Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Review: Henge

About the book:
Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.

Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.

Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.

But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.

Realm Lovejoy’s modern Arthurian series features one of literature’s most complicated and powerful female figures. Henge is the first book in the LE FAY series, and—like Morgan le Fay’s magic—it is sure to dazzle and amaze.

My Thoughts:
Oh. My. Gosh. Eeep! This book was so freakin' fantastic and I LOVED it!

First off, I love anything Arthurian-legend. I also have an obsession with the show Merlin, which was a huge problem reading this because I tried to put the characters to the actors and fit them to personalities and yeah. That didn't work. But I've also read Howard Pyle's original story of Arthur and I liked it a lot. So this was a story I couldn't pass up, as you can probably tell from how many times it's been on the blog so far.

I think one of my very favorite things about Henge is that we are in Morgan's point of view. She tells the story (by the way, she's a wonderful story-teller). I like how it works out, because the whole time, I could only think about how Morgana ends up being Arthur's doom. And I just couldn't see that through Morgan. Until the story progressed. And I LOVE how Realm shows Morgan's struggles to remain kind and friendly when her dreams are being ripped away. I love how we go through and see reasons why Morgan changed. And I like seeing her before. The ending almost killed me because of what it did to her. But I still loved it.

Merlin. Oh, Merlin. Merlin, Merlin, Merlin, Merlin. If I type his name more, maybe he'll show up. Because I'd like that. Merlin. Okay, fine, it won't work. But Merlin is seriously awesome. For one, he's portrayed as the perfect teenager who literally is just perfection. But as we get to know him, we realize he is not completely perfect. He has flaws. But he is also pretty confident, so usually we don't see the flaws. He starts to care for Morgan, which I totally ship, but then he does stuff she hates but it's for her own good and yeah, they have a friendship-fall-out. Sadness. But Merlin is simply amazing and I want him as a friend.

I'm just so happy with the twist on such a classic. This is modern-day, and the world knows about Camelot, which is just sitting in the middle of the U.K. To get into Camelot, teenagers audition using their magic and are judged. The top users are drafted in. Of course Morgan makes it, and then we get to see how Camelot is. It's definitely more modern, but I can just picture it in my head. Morgan is shooting for the spot of Arthur's right-hand man, the Maven. Camelot picks the top student for the job. Arthur is also only thirteen, so a very impressionable teenager. I like that twist. It's cute, but it gives the story a lot of room to develop him.

Whoa I did not see the antagonist coming. No spoilers, but whoa. Huge surprise. That went crazy. I can't say any more without giving it away.

The only problem I had was the very beginning was rushed. The first few chapters, especially when Morgan was at home. I wanted to get more of a feel for the story before plunging headfirst into it. There was a part with her father that was so fast, and I wanted to feel out the relationship more. Because that particular scene would not have been over so quickly.

I definitely recommend this to anyone and everyone and I need the sequel right now. ASAP. It's not in my hands yet. This could be a problem.

I was going to give this a 4.5 because of the slight rushing, but as I wrote this, I realized I can't do anything under 5. The rushing wasn't distracting to me and I thoroughly enjoyed the story as it was. I have to go find myself a paperback. I cannot live with only an ebook.

5 stars

About the Author:

Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at www.realmlovejoy.com

~Ashley

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Review: Ruined

Ruined by Marian Cheatham 
Publication date: July 2014 

Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:
When your life has been ruined by lies, do you seek justice … or revenge?

Blythe Messina spends her senior year focused on her studies and college, and not on her ex, Stratford High’s lacrosse star, DB Whitmore. At least, that’s what Blythe keeps telling herself. But her younger cousin, Bonni, knows otherwise. Same goes for DB, who professes to be over Blythe and their breakup, but his teammates aren’t fooled.

When scandalous photos of Bonni and the lacrosse captain are texted around Stratford, Bonni’s virtuous reputation is ruined. She pleads innocence, but no one believes her. No one, except Blythe and DB, who come together to uncover the truth. But, will they stay together?

Ruined is a modern twist on a classic Shakespearean romance.

“Deceit, loyalty, honor, and romance–Ruined has it all! A teen version of Much Ado About Nothing that Shakespeare aficionados are sure to savor!”
Kym Brunner, Author of Wanted: Dead or in Love & One Smart Cookie



Okay, so I really wanted to like this book. Really. I love the summary and the influence from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, which I actually haven't read. I was hoping to read it after this and compare.

Nope. I'm a bit disappointed, really. The story itself is not bad. Not bad at all. I like the high school setting and the scandal and how DB and Blythe work together again to help Bonni. I even like the romance included.

I just don't like the characters' voices. DB is way too enthusiastic about everything and he's also the stereotypical teenage jock, with the cocky mind and everything. For the first few chapters, he just tells people he's over Blythe but keeps thinking about how hot she is. It gets rather old. Blythe, on the other hand, is also stereotyped like crazy. She's the classic volunteer-my-time good-girl who is dead-set on impressing DB, though she says she isn't into him anymore. I got tired of the denying thing right away, especially since we are in their minds and know the truth. Maybe they could deny it to themselves, too, and make everything less obvious, or even deny it to their friends less often. The other jocks are stereotyped, as is everyone else.

I kept putting this book down, though I really didn't want to dislike it. I tried hard to keep reading but I can't force myself through the voices. They are the representation of a pet peeve of mine. If you don't mind very cliche characters, then you should seriously try this book. It has a great plot and good reasons behind everything.

2.5 stars

~Ashley

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Blog Tour: Review: Fairy Tale in New York






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Fairy Tale in New York by Nicky Wells

New York. A restaurant near Park Avenue. It’s early evening, and dusk is falling. So is the snow. Jude and Carrie are only killing time while they wait for their flight to London. They don’t know yet that their life will never be the same.

When rock star Jude gets stranded in New York with his family on Christmas Eve, he has no idea that he is setting in motion a chain of events that will turn their Christmas into the most magical one yet…

No good deed goes unpunished, or so it seems to Jude and Carrie on the morning of the twenty-fourth of December. The previous day, they gave up their London-bound flights to someone in crisis. And now, a spectacular whiteout is grounding all planes, and Jude, Carrie, and baby Maya are stuck far from home.

Tired, hungry, and just a little panicked, Jude loads his family into a cab and returns to their hotel. But there’s no room at the inn, and not even a platinum credit card will make a difference. Snow is falling heavily, and the family is facing a very bleak night indeed.

