Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tour Review & Interview: The Monster of Fame by Aimee Duffy

Adult Contemporary Romance

Can the voice of an angel heal a tortured soul?

Annabelle MacIntosh enters a reality singing contest to save her family from their mounting debt. Miles Oliver, celebrity judge and the owner of the biggest record company in the UK, doesn't think she has what it takes. She sings like an angel, but when she performs all he can focus on is the terror in her eyes. It's a look he knows only too well. After the pressure of fame destroyed his wife, Miles swore he'd never let the same thing happen to anyone else. Driven by the guilt he's carried for years, Miles tries everything in his power to make sure Annabelle doesn't succeed, because he doesn't believe she'll survive it.

Annabelle needs that prize money, and she's determined to win it. As she fights to make it through each round of the contest, an attraction begins to develop between the two adversaries. The longer Annabelle remains in the competition, the deeper her attraction grows to the man who's trying to prevent her from reaching her goal. Can she convince Miles she's strong enough to fight the fame monster and win?

Source: Received the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Did not receive any payment for review.

My Review

Annabelle's life has not been easy. She works at a grocery store near her home to help make ends meet. Her father left her and her family, leaving a steep amount of debt in his wake. Annabelle has dreamed of being a singer her whole life. She enters a competition called "Do You Have What It Takes?" This is a competition quite like American Idol. She thinks this is her shot to pay off the debts and help her family. 

Miles Oliver is one of the judges on "Do You Have What It Takes?" He has seen firsthand what the fame monster can do to a person. After all, fame took it's toll on his now deceased wife. He sees Annabelle at the auditions and has never heard such a beautiful voice. He is determined to make her leave the competition for fears that she will not survive fame. He soon becomes conflicted about his intentions when he finds out the reason why Annabelle is competing. 

Annabelle is very timid in the beginning of the competition. She doesn't have much confidence and is always second guessing herself. Her confidence and strength increases as her relationship with Miles grows. I feel like I'm explaining this the wrong way. It's not all sunshine and rainbows and there are bumps along the way. Misinterpreted intentions get in the way and there is a lot of internal conflict with the characters. 

I really enjoyed the romance in this book. I have been in sort of a rut lately with my contemporary romances. This book had just the right amount of steam. I really wasn't expecting it to have as much as it did and it gave me a "Oh, HELLO!" kinda moment LOL. Back to Annabelle... I really liked her character. She isn't a super skinny chic and she has curves. Not to mention that she's kind of a red head. More of an auburn, but still :-) And helllloooo, Miles is a hottie!! I'd be all over him like white on rice! I really recommend this book for a quick romantic read. I especially loved the last chapter. 

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m from “sunny” Scotland and work for a solicitors. I love reading, shopping (what girl doesn’t?), US Sitcoms, UK comedy shows, reality telly programs and nights out on the town with my friends. Just the usual. Oh, and I write in my free time

When did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing on and off since high school. It was only last summer that I really knuckled down and made it a part of my life. Now I can’t imagine a life any other way.

Have you ever been discouraged in regard to your writing ability and if so, how did you get past it andmove forward?

Yes. I needed quick feedback on a partial, so I asked a girl I didn’t know to critique it for me. She didn’t like my voice, the phrases I used but ironically she loved the story. After some moping, my usual CP offered to read it and told me it was the best thing I’ve ever written (and she’s brutally honest). I came to terms that my writing isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, and now I’m okay with it.

What's your favorite thing about writing?

I love getting lost in my character’s heads. Writing about, say, a girl who has the balls to enter a reality singing competition is a vast difference from my not-half-as-fun life.

What is something you've written that will never see the light of day?

My first and second manuscripts! They were dreadful. Also a short novella I wrote for a friend that was m/m. I’ve read a few since I wrote it and realized how awful mine was. My friend seemed to like it though :D

What is your writer food?

People can eat and type? I get too lost in the words and my fingers don’t stop until the words stop flowing to eat. I’ve been known to take a break for a quick ciggy though.

What's the hardest thing about writing for you?

Getting started on a new story, especially if it’s right after the last one. If the books aren’t related, I still have the old characters in my head and it takes a while to get to know the new guys. That’s when I know I’m going to have to revise, revise, revise. I’m not a fan of revisions.

What inspires you to write?

