Saturday, June 30, 2012

An Unexpected Date by Susan Hatler






About the book:

Holly loves living in her cozy mountain town and all the surrounding beauty soothes her soul. She treasures beading jewelry for her own small business while watching nature and its amazing creatures outside her window. But, her mom begs her to move back to the city so she can find a man to marry. Holly doesn’t want to give up on her dreams, but does that mean she’ll have to give up on love?


My Review:

Small, yet very satisfying, this short novella does not lack!  Just because it is short, don't discount it!  Holly's story is one you will enjoy reading.  An Unexpected Date is like a mini dessert you order at the end of your meal, it hits the spot!  If you need a great way to end your day, this little book is just the treat you are looking for!  (I would love it if Ms. Hatler decided to make this one a full-length novel)  Five stars!*****


You can pick up the book via amazon here.


Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Dreamspell by Tamara Leigh





 About this book:

A TIME TO LIVE. A TIME TO DIE. A TIME TO DREAM.

Sleep disorders specialist Kennedy Plain has been diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor. When her research subject dies after trying to convince her he has achieved dream-induced time travel and her study is shelved, she enlists herself as a subject to complete her research. But when she dreams herself into 14th-century England and falls into the hands of Fulke Wynland, a man history has condemned as a murderer, she must not only stay alive long enough to find a way to return to her own time, but prevent Fulke from murdering his young nephews. And yet, the more time she spends with the medieval warrior, the more difficult it is to believe he is capable of committing the heinous crime for which he has been reviled for 600 years.

Baron Fulke Wynland has been granted guardianship of his brother’s heirs despite suspicions that he seeks to steal their inheritance. When the king sends a mysterious woman to care for the boys, Fulke is surprised by the lady's hostility toward him--and more surprised to learn she is to be his wife. But when his nephews are abducted, the two must overcome their mutual dislike to discover the boys' fate. What Fulke never expects is to feel for this woman whose peculiar speech, behavior, and talk of dream travel could see her burned as a witch.



My Review:

From the gorgeous cover, to the whirlwind story of dreams and time travel, Dreamspell by
Tamara Leigh is a book you don't want to miss!!!  The characters are endearing, the story is unique and unlike anything else I have read!  This wonderful novel swept me away right from the beginning!  I love the balance between the two time periods, the twenty-first century in America and fourteenth century England.  The dialogue between the characters kept me smiling and I appreciated the humor found between people conversing from two different time periods. This book is so great that even when I got sick and should have been sleeping, I was up reading!  So prepare yourself to be up late turning page after page because you won't be able to put this one down!   Dreamspell is jam-packed full of emotion, romance and mystery!  The ending was beautifully done and I am rarely ever satisfied with endings of books!   Tamara Leigh has written a beautiful and amazing novel!   I am anxiously awaiting what she will write next!  Five stars for a brilliant read!!! *****



You can pick up the book via amazon here.
  

Happy Reading!!!




Source:  Author for review
 I received this book for free.  This is my honest review.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Misspelled Charm by Shareen Vedam






About the book:

The battle against magic is easily won, but not even magic can truly control love...

To Kord, witches are a necessary evil. They cast charms for good weather and crops, but otherwise they're best avoided. But when Kord succumbs to a love spell and starts yearning for a woman he's never met, he refuses to let magic control his destiny. He tracks down the witch responsible—only to discover she is the irresistible woman of his dreams.

Like her mother and grandmother before her, Charmaine casts charms for a living. As a witch, she spends her life helping others, not being helped. So when her spells begin misfiring, she has nowhere to turn. Until a handsome farmer arrives demanding she break a love spell, and Charmaine realizes he holds the key to her misspells. But what if solving his problem comes at the cost of her heart's desire?



My Review:

The Misspelled Charm will charm it's way into your heart!  A sweet novella about a love spell gone wrong, Kord will do everything in his power to track down the witch who cast the spell.  What he isn't counting on is that she is the woman that he has been spelled to love!  I love the internal battle that ensues within Kord's heart and mind as he tries to come to terms with Charmaine.  Does he feel this way simply because of the love spell, or is there something more, something about her?  The Misspelled Charm is a sweet treat you don't want to miss!  It is perfect for the time when you want a great story, but don't have time for a full length novel!  Four and half stars out of five!   


You can pick up the book via amazon here.

You can pick the book via barnes and noble here.


Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review
I received this book for free.  This is my honest review.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs




About the book:

Tempest Maguire is happy with her decision to embrace her mermaid nature and live among her mother’s clan within the ocean’s depths. Even though training to one day ascend the throne for the aging mermaid queen is rigorous, she finds refuge in the arms of Kona, the selkie who first opened her up to her mermaid side. But when word comes that one of her brothers has been gravely injured on land, Tempest immediately rushes to his side—which also brings her back to her old flame, Mark. And in her absence, a deadly battle begins raging at the hands of Tempest’s old nemesis, the sea witch Tiamat. As the dangerous war erupts, Tempest’s two loves—Kona and Mark, sea and land—will collide for the first time, both to protect her and to force her to choose.



My Review:

 I want to preface my review.  I have not read Tempest Rising, the first book in the series.  So this is my first experience with these characters.  I absolutely loved Tempest Unleashed!  I loved it so much that I am going to buy Tempest Rising so I can read the back story!  I love Tempest's character.  She is impulsive and opinionated, just like any teenager her age would be.  She loves her family, yet she feels duty bound to help save the mermaids and other creatures under the sea.  She is at war with herself trying to figure out what is most important to her. I will not reveal anything that will ruin the book for you, however, I will say that I personally was not happy with her choice in boyfriends at the end of the book. 


I really loved the descriptions of life under the sea! Tracy Deebs' words wove a beautiful picture of ocean life!  Besides great descriptions of ocean life, Tracy Deebs way with words had me feeling Tempest's, Kona's and Mark's emotions.  This book is jammed packed with action and the fighting scenes are great!  This story grabbed my attention right away and I couldn't put the book down!  Long after I finished Tempest Unleashed, I still find myself thinking of the story.  Five stars for an incredible novel by Tracy Deebs!  I hope there is another book in this series!  


You can pick up the hardback or Kindle version via Amazon here.


You can pick up the hardback or Nook version via Barnes and Noble here.




Happy Reading!!!


I received this book for free.  This is my honest review.
Source:  Publisher

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Last Seer and the Tomb of Enoch by Ashland Menshouse






About the book:



Do you believe?
Can a ghost haunt more than your home? Can a Sasquatch track more than footprints?
Aubrey Taylor's quaint and cozy life in the subdued, Appalachian town of Lake Julian had never been exceptional. Shouldered by his lifelong friends, Buzz Reiselstein and Rodriqa Auerbach, he quietly endured the puerile punishments of a persistent pack of pesky bullies that included the most-feared kid in school, Magnos Strumgarten, and his own obnoxiously, well-accomplished brother, Gaetan. Comfortable in his humdrum niche of the absolutely average, Aubrey never pushed back.
Until...fate dug a little too deep...and the unseen darkness of unspoken places rattled his mediocrity.
When spurious specters and elusive mountain men battle for a tomb of Watchers, buried in ages past, only those who choose to look beyond the surface feel the grip of the ancients' revenge. Unusual disappearances, a colorful cadre of insightful townsfolk and a whirlwind of blunders and mishaps exposes the struggling forces that transform Aubrey and his friends into more than spectators amidst the oldest war of all.
Prepare yourself to see the unseen as you've never seen it before.
My Review:
The storyline of this book is quite unique and held my interest throughout the novel.  I continually had questions in the back of my mind that I was trying to figure out.  The characters were amazing and I came to really know them and their personalities!  I felt for Aubrey, the skinny awkward kid who always gets picked on.  I loved that everything didn't work out perfectly during crazy situations and that there were realistic relationships between the characters and their parents and friends in the book. Overall, this book is interesting, original, and not your average paranormal middle grade book.  It gives you a real feel for trying to fit in at school, explaining things to a parent who doesn't believe you, and dealing with a brother who is just a real punk!  My sympathy for Aubrey was overwhelming, but I was cheering him on in my mind; always a fan of the underdog!  I give this novel 3.5 stars out of 5.  The story is great, but didn't need a lot of the unnecessary descriptions.  There were parts where I felt like, "Enough with the all of these little details, let's get on to what happens next!"   Ashland Menshouse has a great book on his hands and I am glad for the opportunity to have read this book!
You can pick up this book up via amazon here.

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Happy Reading!!!


I received this book for free.  This is my honest review.
Source:  Author for review


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Still His Woman by Jewel Adams







About this novelette:

After being diagnosed with ovarian cancer and undergoing a hysterectomy, Raine's dreams of having more children are shattered, and she begins to doubt her importance as a woman.
Hayden loves Raine with a passion that could never be denied, and though she tries to hide her feelings, he can see her loss of self-worth and it hurts him deeply.
When the unthinkable happens, Raine's world is shattered and Hayden wonders if she will ever be okay again. He is bound and determined to heal her battered soul with his love.
But will it be enough?



