Monday, May 30, 2016

Review: Roses

Roses Roses by G.R. Mannering
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was all over this one as I have a love of Beauty and the Beast. This retelling is bit creepier if that is possible. I have always loved the magical aspect of the story - true love conquering all - a beast becoming the attractive prince, etc. But in this version, there is no dancing candlesticks, singing teapots, or bureaus that suggest dresses for you. Ahh, I do love me a Disney love story.

I honestly did not feel any connection to the characters at all with this one. I wish that I had. I became bored at times throughout the book. But did love how the writer did not try to totally reinvent this story. Instead, it was a true retelling of the story with a slight twist to make it different.

I am interested to see what other stories are in this Tales Trilogy. I gave this one a 3 star rating as I felt that whereas I did not overly love the characters, I did still love the story and it was indeed well done.

I received this book as an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review during my attendance at BookCon 2016.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Review: A Whole New World

A Whole New World A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had a lot more hope for this one than I ended up feeling about it towards the end. I always was a fan of the Aladdin story but I found that I grew a bit frustrated with how this book was suppose to be perceived. Was this one to make you rethink the original story truly or create a whole new story in and of itself? I felt it was confused mostly. As soon as it veered off the original path, if you will, I became annoyed with the graphic nature of the violence. I don't think my kiddos need to read that. Yes, I know we live in a day and age when violence is a desensitized subject, but come on. This is suppose to be a Disney story and that I hold to a level I don't hold others too - a truly family friendly story.

I wish I could have gone higher than a 2-1/2 star rating honestly I do. But I just couldn't. I will give the next one a go but we will have to see how it goes.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Review: Take Me Higher

Take Me Higher Take Me Higher by Ali Parker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Ali Parker is one of those writers that I would scoop up at all costs. I mean, her writing has had such an impact on me. Her characters are always ones that I envision in daily life and can see where they would fit in a real life world.

Demetri and Isabella are fast becoming two of my favorite characters that have come from the wonderfully fun mind of Ali Parker. They are so rough and tumble yet soft on the inside as well. Complex characters that urge you to keep reading.

I would give this one a 5 star rating. I toyed with this as I really do like them. But this one was a bit rougher genre wise for me. I still though loved every little minute of it!


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Review: The Problem with Forever

The Problem with Forever The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OH MY!! I am a huge Jennifer Armentrout fan - this we know!! But this one was one I actually struggled with at first. I felt it was very slow going and almost lost me (okay though, only in the second chapter). But these characters are amazingly complex and so very real. The things that have had to go through are so vivid and horrific that you truly feel like you need to protect them and keep them safe. This is a rough story line for anyone to handle honestly, but JA does an amazing job keeping things going at a rate that makes you neglect things that need addressing in your life like laundry and cooking.
Mallory had obstacles to overcome and a wonderfully rich group of people she surrounded herself with eventually. And Rider was everything you would want in a book boyfriend. I mean he will protect you to no cost to him. You mean that much to him. Swoon!

I gave this one 5 stars as the story and characters are unparalleled and amazing. Ones to truly stay with you for a long time.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Breaker by Kat Ellis

I hope you all enjoy this amazing book!

It is truly a great one!!


Breaker


My Review:

Sometimes a book is good enough to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout it and make you so nervous your thoughts betray you.  I am not known for my love of thrillers like this one - I am a fluffy romance girl through and through.  And the dysfunctional relationship teased in the book's description was one I needed to know more about.  And I was not disappointed.  The writing is incredibly gifted and she has a way of making her characters stay with you long after you are done with the book.  Usually I can figure out what is going to happen and with this one, I was truly guessing up until the end.  That hardly happens anymore but then again, I do love my HEA Romance books.  This is truly a YA book as well - there is language and not younger child friendly topics, but I found it to be a truly great book.

I received this book in advance in exchange for a fair and honest review.  And for this gift of a great book like this, I am truly, truly grateful.

Author information:

Kat Ellis


Kat Ellis is a young adult writer from North Wales. Her debut novel, BLACKFIN SKY, is out now in the UK (Firefly Press) and US (Running Press Teen). BREAKER, a YA suspense, will be released May 2016 by Running Press Teen, and PURGE, a YA sci-fi thriller, will be released by Firefly Press in September 2016.

You'll usually find Kat up to no good on Twitter, trekking through the Welsh countryside with her camera, or watching scary films with her husband.



