Friday, May 15, 2015

Book Review: Reboot

Alright, so I bought Reboot quite a while ago, but I hadn’t had the chance to read it until now. Now I’m kicking myself for not reading it sooner. Without further ado, here is...
Reboot by Amy Tintera
Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.
Series: Reboot, #1
Age: 14 years and up
Review: 5 butterflies
Reboot starts off en medias res, which is one of my favorite ways of beginning a book. Wren is on assignment, which means she’s doing the HARC’s—the government’s—dirty work, bringing what the HARC deems a “criminal.” She’s emotionless and follows all orders, because that’s what she’s been trained to do. It also helps that she’s a 178, which means she was dead for one-hundred seventy-eight minutes before she “rebooted.”

You see, the cool (and extremely original) thing about this book is that some humans—mostly young ones—die and, if they had the KDH virus at some point in their lives, they reboot. Reboots are faster, stronger, and heal quicker than humans, but there’s a catch. They feel less emotion than humans do. In other words, they’re less human. The more time between your death and your reboot, the less human you are. Because of this, humans shunned them and the HARC made them into their little soldiers. Humans are still terrified of Reboots, but because of the fact that they outweigh Reboots in number, they have control over them.

For now.

That’s when the story comes in. Wren is the highest number Reboot, which means she’s special to the HARC. She’s stronger, faster, and less human than any other Reboot, which makes her the perfect soldier. She never questions orders, and why should she? The HARC has given her a better life than she had as a child.

Wren is really relatable, which is funny to say because she’s supposed to be the least human out of all of the characters. But she’s been trained to be less human, trained to kill without thought, and trained to stamp down any emotion she does have. I can completely understand why she does what she does, and I never once judge her. Her backstory is truly devastating, and I love that she isn’t perfect—that she has issues—because it makes her even more realistic.

Callum is a 22. This means he’s practically still human, which makes him undesirable to the HARC, but they still give him a shot. He’s essentially the comic relief of the whole novel, as well as the spark that lit the fire under Wren. Because of Callum, Wren is beginning to question the HARC, as well as wonder if she’s doing the right thing. However, when one of Wren’s friends suffers the consequences of the HARC’s choices, Wren must face a difficult choice that will change her life and many others around her.

I loved the characters in this novel. They were all extremely relatable, and it was super interesting to see the humans as the “bad guys” in this novel, while the Reboots were just victims in everything. Some humans are okay, like Len, but others are downright despicable and believe all the lies the HARC ever told them. All of the characters’ backstories—Wren’s especially—made them truly three-dimensional, which is something I definitely love in a novel.

I found myself not wanting to stop reading and constantly turning the pages to see what happened next. The book was action-packed, but not to an extreme, which allowed me to keep reading hours at a time. Tintera truly found a way to balance everything in the novel, which made for a fantastic read. I definitely look forward to any more novels of hers.

Though this book is part of a series, it doesn’t end in a true cliffhanger. Some might still want to know what happens, but I found myself perfectly satisfied with the ending this novel had. I will still be on the lookout for the next books in the series, but it’s not completely necessary if you feel comfortable with the ending.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves science fiction, action, relatable characters, and romance. Even if you generally don’t like romance, I still recommend this book for you, because there are still enough of other elements to not make this a romance novel, but the romance is an important factor in it. In general, if you like losing yourself in a book, this book is for you.
Book links: Goodreads * Amazon * B&N * IndieBound

Yours,

Friday, May 8, 2015

Book Review: Zodiac

I first found this book as I was roaming about a bookstore. I didn’t plan on buying a book (foolish me—thinking I could leave a bookstore without buying anything), but this book caught my eye. From the colorful cover to the original premise, this book seemed like just the thing I needed. I started reading it right there in the bookstore and ended up buying it an hour later. May I present...
Zodiac by Romina Russell
At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain…

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.
Series: Zodiac, #1
Age: 16 years and up
Review: 3.5 butterflies
Rhoma—or Rho, as her friends call her—is a teenage girl learning about her world and living her life when all of a sudden, an attack she had foreseen happens. She hadn’t told anyone about what she saw because she didn’t think it was real, but when the attack happens, she begins to trust herself. I do say begins, however, because throughout this book she doubts what she sees just as much as everyone else does.

Rho has a gift—she can see dark matter in the Ephemeris, which many others can’t. When she is forced to become the Guardian of the House of Cancer, she is thrown into a battle from which she will emerge changed forever.

