Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Showers of Books Giveaway Hop



I would like to thank Books a la Mode & I Am A Reader, Not A Writer for hosting this giveaway hop!  Up for grabs are two Smashwords coupons for Cheree Alsop's newest release, Small Town Superhero!  Thank you Ms. Alsop for your generous donation!  Here is the cover!



Blurb from the book:


Small Town Superhero is about a boy whose life is turned upside down after a horrible accident tears apart his family and forces him to live with his relatives. Kelsonstruggles with the move to a small farming town where he becomes the target of the town’s gang. When circumstances turn dangerous, Kelson is forced to risk everything to save the town and the girl who changed his life and captured his heart.

Small Town Superhero has a fresh voice and frank point of view that draws you into Kelson’s life and helps you understand the boy who is fighting to overcome challenges made by both his decisions and the circumstances of a town struggling to face its past.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Imaginable by J. Meyers, Book Review



Blurb from the book:

Twins Sera and Luke Raine’s unusual abilities are growing. Sera is healing vampires now, making them human again. And, at times, Luke can actually change the future he Sees.

But Sera’s healing has dangerous consequences, and though Luke is altering the outcome of more visions, he can’t control them yet.

Now Sera is in danger as the dark creatures of the Realm seek to use her. As Luke struggles to master his gift in order to save his sister, he discovers even more about his powers. 

And what he learns just may put him in greater danger than Sera has ever been.


My Review:

Imaginable is the sequel to Intangible, a book about Gifted twins, Sera and Luke.  So reading that first is a must!  I have to say, I wish that I had re-read Intangible first because my recollection of who Brandon, Raquel and Quinn were was pretty fuzzy.  Imaginable was easy to read and the pages flew by so quickly!  The intrigue and action seemed to begin immediately (which is great for me) and I couldn't seem to put it down!  Jonas and Sera are my favorite characters by far!  Sera is so sweet and kind, she would do anything for her family and friends.  Jonas is so tough and strong, but in this book you get to see that deep down he cares.  I know, I know, what about Luke?  Well I really loved him in this book, I got to see his funny and sarcastic side!  I also enjoyed seeing him hone his gift and learn to not give up!  The action and fast pace of this book will keep you page turning until you are finished!  Imaginable is a great sequel to Intangible and I am hopeful there is another book after this one.  If you like YA, fantasy, paranormal or just want a good read, then check out J. Meyers' books!  Four stars!

I received an ARC of this book for free in exchange for my honest review.


You can pick up Imaginable via Amazon or  Barnes and Noble.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review.


Friday, April 19, 2013

Flicker by Kaye Thornbrugh, Book Review



Blurb from the book:

When sixteen-year-old Lee Capren is spirited away to Faerie, she is forced to serve capricious faeries as a prized portrait artist… and live as their prisoner.

A chance encounter with the charming Nasser grants Lee a chance for freedom—but what felt like mere days in Faerie spanned years in the human world, and Lee no longer has a home to return to.

Nasser is a Seer—a human with magical powers—and Lee is quickly plunged into his world: a sprawling city teeming with magic and mystery, where supernatural creatures walk hidden among humans. With the help of a rag-tag group of teenage Seers, Lee must master her newfound magical talent and outwit a cunning faerie determined to destroy her.


My Review:

Flicker was an easy book for me to get into and I was drawn to the characters whose personalities were very diverse and interesting.  Filo was so unique in an angry, bad boy, 'I know more than you do and I will only tolerate you', kind of way!  Lee was sweet and naive, yet she had a dogged determination that I admired in her.  Nasser, Jason and Alice were also engaging characters that I enjoyed getting to know.  The book was interesting and kept my attention as I tried to figure out where the author was going with the story.  Lee had been freed from the faeires, so what was next?  I don't agree with reviewers revealing spoilers in their reviews so I will not give exact details.  However, I will say that at about halfway  in the book I had no idea what direction the story would take.  What Neman and Morgan did at the end of the book didn't make sense to me and I felt like they acted out of character.  Concerning Lee's mother, I just don't believe that a teenager would give up so easily regarding that matter.  It didn't ring true to me, especially after what she had been through.  However, I enjoyed the book and felt compelled to finish the story.  That said, I would read another book from Kaye Thornbrugh!

Rating:  Mild cussing/clean in the romance department

You can pick up Flicker via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Dead Running by Cami Checketts is FREE April 16-20th!!!

Running Home is now available! To celebrate the release, the first book in the series, Dead Running, is free April 16-20th. Dying to Run and Running Home are only $.99.


