Friday, September 30, 2016

Book Review - Nemesis by Anna Banks

 
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Review by Suze
 
Princess Sepora of Serubel has a unique ability, she can forge spectorium. Spectorium provides energy, but it can do much more than that. When Sepora's father discovers he can use it for war Sepora escapes from the kingdom. She doesn't get very far before she's being captured and sold in the kingdom of Theoria. She's being sold to the highest bidder and because of her beauty she ends up in the new king's harem.
 
Tarik is a young king. His father suddenly passed away because of a terrible illness that is now threatening the kingdom. Tarik must find a cure and he also must prepare for war. Sepora might not tell him who she is exactly, but she gives him useful information and she helps Tarik in every way she can without letting him know about her ability to create spectorium. They get along well, but Tarik is supposed to marry another princess. Will there be a future for them? And will Sepora's father execute the plans that will ruin everything she and Tarik have worked for?
 
Nemesis is a fascinating story. I loved Sepora and Tarik from the start. They're both smart and kind people who have the best interests of their people at heart. Sepora is brave and strong and she always manages to find a way out of every dire situation. Tarik is a caring man with a great sense of duty. I loved their connection and it was fun to read their dialogue. They are wonderful together and even though they shoulder so many responsibilities they're still a normal boy and girl. Anna Banks cleverly combines both sides of their lives and uses it to strengthen their bond. 
 
Theoria is a beautiful setting and reading about it put a smile on my face. Anna Banks has amazing world building skills. I enjoyed reading about the kingdoms, their different approaches of things and their similarities. The vivid descriptions make everything come to life really well. There's one thing the countries will always have in common and that is that they need energy. I liked the idea of spectorium and what it could do. Nemesis mesmerized me, reading this fantastic fantasy book is an enchanting experience.
 
About Anna Banks
 

NYT Bestselling YA author of The Syrena Legacy series Of Poseidon (2012), Of Triton (2013), Of Neptune (2014).

Repped by rockstar Lucy Carson of the Friedrich Agency.

I live with my husband and daughter in the Florida Panhandle. I have a southern accent compared to New Yorkers, and I enjoy food cooked with real fat. I can’t walk in high heels, but I’m very good at holding still in them. If you put chocolate in front of me, you must not have wanted it in the first place.

Favorite Books

Shatter Me, Cinder, Linger, Shiver, Forever, Pushing the Limits, Unravel Me,Shadow and Bone, Enclave, Divergent, Candor, Graceling, Fire, The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Host, Most of James Patterson, and Janet Evanovich makes me laugh through my nose in an unfeminine sort of way.

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About the Book

Title: Nemesis
Author: Anna Banks
Pub. Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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Blurb

The princess didn't expect to fall in love--with her nemesis.

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora's gift could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

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Book Review - Unlocked by Margo Kelly

 
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Review by Suze
 
Hannah and her friends love the fair. There's great food, they like goofing around and of course it's the perfect opportunity for love to blossom. The first thing they do is going to a show and afterwards strange things start to happen to Hannah. She sees ants crawling over her hands while she's driving, which causes a car accident. When she gets home from the hospital the situation is only getting worse. Things appear in her room all of a sudden while she has no idea how they got there and Hannah loses large periods of time. Afterwards she can't remember what she was doing and who she was with. Hannah doesn't feel like herself any longer, she's losing it. What is happening to her and how can she make it stop?
 
Unlocked is a fantastic gripping story. Hannah is a sweet girl. She's doing well at school, she has a nice group of friends and the boy of her dreams seems to like her as much as she likes him. This all changes in a very short time. Hannah needs help, but her friends aren't there for her. Fortunately she isn't completely alone. What is happening to her is spooky and Hannah has no idea if her mind is playing tricks on her. I was curious to find out what caused this and couldn't put this book down. I read it in one sitting and sometimes I even forgot to breathe because of all the tension.
 
Margo Kelly has written an amazing adrenaline-packed story. I was impressed by the way she builds her suspense, I loved not knowing what was going on with Hannah. Unlocked is a fast-paced story with plenty of surprising twists and turns. I was spellbound from the start, the story dazzled and captivated me. Margo Kelly's writing flows easily. She's writing about terrible things and my heart was constantly in my throat. It isn't clear if Hannah's problems are being caused by something inside of her or by something on the outside and not knowing this kept me on the edge of my seat.
 
Unlocked is a story about craziness, friendship, love and support. I enjoyed the scary scenes as much as the calm and more intimate ones. Unlocked is a story that has many different sides and I loved that. I was genuinely spooked and am always very happy when an author manages to give me that feeling. I was even more pleased when I read the ending of the story, it's both thrilling and fitting and it was quite spectacular. Unlocked is a terrific versatile story and I highly recommend this brilliant book.
 