Everything. People, pictures, songs, my garden, nature, television programs. Everything I see, hear, read
inspires a story.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

Five. The two that will never, ever see the light of day. My newest release, my book coming out in January and another that I have under consideration. The m/m was a novella. I’m working on book 2 of my debut release and I’m about half way through.

What are some of your favorite books?

I love The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, anything by Natalie Anderson or Heidi Rice, Bared to You
by Sylvia Day, the Fifty Shades saga, books by Linwood Barclay and Harlan Coben and I loved how unique
Private Love in a Public Place is by Toni Kenyon.

What authors do you like to read?

Cassandra Clare, Natalie Anderson, Heidi Rice, Nicola Marsh, Sylvia Day, Stephanie Meyer, Linwood
Barclay, Harlan Coben, Savanna Chase, Zara Stonely, Jessica E Subject and lots more.

What inspired you to write The Monster of Fame?

Television programs! More specifically shows like XFactor, The Voice and Pop Idol. I thought why not combine those with a romance. Tada, The Monster of Fame was born.

If you could choose a dream cast for The Monster of Fame, who would you pick?

Ian Somerhalder for Miles, Isla Fisher for Annabelle, Ildi Silva for Safri and Ryan Hansen for Sander.

OHHHH Ian Somerhalder....I'm now drooling!! I can totally see him as Miles. It just made the story that much better for me :-) I love your picks for the cast!

Would you say you relate to any of your characters? If so, which one and why?

Annabelle MacIntosh from The Monster of Fame. She’s not had the best start in life, and where mine was much, much better, we didn’t have much when I was younger and had to make do with what we could. I admire her strength, her motivation and get up and go. I like to think I’m a little like that :D

About the Author

A lifelong bookworm with an addiction to happily ever afters, Aimée Duffy has read romance for as long as she can remember. After spending years dreaming up her own handsome heroes and feisty heroines, she finally decided to put pen to paper and write.

She lives in Central Scotland, surrounded by family and friends. By day she works in a private firm of lawyers, and by night she considers herself extremely lucky to be writing the books she loves to read and to have the opportunity to share her characters' happy ever afters with readers. In her free time she enjoys hillwalking and handbag shopping.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Review: Masks of the Lost Kings by Tom Bane

Mystery Thriller

Following the sudden disappearance of treasure hunter Ben Sanders in Mexico, beautiful archaeologist Suzy da Silva is snatched from the cloistered environs of Oxford University and thrust into a deadly maelstrom of intrigue and discovery. Joining forces with astrophysicist Tom Brooking she crosses four continents, to unlock the dark secrets of Tutankhamun's tomb, the Holy Sepulchre and the mysterious Mayan Temple of Inscriptions to reveal a mysterious truth. Together they risk their lives, pursued by martial assassins and renegade special forces, fighting the forces of evil to discover hidden knowledge so precious that it has lain dormant for over a thousand years..

My Review

I was given this book from the author to give an honest review.
I give this book 4 1/2 stars, the plot was well written, reading about Ancient Egpyt and learning some new things I didn't know before was wonderful, and the characters were great especially Suzy! I loved how she could defend herself if need be and would stop at nothing to finish her paper.
While the plot was great and the book long (which I love) I felt as though it was filled with too much information sometimes. But what really got me was the part with Ben. I did not really understand what exactly was his problem and what he really wanted to do with the world.

The story evolves around Oxford student Suzy da Silva who is getting her Ph. D. She is trying to do her thesis and connect the link between Tutankhamun and Christianity. She gets funded by the Horus Corporation to travel to Egypt, and they send a highly trained martial artist bodyguard named Getsu. While there in Egypt that is when the action begins and Suzy not only puts her background of martial arts to use, she starts putting the puzzles together.
As Suzy starts uncovering hidden meanings within the tombs of Egypt and then soon in Mexico someone is not wanting her to. They will stop at nothing to make sure she does not succeed.

About the Author

Tom Bane grew up in England. He studied physical chemistry at University and went on to work in the energy industry before becoming a writer. The son of an engineer and a school teacher, he has always had a fascination for the interplay between science and beliefs, and these themes provide the backdrop to his novels. He had the idea for the Suzy da Silva series one day in 2008 whilst out walking with his dog in Cornwall near Tintagel Castle. His first novel “Masks of the Lost Kings” took him over two years to write and research, visiting the ancient ruins of Egypt and South and Central America.  His first novel was published in 2012, and has exceeded all expectations. Since then, he has been busy on his second novel in the Suzy da Silva series, with more novels in the series already in the pipeline. Tom appears regularly in the media and  is highly rated by fans and booklovers alike. He spends his time living and writing in the USA, UK and Thailand.

