Saturday, 31 August 2013

Every Little Piece by Kate Ashton


Every Little Piece
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Secrets never stay in the past.

The night before high school graduation changes everything. Lies are told. Mistakes are made. Secrets tucked away. Lives are changed in the span of a few hours.

A year later, Haley is still reeling, numb with the constant ache of guilt. She's in a place she never expected to be: lost without her friends and Seth. Until he enters her life again, dredging up everything she's trying to forget. Everything about that night.

Seth returns to his hometown determined to share his truth, his side of the story. He desperately needs to make things right with Haley, even if it means losing her forever. Because the truth will ruin any chance of her ever loving him again.

Except neither of them are prepared for the shock of what really happened the night before graduation.


Every Little Piece by Kate Ashton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Every Little Piece(Source: I won a digital copy of this book. Thanks to author Kate Ashton.)
18-year-old Haley and her best friends are living it up the night before graduation, when the unthinkable happens, and their lives are changed drastically and irreversibly. Haley and her boyfriend Seth blame themselves, and both retreat into their own little worlds.
When Seth comes back into Haley’s life one year later with a secret to tell her, neither of them are really ready to face what happened that night, until eventually they’re forced to.
What really happened that night? Who was responsible? And will the truth drive an even bigger wedge between Haley and Seth?


This was a brilliant story about love, and grief, and forgiveness, that pummelled my heart, made me cry, and totally left me wanting more.

I loved the characters in this book. Haley was so broken after what happened, and it was so sad that Seth wasn’t there to comfort her when he should have been. I really felt for both of them and the guilt they carried though, and as much as I wanted them to pull through what had happened to them, I really didn’t see how they ever would.

The storyline in this book was emotional and heart-breaking, and even made me cry! I loved how such a relatively simple storyline could hold so much emotion, and feeling, and how one secret could change things so completely. The suspense was gut-wrenching, and I couldn’t help but keep reading, even knowing that what was coming would hurt.
The ending of this story was so fitting, and even made a happy ending out of a terrible situation.
I only give 5 stars to books that I get to the end of and want to start reading again from the beginning, and that’s exactly how I felt here.
Overall; a beautiful and heart-breaking YA contemporary romance. Highly recommended.
9.25 out of 10.


Cover Reveal - Darkness Watching by Emma L. Adams


BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:

Darkness Watching by Emma L. Adams
(Darkworld #1)
Publication date: September 30th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Synopsis:Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she’s losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.

Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of nowhere – little knowing that it isn’t coincidence that led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world.
All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all part of the package of student life – but demons still stalk Ash, and their interest in her has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she’s looking for. The demons want something from her,  and someone is determined to kill her before she can find out what it is.


In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be..


AUTHOR BIO

Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing fantasy and paranormal for young adults. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also wrote various novels and short stories. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, she can usually be found in front of her writing desk, creating weird and wonderful alternative worlds. Her debut novel The Puppet Spell, published in 2013 by Rowanvale Books, is a fantasy tale for young adults and the young at heart, inspired by her lifelong love of the fantastical, mythology, and video games. Emma also writes supernatural fantasy novels for older teens and adults. Her next book,Darkness Watching, is the first in the upper-YA/New Adult Darkworld series, and will be published in September 2013 by Curiosity Quills Press.
 
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Friday, 30 August 2013

Keeping Her (Losing It #1.5) by Cora Carmack

Keeping Her (Losing It #1.5)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
What happens after the happy ending?

Garrick is over the moon that his girlfriend, Bliss, said yes. He's finally found the love of his life. That means his worries are over, right?

But when he invites her to visit London and meet his family, he is presented with a whole new set of problems. How will his privileged and wealthy family react to Bliss's unique brand of awkwardness?


Keeping Her by Cora Carmack

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Keeping Her (Losing It #1.5)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Random House UK, Ebury Publishing and Netgalley.)
This is book 1.5 in the ‘Losing it’ series.
This is a short story about Garrick taking Bliss to England to meet his parents. Bliss is nervous, and Garrick tries to calm her down.

