Tag: 3.5/5 gavels

Oct 10
{Review} Legendary by L.H. Nicole @LHNicoleauthor @OmnificPub

{Review} Legendary by L.H. Nicole @LHNicoleauthor @OmnificPub

Legendary is the first book in the young adult fantasy, the Legendary Saga by author L.H. Nicole. The Legendary Saga is a tale about King Aurther. I love Arthurian stories, so I knew this one would be right up my alley. I think this series will be perfect for fans of the tv show Merlin. That was the kind of King Arthur tale I was getting while reading Legendary. Legendary is a quest story. It starts out in the time of King Arthur and we watch the faerie queen put a spell on him to put him to sleep until the destined one can come and awaken him. Then we flash forward a couple hundred years when the destined one stumbles her way into Avalon. Then it becomes her quest to get Arthur’s helpers to get Arther. I love a quest story. For a while I felt like this was just going to be a solo mission, with  Aliana venturing out on her own the whole time. But she is… Read more »

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Oct 09
{Review+Giveaway} Make Me Stay by Rebecca Brooks @BeccaBooks @BrazenBooks

{Review+Giveaway} Make Me Stay by Rebecca Brooks @BeccaBooks @BrazenBooks

Make Me Stay is the first book in the Men of Gold Mountain series by Rebecca Brooks. Make Me Stay is an adult contemporary romance. I really enjoyed the first book in the Men of Gold Mountain series, and I can’t wait to read the next book. It is a new spin on a familiar concept, one that I have seen done more in romantic comedy movies rather than in books, so it was fun for me to read about it. In this case Sam Kane was a developer wanting to buy land on the mountain to develop a ski community and finish out her father’s dream, but the concept can be used for anything. It goes like this, two people have never met but one is mad at the other one because that other one is trying to make them do something they don’t want to do (in this case sell his land). Two individuals meet but one or both of them don’t know who the other is. They like… Read more »

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Oct 06
{Review+Giveaway} #ChasingTruth by Julie Cross @juliecross1980 @EntangledTeen

{Review+Giveaway} #ChasingTruth by Julie Cross @juliecross1980 @EntangledTeen

Chasing Truth is the first book in the young adult mystery suspense series, called Eleanor Ames by Julie Cross. I have read 3 or 4 books by Julie now, and I have to say, not a single one of them was the same. She is a very diverse author. I love that she has no problem changing genres and writing such unique and different books. Chasing Truth is a book that will have you engrossed and wondering what is going to happen next until the very last page. I think this book is perfect for fall and the month of October. This is the time of year that I like to transition into some suspense and horror books. And you all know that I love a prep/boarding school setting. For some reason, I think it lends itself really well to mysterious atmosphere rife with secrets. What could be better than that? Chasing Truth a book better left for you to discover on your own. I am not going to spoil… Read more »

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Oct 04
{Release Day Review} GETTING DIRTY WITH THE CEO by Mia Sosa @miasosaromance @ForeverRomance

{Release Day Review} GETTING DIRTY WITH THE CEO by Mia Sosa @miasosaromance @ForeverRomance

Getting Dirty with the CEO is the third book in the adult contemporary romance series, called The Suits Undone series, by author Mia Sosa. This was a fun, quick read. Each of the books works well as a standalone. In fact, I didn’t even know that this book was the third book in the series until I had finished it and was drafting my review post. I had absolutely no issues following the storyline and the character. I am excited, now that I get to read books 1 and 2 because this one was a lot of fun. If you are a fan of some great bickering and resisting, this is going to be a hit with you. Getting Dirty with the CEO is told in dual narrative between the two main characters, Mimi and Daniel. The story starts out at a wedding (which, now that I am thinking about it, was probably the wedding of one of the couples from book 1 or 2.) and Daniel and Mimi have… Read more »

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Oct 01
{Review+Excerpt+Giveaway} Awaken by Grace White

{Review+Excerpt+Giveaway} Awaken by Grace White

*Mini Review* Awaken is Book #1 in a brand new mature Y/NA paranormal romance series, by Grace White. The series is called the Lilituria Prophecy, and it is a really great start to the series. This is a hard review for me to write spoiler free, so I am going to do a mini review and then share an excerpt with you. I think Awaken is a good start to what looks to be a really interesting series. I think lovers of Paranormal romance will really respond positively to this book and series. And I have to say, I really love the cover. I can’t wait to see what the cover for the next book in the series looks like. Daiya is such an interesting character. And for the record, I mean interesting the best possible way, not the I don’t know what else to say and she is weird way. Her powers are unique and different. A little bit like a succubus, but not exactly. She fears turning 18… Read more »

