Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Devon's Dream by Anne Ashby, Book Review

 Blurb from the book:

Time reveals all secrets. Single mum Devon fled Auckland as a pregnant teenager and made a life for herself and her daughter, Trix, in Australia. With her musical career blossoming their future is set. But a car accident while visiting Auckland puts Devon in intensive care and she awakens to learn she has sent Trix to her father. Ignorant of Trix's existence, widowed Rick is bewildered and angry at losing twelve years of his daughter's life. He will not be denied another day with Trix.Trix loves being part of an extended family. To her mother's consternation she tricks Devon into accepting an invitation to stay at Rick's house after release from hospital but will her plan work? Could her scheming bring her parents together?

My Review:

This novel was great and it pulled me into a roller coaster ride of emotions right away!  Rick, Trix and Devon's story is one worth reading.  Trix was a wonderful character and so full of spunk!  I enjoyed seeing the dynamics between all of the characters, not just the main ones. The characters seemed real and were likeable even with their flaws.  The setting is gorgeous and it makes me want to visit New Zealand one day! This is a great read about lost love and trying to put a family back together amidst physical difficulties.  If you enjoy YA and romance novels with great characters, then you will enjoy Devon's Dream!  Four stars out of five.  (This book contains some sensual scenes)

You can pick up Devon's Dream via Barnes and Noble or Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

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

Saturday, October 27, 2012

What Kills Me by Wynne Channing, Guest Review by Mary

Blurb from the book:

The fight for survival begins.

An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.

So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.

How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?

Mary's Review:

 I really enjoyed it book. I bought it last week but I didn't have time to read it until now, plus the idea of someone falling in a well full of blood and turned into a vampire...i was skeptical. I was proven wrong. Yes the heroine was naive but it was believable. The story was different and refreshing and you feel like your apart of the journey she was going through. There was a time when some character dies and it seemed abrupt, but i think it's what the author wanted you to feel. Like how Zee felt at that moment, how surreal things are. But you don't forget about those characters and as the story goes along, you can still feel that pain for her. Anyway, i enjoyed it. Will be reading the next one.   Four Stars.

You can pick up What Kills Me via Amazon.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Contemptible Affection by Ranee S. Clark: Book Review

Blurb from the book:

After Lord Dersingham spurned her last season, Iris Colburn promises to never allow him back into her heart, despite his excuses, his long-standing connection to her family, or the fact that she once loved him.
But upon her return from Paris, Iris finds it is more difficult than she expected to keep Lord Dersingham at arm's length. His presence at nearly every social function Iris attends reminds her more of their blissful past than the sting of his rejection. Worse, she fears she is falling for him again.
If it wasn't for his outrageous behavior, that is. He asks Iris' father for permission to court her -- again -- but then showers attention on the disreputable Miss Halliday.
Iris doesn't know what kind of game Lord Dersingham is playing, but with her heart and her pride on the line, she will do anything to win.

My Review:

I want to preface my review by saying that I have never read a book by Ranee S. Clark.  When I started A Contemptible Affection I was immediately transported from my world to Iris's world.  It was easy to read this regency story and the writing flowed effortlessly.  Although a short story, the characters were well developed, so much that I felt like hitting Iree over the head a few times and telling her to wake up!  But alas, women are fickle and have memories that never forget!  Iree's journey to find out the true feelings of her heart was a fantastic read that I literally enjoyed every minute of!  I can't say that about many books at all!  If all of Ranee Clark's books are like this one, then I will be a fan for life!  Five stars and I can't wait to get my hands on another of her books!

You can pick up A Contemptible Affection via Amazon or Smashwords.

You can learn more about author Ranee S. Clark via her websites:

Blog:  http://raneesclark.blogspot.com 

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/raneesclark 

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/raneesclark 

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Eternal Hope Cover Reveal!

Cover Reveal of Eternal Hope by Frankie Rose!!!  The first book, Sovereign Hope was AWESOME, so the second book, Eternal Hope is bound to be FABULOUS!  Here is a peek at the cover! 

