Tyler, a male model who she has history with and is making an appearance back into her life.

A very short book, I feel too short to be left hanging the way we are.It makes me a little frustrated that I need to go out an get the second book to find out what happens. It's going to be one of those series that probably could have been made into one book.

Besides the ending making me less then happy because of the *boom* it's over, I liked the book. The start was a little slow for me but as I read on I found it more enjoyable.

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

How My Summer Went Up in FlamesHow My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rosie's heart as been broken, first her boyfriend Joey cheats on her with a "bleached blond freshman ho bag" then she discovers that not only did he cheat on her, said "ho bag" is now the new girlfriend. And that's just the start of her problems, she has now been presented with a temporary restraining order (TRO has Rosie likes to call it). She's not stalking, she swears all she wanted to do was say she was sorry for blowing up his car.

So now all Rosie needs to keep away from Joey. How hard can that be?

Matty her next door neighbor/ basically member of the family suggests she come with him and his friends on a cross country road trip. Her parents agree it's for the best because keeping her as far away from Joey is the most important thing, even if it means traveling alone with 3 guys.

I knew from the opening line that I was going to enjoy this book.

I wasn't always the kind of girl who wakes up on the first day of summer vacation to find herself on the receiving end of a temporary restraining order.

Matty and his two friends Logan and Spencer are absolutely great, I love the dorkiness of them. Rosie is probably the least likable character but she grows on you as the journey goes on. Because the person we get at the start of the adventure is different girl at the end.

This road trip doesn't just keep her from causing more trouble for herself with regards to Joey but it teaches her more about what she wants out of life and why she has done the things she has.

I love road trip stories because in taking the journey not only does the character discover different sights and make memories that will last, they discover something inside of themselves that inspires them to move towards something that will better their lives.

In How My Summer Went Up in Flames, Rosie realizes that what she always wanted for her life after she finished up High School isn't actually all life has to offer. We have a book about self discovery, friendship, adventure, firsts. All taking place on the great open road, with pre-planed pit stops along the way (I hope you read the initiatory ;) )

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

True by Erin McCarthy

TrueTrue by Erin McCarthy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rory is the good girl, the smart girl. She tends to keep to herself, and sits back and thinks over everything logically. She's the girl that well boys don't really take notice too. So when she tells her roommates that she is still a virgin they decide to take matters into their own hands.

Tyler is the metal shirt wearing, tattooed "bad boy" who they think will fill that role as Rory's confidence builder by helping her lose her V card.

Except there is more to Tyler then people see, he's smart with so much on his plate. It's easier to let others think of him as just a good time, rather then have them get a peek at what life really is like for him.

Until Rory.

Studying together they both discover things about the other that no one else sees, or even bothers to look for.

I really enjoyed this book. When I got to the end, I had to do a double take and thought "What, that's it? Over?? But but my kindle say's there is still 11 minutes left in the book!!!!"

Really looking forward to reading the next book.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Into the Deep (Into the Deep, #1) by Lauryn April

Into the Deep (Into the Deep, #1)Into the Deep by Lauryn April
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*Warning spoilers ahead*

Ivy is a typical seventeen year old, part of the popular group. Trying to fit in, doing things she doesn't really want to do because she doesn't want to be alone.

Things change for Ivy the night her and her friends sneak into the Country clubs swimming pool. The night of her accident.

Now she isn't just the typical seventeen year old, now she can hear the things that no one should. Now she can hear the personal things that no one shares with anyone, she can hear the thoughts of those around her.

With this new ability, not only does she start to doubt who she really is, but she starts to view her friends and those around differently.

At first the things she hears is like a trickling of water, but as the days past it's like she's standing outside in a hurricane, she is bombarded with voices. And one voice stands out from them all.

  A month from now, they'll all be dead.

Ivy has a month to figure out who that voice belongs to and to stop him before it's too late. While doing this she starts to make new friendships, friends that she doesn't need to change to fit in with. For the first time she feels comfortable being just herself.

Into the Deep is a well written young adult novel, with mystery, romance, friendship. I really enjoyed the story but at times I felt like I knew this story. No I haven't read it before, my favorite T.V show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it felt like I was reading the episode "Earshot" from Season 3. Where the book isn't exactly the same, there are a lot of similar things. The ability to hear peoples thoughts, searching the school to find the person who they think is going to kill everyone, This time tomorrow, I'll kill you all (BtVS: Earshot).