In Cassidy’s battle against human trafficking there are two choices: run or be captured.
Cassidy's humanitarian mission takes an ugly turn when human traffickers attack. Cassidy doesn’t know where to run—home to America, into Jesse’s arms, or any direction she can to escape the traffickers. Innocent families are being ripped apart and Cassidy must decide if she’s brave enough to stop running and join the fight.

"Cami Checketts has done it again! Running Home is fast-paced and action packed with enough romantic moments to satisfy any romance junkie. It's a wonderful third installment of the Run series and a really fun read.”
Rachael Anderson, Author of The Reluctant Bachelorette 





Cassidy Christensen wants to run.
Captured by the traffickers who killed her mother, Cassidy's only hope is Dr. Tattoo, a man she loves but nobody trusts. When she finally gets a chance to run, someone else she cares about is taken. Running might be her only chance at survival, but Cassidy won't allow another family member to be killed in her place.





Cassidy Christensen is running.
Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents.
Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable.
Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness.
With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she'll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them? When secrets from her past threaten her family, Cassidy decides to stop running and fight for her future.

"Dead Running was everything I was hoping it would be, captivating, invigorating, and a page turner that I could not, would not, put down! Cami Checketts writes books that will make you think, and make you feel. She captivated me with The Sister Pact, and doesn't lose speed with her newest 'must read', Dead Running." 
Sheila DeChantal, Book Reviewer - Book Journey

"Dead Running can make a claim not many mystery/thrillers can, and that is that it is also really funny. I loved everything about the book. There was murder, romance, family bonds, 5K training, humor, good guys, bad guys, and an ending that left room for a sequel."
Vicki, Book Reviewer - I'd Rather Be Reading At The Beach

Download your free copy of Dead Running here.






Monday, April 15, 2013

Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George, Book Review



Blurb from the book:

A moving castle, and the children sworn to defend it . . . The wait is over for this highly-anticipated sequel to the runaway hit Tuesdays at the Castle.

A castle that is constantly rearranging itself, and a young royal family sworn to protect it . . . Celie, Rolf, and their beloved Castle Glower are back in this exciting sequel. 
When her brother Rolf dares her to catch magical Castle Glower creating a new room, Princess Celie takes the challenge! No one knows the Castle better than she does. But as usual, the Castle has ideas of its own.Celie finds the new room first, and inside it is hidden a giant egg. It looks like The Castle wants Celie to care for the egg and whatever creature it hatches! Celie hadn't bargained for a pet, and caring for this one will prove to be especially tricky, once Celie and her siblings realize what else the Castle is hiding...


My Review:

Wednesdays in the Tower is the sequel to Tuesdays in the Castle, so if you haven't read that book then STOP, buy it first and then read Wednesdays in the Tower.  Celie is back and adventure always seems to follow her wherever she goes!  She finds a new tower which isn't that odd being that the castle adds rooms and changes things regularly, but this tower has a giant egg in it!  Celie just knows that the Castle has meant for her to find this egg and hatch it.  What an adventure this book will take you on!  I didn't want to put it down and there was never a dull moment :)  Wednesdays in the Tower is a great addition to the series!  My only negative;  the ending!!!  Total cliffhanger!!!  I think Jessica Day George is personally trying to drive me crazy with not knowing!  I am hopeful the next book will be out sooner than later!  A wonderful middle-grade fantasy book, Wednesdays in the Tower will delight any reader young or old!  Five stars!

I received an E-ARC copy of this book via Netgalley.

You can pre-order Wednesdays in the Tower via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
It's release day is May 13, 2013.


Jessica Day George is the author of Tuesdays at the Castle, as well as the Twelve Dancing Princesses series, and Dragon Slippers series. Originally from Idaho, she studied at Brigham Young University and has been a movie store clerk, a bookseller, and a school office lady before becoming a writer. Jessica lives with her husband, their three young children, and a five-pound Maltese named Pippin who often makes cameo appearances in her books. 

Check out more about Jessica Day George via her website.

Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Netgalley; I was under no obligation to review.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Itch, The Explosive Adventures of an Element Hunter by Simon Mayo


                    





THRILLS. DANGER.  AND WORLD DOMINATION.



LET'S TALK ABOUT IT.

1. Do you think Itch’s mom overreacts to his science mishap when he burns off his eyebrows? Why do you think she allows him to set up his lab in the backyard shed?


2. Arsenic wallpaper, radioactive clock hands, and gunpowder—all of these are dangerous. Should Cake have sold them to Itch? Explain your answer.


