Friday, November 30, 2012

Hollywood Holiday: Tour Stop, Review & Giveaway!




Title: Hollywood Holiday
Author: Sasha Summers
Publishing House: InkSpell Publishing
Buy Now:  Barnes & Noble -InkSpell Publishing

Goodreads Synopsis:

All she wants for Christmas is for Hollywood to love her again. But once she meets him, her Christmas list changes.

Jen’s only Christmas wish: Hollywood falling back in love with her. Meeting ex-Marine Gunner was a bonus. She likes that he isn’t impressed by celebrities or the movie biz. She likes that he’s funny and sweet … and drop-dead gorgeous. And she loves that he has no idea who her alter-ego is: Jen Fleming, Hollywood bad-girl and paparazzi target number one. Why ruin an amazing affair when he’s leaving after the new year? 

But the closer they get, the harder she falls, and the more she wants to tell Gunner everything. Especially once he shares his secret with her. 

Her new Christmas wish: Gunner accepts and loves her for who she really is.


Review:

When I first saw this book, I thought it was very cool. I absolutely loved the cover - just like most of InkSpell Publishing covers really- and so I decided to read it. The synopsis was interesting, and it also made me go back to book one and read that before continuing onto this one, books on celebrities and actors don't always interest me, but I really liked it in this case!

Jen doesn't do well on planes, so needless to say she makes an absolute cake of herself on the plane next to the most gorgeous man she's ever met. Surprisingly, he doesn't think her insane and wants to go out with her. Thing is Jen doesn't want Gunner to really know who she is because she enjoys how he's treating her now. What Jen doesn't know is that even Gunner has a secret. But which one is worse? And which one can actually ruin their relationship?

What I didn't like about this book was how soon the characters developed feelings for one another, which was very soon. That and, in retrospect it felt very short. However, ignoring that and thinking of how it was intended - as a fun Christmas-y read, it served its purpose quite well. I hate that the protagonists weren't fully developed, in a way that, you got to know more on their history. That would have helped make it longer and much more engaging.

I still enjoyed it very much, the author's style was great! I loved the book and loved the characters. Plus, I'm always fond of family books, and this one is such a good read for Christmas time!

Rating: 3.5/5

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Author's Bio:

Sasha is  part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, Hollywood, history,  and travel. It’s no surprise that her books include a little of each. Her  first play, ‘Greek Gods and Goddesses’ was written for her Girl Scout troupe.  She’s been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and  characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher  or wash socks when she’s doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and  hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive. 
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Know more about Hollywood Ever After – Red Carpet Series #1 

She wasn’t meant for movie stars,  Hollywood, or happy endings. And then she met him. 
  
Happy Endings are for fairy tales. Or the movies. Not for real life. At least, not in Claire’s life. Even though she’s starting over, she knows better than to want too much this time. But when she falls, literally, into the strong arms of Hollywood’s ‘it’ boy Josh Wiley, Claire’s in for some surprises. Her plans for rest and relaxation are  forgotten as one incredible night with Josh becomes two… And her heart begins to want him as much as her body. Will two kids, one bastard ex-husband, and Josh’s juggernaut career mean the end of their affair? Or can Claire find her happy ending after all? 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Colonization: Tour Stop, Review & Giveaway

Title: Colonization
Author: Aubrie Dionne
ISBN: 0985148373
Publishing House: InkSpell Publishing

Buy Now: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - InkSpell Publishing

Goodreads Synopsis:

Andromeda has spent all seventeen years of her life aboard a deep space transport vessel destined for a paradise planet. Her safe cocoon is about to break open as Paradise 21 looms only one month away, and she must take the aptitude tests to determine her role on the new world and her computer assigned lifemate. As a great-granddaughter of the Commander of the ship, she wants to live up to her family name. But, her forbidden love for her childhood friend, Sirius, distracts her and she fails the tests. The results place her in a menial role in the new colony and pair her with Corvus, “the oaf”.

But when Andromeda steps foot on Paradise 21, her predestined future is the least of her worries. Alien ghosts from a failed colonization warn her of a deadly threat to her colony. And when Sirius’s ship crashes on the far ridge in an attempt to investigate, she journeys to rescue him with Corvus.

Andromeda now must convince the authorities of the imminent danger to keep her protect her new home. What she didn’t expect was a battle of her own feelings for Sirius and Corvus. 

Can she save the colony and discover her true love?


Review:

As you guys know, I was a part of the cover reveal for this book a few months ago, and now it's finally time for my tour stop!

This book was seriously nothing like I thought it would be. It was pretty cool. I loved the stunning cover obviously, along with the synopsis they are what made me really interested in joining this tour!

