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Friday, April 18, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} of Pretending by Shanna Clayton


Pretending by Shanna Clayton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: New Adult
THEME: Contemporary, Romance, Mystery
RECEIVED: Tour

BLURB:
Four years.

That’s how long Wesley Kent has to live with the girl his dad shacked him up with, and then he can collect his inheritance and escape small town life. He gets through the prison sentence by pretending Dahlia Reynolds doesn’t exist. With three years down and one more to go, he doesn’t expect much to change. That is, until the girl that’s not supposed to exist sharpens into his reality, making it impossible to ignore her.

Three years.

That’s how long Dahlia Reynolds has been living with a total stranger. She’s convinced herself Wesley Kent is no more than illusion in the hallways. It’s easy to do, especially since that same illusion has never spoken more than two words to her. But one mistaken identity later, and she finds herself caught up in the mysterious world Wesley lives in. One by one, he begins knocking down the safe, comfortable walls she built, leaving her wondering what his motives are. Does he want to expose her—or free her?

Recommended for 17+ due to mature language and adult situations.

REVIEW:

Pretending was a bit of a surprise, I was expecting a new adult romance of two angst college students, but what I got was an Indiana Jones adventure. Pretending was a great start to what I hope is a series, there is so much more that can happen and secondary characters I hope to learn more about.

Pretending follows Dahlia Reynolds who has been living with a roommate in a large mansion, and he really doesn’t want her there. You see the only man she saw as a father figure left her an inheritance along with his biological son Wesley Kent, but there is a catch. Both must earn their college degrees and live with each other for four years, neither know why this was a must. But after finally having a chance in really meeting each other, they discover they have a lot in common and that their chemistry is undeniable. But the Kent family has an interesting secret and it leads to a highly prized treasure.

Dahlia is a shy and quite girl in the beginning; she just wants to stay hidden and unnoticed. But after years of ignoring each other, Dahlia runs into her housemate Wesley and sparks fly…well until he opens his mouth. Dahlia has only known a few things about the guy she’s been living with for three years; he likes girls and likes whiskey. But after one stormy night she finally sees the real him and they connect. It was interesting to see how these two knew so little about each other after three years but also how wrong they were about each other’s character. I liked watching their discovery and seeing how Wesley’s father knew that would find some connection. Dahlia has lost a lot in her life and even more so is blamed for a misunderstanding, I was glad she was strong about it but I felt it was childish of her to hide from it all. I wanted her to stand up and speak the truth about her real father.

Wesley has a bad boy persona, but deep down seeks adventure and also had a terrible falling out with his father before he passed. After the falling out he didn’t understand why his father would to have him go to school and live with his fathers girlfriends daughter for four years. He tried to ignore her until one meeting in their library led to an attraction he couldn’t forget. He slowly learned why his father left, why he chose to have Dahlia stay with him and that he knew their connection would help them both to the right path. I adored Wesley’s reckless and protective nature, he is smart and in the end grows up to do something he is passionate about.

Overall I thought this was such a great adventure story, the truth behind the treasure, and the secret society after it and two young adults were thrown into a dangerous quest. There are also some good secondary characters; they had some side stories consisting of betrayal, secrets, and lots of misunderstandings. In the end it all tied together but I’m hoping that we get more Wesley and Dahlia adventures.

RECOMMENDATION:

This is a young adult novel full of adventure and steamy romance. Fans of the Curse Keepers series by Denise Grover and Eversea by Natasha Boyd will enjoy Pretending by Shanna Clayton.

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I’m not sure if my mother predestined me to become a romance author when she named me after her favorite Kathleen Woodiwiss book, but that’s what happened. Now I live and breathe all things books. When I’m not glued to my desk writing, I can be found eating too much chocolate, obsessing over Game of Thrones, and cyber stalking my favorite authors. Keep up with me on Facebook and Instagram. I love hearing from readers!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

{Review} of Fountain of Secrets by Anita Clenney

Fountain of Secrets by Anita Clenney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Romance
THEME: Paranormal, Mystery
RECEIVED: Author

BLURB:
She's a human bloodhound with a nose for relics, torn between her sexy billionaire boss and her hot bodyguard. Each would die to save her and to win her heart.

Kendall Morgan puts her sixth sense back to work in the second book of the Relic Seekers series, divining the history and location of ancient relics. Her boss, the gorgeous billionaire Nathan Larraby, sends her to Italy to safeguard a priceless treasure belonging to the Protettori, an ancient order of monks who guard four powerful relics that Nathan believes may be the cure for his dark curse. He also sends brooding mercenary Jake Stone to watch Kendall’s back—although her back isn’t all Jake has his eye on.