 
About Margo Kelly
 

Margo Kelly is a native of the Northwest and currently resides in Idaho. A veteran public speaker, Margo is now actively pursuing her love of writing. Her critically acclaimed debut, Who R U Really?, was published by Merit Press (an imprint of F+W Media) in 2014. Her second novel, Unlocked, will be published by Merit Press in October 2016. Margo welcomes opportunities to speak to youth groups, library groups, and book clubs.

Margo Kelly loves to be scared … when she’s reading a good book, watching a good movie, or suffering from the hiccups. She loves writing thrillers for young adults and hopes her stories give you the goose bumps or the itchies or the desire to rethink everyday things. Margo is represented by the not-so-scary, but totally awesome, Brianne Johnson of Writers House.

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Blurb

A provocative thriller involving hypnosis, mystery, love, and friendship!

Someone has been moving the stuffed pink elephant in Hannah's room. She thinks. And ants crawl over her hands, across the steering wheel, all the time. Don't they? They're what made her crash the car on the way home from the fair, and she wouldn't have freaked out, wouldn't have caused her friend's death, for no reason. But she doesn't know if a person is messing with her, if the paranormal is messing with her--or if she's just going psychotic like her dad before her.

When her friends bail, Hannah is left floundering. Not even her boyfriend Manny believes her, and new girl Chelsea is practically replacing her at school. Only artsy outsider and self-proclaimed occult expert, Plug, agrees to help Hannah find out the truth about hypnosis and demons, and even he can't help Hannah reclaim her mind from whatever's taking over. She'll have to do that herself if she wants to save her friends, her mom and herself.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Book Reviews - Running Wild & Serving Trouble by Sara Jane Stone

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Review by Suze
 
Josie's brother Dominic and his best friend Noah have one night left before they leave Forever to join the Marines. Josie knows it's her only chance to spend time with Noah without being caught by Dominic. It should be a night they will never forget, even if it breaks her heart.
 
Running Wild is a great novella. It's clear from the start that Noah and Josie have a lot of chemistry, but there's more than that. They've known each other a long time, but Dominic has always kept an eye on his little sister. Josie is ready to do what she wants for a change. It was interesting to see where that would lead and I loved Josie and Noah immediately. They're perfect for each other.
 
After reading Running Wild I bought Serving Trouble straight away. I couldn't wait to find out what happened to Josie and Noah after their beautiful night. Sara Jane Stone's writing flows easily and I love her vivid descriptions of both Forever and its inhabitants. Running Wild is a great introduction to the A Second Shot series.
 
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Review by Suze
 
Josie is back in Forever. When she left five years ago she had big dreams, but the only thing she has now is a mountain of debt. She has to move back in with her father and she needs to find a job quickly, so she can start paying off her loans. She will beg if she has to. Josie hasn't seen Noah since their passionate night before he left to join the Marines. He manages his dad's bar and Josie is determined to join his staff. She wants to prove herself and knows she has something to offer.
 
Noah is traumatized by the war. People think he's a hero, but he sees things differently. He wants to make a success of his bar and is reluctant to hire Josie. Noah didn't forget their night together and still fancies her. He knows he shouldn't date anyone who works for him, which means Josie is off-limits. His heart says something else though. Will there be a second chance for Noah and Josie or are their pasts too complicated for them to ever be together?
 
Serving Trouble is a very romantic story. Noah and Josie are fantastic together and I loved reading about their time at the bar. It's obvious they're made for each other. Josie is a sweet and capable woman. She loves with all her heart and I liked her fiery spirit. Noah is kind and caring. He's there for those who need him and he's incredibly protective. I loved Noah and Josie's connection, they belong together, there are sparks and their love runs deep. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen to them.
 
Josie and Noah both have been through something traumatic and my heart ached for them. Sara Jane Stone describes their troubles in an impressive sympathetic and understanding way. She knows how to write about emotions, both the good and the bad. There are plenty of meaningful scenes and I liked how realistic they felt. There's also a small, but gripping suspense aspect and I loved that in combination with the romance. Serving Trouble is an amazing story and I look forward to reading the rest of the A Second Shot series.

Book Review - Somewhere to Begin by Mika Jolie & Giveaway


About Mika Jolie


Mika Jolie is the bestselling author of the Martha’s Way series. She lives in New Jersey with her Happy Chaos—her husband and their energizer bunnies. A sports fanatic and a wine aficionado, she’s determined to balance it all and still write about life experiences and matters of the heart. Let’s face it, people are complicated and love can be messy. When she’s not weaving life and romance into evocative tales, you can find her on a hiking adventure, apple picking, or whatever her three men can conjure up.

