Monday, June 30, 2014

The Cinderella Debutante by Elizabeth Hanbury, Book Review


Lucy Sinclair’s London Season was cut short by tragedy. Now, five years later, she is returning but only in the shadow of her lovely step-sister. Belinda is determined to catch a titled husband and Alex, Lord Devlyn fits the bill perfectly.

Lucy finds Alex devastatingly attractive yet knows he will be dazzled by Belinda’s ravishing beauty. Her one chance of love seems lost forever until an unlikely fairy godmother makes Lucy the belle of the ball...

My Review:

Honestly I didn't even read the blurb for this one!  I saw it was by Elizabeth Hanbury and from my experience assumed it would be great and I was right!  I love a good regency and this one was great!  Lucy is kind, loving and intelligent.  She doesn't expect to marry since her season was ruined by tragedy.  Lord Devlyn will indulge his godmother almost anything, and when she asks a favor to go check on Miss Sinclair he cannot refuse.  I love the unexpected meeting in the road and how they cannot stop thinking of each other.  Add in that Lucy is sure that Lord Devlyn is in love with her sister and it makes the story even that more intriguing!   It doesn't even stop there!  Hanbury adds in an element of danger and I found myself reading until the late night hours to finish this one!  If you love a good romance, regency, and rooting for the underdog, then you will love Hanbury's The Cinderella Debutante!  

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Polar Opposites Book Blast!!!

Polar Opposites

Polar Opposites: Super Villain Academy #2 

The supers are balanced. Academies have altered their curriculum to teach both sides of the super power spectrum. All’s well in the super world. Right? When Mystic kidnaps Oceanus, Jeff learns it isn’t all right. Turning to the newly balanced supers for assistance, he panics to find they’ve done nothing to rescue Oceanus. When no ransom request follows, he worries Mystic’s plan never included returning his girlfriend. Frustrated, he’s forced to work with the only super willing to help. Oceanus’ ex-villain, ex-boyfriend, Set. Mystic isn’t the only one hiding something. Nothing about Jeff is balanced. Temper flares result in scorched clothing or flying furniture, and his charm has become an indiscriminating people-magnet. Jeff is convinced, or maybe just hopeful, that his lack of control is directly related to Oceanus being gone. But will he and Set find her before Jeff loses control completely and will they find her alive?


They never talked about how they ended the world. Twice. Jeff glanced at Oceanus, bent over her phone in the passenger seat of his car. A curtain of black hair shielded her profile from view, but he thought he saw her smile. He reached over and tucked her hair behind an ear. Yep, she was smiling. So was he. He felt his skin heat, but not as a side-effect of his super power ability to create fire. This heat was due to thoughts of Oci running her small warm hands down his back and tilting her face up to accept his kiss. “ How about a movie?” Oceanus asked. “ Which one?” Jeff replied, scanning the traffic and then his girlfriend. Oci’s thin arms, delicate wrists, and bird-like legs that barely reached the floorboards, all gave the impression she needed protection and caring for. Whereas, with her super strength, she could lift the car they drove in onto two wheels if someone were trapped underneath. “ Oh, perfect!” Oceanus flung her hair over her shoulder and straightened in her seat. Her smile illuminated Jeff’s peripheral vision as he concentrated on traffic. “The one I want to see starts in forty-five minutes. That gives us plenty of time to get there, get popcorn and some good seats, and watch the previews. I love the previews, don’t you?” Jeff glanced at her again. The devilish glint in her eye made him frown. “What movie?” Oceanus peeked through thick black lashes. Jeff was pretty sure she even batted them a bit. “What movie, Oci?” “ Accidental Hero.” At Jeff’s groan, Oceanus chuckled. “Come on, you have to admit the storyline looks kinda familiar. Besides, the special effects look amazing. You love that crap.” Jeff stared at the traffic and said nothing. He knew it was useless. He could mount the best argument against seeing the movie, but Oceanus always got her way. Cursing his Oceanus-shaped soft spot, he turned at the next intersection and headed toward the theater. The whiny guitar tones of the heavy metal song Super Villain erupted from his cell phone. He looked at the display and saw Mother’s number. “Can you answer that?” Reaching for his phone, Oceanus said, “You know, now that we aren’t technically super villains anymore, you should consider changing your ringtone.”

