Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Black Suitcase by Shannon Cervone, Alessandro Vene (Illustrations)

The Black SuitcaseThe Black Suitcase by Shannon Cervone
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*Copy provided by Turn the Page Publishing via Netgalley*

Eddie, a little boy doesn't like it when his daddy has to travel all the time, and knows that when he see the black suitcase come out that it's time yet again for his dad to so. So in order to stop him thinks hiding it will get him to stay. He doesn't understand why his friends dad doesn't have to go away but his does.

This a great story for families who have a parent who has to travel often for work. It helps to explain why some parents have to go away for their jobs. It talks about responsibilities, comparing the child tiding up their toys to the father having to go to away for work. It also explains that they are not leaving them because they want to be away from them but because this what they need to do make life better for them and provide things like a house, food, clothes. It also shows a great example of something that parent and child can do together to make the time apart a little easier and make the missing be a little less.

3.5 Stars

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Tell No Lies by Julie Compton

Tell No LiesTell No Lies by Julie Compton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really thought as I was reading Tell No Lies that I wasn't going to enjoy it. And to be honest it took quite a while for me to really get into the story. I wanted to yell and scream at Jack, tell him not to be stupid.

Okay so I didn't see that ending coming. I knew something was going to come out of (Show Spoiler)

Looking forward to reading the second book, Keep No Secrets . I don't particularity like Jack and I didn't like Jenny. It's the ending of Tell No Lies that has gotten my attention peaked.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Secret (Highlands' Lairds #1) by Julie Garwood

The Secret (Highlands' Lairds #1)The Secret by Julie Garwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

**5 amazingly wonderful stars out of 5**

I knew from the very first line, that I was going to treasure this book. There are many books that I have loved and cherished, and have put on to my favorites list. But then everyone once and awhile a you stumble up on a book that you want to hug into yourself, this was one of those for me.

This was my first Julie Garwood book and I don't think I could have started with a better one. I am looking forward to many more adventures with her.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Gnome on the Range by Jennifer Zane

Gnome on the RangeGnome on the Range by Jennifer Zane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Going into this book I was thinking okay quick read that will be silly.

*Points to cover, glances at title*

And well I was correct. The amount of times I laughed and laughed I can't count, very very humors book. I even snorted, yep that's right I snorted and loudly might I add, because there was so many comical parts. "You got it stuck where?" I got a kick out of all the characters, Goldie especially. Oh and well can not leave out Ty, yummy fire man!!!

What I didn't see coming was the nice little mystery involved.

Jane, a mom of 2 and widow works at an "adult" store, owned by her mother-in-law, Goldie.. Doesn't have a whole lot of excitement going on in her life, until the day of the garage sale, the day her sons buy those two darn garden gnomes.

4 stars, because it did what it promise it would do and gave me a little bit more.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Reassigned (Codename Fairy Godmother, #1) by Tanjlisa Marie

Reassigned (Codename Fairy Godmother, #1)Reassigned by Tanjlisa Marie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**Copy given for an honest review**

What a fantastic book, I'm sorry I waited so long to read it.(I won't lie I kind of forgot about it sorry Tanjlisa Marie) I drank this book, I gulped it down, I couldn't get enough of it.

Agent Thunder is a huntress with the Fairy Godmother Organization, she hunts down the humans who default on their wishes. All children who are granted a wish by their fairy godmother must repay that wish to another before they turn the age of 32. And if they don't Agent Thunder gets to pay them a little visit to help refresh their memory and she's good at what she does and gets much joy in doing her job. All that changes when she as a run in with a leprechaun named Ciaran.

What a unique idea for a story. So refreshing. As much as I love reading urban fantasy with vampires, werewolves, shifters, magic users,etc. I have yet to encounter a fairy godmother.

And no I don't mean the bibbidi bobbidi boo kind.

I'm talking fiery haired, leather wearing, motorcycle ridding, kick your butt fairy fickin' godmother.

I can not wait for book 2, I am super excited for it even. Reassigned(Codename Fairy Godmother) completely had me guessing and thinking,"oh wow didn't see that happening". Great twists and turns.

If you like strong, kick butt chicks, who doesn't really give a crap then this book is for you, highly recommend it!!