How do you celebrate Christmas with no place to stay, no food, and no presents? Join Jude, Carrie, Maya and a cast of colourful characters in this fairy tale story of Yuletide in New York.

Fairy Tale in New York is now available in Kindle and paperback editions from all Amazon domains, including: Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com

My Thoughts:
Okay, I really really like this novella. I'm pretty much a fan of anything Christmas-y, so this was perfect. I loved the Christmas spirit and the Christmas cheer. I also love the setting. It's set in New York City during the holidays. One day, I want to do that. I think it's nice to have Jude and his family be British people in America. I suppose it's an extremely common scenario, so this is really realistic. I also like the note in the beginning saying the characters will be british no matter what. And they are. I like how they keep their personalities. Can I be more like Jude? I honestly do not know if I would give up my much-needed plane ticket. I suppose the reason was awesome, but still. Jude is just a good guy and he and his family all make pretty good decisions. I like the karma/good deeds going on. Jude does something good and gets something good in return. He also gets to learn more about Christmas and having fun rather than receive gifts.‏

I think this is a really cute short story and it is perfect for Christmas. You definitely need to read this before your holidays.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Spirits Of Christmas by Nicky Wells

Spirits of Christmas: A Rock’n’Roll Christmas Carol

At one time, up-and-coming rock singer Jude had it all: a great band, a platinum record, a loving girlfriend. This Christmas, however, he is well down the road towards spontaneous self-destruction.

Unwitting at first, Jude has progressively alienated his band and driven away the love of his life. Tonight, the night before Christmas Eve, he has broken the final taboo during a disastrous gig. Yet Jude doesn’t see how badly his life has derailed, not until a ghostly procession of legends passes through his bedroom with a series of vivid and powerful wake-up calls.

Will the Spirits help Jude put the friendship, love, and rock music back into his Christmas?

Spirits of Christmas is a modern-day rock’n’roll adaption of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. This novella will enchant romance readers, rock lovers, fans of ghost stories, and everybody who adores the festive season.

Amazon UK : Amazon.com

About Nicky Wells 


About Nicky Wells: Romance that Rocks Your World!

Ultimate rock chick author Nicky Wells writes romance with rock stars—because there’s no better romantic hero than a golden-voiced bad boy with a secret soft heart and a magical stage presence!

Nicky’s books offer glitzy, glamorous romance with rock stars—imagine Bridget Jones ROCKS Notting Hill! If you’ve ever had a crush on any kind of celebrity, you’ll connect with Nicky’s heroes and their leading ladies.

Born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993 and currently lives in Lincoln with her husband and their two boys. Nicky loves listening to rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When she’s not writing, she’s a wife, mother, occasional knitter, and regular contributor at Siren 107.3 FM with her own monthly show. Rock on!

Nicky’s books: Sophie’s Turn | Sophie’s Run | Sophie’s Encore | Spirits of Christmas | Fallen for Rock | Fairy Tale in New York

Join Nicky: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Romantic Novelists’ Association | Sapphire Star Publishing | Amazon | Goodreads | Pinterest | Google+

Did you know? There’s a single out now by Nicky’s fictional rock band Tuscq come to life! “Love Me Better” is available for download from Amazon, iTunes and many other places.


~Ashley



Review: War Kids


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HJ Lawson

When Jada wakes up in a hospital, the last thing she thinks is that her life has completely changed forever. But when the very real civil war forces her to flee from every open space, she must use the firearm skills her father taught her to reunite with him and protect herself.

Armed with a single gun and a key to an unknown locker, Jada crosses Syria on a journey with a group of children called the Fearless Freedom Fighters.

With the leader, Zak, they mount a plan to rescue their fathers while they try to cope with the merciless murders of their families. As Jada and Zak lead the group together, love blossoms, but with soldiers hot on their tail, they need to stay vigilant in the face of war.

War Kids is a story about the Syrian Civil war through the eyes of a group of teenagers.

My Thoughts:
Whoa oh my gosh this turned out incredible.
-first off, there are chapter titles. Not as fun as the Percy Jackson ones, but very agreeing with the character, Jada, and the story. I personally am a huge fan of chapter titles so this pleases me.
-the opening scene in general was crazy good. With all the death an the soldiers and the destruction, I really liked it all. Jada is freaking out, understandably, ad she has to escape a room full of dead bodies and hazards. The scene is very well-written and broken down perfectly. The author definitely knows how to hook a reader.
-this book is very well-written, with a taste for well-chosen verbs and nouns in particular. Everything makes you think, makes you feel, makes you see, even while you are enjoying a story.
-this is my only negative: sometimes there isn't enough description. In certain scenes, Jada was in a certain room or something that was important but it wasn't really described. Always always always use way too much description and then cut the unnecessary. But for War Kids, it wasn't distracting, it was actually pretty rare. Just a few instances.
-I love the point. Enough said.

This is an awesome survival story that takes its rightful place among those of today. Everyone who loves a dystopian should read this.

Rating: 4.5 stars

~Ashley

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Blog Tour: Review: Forbidden

Welcome to my stop on the Forbidden blog tour! Well doesn't that just sound fascinating? I'm really excited to be a part; I have had my copy sitting at home without time to read it for way too long now. I actually met Kimberley, as well, so it's been painful not having time before now. But I don't want to give it all away!
Forbidden


 Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little 

In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart. Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying. With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself. Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together.