I thought the story was okay, and there were a couple of funny moments, I did get a bit bored at one point though, and Garrick also kept asking Bliss to marry him, even though she’d already repeatedly said yes, which unfortunately instead of being sweet started to get annoying.

It was nice to hear more from Bliss and Garrick again, but this story was really short, and I think I would have preferred another full-length novel. The last 22% of this book wasn’t even part of the story, it was an excerpt from book 3 ‘Finding it’.
Overall; an okay catch-up with Bliss and Garrick, but unfortunately nothing special.
6.5 out of 10.


The Chemistry of Fate by Meradeth Houston

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Meradeth Houston.
The Chemistry of Fate
Blurb (From Goodreads):
“They are everywhere, can be anyone, and are always the last person you’d expect.” When Tom stumbles across his grandfather’s journal, he’s convinced the old man was crazier than he thought. The book contains references to beings called the Sary, immortals who are assigned to save humans on the verge of suicide. They certainly aren’t allowed to fall in love with mortals. Which the journal claims Tom’s grandfather did, resulting in his expulsion from the Sary. As strange as the journal seems, Tom can’t get the stories out of his head; especially when he finds the photo of his grandfather’s wings.

Tom’s only distraction is Ari, the girl he studies with for their chemistry class.

Ari has one goal when she arrives in town: see how much Tom knows about the Sary and neutralize the situation. This isn’t a normal job, but protecting the secrecy of the Sary is vital. If Tom is a threat to exposing the Sary to the public, fate has a way of taking care of the situation, usually ending with the mortal’s death. While Ari spends time with Tom, he becomes more than just an assignment, but how far can a relationship go when she can’t tell him who she really is? When she finds out just how much Tom actually knows about the Sary, Ari is forced to choose between her wings, and her heart.

THE CHEMISTRY OF FATE is a companion to COLORS LIKE MEMORIES and is set before the latter takes place.



The Chemistry of Fate by Meradeth Houston

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The Chemistry of Fate(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Meradeth Houston.)
673-year-old Ari is a Sary – a type of angel that guides people when they consider committing suicide.
Ari latest mission is different though, a boy called Tom has found a journal that once belonged to his grandfather, which documents his life as a Sary, and how he gave up his wings because he was in love with a human girl.

Ari needs to determine how much of the journal Tom believes, and whether he is going to tell anyone about it, but as she investigates, they start to fall in love.
Does Tom believe what he’s read? What will happen if Ari can’t convince him that it’s untrue? And is there any hope for Ari now that she’s fallen in love with Tom?


This was an okay paranormal romance, and I liked the idea of the Sary.

Ari was a sweet girl, and Tom was very dedicated to his studies, so much so that it took a while for him to really pay attention to Ari. It was sweet how she persisted in her duties to investigate Tom though, all the while falling in love with him. Ari’s housemates on the other hand weren’t very nice to her, and weren’t very supportive of her either which was a shame.

The storyline was okay, although I would have maybe liked a little more information of the Sarys and what they did. I thought that the romance between Ari and Tom was quite sweet, even if they both tried to fight it at first, and it was nice how their relationship almost mirrored that of Tom’s grandfather and grandmother.
I liked the way this book ended, and although it wasn’t maybe 100% what Tom and Ari would have wanted, at least they were happy.
Overall; an okay YA paranormal/angel romance story.
6.5 out of 10.


Book Blitz and Giveaway - First Kiss by Cindy M. Hogan

Book & Author Details:

First Kiss by Cindy M. Hogan 
(Confessions of a 16-Year-Old Virgin Lips #1) 
Publication date: July 3rd 2013 
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult 

Synopsis:
VL. Virgin Lips. You may not have heard of it, but where I live, it’s a thing with a card, even if it is a figurative card. I was Brooklyn Hill, certified virgin lips, and I planned on clinging to that figurative card with all I had—while dating as many of the hottest guys at school as I could.
Maybe that’s a bit strange. I mean, what teenage girl isn’t interested in kissing? Locking lips definitely interested me, but the drama that came with it didn’t. No kissing, no drama. Simple.
But on my sixteenth birthday, on my first real date even, the drama found me. His name was Luke Graham—cute, funny, and bad news for the whole female race.