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers

The Comfort of LiesThe Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**First of I would like to thank Atria Books for giving me this copy, via Netgalley**

I'm unsure how I felt when reading The Comfort of Lies, was I moved? Did I connect to the characters? Not really. I had certain expectations going into this, I thought when I sat down to read it that maybe I should move the tissue box a little closer, just in case.

I didn't need them.

I guess all the characters could make someone feel for them, but for most part any low times and sadness is due to their own actions. Everyone in this book makes mistakes, they do things they shouldn't, say and have thoughts they wish could be taken back, but that is life. We all do or say things we shouldn't, there isn't anyone who has never lied. The only innocents in this book, are the children involved.

I do need to give some praise to the author, Randy Susan Meyers. It was well written and kept my attention despite my lack of connection to the characters, just because I wasn't moved by them didn't take away my enjoyment of the story. Also I should address that I didn't not like any of them, I just couldn't feel the connection I have in the past with other characters.

As I neared the end I was happy where everything and everyone was going. Even though I couldn't place myself in any ones shoes, I was happy for them. Because without the character growth I think my review and rating would be more negative.

Overall I found The Comfort of Lies to be good story, written well with characters growing to be better people.

3.5 to 4 stars.

I also wanted to add, that I really like the title and I find the it to be the most perfect one for this book. After reading it I can't see it being called anything else.

"Finally, it's all out in the open, and we can be a family without the holding on to the comfort of lies."

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Zylan Captive (Zylar's Moons, #1) by Ravyn Wilde

Zylan Captive (Zylar's Moons, #1)Zylan Captive by Ravyn Wilde
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

**Warning, ranting and spoilers can be found in this review**

Tar is ruler of Zylar, a planet where men dominate over their lifemate and the women have to submit to them. After much searching he has found his life-mate, his companion. Who just happens to be a human female from Earth. Nyssa, on awakening discovers she is no longer in her own bed, and not even on her own planet. Not only that there are gold chains connecting to parts of her body.

So we have bonding,links,and physic chain sex oh my!! Can't forget a planet of alpha males and the You must obey me!!! attitude. If you don't you shall be tortured with sex, taking you higher and higher until you can not handle anymore but because this punishment you shall not hit that spot unless you submit and obey me, for I am Mr. alpha male. Do not question me!! Rawr!

Okay complaints:
There was some parts of the story that were alright but the events involving that part of the story happened off screen. If the author had to actually go that route and have them present as the action was taking place it might have made this story a tad more interesting to me.

The relationship is so unbelievable, and I'm not talking about the whole bonded/linked connection. I'm talking about the whole "I love you" part. No you don't, you like the sex, it's pretty much all you guys have done. Also you know you have no choice in the matter. Due to the whole remove the links (chains) and feel extreme pain. That's even if it can be done as it has never been done before. Also the whole the death issue involved. So no you don't!!!!! Yeah yeah I know they are linked to be together, they are lifemates and in time they could fall in love, but I don't believe for a moment they do now. Nothing they have did together has given me the impression that feelings have developed.

*End Rant!! Rawr!*

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Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke

Promise Me ThisPromise Me This by Cathy Gohlke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I knew when I started reading Promise Me This that I was setting myself up for heartbreak and sadness. How could I not, the story partially takes place aboard the Titanic, and we all know the events of that fateful night. We know about the hundreds of souls lost to the cold deep Atlantic ocean. Then we have World War I, another tragic momentous stain on our past. So like I said I knew what I getting myself into. Both moments in history that has always fascinated me, along with other events in history. Part of the reason I was drawn to reading this book.

But those were not the only tragic events, yes they are not wide scale as the sinking of the Titanic or the WWI but the personal tragedies that have happened to those in the story, both living and and those who have past on.

This book is about getting past those times, as well as facing them head on. Forgiveness and doing well towards other, no matter who they are or what they have done. Even though sometimes it's hard to see past the hate and pain they have caused. All while dealing with devastating events that take place in the story.

Sometimes after I read a book I don't always read the note from the author, most times I do and this was one of those times I did. I found it interesting to see that Owen Allen was in fact a real person who was a gardener and did actually lose his life with the sinking of the Titanic.