I have just recently finished reading Delirium and for some reason this book reminded me of it. There were similarities, except well, this one is more science-fiction and based in space than the other. Though they're technically both in the future. I didn't really know I was that fond of some science-fiction novels until this one. Though I guess I am a huge fan of doctor who, so maybe that's why?

I enjoyed the choice of names - I mean, with names like Andromeda and Corvus how Could I resist? Not to mention the absolutely creative way Aubrie had built this world! It was so brilliant, I could just imagine being a part of it and living in this whole new world in the future with Space pirates and new worlds of safety. She described everything from the spaceship to the lifestyle and laws in a very creative and intriguing manner. I am so glad I got a chance to read this book. The writing was very flowing and easy to follow through with. So were the characters, I quite like them!

Rating: 3/5

Giveaway:
Since this is an Inkspell book, is it any surprise there's a giveaway with this tour?
Fill in the rafflecopter below for a chance to win a pretty necklace! (UK, US & Canada Only)






Author's Bio:


Aubrie Dionne writes science fiction fantasy with romantic
elements. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Inkspell Publishing, Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She’s also a professional flutist in New England.

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Flash of Death: Review

Title: Flash of Death
Author: Cindy Dees
ISBN: 0373277962
Publication Date: September 18th 2012
Publishing House: Harlequin
Buy Now: Amazon - Barnes & Noble
Book Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Synopsis:

Trent Hollings has been secretly engineered to be the fastest man on earth. But when undercover forensics accountant Chloe Jordan walks into his life, with all her sexy reserve, time stands still for him. Not even the threat of retaliation from a powerful drug cartel can stop Trent from using his superhuman skills to keep her safe.Chloe takes one look at Trent and sees everything she's ever craved and avoided when it comes to men: adventure…and lies. Still, she knows that it's only a matter of time before she surrenders to this smoking-hot man. But when the enemy finds them, Chloe is confronted with a truth that could destroy her love for Trent forever….

Review:

The other day I wasn't feeling in the mood of something really complicated or dystopian, so I opted for a good ol' murder mystery. I had read the synopsis of this book recently and decided I'm really into the premise, and before I knew it, it was my choice for the day.

I had requested this book because I loved the sound of the synopsis as well as the cover. I didn't know it was probably not the first in this series. I didn't care though as I started reading, since it still worked as a standalone book.

I found myself finishing this book in no time. It was a quick read and I loved Cindy's writing. I mean sure, I hadn't expected the fantasy parts in the middle, but they weren't too much that I hated the story, just good enough to keep me interested. I guess that part would have been more expected had I read  book one, but all in all I enjoyed it and the characters. I liked seeing different sides of both of them and how things escalated between them.

Great read! I'm looking forward to reading more books by Cindy in the future.

Rating: 4/5


Author's Bio:

Cindy Dees started flying airplanes while sitting in her dad’s lap at the age of three and got a pilot’s license before she got a driver’s license. At age fifteen, she dropped out of high school and left the horse farm in Michigan where she grew up to attend the University of Michigan.

After earning a degree in Russian and East European studies, she joined the U.S. Air Force and became the youngest female pilot in the history of the Air Force. She flew supersonic jets, VIP airlift and the “C-5” Galaxy, the world’s largest airplane. She also worked part-time gathering intelligence. During her military career, she traveled to forty countries on five continents, was detained by the KGB and East German secret police, she got shot at, flew in the first Gulf War, met her husband and amassed a lifetime’s worth of war stories.

Her hobbies include professional Middle Eastern dancing, Japanese gardening and medieval reenacting. She started writing on a one-dollar bet with her mother and was thrilled to win that bet with the publication of her first book in 2001. 

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Blood Debt: Tour Stop, Giveaway

Title: Blood Debt
Author: Nancy Straight
ISBN13: 9781476203416
Buy Now: Amazon - Barnes & Noble

Blood Debt

Goodreads Synopsis:

Her whole life, it had just been the two of them. Before her mother’s last breath, she gave Camille the information she had craved her entire life: the identity of her father. Daring to contact him, Camille was welcomed by an entire family she never knew existed. But nothing comes without a price, as she discovers when her family claims a legendary heritage tracing back to a centaur touched by Zeus. 

As she learns the secrets of her Centaur bloodline, she is drawn into a forbidden love with Drake. Her life may be the blood debt required to pay for her mother’s transgressions. The same person who once held her mother captive, and forced her into decades of hiding, now controls Camille. Her only chance is to seek a piece of her mother’s past that will win her freedom and the life she desperately wants.



Giveaway:

Here's a chance to win an ebook copy of the "Blood Debt" just fill in the rafflecopter below!