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Review by Anniek

Colbie comes from a very rich family. As a good daughter she does what's expected of her. She always follows the rules with a never ending smile on her lips, this includes trying to find the perfect man (on paper). Rich is supposed to be marrying rich. Colbie has never really been in love and her fiancé is a cruel and cold man. When Colbie walks down the isle she realizes what her life will be like if she decides to go through with the wedding. She has to speak now or forever hold her silence.

Navy Seal Zander is deployed in Afghanistan when he and his team end up in an ambush. Zander barely makes it out alive. At home keeps to himself, which means he doesn't leave the house all that often. Zander is injured on the outside as well as on the inside. He feels guilty about what happened in Afghanistan, especially about only managing the get one other soldier out alive. He still has nightmares and blackouts because of that horrific day. It's one of these blackouts that causes an accident with Colbie. Zander carries her out of her wrecked car and stays with her at the hospital. There is something about her that makes him unable to walk away.

Colbie always had enough money available, but that doesn't mean she had a happy childhood. Colbie's mother, father and brother are emotionless and cold. They don't have a loving family bond. It's important and expected to live according to the rules of the rich and to avoid putting shame on the family. After Colbie chooses to follow her own dreams she shows how determined she is to succeed. Colbie has a good sense of humor, is not afraid to get her hands dirty and she has a big loving heart. She has scars as well and I admired the way she deals with her fears. She is a strong woman and will fight with all her might for her own survival.

Zander has felt disconnected from his life since coming back from the war. His family members are loving and close and they won't let him go easily. They stay within reach and are pushing Zander to start living again. Zander is a proud man and he's struggling with the acceptance of the state his body and mind are in. He's gorgeous, kind and honorable, but his personality also has a different side. He's a Navy Seal and will do whatever is necessary to protect his loved ones. Zander has been through so much, but he still finds the strength to keep going and never give up.

Somewhere to Begin is a raw, emotional and pure story. It's beautifully written and shows you how people can overcome their struggles if they have the right family and friends to help them. Mika Jolie never fails to cast a spell on me, her stories are brilliant.  She got me hooked from the start and made Somewhere to Begin really come to life. I laughed and cried while reading and had a hard time switching off my Kindle. This is one of my books of the year and it's a story you shouldn't miss.

"Every scar earned should serve as a reminder of who you are, who you could become, and who you'll never be again." - Mika Jolie -

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Book Necklaces, Book Earrings & Book of Choice Giveaway

 
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Book Review, Interview & Giveaway - A Change of Heart by Sonali Dev


About Sonali Dev


Award winning author, Sonali Dev, writes Bollywood-style love stories that let her explore issues faced by women around the world while still indulging her faith in a happily ever after.

Sonali’s novels have been on Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post and Kirkus Best Books lists. She won the American Library Association’s award for best romance in 2014, is a RITA Finalist, RT Reviewer Choice Award Nominee, and winner of the RT Seal of Excellence. Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world’s most perfect dog.

Find out more at

Website: sonalidev.com
 
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Interview

1. Can you tell a bit about yourself?

It’s so strange to have someone ask me this, because, you know, I’ve only spent half my life interviewing myself in front of mirrors, in cars, and in the shower. And now I can’t seem to recall anything clever to say about myself. Today was my firstborn’s last first day of high school, so I guess I’ll start with my most challenging persona right now, and that’s being a mom to a seventeen year old and a fifteen year old. (Yeah, I know, fun times!). Add to this the fact that I was born in India many (many) years ago, where school and childhood were entirely different. Except for the fact that even back then I had opinions about everything, and expressing them was my favorite pastime. Which translated directly into writing everything down-- a notebook is a really good listener, you know. So, I’ve basically written all my life. As for hobbies, I could spend all the time I have left over after writing split evenly between reading and dancing. But of course I don’t, because I have the quintessential big fat (not to mention adorable) extended Indian family that fills up my hours and days and makes my life a wonderful and very busy place.

2. You write stories with a Bollywood Beat, what’s so fascinating about Bollywood?

To me Bollywood is a two pronged concept, one cultural and the other stylistic. Culturally, it’s the popular face of stories centered around Indians and the Indian state of mind — which is essentially as rich a background as you could find for any story, with a history that spans millennia, a culture that holds within itself hundreds of sub-cultures, the meeting and melding of the eastern and the western, the opulent and the wretched. And against this backdrop we have familial bonds that are so tight they have the power to stifle the life out of you as much as yank you back from the edge of tragedy.

As for style, to me the 'Bollywood style' is reminiscent of the large sweeping family sagas Bollywood tends to make. A wide-angled shot of what I see as the essence of being Indian. It’s the dramatic, just this side of melodramatic. It’s families that have no boundaries, no concept of privacy, love that makes choruses burst in your head. It’s beautiful people in beautiful places, but also the smell of the most wretched sewers. It hops around the world but is tied to the traditions of an ancient land. It’s the clash of the oldest culture in the world warring with the most modern values.

