Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

About the book:

"Sometime in your life, Allison Sekemoto, you will kill a human being. The question is not if it will happen, but when. Do you understand?"
I didn't then, not really.
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.
Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die…or become one of the monsters.
Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.
Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.
But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

My Review:

One word; WOW! I just finished reading this book and I haven't ever read a book by Julie Kagawa.  This book drew me in right from the start!  Julie Kagawa does a great job of creating a new world full of vampires, Registered humans, Unregistered humans, and Rabids.  I felt like I couldn't stop reading it, I had to know what was going on!  I really appreciated that everything wasn't laid out and that I had to work to figure out what was going to happen.  This is not a typical vampire book with a human falling in love with a vampire, and I was grateful that it was a unique storyline.  I loved that Allison tried to stay true to who she wanted to be.  I loved her determination and strong will.  She was a character I wanted to know more about and someone I found myself rooting for.  I felt like I knew her by the time the book had ended.  A job well done by Julie Kagawa, I am now anxiously awaiting book two!
(This book contains cussing)

You can pick the Kindle version up here.

You can pick up a hardback version   here and here.

You can pick up the Nook version here.

Happy Reading!!!

I received this book as an E-Arc from netgalley.
Source:  Publisher

Friday, April 27, 2012

Time To Bury The Past by Anne Ashby

 About the book:

"Post Traumatic Stress Disorder forces American Naval Officer Zane Erickson to re-evaluate his life. A posting to untroubled New Zealand, after years in Afghanistan, should allow him to bond with his motherless teenage son. Unfortunately Cody doesn’t share his father's enthusiasm for this new living arrangement.
Kelsey Hewitt is a single mother wrestling with her son’s drinking problem. She struggles to keep the truth about his abusive father from him and is determined to exclude men from her life.
As Kelsey and Zane are drawn together by the boys’ friendship, they each have compelling reasons to avoid any possible intimacy. Through dealing with their sons’ dilemmas, their attraction for each other deepens.
Can Kelsey risk allowing another control freak into her life?"
My Review:

This novel is a story of two people trying to move on in their lives and in a sense, hide from their past.  Kelsey has secrets about her past she has been keeping, secrets her son will soon discover and will change their lives.  Zane has secrets about his past too, his son doesn’t know about them either.  Both will have to face their pasts.  Their sons are best friends, and soon begin to scheme that their parents will fall in love. 

A well-written novel by Anne Ashby, you will feel every emotion as you read Time To Bury The Past!  You will feel for the service men and women who serve their country, and for their families who are left behind.  Kelsey and Zane, along with their sons, will draw you into their lives and you will become lost in their story.  You literally feel what they feel!  A great look into the lives of two very different people, you will surely be satisfied when you are finished reading!  

You can pick up the Kindle version here.

You can pick up the paperback version here.

You can pick up the ebook version here.

Happy Reading!!!
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
Source:  Author/Publisher

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Another FREE book!

Another free book on amazon by author Marcia Lynn McClure, this time it is The Fragrance of Her Name!  If you like love stories, mystery and ghosts, then this is the read for you!  Pick it up while it is FREE!!!

You can pick the book up here.

Happy Reading!!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Taken by Charlotte Abel

About the book:

"Bound by love and magic. Betrayed by those they trust. Not everyone survives."

My Review:

I really liked the story of Taken!  It picks up where Enchantment left off after Josh and Channie had just been married.  The book is full of action and surprises!  You will not be able to guess how things turn out!  I personally felt that the subject of Josh and Channie strengthening their heart bond through intimacy was talked about too much throughout the book.  It seemed to me that it was brought up in every chapter and I felt that it wasn't needed, the story is great without all of that! I really like this world that Charlotte Abel has created and will read the third book; the ending is a big cliffhanger. (This book talks about intimacy, but it is not descriptive)

You can pick up the Kindle version here.

Happy Reading!!!

I received this book for free.  This review is my own honest opinion of the book.
Source:  Author

Friday, April 20, 2012

Free Kindle Book Today April 20th!

You know how I love free books!  Here is another favorite of mine by author Marcia Lynn McClure, Sweet Cherry Ray!   This one is set back in the Old West! Pick it up here while it is still free!