You can pick up a copy of Sovereign Hope or Eternal Hope via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Guy Next Door by Kate Palmer (LDS) Book Review & Giveaway!

About the book:
On the surface, Eva Black’s life seems practically perfect. The small-town kindergarten teacher is set to wed ambitious lawyer Sean Langley, and their plans for a dream wedding are well underway. Eva accepts that she will soon live life in the spotlight as a member of the prestigious Langley family, but can she overlook her fiancĂ©’s tendency to dominate the details of her life and push the limits of her standards?
Mere weeks before the wedding, Eva is thrown into a traumatic, life-changing event that changes her view of family commitment and creates a sharp contrast between her ideals and Sean’s. With her engagement to Sean in jeopardy, Eva finds herself relying on the support and encouragement of Peter, her kind and attentive next-door neighbor. Faced with a choice between her penitent fiancĂ© and the increasingly mysterious Peter, Eva is unprepared for the consequences—and peril—that come with her decision.
My Review:

Immediately upon starting this book, I was drawn into the relationship between Eva and Sean.  I was intrigued as to why Eva would be engaged to someone who seemed to want to run her life for her.  I was swept into Eva's journey as she began to battle within herself about choices that needed to be made.  Author Kate Palmer weaves a wonderful story of love, heartbreak, heartache, and determination to succeed!  I admired Eva's ability to receive inspiration and stick with it, even when it was difficult.  I felt so many emotions right along with Eva as she was happy, in love, sad, heartbroken and even scared!  I love a book that takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride and The Guy Next Door does just that!  I look forward to reading more from Kate Palmer!  Five Stars!  (This is and LDS novel)

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You can pick up The Guy Next Door via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights by Jean C. Joachim Book Review

Blurb from the book:

Do you have someone in your past you would like to reconnect with? Caroline Davis White wasn't looking for Mickey, now Mike Foster, her childhood crush, she was fleeing her philandering husband, seeking peace and quiet, time to reflect on changing her life. But there was Mike, saving her from a mishap...again, bigger than life and even more handsome.

A well-known artist, Sunny thought she could escape, disappear back to the cabin where she spent her summers as a child. But she was wrong. Her husband refused to let her go. There hadn't been a divorce in Brad White's family...ever! And he wasn't about to start breaking that tradition now. Could Caroline shake him loose and what about Mike? Where did he fit into her life?

My Review:

I really enjoyed reading Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights.  Sunny's husband blatantly cheated on her and you couldn't help but despise him and cheer Sunny when she left him.  She flees to the small town that she used to spend her summers when she was small.  Sunny runs into her old crush, Mike and there is a lot of chemistry and sparks between the two.  But where does this relationship fit in when her husband does not want to agree to a divorce?   The story flowed smoothly and was easy to follow.  A very enjoyable read!  Three and a half stars out of five.  (For those who want to know:  There are a few descriptive touching scenes.  This book contains a relationship between a person who is still married and a person who is not her husband)

You can pick this book up via Amazon. 

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Shadowkiss (Vampire Academy Volume 3) by Richelle Mead. Guest Review by Andy

Blurb from the book:

It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all... might be seeing ghosts.

As Rose questions her sanity, new complications arise. Lissa has begun experimenting with her magic once more, their enemy Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose's forbidden relationship with Dimitri is starting to heat up again. But when a deadly threat no one saw coming changes their entire world, Rose must put her own life on the line - and choose between the two people she loves most.

Andy's Review:

It seems as Rose's adventure carries on, the more that's revealed and undone, in turn letting more questions arise to keep you guessing! As the story went on, I really felt for Rose. I laughed, I cried, all because of the beautifully written book that deems impossible to put down once the book is opened. I love how compelling this series is and have thoroughly fell in love with Rose's story! 5 stars

You can pick this book up via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Winner Is.....

