Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Book Tour & Review: Comes A Specter by Keta Diablo

Comes A Specter
By: Keta Diablo


Series: Ghostland Series
Genre: Short Story
Length: 87 pages
Book Blurb:

Six months ago, Anya Fleming's ten- year-old son, Willie-boy, found his father hanging
in the barn. Traumatized over his father's suicide, the boy hasn't spoken a word since.
Now, Willie-boy has come down with a grave, unknown illness and there's only one man
who can save him, Sutter Sky, a learned Blackfoot shaman known as Yellow Smoke—a
shaman who was once deeply in love with Anya.
But Fate had other plans for Anya and Sutter—she was forced to marry Lewis Fleming,
a cruel man who berated her night and day, and brokenhearted Sutter immersed
himself in the mystical customs and beliefs of his People and became a shaman
.
As if Anya didn't have enough to deal with after her husband's death and her son's
illness, an evil, sinister ghost is terrorizing their ranch. Anya is convinced the spirit is
Lewis, who apparently isn't done making her life miserable.
When she turns to Yellow Smoke for help, will he put side his bitterness and save Willie-
boy? And can the renowned shaman dispel the powerful ghost from their lives and send
him back to Hades?

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My Review:

Rating:


***I was offered by the author an opportunity to read and review her short story in exchange for my honest review.***

I am glad I had the opportunity to read and review this short story. While I don't read many short stories; only because I have a hard time getting into them, I feel as though the story's can seem so fast-paced. Now while I had a bit of a hard time getting into the story, Keta Diablo does a remarkable job setting the scene. She makes you feel as though you are part of the story. 

Even though the story was short, I can honestly say I enjoyed it I had only wished it was longer because I feel as though there could have been so much more to the story. 

The character development was good; Anya, Sutter and Willie-boy had well-developed personalities. I think there could have been a bit more development to make you feel more of an attachment to the characters themselves, but over all their development was good.  

If you have the opportunity to read Keta's short story you should definitely take the time to read it. It is a quick read. 


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Monday, October 1, 2018

Book Tour & Review: The Leading Edge of Now by Marci Lyn Curtis

The Leading Edge of Now
By: Marci Lyn Curtis


Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Length: 336 pages

Synopsis From Goodreads:

Just when Grace is beginning to get used to being an orphan, her estranged uncle suddenly comes forward to claim her. That might have been okay if he'd spoken to her even once since her father died. Or if moving in with Uncle Rusty didn't mean returning to New Harbor.

Grace once spent the best summers of her life in New Harbor. Now the place just reminds her of all she's lost: her best friend, her boyfriend and any memory of the night that changed her forever.

People say the truth will set you free, but Grace isn't sure about that. Once she starts looking for it, the truth about that night is hard to find --- and what happens when her healing hurts the people she cares about the most?









About the Author:

Marci Lyn Curtis is the author of young adult dramedies The One Thing and The Leading Edge of Now. She lives near Tampa, Florida with her husband. You can find out more about Marci on her website (marcilyncurtis.com), on Twitter (@Marci_Curtis), on Instagram (@marcilyncurtis), or on Facebook (marcilyncurtis).









Book Trailer!!




Our Review:

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We met Marci a few years back at Ya'llFest. We were lucky enough to be part of her first Book Tour for her first book The One Thing, a book we both absolutely loved. And here we are again lucky enough to participate in the release of her second book The Leading Edge of Now!! It took us longer to read then expected with the millions of things going on around here lately, but we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to read and review this book.

The Leading Edge of Now follows young Grace as she comes home to her Uncle Rusty's after the death of her father, however it is a sad reunion because this home carries with it some dark memories. In order to deal with what happened to her all those years ago, she has developed some not so legal habits and to top it all off her ex-bestfriend Janna and her brother Owen have moved into the house next door. 

Grace blames Owen for that horrible night and is determined to push him away at first, but when the truth begins to surface she needs not only Janna back in her life but Owen to help her cope with what happen to her all those years ago. 

Marci is a phenomenal author, she weaves together a perfect story enveloped in humor and sadness. The humor will have you laughing out loud, we truly enjoy her writing style!! Her writing has you hooked from the very first page, unwilling to put the book down. 

Another A+ for this book is that it was set in our hometown; Tampa, FL. 
BEACH, SAND AND SUN!! 

She captures the Florida elements perfectly, making you feel as though you are walking the quite streets of New Harbor right along side Grace. Not only does she develop a great setting but her characters are so well developed that you can't help but fall in love with them. Like Faith and her bubbly personality or Eleanor who made us think of our Grandmother at times, even these minor characters had a place in the story and had their shining moment in Grace's new life at New Harbor. 