3. Do you consider Dr. Flowerdew more of a bully than Bruno, James, and Darcy? How are they similar and how are they different?


4. Itch’s dad gave him The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments, which originally belonged to Itch’s grandfather. How might that have influenced Itch’s hobby as an element collector?


5. Were Itch and Jack justified in stealing back element 126 from Dr. Flowerdew’s home? Would you have tried to do that? If so, would you have done anything differently?


6. Did Itch’s actions make his family closer or pull them apart? Why?


7. When Mr. Van Den Hauwe from Greencorps says, “…we could be on the verge of a new gold rush,” (p. 221) what does he mean? What global implications does this new element have, and why might Greencorps be the wrong company to get hold of this dangerous substance? Who would you like to see control element 126?



8. If you were in Itch’s position, would you want to leave the rocks in the spoil heap as Jack suggests, or make the same choice as Itch and take them with you?


9. Itch is passionate about collecting elements, and when he discovers element 126, he takes a lot of risks for his hobby. What are you so passionate about that you would push the limits as far as Itch does?


10. After Itch successfully disposes of element 126, he loses consciousness. Yet he is later found at a hospital—and with a tag correctly marking him as radioactive. Who do you think his mysterious rescuer is, and why?


Available at bookstores everywhere. 
Visit www.sterlingpublishing.com/itch for fun downloads!






Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Broken City by D.D. Chant, Book Review



Blurb from the book:

Deeta Richards has never seen the outside world. Before she was born a banking crisis brought civilization to an end and now no one leaves the safety of the compounds unless they need to, but Deeta still dreams of seeing more than the building she was born in. 
Tom is in the guard, this group are the only people that the tribal elders allow to leave the compound and Tom knows only too well that Deeta could never survive the harshness that exists outside. Then tragedy strikes and Deeta and her sister Jan find themselves captured by a hostile tribe. Why does Tom know so much about these people? And why do they know so much about him? As this mystery draws to a climax, they discover that their friend Tom is not quite what he seems...


My Review:


Broken City completely took me by surprise!  I honestly wasn't sure if I was going to like it from the book summary.  Man was I wrong!  D. D. Chant slowly drew me into Deeta, Tom and the tribes' lives.  I loved Deeta, she was sweet, kind and helpful to everyone.  She was the kind of girl that you want to be!  Tom was strong, thoughtful and elusive.  There was a mysteriousness to him that made me  continue reading to find out more about him.  I loved the sense of family within the tribe and how everyone worked together for the common good.  The story was unpredictable and flowed easily!  I never felt confused or unsure of what was going on in the story.  The dystopian world that Chant has created felt vivid and real through her descriptions.   I read the book quickly and loved the surprises, action and suspense.  A new twist on the dystopian genre, Broken City is a great read that will leave you wanting more from author D.D. Chant!  Five stars!


You can pick up Broken City via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review

Monday, April 8, 2013

When I'm With You by Cecilia Gray, Book Review




Blurb from the book:

Kat is destined to be a star and her big break has arrived at last! As the assistant to a celebrity classmate on the set of a feature film, she's going to show everyone she has what it takes. That is, until she discovers pursuing her dreams may mean forfeiting her heart. Unless she can find a way to have both...


My Review:

This is by far my favorite book in the Jane Austen Academy series!  I was privileged to receive an early review copy of this book!  It does not disappoint!  The story swept me away by its main character Kat.  I was amazed that she was so uninhibited on the stage yet so unsure of herself in life.  I instantly loved her character because she was so genuine and kind.  I couldn't help but root and cheer for her!  I found myself engrossed in Kat's story and finished the book quickly!  The weaving of trust and friendship was a great addition.  Having never read Northanger Abbey which this book is based on, I have to say that When I'm With You has inspired me to read it now! Cecilia Gray never ceases to amaze me with her ability to draw me into a story quickly and immerse me into another world.  A smashing success, I recommend When I'm With You to any YA, Jane Austen or contemporary fan!  Five stars!


You can pick up When I'm With You via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review

Friday, April 5, 2013

A Duke's Promise (The Forgotten Castles #3) by Jamie Carie, Book Review



Blurb from the book:

Award-winning writer Jamie Caries concludes her most epic storyline with a wonderful twist in A Duke’s Promise , the final Forgotten Castles novel.

From the Land of Fire and Ice back to England’s shores, Alexandria Featherstone finds herself the new Duchess of St. Easton. Her husband has promised a wedding trip to take them to the place where her imperiled parents were last seen -- Italy and the marble caves of Carrara -- but a powerful Italian duke plots against Alex and her treasure-hunting parents.

