Sunday, March 15, 2015

Quick Bite Review: In Between by Jenny B. Jones


In Between (Katie Parker Production, Book 1)
By: Jenny B. Jones
Rating: 5 stars

Quick bite review:
I literally was chuckling, laughing and giggling the entire way through the book. These characters were rich, dynamic, deep and sophisticated all while being down to earth and relatable. A completely refreshing and rejuvenating read.

I'm moving this week!

I am moving a 1,000 miles to our new home later this week, so my key word this week is PACKING! 

Next week will be PAINTING! I will try to post as much as I can the next two weeks but hang in there with me... Then I'll be 100% FINALLY!!!! Whoooo hoooo!! Want to know where I'm going? Here is clue number 1:


On Sale! See Me by Wendy Higgins


You will want to get your hands on this!!! I rated See Me 5 stars because of it's fantastic plot and captivating characters. Get your copy here:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Book Trailer: Dove Arising



I've talked about this book before, and I'll say it again... It has a great plot. I'll be posting a review soon, but here is the official trailer: 

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153110175067416

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Today's Read: The Winner's Crime


Review and overview Thursday!

Quick Bite Review: #player by Cambria Hebert


#player (book 3, The Hashtag Series)
By: Cambria Hebert
Published by: Cambria Hebert
March 2015

5 Stars

This was the MVP book of a Super Bowl worthy series. Well played. 
#INeedMoreOfThisSeries

I think this is a really well rounded series that seemlessly incorporates a variety of issues and does so organically. The humor is infused throughout the book series and doesn't compete with the heavy issues. 

This latest installment was a great way to tie up loose ends and get answers. It was a little short on information at the end, but overall was a home run. 

Genres: College life, Family Issues, Contemporary Romance, Sports, Mystery.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Quick Bite Review: When by Victoria Laurie


When 
By: Victoria Laurie
PUBLISHED: January 2015 by Hyperion, 336 pages



RATING: 5 stars

GENRES: YA/Young Adult • Fantasy • Contemporay • Murder • Mystery • Paranormal • Suspense • Thriller

OVERVIEW:
Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father’s premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually death dates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.

Forced by her alcoholic mother to use her ability to make extra money, Maddie identifies the quickly approaching death date of one client's young son, but because her ability only allows her to see the when and not the how, she’s unable to offer any more insight. When the boy goes missing on that exact date, law enforcement turns to Maddie.

Soon, Maddie is entangled in a homicide investigation, and more young people disappear and are later found murdered. A suspect for the investigation, a target for the murderer, and attracting the attentions of a mysterious young admirer who may be connected to it all, Maddie's whole existence is about to be turned upside down. Can she right things before it's too late?

REVIEW:
A cornucopia of delicious writing elements leaving me completely full but craving more! I DEVOURED this book. I need more. Seriously.

Probably one of THE most original concepts out there. The idea that a character walks around seeing the death dates above everybody's heads? LOOOOOVVVE IT.

The writing was smooth, rich and organic. The tension was high and increased throughout the book. Victoria was able to engage the reader and emerse them in this concept that is difficult to accept. 

You have to feel bad for Maddie. How much pressure and stress that would cause. Then add in the philosphical... does she do anything to change the dates? Can she even do that? Should she? I'd have a splitting headache running in circles in my head if I were her. That's a huge bulk to carry on such young shoulders. Literally life and death of others. No pressure or anything.

Then let's add in looking suspicious. Victoria managed to weave all these elements together to create a beautiful pattern and not a hot, tangled mess. You don't know what the pattern looks like until the end when she "flips the fabric" over. Until then, you're checking all the strings. For a mystery, you can't ask for better writing!

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Quick Bite Book Review: RED QUEEN


Red Queen 
BY: Victoria Aveyard

PUBLISHED: February 10, 2015 by HarperTeen, 383 pages

GENRES: YA/Young Adult • Fantasy • Dystopian • Vilence • Suspense

RATING: 5 stars 

OVERVIEW:
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.
 

RATING: 
When I finished reading, I was so overwhelmed I had to let you know how completely, utterly, incomprehensibly perfect this book is. THAT. SECOND. 

Word of caution, wear depends undergarments wearing this... Incredibly suspenseful and tense! Brilliant! The idea of the same spieces that has different colored blood.... so original! 

With the market saturated with Dystopian novels, it is hard to stand out. Red Queen not only shines, but I think it will be made into a movie. It has the bones to support a franchize. 

Mare was so relatable, even though her situation was completely foreign. It was hard to read at times. Victoria's writing was almost vicious, its harsh and yet compasionate at the same time. (I can't give too much away! No Spoilers!) 

What a whip lash to go from being basically a slave to working at the palace to engaged to the prince! Mare struggles to find her balance and more importantly, to figure out who to trust in the complicated and twisted palace. 

Victoria wrote with detail, with power and with style. If you love solid novels that leave you guessing until the very last word, you will love Red Queen! 

Bravo!

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

SIGNED COPY of NEW Armentrout novel: Fall With Me!

Jennifer Armentrout has made Christmas in March with this awesome surprise! Get a SIGNED and PERSONALIZED copy of Fall With Me! Hits shelves March 31st!

Author Tour: Girls Gone Sci-Fi

This fantastic list of authors is hitting the southwest! (US) Here is a list of dates and locations! 

BOOK REVIEW: The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout


The Return (Titan Series, #1)
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout 


RELEASE DATE: February 16, 2015
PUBLISHED BY: Spencer Hill Press
COPY TYPE: E-book, purchased
GENRES: Paranormal Fantasy, Greek Mythology, Action, YA, Romance, Recovery, Suspense

OVERVIEW:
The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

Book 1 in the new adult paranormal TITAN series, spin-off to the best selling COVENANT series.
 

REVIEW:



There is a reason why Jennifer Armentrout is one of my favorite authors. Actually, several... But I'll touch on the most important reason. She can completely encapsulate the reader. Her dialogue, her descriptions, flow and depth of character completely, utterly, eternally enthrall and bewitch. 

 

In plain English: she completely rocks. 

I love her Covanent Series, and she seamlessly transitioned Seth into the main focus. It was like watching an onion get peeled layer by layer.  His character developed and depended extensively. He was as layered and rich and fulfilling as the best Baklava in town. Oh. Yum. Oh. 


Jennifer baked us a complex, organic, textural, fulfilling story that stands on it's own apart from The Covenant Series. The transition was flawless, the emotional pull even more dynamic. Excuse me while I do my happy dance while clapping like a tween at a One Direction concert.


Let me return to obsessing talking about my new book boyfriend. Seth really took me by surprise in this new series. It felt like I never really knew him. Maybe it was the aftermath. Maybe because I was so obsessed focused on Aidan. But for whatever reason, he became a tangible and tantalizing character. And that is a good thing. A fantastic thing. As in, hold-on-to-your-pants-and-try-not-to-pee-your-pants-because-this-coaster-ride-just-went-into-orbit good thing. Yeah. Seriously. 









Bravo to Jennifer to creating yet another decadent, delicious and obsessing series for us to devour. This series is now one of my favorites. Standing ovation well deserved!