Whether you enjoy huge sweeping stories about ordinary people or ordinary stories about larger than life people, how can these stories not appeal?

At a personal level, it’s about writing what I know. This world is who I am, it’s the people I grew up with in the worlds I inhabit. It’s the reality I’ve seen, but on steroids. As for the Bollywood part, I was raised on a staple of both Bollywood and Hollywood films and I have friends and family who work in the film industry, so it is a world I feel very comfortable with and not in the least bit awed by.

3. You write international stories, set in multiple countries and you’ve traveled the world yourself. In what way does this traveling inspire your stories?

To me setting is intrinsic to a story. I think of it as a character in my books. Where characters are from and where the story plays out defines the culture of the story and the characters and the culture of the story influences not just the mood but also the choices the characters make. When I travel I get to actually experience the textures, colors, history that makes up places and when I write scenes those experiences fuel the details. Sometimes being in a place sparks a scene, sometimes being in a place sparks an entire story.

4. Can you describe both Nic and Jess in six words each?

Nic: Noble and generous to a fault

Jess: Believes she can only rely on herself

5. You combine several genres into one story. What do you like best about versatile stories?

I grew up reading mainstream fiction by Jeffrey Archer, Sydney Sheldon, Eric Segal, Ken Follet, Judith Krantz and those stories were just stories. As a reader I never really thought about the genre or expected anything specific from them except a ton of emotion, excitement and a good satisfying ending. They had large characters with intricate relationships painted on large canvases and I loved that. But I also love the hero-heroine-relationship focus of romances and the promise of a hopeful and happy ending. So, I think it’s just natural for me to combine those things and to gravitate toward these stories that focus on a relationship but set it within a larger more complex story.

6. The covers of your books are stunning. Can you tell a bit more about them and are you part of the creating process?

My editor and cover artist get complete credit for my lovely covers. I do give them cover concept sheets with all the visuals that represent my story for me and they take it and make magic with it.

7. When/How did you know you wanted to become an author?

I’m one of those writers who didn’t discover her love for writing suddenly or serendipitously. I’ve written and loved to write for as long as I can remember. But making a life as a writer was one of those dreams that somehow always seemed like a pie in the sky. Consequently I went to architectural school so I could have a ‘real’ career, I continued to pursue my ‘hobby’. But the need to write was so strong I found myself quitting my job at my architectural firm to work for an architectural magazine within months of graduating.

So, really, for me the true journey was going from business writing and journalism to fiction. And that flip happened over the phone when I was talking to my best friend who is a movie producer. She was complaining about the scripts she’d been reading and we both said, ‘Well, how hard can it be to write a good movie?’ Famous last words, right?

I wrote my first script for her within a month and then wrote several after that. None of these ever got made into movies (answering our ridiculously arrogant question with all the delicacy of a tight slap).

But once I’d caught the fiction bug I couldn’t shake it off. The high of creating characters and putting them through the ringer and watching them triumph was a drug like no other.

8. What does your writing routine look like?

I write full time now. My kids are in high school, so daily writing time isn't in conflict anymore. I write through the day. I take a break when the kids get home and then I continue to write when they go off to do their thing.

My main struggle is separating the author tasks from writing and finding time to put the writing first. I've also become a progressively more and more diligent list maker and goal setter. Having all I need to get done written down helps me manage my time.

Book review

Review by Suze

Nikhil has lost everything. He was happily married to Jen, he loved his work and life was good. Until one day Jen was killed. She worked for Doctors Without Borders and discovered an organ transplant ring. She gathered proof, but before she could do anything with it she was dead. Nic is now an alcoholic who works as a doctor on a cruise ship. That's where he meets Jess. Jess looks a bit like Jen and tells Nic she has Jen's heart. She's at the ship to give him a message from Jen, but is that really what she's doing there?

Jess appearance sobers Nic up a little. He know she's lying to him, but he doesn't know why. Jess has to find Jen's evidence or her son Joy will be killed. She's done everything she can to find a decent job, to create a nice life for her son, and now she has to do something she doesn't want to do at all while leaving him with a friend. The last thing Jess wants is to hurt Nic, but protecting Joy is what comes first. Will she be able to find a way out of her dire situation or will she lose the most precious person in her life? And what about Nic, can she just leave him behind?

Jess is a brave woman. She's a fighter and I loved that about her. She's smart and resilient and she has a good heart. Nic has lost his way, but his kind and caring nature is still there. They have a strange, but strong connection. Jess can't tell the truth and Nic knows she's lying, but he doesn't know why. It was interesting to see where that would lead and I loved the direction Sonali Dev has chosen for the ending of the story. It's both fitting and romantic.