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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Earthfall by Mark Walden

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss.
Earthfall
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The battle for mankind is about to begin in this riveting story of Earth’s invasion from the author of the H.I.V.E. series.

Sam awakens to see strange vessels gathered in the skies around London. As he stares up, people stream past, walking silently toward the enormous ships, which emit a persistent noise. Only Sam seems immune to the signal. Six months later, he is absolutely alone.

Or so he thinks. Because after he emerges from his underground bunker and is wounded by a flying drone, a hail of machine-gun fire ultimately reveals two very important truths: One, Sam is not, in fact, alone. And two, the drone injury should have killed him—but it didn’t.

With his home planet feeling alien and the future unstable and unclear, Sam must navigate a new world in this gripping adventure.



Earthfall by Mark Walden

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Earthfall(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss.)
Teenager Sam has been surviving alone for 18 months, since alien’s invaded and everybody turned into mindless zombies.
One day though Sam is approached by a couple of other kids, who also seem to have survived, and then take him to the place where they live – with a group of other kids underground, led by a scientist called Dr Stirling.
How is it that these kids haven’t been zapped by the aliens? How did they find Sam? And how can they fight back?


This book was a bit unbelievable, and I didn’t like the ending.

Sam was an okay character, although I thought that him talking to himself was the least of his worries having not seen another non-zombie human being in 18 months. I thought that he had done well to keep his spirits up for so long, all things considered.

I did have some trouble with the storyline in this book. I think it’s aimed at younger teens really, and they probably wouldn’t have the issues that I had with it, but even so, I’m going to point them out.
When Sam is rescued by these other kids, they clean him up a bit, teach him how to fire a gun, and five minutes later he’s a critical part of their anti-threat task force. I mean really? This happened way too quickly for me.

Then there was the issue of the other humans. Supposedly, the aliens used some sort of signal to control them, which turned them into mindless zombies. At one point though the kids go to Wembley stadium, and find it full of rows of lying down zombie humans, which they say must be where they store them. My question is; how do they keep them fed, watered, and clean? They can’t just have them lying there all the time or they’d all be dead within 3 days, yet there’s no mention of the aliens doing anything more than ‘storing’ them.

There were also a couple of other plot-holes like this that I came across that I don’t want to mention because of dropping spoilers. There were a couple of twists in the tale, but I guessed them quite early on unfortunately, and they really weren’t all that impressive when they were revealed.
I didn’t like the ending much either. It was like the author got bored and just decided to end the story. Basically as soon as they got some little victory over the aliens, we were given a sort of message of hope, and the book finished. The end. Not impressed really.
Overall; a less than exciting post-apocalyptic story, that was unbelievable, and didn’t have a very good ending.
4.5 out of 10.


Covet (The Clann #2) by Melissa Darnell


Covet (The Clann, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Dangerous to be together. Painful to be apart.Savannah Colbert knows she broke up with Tristan Coleman for the right reasons. Most of all, to keep from killing him with her new vampire abilities. But try telling her heart. Now, lost in a sea of hostile Clann faces, Sav tries to come to terms with what she's becoming and what that means for her future. And that someone is doing their best to bully her into making a terrible mistake.

Tristan can't believe Sav won't even talk to him. If being apart is her decision, fine. Just don't expect him to honor it. But even as he prepares to fight for the girl he loves, forces beyond their control take them both in directions neither could have foreseen or prepared for.

A reckoning is coming …and not everyone will survive.


Covet by Melissa Darnell

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars


Covet (The Clann, #2)(Source: Purchased on kindle from Amazon.co.uk.)
This is the second book in the ‘The Clann’ series, and kicks off where book 1 ‘Crave’ left off.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Crave’.**
Savanna has just promised the vampires that she will stop seeing Tristan, and is now travelling back home with him and her father, when she learns that her grandmother has been kidnapped by the Clann.
Can Savanna rescue her grandmother? Can she stay away from Tristan? And does anything actually happen in this book?