We can't wait to see what Marci has in store for her next book, we have no doubt that it will be just as amazing as her last two. She is a phenomenal author and if you have not yet read one of her books you should definitely pick one up today because they are the best!!


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Monday, September 3, 2018

Review: Survival of the Fritters by Ginger Bolton

Survival of the Fritters
By: Ginger Bolton


Series: Deputy Donut Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Length: 303 pages
Synopsis From Goodreads:

Emily Westhill runs the best donut shop in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, alongside her retired police chief father-in-law and her tabby Deputy Donut. But after murder claims a favorite customer, Emily can’t rely on a sidekick to solve the crime—or stay alive.

If Emily has learned anything from her past as a 911 operator, it’s to stay calm during stressful situations. But that’s a tall order when one of her regulars, Georgia Treetor, goes missing. Georgia never skips morning cappuccinos with her knitting circle. Her pals fear the worst—especially Lois, a close friend who recently moved to town. As evening creeps in, Emily and the ladies search for Georgia at home. And they find her—murdered among a scattering of stale donuts . . .

Disturbingly, Georgia’s demise coincides with the five-year anniversary of her son’s murder, a case Emily’s late detective husband failed to solve before his own sudden death. With Lois hiding secrets and an innocent man’s life at stake, Emily’s forced to revisit painful memories on her quest for answers. Though someone’s alibi is full of holes, only a sprinkling of clues have been left behind. And if Emily can’t trace them back to a killer in time, her donut shop will end up permanently closed for business . . .


My Review:

Rating:


***I received this copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.***


When I read the synopsis for this book it sounded like it could be a cute, funny mystery novel. The title had this adorable appeal, that had you expecting this suspenseful mystery with a twist of humor. However, I was slightly disappointed once I started reading it, the dialogue was awkward and I had a hard time staying engrossed in the story. 

This novel follows the owner of Deputy Donut, a police themed donut/coffee shop, as she tries to solve the murder of one of her customers; a Mrs. Georgia Treetor. She investigates the crime with the help of her new neighbor and Georgia's old friend Lois, as well as her cat and coffee shop mascot, Dep. 

This story had so much potential and while it started out interesting the further on I read the more I lost interest. There were many moments in which I felt the story wasn't progressing and aside from Emily, we never really got to know any of the other characters. And even Emily's character wasn't quite developed. The dialogue seemed to be lacking in personality as well. There were many conversations between Emily and her friends or family that seemed awkward. Unfortunately, those awkward conversations really took away from the story.

Now while the dialogue and character development were lacking at times, Ginger Bolton did a remarkable job describing the scenery. You could really picture the Deputy Donut shop, Emily's home and the conjuncture in which Emily and Lois's home were connected. Those descriptions really helped bring the story to life. 

I am glad I got the opportunity to read and review this book, the cover was absolutely adorable and is what honestly drew me in. I can't saw that I would read any more of the series as it just did not hold my interest, unfortunately. 


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Review: See Me by Nicholas Sparks

See Me
By: Nicholas Sparks


Genre: Romance
Length: 486 pages
Synopsis From Goodreads:

See me just as I see you . . .

Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he's determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship.

Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record. And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her hometown and left her questioning so much of what she once believed.

A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin and Maria's lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves. As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possibly look like . . . until menacing reminders of events in Maria's past begin to surface.

Rich in emotion and fueled with suspense, SEE ME reminds us that love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us . . . and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize.


My Review:

Rating:

First I must apologize from being absent for so long; this year has been busier than expected with my best friends wedding, family reunion and my cousin moving in for her last year of school, I haven't had much time for reading. And being as I haven't had much time for reading I have found myself in bit of a slump. Every book I had picked up just was not holding my interest, that is until I started reading See Me by Nicholas Sparks. 

Nicholas Sparks' books have always been able to pull me out of my reading slumps, I don't know what it is exactly I just know that once I start reading I have a difficult time putting the book down. See Me was no different, I didn't want to put it down. 

See Me follows the newly developing relationship of Maria Sanchez and Colin Hancock, two unlikely people who develop a love for one another through trying times. 

Sparks has this amazing way of writing that just captures your heart and has you hooked to the lives of these characters. You find yourself engrossed in this epic love story that many crave. 

I love the way Nicholas Sparks captures this beautiful relationship while also adding a pinch of mystery. He intertwined the two genres perfectly without it being cheesy. At every turn he had you wondering who the real culprit was and what they really wanted from Maria. He worked his magic and wrote a beautifully captivating love story. And the thing I love most about his books is that these stories seem so real, he truly puts his heart and soul into every word and every detail. 

So I must say a big thank you to Nicholas Sparks for helping me escape my reading slump!! I can't wait to read more of your books. 