Sonali Dev's writing flows easily and I liked how she keeps adding bits of tension to her story until there's so much of it that the situation has to explode. She does this in a fabulous unexpected way. I loved this surprise element and it mixes very well with the suspense. It was lovely that romance is equally present in the story. Jess and Nic both have wonderful personalities and that made them easy to like. It's something I always appreciate when I'm reading a romantic novel.

Sonali Dev writes about some serious topics in an honest and empathic way. Some of the scenes are a bit shocking and heartbreaking to read. I had tears in my eyes when I read about the things that are being done to women. It gives A Change of Heart a serious nature. The combination of terrible crimes with awful incidents and sweet romance is making this novel gripping, moving and intriguing. I enjoyed reading this fascinating book and would definitely like to try more stories by Sonali Dev.
 

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Two very lucky winners will receive a copy of A Bollywood Affair and The Bollywood Bride in their format of choice.
 

Shadow of a Girl by Shannon Greenland - Book Review & Giveaway

 
About Shannon Greenland
 

Shannon Greenland is the award winning author of the teen spy series, The Specialists, and the YA romance, The Summer My Life Began. She also writers thrillers under S. E. Green. Shannon grew up in Tennessee where she dreaded all things reading and writing. She didn’t even read her first book for enjoyment until she was twenty-five. After that she was hooked! When she’s not writing, she works as an adjunct math professor and lives on the coast in Florida with her very grouchy dog. Find her online everywhere @segreenauthor.
 
 
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Review by Suze
 
Eve needs a new start. She's running away and hopes her past will never catch up with her. She finds work as a roadie and immediately makes friends. West is the lead singer of Bus Stop, he's famous and can get any girl he wants, but he's interested in Eve. He keeps an eye on her and wants her friendship more than anything. Can Eve run the risk to let someone come close, what if her secrets will come out?
 
Eve manages to escape from a terrible home. She's incredibly brave. She might be young and a bit naïve, but she's strong and determined to have a better future. I loved that about her. Eve knows what she wants and while she has no idea if her dreams can ever come true, she's willing to fight and she even creates opportunities for herself. She's being chased and is afraid she'll be found. I could feel her stress and tension, her emotions were almost tangible. Shannon Greenland writes about Eve's feelings in an admirable moving and believable way.
 
West is a kindhearted and caring guy. He has quite a bit of experience with girls and that makes Eve nervous, but he's intrigued by her from the start and she has nothing to worry about in that area. Eve is afraid someone might discover who she really is and she can't fully open up to West, but that doesn't stop her from feeling close to him. They are sweet together and they have a special bond, a deep connection that is there from the start. I loved that about their story.
 
Shannon Greenland's writing flows easily. Shadow of a Girl is a gripping and romantic story, which is a great mix. I was captivated from the start. Eve's story is sad, but also hopeful and that's a combination that works. I liked the pure and innocent way Shannon Greenland portrays her, it makes her endearing. It was painful to read about her childhood, Shannon Greenland doesn't sugarcoat it and reading the awful scenes about Eve's past made me sick to my stomach sometimes. Eve's situation might seem daunting, but she's trying to enjoy herself, to make the best of it. This is an admirable quality and it's one of the best parts of the story. Because Eve has such an multifaceted personality Shadow of a Girl is definitely interesting. I enjoyed reading this book very much, it's amazing.
 
Blurb
 

Use cash and keep moving.

After I ran away from home, these were the two rules that dictated my life. Scoring a job as a roadie fit perfectly for what I needed. Traveling, cash, and life out of the spotlight. But when my path collides with West, the lead singer of Bus Stop, I can’t seem to stay out of his spotlight—especially since we’ll be touring together for an entire year.

West is determined to break down my walls. He won’t give up. And little by little they come crumbling. But if he knew what lurked behind them, he wouldn’t be so eager to get rid of them.

The more time we spend together, the more the lines of our friendship become blurred. He makes me dream of things I never thought possible. But while our friendship has been evolving into a romance, my secrets have been closing in. And just when I’ve decided to reveal my past to West, I’m confronted by it. The cost of my freedom could ruin the life of the guy I love…

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Three very lucky winners will receive a $10 Amazon gift card.
 
 
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Book Review - Girl Having a Ball by Rhoda Baxter

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Review by Suze
 
Stevie always had her older brother Marsh right by her side, but him being married means he doesn't have as much time for her as he used to. Marsh is eight years older and when they lost their parents nine years ago he was old enough to become his sister's guardian. He's entered a new phase in his life and it's time for Stevie to grow up, to stand on her own two feet and to make something of herself without counting on Marsh all the time. The first step is to become independent and start an event business. Stevie can't think of anything she'd love to do more.
 