Throughout this whole story, one thing happens right after another, which means that poor Rho doesn’t ever have time to breathe and assimilate all of the things that have happened to her. From the attack to the danger of Ochus attacking other Houses, she is constantly on the move, trying to protect other Houses from Cancer’s fate. Unfortunately, Rho’s age and lack of experience make her a target for a whole lot of skepticism, which means that many people don’t trust the warnings she gives them—especially because everyone thinks Ochus isn’t real. Because of this, very little of the other Guardians believe her—and no one supports her—not even Mathias, a person that is very close to Rho. Throughout this novel you never know who you can trust, and you find yourself constantly doubting the predictions you made for the novel.

Rho was a character I could very easily relate to—especially because as a young adult, I am confronted by many others who think my lack of experience and my age mean that I can’t ever know truly what I’m talking about. Her drive to help other people as well as her perseverance in the face of adversity makes her a truly worthy person to be the “Holy Mother,” as Cancerians call their Guardian. While Rho made decisions that I maybe would not have done, she is definitely someone that I would have the pleasure of knowing and looking up to.

Mathias is a very interesting character. Though all I truly know about him is through Rho’s perception of him, I feel like honestly we, as readers, didn’t get much insight into him. Mathias, for the most part, was quiet and moody—and many of Rho’s training sessions were slightly glossed over. I don’t think I really got to bond with Mathias because of everything else that was going on, which saddens me.

This book seems to have that fatal error of the secondary characters being back-up and the readers not actually being able to form a connection with them. The only secondary character that I felt like we got to know a little better is Hysan. Hysan is an “ambassador” for the House of Libra, and he is one of the few secondary characters I found myself actually caring about. Unfortunately for the author, the secondary characters tend to fall a little flat—being only two-dimensional. While that isn’t always a bad thing—especially with so many secondary characters being present—I do wish we could have gotten a better look at Mathias, Hysan, and Nishi.

However, what this book lacks in secondary-character depth, it makes up for in action. Event after event happened and this book was very much fast-paced. At times it felt like Rho didn’t even have time to breathe, because she was always traveling and getting attacked. The few times this book slowed down was when Rho was forming connections with other characters, but even these were sometime glossed over in exchange for the action. This book is definitely one of those that you have to take a small break every once in a while because of all the action and suspense (you’ll feel as exhausted as poor Rho!), but you’ll be opening the book soon after to find out what happens.

I definitely recommend this book for those looking for a protagonist that is coming of age while she’s trying to save the world, as well as a book that has fantasy, a lot of action, and a little bit of forbidden romance to spice things up. This is the first of an unfinished series, however, so read with the warning that you’re going to have to wait for the rest of the series to be written!
Book links: Goodreads * Amazon * B&N * Books-A-Million * IndieBound * Powell’s

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Book Review: Dogs and Goddesses

What? I'm back? Why, yes I am! Classes are done and over with and the summer is coming along nicely. This means reviews! Yay! This book is one my local library was selling and it was very much recommended to me by a trusted friend, so I thought, why not? Here is this wonderful book!
Dogs and Goddesses by Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, Lani Diane Rich
Abby has just arrived in Summerville, Ohio, with her placid Newfoundland, Bowser. She’s reluctantly inherited her grandmother’s coffee shop, but it’s not long before she’s brewing up trouble in the form of magical baked goods and steaming up her life with an exasperating college professor.

And then there’s Daisy, a web code writer, and her hyperactive Jack Russell, Bailey. Her tightly-wound world spins out of control when she discovers the chaos within and meets a mysterious dog trainer whose teaching style is definitely hands-on.

Finally there’s Shar, professor of ancient history at Summerville College, who wakes up one morning to find her neurotic dachshund, Wolfie, snarling at an implacable god sitting at her kitchen table, the first thing in her life she hasn’t been able to footnote.

What on earth is going on in this unearthly little town? It’s up to Abby, Daisy, and Shar to find out before an ancient goddess takes over Southern Ohio, and they all end up in the apocalyptic doghouse…
Age: Adult; 18 years and up
Review: 4.5 butterflies
This book was recommended to me by a friend, with the quote, “This books is sort of ridiculous but the good kind of ridiculous.” Now, I don’t know if I agree with her statement completely, but I do have to say it is a pretty interesting book. I wouldn’t call it ridiculous, but it’s definitely something I wouldn’t have considered. As you can tell from the title, this book involves both goddesses and dogs. If you were wondering if the dogs talk, yes they do.

