Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Review: Lets Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost. 

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most. 

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love. 

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.



My Thoughts:
What a fantastic coming of age book with wonderful twists of fate.  Leila is on a mission to see the Northern lights.  Along the way fate introduces her to some interesting characters.  First she meets Hudson.  Hudson is a guy who knows exactly what he wants out of life and has it planned down to every detail on how to get it.  Who knew one night filled with adventure could stay with you like an invisible tattoo and change everything?  Then she meets Bree, Elliot, Sonia & Dee.  Each one with their own unique story and in some way in need of Leila's brave, dynamic spirit.  It wasn't just what Leila brought to all of their lives, but that each character added another layer to Leila as well. Leila starts out taking the journey to see the lights as a way to find herself, but in the end she finds that sometimes it just takes going home to figure out who you are.  This book appealed to the young girl in me with endless possibilities stretched out in front of her.
Recommended for 14 & up.  Mild language & sexual situations.

Book provided by publisher for a fair & unbiased review.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Review: Jack Templar & The Lord of Werewolves

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Fresh from confronting the Lord of the Vampires in the limestone catacombs beneath Paris, Jack Templar faces his toughest challenge yet as he searches for the next Jerusalem Stone, this one being held by the Lord of the Werewolves. 

But the narrow escape from the vampire lair came at a great cost and Eva battles for her survival. The only chance to help Eva is to continue their quest and find the Jerusalem Stones. Reuniting the Stones will not only stop Ren Lucre’s coming war against mankind, but also transform Eva back into her human self. 

From the ruins of ancient Delhi to the depths of the Black Forest in Germany, Jack and his friends face monsters, bewildering riddles and treachery from the most unlikely of places. Through it all, they are plagued by the Oracle’s prediction that at least one of their group will not make it through the adventure alive. Worse yet, they know that Kaeden, the Lord of the Werewolves, will do his best to make sure none of them do. 

But they are monster hunters of the Black Watch…and they will do their duty, come what may.


My Thoughts:
I have only one big problem with these books.   It's that I have to wait so long to read the next one!!  Each one of these books has been such an adventure that I read them in about a day.  This book follows in line with the others in the series with exceptional characters and scenery.  However, now we're really getting to see Jack grow up and realize there are consequences to all choices, good & bad.  While Jack's enemies think his loyalty and love for his friends are his weakness, I think we'll see that they are his greatest strengths. The descriptions of the monsters are fantastic. Another aspect of this series that I like is that the enemies Jack faces have complicated histories that led them to be what they are.  It makes the story much more interesting.   I highly recommend this series to ages 11 & up, girl or boy. You do need to read the other books before this one, but why wouldn't you?!  They're awesome!!

Here's something a little extra!!  I couldn't help myself.  I kept thinking what fantastic movies these books would make so here are my choices for characters.

Jack Templar - Peyton Meyer

Eva - Danielle Campbell

Daniel - Cody Christian

Ren Lucre - Sebastian Roche

Aquinas - Helen Mirren

Will - Jake Short

T-Rex - Robert Capron

Xavier - Tyrel Jackson Williams

Kaeden Lord of the Werewolves - Ian Somerholder

About the author:

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Jeff Gunhus is the author of the Amazon bestselling supernatural thriller, Night Chill, and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book of the series, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His book Reaching Your Reluctant Reader has helped hundreds of parents create avid readers. Killer Within is his second novel for adults. As a father of five, he and his wife Nicole spend most of their time chasing kids and taking advantage of living in the great state of Maryland. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel. If you see him there, sit down and have a cup of coffee with him. You just might end up in his next novel.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Book Blast & Giveaway: Jack Templar and the Lord of Werewolves