Stevie's first job is to organize a charity event at a manor in Oxford. The house is beautiful and the owner, Evelyn, thinks Stevie is the perfect candidate, she's young and ambitious and she knows how to get things done. The only downside is that Stevie has to do it on an almost nonexistent budget. Stevie has to be creative and she has to make sure she makes a success of the event. Even though she might not get paid much, there will be plenty of networking opportunities to make it worthwhile. Another benefit is that Evelyn's son Tom is the guy Stevie used to have a crush on when she was a teenager, it's going to be great to see him again, or isn't it? Will Stevie be able to get through her first job unscathed?
 
Girl Having a Ball is a fun story about a strong and resilient girl. Stevie is twenty-two years old and has already been through a lot. She decides it's time to grow up and make something of herself. She's sweet, brave, bold and creative and I loved reading about her ideas. Everything she does is an adventure and that's one of the things I enjoyed most about this book. Stevie is looking for love, she's young, but she knows the meaning of it very well. Tom likes his freedom and isn't in the market for a relationship. I liked their chemistry and was intrigued by their connection from the start. They have interesting conversations and I loved the chats Tom has with his best fried about Stevie, they give the story a lovely extra spark.
 
Rhoda Baxter writes about smart and competent women, which is something I admire about her work. Stevie can stand up for herself and she's capable of making it on her own. She only has her brother, which can be a bit lonely and Rhoda Baxter describes the feelings she has in a believable and empathic way. She makes the main characters of Girl Having a Ball come to life really well by giving them vigorous personalities, which provides extra depth and makes them a joy to read about. The story is lively and charming. I read this book with a big smile on my face and think it's wonderful.

Book Review - Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin

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Vanessa is the middle child. She has two sisters, Adrienne is the oldest and Marie is the youngest. They're very different from each other. Marie is deeply religious, Adrienne is gorgeous and confident and Vanessa is a gifted piano player. She doesn't have much time to play though, because the three girls have to accompany their mother to Mexico where she gets a type of treatment for leukemia that is forbidden in the United States. The sisters spend hours in the garden of the clinic. Waiting is something that has become a large part of their lives.
 
Vanessa has met someone at the clinic, a guy who teaches her how to use a skateboard. He encourages her to play the piano more and she learns how to be herself again. Taking care of her mother is Vanessa's number one priority and she sometimes forgets herself in the process. Leukemia isn't the only heartbreaking problem she has to deal with at home though and Vanessa and her sisters have a difficult road ahead of them.
 
Vanessa is such a sweet girl. She's caring, talented and easy to get along with. Adrienne is bold and fierce, she says whatever she wants to say. Marie is cute and athletic and she's obsessed with saints. Vanessa is the strong one of the three, which means she has to shoulder more responsibility and a lot more heartache. It was interesting to watch her personal growth. She's a child at first, but she has to grow up quickly and becomes a wise young woman instead. Her family has a lot of problems and they often moved me to tears. Tell Me Something Real is a beautiful tragic story with impressive main characters.
 
I love stories about sisters and Tell Me Something Real is a great one. Calla Devlin has written a fantastic captivating story. It's honest and emotionally raw and there are many surprising developments. I liked the fast pace and her descriptive tone of voice gripped me from the start. She knows how to write about feelings. Marie is perceptive, which makes the portrayal of them deep and meaningful. Tell Me Something Real is an amazing shocking story, it's unexpected and stunning. I highly recommend this impressive book. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Book Review - Your Room or Mine? by Charlotte Phillips

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Review by Suze
 
Izzy's ex-boyfriend Joe cheated on her and to get over him she's made a list. One of her resolutions is having a one night stand with a stranger. Izzy decides to go away for a night on her own. The initial plan was to go to a hotel for a romantic mini break with Joe. Izzy made the reservation months ago and as a refund isn't possible she's going and she's determined to enjoy herself. When she meets Oliver her wishes about a handsome stranger to spend the night with might actually come true. Will this actually help Izzy to get over Joe?
 
Your Room or Mine? is a cute and fun story. Izzy is a sweetheart. She's a gardener and is passionate about her work. Oliver is a lawyer who works all the time. He's a good guy with a complex history and he can definitely use some time to relax. There's plenty of chemistry between him and Izzy and it was interesting to read about the connection between two people whose lives are completely different. They eventually discover that they have more in common than they thought and their story is sexy and very romantic.
 
Charlotte Phillips has written a wonderful quick read. Her writing flows easily and she knows how to build tension. Her story is about two people who seem to know what they want, but secretly have other desires in their hearts. I liked that theme a lot. I really enjoyed reading this fast-paced novella and can't wait to read the next one in the series.
 
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Stolen Away by Jennie Marts - Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

 
About Jennie Marts



Jennie Marts loves to make readers laugh as she weaves stories filled with love, friendship and intrigue. She is a USA TODAY Best-selling author and writes for Entangled Publishing. Reviewers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and full of great characters that are “endearing and relatable.”