This book was just so slow it drove me nuts. It felt like 473 pages of nothing.

Savanna and Tristan spent 99% of this book apart, mainly because of Savanna’s promise that she wouldn’t be with him because of the risk to him, both from bloodlust and her succubus nature.
This made for a pretty boring book to be honest. There were some sweet moments where Tristan tried to convince Savanna how much he cared for her, and how much he wanted to be with her, but otherwise we got very little interaction between them.

The storyline in this book was just barely there! We had an initial surprise death, a lot of moaning about how they couldn’t be together, Savanna’s dad teaching her that she needed to drink blood now, then another surprise death, a little twist, and that was it. I mean out of 473 pages, it easily felt like 400 weren’t necessary! I just felt like nothing was happening, it dragged on and on and on, and still nothing was happening! I mean really! It wasn’t even that the story was bad, it was just non-existent! Talk about a case of second book syndrome. I seriously hope that the last book in the series actually has some action or I may fall into a boredom coma.

The last little twist at the end was okay, but I was so bored by that point that I was just glad that it was over. It also seemed like a really easy way for the author to make something happen, that might not have happened quite so easily had the circumstances not forced it to happen.
Overall; a really disappointing and boring second book in the series. What a waste of £5!
5 out of 10.


Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Steel Lily (The Periodic Series #1) by Megan Curd


Steel Lily (The Periodic Series, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
AVERY PIKE is a commodity. No, more than a commodity. Her existence is guarded at all costs.

She’s a water Elementalist, the strongest of her dwindling kind. She creates steam to provide energy to fuel Dome Four: the only thing standing between humanity and an earth ravaged by World War III. No steam, no Dome. No Dome, no life.

Or so she thinks.

That is, until a mysterious man offers her a way out of having to donate steam. A way to escape the corrupt government of Dome Four. While the offer seems too good to be true, Avery is intrigued.

But when she arrives to her new home, she realizes the grass isn’t any less dead on this side of the fence. Instead, the lies are just hidden better.

…Which means digging deeper.

When Avery enlists the help of her friends to uncover the truth, she learns that while some secrets are better left concealed, humankind was never meant to live in a cage. And when you can control the most sought after resource, you can learn to control anything…including the fate of your world.


Steel Lily by Megan Curd

My rating: 2.75 of 5 stars


Steel Lily (The Periodic Series, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Megan Curd.)
15-year-old Avery can control water and turn it into steam, a skill that is in demand in the dome in which she lives.
Orphaned and being taken care of by the government, Avery spends 3 days every week producing steam to power the dome where she lives, but she’s little more than a glorified slave, and sneaking away to visit her old friends in the traditionals sector lands her in trouble.

When a strange man turns up who has no need for an oxygen mask when the filtration system is off, Avery and her friend Alice go with him to another dome, where they think that things will be better. Little do they know that they’re just in for a different kind of trouble.
What really happened to Avery’s parents? Why doesn’t Jaxon need an oxygen mask when there’s little oxygen? And will life really be any better at another dome?


This book was okay, but the pace was just too slow for me, and I sort-of lost interest.

Avery was an okay character. She did what she needed to do, but she also seemed to get pushed around by people a lot. Admittedly a lot of the time she was being blackmailed or coerced into doing stuff, but she was pretty downtrodden. While I felt sorry for her and the situations she was in, I also wanted her to maybe fight back a little more than she did. She seemed to think that surviving alone wasn’t good enough, but I didn’t really see her doing anything to improve things. She just complained about it, quite a bit, and I got a bit sick of it.