Happy Reading!!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Fire and Ice by Diana Bellerose

About the book:

"In Fire and Ice, Nancy, a naïve but resourceful, kindhearted woman, marries her high school sweetheart. As a working wife and mother, Nancy perseveres, despite having an abusive, alcoholic husband."

My Review:

Nancy and Tom are high school sweethearts who end up marrying.  Tom’s mother has never approved of Nancy and is constantly belittling her to Tom and trying to cause problems in their relationship.  Tom is immature and does whatever his Mom tells him to do.  Nancy is naïve and thinks that love can conquer all.  She finds out that Tom is not the person that she believed him to be.  He becomes an alcoholic and abuses her.  They have a daughter and he still continues his poor behavior. 

The story line of this short novel is good, that people aren’t always what they seem to be.  I appreciated that the author showed Nancy as a character who wanted to keep her family together.  However, I do not agree with a woman staying with a man who abuses her.  I was really upset when Nancy stated that every problem in their marriage was due to her in-laws.   Tom was a grown adult who made his own choices, so their problems were created through him, not his parents.  His parents contributed to some things, but ultimately he was responsible for his choices.  The story is told from a third person perspective and I felt that it was disjointed at times.  When the characters did have dialogue, the things that they said were very unrealistic to me.  This is my opinion of the book, it wasn’t the book for me, but you may like it.

You can pick up the print version here. 

You can pick up the kindle version here. 

Happy Reading!!!

I downloaded this book when it was free on amazon.
Source:  Author

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Intangible by J. Meyers, Review and Interview with Author!

About the book:

"Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.

Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it."

My Review:

Intangible by J. Meyers rocked!  Twin brother and sister, Luke and Sera are Gifted.  Luke has the power to See (the future) and Sera has the power to heal people.  They keep their powers a secret from everyone, even their parents.  They don’t even tell their best friend,
Fey.  Luke and Sera share their secrets only with each other and have a special twin bond.   

This book is full of action, mystery, and love!   Join Luke and Sera as they find out who they really are and why they are Gifted!  Their story will draw you in and you will become a part of Luke and Sera’s world.  You cheer for them, cry with them, and laugh with them!  Once you start reading this book, you will NOT be able to stop reading it!  The suspense and intrigue will keep you turning page after page!  J. Meyers novel Intangible does not disappoint!  This is a book I will read again and again.  Five stars and I am anxiously anticipating the next book!  (Please let there be a next book!)  I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes YA, paranormal or fantasy books.

 Interview with j. meyers:

1.  What inspired the story of Intangible?
I had this idea for a girl who could heal with just the touch of her hand--really based on Reiki, an alternative hands-on healing method I'm familiar with. And I thought it would be really cool if she not only healed people, but also transformed some mythological creatures to human. The what-if's that came with that premise really got me excited. Then I was flipping through a superhero encyclopedia, checking out all the amazing powers each character has, and I was struck with the idea of having teens all over the world cropping up with superhuman abilities. What a fantastic world that could be, you know?
2.  Why twins and not one main character?
Well, I'd started out with just Sera. But I realized right away that I didn't want to have just one main character and I didn't want it to be just a girl story. (Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course, and I thoroughly enjoy girl stories, but I wanted Intangible to have broader appeal because I have three sons and I wanted them to enjoy my book too when they were old enough to be interested in reading it.) So I gave her a twin brother, and then I had to do a ton of research and reading about twins because I am not a twin and I wanted to portray, as accurately as I possibly could, the strong bond between twins.
3.  Do either of the twins mirror your personality?
No. Of course, there are pieces of me in each of them and in all of the characters in the book, but no character in the book is a fictionalized me. Or a fictionalized friend/family member. They are each unique creations.
4.  How many books do you foresee being in this series?
At the moment I'm thinking three or four. I'm also considering writing companion books/series about other Gifteds, too, after I finish this series. This world lends itself easily to many, many stories that can be told.
5.  Have you always wanted to be an author?
No! (Though I will say I've always wanted to be an artist in some way. I am a creator at heart.) I actually hated writing when I was in school. HATED it. :-) All throughout high school and college. I was sure I was terrible at it, too. So this author thing kind of snuck up on me. I was living in NYC, acting here and there, and paying the bills by freelancing for a small educational texts publisher. I started out inputting changes to manuscript (my familiarity with Microsoft Word got me the job), then I moved up to proofreading and copyediting (grammar and spelling always came easily to me). Then little by little I started writing and eventually ended up being a freelance educational texts writer for a while. I moved on to co-authoring a couple of parenting books, and then realized I wanted to write fiction. I'd fallen in love with YA lit around that time and knew I'd found my genre.
6.  Will there be other books (non-Intangible related) in the future?
Absolutely! I hope to keep writing for many, many years to come. I have a growing list of book ideas waiting for me for when I'm done with the Intangible series. I have a feeling that I will always write YA (and maybe MG) books because I love both of those genres and feel they offer such freedom of creativity.