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Sep 29
{Review} Broken God by @NazareaAndrews

{Review} Broken God by @NazareaAndrews

Broken God is an adult fantasy & mythology romance by author Nazarea Andrews. You all know how much I love Mythology, and with a beautiful cover like that, how could I turn this book down?! I really do love Apollo too, and the reason I love him being featured in stories is because he is the god of so many interesting things, so it is really great to see which of his talents so to speak that the author is going to play up. It gives a lot of flexibility to create many different versions of Apollo and still be true to his legend. I thought Broken God was excellent in that regard. I loved the relationship between Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. And we can’t forget about Iris, I really loved her too. It took me some time to find my groove and my footing while reading Broken God though. When I first started the book, I actually thought I was reading from Iris’ point of view (I… Read more »

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Sep 21
{Review} Draw Play by Tia Lewis

{Review} Draw Play by Tia Lewis

Draw Play is a standalone new adult sports romance by Tia Lewis. I love the whole tutoring trope (like actual school tutoring, not something pervy.) and I particularly like it in the college sports arena. I’m not sure why, I just like it. And Draw Play was just what I was looking for. It is well written and it is a fun read. I also loved the fact that it was a true standalone. Draw Play is told in dual narrative between Jake and Claire. They were an interesting match, and while I really did enjoy this book, there was one thing that was holding me back from falling in love with it. More on that later, first let’s talk about what I liked about Draw Play. I really liked the backstory from Jake’s side. I thought it was a fresh take on playing college football and being drafted and some of the home life considerations that might go on. It was not a backstory that I had seen done… Read more »

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Sep 15
{Review} Gone too Far by Natalie Richards @NatDRichards @SourcebooksFire

{Review} Gone too Far by Natalie Richards @NatDRichards @SourcebooksFire

Gone Too Far is a young adult standalone thriller/suspense mystery by Natalie Richards. I have not read any books by Natalie yet, but I have heard some really great things about her first book, Six Months Later. What I liked the most about Gone too Far was that it was a true high school mystery. Most of the book takes place actually inside the school, and the person solving the mystery is a high school senior. Gone Too Far is a good read. While I did figure some aspects of the plot out, others remained a mystery to me until they were revealed, which I enjoyed. I was a little undecided on the character of Piper. On one hand, I loved that she wants to be a photojournalist because I think it fit in perfectly with the kind of mystery going on in the story, and she does mature as a character throughout the book. But, on the other hand, she seemed  a little judge-y and a little immature at… Read more »

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Sep 12
{Review} Seneca Rebel by Rayya Deeb

{Review} Seneca Rebel by Rayya Deeb

Seneca Rebel  is the first book in the young adult science fiction/dystopian series, called The Seneca Society, by Rayya Deeb. This is the first book I have read by Rayya, and I was really impressed with her strong writing. There is solid world building and a creative plot in Seneca Rebel. Plus, I was immediately drawn in by the beautiful cover. I love how clean the background of it looks, and the color and patterns over the top made it seem perfect for a dystopian novel. I love it. This book was a good read for me, but I think for bigger fans of the dystopian genre, this book will be a much bigger hit. Seneca Rebel takes place in a futuristic world. The other cool thing about Seneca Rebel is that it mixed dystopian science fiction with one of my favorite story elements- a secret society! The main character, Doro Campbell is invited to join The Seneca Society because she is awesomely brainy. I enjoyed the secret society element… Read more »

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Sep 07
{Review} Under the Hood by Sally Clements @sallywriter @entangledpub

{Review} Under the Hood by Sally Clements @sallywriter @entangledpub

Today I have my review of the first book in the Under the Hood trilogy, but the trilogy has just been released in a box set and is on sale for $0.99 so be sure to grab a copy for yourself! Under the Hood is the first book in the Under The Hood trilogy by Sally Clements. The Under the Hood trilogy is an adult contemporary romance series that follows a group of female mechanics working at an all female garage. Each of the books can be read as standalones, but they are set in the same world. And right now, you can grab a box set of all of the books for 99 cents!(it’s such a steal, btw!) I love the idea behind the Under the Hood garage. It is set up to cater towards female clients, who might feel intimidated or taken advantage of at garages with male mechanics because they may not know the questions to ask. And what I loved even more is that they offer… Read more »

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