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.

*Copy received for review*

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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

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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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