Friday, June 27, 2014

Book Review of They Say the Sirens Left the Seas by James Hutchings

The last dragon faces his death...

A magician bases his life on a misheard word...

A teenager goes looking for his friends' girlfriends, none of whom have ever been seen...

46 poems by James Hutchings.


My Review:

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

With a cover like that how could you not want to read this book!?!

I've written a few poems but the only time I ever really read them was when I was required too for my college English classes. I wanted to expand my reading list so this book was a great way to start that.

I loved the poems in this book! They felt more like short stories to me that just seemed to rhyme. I found myself getting into some of the longer poems and not wanting them to end! There are poems that are funny, some are more sad and others really make you think. I'm so glad I decided to take the time to read this book, it's given me new eyes on poetry.

If you are into poetry then of course you'd love this book, and if your not into poetry, this would be a great book to try to explore that type of writing. Each poem is unique but you can tell they each come from Hutchings.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Book Review of When I See Your Face by Devika Fernando

Cathy has had enough. Having run away from her abusive husband, she tries to pick up the broken pieces of her life in a remote village, focusing on her dream to start her own cake business. Finding true love is the last thing on her mind. When she comes face to face with a man who looks exactly like the one she is struggling to forget, life throws the biggest challenge yet at her: Should she give in to his charm and care or is history going to repeat itself?


My Review:

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

This was a charming novella that was easy to read and touched the reader. Cathy was a great character to relate to and feel for. Escaping from her abusive husband and starting over is something we can all imagine doing if we found ourselves in her situation. She finds a quaint village to live in and meets Michael, a man who looks just like her soon to be ex husband.
As someone who has lived the experience of leaving an abusive husband, I can only imagine if I saw him a few days after I left. I don't know how I could even react now and it's been 4 years! Cathy handled it about as expected, but then learns the man she screamed at his not her husband!
Michael does seem a little to good to be true at first. He seems to say all the right things to make Cathy look over the fact that he looks like her ex husband. This bothered me a little, but it turns out Michael isn't perfect, so I liked the fact the author didn't make him perfect. That fact made this whole story seem more realistic.

If your looking for a quick romance read that will leave you with warm fuzzes then you have to read this novella!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Book Review of Futureless by K. J. Draeghan

In a world far, far away, there exists a giant mass of land that five unique races call their home – Ilreya.

Long ago, Ilreya was torn asunder by the gnashing jaws of a vicious war: The Blood War. The five nations of this land had never known true peace, their racism and distrust creating great rifts between them. With this war, the rifts grew wider still. When all the continent seemed about to perish at the hands of its inhabitants, a treaty was struck. This treaty, despite ending the bloodshed, did not mend the hate the races felt for each other and soon all contact ceased between them.

Now, many centuries later, war threatens to rear its hideous head yet again. The barbarous William Blaise, current ruler of the weredragon nation, has grown mad with his desire for power. With his awesome might he plans to bring the other races of Ilreya to their knees and claim the entire continent as his own.

There is only one way he can be stopped: A group of youths from the Ilreyan nation of Coruka must band together and bring an end to the monster's rule before war begins anew. Though they will face incredulous peril and devastating trials, success is their only option. If they fail, if they cannot find it within themselves to defeat such a formidable foe, the only world they've ever known will languish under the weight of the chains Blaise will bind it in.


Although Futureless can be classified as an Epic Fantasy Adventure, it also has intrigue, action, magic, therianthropy, and a bit of romance.
As it is an Epic Fantasy it is set in a different world; meaning all new places, currency, languages, etc. Although there are some familiar species, like the werewolf, there are also brand new creatures - including what is called a Kuljian. Kuljians are evil humanoid creatures that have traits resembling both vampires and zombies, but also unique qualities not seen in anything else.


My Review:

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

This book delivers when it comes to epic fantasy adventure. The world Draeghan has created in this book is a vivid place filled with animals and people of   interesting races. I loved the attention to detail this book has, as well as the fact that it never became overwhelming or just plain too much. 

For me this book went a little slow in the beginning, but after a while I found myself looking for opportunities to read so I could see what happens next. I liked that I wasn't able to predict every single plot twist-always refreshing! 

The dialog in this book was great! I love to read dialog and this book had plenty! The characters had a lot of wit and developed more as the book went on. Learning about them and their background in bits and pieces just like you would a friend, helped me connect to the characters and want to keep reading.  The book ends where you know there will be a second book, which is great because the characters still have so much to do! 

The creativity that went into this book blew me away! It had things in it that I simply haven't seen in other books before. Characters with natural pink or blue hair, multiple types of werepeople..a wolf with three tails. All of these things only helped my mind paint a colorful picture of the world of Ilreya. It reminded me of the movie Avatar somewhat, in how colorful everything and all the characters were. 

Overall I enjoyed this book a lot. I feel any epic fantasy fan would enjoy this book and would soon be immersed in the world of Ilreya. 

*This book will come out on July 28th* 
K.J. Draeghan
Website (available July 28 2014): www.draeghan.wix.com/draeghan
Official Fan Email: K.J.Draeghan@hotmail.com

Monday, June 23, 2014

Short Story Contest by Elephantine Publishing!!!