GFC Follower:  Cordelia Fitzgerald!!!

Congratulations!  I have emailed you with your smashwords coupon for Thief Prince by Cheree Alsop!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!  And tell your friends to pick up their own copy!!!


Monday, October 8, 2012

Happily Ever After Giveaway Hop!

I would like to thank, I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Murphy's Library for hosting this giveaway hop!  Up for grabs is a smashwords coupon for the book, Thief Prince by Cheree Alsop!  I would like to thank Cheree for her donation for this giveaway!  This is her newest book and is wonderful!  And the cover is gorgeous!!! I have reviewed and it got FIVE stars from me!  You can read my review of it here.

 Now on to the giveaway!  To enter if EASY!!

1.  Become a follower of my blog through GFC.  Old and new followers are welcome!  I do check this, so make sure you become a follower for your entry to count!

2.  Leave a comment below with a VALID email address!  This is the only way I have to contact you if you win!

Be sure to check out these other great giveaways below!  Good Luck and Happy Reading!!!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

In the Middle of Nowhere by Julie Knudsen Book Review

Blurb from the book:


Butterflies. Little, fluttering butterflies. That’s what fifteen-year-old Willow Flynn feels in the pit of her stomach every time the mysterious boy is near. But Willow has other things to contend with as she deals with the tragic loss of her father, as well as her emotionally preoccupied mother, while being uprooted to a new house, a new school, a new life, far away, on an island, in the middle of nowhere.

At the beginning of the school year, the sickly, but cute Michael sends Willow the first of many cryptic notes during homeroom. He stares at Willow and gives her the creeps. Michael never returns to school after that, but Willow ends up connecting with the poetic boy on-line where they strike up an unusual friendship.

As Willow attempts to fit in and find her niche in the ever-cliquey high school world, she is further confused by Michael who strives to win her over and mend her broken heart. But will he be able to, especially when his own existence remains so uncertain?

My Review:

This is a coming of age novel. The main character, Willow, feels alone and out of place on a tiny island her family has moved to.  I could really feel for Willow and how she felt out of place in a new town without her old friends. The author did a good job of describing how she felt moving away from the only place she ever knew. When she meets Michael, it is very brief.  When they later began to talk and develop a relationship, I felt that there was no real basis for the depth of emotions they felt when they barely knew each other.   The author really missed the boat when it came to developing their relationship and Michael as a character.  To me,  Michael was secondary in Willow's story and Willow trying to fit in, was the real basis of the novel.  The author did a great job of showing how important choosing your friends can be and how you can end up in bad situations when you make poor choices.   Two and a half stars, it was just okay for me.

You can pick up this book via Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Unveiling (Age of Faith, #1) by Tamara Leigh Book Review

Blurb from the book:

12th century England: Two men vie for the throne: King Stephen the usurper and young Duke Henry the rightful heir. Amid civil and private wars, alliances are formed, loyalties are betrayed, families are divided, and marriages are made.
For four years, Lady Annyn Bretanne has trained at arms with one end in mind—to avenge her brother’s murder as God has not deemed it worthy to do. Disguised as a squire, she sets off to exact revenge on a man known only by his surname, Wulfrith. But when she holds his fate in her hands, her will wavers and her heart whispers that her enemy may not be an enemy after all.

Baron Wulfrith, renowned trainer of knights, allows no women within his walls for the distraction they breed. What he never expects is that the impetuous young man sent to train under him is a woman who seeks his death—nor that her unveiling will test his faith and distract the warrior from his purpose.