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Review: Vital Signs by Emily Walker

Horror Short Story
Release Date: October 31, 2012

The harvester is coming... A stranger to the country free from his chains. Money is his goal, and he takes from the living to make his way. Death doesn't phase him as it's just a means to an end. What happens when your rescuer becomes your worst nightmare?

Source: Received the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Did not receive any payment for review.

 My Review

Vlad was a killer. He was shipped to the United States during the Cold War. While in the US he works with the Russian mob selling organs on the black market. This horror short tells of a few of his victims.  It really makes you want to reconsider calling an ambulance lol. I liked this short story but I think it needs a little work. I feel that it was a little tame for a horror short story. Don't get me wrong, it was unnerving, but I would have liked more gore. Vlad tells you about picking up his victims and he gets all the way to slicing them up and it stops there. I almost wish the character would have talked about how he removed the organs. It is a good start but it feels like there's something missing to make it great.


About  the Author 

Emily Walker resides in the mountains of North Carolina. She lives on top of a mountain quite literally with her other half of nine years and her fur baby, Rebel. After a couple of jobs ghost writing for other successful authors she embarked on her own journey to write a novel. In addition to horror she writes paranormal fiction, paranormal romance, science fiction, and adult fiction.

Twitter - @authorewalker
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Websites – www.selfpublishordie.com and www.lyramcken.com

For those of you who can’t wait to read Vital Signs then you can get it before Halloween. It is here early, get it and get scared! https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/247065

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Tour Review & Giveaway: The Charleston Vampire Chronicles by L.A. Freed

Paranormal Fiction

My heart slammed inside my chest as I fought him. My fear became anger; I knew I would die before I'd let him violate me. I squirmed beneath him and bucked violently, nearly knocking him off. He retaliated by driving his weight harder against me and shoving his knee into my belly. Vomit rose in my throat.

Cold pain pierced my neck, and I drew in a strangled gasp as I realized he must have a knife. Wet warmth slid across my throat. He pressed his face against me and locked his mouth over the source of my pain.

Warmth spread through me and grew into the heat of need. I found myself pushing into him as my fear dissolved. My heart slowed and matched each pull as he drew the very life out of me. Pounding. Pounding. Pounding. It was ecstasy, and I wanted it to go on forever. Then the sound of my heart grew faint, and he pulled away from me.

He lifted his head and turned to look at me. Blood colored his lips like the grease paint smile of a clown, and ran in a jagged line from the corner of his mouth to the tip of his chin where it hung in a small, clotted drip. He smiled. The sight of the small, sharp fangs shocked me back into fear. THIS IS DEATH.

Source: Received the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Did not receive any payment for review.

My Review

I will try to make this a spoiler free as possible, but no promises. This story is about Angela's transition as a newborn vampire. She was attacked one evening and left for dead. A vampire named Elijah came to her to offer her eternal life. She vows to find the vampire that did this to her and make him pay. With Elijah's help, she learns the ways of her new existence. Everything she knows is about to change. Matthew, the vampire that attacked her may not be the monster she originally believed him to be.

My thoughts...

Take a trip into this fantastic macabre work of fiction. I absolutely loved reading about Angela's transition into a vampire. I have never read a book quite like this one. You really feel like you know what she's feeling through her change. It's definitely not for the squeamish considering some details are very vivid. I prefer the gore. My favorite character would have to be Bong, Angela's new dog. I can't tell you much about Bong without spoiling the story, but I love that damn dog! I didn't know what to expect with this book. It was going in one direction and just wen you think you get it, the story changes. The author has this great way of leaving breadcrumbs. Just enough to hold your interest and keep you yearning for more. The relationship between Angela and Matthew is fully explained in the end. I had a hard time identifying with their relationship and I hope the next book will answer some of my lingering questions. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that's looking for a darker read. I will definitely be checking out the rest of the series.

Books 2 &3 from The Charleston Vampire Chronicles

About the Author

L.A. Freed, author of The Charleston Vampire Chronicles, is a true renaissance woman and lives, works, and plays in Charleston, SC. She is employed full time and works nights atThe Post and Courier. It's highly unlikely that she sleeps in a coffin during the day because she's too busy training dogs to compete in AKC, USDAA and CPE agility and obedience. She also dabbles in photography and art, and has won numerous awards for her work. In a past life she trained, showed and boarded horses. She is a life member of the AQHA and owns two Quarter Horse mares.