The storyline in this book was okay, but for me it just felt like it took ages for anything to happen. The pace was so slow that I got really quite frustrated, and also pretty bored, and I had to force myself to keep reading unfortunately.
There was some action in this book, and there were threats and unexpected occurrences, but for some reason I just couldn’t get into the story. The story was written well, there weren’t any obvious plot holes, and the story was believable, so maybe this was just a case of wrong book, wrong person, but the story just dragged for me.
I did like the romance part of the storyline though. Jaxon was such a flirt and such a sweetie, and I liked Avery and Jaxon together. When we actually got some kisses between this pair it was really lovely, and I really wanted things to work out for them as a couple.

The ending of this one was okay, and I was glad that even though we had some casualties, we did get a happy ending. Unfortunately this wasn’t enough to redeem the story for me, and I don’t think I’ll be reading the next book in this series.
Overall; a slow paced YA dystopian/steampunk story, with a dash of romance.
5.5 out of 10.


Book Blitz and #Giveaway - Ruin by C.J. Scott

Sponsored post: This giveaway is sponsored by author C. J. Scott.


Book & Author Details:

Ruin by C.J. Scott
(A Summer in Winter Novel 1)
Publication date: August 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
Kate Bell isn’t perfect. Not even close. The things she got up to in college would cause her parents to fall off their pedestals in shock. Home for the summer vacation, Kate settles in for a long, boring break in the tiny backwater of Winter with folks who still treat her like she’s twelve.

Then Ben Parker arrives and suddenly Winter gets interesting. He’s hot, mysterious and good with his hands. Kate falls for him instantly, but her cop father warns her to stay away. But how can she stay away from someone as compelling as Ben? Someone who thinks she’s perfect just the way she is?

When Ben’s secrets catch up to him, not only is Kate’s heart in danger of being broken, but Ben’s entire future could be ruined.


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AUTHOR BIO
C.J. loves reading stories that take her away to another world. If she’s in the middle of an amazing book, she’ll keep reading while cooking or cleaning (when she can be bothered doing either).

She likes interesting artwork but can’t paint, sketch or make anything more complicated than a snowman from plasticine. She enjoys beautiful gardens but hates gardening. She also hates housework, cooking (see above) and writing about herself.

C.J. loves connecting with readers. The best place to interact with her and other fans is via her Facebook page. That’s where she posts teasers and other stuff from her books.

Author links:
Website / Goodreads / Facebook


ebook giveaway:


one (1) ebook copy of Ruin. Open internationally

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

My Favorite Mistake (My Favorite Mistake #1) by Chelsea M. Cameron

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin and Netgalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Two secrets. One bet. Who will break first?

Taylor Caldwell can't decide if she wants to kiss her new college roommate or punch him.

On the one hand, Hunter Zaccadelli is a handsome blue-eyed bundle of charm. On the other, he's a tattooed, guitar-playing bad boy. Maybe that's why Taylor's afraid of falling in love with him, or anyone else. She doesn't want to get burned, so she needs him gone before it's too late.

Hunter himself has been burned before, but Taylor's sexy laugh and refusal to let him get away with anything make her irresistible. Determined not to be kicked out of her life without a fight, Hunter proposes a bet: if she can convince him she either truly loves or hates him, he'll leave the apartment;and leave her alone.

But when the man behind Taylor's fear of giving up her heart resurfaces, she has to decide: trust Hunter with her greatest secret, or do everything in her power to win that bet and drive him away forever.


My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


My Favorite Mistake (My Favorite Mistake, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin and Netgalley.)
19-year-old Taylor is shocked when it seems that her new roommate for her sophomore year is going to be no other than a boy!!
Hunter is sexy as hell, and it’s obvious that he likes Taylor, but she has got no intentions of ever having a relationship with him, or even putting up with him as her roommate.

With accommodation services unhelpful, it looks like Taylor will have to just put up or shut up, but it’s not that easy with Hunter flirting with her all the time.
Is there any hope for Taylor and Hunter? Will she survive having him as a roommate? And what secret is Taylor hiding that makes her so against any kind of a relationship with a man?


This was an okay NA contemporary romance, but it just felt really long.

