Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: THE WANDERERS by Jessica Miller




What do you do when you learn your family is the one who's holding all the secrets? Secrets that could get you killed...

Ella is looking forward to starting college in the fall with her best friend Josie. She’s looking for a place where she can get away from her overbearing parents and two older annoying brothers. Unfortunately Ella realizes that sometimes the past comes back to haunt you.

Ella soon learns that the man who terrorizes her dreams is in fact real and coming after her.

When one of her classmates is murdered, Ella slowly recognizes this is not some strange coincidence. Ella fears that the boy she’s falling in love with is the one who stalks her dreams and no longer knows who she can trust.

When she finally learns the truth of her family's deepest secret, Ella has to face her demons by taking out one of the people she thought she could trust…before they kill her.


Genre:  New Adult PNR/Urban Fantasy
Publisher Type:  Self/Indie

Purchase Links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords

Rating:  *  *  *

Review:
I have mixed feeling on this one and have fluctuated between 3 and 4 stars, finally landing on 3.  The book starts off great with wonderful, easy-flowing writing and an intriguing  mysterious supernatural event, but then the pace really slows as the author introduces us to Ella's life.  While I really liked the depth this gave some of the main characters (except for her parents who seemed fairly unrealistic to me), this section suffers with no more mention of the supernatural and Ella's wordy discourse on her being rich, but not spoiled.

Once past this, the middle hits and the book is incredibly hard to put down.  Ella's and Tristan's courtship is very entertaining and romantic.  Their relationship is extremely well done, with the notable exception to Ella's incessant need to argue and call things off.  She was hard to like at times because she was so unreasonable, selfish and unkind.

The book has a great mystery that unfolds and keeps a reader eagerly awaiting answers.  There's a lot of action through the latter part of the book, too, which made for an engaging read.  The ending was intense and emotional with a serious cliff hanger that I'm not so sure I appreciate.  While I don't mind cliff hangers, I could do with a bit more closure.

Overall, I was left with a few questions that may or may not be answered in future books.  For example, I had a hard time accepting that her parents kept their secret from her even before Kyle's accident and that they bothered allowing her to go to college when they had other plans for her, especially with a deadline involved.  I also am confused as to why her older brothers are not called upon first for the thing she's supposed to be do (sorry for being so vague, I try never to spoil).

Regardless of my questions and some concerns I've voiced, this is a very entertaining read and I very much wish to continue on with this series.  I am eager to see where the story goes from here!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Tour Day with Giveaway: DARKEST DAY by Emi Gayle


Yay, yay, yay!!!
I'm so super excited to be a part of this tour!!!
This is one of my all time favorite series; 
I just CANNOT express to you how awesome these books are!!!
...but if you want to see me try, see my reviews here...

aaaaaannnnddd --since I was crazy lucky and got a way early copy of it --
Yes indeedy, I'm a lucky girl!

Sooooo.... Let me tell you a bit about DARKEST DAY.....

Darkest Day

The 19th Year
by Emi Gayle

Release Date: January 6, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

GET YOUR VERY OWN COPY:
Amazon or Barnes & Noble

ADD IT TO YOUR GOODREADS TBR HERE!

Mac Thorne’s time as a Changeling is coming to an end.

It may have taken eighteen years, but Mac did finally manage to do what the Council wanted: she chose a teacher and renounced the in-between.

There’s just one last step. She must say goodbye to her human. Forever.

After being challenged in every way possible, Mac leaves what she thought would be the easiest task for the last possible moment. As midnight on July fourth draws near, though, she hasn’t found a way to give up Winn Thomas.

Nor does she want to.

With time running out, Mac stands at a literal crossroads.

Choose Winn, and she’ll be stripped of the only family she’s ever known—vampires, dragons, and her favorite demon. Even her own mother. Accept her position on the Council and rule as an equal to her twelve peers, and she’ll forget Winn ever existed.

Independence and freedom have never before been so limiting.

In this final chapter of the 19th Year Trilogy, it’s time for Mac to decide.

Responsibility? Or Love?

Awesomesauce, right?!?!  **fangirl squeal**

So we've got lots of fun for you today starting with a little insight into one of everyone's fav character, Suze.  It's his top ten list of superheroes he wishes he could be....

10 Captain America 
9 Wolverine
8 Sonic the Hedgehog
7 Energizer Bunny
6 The Green Lantern
5 Batman
4 Thor
3 Spiderman
2 Superman
1 Iron Man

Tee hee hee!  I heart me some Iron Man ... and some Suze!!!
Be looking for an upcoming novella starting Suze (oh and it's sooo good!!!).

Now you know that Mac has some big decisions to make.  Any ideas or guesses?
Stop by here and weigh in.