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Don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour for interviews and guest blogs!!


21. A Little Bit of R&R http://www.alittlebitofrnrreviews.com/ 

23. Lovetiggi's Blog http://lovetiggisblog.blogspot.com/ 

24. The Cover and Everything in Between http://thecoverbybrittany.blogspot.com/ 

25. Deserted Island at Snowdrop Dreams of Books http://www.snowdropdreams.ca/ 

26. Kristy Centeno http://booksbycenteno.com/ 

27. Snowdrop Dreams of Books http://www.snowdropdreams.ca/ 

28. Texas Straight Talk Book Reviews http://michysbookreviews.com/ 

29. Starry Night Book Reviews http://starrynightbookreviews.blogspot.com/ 

31. Storytime Book Reviews http://storytimebookreviews.blogspot.com/ 


2. R&M Fab Book Reviews http://rmfabbookreviews.blogspot.com/ 

3. Phenomenal Reads http://jennswiger.blogspot.com/ 

4. Andi's Book Reviews http://andisbookreviews.blogspot.com/ 

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Ramblings by Ren and some of my fav books :-)

Hey guys, Ren here!! I wanted to take some time to write about what's going on with me. I have not been well for the past three months and it has taken a huge toll on my reading and reviews. We have a lot of dedicated readers for our blog and I am so grateful for you all! I would like to introduce you to our two newest reviewers, Michelle and Autumn. They were so kind to offer to help with some reviews that I have been behind on.  

I also thought it would be cool to introduce you to some of my favorite books. I have been posting about 1 review a week so I thought I would add something different today.  Alyssa, a fellow reader friend, gave me the idea for this post. I thought I would have some fun with it.

I think I would be here forever if I named off my favs list. These are my top picks. I hope you will check them out and enjoy them as much as I have!!

Lets start with the Dreamline Series by David Mayer.

I can't say enough great things about this amazing series!! Dave was my very first review request on the blog and I am truly honored to have read such fantastic books. I am anxiously awaiting the third book in the series.  These books really get your noggin going!! You can read an interview with the author HERE. Click these titles to read my reviews: Reswyt & Nekhet.  

Blurb for Reswyt: In this spellbinding new paranormal fantasy novel, Sabine Jahn has more than an average teen's share of problems. She’s been forced to leave behind everything she knew growing up in Oregon to start high school as a transfer student in California. She’s lost her father to an automobile accident, and her grandfather, preeminent Egyptologist Daniel Jahn, has mysteriously disappeared. She hasn’t slept in months, and no one can tell her why. And now, as she sits in detention for dozing off in class again, she finds herself drifting from her Cameron High detention hall to a vast, eerie forest where immense astral wolves roam past her.

Sabine has discovered a way to enter a realm where dreaming minds appear nightly as noble hawks, fierce wolves, and stalwart bears. She learns that the wild, beautiful world she has found is slowly becoming corrupted by the acts of a dead mind trapped within it. Now, the fate of that realm – and our own world – rests in the hands of Sabine, a long-dead French soldier, an Egyptian god, and a mysterious, profoundly gifted boy trapped between worlds.

 Believe it or not, I have not always been an avid reader. I was one of those people that just hasn't found her genre yet. This is the series that made me fall in love with reading again. The Immortals series by Alyson Noel was great. I picked up Evermore off of the sale cart from the library that I work at and it was a done deal! I finished the entire series in two weeks. That is quite a feat for me considering I work two jobs and had a 2 year old to chase after. I was a little disappointed with the ending, but I still enjoyed it. 

Blurb for Evermore: After a horrible accident claims the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people's auras, hear their thoughts, and know someones entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact to suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school — but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.
Damen is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He's the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head - wielding a magic so intense, it's as though he can peer straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she's left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea just who he really is - or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she's falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.

The Eden Trilogy by Nicole Williams is one of my favorite Indie series!! Before I knew what an indie novel was, Amazon would recommend books based on my ratings of the books that I have read. When I saw that the first one was free, I snatched it up! Needless to say, I gobbled that up in a day and I was hooked! It really is a great paranormal romance that I think everyone should read!! Oh and how could I forget?! Patrick, the brother in the series, has his own series out!! I loved the first one, Fissure, now I'm waiting for the next one!