  Praise for Forbidden *STARRED* Review, ALA BOOKLIST ". . . At its core, this is a romance, with all the push and pull that goes along with impossible love, and Little elevates the story by creating a perilous landscape, both outward and inward, as Jayden must deal with the hardship of desert life as well as her own desires." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL "This is a fast-paced, entertaining choice which will appeal to fans of historical fiction and romance." "Lush, lyrical, romantic. Forbidden transports readers into a vividly imagined place and time." --Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author "The harsh beauty of the deserts of ancient Mesopotamia come to life in Forbidden, with beautiful descriptions that will make you crave water and check for sand in your clothes. Your heart will break as you root for Jayden to triumph over the many struggles that threaten to tear her world apart, and the ending will leave you thirsting for more!" --Sara B. Larson, author of Defy  

EXCERPT: 

The night was starkly beautiful under a canopy of jeweled stars. I savored my moments of freedom, which were marred by the realization that it was dripping away day by day. The sizzle of coffee beans roasting in the skillet floated across the still air. Cups clinked on a tray as my father passed them around the circle. The aroma of roasted brew spiced with cardamom seeped into the night. As I tried to slip past, Horeb’s eyes caught mine. Firelight flickered over his face, outlining his jaw and wind-tangled black hair. He was devastatingly handsome just as all the girls said, but his lips curled into a smile that sent shudders down my spine. Horeb’s glance lingered on my body, settling not on my face, but lower, as if he was undressing me right there on the dirt path. His eyes locking onto mine, Horeb rose from the circle of men. I jerked around, breaking off his stare. Walking faster, I turned the corner of the tent just as his arm reached out to stop me. “So, little cousin,” Horeb said. “Have you been enjoying the betrothal ceremony? Tell me, are the women telling stories of marital relations?” My breath caught like a thorn in my throat. The women’s ceremonies were not discussed with any male—only inside the privacy of a marriage bed. “You shouldn’t be saying these things to me,” I said. Running his fingers down my arm, Horeb continued to study me. “There are many things I’d like to say to you, Jayden. Do to you.” There used to be a time when my throat pounded every time Horeb turned my direction. A time when he was growing into those big, dark eyes and that hard, muscular body. Moments when I wanted to touch his thick, black hair, or run my finger along his jaw to discover what a boy’s skin felt like with a newly growing beard. But now that I was sixteen, and he twenty, his stares made me uneasy. My heart still pounded, but not from love. And I wasn’t sure what it was or what to call it. 



My Thoughts:

  • Whew! This book was seriously a breath of fresh air! I'm in the midst of studying for finals and anything else life throws my way, but I put everything aside so that I could read this. It's extremely well-written. Perfect amount of description without telling too much. It's also so easy to keep up with. 
  • I'm blown away by the research put into this book. When I talked to Kimberley, she said she had done a lot, but I guess I didn't realize just how much. This is set in the ancient Mesopotamian lands and follows a young tribal girl. We get to see the different tribes, relationships, daily life, and just anything that is important to the time. It makes this book that much better by having so much based in fact.
  • Camels. I absolutely love the camels, if only because it makes it more interesting to talk about. When I started reading, I laughed out loud and was asked why. They just got more confused when I answered with 'camels'. 
  • Can I say I love the characters? I think I can. And I do. I love Kadesh (sigh), and Jayden is really awesome. I love reading through her POV and I can really get a sense of her character through her mind, especially the part she doesn't show to the outside world. Kadesh is...well, he's Kadesh. He's oh-so-perfect but he is flawed, as well. Which makes him more perfect. I like his attitude and lifestyle and what he brings to the table. I like him in general.
  • The romance in seriously adorable. I've just been sitting around dying to find out what happens with it. It definitely has that find-out urge. It's really sweet how Kadesh acts toward Jayden and vice versa. And how he speaks to her? Awwww. I also like Horeb being a romantic character. Only in the sense that he is supposed to be a romantic interest, not because he's actually romantic. JayDen goes through and figures out just how much she dislikes her betrothed, but he adds a central conflict because her betrothal cannot be broken.
  • I couldn't put this book down! All week I've been sitting in my classes, casually trying to pick up my book and read!
  • I have to say, I'm SO pleased with how Forbidden turned out. Even though I had to wait for so long, I'm not disappointed even in the slightest. This is worth the wait and a thousand more, as long as I can get to it before I die. 
Rating: 5 stars


Author Kimberley Griffiths Little
Award-winning author Kimberley Griffiths Little was born in San Francisco, but now lives in New Mexico on the banks of the Rio Grande with her husband and their three sons. Her middle-grade novels, When the Butterflies Came, The Last Snake Runner, The Healing Spell, and Circle of Secrets, have been praised as “fast-paced and dramatic,” with “beautifully realized settings.” Kimberley adores anything old and musty with a secret story to tell. She’s stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland; sailed the Seine in Paris; ridden a camel in Petra, Jordan; shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul; and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.
 
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~Ashley

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Blog Tour: Spotlight: Degrees of Losing


Degrees of Losing 
by Shan Purcell

What would life be like if you could recall every detail of your entire life? Casey has hyperthymesia, a rare condition which means that she has perfect recollection of her past, a burden which imprisons her in her memories. There is no joy in the present, no thought of the future; only the inescapable past playing constantly in her mind. Then one day she meets Joe, a man without a past. Or is he? Together they find a present, which has the potential to save them both but also forces them to confront a future that challenges their love of life and each other. Degrees of Losing is a story about love and loss, memory and time, and what it means to be somebody.

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About Shan Purcell



Shan Purcell was born in Sydney, and raised in Perth, Western Australia from the age of one. She attended St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School, before studying Psychology at the University of Western Australia.

Shan moved to North West of the UK in 2002. She completed a Masters degree in Marketing at the University of Salford in 2005 and has been working in marketing in the education sector since then. Shan, 37, now lives in Hale in Greater Manchester with her partner and her dog, Gizmo.

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~Ashley

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Blog Tour: Review: Waiting for Perfect

In the wake of an attempted date rape, high school senior Kendra Voss receives hope from two unlikely heroes, who happen to be cousins.

After Nicolás Veneto rescues the popular Kendra Voss at a party, his long-time feelings for her reignite. But the socially awkward Nick can’t ever seem to find the right words to tell her so, and instead, seems to push her away with his persistence in trying to have her press charges against her attacker.

Nick's playboy cousin Sebastian Veneto, however, is a master with the opposite sex and is used to getting what he wants. After unwittingly helping Kendra at her most vulnerable, he discovers that his feelings for her go beyond his usual lust.

Kendra is caught between the two, the elusive artist and his dangerous cousin, both of whom are pulling her through the difficult aftermath of her near-rape in his own unique way. In the meantime, she tries to avoid the boy who attacked her, deal with rumors at school, and move on with her life.

Waiting for Perfect is a story about facing the unexpected events that force us to grow up and is told through the alternating, memorable voices of Kendra, Nick, and Sebastian.