Author's Bio:
Nancy was born in Sioux City Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in rural SC. She has two fantastic son, three rotten dogs and an amazing husband. When not writing she enjoys RVing with her family, swimming and reading all types of romance genres. Her favorite is paranormal romance.
Author's Links:

 Amazon - Blog - Twitter - Goodreads

Monday, November 26, 2012

Pushing the Limits: Review

Title: Pushing The Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
ISBN: 0373210493 
Publisher: Harlequin Teen - Mira Ink
Book Source: NetGalley

Buy Now: Amazon - Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Synopsis:

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.


Review:

*Read with caution, book may cause inner upheaval, open up a round of waterworks and leave you emotionally drained. Also, this book has me in so much emotional turmoil that I can't promise there won't be spoilers in this review*

I was a bit wary to read this book. I heard a lot of amazing things about it from other bloggers and all, but the synopsis had me a bit unsure. It was a struggle really, whether to read it or not. The cover was stunning and captivating, so were both the title and synopsis. On the one hand there was that and the opinion of other blogger friends, on the other hand, it sounded like it would be very emotional - One Moment sort of emotional - and I wasn't sure how I'd handle that. In the end I gave in and decided to read it.

Two years ago Echo was popular, beautiful and had the perfect social life then she lost all of that and no one could explain exactly what happened. Rumors were spinning and two consequences caused her great annoyance people loved to speculate, and she also needed therapy. Her two goals in life were, one, to remember what actually happened that night she lost everything, and two, to fix the car her brother had bought before dying. To do the latter she needed money, which she was to get by tutoring Noah. Noah, has a rough time of his own, not only is he busy cultivating a very bad reputation that he didn't completely deserve, he wants his family back. Even though his parents are dead, he still has his brothers, if only he could just see them for more than those supervised monthly visits. To do that he has to play good, something he isn't sure he's capable of.

This book is basically a mix of 'Good Will Hunting' and a bunch of other very emotional books I've read recently, including  One Moment, Desert Rice and Souls in Peril. Basically a lot of emotional turmoil, repressed memories, accidents, loss, betrayal and too much pain. So yes, can you imagine how hard it was for me to get through the entire book? I could barely get past each of these books at a time, but this is sort of a combination of all that.

Katie's writing was so gripping that I found my self hooked from the start, and no matter how hard I tried I couldn't stop, I had to go on. The writing was good, the plot was interesting, and the characters were very complex. I am not so sure what I felt about any of them.

Do I hate the foster parents? Do I hate Echo's dad? Or do I hate her step mum? Or do I hate her mum? Do I accept how things ended? The decisions made?

 I just don't know! I don't know any of that. To be honest, it's very hard to be objective since we see everything through the protagonists' eyes. At times through Noah's and others through Echo's. They aren't normally objective with most things so you strongly take a side before realizing that there's too much behind it that maybe, just maybe, it's not the right side after all.

This is not a simple read. I strongly advice you don't read it all in one sitting like I did, the tears kept coming down it was so sad. Though maybe dividing it so that you're always thinking about what heartbreaking thing would happen next is not so great. So yeah depends on how you like the whole emotional roller-coaster ride.

This book was beautiful, and awful, and amazing, and one of those books I can't imagine having just one opinion on, which in my book means it's perfect. What good is a book if it doesn't get you so emotionally invested and full of inner turmoil that you're unsure about anything anymore? This book was just that and I think everyone should give it a read! The story is a very beautiful one about self-discovery, growing up, what it means to be mature and doing the right thing. It's also about accepting who you are, learning to love yourself and other people, and not to care what everyone around you thinks since their opinions don't matter.

Rating: 5/5!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

How Beauty Met The Beast: Review

Title: How Beauty Met The Beast
Author: Jax Garren
Publishing House: Carina Press
Source: NetGalley
Buy Now: Amazon - Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Beast

Scarred. Damaged. Living with a terrible secret. Agent of the Underlight Wesley "Hauk" Haukon has nothing left but the fight for liberty against the oppressive Order of Ananke. He's starting to lose hope…and then he sees her.

The Beauty

Despite her night job as a burlesque dancer, grad student Jolie Benoit has always played the mostly good girl. That all changes following a scorching sexual encounter with a stranger whose face she doesn't see. After she's kidnapped by thugs and rescued by a man with a very familiar voice, Jolie becomes a pawn in a struggle she never knew existed.

Hauk knows he cannot have her, and resolves to protect his heart and his secrets. But as they work together and grow closer, he finds new reason to keep fighting. Dare he risk hope in a new life, one where Jolie can see past his ravaged face and where their friendship can grow into something more?


Review:

I had such high expectations when I first saw this book! I mean, look at the absolutely stunning cover, is it not eye-catching? It had me almost drooling, and since the title and synopsis only made me more eager to read it I requested it on NetGalley.