Over all:
A great book that, I highly recommend to those who enjoy a well written young adult novel, mystery, coming of age/self discovery books. Looking forward to reading Hidden Beneath.

*I was given a copy for review from the author Lauryn April. Thank you for gifting me this copy.*

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Save the Date (Modern Arrangements, #1) by Sadie Grubor

Save the Date (Modern Arrangements, #1)Save the Date by Sadie Grubor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Aidan is a sexy playboy. Who can get any woman he wants, when he wants. Except when he needs to find one to marry. And he needs to get married soon.

Lilli feels she needs to do everything by herself. Going to collage while working two jobs, so she can pay the hospital bills for her sick father. She is witty and very attractive, and Aidan can't help but stare at her whenever she is around.

This book had me laughing so much, I love Lilli, especially when she's picking on Aidan. The sexual tension and humor between them both brought a smile to my face over and over. I really enjoyed it. I won't lie I'm  not overly happy with the basically to be continued ending.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

A Moment (Moments, #1) by Marie Hall

A Moment (Moments, #1)A Moment by Marie Hall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ryan is a local fighter, an ex Marine with a secret so dark it haunts him almost nightly. Especially on Valentines Day, that is the one day of the year he goes out and drinks and drinks, hoping to drown away the pain. He is so broken, he thinks he is beyond repair.

Lili, a single mother and collage student, has had a hard life. Her mother is dying, her son, 7 is autistic and she feels that she doesn't love her. She's trying her best to take care of both of them while working and going to school. She doesn't really get time for herself, doesn't make time for herself.

Ryan thinks he can't be fixed, Lili hopes to be the one to fix him. But the fear of last Valentines Days is always there in the back of her mind, is he  too broken for her to try.

While I enjoyed reading A Moment, somethings felt like they were missing. Just a few things I would have liked to see addressed. They weren't major story altering things but little touches that could have added to the story.

Over all though a great great book. Raw and heartbreaking dealing with many issues that affect so many people. Issues that some people can never peace with, find that someone to trust to lift that burden from their shoulders. But intermixed with all of that there are many sweet times, times to make you smile.

*Copy given in exchange for an honest review*

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Golden by Jessi Kirby

GoldenGolden by Jessi Kirby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A wonderful story about self discovery.


Parker Frost, a high school senior, always thought she knew what she wanted in life, she had a plan. Study hard, work hard, go to Stanford and become a doctor. Everything she did was to reach her goal, never once waking off the path laid out before her, never once taking chances.

Until she stumbles across the journal of Julianna Farnetti, who will forever be remembered with her boyfriend, Shane Cruz, as the towns golden couple. Forever in love, a perfect couple who's lives where tragically cut short.

It is the words written 10 years ago and the choices made by others that make Parker open her eyes to what life is all about.

  Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

The choices we make and the risks we take or don't take define how the rest of our lives play out. Sometimes you need to take that step, take that chance, no matter how scary it may seem. Even if you fail, at least you did it, you took that chance.

This was the kind of book that I wanted to sit down and read all in one sitting but I wanted to stretch out because I was enjoying it so much.

In Golden we have two stories taking place, we have Parker. The good girl, a straight A student who never does anything that could jeopardize her future plan, because she is too scarred to take that risk, too scared she will disappoint her mother.

And we have Julianna, forever remembered as part of the perfect couple, their image frozen in time. A beautiful and tragic love story. But the story in her journal tells the tale a little differently.

A coming of age story, filled with friendships, art, poetry, mystery, tragedy, firsts, risks, chance, glances,choices.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Angel Sister by Ann H. Gabhart

Angel SisterAngel Sister by Ann H. Gabhart
No rating.
Need to finish/DNF

I need to move this to my need to finish list, because I can't go on reading it right now. And honestly, I could end up moving it to my newly created DNF shelf.

Some people might find this book enjoyable. But not me, at least not at this current time. I was becoming so bored while reading it, I found myself drifting off and wanting to do other things. So for now I'm DNFing this book.

I really don't like not finishing a book, in fact I have made myself finish many books over the years that I have not liked. Most times I end up giving the book a bad review/low rating. This one I decided it was best to stop now. Because it could just be me and not the book it's self. Just not feeling it right now.

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