Amazon: www.amazon.com/Waiting-Perfect-Kelli-Kretzschmar-ebook/dp/B00O3253UI

My Thoughts

  • The style of writing is so nice. It's perfect for sounding like it's coming from a teenage girl, but not annoying in the slightest. It also is easy to read and flows.
  • The first chapter is a little slow. There is way too much background in it when I would really just like to be hooked. Infuse the background into the story later; grab my attention now.
  • Aw, the romance is so so cute! I really like both boys, and Kendra. I like how everything is written-not extremely sappy but not just hey either.
  • I like the characters. They give me nice feelings. They just act so realistically and perform how they should.
  • Thank you for treating the topic with respect. Date rape is a serious problem and should be treated as such, no matter the medium. This wasn't written to make it seem okay; it was written and shows that it's bad. I like how it isn't treated lightly-it got the attention and recognition it deserves.
Rating: 4 stars


Kelli Kretzschmar
Kelli Kretzschmar graduated with a BA in Psychology from California State University of Long Beach. She works full time as a marketing manager and writes for enjoyment. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband, three children, a wild Labrador named Tyson, and a corn snake named Abigail. When she's not at the office or spending time with her family, she enjoys writing, reading contemporary fiction, learning new things, running, and her most recent passion, practicing Krav Maga.

Website: www.kellikretzschmar.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KelliKretzschmarAuthor

Email: kellikretzschmar@gmail.com


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~Ashley

Monday, December 8, 2014

Blog Tour: Review: Who R U Really?

who are youWho R U Really? by Margo Kelly Thea's overprotective parents are driving her insane. They invade her privacy, ask too many questions, and restrict her online time so severely that Thea feels she has no life at all. When she discovers a new role-playing game online, Thea breaks the rules by staying up late to play. She's living a double life: on one hand, the obedient daughter; on the other, a girl slipping deeper into darkness. In the world of the game, Thea falls under the spell of Kit, an older boy whose smarts and savvy can't defeat his loneliness and near-suicidal despair. As Kit draws soft-hearted Thea into his drama, she creates a full plate of cover stories for her parents and then even her friends. Soon, Thea is all alone in the dark world with Kit, who worries her more and more, but also seems to be the only person who really "gets" her. Is he frightening, the way he seems sometimes, or only terribly sad? Should Thea fear Kit, or pity him? And now, Kit wants to come out of the screen and bring Thea into his real-life world. As much as she suspects that this is wrong, Thea is powerless to resist Kit's allure, and hurtles toward the same dark fate her parents feared most. Ripped from a true-life story of Internet stalking, Who R U Really? will excite you and scare you, as Thea's life spins out of control.
  Praise for the book: "Kelly's first novel is a suspenseful page-turner with multiple suspects, a little bit of romance, and a strong but not overbearing message." --Kirkus Reviews "Suspenseful novel that's guaranteed to give readers goosebumps--particularly as events heat up toward the end. A good choice for families to read together." --School Library Journal "Who R U Really? is a fantastically creepy book that is surprisingly realistic and totally engrossing.... Once I opened it, I couldn't close it. Who R U Really is a satisfyingly unique YA thriller that left me guessing up until almost the very last page.... This book is very realistic and I really enjoyed the writing style." --Tempest Books "Based on actual events, the story should be required reading for all teens." --VOYA Magazine  

My Thoughts:
  • I'm really so so pleased with this book. I knew I wanted to read it right when I heard about it, but I didn't know I'd get a chance to. But I did and I LOVE that it's inspired by true events. It's very important that this is widely read.
  • I absolutely loved the suspense. It was written well and kept me guessing until the very end. It upsets me, though, because so many people act suspicious in this, but only one is the true predator. That means the others are just really suspicious.
  • I like Tim and Janie. They are really awesome best friends and excellent supporting characters. Though Janie's story was a bit distracting from the main plot.
  • I like how Thea starts to wonder if this is right. It shows she isn't dumb and she also knows she is going behind her parents' backs with Kit. 
What I didn't like:
  • The first quarter of the book was slightly dull to me. Thea finds a guy online and they have a sappy romance. The remaining is incredible, so well-paced with the perfect amount of suspense.
  • Thea annoyed me with her ignorance for the longest time. Kit drops hints that he is stalking her and she just ignores them until the very end. I get why she does, especially in this story, but that really made it hard for me to like the main character.
Rating: 4.5 stars


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Margo KellyAuthor Margo Kelly Margo Kelly is a native of the Northwest and currently resides in Idaho. A veteran public speaker, she is now actively pursuing her love of writing. Who R U Really? is her first novel. Margo welcomes the opportunities to speak to youth groups, library groups, and book clubs.












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Thanks to Kathy for putting me on this tour and a huge thanks to Margo for sending me my copy!!

~Ashley

Friday, December 5, 2014

Blog Tour: Review: Ruination


Ruination 
(Worlds Apart #1) by Amanda Thome
Release Date: 04/15/14

Summary from Goodreads:


What if everything came down to a single test? If your life was defined at seventeen, could you handle it? Could you accept your fate leaving the ones you love, or would you risk it all and stay? One test stands between Vanessa and Central. One chance to make the leap across the walls to a better life. At seventeen, Central considers Vanessa an adult. Her labor role, marriage, and housing divisions will be dictated by her performance on the leap. Dedication and unfaltering friendship has bonded Vanessa to Garrett as they fight for their chance to leap into Central. But what happens when love overtakes reason? When defiance in the name of love creates an unintentional fracture in their nation. Without warning Vanessa is at the mercy of the nation that’s supposed to protect her. Exiled and abandoned she must fight but she finds she’s not alone. With her heart divided she seeks her revenge, but will her stand be enough? Ruination is the next YA dystopian trilogy that will hook you from the start! If you liked Veronica Roth's Divergent series or Suzanne Collins Hunger Games series then be prepared to get addicted to Ruination.

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My Thoughts:

  • I love love love the synopsis. And the pacing of the plotline. I like this story, I really do. It's great and I'm so pleased with the way it turned out. I definitely was hooked and now I get to wait for book 2.
  • Relationships, oh how cute they are. No matter the friendship/romance/anything, I always think they should be well-written and contribute to the story. The one between Vanessa and Garrett does. Yay!
  • I really like the dystopian feel. Or not necessarily feel, but just the dystopia in general. The genre is wonderful if the writer does well. And Amanda does. She makes this book marvelous. She has also showed me great ways to improve my own dystopian writing, though she doesn't know. Her passion shows through the pages and I'm just completely satisfied.
  • I like how this is written. The diction and style is clear and pleasant, without getting too bogged down in details. It just reads very well, with a bunch of flow.
  • I've never loved a debut cover more. 
Rating: 4.5 stars


About the Author 

Amanda Thome is the Author of Ruination, book one in the Worlds Apart dystopian trilogy. Amanda grew up in Maine and later moved to Pennsylvania where she obtained her bachelor’s degree from Ursinus College. She later received her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University. Amanda currently resides in San Antonio, TX with her husband Clint.