This book features the three girls-turned-goddesses: Abby, Daisy, and Shar. Abby just moved to town because her grandmother died and left her a bakery. She needs space from her mother as well as some time to herself, so she’s content to live above the bakery. That is, of course, until a certain (hot and annoyingly logical) college professor comes and buts into her life. And, but of course, her dog Bowser is along for the ride.

Daisy’s mom, Peg, is suddenly allergic to her dog and gives it to Daisy until she can solve the problem with her allergies. Bailey, the hyperactive dog, is something that Daisy certainly didn’t sign up for and has no time for. She has no recourse but to keep the dog while her mother runs off, though, and through Bailey, she meets Noah, a very, very interesting man...

And lastly, Shar is an ancient history professor that is completely and utterly bored with her life. She broke up with her boyfriend because he wouldn’t take the next step and is suddenly wondering what she did with her life. This changes, however, when she meets a deliciously attractive god named Sam. (Well, actually, his name is Samu-La-El but that’s a mouthful so we’ll go with Sam).

All of these women, as if by fate (or an annoyingly controlling goddess) meet up at a “dog training class” and get thrown into a series of events that they have little control over and are entirely and completely hilarious.

The antagonist in his novel, the goddess Kammani (and her little obsessive sidekick Mina) is a really interesting character. At first I didn’t know what to make of her, and I didn’t know what she was going to be in the novel. She’s not really evil, she doesn’t know how to adjust to the modern world. (She was put to sleep for many centuries). She misses the days when everyone would worship her without question and hates that modern people have free will. Towards the end of the book, I came to pity her because it was clear she just really wanted to feel at home like she was when she was truly a Goddess. (Mina, on the other hand, is a little bitch).

All of the heroines were completely relatable and their reactions were all very realistic. They—and their one-liners—made this book the fantastic novel that it is. I loved reading about Abby, Daisy, and Shar and I was always curious as to what would happen next. I was always waiting to be surprised when I turned the page—and without fail, I always was. The book is a hilarious, magic-filled, romantic mess that I had the utmost pleasure of reading.

This is the perfect book to read when you’ve had too much seriousness and monotony in your life and need something light and funny to distract you. You’re sure to laugh and you’re always left wondering what messes all three girls will get themselves into. I definitely recommend this if you need a romance novel with a side of strong women, magic, dogs, and laughter.
Book links: Goodreads * Amazon * B&N * iTunes * Kobo * Google Books

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Blog Tour & Review: Wild and Free

Welcome to the Wild and Free blog tour!! This book is a Paranormal Romance and was published December 29, 2014.

Wild and Free by Kristen Ashley
Abel Jin and Delilah Johnson have lived their lives with a hole in their soul, yearning for something they don’t understand.

Until one night Delilah is in mortal danger and a man who’s otherworldly strong and supernaturally fast saves her. Delilah is then cast into a world where fiction comes to life in the form of Abel, her destined mate, a vampire/werewolf hybrid who claims her at first breath as his.

But Abel knows the danger isn’t done. He’s dreamed for centuries that his mate will perish and he will stop at nothing to keep her safe.

For Delilah, she’s not only coping with fantasy come to life, but a mingling of very different families. Not to mention, she has on her hands a man who doesn’t understand his true nature and has lived his long life thinking he’s a monster.

Abel and Delilah together fills the hole that has been clawing at them for decades. But finally finding each other, it also tips their destinies as the last of The Three. They must unite with the other destined lovers, who with Abel and Delilah, are fated to save the world.

Or die trying.
Series: The Three, #3
Age: Adult
Review: 4.5 butterflies
Wow.

Just, wow.

I’d expected a lot of this book—the end of the trilogy—and it lived up to my expectations. There’s so much to go through so I’ll get right to it.

I loved Abel and Delilah’s relationship. Like all of KA’s heroes, Abel was badass. He was intense, loving, and very protective of his mate. That being said, he also let Delilah do what she wanted—and if he didn’t he explained why and Delilah would talk about it with him. Delilah—or Lilah to those close to her—was so sweet and so very charismatic that I loved reading about her and reading interactions with her.

The novel was primarily in Lilah’s and Abel’s point of view until around 40 or 50 percent into the story, where it would switch between multiple people’s points of view. It was a little weird at first, especially since I was so used to Abel and Delilah, but it worked so the reader could get what was happening. It also helped keep the mystery alive. (And I’ve got to say, what KA did at the end, switching between multiple spectators’ points of view and the action, truly connected with me. I loved that aspect and loved that it gave us such an emotional connection to everything and everyone.)