I can’t say that I really liked Taylor all that much in this book. I thought she was pretty harsh, made mountains out of mole hills, and if anything was a bit aggressive. I totally didn’t get why she had to be so nasty towards Hunter, and I really didn’t get why she kept insisting that she didn’t like him, even when she made it clear that she really did. She called him names, and was really quite vindictive, whilst all the time trying to get him to move out, which I thought was really not very nice of her.

The storyline in this book was alright, although I did wonder if the university would seriously expect a boy and girl to room together like that. I have a feeling that if they did they would be opening themselves up to possible lawsuits, so I’m not sure how realistic this aspect of the storyline really was.
It seemed quite obvious that both Hunter and Taylor had issues, but it just felt like it took forever for us to get any answers as to what was going on. For the best part of 80% of the book they just whined and moaned and argued with each other, and it got really old. I really don’t think we needed over 300 pages of their childish arguments and Taylor’s pretending not to even like Hunter, I had the picture well within the first 100 pages, and I really just wanted to know what was going on, and for Taylor and Hunter to actually have some sort of relationship with each other.
When the sex actually happened it was pretty good, and I was glad that Hunter and Taylor finally admitted their feelings for one another, although Taylor still seemed a bit reserved.
The ending to the story was okay, it just seemed to take a long time to get there, and the whole thing just felt like it went on for too long.
Overall; an okay NA contemporary romance, just a bit too long.
6.5 out of 10.


Book Blitz and #Giveaway - Captivated by Emily Jane Trent

 Sponsored post: This giveaway is sponsored by author Emily Jane Trent.


Book & Author Details:

Captivated by Emily Jane Trent
(Adam & Ella #1)
Genres: New Adult, Romance 

Synopsis:
Ella Walker, still suffering from issues of mental abuse, turns twenty-one and meets the man of her dreams. Can she break the bonds of her emotional prison and be the woman he desires? As an aspiring romance author, Ella struggles to find passion in her work. When Adam Bianci, the gorgeous Italian billionaire appears in her life, he lights up her drab existence. She’s determined not to let him slip through her grasp. But will his secrets and the tangled web of his own abuse keep them apart?


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AUTHOR BIO
Emily Jane Trent writes steamy romances about characters you’ll get to know and love. The sex scenes are hot, and the romance even hotter! If you are a fan of stories with a heroine that’s got spunk and a hunk of a hero that you’d like to take home with you, these stories are what you’re looking for. The stories will let you escape into a fantasy – and you won’t want it to end - ever.

Author links:
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6567624.Emily_Jane_Trent
Twitter:  http://www.Twitter.com/EmilyJaneTrent
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Giveaway:


one (1) ebook copy of Captivated. Open internationally. 

 

Book Blitz and Giveaway - Silver Heart by Victoria Green

 Sponsored post: This giveaway is sponsored by author Victoria Green.
Book & Author Details:

Silver Heart by Victoria Green
Publication date: July 25th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
There comes a moment in everyone's life when they must decide which road leads to personal happiness. For Dylan Silver, this is that moment...

For the past twenty-two-years, Dylan has been living in her parents' carefully crafted world, always putting her own dreams on hold to play the role of a dutiful daughter.

So when her best friend coaxes her into a winter getaway to a mountain cabin, she sees it as a chance to forget about the responsibilities waiting for her at home. At least for a little while.

But then her past catches up to her--in the form of sexy snowboarder, Sawyer Carter.

Six years ago, Dylan bid goodbye to the only boy she ever truly loved. Now he's standing right in front of her, bringing up bittersweet memories and igniting suppressed desires as he dares her to be the person she has always wanted to be.

Dylan and Sawyer's unexpected meeting is a second chance, but will a girl who doesn't believe in fate and taking risks be able to overcome her fears of losing control and finally embrace the life she desperately wants?

Only one thing is certain: after a week in Whistler, Dylan's world will never be the same.