My Review:

Whenever I need a quick pick-me-up from a book, I know I can always turn to one of Jewel Adams' novelettes!  Still His Woman pulled me in right from the start.  I love Raine and Hayden, they were a couple that I felt like I knew.  Raine's sadness and inadequate feelings of not being able to bear more children is heart-wrenching and her emotions and perspective translated well throughout the book.  The love between Hayden and Raine is precious and I love the way that they love each other!   Jewel never disappoints with a great love story packed full of emotional twists and turns!  Four stars out of five! ( I would have given it five but there was one part of the story that I felt was unrealistic.)


You can pick up this book via amazon here. 

You can pick up this book via barnes and noble here. 

Happy Reading!!!

I received this book for free.  This is my honest review.
Source:  Author for review



  

Monday, June 18, 2012

Kevin's Point of View by Del Shannon






About the book:


Kevin Tobin is a relatively ordinary 12-year-old dealing with the aftermath of his father's death in a mountain biking accident near their home in Boulder, Colorado. To escape from his emotional turmoil, Kevin has developed his imagination into a dangerous foil and a powerful ally. While he antagonizes his sister through his superhero antics on an average Wednesday morning, his ability to escape inside a character's head become critical to his survival after his life is once-again turned upside down a year after his father's death. A mysterious package arrives in the mail, Kevin and his best friend are hunted down by a ruthless villain set upon world domination, and after enlisting Kevin's teenage sister and her pizza-delivery boyfriend in a battle for control over time itself, the secret of Kevin's whole existence is revealed to him by a source we never expected. Del Shannon's imaginative story, appreciation for the powers of family and the desire of young boys to both escape reality and prove themselves within it, and fast-paced, adventure-filled storytelling style make this a book with wide appeal for readers of all ages.


My Review:

Honestly, it took me almost half of the book to become completely engaged in the story.  My only beef was that the first half felt long.  However, once I got through the first half, I found myself anxiously turning the pages to see what would happen next.  The main character, Kevin, is either the kind of character that you will love, or that will get on your nerves.  I tried to view him from a child's eyes, and in doing that I enjoyed the story more.  Kevin is crazy and imaginative!  He does things before he completely thinks them through, as is true of most kids.  This story takes you on a roller coaster ride of adventure!  The ending you will probably never guess, and to me, that is a sign of a great book!  A job well done to Del Shannon, Kevin's Point of View is a book unlike any other.  Three and a half stars out of five.


You can pick up the paperback or Kindle version via amazon here.

You can pick up the paperback or Nook version via barnes and noble here.


Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author
I received this book for free.  This is my honest review.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Trusting the Law by Kendall Evans






About this book:


Chicago
November 1922

The last person Grace needs to fall in love with is a police officer, especially since she breaks the law every day. Running a speakeasy wasn’t her first choice, but making money is. With the price of hooch at an all-time premium, the money is more than enough to pay for her uncle’s expensive medication and the bills. She doubts Officer Paul Gordon will see things the same way.

Paul is enchanted with the chestnut-haired woman he runs into on a cold, Chicago street, and that enchantment quickly turns to more. If someone were to tell him she was a criminal, he’d never believe it. Then he sees it for himself. When Grace is arrested, he must make a decision—protect her or his badge.



My Review:

Trusting the Law is a unique historical novel set during the Prohibition Era.  Grace can't seem to make ends meet and takes up running a speakeasy to pay the bills.  She meets a police officer one night and sparks fly between the two.  Grace dates Paul even though she is a criminal in the law's eyes, unbeknownst to him.  This novella is definitely true to the time period and also has great character development for a short story. I  understood why each character chose the paths that they took, however, I was extremely frustrated with one of them!  This short story carries you on an emotional journey as you follow Grace's story.  It is a nice read, but didn't wow me.  Three stars out of five.

You can pick up the Kindle version via amazon here.

You can pick up the  Nook version via barnes and noble here.