As I have mentioned before I love fairytale or story retellings in general, so this sounded like a fun retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I've been really into it lately due to the T.V show that had just started out with that name. In a way there were some similarities between how the beast came to be thusly, however this is where the similarities ended.

The story itself was very creative and an absolutely new take on the original than I had anticipated. After reading the synopsis I was very intrigued and eager to read the story and see how the author chose to develop said story and go through with it. I loved the new twists and ideas, I loved how very different the protagonists are and the change in their backgrounds tot he norm.

What I didn't like was the fact that you didn't get so much depth into their background stories, not much of a chance to get to know them so well. The story was very short for my taste, I was very upset when it was over! I do get it though, since it is meant to be a series, the author didn't give much away here with hopes of doing so along the line of the next two books in this series. Not to mention the plans of the next few books made it that short. I just hate that I didn't have much of an opportunity to get attached to the main characters. Maybe she could have combined all three stories into one book and divided that into three parts? The suspense will probably have me on edge for the next few months, at least until the second book comes out sometimes in February I think.

I really liked Jax's writing and I find her absolutely creative and a great writer. Can't wait to get deeper into this series!

Rating: 3.5/5

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Fault Lines: Review

Title: Fault Lines
Author: Rebecca Rogers Maher
ISBN13: B008JIWS5A
Publishing House: Carina Press
Book Source: NetGalley

Buy Now: Amazon - Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sarah Murphy plans other people's weddings. She's gorgeous and successful, but she also carries a dark secret.

At one of her events, she meets Joe Sullivan, a sexy photographer with a difficult past of his own. When he snaps a rare unguarded photograph of her and captures the real person hiding behind the facade, she feels exposed. To restore the upper hand, she tries to do what she always does: use sex to defuse the situation.

While Joe is eager to deepen his relationship with Sarah, he's aware of her emotional shield and the way she disconnects from her body. Seeing her at her most vulnerable doesn't scare him off, but he needs to know what she's hiding.

Sarah has a tough decision to make. Does she want to go on living a lonely, emotionally frozen life? Or can she finally risk revealing the truth and move forward with Joe?


Review:

The other day I was reading "One Wrong Move" and although it didn't really concentrate fully on the protagonist, since there was a lot of stuff going on around, it still mentioned some history of abuse in her life. The male lead pointed out that women who suffer from such abuse go two ways, either they try to make themselves invisible or they get extra slutty. One Wrong Move was an example of the first, this book is an example of the latter. It is such a coincidence that I read those two books days apart, but yes, I could see the contrast.

I hate books on abuse and rape and whatnot because of how awful they make me feel, and it reminds me of how many out there suffering from such occurrences, especially here in my home town. But that doesn't mean I won't read those books. This one was a book that made me cry, even though it was short, it was kind of hopeful and very plausible.

I didn't like how she let her mother off the hook so easily in the end, I really didn't, but I enjoyed the conflict she was going through. It was all so believable, and no way in hell was it what I thought it would be. The book had a completely different start to it, I never took it for the emotional turmoil it would end up with, I just thought it was just another chick lit read, but with the male and female  protagonists switching roles where she's the cynic and he's the hopeless romantic. I did not see it coming.

This was such a sad, but kind of hopeful read, I ended up crying a bunch of times, but appreciated the main character's strength. Joe was an amazing guy, and I loved how he was with her, and how he too had his own baggage to add to the mix, it made them compatible and I enjoyed that a lot!

Rating: 4/5

From The Review Pile #14 & Review Pile Cleanup #5


 From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page every Thursday.

The aim of this meme is to showcase books that you've received for review (or any book that you own and really want to read/review) but haven't yet got around to reading, in order to give the book some extra publicity.



Hey guys! I am not sure why, but I decided I really want to update my review pile today - since I haven't been updating you much on the goings on of my life. I've been super busy with NaNoWriMo, so you can imagine how insane it's gotten especially with all the book tours that I had to do meanwhile. I am actually a few days ahead and thought I might spend the rest of the month reviewing books! My word count to reach my goal now is I think less than 2,000 words! Meaning I need less than 250 words written everyday to get it all done. Im still not sure whether I should stop at 50,000 words OR when the novel itself is complete - since I think it will exceed it. So far, the first one could be accomplished by the end of today anyway, the second one needs thinking.

Now, you all know how huge my review pile was, and for some strange reason instead of limiting down the list, I keep adding some more to it. But I guess it's mainly that some of the books I couldn't finish or didn't like so I wanted to compensate that.

So now, for the previous lists of books: First List & Second List.

What's left from each list?