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Review: The Crown

The Crown The Crown by Kiera Cass
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I almost forgot that this book had been released. I anxiously awaited this story's conclusion. And I was not disappointed. I truly gave this one a 4-1/2 star rating as I found it a bit predictable at times. Sabotage. Love. Royalty. Fun names. It all was very well done, but still I was able to predict who and what was going to happen. A truly great conclusion - exactly what I would have desired in this story's end. Great characters and great writing!

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Review: Up All Night

Up All Night Up All Night by Michele Callahan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Books that have that instant love aspect are always a bit far fetched for me. But with these characters and the story involved, I can see it. It was a good book that was a quick read. It was very enjoyable - especially the characters.

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Review: Family Love

Family Love Family Love by Liz Crowe
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Whereas this was a stand alone book, I should have read these books before to better understand all the backstories. I just did not enjoy this one as much I had hoped.

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Review: Finding London

Finding London Finding London by Ellie Wade
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I liked this book a little more than I envisioned I would. I enjoyed the writing of Ellie Wade. And would like to read more from her. This book starts off slow but as long as you keep reading, you should enjoy it as much as I did.

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Charged by Jay Crownover

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From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes CHARGED, the latest in her sexy The Saints of Denver Series, releasing May 24th! Known for her strong heroines and alpha males, you won't know what hit you as you read Avett and Quaid's story. Keep reading for more about the Leagle Eagle and Avett and order your copy today.

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the second installment in the Saints of Denver series featuring a bad girl and a by the book attorney who could be her salvation...or her ruin.

Avett Walker and Quaid Jackson’s worlds have no reason to collide. Ever. Quaid is a high powered criminal attorney as slick as he is handsome. Avett is a pink-haired troublemaker with a bad attitude and a history of picking the wrong men.

When Avett lands in a sea of hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is the insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing on earth she wants to do is rely on the no-nonsense attorney who thinks of her as nothing more than a nuisance. He literally has her fate in his hands. Yet there is something about him that makes her want to convince him to loosen his tie and have a little fun…with her.

Quaid never takes on clients like the impulsive young woman with a Technicolor dye job. She could stand to learn a hard lesson or two, but something about her guileless hazel eyes intrigues him. Still, he’s determined to keep their relationship strictly business. But doing so is becoming more impossible with each day he spends with her.

As they work side-by-side, they’ll have to figure out a way to get along and keep their hands off each other—because the chemistry between them is beyond charged.

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Quaid
              I tapped the edge of my thumb on the black-and-white mug shot photo and couldn’t stop the grin from tugging at my mouth.
              She tried to fire me.
              She was five-foot-nothing, a lifetime younger than me, had multicolored hair that had seen better days, wild eyes that couldn’t decide if they wanted to be green, gold, or brown, while dressed in convict orange and obviously scared out of her ever loving mind, yet she still tried to fire me. If it had been any of my other clients—the cop accused of sexual battery, the frat boy accused of manslaughter over a bet on a football game gone wrong, the middle school teacher accused of pedophilia and having an inappropriate relationship with several of her students, or the pro football player accused of domestic abuse—I would have tipped my proverbial hat, wished them luck while I cut my losses, and walked away without a backward glance. People always committed crimes. People always needed a good defense, so it wasn’t like I was hurting for clients, but there was something about the girl. Something about the defiant tilt of her chin and the raw desperation in her tone when she begged me not to call her father.
              “I don’t want your help. I don’t want anything from you.” She sounded like she meant it when she said it, but I figured she was too young and too scared to know exactly what she wanted or needed. Regardless, it was still refreshing to hear.
              Everyone always wanted something from me and my help was usually the least of it.
              I tapped the picture again, wondering why I found it so easy to believe that she really hadn’t been a part of the boyfriend’s plan to rob the bar. She wasn’t anyone’s idea of a model citizen and she had the shady track record to prove it. She was too young, and frankly too adorable, to have a file this thick. From what I could see, she had a set of parents always willing to ride to the rescue when she got herself into trouble. She looked like some kind of colorful woodland fairy from a Disney movie with her odd hair and delicate features. None of it added up, but the sincerity in her tone when she said she would never have gone with the boyfriend if she knew his intent and the fear in her eyes when I mentioned her father seemed genuine.
              I learned long ago to treat everyone like they were guilty of whatever it was I was paid to defend them against. I didn’t want to know the truth. I didn’t want to know the circumstances. I wanted my clients to listen to me and let me do my job as I tried to convince the rest of the world they were innocent, regardless if they were or not. But this girl with her faded, rose colored hair and turbulent eyes oozed innocence through the cracks of a very guilty fa├žade.