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 Fresh from confronting the Lord of the Vampires in the limestone catacombs beneath Paris, Jack Templar faces his toughest challenge yet as he searches for the next Jerusalem Stone, this one being held by the Lord of the Werewolves. But the narrow escape from the vampire lair came at a great cost and Eva battles to survive the new vampire blood in her veins. The only chance to help Eva is to continue their quest and find the Jerusalem Stones. Reuniting the Stones will not only stop Ren Lucre’s coming war against mankind, but also transform Eva back into her human self. From the ruins of ancient Delhi to the depths of the Black Forest in Germany, Jack and his friends face monsters, bewildering riddles and treachery from the most unlikely of places. Through it all, they are plagued by the Oracle’s prediction that at least one of their group with not make it through the adventure alive. Worse yet, they know that Kaeden, the Lord of the Werewolves, will do his best to make sure none of them do. But they are monster hunters of the Black Guard… and they will do their duty, come what may.
  Excerpt 
The stench hung heavy in the air. There was no other smell in the world quite like it. First came the stink of grease fires from the wall torches, the heavy black smoke that roiled through the air like a foul fog. Then a moldering, musty base layer came to the senses. It reeked of decay and seeping moisture that grew black mold on every surface. The mold clung on the rough-cut rocks lining the dungeon tunnels. It covered the thick iron bars holding the prisoners in place. It even grew on the tattered rags covering the miserable creatures in the cells and likely on their skin as well. That final smell overlay the symphony of stink. The Creach prisoners. Werewolves, harpies, blind mad-worms, blinderwursts, fangpiercers, even some demons held with the special pure iron chains required to keep them in place. Many of these creatures were pungent under the best circumstances, but locked in the deepest dungeon underground, sometimes for decades, they took on an odor so ripe, so awful, that visitors to the dungeon often had to hold their breath to enter. Even then, the smell would make their eyes sting and well with tears. Immediately after leaving the dungeon, visitors were allowed a bath or a shower in the castle. As they washed the stench from their bodies, they would feel an overwhelming sense of thanks that they were not a prisoner wallowing in the horrifying conditions they’d just witnessed. No one, human or Creach, wanted to be a prisoner in the dungeons of Ren Lucre. Far away, at the end of one of the long, twisting corridors, came the creak of a massive door opening. The prisoners stirred at the sound. Their reactions mirrored how long they had been in their cells. The newer arrivals looked up with expectation, still hopeful their punishment was going to be short and that someone was coming to tell them their nightmare was over. Those who had been there longer knew that hope was useless in this dark place. They simply cowered farther into whatever dark corner they could find in their cell, desperate not to be noticed by the Master. Then there were those who had been there the longest. They simply looked up with mild interest, knowing that nothing they did made any difference. Their spirits were broken. Worse, they knew this to be the dark truth, and they simply didn’t care. One single prisoner reacted in none of these ways. He simply stood, and the rags that had once been his clothes hung on his bony frame. Unbroken by years of starvation and torture, he still squared his shoulders in the direction of the sound and raised his chin, his eyes glistening in the torchlight with defiance. What he saw would have brought a normal man to his knees, but this man was no more normal than the monster approaching. Ren Lucre, the five hundred year old vampire, filled the hallway as he strode through it, his cloak billowing behind him as he rushed past the stinking cells. His pale, narrow face looked pinched and concerned. His blood-red lip pursed in a straight line, and his eyes glowered like embers in a fire that might at any time combust into new flame. He came to the thick set of bars that held the proud man, stopped, and stared him down. “Well, if it isn’t the Lord of the Creach,” the man said. Even though his voice was course and weak, he still managed an edge of bitter sarcasm. “You look like you’re having a bad day.” The man spat on the floor. “Good.”
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About the author:
 Jeff Gunhus is the author of the Amazon bestselling supernatural thriller, Night Chill, and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book of the series, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His book Reaching Your Reluctant Reader has helped hundreds of parents create avid readers. Killer Within is his second novel for adults. As a father of five, he and his wife Nicole spend most of their time chasing kids and taking advantage of living in the great state of Maryland. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel. If you see him there, sit down and have a cup of coffee with him. You just might end up in his next novel.


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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review Tour: Souls by Ednah Walters


WARNING: This is CORA'S story: This book may be considered NA (new adult) because it contains some swearing, violence and sex scenes: Suitable for ages 17 and up. A Clean Version will also be available on Amazon.
Eighteen-year-old Cora Jemison knows what it’s like to date a soul reaper. There are no Friday night movies, no school dances, and no stolen kisses between classes. It totally sucks! What makes it even worse, souls pop up when she least expects it. The last one is not her fault, but it all adds up to zero quality time with her super hot, scythe-carrying boyfriend, Echo.

Since Cora was etched with special runes by an evil Immortal, she understands why souls are drawn to her. She makes the best of it by helping souls find closure while Echo escorts them to the realm of the dead. Perfect partners, until a dark soul visits Cora in the dead of the night and Echo decides her soul-helping days are over.

Cora can either listen to Echo or follow her instincts. To make matters worse, other reapers start stalking her, demanding she hand over the soul. Even her Valkyrie friends think she’s gone too far. But something sinister is coming their way, and the soul is the key to saving her town, her friends, and her relationship with Echo. Can she convince Echo to see things her way before it’s too late.


My Thoughts:

Another juicy master piece from Ednah Walters!  Just like Grimnirs, Souls is filled with excitement, suspense and mouth watering characters.  Cora, in all her stubborn glory, is an equal opportunity soul helper.  She doesn't judge what a soul has done during their life, she only wants to help them get closure.  Echo tolerates it until his past and Cora collide. I admired the way Cora stood her ground.  She's adapted so well to her new life as an Immortal and a medium.  I loved the way the Grimnirs & Valkyries worked together and how their stories seemed to weave together so effortlessly.  I hope we get to see more of Dev in future books.  Every time I read a book in these amazing series I learn new and interesting pieces folklore. In this story I learned a little about Celtic people.  While you don't have to read this series to keep up with the Runes series you get so much more if you do!  I can't wait to read the next books in both series.  



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Books to Movies Hop

I just watched The Maze Runner movie.  I have a confession...I broke my "read the book first" rule.  I know, I know!!  But that doesn't mean I won't read the book.  I just love Dylan O'Brien!  He's on Teen Wolf and my daughter and I are HUGE fans!  

I am looking forward to reading and seeing The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks.  I've loved all the movie versions of his books.

For my stop on the hop I'm giving away a $10 Amazon GC code for one winner to pick the book they'd like to read before they see the movie.




Saturday, September 20, 2014

Stuck in a Good Book Hop


For this fun hop I'm giving away a $10 Amazon GC code to one lucky winner.  And the best part is, it comes at the perfect time to pre-order Souls by Ednah Walters.  Squeeeeeee!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hot Reapers, Valkyries & their Mates!!


One of my most favorite authors and people on this planet needs help to reach a goal on Thunderclap for her new release SOULS: Could you click the link below and show your support via FB, Twitter or Tumblr. That's all. They'll do the tweeting and posting on release day. If you can post on your timeline and/or invite friends to join us.





 
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