I will for sure be checking out Cathy Gohlke's other works.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

On Dark Shores: The Lady by J.A. Clement

On Dark Shores: The LadyOn Dark Shores: The Lady by J.A. Clement
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

On Dark Shores was a book that I might not have even noticed when looking on goodreads or amazon if it wasn't for the fact that it was offered as a freebie at the time. Is now? I haven't a clue.

This book was great from the start, and it kept me turning the pages, or rather swiping my finger across the screen.There are so many characters and we the reader have been fed tidbits of things regarding them. But not their full tales, a thing that hope is resolved in the next books because I have so many questions. It's a hard book to rate and review, at least for me. Because of the fact that is obviously an intro to the series.

I do have a slight complaint, well other then it being too short. It just ended, my kindle told me I have at least 8% left so I thought something was going to get resolved, but nope. I am now left wondering why such and such happened. And not only did it just end, it was well pretty much in mid action of one the characters, gah.

So I'm going to go with 3.5 stars, I may comeback and re-rate/review things when I read the rest of the books and have those questions answered.

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Nightwalker (Dark Days, #1) by Jocelynn Drake

Nightwalker (Dark Days, #1)Nightwalker by Jocelynn Drake
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked Nightwalker it was a good start to what looks to be an interesting series. I'm not going to lie, for the first part I couldn't keep focus on it. I'd pick it up read for a bit and find my mind going elsewhere. It was slow starting for me and I feared that it wasn't going to be as good as I had hopped it would be. But like little trooper I am and yes as soon as I typed the words trooper I put on Iron Maiden. But anyways back to the book :P

Mira is a nightwalker, a vampire, but she's not like the others, she can set things on fire. There isn't anything light and fluffy about Nightwalker it is a much darker story, reminding me of some books that was written in the 90s, Tanith Lee's Blood Opera Series comes to mind. What I liked about this is it's not the normal vampire story. We have vampire hunter(s), and well vampires but the thing is they are not the big bad so to speak, there is something worse out there that humans and all other need to worry about, the Naturi.

Also, I laughed for real at the very last line in this book, it was perfect.

3.5 Stars

Will I read the next book?

Yes!!! Very much looking forward to continuing this story.

And because I mentioned it, The Trooper

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Heart Like Mine: A Novel by Amy Hatvany

Heart Like Mine: A NovelHeart Like Mine: A Novel by Amy Hatvany
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**First of all I would like to say this was an uncorrected ARC via Netgalley, Heart Like Mine comes out March 19th, 2013.**

Nobody is perfect, we all have our stories to tell, some are more tragic then the others. Things happen, it can break you or make you stronger. Time doesn't make the hurt go away, doesn't make you forget, it's these moments that decide how you are going to live.

Heart Like Mine is told from the pov of Grace and Ava. With Kelli's story being told weaved in between. Amy Hatvany has written such an emotional story, the reader will have no trouble connecting to at least one of the characters. Grace a women who never wanted to be a mom, Ava a young girl who's is forced to grow up way too fast, and Kelli who just wanted to be loved and motherhood is all she has.

I have to be honest, I know I'm probably in the minority when I say this but didn't really like Grace when this book started, actually I didn't really like her through out most of the story. When she did start to grow on me she would just take two steps back and I would go back to not liking her. I couldn't connect with her character, she seemed selfish at times. Even though the thoughts she has are probably normal ones for someone going through everything that had happened. Nearing the end and also when I sat and thought back over it all, I think I could finally say, 'okay she's not that bad.'

Ava has been through so much at such a young age, having help her emotional mother (Kelli) with her little brother Max and other things around the house, like paying the bills. Her parents divorce and her fathers girlfriend, Grace. And now facing her mothers death and wondering if she really knew her at all. I think I could connect with her a little more, I found her actions to be understandable, she's a thirteen year old who's whole world has been turned upside down and ripped apart.

Kelli, your story ended much too soon, my heart broke for you.

The ending for me is the main thing about this book I didn't like. I wanted more of Kelli's story, I wanted to see it played out to the end. It felt rushed and just tossed in to be finished and done with. So now I'm left with unanswered questions.