  Now through June 25, writers can submit their 5-10,000 word short story along with their $15 submission fee. Winners will be published in a New adult anthology due out this fall!

This anthology is a great way for new and emerging authors to get discovered OR established authors to break into the New Adult genre with a team of marketing gurus behind them.  Our contest ends soon!

All of the information (including FAQs for quick reference) can be found on our website at www.elephantinepublishing.com

Friday, June 20, 2014

Book Review: The Unearthly by Laura Thalassa

The first time I was declared dead, I lost my past. The second time, I lost my humanity. Now I’m being hunted, and if I die again, my soul is up for forfeit.

After enrolling in Peel Academy, an elite supernatural boarding school on the British Isles, the last of the sirens, Gabrielle Fiori, only wants to fit in. Instead, the elixir meant to awaken her supernatural abilities kills her.

When Gabrielle wakes up in the morgue twelve hours later, something wicked is awakened in her, something even the supernatural community has never seen before. Now the only person who can help her is Andre de Leon, the community's infamous bad boy and the king of vampires.

Yet even his help can’t prevent the repeated attempts on Gabrielle’s life. Someone is after her, and they will stop at nothing to end her short existence. Only Gabrielle cannot let that happen now that her soul hangs in the balance, because she may have met the devil. And he wants her. Bad.


My Review:
  
I bought this book on my Kindle and I'm pretty sure I got it for free, and picked it just based on the title and the cover. Not the best way to shop for books but what harm could a free book do? Turned out my instincts proved true simply because this book was awesome. 
Even though it is clearly a paranormal book it had a fantasy type feel to it. A girl gets invited to study at a secluded boarding school, finds out she has a paranormal past and is herself a paranormal, and has a handsome man biding for her love. 
This book proved to be a great summer read. I really can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. The dialog was great, the characters well developed and the plot was, well, somewhat predictable, but not in a bad way.  

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Book Review: Veiled by Victoria Knight

Until now Saul relied on the solitude of the forest to hide his true nature from prying eyes. But now a nameless evil has arrived, shaking his world to the foundation. With a trail of death leading right to his doorstep, he must join forces with the most unlikely of allies to save not only his existence, but also the lives of those he holds most dear…

My Review:

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

It has been a while since I have read a vampire novel, so I was excited when presented with this opportunity to read this novel.  Nikki is a great character to follow as well as Saul, and their steamy romance isn't to bad either. *wink wink*

I liked how this book was told from many perspectives and we got to see what was going on not only in their lives, but their heads. There was a lot of mystery in this book as well that I enjoyed. I liked how things were not sappy-such as Nikki and Saul admitting that they didn't love each other and were just connected somehow. 

If you are a fan of True Blood than I think you would like this book. It as the same amount of sex and gore that the show does, and the amount of mystery as well. I would gladly read the next in the series to see what new adventures and trouble Nikki and Saul get into. I would also like to learn more about Jill, Saul's sister and what happened to his father. 

This book is totally worth a try!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Book Review: The Crescent by Jordan Deen

Becoming a werewolf is not an option for seventeen-year-old Lacey Quinn, but death can be a strong motivator.

Lacey is so focused on her future that everyday life has passed her by. Counting down the days to her eighteenth birthday, Lacey is almost home free. But when she falls for the mysterious Alex Morris, she lands in the middle of an ancient war between two enemy wolf packs. Tempting dreams, tantalizing lies and a dangerous love triangle ensues leaving Lacey heartbroken and confused.

Lacey's fate rests in the hands of Alex and Brandon, but both are pulling her strings for their own agendas. Even as she slips further into the dark world of werewolves, Lacey struggles to find the truth and save the only family she's ever known.


My Review:

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

I hadn't read a book like this in ages so I found this book really refreshing. It became a quick fun read for me that I couldn't put down. I liked the character Lacey and felt she was easy to relate too. As for the love triangle in this book, I became a total fan of Brandon, cheering him and Lacey's relationship on. I just couldn't trust Alex. Every time it seemed like Lacey would fall for Alex more I would read as fast as I could to see if Brandon could do something to stop it. 

I thought this book had a great plot and can be enjoyed by  young adult readers and adults. I am left finishing this book wanting more-wanting to more more about the werewolves, what will happen to Lacey on her birthday and who she will end up with. I'm ready for her to decided! 

If you are a fan of paranormal books then this is a great one to give a try! Dump the vamps for a bit and read about some kick ass werewolves! 

Amazon  (free right now!!) /  Goodreads 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Now Accepting Reviews

Just in case you didn't see the new tab on my blog, I am now back to accepting reviews from authors. If you have a book you would like for me to review please click on the tab above that says "Request Review" and fill out the form. If your book sounds like one I would be interested in, I will email you. If it's one I'm not interested in, I would probably still be willing to do something such as a spotlight or something.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Book Review: Shadowfall by Juliet Marillier

Sixteen-year-old Neryn is alone in the land of Alban, where the oppressive king has ordered anyone with magical strengths captured and brought before him. Eager to hide her own canny skill--a uniquely powerful ability to communicate with the fairy-like Good Folk--Neryn sets out for the legendary Shadowfell, a home and training ground for a secret rebel group determined to overthrow the evil King Keldec.