Blurb for Eternal Eden: College sophomore Bryn Dawson is a self-proclaimed poster child for normal. However, the day William Hayward enters her life, normalcy is the last thing Bryn will be able to count on if she wants to be with him. Too mysterious and appealing to be good for a girl, Bryn feels drawn to him in a way that seems out of her control—as if fate is orchestrating it.

Despite every red flag and warning siren going off in her head telling her not to, Bryn falls hard for William, knowing he’s categorically different from anyone she’s ever met. She never imagined how right she was. When William takes her deeper into the rabbit hole of his world, Bryn must decide just how much she is willing to sacrifice to be with him, knowing no matter what, fate always finds a way to have the last laugh.

Spinning a new twist on star-crossed lovers, Eternal Eden will put Bryn through a gauntlet of turmoil, challenging her to find the power within herself to become the heroine in her own story

My first recommendation from Amazon was Significance by Shelly Crane. Shelly writes some amazing stories. I may have never know about her books if I didn't buy a Kindle. I loved the Significance series but I'd have to say that her Collide series is my favorite. Did I mention that Significance is being made into a movie? I didn't? Shame on me :-) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Significance-The-Movie/410300789024925?fref=ts

Blurb for Significance: Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who's had a bad year. She was smart and on track but then her mom left, her dad is depressed, she's graduating, barely, and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has.
Then she meets Caleb. She saves his life and instantly knows there's something about him that's intriguing but she is supposed to be on her way to a date with his cousin. But things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally.

They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she's ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive.

Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, and a pain as well, but Caleb's enemies know he's imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities and take her from him.

Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?

Blurb for Collide: Sherry has always known there was something out there. She's eighteen, works for a tabloid newspaper in Chicago and has a brother, Danny who is a lazy mooch. They live a pretty normal dull life with hippie parents and a normal existence Then the moon disappears and people start to go missing only to reappear later, but different. Sherry has an abusive ex-boyfriend who shows up and claims to be one of these beings that have been showing up around the world. He's no longer the same person in that body. He tells her he has come to protect her and her brother and takes her underground, against her will to save her, where they meet others like them. She begins to unravel the truth about Merrick, about what he's really doing here, about the way he looks at her, about the crazy dangerous world they live in. Can he convince her that he's here to help? Will she like what she finds when she opens up to the truth? Will he be the one to love her when everyone else has failed her? Will he be able to protect her?

Abbi Glines is another indie author that I came to love. My first book by her was The Vincent Boys. It is more of a mature YA and it was great! I have also read 2 out of three in The Existence Trilogy and 2 from the Sea Breeze series. Big congrats to her on being picked up by Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster!

Blurb for The Vincent Boys: There was something wicked about Beau that drew me to him. What was wrong with me? Why did I want to sin so badly

Ashton is getting tired of being good, of impressing her parents and playing ideal girlfriend to Sawyer Vincent. Sawyer is perfect, a regular Prince Charming, but when he leaves town for the summer, it’s his cousin Beau who catches Ashton’s eye. Beau is the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, and even though he’s dangerous, Ashton is drawn to him.

Beau loves his cousin like a brother, so the last thing he wants to do is make a move on Sawyer’s girl. Ashton is off-limits, absolutely. That’s why he does his best to keep his distance, even though he’s been in love with her forever. When Ashton wants to rekindle their childhood friendship in Sawyer’s absence, Beau knows he should say no.

Ashton and Beau don’t want to hurt Sawyer. But the more they try to stay away from each other, the more intense their urges become. It’s getting way too hard to resist....

Preservation by Rachael Wade was one of my first Adult contemporary romances. I absolutely loved it and think everyone needs to read it. I have actually hooked a couple of my friends on it :-) Rachael Wade is also a huge supporter of my blog and helped me out when I first started. I am also stoked about her announcement that there will be two more books following Preservation!!!!! SQUEEEE

Fear is sabotage’s sweetest weapon.

Kate has no time for meaningless romantic charades, and definitely no time for hot college professors who are full of themselves and smitten with her. Constantly battling eviction notices, tuition she can’t afford, and a sick, dependent mother, the last thing she needs is to be distracted with someone else’s complicated baggage.