Ready for the giveaway???  it's a good one :)

Monday, January 6, 2014

Review: SHIFTING FATE by Melissa Wright



According to prophecy, Brianna Drake was born to save the world. The trouble is, she doesn't have the slightest idea how. Her visions should have given her the answer, but they’re beginning to shift, making the danger too unpredictable, even for a prophet.

If she can just help her sister restore their hidden powers, she might be able to stop what’s coming. But an old enemy returns, and he’s got plans for Brianna and her visions.

What neither of them knows is that fate has given a stranger one chance to find her. He was trained to protect the chosen—but if he fails, the future will crumble.

Genre:  NA Urban Fantasy
Publisher Type: Indie


Purchase your copy:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Rating:  *  *  *  *

Review:
Oh how I love when a fabulous book has a fabulous sequel!  It makes me do a happy dance :) tee hee hee!  The first book in the Descendants Series, BOUND BY PROPHECY, is an amazing read (see my five star review here) and I've been salivating to get a hold on this baby, SHIFTING FATE.  It totally does not disappoint!

We start off stepping away from Emily's POV to a shifting POV that focuses on Brianna's story.  I loved getting to know this girl who, while being Emily's twin, is so different.  Then we get to meet Logan.  **happy sigh**  Logan is this amazing alpha male who is completely devoted to protecting Brianna.  The chemistry between these two is like fireworks!  Awesomesauce!!!  

The plot of SHIFTING FATE is intense.  It's a race against time, but the timing is so uncertain because Brianna's visions keep changing and her powers alter, causing even more trouble.  Brianna must find a way to free her and Emily's powers to prevent a horrible future from coming to pass.  While she is trying to accomplish this, psycho kidnappers, chase scenes and explosions keep getting in her way.  I love her tenacity throughout this book and I love how she grows to believe in herself.

My only complaint is that Emily's and Brianna's heritage got confusing for me.  As the mystery unfolds on who they are and how Brianna will ultimately free their powers, I got a bit lost, but I'm pretty confident that book 3 will clear these things up.  I'm crazy eager to see where this series goes from here and anxiously await Descendants #3!!!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Review: SOUL RESURRECTED by Keri Lake



As Wrath’s fiercest son, Logan carries the scars of fifty years spent in the most dreaded prison of the underworld, for a sin he’d kill to keep secret. Enduring decades of gruesome torture has left Logan feared by and detached from others, until a female Alexi’s blood resurrects his soul from death and, with it, the pleasures he’s been denied for so long.

Plagued by shame of her own, Calla is drawn to the ruthless demon, Logan, whose insatiable craving for her touch rouses buried passions and, for once, leaves her feeling desired.

A dark and dangerous evil has been reawakened, however, and when Calla is drawn too close to its breeding grounds, Logan vows to summon the violence of Wrath in order to keep her safe. First, though, Calla must save him from a past riddled with deceit and corruption … but only if she can accept the chilling consequences of unearthing his vilest skeleton.

Sons of Wrath
Never gamble with vengeance …


Genre:  Paranormal Romance (steamy) / Urban Fantasy
Publisher Type:  Indie

Add SOUL RESURRECTED to your Goodreads TBR here!

Purchase your copy here: Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Rating:  *  *  *  *  *

Review: 
SOUL AVENGED (see my five star review here) is such an awesome book and I was crazy excited to get to read it's sequel, SOUL RESURRECTED.  SA sets the bar really high and I've got to say, SR is every bit as good!  Keri Lake does such a great job taking a mystery and peeling off it's layers at just the right pace to keep a girl glued to her kindle.  I gobbled SOUL RESURRECTED right up!  

Since we meet both Logan and Calla in SA, it's safe to say a reader is already quite invested in these characters.  SR picks up right where SA leaves off -- thank goodness as we were left with quite a cliff hanger in SA-- and we are immediately drawn into this story.  The wild action and intense romance is perfectly balanced.  The plot is fantastic and I was holding my breath wondering how it would all work out.  Plus there is such a great romance between Calla and Logan -- both very sweet and steamy!-- and along with the depth of Calla and Logan's story, there are hints and story building going on for future installments.  Yay for a great read!  I can't wait to more of this series!!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Review: RECOVERED: THE SHAPESHIFTERS' LIBRARY by Amber Polo





"A fantastic novel" --Midwest Book Review

"From the award-winning author of THE SHAPESHIFTERS' LIBRARY series, RELEASED and RETRIEVED, comes the long awaited third installment!"

Bliss D. Light was just an ordinary children's librarian until one day she discovered she could grow a tail. Now her life is filled with more magic than any of the fairy tales she tells the children who gather at her feet at the Shipsfeather library. Like many of the other residents of Shipsfeather, Ohio, Bliss is a dogshifter, and her newly discovered ability to change from human form into that of a sleek white greyhound has left her yearning to know more about her true heritage. The answer to all her questions, she is certain, lies with the dogshifters' long lost Library of the Ancients and, undeterred by the fact that thousands before her have searched, she sets out to find it.