I received this book for free.  This is my honest review. 
Source:  Author




Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Promises by Carolyn Twede Frank






About this book:



Hattie is barely twelve when her pa’s “business adventures” disrupt her family and move them to the new town of Tropic, nestled in the shadows of old Ebenezer Bryce’s Canyon. Her pa views the town as opportunity. Hattie is hopelessly shy and views it with apprehension; she dreads the task of making new friends. More than anything else, Hattie wants to be like her father—not afraid of meeting new people, talking to strangers, and standing up for herself. So it is with trepidation that she accepts her pa’s challenge and promises to make new friends.
Hattie forms more promises as she struggles to make friends, finding companionship in places she wouldn’t have expected and learning that there is a difference between complaining and standing up for oneself.
My Review:
 Promises is a wonderful LDS novel geared toward middle graders.  As an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to any LDS reader from middle grade on up.  I really enjoyed getting to know the main character Hattie.  Throughout the novel I felt like I came to know her and I really felt for all that she went through.  I found myself wanting her to stand up for herself and her feelings.  I was cheering inside when she did take a stand and chose to be courageous.  The emotion that you feel in this story is incredible and the author did a wonderful job creating these scenes. The mystery element to this novel was a nice touch, and I enjoyed how that part played out.  It definitely wasn't what I expected and I was glad that the author could surprise me.  I give Promises four out of five stars and I look forward to more from author Carolyn Twede Frank!
Happy Reading!!! 
You can  pick up the paperback version via amazon here.

You can pick up the Kindle version here.


I received this book for free.  This is my honest review.
Source:  Publisher/Author

Monday, June 11, 2012

Winners of Splash into Summer Giveaway!

Here are the winners of the giveaway hop:

For Secret of the Keepers:

GFC Tore923
GFC  Ashley Minix

For The Light of Asteria:

GFC Gale Nelson
GFC crystaley73

Congratulations!  The author has been notified and your books will be on their way shortly!  Thanks for entering my giveaway and please come back and visit soon!

Happy Reading!!!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Indebted by Amy A. Bartol







About the book:

I hang my head in sorrow for just a moment when I know I am truly alone. I feel like I’m going to my execution, just as he had said. Then I move forward again. I hop a fence of fieldstone and cross a field dotted with Queen Anne’s lace. Goose bumps rise on my arms as I pass the cluster of windmills that I have seen in a dream. The scent is sweet in the field though, not the scent of heat, like it had been when it was forced upon me in visions. I gaze down the hill, beyond the small, whitewashed house that I knew would be there. The church looms dark and grim with its rough-hewn, timber facade, capped by tall, oblong spires reaching to the sky. Black, ominous clouds have collected above the roofline, as if Heaven is showing me the way.


My Review:

I LOVED IT!  The 400+ pages flew by and I could have easily read 400 more!  Indebted picks up where Intuition left off.  Evie, Reed, Zephyr and Buns are planning their strategy against  Brennus and the Ganacagh.  Russell and Brownie are making their way to meet up with the other four.  I don't want to give away anything so I will just say that the story takes off and is full of action!  Amy A. Bartol writes so well that I could really understand the emotions that Evie felt during the book.  I  understood her character and why she thought, said and did things.  I loved the action and I loved the conflict!  The story is so magnetic that I could not stop reading, I was completely drawn into Evie's world.   The only thing that I would have liked would have been some of the story written from Reed's point of view.  Yes, I am a Reed fan!  Overall, this is a FANTASTIC read!  I highly recommend this series to anyone!  If you have not read this series yet, get on the ball now!  You can read my review of the first book  Inescapable and the second book Intuition to get a better feel for the series.  I am so anxious for the next book, Incendiary to come out!  Please hurry Amy A. Bartol!  Five Stars *****



You can pick up the paperback version via amazon here.


You can pick up the Kindle version here.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author
I received this book for free.  If I had not, I would have purchased, read, and reviewed it anyway!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Red Rock by Kimberly Patterson

 





About the book:

Red Rock follows the journey of the Hunter family, and their daughter Rachel, a teenager struggling to take care of her ill mother. Her illness forces the family to sell everything and move to a new town where they can get help for her. Along the way, they stumble into fortune and decide to keep it a secret. But with every secret, comes a consequence and Rachel will soon find out that not everything or everyone is what they seem. Upon arrival in the new town, she meets several people who befriend her and the plan seems to be working, until one night when someone throws a rock through their window threatening to take back what is theirs. Lies, deceit and betrayal plague Rachel and the entire family as they struggle to keep their secret and find out who is behind the devious plan.