So many emotions surged through me while reading this book. The amount of times I cried, I wouldn't be able to tell you. My heart broke over and over again for Kelli, for Ava and Max, for them all. Then at other times I felt pure hate, this hate directed at Kelli's parents. All I can say is, I hate you.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed, #1) by Lara Adrian

Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed,  #1)Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kiss of Midnight was a great book, reminded me of J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series, which is a complement. I personally found this book to be better then the first BDB.

I really enjoyed this story, there was an *eye-roll* moment close to the end that got me thinking, "oh yes the typical such and such scene" but I can over look it, the book was never claiming to be an original in the genre. Lara Adrian's take on the history of vampires is the twist which gives it its own uniqueness that makes it stand on its own two feet from the others. I had many "oh shit" moments and many surprises where I thought I knew but I didn't, I was close but completely shocked.

Do I even need to ask this?
Will I be reading the next book?

Hell yes!

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Tiger in My Soup by Kashmira Sheth, Jeffery Ebbeler (Illustrations)

Tiger in My SoupTiger in My Soup by Kashmira Sheth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tiger in My Soup by Kashmira Sheth is a delightful tale of a boy with a vivid imagination who while being babysat by his big sister, is shocked to find a tiger in his soup. He wants is his sister to read his book to him, but the sister would like to just get lost in her own reading. The boy decides to read it on his own, a book that happens to be about tigers in the jungle.

Children will enjoy looking at the illustrations as this story is being read to or read by them. So much is told through the images, all while his sister is in her own little world.

It is a cute story that I think all young children and parents will enjoy. Easy to understand, with words simple enough for children just learning to read, to be able to read it by themselves. Parents will enjoy watching their reactions as they read out loud the battle with the tiger.

*Arc thanks to Peachtree Publishers via Netgalley*

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Die for Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer by Cynthia Eden

Die for Me: A Novel of the Valentine KillerDie for Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer by Cynthia Eden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Die For Me is a romantic suspense that had me glued to it. With twists and events that keep you thinking everyone is involved. There were a few moments of "Oh I saw that coming" and to times of :O <---that face.

After the initial start, I read it in one sitting. This was my first book by Cynthia Eden and I will definitely check out more of her work. What a first drew me to this book, was the cover. Yes I judged a book by it's cover, YOU ALL DO IT! ;)

I have one small teeny tinny negative thing to say, the romantic side of the story. The pairing just didn't do it for me, I can understand the attraction and the sex, that was fine. Everything else just seemed to rushed and unbelievable.

But over all this book was great, and it was just the little book break? Filler? I needed. A book just for me that was not challenge or review related. :)

It was Just What I Needed
I guess you're just what I needed
(just what I needed)
I needed someone to feed
I guess you're just what I needed
(just what I needed)
I needed someone to bleed

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Red Madrassa (Algardis, #1) by Terah Edun

Red Madrassa (Algardis, #1)Red Madrassa by Terah Edun
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

~I was given this book for an honest review.~

I don't really know where to being when it comes to writing this review. I found that I was having a rather difficult time getting into the story. Things didn't flow well with all the character jumping and place hoping. I understand that the author was trying to give us an introduction to those that will be in the story, but I think it could have be done a little better. The opening of a story is very important, and making it confusing and hard to get into, will get readers giving up before the story really starts.

Once you get past the opening chapters and all the pov/place switching the story starts to get interesting. So those of you who are thinking about reading this book, you should stay with it despite the awkward start.

However with that being said, I found it to be a little flat at times. The pages are moving yet we are getting no where. Things are missing in the story, they get mentioned but nothing comes of it. But as it is the first in a series, I guess the author was leaving things for the next books.

Did I find it interesting enough to want to continue with the series?

I'm interested enough to find out what happens to some of the students. Vedaris, for example I would like to know more of him.

Over all concept for the story was enjoyable centering around a school for the magically gifted. Harry Potter fans would enjoy. Algardis has potential to be an good series.

3.5 Stars

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

10 Nights (Forbidden Desires, #1) by Michelle Hughes , Karl Jones

10 Nights (Forbidden Desires, #1)10 Nights by Michelle Hughes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Domination's the name of the game
In bed or in life
They're both just the same
Except in one you're fulfilled
At the end of the day
Let's play master and servant

You know when I first started reading this I was thinking 'okay, lets do this, lets get this party started' We have Leah who at 24 is a virgin, no big deal. Her dad as a lousy jerk who left her mom so doesn't really care for relationships. She meets Rhett, a Dom who wants to train her.