Nathan joins them, and all three tumble into a labyrinth of defenses created by the monks to protect their treasures, including the Fountain of Youth. They find themselves in England on the trail of the legendary King Arthur, who along with the Reaper, seems mysteriously connected to the Protettori.

Sparks fly and bonds are tested as Kendall and Nathan’s pasts are revealed and Jake’s becomes even more of a mystery. The trio must stay one step ahead of the Reaper if they want to survive.
Fountain of Secrets twists and turns through the shadows of myth and reality as Kendall races to uncover the Protettori’s secrets and fight her growing attraction to her boss and her bodyguard.

REVIEW:

Continuing right where the first in The Relic Seekers series left off, Clenney once again hooks me into a world full of secrets, mysteries, romance and humor. I loved the first book, but the second one kicked it up a notch with the romance and mysterious connections to the tale of King Arthur.

Fountain of Secrets follows the trio Kendall, Jake and their boss Nathan, who are on the hunt to find the fountain of youth. They end up in England after discovering a secret pathway from their last hunt. This time they are hoping the fountain will not only be discovered but will help Nathan with a demon he can’t control. But they aren’t the only ones looking, the Reaper isn’t far behind and Kendall’s visions seem to be getting more frequent as the get closer. But getting closer means getting closer to danger.

Kendall is still her tough as nails self, this time around she decides not to hold back when it comes to finding out the truth and opening up her heart. Kendall’s gift takes her into the past, where she discovers not only what really happened to her parents but also how they are connected to the relics and possibly the Reaper. Her visions don’t stop there, it seems the tale of King Arthur and Gwenivere is connected to not only her but to Jake and Nathan as well, but those are just more questions added to the list that’s already growing. I really liked exploring more with Kendall, her character has lots of ups and downs, she’s always questioning things and I felt her open up a bit more not only to Jake but even Nathan. Also we finally get more answers to the mysterious friend Adam that Kendall lost when she was young.

The boys, Nathan and Jake get a little more depth to them this time around, especially when Kendall is in danger. Jake since the beginning has had a soft spot for Kendall, but his humor and sometimes bluntness makes her shy away from the connection they share. But they do get a lot of exploring, in many ways if you know what I mean. These two finally open up and actually discover a connection that I can’t wait to learn more about in the next book.

Then there is Nathan, I don’t know what it is about him but he’s my favorite. I adore this guy, always protecting Kendall, trying to find a cure to the other persona he carries, while also continuing his quest to find relics. The readers will be super excited to get some answers to his super strength side, also some connection to Kendall that I kind of figured out from the first book, but was so excited to be right. He’s definitely like the big teddy bear of the group, always protecting, always seeking answers, and always wishing he had the girl. I’m going to root for him until the end!

Overall I felt this book was a set up, the Indiana Jones plot is seriously fantastic, I never know what secrets, twists and dangers the three are going to walk into next. The humor and romance are not overpowering to what is key, and that’s finding the relics and seeking answers to so many unanswered questions. I love the addition of King Arthur’s story and have not idea what to expect with it, but can’t wait to continue this action packed adventure story.

RECOMMENDATION:

Fans of Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom series and Keri Arthur’s Dark Angel series will love The Relic Seekers series by Anita Clenney.


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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} of Ruby's Fire by Catherine Stine

Seeing Night Reviews is the next stop in the Ruby's Fire blog tour! Check out my review and the must enter giveaway!

Ruby's Fire by Catherine Stine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Young Adult Science Fiction
THEME: Romance, Adventure
RECEIVED: Tour
AUTHORS BLOG: Catherine Stines' Site 

BLURB:
If everything about you changes, what remains?

Seventeen year-old Ruby, long-pledged to the much older Stiles from the Fireseed desert cult, escapes with only a change of clothes, a pouch of Oblivion Powder and her mute little brother, Thorn. Arriving at The Greening, a boarding school for orphaned teens, she can finally stop running. Or can she? The Greening is not what it seems. Students are rampaging out of control and as she cares for the secret Fireseed crop, she experiences frightening physical changes. She’s ashamed of her attraction to burly, hard-talking Blane, the resident bodyguard, and wonders why she can’t be happy with the gentler Armonk. She’s long considered her great beauty a liability, a thing she’s misused in order to survive. And how is she to stop her dependence on Oblivion to find a real beauty within, using her talent as a maker of salves, when she has nightmares of Stiles without it?

When George Axiom, wealthy mogul of Vegas-by-the-Sea offers a huge cash prize for the winner of a student contest, Ruby is hopeful she might collect the prize to rescue her family and friends from what she now knows is a dangerous cult. But when Stiles comes to reclaim her, and Thorn sickens after creating the most astonishing contest project of all, the world Ruby knows is changed forever. This romantic fantasy set in 2099 on earth has a crafty heroine in Ruby, and a swoonworthy cast, which will surely appeal to the YA and new adult audience.

