Month: November 2014

Nov 19
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Kissing Frogs by Alisha Sevigny @alisha7e @swoonromance

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Kissing Frogs by Alisha Sevigny @alisha7e @swoonromance

Kissing Frogs is a modern day re imagining of the Frog Prince. I will admit that I have never read the frog prince, and that I didn’t even know it was a re-imagining until after I was done reading and I saw the final summary. I know the basic idea, but I am not familiar with the details of the story. I just thought that Kissing Frogs sounded like  a cute book. So I can’t tell you how close this rendition of the tale was, but I can say that Kissing Frogs was a cute read in a rich and beautiful setting. The main character from kissing frogs, Jess, is a super brainy girl that wants to go to Berkeley, but you would never be able to tell because she reinvented herself between middle school and high school. She used to be teased a lot, and she went to great lengths to become one of the popular kids. Which was all good and well, but it made me sad that… Read more »

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Nov 18
{Teasers+Giveaway} True Blue by @jules_barnard

{Teasers+Giveaway} True Blue by @jules_barnard

  True Blue by Jules Barnard The Blue Series, #3 Publication Date: November 17, 2014 Genres: New Adult, Romance Synopsis Mira Frasier has worked hard to pull herself out of the darkness of her Tahoe reservation childhood, but rough beginnings shape a person in all the wrong ways. Mira gets mixed up with shady people while trying to bail out her destitute mother—and now Mira’s life is in danger. Tyler Morgan grew up a star athlete and scholar, but a tragedy he hasn’t dealt with has him regrouping in his home town of South Lake Tahoe. The last person he expects to see is Mira, the girl he lost his virginity to in high school, and the only woman who ever took a piece of his heart. He’d rather live in a tent than do what his sister asks and stay with Mira while they figure out how to keep her safe from the men who attacked her. To ensure Mira remains in his past where she belongs, Tyler agrees… Read more »

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Nov 17
{ #Review } Handpicked by Dani Oden @MsDaniOden

{ #Review } Handpicked by Dani Oden @MsDaniOden

Handpicked is the first book in the Pledged Series, which are all going to be in the New Adult age category. The college I went to had a very large greek life. I thought about rushing my freshman year, but ended up not doing it. So the rush aspect of Handpicked made me feel like I was getting an insiders view of sorority life after all. I liked that this book was written by a sorority alum (or greek life lady?? Not sure the proper terminology here) It added an air of authenticity here. But I do want to point one thing out, I have noticed a few people with low reviews of handpicked hating on the book for some of the stuff it portrayed about greek life. And I have to say, I don’t think that at all. I thought the characters were fine. I loved how close of friends Jill and Lindy were. And the “mystery” is not something that is going to happen in every sorority house,… Read more »

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Nov 15
{Guest Post+Giveaway} THE HALCYON BIRD by Kat Beyer @KatBeyerwrites

{Guest Post+Giveaway} THE HALCYON BIRD by Kat Beyer @KatBeyerwrites

  10 things you didn’t know about Demon Catching   The methods that the Della Torre use should not be tried at home. The methods that the Della Torre use are not sanctioned by the Catholic Church. You should never put out a demon catching candle with your breath. Ever. Bad things happen. For one thing, a demon can race up your breath and enter you, which is going to be awkward, to say the least. Even though I did some reasonably extensive research on demonic possession and exorcism, I still missed a lot. And I made up a lot. I had a lot of fun doing it and followed my instincts. Haven’t heard any complaints. Never make a deal with a demon. They cheat, they lie, and they always make sure you pay at least the price you agreed on, if not a great deal more. Not all demons the Della Torres fight, subdue, heal, or otherwise remove from people and places are actually demons. Some are human ghosts,… Read more »

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Nov 14
{Review+Giveaway} The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (Not Croft) by @LolaSalt @sarahalderson @Bex_Wicks

{Review+Giveaway} The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (Not Croft) by @LolaSalt @sarahalderson @Bex_Wicks

By far, my favorite kind of movie is a comedy. Sure, I like other kinds of movies too, but I always go back to comedies. They have this ability to make me not only feel better- a lot better, but they also allow me to forget my daily stresses for a while. But for some reason, I don’t read nearly as many romantic comedy, or flat out humor books. And I have no idea why. I love them. The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (Not Croft) is flippin’ hilarious. I have not had the pleasure of reading a book by Becky Wicks as of yet, but I have a feeling I will be changing that very soon. I have read a Sarah Alderson book and it was a suspense murder book. It couldn’t have been more different than The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (Not Croft). It made me really impressed with her range of writing. I loved her suspense just as much as I loved her comedy. I loved the combination… Read more »