The novel was long, like most of KA’s novels. It’s 615 pages—and that gets a little hard sometimes. A lot happens. There were times when I’d feel like so much had happened, and then I’d look to check my position in the book and I was only at 40 percent. There’s more? I’d ask. At some points, I’d have to stop and give my mind a rest and then get back to it. However, after about 50 percent, I felt like it was a different story. The first half was Abel and Lilah. The second half was the story of all of The Three. I feel like KA would have benefitted better by splitting this book up into two—making one Abel & Lilah’s story, and the other the conclusion of the action, flipping between everyone’s POVs.

I will say though, I loved seeing the rest of The Three there. I definitely missed Lucian, Leah, Callum, and Sonia.

Like I said before—a lot happens in this book. There is so much action and angst and love that it makes you deeply connect to the characters. Abel’s story is a devastating one and makes me happy that he’s found such a fantastic and loving mate. Lilah’s story is sad, but unfortunately I felt like it paled in comparison to everything else happening and all of the other backstories that I didn’t really connect much to her backstory.

There was so much love, hope, and acceptance in this novel. I always love books that leave me with a sense of love and hope at the end, and this book did that for me.

While it isn’t super-duper necessary to read the other novels in the series before this one, I really, truly, and highly recommend it. There will be parts where you will be confused, but KA does a great job at quickly summarizing everything that goes on. But seriously though, you need to read the other Three’s stories—they’re fantastic too.

All in all, I highly recommend this novel if you love fantasy, romance, action, and a little angst all in one. It’s most definitely worth it.

A free copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Book links: Goodreads * Amazon * B&N * Kobo * iTunes * Google Play

Excerpt

“I’m a monster, Lilah.”

“What?” I whispered.

“I’m a werewolf vampire. I exist on human blood. I can tear a man’s head off and I have. I’m a monster.”

“You—”

“I am,” he stated flatly. “And the first chance I’ve had in all my years to understand why I am as I am is to go to that fuckin’ hotel.”

I stared at him, then straightened my body so I was fully facing him. This caused his jaw to get hard again, but I ignored that and stated, “Okay, let’s break this down.”

“Nothin’ to break down.”

“Humor me,” I snapped, his head jerked, and his lips curved up.

“Carry on,” he muttered.

“Thanks,” I bit out. “First, how many men’s heads have you torn off?”

“Four, and two wolves.”

“That’s it?” I asked.

“Yeah.”

“These being the night we met,” I stated.

“Yeah,” he repeated.

“The night some of them were trying to kill me and the others were trying to kill you.”

To that he said nothing.

I kept going, “So you haven’t torn off unsuspecting citizens’ heads willy-nilly, for the fuck of it, or on a psychotic rampage?”

He pressed his lips together and I knew it was to hide his humor because his eyes lit with it before he unpressed them to say, “No.”

“Right,” I said sharply. “Have you ever had a psychotic rampage?”

He shook his head.

“So let’s get to the human blood part,” I suggested. “When you were,” I paused, “drawing from one of your ex-bitches, did you ever kill one of them?”

“Fuck no.”

“Take too much and make them sick?”

“No.”

“Do it against anyone’s will?”

His eyes went guarded, but he said, “No.”

I threw up a hand. “Okay, so what’s the problem?”

He blinked, straightening in his chair, but again said nothing.

“I mean, seriously,” I went on, “I’ve seen lots of vampire movies and TV shows and even the good vamps screw up and overindulge. Hell, Jessica killed three fairies in a ravenous attack. She might have had her issues as a young vampire, but by that time, she was full-on good.”

His brows shot together. “Fairies?”

“Fairies.”

“What the fuck are you talking about?”

I threw up both hands and cried in exasperation, “True Blood!”

“Jesus, Lilah,” he muttered.

“No, seriously, Jessica is very sweet.”

“For fuck’s sake,” he growled, sounding like he was losing patience, which I didn’t figure was a good thing.

“Okay, back on track,” I began. “Tell me. Tell me one instance in your life where you actually behaved like a monster.”

“I wanna fuck you,” he snarled.

I stared.

“Yeah,” he ground out. “I wanna fuck you, Delilah. Consumed with the need and I have no idea why, but I can guess, seein’ as it’s like you’re a bitch in heat, I’m a dog that catches the scent and his mind is wiped…wiped of anything…but the need to mount you and”—he leaned forward—“rut.”