  King of Bad

King of Bad: Super Villain Academy #1

 Jeff Mean would rather set fires than follow rules or observe curfew. He wears his bad boy image like a favorite old hoodie; that is until he learns he has superpowers and is recruited by Super Villain Academy – where you learn to be good at being bad. In a school where one kid can evaporate all the water from your body and the girl you hang around with can perform psychic sex in your head, bad takes on a whole new meaning. Jeff wonders if he’s bad enough for SVA. He may never find out. Classmates vilify him when he develops good manners. Then he’s kidnapped by those closest to him and left to wonder who is good and who is bad. His rescue is the climactic episode that balances good and evil in the super world. The catalyst – the girl he’s crushing on. A girlfriend and balancing the Supers is good, right? Or is it…bad?  

  Author Kai Strand

Author Kai Strand

 When her children were young and the electricity winked out, Kai Strand gathered her family around the fireplace and they told stories, one sentence at a time. Her boys were rather fond of the ending, “And then everybody died. The end.” Now an award winning children’s author, Kai crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from their reality. With a selection of novels for young adult and middle grade readers and short stories for the younger ones, Kai entertains children of all ages, and their adults.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

True Colors Book Blast

True Colors Cover

True Colors

 Landry Albright enters a modeling competition with her two best friends, but runs into jealousy when she advances to the next level without them. Enter the gorgeous Devon, who also makes the first cut of the modeling contest. Devon seems like the perfect new best friend, but can their friendship survive the competition? Throw in a new boy, jealousy and loyalty issues, and insults from hair stylists. How’s a girl to deal?


The competition was for girls between the ages of thirteen and seventeen, but it felt like Ericka, Tori, and I were the youngest ones there. I only saw a couple of girls from school, and the lineup looked more like something you’d see on a music video set. All the girls were gorgeous, and they had these curvy womanly bodies. I looked like a skinny little kid next to them. The first girl walked out, and I heard the judges say she “owned the runway,” and, “walked like a gazelle.” I was starting to feel ill. I wasn’t sure which way it was going to come, but I knew I had to find a bathroom — fast. I started to get out of line when Ericka grabbed my wrist. “It’s almost time,” she said. A tiny bit of spit flew out of her mouth and hit my cheek. I wasn’t sure why she was so intent on me going through with it, but she had a death grip on my arm, so I didn’t have much of a choice. Her number was called and she walked out to the stage. One of the other girls said she walked like a kid with sand bucket stilts on her feet, but she came back with a smirk on her face like she knew she’d get chosen. “They said they had never seen such long legs,” she said. Tori was next. “She walks like a gorilla at feeding time,” said the girl behind me. I went next, and I tried to focus on not tripping over my feet. My mom’s pumps had a rubber sole on the bottom, which probably wasn’t the brightest idea seeing as my shoes were making squeaking noises as I walked. I was so nervous I couldn’t stop smiling as I walked. I looked like the plastic clown who blows up balloons with its mouth at the Pizza Palace. When I got to the end of the runway, I tried to cross my feet to turn like the other girls had, but I over rotated and ended up doing a full spin which made my kilt fan out and gave the mall walkers a view of my blue underpants. I tried to act like it was intentional and did an extra turn. One of the judges put her hand up to stop me, and I held my breath as she started to speak.
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Krysten Lindsay Hager is an author and book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and also writes middle grade, YA, humor essays, and adult fiction. Her debut novel, TRUE COLORS, will be out June 17th from Astraea Press. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and currently resides in Southern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing when she’s not catching up on her favorite shows.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Tiger's Promise (Tiger's Saga #0.5) by Colleen Houck, Book Review


Before the curse, there was a promise. A prequel to the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, this much anticipated novella recalls the beginning of Ren and Kishan’s story. Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history.

Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father’s threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she’s willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything.

My Review:

I really enjoyed reading the prequel to the Tiger's Saga. In Tiger's Promise I learned so much more about Yesubai and also how truly cruel and wicked Lokesh was even to his own child! It really helped me as a reader understand more of not only his character, but Yesubai. I really felt so much sympathy for he to situation but I also felt the weight she felt bearing the burden of her father's evilness and her love for a man she couldn't marry. I don't want to spoil the end, but I will say that everything about the curse makes more sense to me now. Once again Houck has amazed me with her enchanting storytelling skills which ensnare my attention and have me completing living in another world!  