Accompanied by her best friend Harry, a disgraced werewolf/dogshifter mongrel, and hotly pursued by the evil werewolf team of Sybilla and Blaze, Bliss's quest takes her across the sacred sites and ancient mounds of the American Southwest. Though kidnapped by dogcatchers, sold into racetrack slavery and forced to fight wolf dogs to survive, Harry and Bliss never lose sight of their goal-or each other. Because the only thing more important than finding the ancient lost treasure might just be preserving what they already have found: an unlikely love that could be the first step toward bringing two ancient enemy races together.


Genre:  Sweet Paranormal Romance with Mystery
Publisher Type:  Indie
My Rating: *  *  *  *  *

My Review:

A novel like RECOVERED elicits a happy sigh from me.  This is the type of book you want to curl up to read by the fire with a cup of hot tea on a rainy day.  It's exciting, engrossing and has the sweetest of romances.  I've really enjoyed all of the Shapeshiters' Library books, but RECOVERED is my favorite!

RECOVERED has a National Treasure (love that movie!) vibe with mystery and adventure at it's core.  There's a race to discover a long-lost treasure which existence has been disputed, and woven in are themes of redemption and the breaking of stereotypes and racism.  Bliss and Harry's relationship is sweet and quite romantic.  **more happy sighs**

I will say that there was a plot hole that bugged me quite a bit.  How did the redneck werewolf hear about Bliss and Harry's trip when it was a secret with only a few select dogs in the know?  This did dig at me quite a bit, but honestly the story is just so good, it's impossible mot to forgive an issue or two.

Purchase RECOVERED: Amazon (ebook or paperback) or  Barnes & Noble (paperback)


ALSO FIND THE REST OF THE SERIES ON SALE ON AMAZON NOW!!!





Purchase on Amazon here.

Currently on sale for 99 cents!!!!!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Blog Tour with Giveaway: Jonathan Lister's CROSSROADS



Yay!  It's tour time!!!

Today I'm excited to share a great new author, Jonathan Lister, with you!
Ready?  Let's get started!!! And don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end, too!



Werewolf. Bar bouncer. Dad. Standard traits for any self-respecting, reformed criminal, living under the radar in Demos City. For Leon Gray, normal is what he wants — for himself and his not-yet-changed teenage daughter.

Playing bodyguard to crusading reporter David Hastings would totally ruin Leon’s peace, especially since Hastings has hired killers on his trail, pros who know how he takes his espresso in the morning, and where Leon lives.

The payoff, though, would fill up Shauna’s empty college fund, and in a battle between opportunity and ordinary, money wins. He just has to keep Hastings alive long enough to cash the check.

If only he didn’t have to save his daughter, too.

As a budding wolf, she’s piqued the interest of a local pack Alpha — one Leon knows will steal Shauna right out from under him the first chance he gets.

Leon isn’t about to give up on his daughter or Hastings, and will fight for both longer than it took Demos City to see werewolves as equals to humans.

He can only hope it doesn’t take a thousand years.


Want more?  How about a sneak peek???

The Bouncer 

Breaking a beer bottle over someone’s head rarely knocks them unconscious. Oh, it’s going to hurt like hell, probably make a good-sized gash in the scalp but hardly ever just a quick dose of shut-eye. What they’ll end up with is a wound that looks a lot worse than it actually is. The best an opponent can hope for is the element of surprise and the moments of disorientation that the hit causes. If the bastard is serious about it, he can use the jagged edges of broken glass to do some real damage. A shame this isn’t a Western. When a beer bottle connects with a cowboy’s head in one of those old movies, he hits the floor in a few seconds.

I’m not a cowboy. I’m something else.

“Gray! Watch out!” Jenny shouts from behind the bar, but I already know Frank is coming. Guy lost his job last week—ten years as a call center supervisor. He’s been in here every night since. Now he’s drunk enough to think I’m the reason his company shipped his job off to the Philippines.

It’s taking him forever to swing that damn bottle at me; I’m getting bored.

He’s harmless on most nights, talks a lot about how he’d like to blow up his old work, but ends up passing out in his car. People in front of me are pointing and shouting over the din of music and bar talk, obviously trying to warn me. It’s the whiskey’s fault Frank is coming after me. That doesn’t mean I can make an exception. Everyone in here knows the rules, knows what’s coming.

The bottle connects with the back of my head and shatters. I don’t move. Broken glass sticks in my hair, even draws some blood. I let the pain run down my back along with the cheap beer and hold my breath until the shouting sting fades to a grumbling throb.

Yep—hurts like hell.

“Fuck you, Leon!” Frank shouts. His breath is acrid and brimming with rye as it washes over my neck. Its scent tells me how much alcohol is in his blood. In all the movies Frank has ever probably seen, it’s only supposed to take one hit, so I know he’s is waiting for me to fall down. In fact, he’s probably praying I fall because no way he’s got a next move planned.