She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two sons, two dogs and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends.

Her books include the contemporary western romance Hearts of Montana series, the romantic comedy/ cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series, and her latest series about hot hockey players, the Bannister Brothers Books.

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Stolen Away

by Jennie Marts
Hearts of Montana #3
Publication Date: September 26, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select, Contemporary Romance



Review by Suze

Emma has moved back in with her father. Her aggressive ex-husband is out of her life and she's glad she's rid of him for good. Being back in Broken Falls doesn't mean she's out of danger though. Her violent ex-husband might be in jail, but Emma's ex-brothers-in-law are still after her and they are screwing up every job she takes. Emma is afraid and lonely, but when she meets Cash she finally feels safe. Cash doesn't want to get attached to her though, because he has a past and he doesn't want anyone to come close because of the secrets he's keeping. When he meets Emma he feels something he's never felt before, but does he dare to let her in?

While Cash has his own demons to fight he also helps Emma battling hers. She has to learn how to stand up for herself, she needs a place to work where she won't be harassed all the time and she should start rebuilding her self-confidence. With Cash's help she can do anything, but he isn't a sure part of her life. Will Emma and Cash have a chance or are their pasts too dark to ever have a bright future again?

Emma is a sweetheart. She is such a good person and it was awful to read about the things her ex-husband did to her. She's stronger than she thinks and because she's so kind it's easy to like her. Cash has a good heart. He's protective and he cares about others, but he's also struggling with things that have happened to him. Emma and Cash are both wonderful people who deserve a chance at happiness and it's obvious that they belong together. I liked their connection from the start. It's not just chemistry, it's something deeper than that, which was interesting to read about.

Jennie Marts knows how to mix suspense with romance. I love the vivid way she writes about her main characters, they come to life very well. I enjoy reading about farms and cowboys and I think Stolen Away is a great countryside story. The combination of meaningful friendship and true love is beautiful. I highly recommend the Hearts of Montana series.

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Elusive charmer Cash Walker is a tough-as-nails cowboy, except when it comes to the shy woman who shows up with a pretty smile, a wounded spirit, and a goat riding shotgun in her passenger seat.Recently divorced from an abusive husband, Emma Frank has come home to Broken Falls, Montana. Lost, alone, and unable to escape the bullying tactics of her ex-brothers-in-law, she finds solace and friendship at the Tucked Away farm and with the handsome cowboy who believes in her and who helps her find her own courage.

There’s a darkness in Cash’s past that’s kept him from ever letting anyone get too close, but he can’t seem to stay away from Emma, who seems to be the one to finally break through his tough exterior and steal this cowboy’s heart.
 
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Sometimes you find what you need in the most unlikely places...

Charlie Ryan's cheating fiancé left her with a broken heart and even broker bank account. She's hit rock bottom, but everything is about to change. Suddenly, she's inherited a Montana farm named Tucked Away from a grandmother she never knew existed. A fresh start is just what she needs - and no men in her future this time, even if the local vet is as hot as a Montana summer.

Zack Cooper is content with his simple life. Running his veterinary practice and raising his daughter are enough to keep him busy, and he doesn't need a high-maintenance city girl like his ex who plans to sell her grandma's ranch and split faster than a setting sun. So why can't he stop thinking about Charlie and her hot-pink cowboy boots...and the way her eyes say she wants to stay while her lips tease him with plans of leaving?

Just when both start to believe love might be worth the risk...one night will change everything.



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Secrets have a way of revealing themselves….

Right after a fire breaks out in her diner, a phone call changes Cherry Hill’s life. The tragic death of her cousin leaves Cherry sole guardian of her eight-year-old nephew. But the upper crust side of the Hill family deems her unfit and is determined to take Sam away from her. The only one on her side is the sexy sheriff, Taylor Johnson, the man who broke her heart nine years ago when he left town.

Taylor Johnson has sworn to protect the citizens of Broken Falls, but should that extend to a fake engagement to the woman who captured his heart so long ago? It doesn’t take long for his pretend feelings to turn real for both Cherry and her adorable nephew, Sam.

But Cherry’s been hiding a secret from Taylor that could rip this new family apart…

Excerpt

Screw all that business of not getting involved with her.

He wanted her. Wanted to kiss her so badly he could taste it. Wanted to kiss her beyond all reason, beyond good sense.

Closer.

His head screaming at him to stop, but his heart and his body ignoring it, crying out with their own desires of want and need. He’d been thinking about her and now here she was—warm and in the flesh and so close to being in his arms.

His hands itched to slide up her arms, to caress her skin, to plunge into her hair. He ached to pull her to him, to slide her body under his, to touch and explore.

Closer still. So slow. So sweet. His lips barely brushing hers in the faintest of whispers. Her breath sucking in at the barest degree of touch. Her lips trembling.