“Holy fuck,” I breathed.

“Yeah,” he said again. “That make you feel safe?”

“Abel—”

“I can smell your fear.”

I swallowed.

“It turns me on,” he kept going. “Makes me wanna tear into your throat and fuck you and feed from you. Now, does that make you feel safe?”

“No,” I whispered, because it really fucking didn’t.

“Right. No,” he bit off. “So I’m not a monster?”

About the Author

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.


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2) Three winners will receive all three books in THE THREE Series in eBook plus all KA swag.
3) One final winner will receive WILD AND FREE in eBook.
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Book Blast & Review: Tortured Souls

Welcome to the book blast for Tortured Souls! This book is a YA Paranormal Romance & Mystery book! It was published June 30, 2014.

Tortured Souls by Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Sometimes Rest in Peace isn't an option

Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts—and it's ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can't keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.

When the phantom appears at a party, Kacie's longtime crush, Logan, saves her. He invites her to join the Orion Circle, a group of supernatural hunters with chapters in schools all over the country. Through the Circle, Kacie learns to embrace her spiritual powers, and for the first time in her life she feels in control rather than a victim.

But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily. A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he's never seen before—a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.

Kacie can't ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster.
Series: The Orion Circle, #1
Age: Young Adult
Review: 3 butterflies
When the author asked me to review this book, of course I said yes. I loved her other books with their fantasy romance and their light themes. Nothing could have prepared me for this novel though. Unlike the author’s other books, this novel is of a darker paranormal mystery with a teenage romance twist.

Though this is not generally the genre I go for, I was able to fully immerse myself in the book (so much so that I ended up peeking out my window paranoid that evil was out there and then moving to another room and closing the blinds).

Kacie was very realistic, never doing something that I couldn’t see myself doing and I related to her a lot throughout this book. She freaked out to all of the circumstances in believable ways and she never did something that was off-character. She definitely seemed older than 15, which is what her age was revealed to be in the book. She’s been through a lot during her short life, though, which would influence anyone. Many times when Kacie would talk about what she’d been through I’d feel for her.

Logan was a sweetheart, and it was really sweet seeing him be with Kacie and protect her from things. However, Logan and Kacie’s relationship seemed to develop extremely quickly, going from a meet to a kiss in the span of a few short moments. I get this though, because they’d been thrust into all of this danger and they bonded. It was still something that I had to oversee slightly. (Though let me say this, the opening of the novel—when they meet and talk for the first time—was definitely movie worthy!)

Kacie’s mother seems to me like a real piece of work. She abandoned her child and then had the guts to act like she could just call and everything would be forgiven. She was a very flat character, only really mentioned when she called, it seems like she was put there only to give Logan some valuable piece of information that could have been given to him through someone else. I feel like the author could have either done more with the mother or taken her out and given the information to Logan another way. I understand the need to want Kacie to have a happy ending and tying up loose ends, but I feel like it could have been done a better way.

The father was another matter, giving up on his lifelong grudge in a few given moments. I wouldn’t have forgiven him as quickly as Kacie, but with him I can actually understand why he was there and why she did forgive him.

The Foxblood Demon was crazy scary and creepy and shall not be mentioned further. *shiver*

All in all, this was a fast-paced book that kept you on your toes and had a bit of romance to lighten up the mood. I definitely recommend not reading this in the dead of night though!

A free copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book links: Goodreads * Amazon * B&N
(This book is currently free on Amazon Kindle!)

About the Author

Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a bestselling YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance. She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs, four cats, and lots of dragons. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. She is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!) She currently lives in San Antonio, TX but has been somewhat a rolling stone in life, having resided in several different cities and states.


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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Book Blitz: Captured Love (Giveaway)

Welcome to the Captured Love book blitz! This book is a New Adult Contemporary Romance and was published November 10, 2014.
 
Captured Love by Juliana Haygert
It’s been four years since twenty-year-old Jessica Hayes has been home, but when she discovers her father is dying, she must return to her hometown in South Carolina and face her past. Jessica thought patching up her relationship with her father would be her biggest challenge, but when she runs into Ryan Dawson—the catalyst of all her problems—she wonders if coming home was a mistake.