A bar that was roaring with life a moment ago is all spectators, front-row seat types. Most everyone in here knows me, knows what I am. Frank does, too; it’s why he needs to quit the whiskey. The pool tables are quiet. No one’s playing darts, not even bringing glasses to their lips. There are no footsteps on the hardwood floors. The customers are all a mixture of bloodlust and pity, waiting to see what my first move is going to look like. The bell sounds in my head as I turn around.

This is the fun part of my job.

Add CROSSROADS to your Goodreads TBR here.
Purchase CROSSROADS here: Amazon or Barnes & Nobles

Let's get to know this awesomesauce writer:

Jonathan Lister is a full-time writer with work appearing in outlets of USA Today, The Houston Chronicle and many others. A graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, he’s waited an unspeakable amount of tables en route to having the career he wants, and the ability to the tell stories he loves. Crossroads: aDemos City Novel is Jonathan’s first book-length work of fiction. He currently lives in the Philadelphia area and continues to drink too much coffee.

Stalk this cool author on his author's site, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads page.

Here's what Jonathan had to say about overcoming writer's block:

Writer’s block is a lie. The blockage isn’t in the flow of words – we can keep writing for as long as our fingers keep jabbing at the keys. Our problem isn’t with production, but the awful sentences that come out of us, sometimes for months, before we get to the good stuff. Avoiding this ‘blockage’ is at the forefront of every writers’ process, and it’s on the menu for mine as well. At the risk of discussing the craft too in-depth, here are a few ways I keep the keys popping and the ideas coming.

#1 Alcoholism
That’s not true. I mean, I don’t advocate abusing a substance as a means to stimulate your creativity, but it is good to get out of the house and interact with other humans. See your friends for a drink, go out with your significant other for a glass of wine, anything, other than sit at your desk and continue to pound sand. Don’t get addicted to booze because I told you it would help your career. Get out there and socialize, but do so in moderation. 



#2 Write The Crap Out of It
We tend to toil under the notion that “the draft” is just going to pour out of us in one creative convulsion. It’s not true…at least not for most us. In reality, you just need to write a bunch of terrible lines before you get your brain in the right place to write some good ones. If you’re still coming up with boring prose, don’t worry. As the old saying goes, “If you find yourself going through Hell, keep going.”

#3 Video Games…No Seriously
Get out of your headspace and allow your brain to ease into another reality. No legal way of doing that better than with video games. Fire up the X-box, the PC or the Playstation, set the difficulty on “child with a rattle” and destroy your competition. The goal here is not to increase your frustration level, so don’t go MMo’ing in the heroic-level raids where your progress descends into herding cats and punching online trolls. Be liberal with your trigger finger, grasshopper.



#4 Walk the Dog
Remember your dog? The animal you feed and take care of that lounges near your writing desk waiting for a head pat and/or belly rub? He needs attention, so why don’t you quit worrying about the chapter you just can’t get right and go for a walk? The steady motion will help relax you, trust me. Of course, if you have a cat, this step will only serve to infuriate you further. You can’t own a cat. You can only agree to feed it for the time it chooses to live with you.

#Call Your Best Friend
Conversation is a clot-busting drug for the logjam of ideas in your brain. Give your best friend a call and hash them out. Don’t censor yourself or avoid story points because you’re not confident in them. This is your closest friend, the person who knows you better than anyone. Let the musings fly back and forth. Sooner rather than later, you’ll know which parts are lame and which ones are worth investing more time in.

Everyone works through creative problems differently. What works for you, might not be what generates the inspiration for another, and that’s totally okay. Next time when you don’t feel like writing, or doing anything else for that matter, give one of these tips a try. You might be shocked at the results. 

 Ready for the giveaway???

Friday, November 29, 2013

Cover Reveal: Janelle Stalder's MASKED

Holy Cow am I excited about this one!!!
I absolutely love SWITCH (see my six star crazed review here)
and cannot wait to get my hands on this baby!
Ready to see the cover???
It's soooooo freakin awesome!!!!!!!
**big fangirl squeal**



 
Add MASKED to your Goodreads TBR here!

Tentative release date of February 25th, 2014

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.

New Berlin, 2040. Rebels prepare to fight against the New World Order, bent on bringing down the world’s greatest tyrant. One girl wanted nothing to do with it, content to keep her head down and make the best of this new world. That is, until she has no choice but to work with the rebels and infiltrate the NWO headquarters. Every moment she spends there puts her in danger, especially when one man, the second in command to the New World leader, continues to make his way into her every thought. She must stay focused and protect not just her mind and body, but also her heart. Will she be able to complete her task without being unmasked? Or will the one man standing in her way ruin it all?