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AUTHOR BIO
Victoria Green is a New Adult author who enjoys writing about unspoken love and second chances. She’s a travel junkie and a huge photography enthusiast. Her experience growing up a war-torn country has helped teach her the importance of living life to the fullest and appreciating every single day. She believes in true love, good chocolate, and great books. She lives in Canada with her high school sweetheart (though he's graduated to a fiancĂ© now) and their pack of puppies, and also writes Young Adult novels under a different name.

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Cover Reveal - Death is but a Dream by Erin Hayes



BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:

Death is but a Dream by Erin Hayes
Publication date: Fall, 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Mythology

Synopsis:
Caught between life and death, all Callie wants is to live again.

Homicide detective Callie Saunders knows that death isn’t all pearly gates and angels. After being hit by a bus, she finds that it's the ancient gods and goddesses of Greek mythology who are in charge of everything.

So when Hades offers her a deal, she accepts. If she wants to be brought back to life, she’ll have to figure out who is trying to kill his son. But if she fails, both her soul and the world will be destroyed.

With the odds mounting against her, it’ll take everything she has within her to wake up from death. But the rules are constantly changing. And someone wants her to stay dead.
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18269916-death-is-but-a-dream


AUTHOR BIO

Erin Gulyas is an advertising copywriter. Erin Hayes is her alter ego that writes book in her spare time. This is the blog of Erin Hayes.
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Monday, 26 August 2013

The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler


The Bookstore
Blurb (From Goodreads):
A witty, sharply observed debut novel about a young woman who finds unexpected salvation while working in a quirky used bookstore in Manhattan.Impressionable and idealistic, Esme Garland is a young British woman who finds herself studying art history in New York. She loves her apartment and is passionate about the city and her boyfriend; her future couldn’t look brighter. Until she finds out that she’s pregnant.

Esme’s boyfriend, Mitchell van Leuven, is old-money rich, handsome, successful, and irretrievably damaged. When he dumps Esme—just before she tries to tell him about the baby—she resolves to manage alone. She will keep the child and her scholarship, while finding a part-time job to make ends meet. But that is easier said than done, especially on a student visa.

The Owl is a shabby, second-hand bookstore on the Upper West Side, an all-day, all-night haven for a colorful crew of characters: handsome and taciturn guitar player Luke; Chester, who hyperventilates at the mention of Lolita; George, the owner, who lives on protein shakes and idealism; and a motley company of the timeless, the tactless, and the homeless. The Owl becomes a nexus of good in a difficult world for Esme—but will it be enough to sustain her? Even when Mitchell, repentant and charming, comes back on the scene?

A rousing celebration of books, of the shops where they are sold, and of the people who work, read, and live in them, The Bookstore is also a story about emotional discovery, the complex choices we all face, and the accidental inspirations that make a life worth the reading.


My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

The Bookstore(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Gallery Books and Edelweiss.)
20-something Esme from England is living in a studio apartment in New York while she does her PhD in Art History at Columbia University when she finds out that she is pregnant.
Callously dumped by her boyfriend because the sex wasn’t good, Esme decides to not even both telling him about the baby, but unfortunately he finds out anyway and tries to talk her into an abortion, which Esme doesn’t want.
How far will boyfriend Mitchell go to try and get his way? Can Esme sway him into keeping the baby and being a real family? And is a job at a small bookstore just what she needs?


I don’t even know where to start with this book, it was just bizarre.

The Charaters:
Esme was such a sucker it was ridiculous. How many times can a man be a total eejit and you still love him and want him? How many times do you keep going back for more?
Mitchell was an absolute turd. If it wasn’t bad enough that he dumped Esme because the sex was bad, he then kept trying to talk her into an abortion, and then got his father to try to bribe her into an abortion. Never mind that he then tried to talk her into a threesome, in fact had already set it up when she was 6 months pregnant and had never wanted a threesome in the first place.
The people who came into the bookshop were also pretty certifiable. It was like you had to be a few sandwiches short of a picnic to even make it in the door. This was including, but not limited to the weird woman who threatened to complain to the town hall because they had a stuffed owl in the shop (called ‘The Owl’), and she was ‘breathing in dead owl dust’.