Hoping to save them, Alex and Gabriel travel to Italy by balloon. Fraught with danger on all sides and pressured by Gabriel’s affliction to the breaking point, they must learn to work and fight together. The mysterious key is within their grasp, but they have yet to recognize it. This journey will require steadfast faith in God and each other -- a risk that will win them everything they want or lose them everything they have.


My Review:

Well, I have to say when all is said and done that I truly enjoyed all three of the books in this series.  I loved this last one most of all because everything finally came to a resolution.  All questions were answered, all mysteries were solved.  The action and suspense in the book were great.  The moments where the characters relied on their faith was inspiring and the ending was definitely not what I expected!  I enjoyed the epilogue, I always like ending to be neat and tidy.   I would have liked a bit more information  before the epilogue and after the final chapter.  I don't want to put any spoilers in my review, just suffice it to say I would have liked another chapter for my own curiosity's sake.  Overall, I loved this series.  I read it constantly and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.  My only complaint is that I felt like it is truly one really long book chopped up into three parts.  If I had to have waited for long periods of time between each book, I would have been very frustrated.  Lucky for me I didn't have to do that :)  Five stars, this was my favorite book of the series!

You can pick up A Duke's Promise via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Netgalley;  I was under no obligation to review.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Forgiven Duke (The Forgotten Castles #2) by Jamie Carie, Book Review



Blurb from the book:

Tethered by her impulsive promise to marry Lord John Lemon - the path of least resistance - Alexandria Featherstone sets off toward Iceland in search of her parents with a leaden heart. A glimpse of her guardian, the Duke of St. Easton - the path less traveled by - on Dublin’s shore still haunts her.

Will he come after her? Will he drag her back to London, quelling her mission to rescue her treasure-seeking parents, or might he decide to throw caution to the wind and choose Foy Pour Devoir: “Faith for Duty,” the St. Easton motto. The Featherstone motto Valens et Volens: “Willing and Able,” beats in her heart and thrums through her veins. She will find her parents and find their love, no matter the cost.

The powerful yet wing-clipped Duke of St. Easton has never known the challenge that has become his life since hearing his ward’s name. Alexandria Featherstone will be the life or the death of him. Only time and God’s plan will reveal just how much this man can endure for the prize of love.


My Review:

This is the second book of three in The Forgotten Castles series by Jamie Carie.  This book picked right up where the first left off.  I liked that Alex began to realize what she really wanted in this book and that she also began to see others' true characters.  As always, Gabriel (the duke) was my favorite character.  His strength and determination never failed.  I admired his ability to never give up and to come to peace with himself and his condition.  I was so sad for the circumstances he had to endure, but it showed his selflessness and courage.  I have to note that at the end of the book I was so frustrated with Alex!  I was glad that I already had the third book downloaded and ready to read.  Otherwise I would have been completely upset!  A wonderful installment in The Forgotten Castle Series,  I give four stars to The Forgiven Duke.

Rating:
Christian/Inspirational/Regency/Clean/Romance/ No Cussing

You can pick up The Forgiven Duke via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Netgalley; I was under no obligation to review.

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken, Book Review




Blurb from the book:


"I have a proposition for you..."
Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus's mouth. Instead, she made a deal with the devil in hopes of putting her past behind her once and for all.
Four days.
She could do four days!
But she wasn't counting on Jake’s older brother Travis being there to witness their farce of an engagement.
One thing is for certain.
One brother is right for her.
One wants a lifetime.
And one is in league with the devil.
She should have gotten Jake’s signature in blood.


My Review:


The Bet is the newest release by Rachel Van Dyken. I typically don't read novels that are not considered "clean" or "sweet" so this is an exception for me. The story was amazing and I found myself completely engrossed in Kacey's story. The raw emotions and turbulent feelings were very real and I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning reading this new adult novel. The dynamic between Kacey and Jake was interesting, yet the dynamic between Travis and Kacey was incredible. There were moments in the book where I laughed out loud and moments when I felt like crying. (For the record, I don't cry easily, so the fact that I wanted to cry means the writing was superb) There were plenty of moments when I felt like punching a certain character as well! I find myself amazed at Rachel Van Dyken's ability to create such realistic situations where I feel like I am in the room watching the story unfold. I won't spoil the ending, but I will say that I am hopeful there is another book about one of the other characters! 

Rating:
Cussing, sexual references, and an open door sex scene (not erotic)


You can pick up The Bet via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review