Then as the story moves on, I'm finding I just want the story to move on. I'm sick of Leah. I'm sorry but I couldn't connect to her. Rhett I could handle, for awhile, but then things kinda got a bit out of hand and well I'm over him too.

I can see why people like it and don't get me wrong I didn't hate it. I didn't mind it, I found myself glued to the book.

And now for a little bit of Master and Servant by Hate Dept. (Originally by Depeche Mode)

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Dream Caster by Najeev Raj Nadarajah

Dream CasterDream Caster by Najeev Raj Nadarajah
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First of all I want to say thank you to Najeev Raj Nadarajah for gifting me a copy of Dream Caster thus giving me the chance to read and review your book, and wow what a book it is. I see big things for Najeev, and this series. I can only hope that more and more people find out about this book and this author.

I completely loved it. What can I say it is unique, fantastic, wonderful, amazing. Those are just some of the words I could use when talking about this book. Very well written, with many humors moments, I found myself laughing out loud quite a few times.

The characters are so likable. Naajeev has put so much thought in not just the main character but his supporting cast as well. He hasn't just written them in for the sake of doing so, they are not flat and could potentially have stories of their own to be told. Dell is definitely a favorite of mine.

Dream Caster is set mainly in Toronto, Canada. Or what was once known as Toronto. It is a post apocalyptic dystopian fantasy novel.

Please check out Najeev's webpage if you want to learn more about the Ruins of Toronto.

This is a book that I can see myself re-reading again, just as I do my Harry Potter books. This series, Dream Cycle has so much potential and I look forward to reading the next book(s) and watching this authors career take off. I will be placing a physical copy of Dream Caster on my shelves in the near future.

And I have to add one last thing, very sneaky Mr. Nadarajah, the whole second week in April line. ;) Book two, Dreamweaver comes out April 9th 2013.

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World Book Day

Happy World Book Day!!!

Go to the library, go to the bookstore used or new, download an e-book. Or do all of it, but most importantly read something. Get cozy and read silently to yourself, get lost in a beautiful book. Read out loud to a child and give them the gift of adventure and imagination, make them fall in love with the wonderful world of literature. 

World Book Day

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #3) by C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrations)

The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a delightful story. I rather enjoyed the whole thing. A tale for young and old, although at times while reading I got to thinking, that perhaps this story might be too much for children to read. Meaning, at least at the start, some of the wording might be a little difficult to understand. But I believe that was only a chapter or so I thought it.

I loved Bree, in my head he was very proper sounding horse.

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Accidental Abduction (Alien Abduction, #1) by Eve Langlais

Accidental Abduction (Alien Abduction, #1)Accidental Abduction by Eve Langlais
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked Accidental Abduction, I didn't love it. It was an okay story and there were some funny moments that had me laughing, some moments I wanted to speed through it. Megan was a tad annoying, but I guess in her situation it's understandable, well sort of.

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Friday, March 1, 2013

A Necessary Deception by Laurie Alice Eakes

A Necessary DeceptionA Necessary Deception by Laurie Alice Eakes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I read the blurb for this book I thought, looks interesting I'll check it out. Much much better then I thought it was going to be. The story sucked me in from the start, and then as it moved along it just kept on getting better making me more and more interested.

We have blackmail, mystery, murder, spies, a wedding and a coming out ball to plan, what's not to like about this book.

So why not a full 5 stars then?

Well as it got near to the end, somewhere in the 80 to 90% range things started to drag slightly and I just wanted to get back to the action of it all.

This was my second book by Laurie Alice Eakes, and for me I thought this story was the better of the two.

Will I read more from her?

Yes, I'm looking forward to reading book two.

Over all I would give this 4.5 Stars.

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Second Chance Boyfriend (Drew + Fable, #2) by Monica Murphy

Second Chance Boyfriend (Drew + Fable, #2)Second Chance Boyfriend by Monica Murphy

*Squee* Yay it has a cover!!!!!

Picture from Monica Murphy Writes

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