7.  What is your favorite, must-read book that you would recommend?
Oh, goodness, I don't think I have just one. I love Laini Taylor's Dreamdark series--she writes so beautifully and builds the most amazing worlds! So does Frannie Billingsley in Chime. And Aidan Chambers writes the best dialogue and laugh-out-loud scenes (that make me cry I'm lauging so hard--and that NEVER happens for me when I'm reading, it takes a lot to make me laugh out loud) in This is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn. And Sarah Dessen creates the most wonderfully wacky secondary characters of any writer I know (plus her dialogue is fantastic as well) in *all* of her books. There are so many wonderful YA writers out there, and I've learned so much about writing by reading their fabulous books.

About j. meyers:
j. meyers grew up in Vermont and now lives in Central New York. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s chasing her four kids around, exploring the outdoors with them, relishing the few quiet moments she gets with her husband, baking sweet treats, and forgetting to make dinner. Though she cannot actually see the future nor heal with a touch of her hand, she likes to think her children believe she can. Intangible is her first novel.
I want to say thank you to j. for the interview!  

You can pick up Intangible in these places:
You can pick up an ebook or autographed paperback here.

You can pick up the Kindle version here.

You can pick up the paperback here. 

You can pick up the Nook version here.

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

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Fall For You by Cecilia Gray (The Jane Austen Academy Series #1)

About the book:

"The last thing that the girls at the elite Jane Austen Academy need is hot guys to flirt with. Please. They need to stay focused on something that lasts much longer: an acceptance letter from an Ivy.

But over the summer the school has been sold, and like it or not, the guys are coming. And it's about to turn the Academy--and the lives of its students--totally upside down...
* * *

To say Lizzie and Dante are polar opposites is the understatement of the century. He's a snooty Exeter transfer with more money than Google. She's a driven study-a-holic barely keeping up with tuition. It's obvious that Dante thinks he's way too good for Lizzie. And Lizzie knows Dante is a snob with a gift for pushing her buttons.

But things are changing fast this year at the Academy. And when Lizzie's quest to stop those changes blows up in her face, taking her oldest friendship with it, she has nowhere else to turn but to Dante, with his killer blue eyes, his crazy-sexy smile, and his secrets... Secrets Lizzie can't seem to leave alone, no matter how hard she tries..."

My Review:

When I read the summary for this book, I knew that I wanted to read it.  I am a huge Jane Austen fan and I love Pride and Prejudice!  Fall For You does not disappoint!  A modern-day twist of the Jane Austen classic, Fall For You will leaving you wanting more!  This book is an easy read and one you will not want to put down!  The story pulled me in right from the beginning and I enjoyed getting to know each character.  I love a book that doesn't drag and flows right along and this book does just that!  This is a five star novel for me and one I recommend for any Austen fan or any romance fan!  I am excited that this is the beginning of a series and am excited for the next one!  

 You can pick up the Kindle version here.

 You can pick up the e-book version  here.

 You can pick up the Nook version here. 

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
Source:  Publisher/Author

Friday, April 13, 2012

Winner of the Hoppy Easter Giveaway Hop!

 A new winner was picked, due to no correspondence from the intial winner.  So the new winner is comment #8, Tore!  Congratulations, you are the winner of The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks!

And the winner of The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks is comment #39, gaby891.  I have sent an e-mail to the lucky winner. Congratulations! You have 48 hrs to respond or a new winner will be selected!  Thank you to everyone who participated!

Free on Kindle, The Light of Asteria! Today April 13th!