The storyline:
I’m not going to even start on this, instead I’ll just share with you my status updates on Goodreads, which kind of speak for themselves:

7% - she propositions her boyfriend and he tells her he's busy? Time to get a new boyfriend.

8% - she masturbates with a toothbrush? not sure I needed to know that.

10% - she doesn't want sex so he says she can give him a blow job instead?

14% - what an arse wipe.

19% - because everyone wants to hire someone who doesn't have a work visa and is pregnant.

26% - a homeless guy tells her to go to a deli 5 blocks away and that she should eat in, and she doesn't suspect that leaving the bookshop with him might be a bad idea? That he might just rob the place?

37% - So now her "friends" are telling her that she must have gotten pregnant on purpose because there's no such thing as an accident? Nice friends you've got there love.

42% - This bloke is just unbelievable. After trying to trick her into getting an abortion and pressuring her repeatedly, he now pops the question in a crowded restaurant?
Please don't tell me that she says yes!

43% - She said yes. Has she learned nothing?

43% - And now he's moaning about the fact that she wants a sip of wine. It might hurt the baby - the baby that he wanted aborted, and still doesn't really want.

46% - What the hell is wrong with running a cupcake business?

54% - He thinks she should be playing beach volleyball whilst pregnant?

64% - Now his father is trying to bribe her into getting an abortion!

65% - "Such a pretty name, where did you get it?"
Don’t most people get named by their parents at birth? She didn't exactly buy it at Wal-Mart!

73% - She has an awful lot of caffeine for a pregnant woman.

84% - She's six months pregnant and he's trying to talk her into a threesome?!

85% - I think he just told her that loving her makes him contemplate suicide! What a charming man.

88% - Now he's breaking up with her because the relationship is hollow? It's hollow because he is hollow! She's better off without him. What an ass wipe.

88% - "I don't even particularly like you."
Well he liked her enough to get her pregnant!"

89% - And she's still trying to talk him in to marrying her. What is wrong with her?

95% - Well at least she's breastfeeding.

I can honestly say that this book was just strange. I just didn’t get it at all. Mitchell deserved to be strung up, and Esme needed her head testing for continuing to chase him and go along with his plans.

I don’t think I’d recommend this to anybody, it wasn’t even funny, and this ‘family’ that she’s supposed to have made at the bookstore was just a bunch of nutters who all hung around the same place, and didn’t mind too much when a homeless man stole from them. I mean seriously?

If you want to read some women’s fiction, I’d suggest Jodi Picoult or Jane Green, and suggest you steer well clear of this. Oh, and if you’re wondering, the baby was a girl, let’s hope she’s got more sense than her mother.
Overall; a strange women’s fiction story, that wasn’t even funny.
5 out of 10.


Cover Reveal - After the Fall (Broken Angel #2) by L.G. Castillo



BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:

After the Fall by L.G. Castillo
(Broken Angel #2)
Publication date: September 15th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis:There’s a Spanish proverb that says, “From the thorn and the pain, a flower is born.” Naomi Duran never really understood what that meant until she became an archangel.

Finally reunited with the love of her life, Naomi thought she had everlasting love and happiness in Heaven. Even with the rebellious Lash by her side, she learns that life as an archangel isn’t easy.

When secrets of the past are finally revealed, tempers flare, brother is pitted against brother, and Naomi and Lash face the greatest threat to their relationship: choosing among love, family, or duty.

In the end, can this family of broken angels forgive past mistakes, or will they carry the thorn in their hearts forever, ripping their family apart?


AUTHOR BIO

L.G. (Linda) Castillo wrote her first story when she was ten and has been writing ever since. She took a break from writing fiction and poetry to focus on obtaining her Ph.D. in counseling psychology. She is now a licensed psychologist and currently works as a professor at a Texas university. Although she has published her psychological research in several professional journals and books, her dream has always been to publish a novel. Lash is her debut novel and was written during the 2012 National Novel Writing Month event.
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