My Review:

Yeah, I couldn't put it down; SERIOUSLY!!!  If you like Christian novels and you like medieval settings, then you will love The Unveiling!  It is full of action, revenge, mysteries that need unraveling, and yeah, there is romance too!  Ms. Leigh  has a way with words because everything flowed beautifully.  The characters had distinct personalities and I found myself sympathizing with each main character at certain points.  The "lessons"  that were taught by Wulfrith to Annyn were priceless and I loved how they were turned around in the end!  I am so excited this is going to be a series because this book was awesome!   A nice thing to note is that this is NOT a cliffhanger!  They drive me nuts!  A fabulous read, The Unveiling is a five star book!  C'mon, give this Christian book a try!  :^)

You can pick up The Unveiling via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Cypher by S. G. Rogers Book Review

Blurb from the book:

After tragedy destroys her past, a beautiful tavern keeper’s daughter discovers a silver key that may unlock her magical future.

Although she has no memories before the quake that destroyed the kingdom of Augury, Cypher McCall holds a steadfast hatred of the repressive Cauldian regime now ruling the country. Because her magical gifts are deemed subversive, she does her best to avoid detection. Unfortunately for Cypher, however, she’s too beautiful to ignore. After a Cauldian contingent arrives in her hometown, a chance encounter leaves her repulsed by the arrogant Prince Ewan and attracted to his distant cousin, Lord Joss.

When she learns Prince Ewan plans to tear down the ruins of nearby Castle Augur, Cypher vows to stop him. Although handsome Lord Joss tries to protect her from his vindictive cousin, Cypher can’t bring herself to trust the enemy. At the same time, nightmares and dreams nudge her toward reclaiming childhood memories. She stumbles on a silver key that she hopes will unlock her past, but first she must confront a long repressed horror at the Castle Augur ruins.

Can Cypher evade Prince Ewan long enough to recover her memories? Is Lord Joss all that he seems or is his charm a ruse to ensnare the unwary? Finally, will the knowledge of her true identity tear Cypher apart or empower her to restore everything she ever loved?

My Review:

I started Cypher and a few pages into it I thought that I had the book figured out.  I decided that I would like it, but because I had the story figured out that I would be partially disappointed.  Boy was I wrong!  Whatever you think you have figured out, you don't!  The story is unique and interesting!  Cypher is a great strong main character, with fire and gumption!  She isn't just some beautiful girl waiting to be rescued, she wants to do the rescuing!  I loved the story that S. G. Rogers created and how it surprised me; especially when I thought I knew what would happen!  Cypher has magic, castles, romance and even some fighting too!  A great read when you don't have much time, I highly recommend Cypher!  Five stars!

You can pick up Cypher via AmazonSmashwords or Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for Review

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Thief Prince by Cheree Alsop Book Review

Blurb from the book:

When her brother’s sickness forces Kit to accept the title of heir to her kingdom’s crown, she is outcast by the others and treated as inferior; but when she is forced along with the other heirs on a dangerous journey, her differences turn into strengths that may save their lives. Kit is tested both mentally and physically as she faces odds both on the battlefield and within the royal social circles. She soon realizes that her greatest challenge may be to return home with her heart in one piece.

Thief Prince is a story of courage in the face of fear, and of love despite overwhelming odds. Whether you are looking for an adventure or the chance to see kingdoms beyond your world, Thief Prince is the story to sweep you away.

My Review:

I have to start by saying that the cover is GORGEOUS!  If I was choosing a book by it's cover, I would definitely pick this one!  I absolutely loved this book!  I could not put it down!  Anything with a prince and princess is usually a winner for me, but this book is even better!  It has multiple princes and princesses on scene over the course of the book!  I was completely drawn into Kit's world as she was faced with danger and new circumstances.  I felt for her and she was unsure of herself and I cheered for her when she grew and became the person she was meant to be.   I was happy that Kit was a strong character, not a weak and simpering girl who couldn't do anything for herself.  The Thief Prince (Andric) was a great character as well!  I kept seeing glimpses of who he really was and I loved that the author gave us clues as to what he like under the surface.  The Thief Prince will whisk you away into a new world that you will not want to leave!  I hope that Ms. Alsop has more about this story to write, because I would love more Kit and Andric!  This is one of my favorite books so far this year!  Five stars!

You can pick up Thief Prince via AmazonSmashwords or Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review