Be brave, Emma. I won’t hurt you.

He froze. His lips scarcely touching hers. Because he would. He would hurt her. Eventually. He always did.

The darkness inside of him always won out, and he eventually ended up hurting them all. Not physically, but by his stubborn refusal to commit to a relationship, to not settle down with or give anyone a chance to really be with him. He hurt them by walking away, not giving anything of himself—anything real.

But he didn’t want to hurt her. Couldn’t bear to think of causing her any more pain. She’d had enough. Been through enough.

The last thing she needed was him.

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Book Review - The Lost Girl by Liz Harris

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Review by Suze
 
In the 1870s life is hard when you're a miner. Joe's father works for little money and his older brother is destined to do the same. Joe doesn't want to work in the dark and hates the idea of being underground. He loves being outside and farming is in his blood. Chinese men are working in the mines as well for less money and Joe's father is having a tough time earning enough to support his family. The last thing they need is another mouth to feed, but when Joe finds a Chinese baby he convinces his parents to take her in. He calls her Charity and he promises to be responsible for her.
 
When Joe is old enough for a regular job he starts working as a farm hand. The work doesn't bring him the freedom he craves though and he decides to leave home to herd cattle. That also means he has to leave Charity behind and Joe is the only friend she has. She's been raised as an American, but she's being told she isn't one of them on a regular basis. When Charity finds a Chinese friend she has the chance to learn something about the country her ancestors are from. Is Charity Chinese or is she American and why does it matter so much? Will she ever find her place in the world?
 
The Lost Girl is a beautiful story about a girl who doesn't belong anywhere. Joe's parents are raising Charity, but she's never a real part of their family. Hate for the Chinese people in the town they live in makes it hard for Charity to be with Joe's family. The Chinese people don't see her as one of them because of her American upbringing. Charity craves friendship, but that's hard to find when most people don't want to have anything to do with her. She works hard, she's always friendly and she's a wonderful girl, but they only see the color of her skin. That was heartbreaking to read about. Charity deserves so much more than she gets, but she never complains and she accepts her fate. She's an admirable girl and I kept my fingers crossed she'd have a better future. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen to her and loved every aspect of her story.
 
Liz Harris is a great narrator. She perfectly captures the atmosphere of the time she's writing about, she writes honestly about the political situation and she clearly researches her topics well. When I'm reading her books I'm always captivated by the magic of the past. I really enjoyed reading The Lost Girl. Charity's mixed heritage is interesting and her search to belong somewhere is something many people can relate to. Everything in her world is complicated, love included. It was fascinating to see her grow up. Her friendship with Joe is special and I loved the way Liz Harris describes his care for the little girl he rescued. There are a lot of complex relationships that kept me intrigued. The Lost Girl is a fantastic romantic story and I loved it from beginning to end.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Book Review - Dessert First by Dean Gloster

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Review by Suze
 
Kat is the strong one at home. She's always positive and is there for her brother Beep whenever her needs her. Beep has leukemia and Kat is the one who makes his hospital stays bearable by making sure he has some fun. She understands him perfectly, but that can't be said about her sister Rachel. Before Beep became ill Kat and Rachel were close, but since then they've been having problems and every time they see each other things are awful.
 
Kat's only escape is Evan, the boy she's liked for quite some time. Evan used to be her best friend, but he's given her a lot of grief too. Evan wants things to be the way they were again, but Kat isn't sure she's ready. Things at school are difficult and with her worries about Beep at home there isn't much more stress she can take. Plus she has a close online friend, someone who's very dear to her even though she's never met him. When Beep needs Kat's bone marrow she's worried about the outcome. It's the only option he has left, but what if it doesn't save him?
 
Dessert First is a mind-blowing emotional story. Kat has a fantastic personality. She's kind, caring and understanding. She loves with all her heart and she wants to make the people she loves as happy as she can. She often forgets herself in the process. Beep is her whole world and she's used to spending time at the hospital with him and cheering him up. My heart ached for her at times because she definitely doesn't have an easy life. She's been through a lot more than most teenagers and she manages to keep going no matter what happens to her. I found that incredible and loved the way Dean Gloster portrayed her.
 
Dessert First is a book I will remember for a long time. It's a beautiful multilayered story. I often had tears in my eyes while reading this story. Sadness is part of life and Dean Gloster writes about it in a amazing intense way. I was impressed by the empathic way he writes about Beep. He's perfectly captured the impact his illness has on his family and also the way it is for Beep himself. I loved his empathy and his honest and raw way of describing things.
 
 Other important themes of Desert First are hopes and dreams, family, friendship and of course love. Dean Gloster writes about what matters most in life in a brilliant way and the title suits the story exceptionally well. I highly recommend this profound moving story, it really took my breath away.