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~Ashley

Blog Tour: Review: Feast of Fates


Feast of Fates
Four Feasts Till Darkness

Book One
Christian A. Brown
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Date of Publication: September 9, 2014


Book Description:

"I am a new woman. A new creature. I am myself, and yet so different."

Magic and destiny collide in Christian A. Brown's breathtaking debut novel, Feast of Fates.

Together known as the Sisters Three, Eean, the hand of fate, Elemech, the reader of fate, and Ealasyd, the spinner of fate, foresee a war between the Immortal Kings--and only one girl who can stop it.

Morigan lives a quiet life as the handmaiden to a fatherly old sorcerer named Thackery. But when she crosses paths with Caenith, a not wholly mortal man, her world changes forever. Their meeting sparks long buried magical powers deep within Morigan. As she attempts to understand her newfound abilities, unbidden visions begin to plague her--visions that show a devastating madness descending on one of the Immortal Kings who rules the land.

With Morigan growing more powerful each day, the leaders of the realm soon realize that this young woman could hold the key to their destruction. Suddenly, Morigan finds herself beset by enemies, and she must master her mysterious gifts if she is to survive.

Available at Amazon and Createspace Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/8E_RVXgpqB8

Excerpt from Chapter 2

It was quite a jog from King’s Crown to Fates Row, the modest, middle-class district where Caenith lived on the outskirts of the Faire of Fates, and Morigan took an earthbound carriage for part of the trip. She wasn’t a spendthrift and saved almost all of what she worked for, as Mifanwae had taught, but the urge to see the smith again was a weight as heavy as stone, drawing her in his direction. Her unburdening to Thule and his approval emboldened her further, for he was a father and friend—the only one she had, lonely as that might seem—and his opinions were valued. Never did she forget the cautious side of his encouragement, however, of his unusual but apt warnings of a wolf. The more she dwelled on the idea, the more she found that a wolf was a fitting match for Caenith’s character: wild, noble, and dangerous.

Once settled with her fare, she was deposited amid squat white houses and tall white shops, with roofs that glittered in the early evening light and streets filled with weary working folk headed home for the day or into noisy taverns, of which more than a few were around. Caenith’s house, she remembered, was in quieter environs a few blocks ahead. She stayed off the road and along the path, asking strangers to pardon her as she strode at a hastened pace.

Slow down. Get a hold of your wits or lose your knickers, like Thule said. I’m paraphrasing, but still, she warned herself. She didn’t know much about men. She had kissed a few, groped some of the hardness that they kept behind their trousers, but wasn’t impressed by much of it. In recent years, she had given up on courtship entirely, for men weren’t interested in courtship with handmaidens living in less respectable neighborhoods, even though she was sure that they had other uses in mind for her. Perhaps that was what intrigued her about Caenith so much, his biding patience or surety. She knew that he desired her in a ravenous way, and yet she felt none of the frantic insistence that her other suitors had expressed toward her. None of that childlike need.

You say that, but let’s see how he behaves tonight. This whole thing is silly. You’re acting as if you know this man when you spent maybe an hourglass with him. Therein was the rub: that for a stranger, it seemed as if she knew him so intimately. Or felt as if she grasped the most fundamental aspects of him: honor, bestial pride, and the beauty and destruction of a wild rapid. All that remained was to mine out the details. Why do I trust you? Of all the men I have met, only Thule has earned that right through burying my mother’s body with me, through sheltering me when I was alone. What right have you to command my trust as you do, Caenith? What right?

She proceeded down the lane with a fury in her step, her riding cloak billowing, her dark skirt sweeping the ground like a black ghost. She was a startling vision to those who saw her, and they moved out of her way as if she was a mad but exquisite queen. A few roughnecks, red in the cheeks and leering from a tavern porch, did not heed her stormy expression and whistled at her from their chairs. Pigs! she hissed with such righteous indignation that the fools pouted into their ales, feeling as if the Everfair Queen herself had shamed them. Night was hungry for the day, and sterling lamplights, their starry magik trapped in hanging glass spheres, were winking on alongside the lane. She arrived at Caenith’s run-down property even angrier from the catcalls, stomped up the stairs, and went to knock on the door. It was wrenched open before her knuckles touched the wood. There was the smith.

Some civility had found its way into his comportment this evening, though he wore it awkwardly, like an animal stuffed into clothing, and haphazardly, as if he had just dressed himself and not with great success. His highwayman’s shirt was a mess: its laces loose, a sleeve up, the other down, and the hem half tucked into trousers. The boots she recalled from yesterday. He wore a plain ebony ribbon in his hair, which was pulled back from his face. While he had certainly made the effort to be more trimmed than yesterday, she could only call him shorn, not shaved—she didn’t think he could ever be stripped to less than stubble. Still, he was no less disarming or enticing with his cologne of steel, sweat, and the deeper aromas of woods and silky fur, and what portions of his sinewy strength burst against his clothing took the remainder of her focus. She found herself completely drained of her anger and fumbling for words.

“I…I am sorry. You seem as if you are dressed and on your way out.”

Caenith stared but did not speak. Distantly and with sorrow, he remembered the Daughters of the Moon, victims of the New Age, with their milky skin and coats of nettles, raven feathers and black leaves: garments with haunting similarities to the lacy bodice and sweeping train that Morigan wore. She was as magikal as these phantoms of the past, but paler and prettier still, and her bust and cheeks were flushed from rushing. He could taste the salty-sweet sweat of her on his palate and hear the pounding of her blood as a rousing tribal drum in his ears.

“I was waiting for you,” he said.

Morigan looked around suspiciously. “You…you were?”

“I—” Smelled you down the street and hurried to make myself presentable. “I felt that you would return today, that the winds would bear your sweetness my way, and I see that Geadhain has granted my wish.”

“I see. How very…strange,” replied Morigan.