If you haven't already read this book I would definitely take the time to sit and enjoy this story, Nicholas Sparks has done a remarkable job yet again!! 


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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Review: The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

The Perfect Mother
By: Aimee Molloy


Synopsis From Goodreads:

Vanity Fair calls it one of the most anticipated books of the summer. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Scandal's Kerry Washington. 

An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.

They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood; sharing the fears, joys, and anxieties of their new child-centered lives.

When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now Midas is missing, the police are asking disturbing questions, and Winnie’s very private life has become fodder for a ravenous media.

Though none of the other members in the group are close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days that follow, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.



My Review:

Rating:


***Caution May Contain Spoilers***

The Perfect Mother is another book club selection and I am glad I gave the book a try. After reading the synopsis I wasn't that excited about the story and thought to myself "I'm going to skip this book and catch the next one." However, my mom accidentally ordered the book on Amazon and after paying nearly $13.00 I figured I had better give the book a shot and I am glad that I did. 

This book was well-written and absolutely captivating, it has you hooked from the very first chapter. Wondering what really happened to Baby Midas? Was Winnie in some way responsible for her sons disappearance?

After reading some reviews on Goodreads, many of the downfalls with this book was that it was confusing and went back and forth through time. At first I thought it was because the story is told from multiple points-of-view; Francie, Nell, Colette and someone mystery May Mother. However, I found the multiple points-of-view easy to follow. Winnie Ross' May Mother friends trying to discover what really happened the night Midas was abducted. 

Also, you get to see into the lives of each parent and discover their own hidden secrets. Even, the time jumps were easy to follow; between each character reliving past mistakes. So I was beginning to wonder where the confusion came in, then the last few chapters hit and the plot twist really has you going back in memory to past chapters questioning everything you once thought about the first person point-of-view character. Mind-blown!

This book has definitely made its way onto my recommendation list. Without book club I wouldn't have given this book a second thought, but it looks as though I was meant to read it. Can't wait to see what book is recommended next. 


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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Review: The Girl in the Picture by Kerry Barrett

The Girl in the Picture
By: Kerry Barrett


Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Length: 384 pages
Synopsis From Goodreads:

Two women. One house. Centuries of secrets

East Sussex Coast, 1855 

Violet Hargreaves is the lonely daughter of a widowed industrialist, and an aspiring Pre-Raphaelite painter. One day, the na├»ve eighteen-year-old meets Edwin; a mysterious and handsome man on the beach, who promises her a world beyond the small costal village she’s trapped in. But after ignoring warning about Edwin, a chain of terrible events begins to unfold for Violet…

East Sussex Coast, 2016 

For thriller-writer Ella Daniels, the house on the cliff is the perfect place to overcome writer’s block, where she decides to move with her small family. But there’s a strange atmosphere that settles once they move in – and rumours of historical murders next door begin to emerge. One night, Ella uncovers a portrait of a beautiful young girl named Violet Hargreaves, who went missing at the same time as the horrific crimes, and Ella becomes determined to find out what happened there 160 years ago. And in trying to lay Violet’s ghost to rest, Ella must face ghosts of her own...

This haunting timeslip tale is perfect for fans of Kate Riordan, Tracy Rees, Kate Morton and Lucinda Riley.


Review:
Rating:

***Caution May Contain Spoilers***

So I recently joined a small online book club, this book was our very first read and I must say it was an excellent start. Kerry Barrett is a phenomenal author, weaving the past with the present. She wove these two women's lives together perfectly. I would not past up the opportunity to read another one of her books. 

The story begins with Ella and her family moving into a new home near the coat of Sussex. Ella is a cautious young mother, and devoted daughter, worried about disappointing those she loves. At first, her new home has her on edge, questioning her choice to uproot her family from their home in London. Then one day while in town she stumbles upon the mysterious disappearance of young Violet Hargreaves. 

I loved the way Kerry Barrett weaved these two women's lives together, both young girls with suppressed passions; one for painting, the other for writing. Both loyal daughters, never wanting to disappoint their fathers. It almost had you wondering, could they be related somehow?

I loved going back and forth between past and present, hearing Violet's story and trying to solve the mystery right along side Ella. Wondering did Violet survive the struggles with Mr. Forrest, her mentor and lover? Or did she meet a more violent end? Did she run away and pursue her dream of becoming one of the first female artists to join the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood?

Along with the remarkable writing and phenomenal storytelling, there was the history. Kerry Barrett did an amazing job incorporating some history regarding Pre-Raphaelites and their art. After finishing the book many of us in the book club googled PRB and found that much of the book was historically accurate, from the will known artists to the scandals between these artists and their sponsors; which only made the book more interesting. You can tell Kerry really did her research in order to bring the story to life. 