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Nov 14
{Review+Giveaway} Karma by @DonnAugustine

{Review+Giveaway} Karma by @DonnAugustine

  Yes! I have been hitting Urban Fantasy Jackpot gold lately. I loved Karma! I thought that the world Donna Augustine created was intriguing and addictive. I loved how mysterious and creative her working idea of the universe was. Even though I still have lots of questions, as does Camilla, I can’t wait for the second book to try and figure some of them out. Just to give you a quick setup of this world, basically there are people assigned for each one of the forces of the universe. There is Murphy, as in Murphy’s law, the cat lady responsible for sending the black cats, Karma, fate, cupid, santa. Everything and anything you have imagined. And they all take care to assure that their aspect of the world is balanced. Most of the people are like immortals and they have been doing their jobs forever, but every so often they get a transfer, which is a human that dies and takes on one of their roles. And that is where… Read more »

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Nov 13
{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Last Changeling by @Chelsea_Pitcher @fluxbooks

{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Last Changeling by @Chelsea_Pitcher @fluxbooks

The Last Changeling is the first book in the young adult series, the Faerie Revolutions. I am a huge fan of faerie books, and what I especially loved about The Last Changeling is not only is it a great representation of Faerie lore, but it is also heavy on the romance. I really loved reading about the strong emotional connection between Elora and Taylor. That boy crushed hard on her and I ate it all up! Fans of faerie books will love this new series. It was so well done, and in addition to the heavy romance and paranormal elements, there was also some social issues mixed into the high school scene in the story. I only had one minor issue with that aspect of the story, but everything else was great. The book is told in dual perspective between Taylor and Elora, or Lora as Taylor knows her. I loved this narration style for this book. I thought allowed us to get to know both main characters really well…. Read more »

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Nov 12
{ARC #Review +Giveaway} Henge by Realm Lovejoy @Realmlovejoy

{ARC #Review +Giveaway} Henge by Realm Lovejoy @Realmlovejoy

It has been so long since I have read a good magical fantasy book that reminded me of Harry Potter. But not a Harry Potter rip-off. That is key. I loved the magical school atmosphere and I loved that it was mixed in with the stories of king Arthur and Camelot. Henge is the start of what I am sure is going to be a very loved series. There is something for every fantasy and magic lover. Awesome magic, a fantastic plot line that is detailed and twisty as they come, and a dark and suspenseful characters and storyline that will have you guessing who the bad guy is and just what exactly is going on until the last page. I loved Henge. I am not ini love with the cover, but don’t let that distract you from the gem of a story found within its’ pages. Morgan is one of my favorite female main characters that I have had the pleasure of meeting in a while. She is so… Read more »

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Nov 11
{Discussion+Giveaway} National Young Readers Day: Fav bedtime story & The Waterfire Saga by Jennifer Donnelly

{Discussion+Giveaway} National Young Readers Day: Fav bedtime story & The Waterfire Saga by Jennifer Donnelly

Today is National Young Readers day and in honor of that I wanted to talk about one of the things that sparked my love for reading… Bedtime stories! I always loved to be told a good bedtime story, or 4, when I was younger. I couldn’t get enough of them, and even after I bugged my parents to read me book after book, I would have them book on books on tape to play while I would fall asleep. I loved books. Some of my favorite books to read as bedtime stories were Dr. Seuss books. I loved them! Some of my favorites were Yertal the Turtle, the Lorax (it always made me cry)  and the Sneeches. I still love Dr. Seuss books.   And if I wasn’t reading Dr. Seuss books, I was reading anything anything and everything mermaid related. In honor of National Young Readers day, I want to know what your favorite bedtime story was (or childhood story that made you love reading) ——————————————– And because I… Read more »

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Nov 10
{Review} The Boys Next Door by @RosalieLario

{Review} The Boys Next Door by @RosalieLario

Whoa, the Boys Next Door was not what I was expecting at all. This is on the steamier end of New Adult for sure. So young adult lovers keep that in mind. And there is also a huge love triangle in The Boys Next Door. It is kind of the whole point of the book. But I think if you know those things going in, you will be prepared and ready to enjoy this fun and totally sexy beachy party book. I feel a little strange calling a book a beachy party book when the main character moves to Miami to attend law school, but there was more partying than law in this story for sure. Heck, her roommate is a med student and she studied even less! Lexi ran away from home and from a bad breakup, by moving to the opposite of her small town, to the beach and to Miami. What I really liked about the Boys Next Door was that not only did we get to… Read more »

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