Caenith welcomed her with a grin; his canines were unusually long, they glimmered in the lamplight. “Cups! I have been working on cups! Come inside, dear fawn.”

Cups? And there’s that “fawn” talk again. I think he’s some manner of a lunatic, thought Morigan, and against what little sense prevailed in the company of this man, she went into Caenith’s shop. Inside was brighter than she remembered, and small lamps had been lit in vases on the floor. She had to blink to understand them, these twining metal flowers, their petals opened and stigmas made of flame. She stopped to admire one, seeing the wick inside the fire, amazed that this was not magik, but more of the smith’s work, impossibly detailed and manufactured by enormous fingers.

“Resilience and beauty,” said Caenith, breathing over her neck. “The strength of steel and the beauty—and power—of fire. I was inspired to create them this morning. The metal’s song was clear with how it was to be made. Do you like them?”

“Yes, they’re…lovely.”

“I agree,” muttered Caenith, and he placed a hand upon her back, leading her farther into his den. “Cups,” he promised, but said no more.

My Thoughts:

  • First thing's first: I love maps. I've said that before in reviews, and I'll say it again now. Maps are one of the best things that can ever be in a fantasy book because they give insight to the world that people definitely need. Especially in high fantasy.
  • Whoa. Oh my gosh this book. I did not realize that there could be such an incredible book out that I hadn't heard of. It's here. Just everything from the storyline itself to the word choice is fantastic. I love the Fates' influence and role. I also like in the beginning how they will die and repeat the cycle of life. I've never heard that before; I love hearing new things about mythology. Going to the word choice, it is emotionally-evoking and precise. It works to show the reader the scene, along with tell the story. 
  • The romance, *sigh*
  • I love how all the names sound extremely fantastical. They are made to fit the story, which definitely attracts me to it more.
  • I must say, I like Morigan's character. Just her general attitude and personality make her pretty cool. I'd like to meet her. And be her friend.
  • I just can't believe I'd never heard of FoF! This is incredible! Recommending to everyone I know!
Rating: 5 stars


About the Author:

Christian A. Brown has written creatively since the age of six. After spending most of his career in the health and fitness industry, Brown quit his job to care for his mother when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2010.

Having dabbled with the novel that would eventually become Feast of Fates for over a decade, Brown was finally able to finish the project. His mother, who was able to read a beginning version of the novel before she passed away, has since imbued the story with deeper sentiments of loss, love, and meaning. He is proud to now share the finished product with the world.

http://christianadrianbrown.com

https://twitter.com/AuthorChrisAB

https://www.facebook.com/ChristianAdrianBrown

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8422242.Christian_A_Brown

https://plus.google.com/u/0/105782095673393074893/about

Tour giveaway

5 signed copies of FoF (Launch Edition) shipped anywhere within US/ Canada.


~Ashley

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Book Blitz: Wish



Wish by Grier Cooper 
(Indigo Dreams #1) 
Publication date: December 2nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Synopsis:
For Indigo Stevens, ballet classes at Miss Roberta’s ballet studio offer the stability and structure that are missing from her crazy home life. At almost 16, she hopes this is the year she will be accepted into the New York School of Ballet. First she must prove she’s ready, and that means ignoring Jesse Sanders – the cute boy with dimples who is definitely at the top of Miss Roberta’s List of Forbidden Things for Dancers.

But Jesse is the least of Indigo’s concerns. When she discovers her mom is an alcoholic, it simultaneously explains everything and heaps more worry on Indigo’s shoulders. As her mom’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, Indigo fights to maintain balance, protect her younger brothers from abuse, and keep her mother from going over the edge. When the violence at home escalates, Indigo realizes she can no longer dance around the issue. At the risk of losing everything, she must take matters into her own hands before it’s too late.



Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23353196-wish?ac=1

Purchase:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Wish-Indigo-Dreams-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00ODETMP8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417189300&sr=1-1&keywords=9780990773511
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wish-grier-cooper/1120552221?ean=2940046226096

A Day in The Life of Professional Ballet Student Indigo Stevens

Like all dancers at the New York School of Ballet, Indigo has a lot of work to do. Like any dancer at the top ballet school in the country her days are filled with ballet classes, rehearsals, and other add-ons like Pilates or yoga class. But she's also a high school student, with all the same school requirements as anyone else. Add all of these things together and every day is a very long day.

Indigo is one of the lucky ones; the ballet studio and her home and school are all within walking distance so she doesn't have to factor in (or deal with) public transportation (which is often unreliable at best). However, life still gets complicated with all the back and forth between NYSB and her school. She has to change back and forth from street clothes to ballet clothes each time, which adds to the complication (plus it's not easy yanking off sweaty tights quickly).

Finding time to eat is also a challenge, but Indigo has learned to carry light snacks she can munch on the fly. Some of her favorites include energy bars (only if they are low in sugar and have a short list of ingredients), mixed nuts, dried fruit, and yogurt.

It's only possible for her to attend school for two periods each day due to her heavy ballet schedule. Her school offers a work-around: home study courses. While this may seem like a great solution it means Indigo often has hours of homework after she gets home from a long day at the ballet studio.

It's a good thing she loves what she does, otherwise she might not be able to keep up with her life. On her toughest days she turns to her favorite guilty pleasure: a frozen yogurt topped with carob chips and coconut.

Here is a typical day for Indigo:

6am: wake up. Sew ribbons on multiple pairs of pointe shoes while munching on health-conscious breakfast.
6:30am: contrast bath right foot to help heal tendonitis flare-up.
6:45am: pack dance bag, make sure to bring snacks, multiple sets of practice clothes, Tiger Balm to put on sore muscles.
6:55 am: finish English essay, half-written before falling asleep mid-sentence.
7:30 am: get dressed
7:40 am: put hair up in bun
8:10 am: load school back pack, walk ½ mile to school.
8:30-9:30 am: attend first period, hand in English essay.
9:35 am: walk ½ mile to NYSB.
10-11:30 am: morning class, studio A.
11:35 am: change back to street clothes
11:40 am: lunch on the fly while walking ½ mile back to school.
12:10-1:15 pm: Pre-Calculus with Dr. Phelps. Struggle to keep eyes open.
1:20 pm: walk ½ mile back to NYSB.
2:30-4 pm: Variations class with Madame Glinka
4:15-5:15pm: Pilates strength training
5:15pm: power snack
5:30-6:30 pm: Serenade rehearsal
6:35pm: change back to street clothes
6:45pm: walk ½ mile home
7:15-9:15pm: eat deli sushi while reading & completing assignment for History correspondence course
9:15-10:45pm: complete homework for pre-calculus, biology, French
10:45pm: bath
11:05pm: bed

Final stats:
total hours danced: 5 hours
total hours of school: 5 1/2 hours
total miles walked: 2 miles

As you can see, each day is jam-packed. Keep in mind dance classes are mandatory six days per week, with Sundays as the only day off, so there's not much free time. But when this is the life you've chosen it's a tough but thrilling ride.