When she stumbles into Ryan Campbell’s creative writing class, he is only “Mr. Campbell” to her, until Ryan finds himself captivated by her writing and she is forced to face their mutual attraction. His cocky know-it-all syndrome is enough to send her running in the other direction, and his posse of female admirers and playboy reputation are enough to squander any odds in her favor.

But underneath Ryan’s abrasive facade is something to behold, and she can’t stay away for long. Ryan and Kate must decide who they’re willing to become and fight against their former selves if they want to make things work. That’s if academia, vicious vixens, old skeletons, and their own mastery at self-destruction don’t pummel their efforts first.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Review: The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen

Adult Contemporary Romance
**Mature Content Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language**

Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.

Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home.

Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.

Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes.

Source: Received the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Did not receive any payment for review.

My Review

I don't think my review will do this book any justice. Yes, I know, I say that quite often. I'll start with the two main characters. Ella went away to school to try and get away from horrible memories at home. She changed her entire image by dressing like, what I would call, a "preppy girl." You know the type...wears a lot of pink with skirts and what not. A total 180 from her old look. She used to have a grunge/goth look with the attitude to go with it. She comes back to her home town after 8 months with no contact with anyone, including her best friend, Micha. Oh, Micha. I'll get back to Ella because I'm completely obsessed with Micha. Micha has been searching and pinning for Ella since she disappeared. Like Ella, his life has not been a walk in the park. His father left him and his mother when he was just a young boy. They both have baggage. When Ella returns, Micha almost doesn't recognize her. He's determined to bring the old Ella back. And oh God, that lip ring. Can I have Micha please??

 My thoughts...

OH LORD...how do I begin to describe how much I loved this book? It was recommended to me by fellow book blogger, Delphina. I was stoked when Jessica Sorensen asked if I would be interested in reviewing it. I have been hearing such great things and I was worried that it wouldn't live up to the hype. I have not read such an awesome Adult Contemporary Romance since Preservation by Rachael Wade. This book was absolutely fantastic!! When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. Ella's spunk reminds me a lot like myself. Character growth makes me a happy camper and Ella finally started to work out her issues and be herself.

Jessica Sorensen normally writes YA paranormal. I'm a huge YA fan because it's all about anticipation. I find that adult novels can be a little much when it comes to sex. I like the build up and think it makes for a better read. Jessica frickin delivered!! There was so much sexual tension between Ella and Micha that you could cut that shit with a butter knife! I swear, it's like Jessica was sitting there with a $100 bill on a fishing pole just dangling it in my face. Whenever I would go to grab it, she would snatch it away leaving me feeling wanting. HOLY HELL, this book was smokin' I can't say enough about it. I also love that it was written in alternating POV's. I loved reading what Micha had to say :-) I am so excited that there will be another book!! Needless to say, I will be a forever fan of Jessica's! If you have not read it yet, you need to.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Review: The Accidental Siren by Jake Vander Ark

Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Mara Lynn is the most beautiful girl in the world. James Parker is the ordinary boy who discovers her power.

The Accidental Siren depicts the joys and consequences of young love as Mara and James meet, shoot a movie, fend off bullies, and explore the potential of infinite beauty.

Source: Received the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Did not receive any payment for review.

My Review

Okay...I usually like to write a synopsis with my review but I'm feeling quite incompetent right now. Why is it that really awesome books always turn me into a bumbling idiot? I really enjoyed this book. It's written as James' memoir and he writes about the time that he met Mara, who is the siren in this book. I feel like James' character was well written. He really sounds like a 12 year old and I find it refreshing. I notice too often with other books that characters' voices don't always match their age.  The development of each character made me feel like I knew them.  I like knowing more about the rest of the characters instead of just the main ones. 

The story line was good. At first I thought it was a little drawn out,  but I realized at the end that it was all necessary. This was more of a "young" romance novel. If you're looking for steamy, this isn't the book for you.  I would have liked more of the paranormal aspect. There were some major turn of events at the end that I did not see coming...especially the last paragraph. Overall, it was a good read and I definitely recommend it. This is totally unrelated to my rating of the book but I couldn't imagine Mara as a blonde. I kept picturing her as a raven haired beauty. I had to constantly yell at myself and say "hey, that's not right."
                                                         This face pretty much sums up my reaction LOL. 


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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tour Review & Excerpt: Chocolate Aftertaste by Liz Grace Davis

Adult Contemporary Romance

At her pre-wedding dinner, Nora Darkin, the daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur, discovers her fiancé is not the man she thought he was. As her father hoists his glass to toast them, she makes an announcement: there will be no wedding to her father's right-hand man.