Happy Reading!!!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Book Review


Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

My Review:

Well I am still thinking about The Fault in Our Stars even though I finished reading it over three days ago.  If you judge how good a book is based on how often you think of the story once you are finished, then you could consider this one a winner.  For me personally, there was a lot of hype for this book, so I went in with high expectations.  While I found the characters had real to life attributes and attitudes, I also found their outlooks very different than expected.  Maybe that is part of the draw of this book, it is the epitome of  the unexpected in this reader's opinion.  Hazel and Augustus are a rare pair and an unlikely match in some ways. They just "get" each other and there is the element of understanding that probably no one else could even get close to in their situations.  It was refreshing in a way to view their unique perspectives and it really made me ponder about the tough subject of cancer and how it really affects people. So why did this reader not give the book five stars?   Ah, well I hate spoilers and I refuse to put one in here.  Just suffice it to say that while I understood why the book ended the way that it did,  but it completely frustrated me!  Also, I was not understanding at all of "the universe wants to be noticed" instead of any direct reference to God, a supreme being or an after-life. Personally, that sucked all the hope and comfort out of a terminally ill cancer patient's future.  Don't we all need hope and something to cling to, like faith?  Even if you aren't a person who is Christian, most people believe in some type of an after-life and the fact that Hazel really doesn't believe in that at all, bothered me to no end!  Everyone NEEDS hope!!!!  Rant over, you will have to read it for yourself and decide your own thoughts.   I believe that the story will draw you in as it did me, and perhaps you will appreciate the ending more than I.

Rating:  Language and teenage sexual references

You can pick up your own copy of The Fault in Our Stars via Amazon.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

A Portrait for Toni by Annette Lyon


Toni has no idea what she’d do without her best friend, Carter. Who else would she be able to vent to about her parents, her job at the dance studio, or her latest relationship woes? When Toni’s father lands in the hospital, Carter, as always, is there for her.

That is, until he starts questioning Toni, saying he thinks she has an eating disorder. Then she starts dating Clint, the hot new guy at the studio, and somehow that puts a deeper wedge between her and Carter. When she’s hospitalized after an on-stage collapse, and Carter stupidly starts in with advice about food and weight, she sends him away—then instantly regrets it.

One night after a performance, Toni tries to mend the hurt between them. She goes to visit Carter at work, in his art classroom at the high school. She doesn’t see him there, and instead, she stumbles onto proof that he has feelings for her that go way beyond those of a friend. Toni is left with the very real prospect of losing Carter forever, unless somehow she can return his feelings—but that’s impossible.

Isn’t it?

My Review:

I have to admit that I started this book having no idea what it was even about.  The ballet slippers intrigued me so I jumped in with both feet.  Honestly I read this book in what totaled up to about one day, and that is saying something because this book is longer than average.  Toni's story pulled me in; it was emotional, heart-breaking and full of conflict.  Lyon attacks the topic of eating disorders head on and leaves no details to be spared.  I appreciated the candidness of the broaching the topic because it is a serious one and it definitely helps others to be aware of what signs to look for and what that person is experiencing and feeling who has an eating disorder. 

I was so, so, so sad for Carter.  Man that guy really knew the meaning of compassion and love.  Honestly I could not believe that he continually kept coming back into Toni's life even when he made it clear he couldn't go on like that anymore.  I felt conflicted for him!  The way Toni finds out about his love for her was so awkward and awful, I could feel it right through the book!  A Portrait for Toni is a gripping story that tackles difficult issues in a head-on and direct manner.  It is a tale of love, forgiveness, pain and acceptance.  If you want a book with substance and grit, this is the one for you!
Rating:  Clean romance with like three curse words

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Complete Aliso Creek Series by Heather B. Moore, Book Review


Welcome to the Aliso Creek Novella Series

Liz, Gemma, Arie, Jess, and Drew have been best friends since creating the “Five” at Aliso Creek High School. But that was over ten years ago, and each is still trying to find that perfect someone . . . if perfect is even possible.

This box set includes all 5 stories:

PICTURE PERFECT: Gemma Staheli has never done anything out of the ordinary, until her boyfriend Randy starts to ignore her. But even cutting and dyeing her hair doesn’t get his attention. She decides to join her old high school friends for spring vacation, only to be faced with Drew, her best friend who suddenly seems interested in her as more than a friend. Gemma must determine if her heart is on the rebound or if it’s finally met its true match.

THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM: Liz Carlson will settle for a normal man. A normal man with a job, that is. Married twice, then divorced twice, Liz’s rose-colored glasses fell off and shattered on the ground a long time ago. Her main focus now is raising her six-year-old daughter and surviving long days at work on her feet as a hairdresser. When Sloane Branden answers her call for help, quite literally, Liz doesn’t even give him a second glance. She’s sworn off dating for as many years as it takes, and it seems that Sloane has done the same after his own tumultuous marriage. But when Liz realizes that Sloane defies every stereotypical deadbeat she’s dated, she might just find room in her heart and discover the third time’s the charm.

THE DAISY CHAIN: Jess Giles does find her perfect match, but since Charlie’s several years older than she, they never have a moment of harmony from his adult kids who protest the marriage. When Charlie dies in a tragic accident, his kids add insult to injury and sue Jess for her share of the inheritance. The only person Jess trusts for financial advice is Charlie’s financial planner, Preston Michaels. Just talking to Preston on the phone makes Jess feel flustered, yet strangely comfortable at the same time, so she puts off meeting him for as long as possible. When Jess has to attend the formal hearing, she’s about to find out if the man she’s been talking to over the phone for several months lives up to the voice that she’s grown attached to.

LOST THEN FOUND: Arie, at the top of her career as VP of an established real estate company, discovers that her success has led to a less-than-successful dating life. But she may have just met the ideal man in work-a-holic film producer, Dustin Jacobs. Seeing each other once a week, or even once a month, is no big deal since they are both ambitious… until Arie realizes she wants much, much more.

ONE CHANCE: Valentina is the odd-woman out. She’s part of “the Five” when she dates Drew for a couple of years, and remains friends with the women, but with her traveling schedule as a runway model, it’s impossible to maintain a real relationship. When Valentina attends her cousin’s wedding in LA, she runs into Cesar, who she was school friends with in her native country of Puerto Rico. Cesar is not the young skinny boy she remembers, but a grown man who seems interested in what’s beyond her model-appearance. Back in New York, Valentina can’t get him out of her mind, but she also can’t deny the fact that they’re separated by more than one country.

My Review:

I really enjoyed this set of novellas, they were fun, flirty and full of great chemistry!  Since the main characters were best friends in high school, it made it fun to connect them from book to book.  While there was a common thread throughout the series, each novella had its own unique story.  The fact that the characters were not in high school and were already thirty brought a level of maturity to each relationship which I found completely refreshing!  This series is completely clean yet it does not lack for romance and sparks!  I really just enjoyed myself reading each story and then I couldn't wait to read the next one and I found myself reading the entire series fairly quickly.  This series is great for a quick pick-me-up, when you want to get your reading on but don't have a ton of time!  You can read just one novella at a time and savor each story or devour it all at once like your favorite dessert!  My only complaint is that there were no more to read!  I really think that Moore could make each novella a full length novel!  I would love more details :)  On a side note, this is an amazing value for the price and it is completely clean/& sweet romance.

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Gifted by Andy Lewter debuts today!!!


The last thing Abigail Everett thought would happen over spring break was having her world shift into an entirely new perspective.
Unfortunately for her, that’s exactly what happened.
Between struggling to master her newly-formed abilities, coming face-to-face with dark, deceiving mind tricks by those that seek her leadership, and learning of a mythical world that she never deemed possible, Abigail risks everything with the future of mankind and the safety of its people in her hands.

“I knew I was in mortal danger.  But I was finally able to breathe again—with him by my side.  Then dangerous eyes bore into mine, and darkness overtook me . . .” 

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Andy is a stay-home mom with two beautiful children. Between homework, playing, cooking and cleaning, she writes on the side. Most of her inspiration comes from life experiences that have brought her both pain and happiness - both of which have helped her grow. She also gets inspiration from the wonderful people that have touched her life, accompanied with crazy dreams she has nightly. 

She is so excited to have finally touched the edges of her dream as an author. She grew a fond passion for writing when she was young, and this story has given her determination that she can indeed fulfill her childhood dream. 

