Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Review: Boundary Crossed by Melissa F. Olson

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After her twin sister’s brutal murder, former US Army Sergeant Allison “Lex” Luther vowed to protect her niece, Charlie. So when two vampires try to kidnap the baby, it quickly turns into a fight to the death—Lex’s death, that is.
She wakes up to two shocking discoveries: she has miraculously survived the fight, and baby Charlie is a “null,” gifted with the ability to weaken supernatural forces...and a target for creatures who want to control that power. Determined to guarantee her niece’s safety, Lex makes a deal with the local vampires. She sets out with the mysterious—and undead—“fixer” Quinn to track down whoever’s responsible for the kidnapping, sharpening her newfound magic skills along the way. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her powers become.
Boundary Crossed is a dark, thrilling journey into a world where the line between living and dead isn’t nearly as solid as it appears...



My Thoughts:

The first sentence "The third time I died was early on a Monday morning, a week after Labor Day." had me hooked.  It was just one of those sentences that grabbed me.  Not having read any books by Melissa Olson before, the world she built was new to me.  I thought she did a great job weaving both the "normal" world & the "old" world together.  Lex was an interesting character.  She was complex & I liked that she had some issues she needed to work through.  She could still do some serious butt kicking, yet she was vulnerable both physically & mentally.  What I loved most about the book is that I wasn't able to predict the plot or the ending right away.  Don't you just hate books that are predictable from the first chapter?!  This story isn't.  And the ending will leave you eager for the next book to come.  I'm looking forward to seeing where Lex ends up & how her relationship with Quinn plays out.  She has many secrets to uncover & there is still much about her past I hope we get to discover.  

This book was from Amazon's Kindle First library.

Author Links:
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Review: Witches by Ednah Walters - Book 6 in the Runes Series

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Raine Cooper’s life should be perfect. She’s an Immortal Seeress, most likely to be elected Prom Queen, and envied by the girls at Kayville High for dating the dreamy quarterback, Torin St. James. Instead, she’s haunted by the smug facial expressions the Norns’ wore during their last meeting.

As a Norn-In-Training, Raine crossed the line long ago when she sided with the Valkyries and Mortal Witches. When the Norns return with demands of their own, Raine feels trapped. Torin tries to convince her that the Norns are manipulating her, but she refuses to listen. At least until the Norns’ demands focus on someone she loves. When Raine refuses to cooperate with them, their punishment is swift and gut-wrenching, turning her pain into fury.

Raine plots revenge on a massive scale and makes deals with unsavory allies. Her goal? Total destruction of the entire Norn race. Raine’s only hope of salvation is Torin, but how much will he sacrifice to save her?


My Thoughts:

If I could just take a long vacation in Ednah's imagination I think my life would be complete!  She has once again brought the world of Runes, Valkyries, Immortals & Grimnirs crashing into mine with all the adventure, magic & gorgeous characters the series is known for.  I never could have imagined after reading the first book that Raine would grow & evolve into the kick-ass heroine that she is.  Torin truly has met his soul's match in every way possible.  Nothing in the entire universe can detour his love for her, including the schemes of the Norns.  They soon find out Raine is not a weapon they can use & manipulate, but a force to be reckoned with.  This book does overlap with Souls (Grimnirs #2/ Runes #5) but Ednah has done a superb job weaving the two together.  Once you start this series you will be addicted  like a hipster to Starbucks!  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ednah Walters is one of my all time favorite authors and a sweet friend as well.  She grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.

Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, was released March 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN. Visit her at www.ednahwalters.com.

Ednah also writes YA paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series. IMMORTALS is book 2. She just released book 3, GRIMNIRS December 2013. Read more about this series and the world she's created here www.runestheseries.com.

Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published five more books in this series. She's presently working on book seven. You can visit her online at or www.ebwalters.com.



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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Romance Is In The Air Giveaway Hop


Huge apology to my followers for not being as present as I'd like to be.  I've taken a new job so until I get my new routine established I'll be a little MIA.  But no worries.  I will be back reviewing books ASAP.  
So to tide you over until my return here's a little fun to keep you from missing me too badly.

One lovely winner will get a $10 Amazon GC code.
Happy Reading!



Sunday, December 21, 2014

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop


Merry Christmas!!!  I hope this post finds everyone having a wonderful holiday season.  For my stop on the hop one person will win a $10 Amazon GC code to get themselves a little stocking stuffer.  Many Blessings to you & yours.



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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Review & Blog Tour: Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined by Rachel Anderson

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Around the Edges Meets Refined (Meet Your Match #2) by Rachael Anderson 
 For Noah Mackie, life is finally back on track. He has a great support system, a promised promotion is on its way, and he's finally getting the hang of this single father thing. But when the job falls through and his neighbor's matchmaking efforts become more aggressive, Noah is in for yet another unwanted detour. With his career and two spirited daughters to worry about, he doesn't have time for dating—especially not someone like Cassie Ellis, his girls' beautiful and sophisticated dance instructor, who is about as open and approachable as a brick wall. Rough around the Edges Meets Refined is about two people who think they know exactly what they want but who have no idea what they really need. It's about learning that people aren't always what they seem and that sometimes life’s detours take you exactly where you need to go. 

Excerpt:
  Carpet samples were way too small. How was Cassie supposed to know what an entire room would look like from a small little swatch? There were too many choices. Nylon or polyester? Plush, frieze, textured, or cut? Not to mention all the color options. And then there was the tile for the bathroom and the complicated dance flooring, with its subfloor and all of its choices.
She felt a headache coming on.
“How will I ever make up my mind?” Cassie whispered to Noah.
“It’s called trusting your instincts.”
“Instincts? I’m supposed to have an instinct about carpet samples?”
“Doesn’t everyone?” Noah grinned. “Isn’t one calling out to you? Telling you that it’s the one you’ll be able to coexist with for the next ten to fifteen years?”
Ten to fifteen years? Noah wasn’t helping at all. Cassie frowned at the samples, willing one to shake or glow or whatever carpet samples did to call out to a person.
“Which one would you choose?” she finally said.
“Uh-uh. This is your house, your carpet, your choice. I’m just here as a friend, remember?”
A friend who was sitting way too close for comfort, Cassie thought as the touch of his shoulder sent a bunch of tingles down her arm. “Friends are allowed to give opinions.”
“No. Only dates are allowed to do that,” said Noah. “If you really want my opinion, you know what you have to do.”
Despite her distress about all the decisions facing her, Cassie couldn’t help but smile. “Okay, fine. It’s a date. Now if you were me, what would you choose?”
Noah blinked as he shook his head. “Wow, that was easy. I should have gone for more. Like a kiss or boyfriend status or—”
She nudged him. “Stop it. I need you to help me, not tease me.”
“I wasn’t teasing,” he murmured, pulling the samples toward him.

My Thoughts: 
Reading one of Rachel Anderson's books is like wrapping myself in a warm cozy blanket.  Every book of hers that I've read I've loved.  She writes books that don't need a ton of needless drama to stay interesting.  Her characters are always complex and intriguing.  Noah & Cassie are no exception.  I related to Cassie in so many ways.  Some relationships forever change us and shape our adult selves.  It's hard to let someone in you've spent years as one person on the outside but you're not sure who you are on the inside.  I understood Noah's apprehension as well.   When raising kids, even the simple day to day tasks can build up and make you feel like you're barely keeping your head above water.  Thank goodness they had some pushy friends & family to help them navigate the dating waters.  If you've never read any of Rachel's books don't hesitate.  They are wonderful!  



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  RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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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

Jack Templar 4 Tour
 


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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