Ryan knows he screwed up. Hell, he paid the price…with interest. But when he runs into his best friend’s little sister, Jessica, he’s reminded that his debt will never truly be paid. He may have turned his life around, but he can’t undo the damage. So, he does what he should have done all those years ago. He stays away from Jessica, and all the other personal demons that still haunt him.

Jessica thought she wanted nothing to with Ryan, but something is different about him and she needs to know why. When she discovers the truth behind his change, she puts her troubles aside and tries to help him. But is putting her heart back in the line of fire worth disrupting her stable life back in Ohio, or will the past repeat itself, leaving her brokenhearted once again?
Age: New Adult
Book links: Goodreads * Amazon * B&N

Teaser

About the Author

While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting--but equally gratifying--life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

Co-founder and contributor at NA Alley.

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20$ Starbucks Gift Card
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Friday, November 7, 2014

Book Tour & Review: Stolen Moon (Giveaway)

Welcome to the Stolen Moon blog tour!! This book is a Young Adult Fantasy Romance book! It was published August 19, 2014.

Stolen Moon by Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Katarina ~ a Royal Knight bound by honor and duty who steals a powerful relic from a sorcerer in a desperate attempt to save her kingdom from the clutches of a madman.

Ethan ~ a mercenary leader trapped between his growing attraction to Katarina and his responsibility to protect his friends from the evil pursuing her.

Zebulon ~ a malicious sorcerer waging war as though it’s a game, caring nothing for the lives he destroys in his quest for power.

Drawn together by a moonstone medallion—an indestructible relic with immense magical power.

Katarina steals the medallion from Zebulon and flees in the dead of night. Together with Ethan and his mercenaries, she struggles to stay one step ahead of the sorcerer and his minions in a race against time to save her homeland. Fierce battles, ravenous monsters, and bloodthirsty brigands—those are no surprise. But Katarina never dreamed her greatest obstacle could be falling in love.
Series: Light Chronicles, #2
Age: Young Adult
Review: 3.5 butterflies
At first, I was concerned that I would be confused while reading this book because it is the second of the series, but I quickly realized that I had nothing to worry about. Though the series takes place in the same world with the characters vaguely connected to the characters of previous books, each story can be read as a stand-alone (however, since I didn’t read the first book, I can’t be sure). Every main character’s backstory was explained and I was never confused as to what was going on.

We start off with Katarina running away from Zebulon and his reach in order to save the kingdom. She is a strong person who has had to lose her innocence quickly because of all the dangers in her path. She’s suffered a lot at the hands of Zebulon and his accomplices, but she’s still able to get pass that and think of others before herself.

The whole story was action-packed, yet it wasn’t overwhelming. I enjoyed the various plotlines intertwined within each other. The story did feel lagging in a few scenes, mostly because there was a lot of describing—but it was still very helpful in becoming familiar with the world. I never felt it too slow, and I was always entertained.

I did, however, feel that Katarina and Ethan’s relationship came about in an unrealistically quick manner. She meets him, he meets her, and all of a sudden they’re all touchy-feely. They’re always touching, always murmuring sweet nothings without any sort of prelude to it. I felt it very unrealistic and was one of the main things that I had to overlook in order to enjoy the story.

Ethan was a very interesting character with a great backstory, though his over-protectiveness of Katarina was a bit much. That was how he was meant to come off as, and he slowly learned that she could handle herself, so there’s that.

Unfortunately for me, Lilith’s death was terribly anti-climactic. She’s supposed to be this person with a lot of power, and then all of a sudden she gets defeated. There was so much build up and I felt that it felt short. However, the book made up for that slightly with Zebulon, who put up more of a fight.

Caleb, Loki, and the gang were super entertaining to read, though sometimes Caleb seemed like he flipped between two people: the wise mage and the immature kid. I realized later this had to do with the fact he never really had a chance to grow up, but it still felt a little… disconcerting.

I am still holding out hope for Loki and Caleb to become a couple, but that’s just me ;).

I definitely recommend this book to people who want an original setting with a paranormal romance and heroes that you have no doubt will win in the end.

A free copy of this book was provided by the author via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Book links: Goodreads * Amazon * B&N

About the Author

Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a bestselling YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance. She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs, four cats, and lots of dragons. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!) She currently lives in San Antonio, TX but has been somewhat a rolling stone in life, having resided in several different cities and states.


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Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
$10 Amazon Gift Card
An ecopy of both Shadow Fire and Stolen Moon
a Rafflecopter giveaway
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This book tour was organized by Xpresso Book Tours. The giveaway is sponsored and administered by the author.