List one:

1-Blood Debt

List two:

1- Broken
2- Fault Lines
3- Splintered

Now, it shows here that I have four books left, so why is it my TBR pile for this month - on my desktop - says Nine? I either added more books, or forgot to put some the first time around - because two of them are tour stops. So yes, I know how insane this is, I have NINE books to read by the THIRTIETH of November, which is in what eight days? But I think I can manage. And well, if I do manage, I am adding three books as a bonus for myself, because I really need this pile cleaned up soon

Which leads us to, this week's pile - and the final pile I'll be doing for November I promise.



Midnight City - J. Barton Mitchell
Renegade - J. A. Souders
Frozen Heart - Annabelle Blume




Colonization - Aubrie Dionne
Hollywood Holiday - Sasha Summers


Now, as for the BONUS books, there they are:



Flash Of Death - Cindy Dees
Hickey of The Beast - Isabel Kunkle


So this is it for this week! And IF I do manage all of that, I will reward myself by buying a book!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

One Wrong Move: Review

Title: One Wrong Move
Author: Shannon McKenna
ISBN: 0758273479
Publishing House: Kensington
Buy Now: Amazon - Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Synopsis:

SECRETS NEVER DIE

Alex Aaro has spent most of his life on the run from his Ukrainian mafia family. But when he learns that crazy Aunt Tonya, the only relative who ever gave a damn about him, is dying, he risks returning home to say goodbye. He’s prepared for anything except the call from his friend, Bruno Ranieri, that sends him on a wild and dangerous ride with a mysterious woman who holds a deadly secret and a white hot passion that binds them together.

Social worker Nina Christie has no idea how much trouble she’s in when her Aunt Helga shows up unexpectedly, emaciated and bleeding, and injects Nina with an unknown drug. Now a ruthless crime syndicate will stop at nothing to make Nina disappear, and only Alex Aaro, that inscrutable six-foot-four rock hard slab of lean muscle, stands between her and certain death. Now Nina and Alex are in a race against time, death, and their desire for one another…


Review:

*Warning, the book contains a lot of profanity and adult content*

So yeah, this is book nine in the series. And yes, as you must have guessed, no I have not read any of the previous one. HOWEVER this book can work as a standalone story so honestly, it doesn't effect the story much. I didn't know it's the ninth in the series - story of my life really - but I was drawn by the synopsis. And strangely enough, I find the cover befitting.

I loved Shannon's writing, I loved the development of the characters. Heck, I even loved the main character, Nina, which is something I rarely say about a lead female character. I found her very plausible, even though Alex was a bit over the top with some things, they both worked together and their interactions were very enjoyable.

I liked how the side stories all added up and well, gave the story different edges. Not only is this a sort of murder mystery and a great crime story - which is a genre I surprisingly really like - there was the added psychic powers to the mix, which turned the story into a bit of a paranormal one, oddly giving it a unique and interesting effect.

This book reminded me so much of Heartbreaker by Julie Garwood. Not that it is anything like it - except they're both crime and sort of mystery, but because I quite enjoy family crime books. Alex is not part of this family, he's a friend of it, but still, the references to the other members whose stories have been told had me very intrigued - so yes, I am definitely going to read the rest of the books in this series. And since it sort of left on a cliffhanger, I am dying to know what happens in the next book!

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Allegiance: Tour Stop, Review

Title: Allegiance
Author: K.A Tucker
ISBN13: 9780986915598

Buy Now: Amazon - Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Synopsis:

Evangeline finally got what she longed for – the cursed pendant off her neck and Caden in her arms - only it has come at a steep price. An unknown poison now courses through her body, slowly morphing her into something no one but the Fates can foresee. She has her suspicions though...and, if she is right, it will spell certain ruin for her and Caden. She won’t last long enough to realize that though, if Viggo and Mortimer uncover the treasonous secrets she keeps from them– that Veronique is now free of her entombment and in the torturous clutches of the Witches and the Sentinel or that she is protecting a Sentinel within their very midst. 
Always the naive human caught in the midst of the vampires’ web of deceit, Evangeline is now weaving her own dangerous web in order to keep her friend alive, rescue Veronique, and stop a seemingly inevitable war from starting. But can her honourable nature handle the depths of duplicity for which she must go to be in league with the Vampires? 
Dark and gripping, full of angst-riddled scenes, Allegiance will have readers anxiously turning pages to find out if Evangeline can survive this spiralling disaster.


Review:

I hate that I didn't have time to read books one and two before writing this review because I've had a lot on my plate the past few months. Not sure if you know this, but they have been INSANE! So yeah, I had to rush up with only book three and hoped for the best.