During her dangerous journey, she receives aid from the Good Folk, who tell her she must pass a series of tests in order to recognize her full potential. She also finds help from a handsome young man, Flint, who rescues her from certain death--but whose motives in doing so remain unclear. Neryn struggles to trust her only allies. They both hint that she alone may be the key to Alban's release from Keldec's rule. Homeless, unsure of who to trust, and trapped in an empire determined to crush her, Neryn must make it to Shadowfell not only to save herself, but to save Alban.


My Review:

I am a huge fan of Juliet Marillier and have read one series of hers already. I saw this book at a table at a bookstore a while back, wrote the title down and then bought it for my Kindle. It wasn't till later I realized it was written by one of my favorite authors! 

I love stores where the character has to travel to get somewhere. Not sure why, most of my barbie stories growing up seemed to follow that plot line so that could be why. This story was right up my alley. It has all the classic fantasy plots. Neryn is special, but she doesn't know how much, Flint is good but also is suspicious, the King is a bad guy who needs to be overturned and there's a secret band of rebels Neryn has to find. Classic. Of course I went out and bought the second book right away. so Expect a review of it soon. 

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Book Review of Fariest by Chanda Hahn

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall,
Who is the Fairest of them all?

In the sequel to UnEnchanted, Mina Grime discovers that all is not fair when it comes to the Fae and their tales, especially when they don’t all play by the rules. Barely surviving the Story’s first fairy tale quest, Mina still has hundreds to go before she can end the curse on her family. But a new player arises to challenge Mina while new rules revamp the game she has just barely begun to understand.

All the while, people are mysteriously disappearing, including Jared, whom Mina must finally determine to be friend or foe. And with the loss of her greatest weapon, Mina must try to outwit a deadly hunter. Can Mina survive the most difficult quest yet while protecting those she loves from falling victim to one of the lethal tales of all? Or will she become a pawn when she strikes a bargain with the Queen of Fae?


My Review:

Once again, totally worth the time reading this novel. Each time I read one of these novels I wonder how Hahn will twist the fairy tale into a new plot. I liked this one a lot, as I didn't see everything coming. While I get annoyed with how Mina feels about Jared, and I just want her to get over herself and like him, I'm willing to wait and like the dialog between the two. This book is just as good as the first one. Totally worth it!! Can't wait to get my hands on book three!


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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Book Review: UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn

Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated; that is until she saves her crush's life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight.

But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is a descendant from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her its' next fairy-tale victim.

To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end.



My Review:

 I flippin' loved this book! I got it free at some point a while back and put it on my kindle, hoping to find a time to read it. So glad I did! This story is unpredictable and has a great premise! I've always loved fairy tales, and this is an awesome take on them. Before I even finished this book I went out and purchased the second, and I plan to read the third here very soon. 

I love Mina! She's a great character to follow. She reminds me of myself in high school. You can't help but cheer for her and wonder what she will find herself in next. 

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves fairy tales, adventures, and just fun books in general. 

Amazon  (Still free!!) /   Goodreads

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Book Review: Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

Divergent: One choice can transform you. Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling debut is a gripping dystopian tale of electrifying choices, powerful consequences, unexpected romance, and a deeply flawed "perfect society."
Insurgent: One choice can destroy you. Veronica Roth's second #1 New York Times bestseller continues the dystopian thrill ride. As war surges in the factions all around her, Tris attempts to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Allegiant: The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers.

My Review:

 I read through this books so quickly! They were very fast reads for sure. I have to say though, overall, I wasn't overly impressed, there were parts that seemed slow and I wasn't sure where the author was going with the story. The concepts in the story are interesting and kept me moving along. I wanted to know what was outside the walls, what was their society all about? You have to get to book three though to find those answers.

Tris is a typical young adult hero. At first this bothered me a little, but she had just enough spunk and some traits that I felt made her more human. Look, for a summer read these books are great. Entertaining, easy to read and great to talk to others about with.

I still haven't seen the movie that came out, but will when it's on DVD. Have you read these novels or seen the movie? What's your take?

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Monday, June 9, 2014

I'm Back...with BIG News!

So I've decided to come back to blogging. Not that I ever planned to give it up, just took a month off to focus on other things. I read several books over that time and plan to do reviews of them in the coming weeks.

This past weekend my husband and I got a big shock!

As it's well known we are planning to leave our old Kentucky home for Oregon, it turns out we will have to move sooner than expected. The week of July 14-18 we will be on the road traveling to our new home. This puts us about a month out, which is far sooner than we expected. We are getting everything lined up and ready to go. We have an apartment all ready for when we get there and are in the process of selling our furniture here.


I'm so excited about all of this! I moved a lot as a kid and I feel it has helped me in my adult life to see these changes as positive vs focusing on what your leaving. I get to be a modern day Oregon Trail person! The trip out there itself with be amazing!