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Evergreen (Mer Tales #2) by Brenda Pandos, Book Review


A kingdom on the brink of war. A king on the fringes of insanity. A family running for their lives. Ash and Fin's only desire is to be together and dive into their happily ever after, though their conflicting worlds work to pull them apart. Neither is ready to convert to the other's life: become a human or a mer. Little do they know that somewhere in Natatoria a secret holds the fine fabric of everyone's lives together. If the truth is discovered, Ash and Fin will no longer have the luxury of waiting. They'll be forced to choose. But will it be for loyalty or love? Or will someone else make the choice for them if they can't decide? Enter the watery world of treachery, greed, and the binding mer kiss as the story continues with Evergreen, book two of Mer Tales.

My Review:

Evergreen is action packed and the pace is much quicker than Everblue!  I felt like the pages flew by so quickly and things were happening faster than I imagined they would!  The sparks that fly between Ash and Fin sizzle and the chemistry just pops off the page!  If you think you know where the story is going and what will happen, just check that thought at the door!  There are twists and turns and surprises that you won't foresee!  Even better than the first book, Evergreen combines my favorite characters with action, suspense, danger and some amazing chemistry!  Move over vampires and werewolves, you have nothing on the mermaids!

You can pick up your own copy of Evergreen via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Everblue by Brenda Pandos, Book Review


She wanted her life to change... he wanted his to stay the same.

Best friends share everything with each other. Or do they? Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Spending time with her best friend Tatiana, dreaming about kissing Tatiana's twin brother Fin, and swimming competitively are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college. But when Tatchi fails to return home after a family emergency, and no one knows where the family has gone, Ash chooses to do something drastic to find them. 

Ashlyn is about to discover what she'd thought to be true her whole life, wasn't, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn's life forever.

My Review:

I am a huge fan of Pandos' Talisman Series and when I realized that she had written a mermaid series I purchased the first book right away!  Everblue is wonderful!  It had me page turning, it had me sighing, it had me frustrated.  The point is that it made me feel!  Pandos writes an emotional novel that I could relate to.  When Ash's best friend disappears life goes on but always in the back of her mind she wonders what happened to Tatchi and her cute twin brother she has been crushing on Fin.  While some have criticized the lack of attention Ash gave to her best friend disappearing, I strongly disagree.  She couldn't really do anything about her disappearance, she thinks about it throughout, and then she did what any teenager would do...she lives her life.  This in no way detracted from this beautiful story that drew me and never let me go until there was nothing left to read!  I was grateful I had book two ready to go so I could continue Ash's story!  I highly recommend Everblue to any fantasy or YA book lover!

You can pick up your own copy of Everblue via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Rising by Holly Kelly, Book Review


In a war between the humans and the inhabitants of the sea—humans will lose. Xanthus Dimitriou—the most lethal Dagonian to rise from the ocean—is on a mission to save mankind from annihilation. But first there’s one small thing he needs to do… kill a beautiful young woman in a wheelchair. 

Killing her doesn’t start out as part of his plan. He entrenches himself deep in the human world. Aligning himself with his enemies, he prepares to send them to Triton to face their punishment. Then Sara Taylor rolls onto the scene. Xanthus knows at once she’s a criminal. And her crime? Being born. She’s a human/Dagonian half-breed, an abomination. Killing her should be an easy job. All he has to do is break into her apartment, slit her throat, and feed her body to the sharks. Simple, right? Wrong. If only she weren’t so beautiful, so innocent, so sweet... 

Saving the world may have to wait. It appears Xanthus has a woman to save. But protecting her may cost him his own life.

My Review:

Rising by Holly Kelly grabbed my attention from page one and swept me away to another world! I am not sure what I was expecting when I grabbed a copy of this book from Amazon when it was free, but I definitely didn't expect to devour it in one sitting!!!  Sara is handicapped, from birth her legs have been fused together, yet she is gorgeous and doesn't even realize it because she dwells on her legs.  She is strong-willed and determined to make it on her own. Thank goodness she has her friend Gretchen to look out for her! Xanthus is one hot Dagonian! I had no clue what a Dagonian was (a creature similar looking to a mermaid but not a mermaid) but now I do! Man I loved this book, clean romance, hot guy, insecure gorgeous girl, mermaids? Dagnoians? Greek gods? AMAZING!!!  There was action, drama, romance, family issues, oh and the whole different species thing going on! I love this world that Kelly has created!  If you want to read a book that is compelling and unpredictable then Rising is just the book for you! 

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.