AUTHOR BIO:
Grier began ballet lessons at age five and left home at fourteen to study at the School of American Ballet in New York. She has performed on three out of seven continents with companies such as San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, totaling more than thirty years of experience as a dancer, teacher and performer.

Her work has been praised as “poignant and honest” with “emotional hooks that penetrate deeply.” She writes and blogs about dance in the San Francisco Bay Area and has interviewed and photographed a diverse collection dancers and performers including Clive Owen, Nicole Kidman, Glen Allen Sims and Jessica Sutta. She is the author of Build a Ballerina Body and The Daily Book of Photography.

Author links:
http://www.griercooper.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3418801.Grier_Cooper
https://www.facebook.com/grier.cooper
https://twitter.com/griercooper


giveaway (INTL)
  • A dance film collection (Mao's Last Dancer, Save The Last Dance, Center Stage)
  • 15$ iTunes gift card
  • eBook copy of Wish

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Blog Tour: Review: Witches


Witches

The Anathergians Trilogy
Book Two
Michelle C. Reilly



Book Description:

Auden, the immortal king of the Anathergians, is lost within a sea of emotions. Rocked to his very core from his battle against the Variants, he fears Travik—father to Auden’s Lifemate, Leah, and the Anathergian who turned humans into Variants—has committed the ultimate evil and killed Leah. Desperate, Auden struggles to discover the truth.

And what of Leah’s foster brother, Ceadan, who turned into a Variant to save his sister? Was he successful? Did he survive?

Auden and his fellow Anathergian warriors join with the council of witches to search for—and hopefully save—Leah and Ceadan.

Will they find them? Are they alive? And what is Travik’s evil plot for humankind?

Excerpt:

Using Auden’s Bugatti, they made their way to the salon where Ceadan had been. Auden eyed the place. Built sometime in the 1960s, the house was now a business establishment because of zone changes. Patches of white stucco were missing from the walls and the faded black trim peeled away from the wood.

When all four of them entered, the thin teenage boy at the desk stood and backed against a wall. His wide brown eyes, outlined in dark liner, stared at each of them. His jaw worked as if he tried to speak, but no words came out.

Gunner stepped forward and the boy squeaked and plastered himself closer to the wall. The Anathergian pulled Ceadan’s receipt from his pocket. “We’re trying to track down a friend of ours and, the last day he was seen, he visited…” He scrutinized the room and rocked back on his heels. “This lovely establishment. Can you give us an idea of who he saw?”

The boy’s Adam’s apple bobbed, and he nodded as he tentatively read the receipt. “Uh…” his voice wavered, “let me see who was here that day.”

He reached for the mouse on the desk and surveyed the information displayed on his monitor. “It…uh…looks like Daisy took care of him.”

Gunner used the receipt like a guitar pic and strung it across the fingers of his other hand. “And, is Daisy here?”

The kid’s eyes widened, showing an extraordinary amount of sclera. “Oh! Yes. I’ll take you…uh… All of you to her.”

They followed the boy down a hallway and into a room on the left. A girl with her head shaved on one side and the rest of her fluorescent orange hair sticking out in spikes sat at a table drawing as she rocked out to whatever music played in her ear buds.

“Uh… Daisy?” The boy’s voice shook. When he got no response, he tried again. “Daisy, you have some…uh…men here to see you.” This time he knocked on the wall next to her.

The girl’s head lifted, her eyebrows drawn down. When she saw Gunner behind the kid, she smiled and pulled out her earbuds. When she stood and sashayed around the table, Auden scanned her black pants covered with multiple buckles. He wondered how long it took her to get them on and off.

Daisy’s gaze slowly analyzed Gunner from the top of his head to his white sneakers. The thick liner around her eyes emphasized their blue color. “Hey. What can I do for you?” She had a slight southern accent proving she wasn’t a Las Vegas native.

Gunner, never one to let a good thing pass him by, put on the charm. “Hey, darlin’. I’m looking for a friend of mine. He came here a few weeks back and then he decided to go and disappear on us. I’m hoping you can give us a clue what you did to him while he was here.” He reached into his front pocket and, when the girl’s gaze followed his hand, he slowed his movements so she could get a better look. Auden shook his head.

He pulled out his phone and displayed the photo of Ceadan they’d found in the complex’s database. The girl studied it while blowing a huge, pink bubble from the gum she chewed. “Yeah, I remember him. He’s the reason I’m orange now.”

“Orange?” Gunner asked.

“Yeah, you know?” She pointed to her head. “Orange. Except his is yellow, you know? Like the vests construction guys wear.”

Gunner glanced over his shoulder at Auden with a raised eyebrow and then turned back to the girl. “So, it’s like bright yellow?”

She nodded and blew another bubble. When the gum stuck to her lip, she swiped it with a finger and sucked on it with a sexy grin at him. Nico snickered behind him.

“So, what else did you do to his hair?” Gunner asked her.

She shrugged. “Mohawk.”

Gunner blinked a few times. “What kind of Mohawk?”

“Just your typical type. You know? Long in the middle, shaved on the sides. And very bright.”

Gunner fiddled with his phone for a minute and then showed the girl the display. “So, is this what he looked like after you finished with him?”

She blanched when she saw the photo. Auden leaned over to see Ceadan now with a high line of bright yellow hair running down the middle of his head and a smooth scalp on either side.

“Wow.” She reached for the phone. “That’s a cool app. What’s it called?”

“Ah, ah, ah,” Gunner said while shaking his head and pulling the phone away. “It’s my special app. So, would you say this is him?”

She shook her head. “Pretty much. But, you’re missing his ear studs. He had a few on each ear.”

Gunner let a breath out between his teeth and it came out almost like a whistle. “Alrighty, then, I think that’s all we need.”