The first thing I noticed about this book was the stunning cover! Even the author's website is just as stunning, but really, don't you notice it too? I was drawn by it and the very intriguing synopsis. It made the book sound so vague and interesting I could barely wait to get into it and understand what's going on. There seemed to be a lot of factors and I wasn't sure how they all came together, so the creativity in all of this had me hooked.

As I started reading this book, I got to two conclusions. The first one, this book was so amazing. The second one, I have to read books one and two. I honestly hate that I didn't read them, and so most of the things didn't make sense to me, I had to go back to some reviews from the first two books to try and get what's going on, but yes, this book is fantastic.

From the prologue I expected something great to be honest, Kathleen's writing is very gripping and the book itself held a lot of mystery, creative twists and a lot of well developed characters. I am really hating myself right now for not reading books one and two beforehand, though I am working on doing so ASAP. I enjoyed how Kathleen switched between points of view with both Evangeline and Sofie, because as I mention most of the time, I love seeing everything from different points of view and perspectives. So yes, a very enjoyable read you should definitely check it out! (Just read the first two books too ok?)

Rating: 4/5




Author's Bio:

Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. 

She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. 

Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures. 


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Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Heiress and her fake fiancé: Review

Title: The Heiress and Her Fake Fiancé
Author: Kimberly Hope
ASIN: B006KSVXVG
Publishing House: Getaway Reads

Goodreads Synopsis:

When her father starts manipulating her life again, Jessica Heymore needs an escape and time to determine her next move. She runs to Blakely and the safe haven of her grandmother’s house. Except Grandma didn’t mention the house was occupied. Now she finds herself living with the star of her high school fantasies. Matt Lawson has moved back to Blakely to prove he’s more than they thought the son of the town drunk could ever be. An accomplished landscape designer, he’s looking for a wife who will stay in the small town and help him set down strong roots on the right side of the tracks this time. But Jessica’s grandma has a penchant for matchmaking and now the whole town is talking about the future for these unlikely roommates.

Review:

I think the main pointer I'd give for anyone to enjoy this book would be to  play a little loose with the scenarios of this book as to what would be believable. I was really into the synopsis and title. Their combination is what made me want to read it. I didn't really like the cover though, and sadly, later on I found the title not working well with the book's storyline.

So did I love this book? No. Did I like it just fine? Sure I guess. If you ignore anything that isn't  plausible in this book, it actually turns out to be a fun girly read. I did like that side of things, when I stopped analyzing, stopped criticizing and just got into the feel of the book, it improved immensely.

The writing was alright, the change of point of views was fun, and the storyline itself was good. But not one of my favorite stories so far. The synopsis made it hold so much potential, sadly, it didn't live up to it. Normally I find it funny when parents or grandparents do some matchmaking - like with the MacGregors in Nora Robert's books - but in this case the grandmother was so ... blaah. I didn't find anything she did funny or even a 'good tactic' or whatever, she annoyed the hell out of me.

So yeah, sadly a disappointing read.

Rating: 2/5

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Finally Home: Review

Title: Finally Home
Author: Helen Scott Tayler
ASIN: B008O53R2G
Publishing House: Carina Press
Book Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Synopsis:

As manager of the charming Greyfriar House Hotel, Melanie Marshall loves her job and spending time with her young son. But she can never forget what she ran away from: her late husband's crimes and her own terrible guilt. Though lonely, Melanie can't afford to let another man into her life.

But when her boss, gorgeous hotel owner Jack Summers, returns from his supposed wedding without a ring or a wife, Melanie discovers there's more to him than she ever thought. For one, the ex-soccer star is her son's idol. But the closer she gets to Jack, the more she pulls away. She can't share her past. Ever.

For too long, Jack's protected his scarred heart by letting gold-digging women make him think love didn't matter. But a sweet single mother and a soccer-crazy little boy change everything. He knows Melanie has secrets. Secrets she'll have to share if he's to help her realize she's finally home.


Review:

This book, was not what I had expected. Sadly, this time I mean it in a bad way. The cover was stunning! I  mean seriously, I fell in love with it and the synopsis. They held so much promise, the idea was great and I couldn't get my hand on it.

However, when I started reading the book, it was one of those books that ignored most plausibility rules and it didn't sit well with me. Most of the scenarios didn't add up. Starting with Jack. He was marrying a woman because she caught him off guard and proposed to him. He was going through with it even though he'd never technically said yes. Then the fiancé in question is outraged that he'd changed his mind when he'd never made it up in the first place? Not to mention, he could have tried a whole lot of other things to tell her he couldn't marry her before going on to yeah I am in love with someone else.

