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?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Review: Eden-East by Janelle Stalder

New life, new deaths, and truths revealed. Everything ends now.

In the final installment of the Eden series, the King’s army prepares for their biggest battle yet. Aiden and his friends set out to find Aziz in his hidden mountain fortress and bring the war in Eden to an end. But secrets are being discovered along the way, and the weight of them could ruin lives. Aiden is coping with loss and the need for vengeance, as well as changes in himself he doesn’t quite understand. Thousands of lives are depending on him to stop Aziz once and for all, and this time Aiden is more than ready and confident he’ll be the one to do it. The stakes are higher than he ever anticipated on his journey east.

Elisa is embarking on a new phase of her life. She has the man she loves beside her, their group of friends have become stronger, and the end of war is in sight. Now she just needs to see it through so she can finally have her happily ever after. But she knows the truth that the others don’t, and it will test her loyalty and friendship more than anything ever has.

Genre:  Epic Fantasy (YA, NA & More)
Publisher Type:  Indie
Purchase Links:  Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords
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My Rating: *  *  *  *  *

My Review:
I'm in mourning.  I've never been so sad to see a series come to an end.  This may be the most incredible epic fantasy series of all time -- seriously, I'm not just being dramatic -- and it's over.  I finished it a few weeks ago and have been trying to process my feelings.  This book is incredible!!!  It's the perfect culmination of the three amazing books prior.  But now it's over ... I just can't seem to wrap my head around that.

So what can I say as a reviewer?  Well, if you're reading this, you've likely read books 1-3 and don't need me to rehash how incredibly well written the characters are, how the complex cast each has back story and depth and draw you in and make you love and/or hate them.  You don't need me to tell you that the overall plot, as well as the individual books' plots, are intriguing to the point that your children may not eat for days as you are too busy reading.  So all I can say is that the conclusion of all this freakastically amazing adventure that is EDEN-EAST does not disappoint.  It's great ... but I still can't believe its over. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

CURRENTLY FREE!!! Review: GHOST HAND by Ripley Patton

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.

How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she's a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.

Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia's calculus class, stares at her like she's a freak, Olivia doesn't like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.

Genre:  YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher Type:  Indie
Purchase Links:  Amazon (FREE right now!!!!) or Barnes & Noble
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My Rating: *  *  *  *  *

My Review:
This is an incredibly fun read!  I love the creativity that went into the creation of the PSS condition -- especially Olivia's special gift in regards to her PSS (no spoilers here for sure!).  From the very first chapter, the reader is drawn in to this world and crazy stuff starts happening immediately.  There's lots of mystery, suspense, unanswered questions and dubious motives in this quick-paced read.  Many questions are left unanswered by the end of the book, but I have confidence future installments will bring the answers to light.  My only real complaint is that the adults were a bit one-dimensional, but that didn't hurt my overall enjoyment of GHOST HAND.  I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in the PSS Chronicles, GHOST HOLD.

Cover Art:
I really enjoy the straightforward beauty of this cover.  It grabs your attention while giving you a clear glimpse of what the novel is about :)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Review: EYE OF THE SOUL by Terri Rochenshi

Eye of the Soul (Pool of Souls)


That should be Hyla’s first thought as her people are chained and imprisoned for no imaginable reason.

Instead, Hyla finds herself traveling through a land void of Natives, with human soldiers pillaging in desperate pursuit of her, and in search of the mystical Pool of Souls—home to the one man who can save her people.

Or so she believes.

Led by her faith in the deity Fadir, Hyla is met along her journey by Jadon—a human male and fierce King’s warrior, and his childhood best friend Conlin—one of the few Natives aware of his Fadir-given Talents.

Protected by Jadon, guided by Conlin, and with an unfailing belief in the purpose of her pilgrimage, Hyla carries on.

Like her, though, another searches for the Pool, and should he gain access first, everyone she loves, and everything she knows, could be lost.


Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher Type:  Small Print
Purchase Links:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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My Rating:  *  *  *  *  *

My Review:
Know those books that you just keep on thinking about long after you finish them?  The ones you had become so engrossed in, you ponder what will happen with the characters much like you would wonder how a troubled friend is doing?  Yup, EYE OF THE SOUL is so one of those books.

What an incredible world Terri Rochenshi builds in EYE OF THE SOUL!  She balances guiding her reader through discovering this world, introducing amazing characters and thrilling with griping action perfectly right from the start.  While you are immediately thrown into the action of the plot, you never feel lost or confused.  Oh yes, there's plenty of mystery or veiled motives, but you never think "huh?" as you go along; "gasp!" yes, but not "huh?"

I really enjoyed the story of EYE OF THE SOUL.  I was so engrossed by the plot and I fell in love with the characters.  Hyla is incredible!  Really, all the characters are amazing.  I'm super excited to read the next installment of the Pool of Souls!  EYE OF THE SOUL closes with a great cliff hanger and so much yet to be discovered.  Write faster, Terri, please!!!!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Review: FLORENCE by Ciye Cho

by Ciye Cho 

Seventeen-year-old Florence Waverley is out of her depth. Literally. Kidnapped and taken below the waves to the mer world of Niemela, she is the ultimate gift for merman Prince Kiren: a human familiar tied to his side. But nothing is what it seems amid the beauty and danger of a dark ocean.

Every Niemelan has a role to play, from the mermaids who weave towers out of kelp to the warriors who fight sea monsters. But in trying to survive, Florence will end up in the middle of a war between the mer and the Darkness. A conflict that will push her between two brothers: Kiren, the charmer inexplicably drawn to both her and the monsters; and Rolan, the loner who has been pushing her away since the day they met. But in order to take a stand--and find out where she belongs--Florence will have to risk it all: her life, her heart... and her very soul.

Genre:  YA Fantasy
Publisher Type:  Indie
Purchase Links:  Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords
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My Rating: *  *  *  *

My Review:
I really, really enjoyed reading FLORENCE.  What a fun and creative ride!  I love the world we encounter here.  The colors, the society, the unique sea environment ... it's a cornucopia for the imagination.  The story line is intriguing and I always appreciate that sense of not knowing who a character can trust.  While I like the entire cast, I do feel some could have been developed with a bit more depth, but that really didn't hurt my overall enjoyment of FLORENCE.  I am also left wondering why Florence was so invisible in her human world.  Perhaps this will be explored in the next book in the series, LUMINAIRE.  I'm super excited to see what happens to Florence and this amazing mer world she's experiencing.

Cover Art:
Such a beautiful and artistic cover!  It's a perfect fit fot what's inside!