Due to the fresh rift driven between her and her father, Nora escapes to the quaint town of Dreara. Determined to live her life her own way, she makes new friends and pursues her lifelong desire of becoming a chef. Ethan Danes, a neighbour with his own broken heart, helps soothe hers.

Just as Nora discovers what it means to be happy, and she begins to fall in love with Ethan, a woman from his past re-enters his life…

Nora turned her attention back to the reality in front of her. She hated arguments; sometimes she wished she could hide somewhere, just wait them out. Unfortunately, life was not like that.

She lifted her eyes to meet Liam’s. The ice in his eyes had not melted. She dropped her gaze.

Instead of flirting with her appetite, the large marinated tiger prawns made her stomach queasy, and the oriental noodles looked like neglected yarn left out in the rain. From the way he dissected his steak, Liam’s appetite was just fine. She gritted her teeth as his knife scraped the porcelain plate.

Unable to bear the silence between them, she leaned forward and whispered, “I hate it when you ignore me.”

“What do you want me to say?” He chewed the last of his food and waved for the waiter. “We’re done.”

The waiter nodded and scuttled over to remove their plates.

When the waiter was out of earshot, Nora hissed through clenched teeth, “I wasn’t done.”

Liam took a swig of water, probably wishing it were something stronger. “You didn’t look like you were hungry.”

“Stop treating me like a child,” she snapped.

“Stop acting like one.”

Nora’s cheeks heated. She contained her anger with difficulty. “That’s really insensitive.”

“What do you want from me, Nora?” A vein pulsed in his neck. “What exactly do you want me to say?”

“Say you want me to be happy.” Her eyes brimmed. “Don’t ask me to get rid of my best friend.”

He loosened his tie—and then slammed his fist on the table, knocking over Nora’s glass of water. The silver stream raced straight for her lap.

The waiter appeared as if from nowhere to replace the white tablecloth with a new one. Nora forced a smile and whispered an apology. The waiter nodded, and a minute later he left.

Ignoring the curious looks they got from the other diners, she dabbed at the moisture on her black jeans. “You can’t always explode every time I refuse to do what you want.”

Liam ignored her. “Ask to pay. I want to leave.”

Nora flinched, but abided. Paying wasn’t so bad—so long as it was fair. On their first and second date, he
paid. On their third and a few more after that, they went Dutch. After one year, he asked her to pay for an occasional meal until it became an unspoken arrangement between them. The only thing Liam had paid for himself in three years was her engagement ring.

My Review

I'd have to say that I am a little torn on my rating for this book. It held my interest up until about 70% of the book. I'll start with what I liked about the book. Nora has always done what her father wanted her to do. She broke off her relationship with the first man she had ever loved because her father didn't approve of him. She later meets Liam, a man who works for her father. They soon become engaged and he starts to show his true colors. Finally standing up for herself, she leaves Liam the day before their wedding. This was the first step she took in finding her independence. I thought for sure that she would stay with him to make her father happy. 

Next, she decides to get away from town and go to Dreara. Some time away can give her time to think about what she really wants. She makes some new friendships and even meets a new guy named Ethan. They have both been scarred by love and aren't ready to take their friendship to the next level....yet. Ethan encourages Nora to go to cooking school. One of Nora's lifelong dreams was to learn to cook and open her own restaurant. Nora shows such tremendous growth throughout the story. I will tell you that she does eventually start a relationship with Ethan, but I will leave it at that. 

Now for my gripes...

I can't tell you much without spoiling the story. I feel that there were too many conflicts towards the end. I understand why they were there. They were beneficial in turning the story around. I was glad that she worked things out with her father but I feel like she turned into an indecisive teenager at the end. It was a lot of back and forth and it really turned me off. I seriously wanted to throw something. The romance was a bit tame and I would have liked more of the swoon factor.

About the Author

Liz Grace Davis grew up in Angola, Namibia, South Africa and Germany. She now lives with her husband in Vienna, Austria.

Growing up, Liz spent most her days in libraries, diving into the world of books. In her spare time she reads a lot, travels, creates jewelry and designs digital scrapbooks. That's of course when she's not weaving stories. She's in her element whenever she is doing anything that requires creativity.

Liz is the author of a young adult fantasy novel, Tangi's Teardrops, and a romantic women's fiction novel, Chocolate Aftertaste.