Then Stephanie was angry one second and wanting destroy Melanie, and the next she's helping Melanie and giving her advice. I mean seriously? Talk about split personality. I am convinced Stephanie is some form of mental case and needs help. As to Melanie, well she was the least unbelievable of the lot. In fact I guess she'd be the best character in the book. My least favorite was the child, Ryan. Not one word uttered out of his mouth was convincing for his age or something a child like him would do. I disliked him, which was weird because I'm normally all for children in books. I really am. But not this one. I could go on to all the other characters I didn't like, but I'll stop here. You get the picture.

The story itself - ignoring all that- was good. I mean I managed to read it to the end, so that gives it an extra half point. I just hate having to ignore all plausible and believable scenarios in a book to enjoy it. I like to just get into the book and actually believe all that's happening around me. The love story developing between Jack and Melanie was good, aside from their weird reactions to Jack's bizarre method of breaking up with his fiancé.


Rating: 2.5/5

Friday, November 16, 2012

Seven Nights In A Rogue's Bed: Review


Title: Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed
Author: Anna Campbell
ISBN: 1455512079
Publishing House: Grand Central Publishing
Book Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Synopsis:

Will a week of seduction...

Desperate to save her sister's life, Sidonie Forsythe has agreed to submit herself to a terrible fate: Beyond the foreboding walls of Castle Craven, a notorious, hideously scarred scoundrel will take her virtue over the course of seven sinful nights. Yet instead of a monster, she encounters a man like no other. And during this week, she comes to care for Jonas Merrick in ways that defy all logic—even as a dark secret she carries threatens them both.

...Spark a lifetime of passionate surrender?

Ruthless loner Jonas knows exactly who he is. Should he forget, even for a moment, the curse he bears, a mere glance in the mirror serves as an agonizing reminder. So when the lovely Sidonie turns up on his doorstep, her seduction is an even more delicious prospect than he originally planned. But the hardened outcast is soon moved by her innocent beauty, sharp wit, and surprising courage. Now as dangerous enemies gather at the gate to destroy them, can their new, fragile love survive?


Review:

I was very excited to get my hands on this book because it's been a really long while since I've actually read a historical regency romance. By that I obviously don't mean more than a month or so ago, but since I read around 30 books a month, it feels like a long time in between my historical regency romances. The title is what intrigued me, alongside the synopsis. Not that the cover wasn't lovely, but yeah mainly synopsis. Not to mention I almost never manage to resist a regency book.

The book was brilliant up to a point. Or well, maybe there was always this weird nagging thing in the corner with regards to Sidonie. I didn't like her very much. I found her a ball of contradictions her character didn't make sense and seriously made me want to slap her a few times. Yeah we're back to annoying female lead characters. Ugh! But Jonas,  yeah Jonas I actually liked. His smooth Italian ways hypnotized me into ignoring Sidonie's annoying existence.

The storyline was new, something I actually haven't heard of mostly. I mean I hear of a parent losing their daughter at the tables, but never a sister wanting her younger one to take her place in something she trapped herself in. So kudos on that!

I loved the development of Jonas's character and how he evolved. I also was interested in knowing more about his past, which I guess is one of the reasons I didn't relate much to Sidonie, there wasn't much on her childhood or her life to give her depth. But the writing style and portrayal of the period was great, so I'll definitely be reading more books for Anna Campbell, like the second book in this series. I am hoping Genevieve is a better female character than Sidonie.

Rating: 3.5/5

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Reckoning: Tour Stop, Review












Title: Reckoning
Author: Molly Hall
ISBN: 9781301251421
Buy Now: Amazon - Smashwords - Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Synopsis:

"They say the truth can set you free. I found out it can kill you."

Seventeen-year-old Kat Matheson has never revealed the dark secret that sets her apart from everyone else: She can see and hear the dead. Until now, she has been able to ignore the strange apparitions and whispering voices. But it may not be that simple anymore. Haunted by eerie visions and increasingly frightening nightmares, Kat begins to fear she may be the target of a dark and ominous force from beyond the grave. Complicating matters is the arrival of her new neighbor, a young man she instinctively distrusts but is inexplicably drawn to. Gorgeous and mysterious, he seems to hold a disturbing knowledge of her long-held secrets.

As she desperately tries to maintain control, events take an unexpected and violent turn. Discovering that nothing is what it seems and that her psychic abilities may involve far more than just communing with the dead, Kat may be forced to confront her worst fears and the powerful curse that controls her destiny.


Review:

I was seriously drawn to this book by the stunning cover. Then came the awesome synopsis, and well the title as well held a lot of mystery, so the combination had me very interested. Then I started reading the 'prologue' and wow, it was fantastic!

I am a big fan of books with people seeing ghosts. I can't actually explain why, but I really loved the mediator series by Meg Cabot because of that.  So, seeing how this book started off, I was hooked.