              Because I was intrigued and actually believed the girl might be innocent, I wasn’t going to let her fire me. I was going to call her father and hope that he would help me keep her out of the slammer while I figured out how to plea bargain her charges down or get them dismissed altogether. Again, because a cop was involved in the robbery and because the boyfriend, junkie or not, was offering up a pretty plausible explanation for Avett’s involvement in the crime, nothing was a slam dunk, yet. I was going to help her whether she wanted me to or not. 

MY REVIEW:

Avett was a character I was both excited to get to know as well as leery in getting to know as she was already known to be full of trouble.  And I was not sure if I would really like her.  But despite her MULTIPLE flaws that make her a less than perfect female lead, I did really like her.  And that is not to say that Jay Crownover tried to make you like her by glossing over her flaws and make her into someone she wasn't.  Avett is messed up and stays that way but she is able to move past her issues and problems and grow and learn from them.  I really liked that.  And well Quaid is well exactly what you want in a hotty hero of the day!  I mean once he opened up a bit, he was the exact match that Avett needed.  Jay Crownover always has a way of making me want fictional characters in a way that is not really proper for a mother of 5.  I mean, how can these men make me shudder like they do?  One just gets better than the other for me it seems.
All in all, I love the writing and the characters and the story so I give this one a true 5 star rating.  This series just keeps getting better and better.

And don’t miss the first titles in The Saints of Denver Series!

 

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The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER - a young adult title about friendship, survival, and finding your voice. This incredible book is available today! Read more about this stunning new novel below and be sure to order your copy today to receive an amazing FREE fan pack while supplies last!

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a riveting new story about friendship, survival, and finding your voice.

For some people, silence is a weapon.

For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield.

Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

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“The intensity between Mouse and Rider is palpably sizzling… romance aficionados [will] lose themselves in Mouse and Rider’s smoldering glances and steamy kisses.” –Kirkus

“Armentrout’s effort to gradually coax her protagonist from her shell via a supportive, loving community succeeds, and readers looking for an inspirational comeback story will find Mallory’s to be satisfying and hopeful” –Publishers Weekly

  Author Photo--JLA_J. LynnAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout: # 1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Review: Better When He's Bad

Better When He's Bad Better When He's Bad by Jay Crownover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Jay Crownover is one of my faves and we all know this. She has a way of making characters come to life and me want to be their friends and possibly more. Her Marked Men series is one that I compare a lot to. So when I saw she had this series, I needed to read it. And now I have more men that I want to add to my list of book boyfriends right along side with all others who have ever read a Jay Crownover book.
I love how this book starts off with a bang and does not stop. Books that move at a fast pace and keep you reading well past the point you should have eaten or gone to bed are the kind I want to keep around forever and make everyone read.
In typical fashion, this book has swoon worthy bad a** man and lovable woman that have enough passion and heat to make the book ignite on its own.
A true 4 star book for me.

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Review: Better When He's Bad

Better When He's Bad Better When He's Bad by Jay Crownover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Jay Crownover is one of my faves and we all know this. She has a way of making characters come to life and me want to be their friends and possibly more. Her Marked Men series is one that I compare a lot to. So when I saw she had this series, I needed to read it. And now I have more men that I want to add to my list of book boyfriends right along side with all others who have ever read a Jay Crownover book.
I love how this book starts off with a bang and does not stop. Books that move at a fast pace and keep you reading well past the point you should have eaten or gone to bed are the kind I want to keep around forever and make everyone read.
In typical fashion, this book has swoon worthy bad a** man and lovable woman that have enough passion and heat to make the book ignite on its own.
A true 4 star book for me.

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Review: Doreen

Doreen Doreen by Ilana Manaster
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This one is described as a retelling of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and it definitely is a good one. I would overall give this one a 3-1/2 star rating. The writing is very good with good characters. I felt that it was a bit high falutent and, for lack of a better description, glamorous. Chandler Academy is exactly what I would fear a boarding school to be with power being the root of everything. A very good book I encourage all to read.

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Review: Divah

Divah Divah by Susannah Appelbaum
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I love a good story when the characters are really developed and imaginative. And this story does not disappoint. I though am not a huge fan of Gothic, dark, creepy horror stories. So why does this one still get a 3 star rating you may wonder? Well, the characters and story itself pushed it over the edge for me. I loved how the Carlyle took on it's own character and was an integral part of the story. That was fascinating to me! A very well written book in my little opinion.
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PS the humor in me posting this review on Friday the 13th is not lost on me!

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Review: Forever My Girl

Forever My Girl Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked this book. It was a very quick read and fairly predictable read. I enjoyed the characters and their simple backstory. Nothing too shocking or incomprehensible.

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