This book was a very fun read and like I said before I would not hesitant to pick up another one of Kerry Barrett's books. The Girl in the Picture is a fast read and keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what happen to poor Violet? And I must say the ending is not what you would expect. If you haven't already I would definitely give this book a read, you won't be disappointed. 


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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Review: Secret Heir by M.J. Prince

Secret Heir
By: M.J. Prince


Series: Dynasty Series
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, New Adult
Length: 346 pages
Synopsis From Goodreads:

Since the beginning of time, tales have been told about Eden. But all the stories are wrong.

Running parallel alongside Earth, but never touching, there exists not just a garden, but an entire world of vivid colours and breathtaking beauty where the Seraph reside.

Jazmine has lived in ten different foster homes, in ten different towns and all her life she has felt like she doesn’t belong – not in the trailer park which happens to be foster home number ten, not anywhere on Earth.

After a universe shattering revelation, she discovers why. Far from being the nothing and no one, with no past and no future, that Jazmine had always believed herself to be, she discovers that she is in fact an heir to one of the seven remaining Seraph Dynasties.

She is Jazmine Evenstar, the last heir to the sovereign Evenstar Dynasty.

Thrust into the world of wealth and privilege in which the impossibly beautiful and equally cruel Dynasty heirs reside, Jazmine is forced to manoeuvre the tangled web that holds the Dynasties together.

Against the backdrop of breathtaking star filled nights, sweeping coastlines, grand marble halls and decadent palaces, Jazmine tries to find her place in this beautiful new world whilst fighting not to lose herself in the process.

But the fairy tale quickly unravels.

Half human and the illegitimate daughter of the late suicide King of Eden, the other Dynasty heirs make it clear that Jazmine does not belong in their world.

Raphael St. Tristan, heir to the rival sovereign St. Tristan Dynasty and next in line to the throne of Eden, the guy with the face of an angel but who is as wicked as the devil himself, promises to break her.

Jazmine quickly learns that the beauty of Eden is nothing but a deception as she uncovers the secrets festering at the heart of it. But can she disentangle herself from the web of deception and intrigue that the Dynasty heirs have spun? Can she stop herself from falling into Raphael St. Tristan’s trap before he can fulfil his promise to shatter her completely? Or are those stories about Eden true after all and will she be foolish enough to taste the forbidden fruit that is Eden itself?
 


My Review:

Rating:
★☆☆☆☆


***I received an ARC copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.***


While I received this book in advance in order to provide an honest review before publishing, life got in the way and I just could not finish the book on time. (Traveling back and forth between Indiana and Florida to help my best friend prepare for her wedding, then mom broke her wrist and had to have surgery. It's been a hectic last couple of months.)

When the author contacted me in regards to reading and reviewing her new book I was ecstatic, the synopsis sounded amazing and I just could not wait to delve into the world of Eden. This book truly puts a spin on the world of supernatural beings and alternate realms. I had high hopes for this book to be something different from the everyday Romance Fantasy novel. 

This book started out great, I found myself hooked and the author had an amazing way of bringing Jazmine's world to life. The writing was great and the author was very detailed in her descriptions of Eden. Jazmine felt as thought she would be a strong female character, kicking ass and not taking crap from anyone. And at first she started out that way.

However the further I delved in the book the more disappointed I became, Jazmine turned into a very whiny, love sick character. Only really thinking of Raph and their "doomed" relationship. I felt it took a lot away from the story. Her thoughts were almost repetitive, constantly thinking of Raph and his beauty or how she never should have let him into her heart. She could never really trust what they had, constantly questioning everything about their relationship. While at the same time I thought there were more pressing issues to address like: why is Earth no longer safe for her? What dangers await Jazmine on Earth? Who exactly was her father and what was he like as ruler? 

I felt as though there were several scenes that never really added to the story, such as the many cafeteria scenes with Devon, or even the many dueling scenes. I felt like they lacked substance. I was waiting for something epic to happen. There was never really any climax, nothing exciting ever happened. And many of the characters lacked development, we never got to learn about their pasts, other than Raph and Jazmine. I was hoping to learn more about Jazmine's father or for her to spend more time bonding with the grandfather she never knew. 

Overall, I found myself very disappointed, this book had so much potential and for me it just did not reach my expectations. I had such a hard time staying engrossed in the world of Eden that I almost called it quits, however I am one of those people that hates to leave a book unfinished. I can't say that I'll finish the series, I just don't have much invested in discovering what comes of Jazmine and Raph. I'm truly disappointed that I did not like this book, I wanted to love it especially after reading that remarkable and exciting synopsis. 


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