 The problem with this book, was mainly that it concentrated more on the romance part of things and tiny bits of mystery was added in between, which made it rather slow. Not that was the pace of the book itself or that it dragged or something. It wasn't dull, just all the exciting things happened bit by bit and finally developed in the last fifty pages or so.

I think it would have been better longer than it was, and more intensive. Though the story itself was really good and I liked the author's style of writing, I just wasn't so sure about how late in the book the actual things happened. It was a quick read, and the writing was simple enough and easy to follow through with. I wasn't so sure about Katriona, but I did like Lovell. He was very developed in my opinion and held more than the protagonist. Maybe later on in the series it develops more than that? I hope so because it holds so much potential and I am very intrigued by it all! I can't wait to keep reading more in this series.

Rating: 3.5/5



Author Bio:


I’ve spent most of my life in Colorado and currently live just outside of Denver. I write my books on a laptop perched atop a rather creaky desk, surrounded by two crazy and loving cats. I love to travel and have visited 27 of the 50 states, as well as Canada, Ireland and England. And there are still a lot of places I want to go.
I spent entirely too many years in the gray dullness of the corporate world, imagining something more exciting as I punched numbers on a keyboard. During that time, I worked on a degree in English Literature, but never quite managed to complete it. Mostly because I was too busy reading and creating fantasy worlds in my head. It’s actually my love of reading and imagining that led me to take up writing full time. I thought I should finally give all the characters in my head a voice.
Music is a huge part of my life and plays a big role in the creation of my books. Although I listen to everything from Johann Sebastian Bach and Dvorak, to Glen Miller and Bobby Darin, to Rihanna and Nox Arcana, as well as movie and video game soundtracks, there are two bands whose music is practically my lifeblood: Daughtry and Linkin Park. I will listen to or see them live anytime, anywhere.
I’m a fan of British television, Doctor Who (favorite doctor? David Tennant. Let the debate begin!), The Vampire Diaries, Japanese animé, Ghost Hunters, MI-5 and Eureka. And anything featuring James McAvoy. And I probably would never be able to unwind without That 70′s Show.
When I’m not reading and writing, you'll probably find me listening to music, practicing yoga, working on my very inadequate French, playing piano, enjoying a lovely glass of red wine or champagne, or looking for inspiring landscapes to photograph.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Demon Royale: Tour Stop, Review


Title: Demon Royale
Author: Jill Cooper
ASIN: B009NIE3J4
Buy Now: Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis:

The only thing worse than dying, is running away… 

Since becoming employed by a supernatural protection agency, Natalie Johnson’s life has been more interesting than ever. While most teens are working on their summer tans, Natalie works on slaughtering the undead lurking just outside her town’s borders.

The workload takes more than just a toll on her love life, it dampens her spirit and her health, as the town is plagued by a mysterious murderer intent on stealing the residents’ souls. Natalie’s investigation is hampered by her declining health and the sicker she gets, the more inadequate she feels.

Guilt over her inability to act, weighs heavily on Natalie’s shoulders during a time when her strength is needed more than ever. As some of those closest to her begin to lose faith, she must make the hardest stand yet to save the soul of the one person she can always count on:

The Slayer.


Review:

I am not sure if you guys remember this, but I actually reviewed book one in the series a while back, and I did a cover reveal on this book a few weeks ago. I've been looking forward to reading it, since I had enjoyed book one. It actually took me a chapter or so to get into this book, because I've read book one in the summer, I just completely forgot what happened, so it took me a while trying to get reacquainted with the characters. Here is my review of book one: The Dream Slayer.

I wasn't really certain at first about the cover, the one of Dream Slayer was heaps better. Not that this one isn't gorgeous, I am just not sure it fits the whole theme of the book.

When you live two lives, things get a little messy, even with one of the lives being in a dream world. But Natalie knows just how real her dream world can get. With the aftermaths of the events in the Dream Slayer, Natalie is left with a job she'd never anticipated, with help from unexpected sources and more danger on both ends.

I am not sure how much I can say on the story itself, because I don't want to accidentally burn things up for those of you who haven't had a chance to read book one, but all I will tell you is things are taken to a higher level and the stakes are higher. There are more enemies, and she no longer has free reign as a paladin like she was in her dreams.

As I said before, I absolutely love Jill's writing, I love the style and I did enjoy Natalie's character. There were fun surprises and additions in this book and I quite liked that very much. I can't wait for more books in this series.

Rating: 4/5



Author Bio:
Jill Cooper loves tea more than coffee and is obsessed over finding that perfect recipe. She lives in Danvers, MA with two cats, a toddler, a husband, and a 1964 yellow taxi. Her life is chaotic, but fun. She is currently working on a new Sci-fi thriller and the sequel to the Dream Slayer. 


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