My Review:

 I was excited to read a western romance book because I love a good western!  In Red Rock I was expecting to find a sweet romance story.  Instead I found a story full of love for family and a young girl who is trying to figure out what she wants and what love really is.  I enjoyed the overall theme of the story, but I had most of the plot figured out.  I like some surprises, so that was a bit of a disappointment.  However, I loved the relationship between Rachel and her mother and her father.  They are a close-knit family who love each other deeply and I appreciated their bond with each other.  I felt disappointed with the lack of character development with Elsie, a servant who came with the Hunter family when they moved.  I felt that her character was developed on the surface.  

In a western I definitely expect there to be fist fights and gun fights.  The action is a great element to this genre of books.  I wasn't expecting the descriptive violence from some of the altercations and fights in the book.  It was more descriptive than I like to read.   I also had questions that were unanswered when the book ended.  I thought they may have been answered during the course of the book, but they weren't.  Perhaps the author did not find them pertinent to the story, but I am still wondering. There are a little more than a handful of cuss words in the book.  Overall, Red Rock is a nice read for those who like westerns with romance and a little mystery.  I give this book three stars out of five.


You can pick up the paperback version via amazon here.


You can pick up the Kindle version here.


You can pick up the ebook version via smashwords here.

You can pick up the paperback or Nook version via Barnes and Noble here. 

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author
I received this book for free from the author.  This is my honest review.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Interrupted by Rachel Coker






About the book:

Can love really heal all things? If Sam Carroll hadn't shown up, she might have been able to get to her mother in time. Instead, Allie Everly finds herself at a funeral, mourning the loss of her beloved mother. She is dealt another blow when, a few hours later, she is sent from Tennessee to Maine to become the daughter of Miss Beatrice Lovell, a prim woman with a faith Allie cannot accept. Poetry and letters written to her mother become the only things keeping Allie's heart from hardening completely. But then Sam arrives for the summer, and with him comes many confusing emotions, both toward him and the people around her. As World War II looms, Allie will be forced to decide whether hanging on to the past is worth losing her chance to be loved.

My Review:

I wasn't really sure what to expect of this book.  I read it because I had read a review that said it was great.  I am really happy that I did!  This is a wonderful novel set before and during World War II.  It is a coming of age novel, and one where the main character Allie, faces hardships.  Will she choose to let go of her anger and bitterness and allow room in her heart to love and be loved?  The story is very well written and the plot was easy to follow.  I appreciated the emotions felt by Allie during the course of the book and am amazed that a fifteen year old author could express this so well in her writing!  I wish there had been a bit more to the ending.  I would have loved an epilogue to wrap everything up all nice and tidy.  Other than that, I have no complaints.  I would definitely read more books from Rachel Coker.  


You can pick up the print version via amazon here.

You can pick up the print version via Barnes and Noble here.


You can pick up the print version and ebook version via Zondervan here.

 Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Publisher
I received this book for free.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Astrea Press Book Club on Facebook...Join for free e-books!

Do you love to read?  Do you love free books?  Do you want to try reading new authors but hesitate to take a chance on someone new?  Then the Astrea Press Book Club via Facebook is for you!  It is free to join, and every month you will receive one new ebook to enjoy!  All that the club asks is that you please post a reader review to amazon, goodreads, or barnes and noble.  The book club also will have discussions about the book with the author!  This is an amazing opportunity to read some amazing books and talk to the authors about them!  Check it out!

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Friday, June 1, 2012

The Curse Girl by Kate Avery Ellison






About the book:

When Bee is imprisoned in a magical, cursed house because of her father's selfish choices, she has just one plan... escape! But she must solve a riddle and help her fellow prisoners break the curse that binds them all before she can leave, and that is proving more difficult than she originally thought thanks to the bitter young master of the house, Will.

Will wants nothing to do with Bee or her help (and he certainly isn't planning on falling in love with her), but he might have underestimated just how determined and clever--and irresistible--she can be.






My Review:

A modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast, The Curse Girl has some twists and variations to the original story that keep you turning the pages!   I devoured the book in one sitting and it was such a great book, I couldn’t put it down!  I love retellings of fairy tales; I own many and have read many versions.  Kate Avery Ellison’s is among one of the best I have read! It was refreshing and a unique spin on a classic tale! The characters are fun, interesting and relatable!  I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the emotions that were felt by the characters.  I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fairytales, fantasy, or young adult books.  I look forward to reading many more books from Kate Avery Ellison!



You can pick up the print version via amazon here. 

You can pick up the Kindle version here. 

You can pick up the ebook version via Smashwords here. 

You can pick up the Nook version here.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author
I received this book for free.