About this book:

"If Nora Johnson hadn't been on campus that day she would have never known her true destiny. Helping her friends move into the dorm that she wanted to call home, Nora accidentally collides with mysterious stranger, Gavin Frey. His very first touch sends flames through her heart. The world seems different-something within her has changed. She tries to resume her mundane life, but she is now consumed with the one whose very presence ignited her soul, the one with eyes of emerald. Nora soon learns that an energy buried deep within has been unleashed. She now wields unimaginable power and has become Gavin's source, his strength. Her newfound joy is shaken when she discovers that Gavin is not who he appears to be and she has been thrust in the middle of a war of mythical proportions. Negativity allows all things evil to flourish, the earth is under siege. The fate of creation hinges on the power within her heart. Will she be strong enough to survive? A gripping tale of unbounded love and ancient power, The Light of Asteria will take you on an epic adventure filled with war, treachery, and demons, as well as unimaginable delights."

I LOVED, The Light of Asteria by Elizabeth Isaacs!  It is a wonderful YA fantasy book that will sweep you away into a whole new world!  And it is free today on amazon for the kindle!  Hurry over and get it, it is only free for today, April 13th!  You can pick it up here!

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop

I would like to thank, I Am A Reader, Not a Writer and Once Upon a Twilight for hosting this giveaway hop!  I am giving away my copy of The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks!  To enter my giveaway all you have to do is become a follower of my blog and leave a comment with your e-mail address.  Please let me know how you follow and under what name.  This is open to US residents only.  Thank you!


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Free Kindle Book!

Pick it up while it lasts, one of my all-time favorites by Marcia Lynn McClure, The Highwayman of Tanglewood!  This is a completely clean romance.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!  Here is the link:

Happy Reading!!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats

About the book:

"Cecily’s father has ruined her life. He’s moving them to occupied Wales, where the
king needs good strong Englishmen to keep down the vicious Welshmen. At least
Cecily will finally be the lady of the house.
Gwenhwyfar knows all about that house. Once she dreamed of being the lady there
herself, until the English destroyed the lives of everyone she knows. Now she must
wait hand and foot on this bratty English girl.
While Cecily struggles to find her place amongst the snobby English landowners,
Gwenhwyfar struggles just to survive. And outside the city walls, tensions are rising
ever higher—until finally they must reach the breaking point."
My Review:

Let me start off by saying how excited I was to get an e- ARC copy of this book from netgalley.  I was looking forward to reading it since I found out about it on goodreads.  I wanted to love this book, I really did!  The title of the book is perfect for the story, the farther I read, the more apparent it became.  Cecily is an English young woman whose father decides to move to Wales and Cecily feels that her world is ending.  Gwenhwyfar is a Welsh young woman who serves in the house where Cecily and her father live.  The story proceeds with each girl’s point of view which helps you understand their perspectives.

I felt that it took the story over half of the book to get moving and going somewhere.  Both girls were very unpleasant and unkind.  They each had moments of kindness where I thought that they were changing, but they never truly did.  Cecily was really just a selfish spoiled girl and Gwenhwyfar just seemed so full of bitterness and hate.  I understood that they were both that way due to the circumstances that they had experienced in their lives, but it didn’t make for enjoyable reading for me.  The book ends without complete closure so you are left to wonder about the characters.  Maybe this means there is another novel in the works.

I appreciated all of the research and knowledge that the author shared on thirteenth century Wales.  I learned a lot about that time period and I was glad that she included the note at the end of the book to explain more.  I just wish I had liked the story more.  I really wanted to!   Overall, it is alright, I guess it just wasn’t for me, but that does not mean that it won’t be for you!  (Side note, this book is recommended for 12 and up, and I would recommend reading it yourself before allowing that age group to read it due to descriptive violence, etc.)

You can pre-order this book  HERE and HERE.

You can pre-order the kindle version HERE.

You can pre-order the nook version HERE.

I received this book for free from netgalley.
Source:  Publisher

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Winner of ReVamped!

And the winner is....comment #1 Andrea Smith!  I will e-mail the author your e-mail information so she can send you your kindle copy ReVamped!  Thank you to everyone for your participation, especially Ada Adams for the interview and for providing the copy of ReVamped!