The girl swiveled toward her counter, picked up a business card, and handed it to Gunner. “Let me know if you need anything else. I’m always happy help out.” The sly smile she sent Gunner gave Auden a pretty good idea of what kind of help she was willing to give the man.

Gunner nodded to the girl with a smile and a wink, and they all circled around to leave the premises.

When they were outside, Nico said, “Dude, every single time. We can’t take you anywhere.”

Gunner gave him a who me? look, with his arms spread wide. “Who’s talking, Mr. I’ll-Fuck-Whatever-I-Can-Get-My-Dick-Into?”

Nico stopped and squinted his eyes. “Not whatever I can get my dick into. I am choosey,” he paused. “Well, a little choosey. They have to be breathing at least.”

Gunner let out a snort. “Whatever. Should I play you a recording of growling cats?”

When Nico glared at him, Gunner quirked an eyebrow. “Then get in the car and quit your whining.”

My Thoughts:

  • I was REALLY looking forward to this book because I finished the first for a tour and I loved it! It ended in a cliffhanger so I was ecstatic when I got this email. I wasn't disappointed.
  • I forgot how much I missed Michelle's style. She's got a way of easy words and flow that makes the story come alive. I like the descriptions and the thought-evoking powers of her diction.
  • AHHH the romance! It's really really good and I like it so much! Auden and Leah, yes!
  • I love the beginning, where we see Auden in pain and Marcus longing to help him. It's a nice change of pace to have the male show vulnerability. 
  • I love the entire new world; the building continues in Witches. I think both books are exceptional, though mature and better for new adult audiences. I will recommend.
Rating: 4.5 stars


About the Author:

Michelle C. Reilly is a science fiction romance writer. She's a single mom of two wonderful boys. She spent ten years in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman Preventive Medicine Technician, which meant she was actually attached to or stationed with the U.S. Marine Corps. She has a Masters in Science in Public Health, but she is generally an IT geek and a geek of many other things as well. She currently resides in Las Vegas, NV, with her two cats, Meowdy and Moose, and her dog, Katie aka "The Old Lady."

Make sure to visit her website www.michellecreilly.com for more information about her and her upcoming books.

Feel free to visit, ask her questions, and hang out with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/michellecorareilly

And if you're a tweet-a-holic (or even if you're not), follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MichelleCReilly

Tour giveaway:

1 - Signed paperback of Witches open to US Shipping
1 - $15 Amazon Gift Card
8 – Kindle files of the first two books in the Anathergians Trilogy: VARIANTS and WITCHES
3 – Kindle files of the first two books in the Anathergians Trilogy and the first Anathergians Novella: VARIANTS, WITCHES, and NICO: THE ROGUE WARRIOR
5 – Swag bags open to US Shipping that include:
1 Beaded hook bookmark
1 Magnet
1 Sticky note pad
1 Temporary tattoo


~Ashley

Monday, December 1, 2014

Blog Tour: Review: Mortal Gods


Mortal Gods

Forgotten Pantheon Book 1
Alex Manea

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Book Description:



Heather, a young American girl, is visiting her college roommate, who now lives in Rome. While partying in a local nightclub, she's picked up by a man who looks like he was created in the image of a Greek god. Her initial impression is correct.

He’s one of the last surviving members of the Greek pantheon. After hooking up with him, Heather is forced to join the culmination of a two-millennium-long war between that pantheon and a clandestine sect of monks within the Catholic Church, itself led by perhaps the most infamous figure in Christian history.

Heather and Apollo embark on a world-spanning effort to collect what remains of the gods to engage in the final battle with the monks opposing them. But the fate of the battle is changed by the intervention of a mysterious military organization…


Available at Amazon BN Kobo

My thoughts:
I liked...
  • the Greek influence
  • the setting (Gah, I love Rome)
  • the overall fight between the Catholic Church and the pantheon
  • Apollo in general
  • Heather's pretty awesome
  • the action scenes
  • the style of the writing-makes it VERY easy to read and it's comforting
  • the word choice-I can visualize everything and it evokes emotion
  • the plot
  • well-paced, well-written book that I will recommend and probably reread
I did not like...
  • Heather's screaming toward the beginning. Heather screams a lot, and I agree with the action at certain points, but at the very least, the word needs to be switched up. It gets repetitive and annoying. I can only see Heather screaming which makes her seem rather scared.
Rating: 4 stars


About the Author:

Alex Manea is a Romanian journalist and writer, author of the Urban Fantasy novel Mortal Gods, the first book of the Forgotten Pantheon series. Alex is a big mythology buff, especially Greek, this being the source of inspiration behind the novel. Alex is currently working on the second novel of the series.

Web: http://forgottenpantheon.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alex-Manea/712543075478967


Twitter: https://twitter.com/authormanea

Giveaway
10 ebook copies




~Ashley

Friday, November 28, 2014

Blog Tour: The Christmas Spirit


Christmas Spirit
Susan Buchanan

Synopsis:

Christmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it.


Rebecca has just been dumped and the prospect of spending the holiday period with her parents is less than appealing.

Eighty- two year old Stanley lost his beloved wife, Edie, to cancer. How will he cope with his first Christmas without her?

Jacob’s university degree hasn’t helped him get a job, and it looks like he’ll still be signing on come New Year.

Workaholic Meredith would rather spend December 25th at home alone with a ready meal and a DVD box set. Can anything make her embrace the spirit of the season?

The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?

AUTHOR BIO

Susan Buchanan has written three novels in the chicklit and contemporary fiction genres: Sign of the Times, The Dating Game and The Christmas Spirit. She lives in Central Scotland with her partner, Tony, and their baby daughter. She is currently working on her fourth and fifth novels, What If and another Christmas themed book, both due to be released in 2015. Blog - www.susancbuchanan.blogspot.co.uk

Twitter - susan_buchanan
Facebook - www.facebook.com/susan.buchanan.author
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4216164.Susan_Buchanan

Books The Christmas Spirit - http://amzn.to/1gcpTrc (UK) & http://amzn.to/KUArMU (US) 
Sign of the Times - http://amzn.to/GKqZGd (UK) http://amzn.to/IYN0Fc (US) 
The Dating Game - http://amzn.to/RuSl7Y (UK) http://amzn.to/WZQtZK (US) 


GIVEAWAY 
 2 Ecopies of Susan’s book THE DATING GAME