REVIEW:

This being the second book in the series I wasn’t sure if I’d be lost, which happily I wasn’t. I was able to dive into this unique world and memorable characters easily without feeling lost. But after finishing and enjoying this story I really want to read the first book called Fireseed One to see how it all began.

Ruby’s Fire follows Ruby a young girl who has grown up knowing her life was pledged to the horrible and much older Stiles. But on the night of her ceremony she decides to change her life and runs away with her brother Thorn. They end up in a place called The Greening where a woman named Nevada and the teens she teaches take them in to their home. Ruby and Thorn soon discover their Fireseed God and plant is grown and near Nevada’s home. When their school is entered in on a contest to discover new ways to use Fireseed, Ruby’s life is forever changed; she and her new friends are about to discover the great possibilities that Fireseed can do.

Ruby is a strong female lead that is determined to have a better life; she escapes knowing that she and her brother could eventually be found. But nonetheless try to live a new life with Nevada and the other teens at her school. Ruby has a lot to learn now that she’s outside of her community, learning that the place she lived was known as a cult. As well as discovering what life is like for the people in the world she’s now living in. She has a special bond with her brother Thorn since loosing his ability in wanting to speak. She is his main communication. Ruby is put in some challenging situations among the new teens she’s living with, not everyone gets along and she is put in danger constantly. But even with all the danger she has friends she can rely in Armonk, Bea and even the tough Blane.

It’s hard to just mention one of the main guys since they both have something special. Armonk is a calm and pretty much down to earth good guy. He is the first to meet Ruby and to befriend her, as well as becoming friends with her brother Thorn. Blane is a hard character to connect to at first with his hard demeanor and foul treatment of Armonk. But the readers soon learn a bit about his past that opens up a softer side to this tough guy. Both each become someone important to Ruby and help here discover the truth behind what the Fireseed can do and the dangers that follow.

I can’t forget about Thorn, Ruby’s brother but I also don’t want to spoil too much on him because he’s such an important character. He knows things before really anyone else can even grasp at what’s going on. He’s super smart and discovers something amazing with the Fireseed.

Overall this was a fast paced story, with a tone of adventure and great world building. I was easily drawn into this fantasy world, with unique medicines, creatures, futuristic technology and a whole history that changed the planet. There is lots of romance, betrayal, secrets and challenges for each character that all surround Ruby. The villains were a bit predictable, but some twist that came along were a great addition to keep the pace going strong. I enjoyed the science tidbits, which really made me think what more is out there to discover. In the end I can’t wait to read more from Stine, she created a very original world with so much detail that easily hooked me into the story.

RECOMMENDATION:

This is a young adult science fiction story with a lot of adventure and discovery. Fans of Partials by Dan Wells and Unraveling by Elizabeth Norri’s will enjoy Ruby’s Fire by Catherine Stine.

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AUTHOR BIO

Catherine Stine writes YA, New Adult and middle grade fiction. Her YA futuristic thriller, Fireseed One, illustrated by the author won finalist spots in both YA and Science Fiction in the 2013 USA Book News International Book Awards. It was also granted a 2013 Bronze Wishing Shelf Book Award and a 2013 Indie Reader Approved notable stamp. Her YA Refugees, earned a New York Public Library Best Book. Middle grade novels include A Girl’s Best Friend.

Fireseed One sequel, Ruby’s Fire is earning advance praise from reviewers and authors:
“Ruby's Fire, returns to the sun-scorched earth of Fireseed One. In this long-awaited sequel, Stine delivers a thrilling adventure led by a new and exciting cast of characters. Ruby, Armonk, Thorn and Blane are memorable, and the romance is really well handled. Favorite quote: " It feels wrong to lean on Armonk right now with Blane staring at me, a hungry, lonely look in his eye. It’s as if he’s never been hugged, never been fed, never been loved..." ” -YAs the Word

More and more, Catherine enjoys writing speculative tales where her imagination has wild and free reign. She has taught creative writing workshops at the Philadelphia Writing Conference, Missouri University Summer Abroad, The New School and in her own ongoing NYC writing workshop. She loves her readers, and enjoys blogging.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

{Review} of The Mist-Torn Witches by Barb Hendee

The Mist-Torn Witches by Barb Hendee
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Fantasy
THEME: Magic, Mystery, Adventure
RECEIVED: Publisher
AUTHORS BLOG: Barb Hendees' Site

BLURB:
In a small village in the nation of Droevinka, orphaned sisters Céline and Amelie Fawe scrape out a living selling herbal medicines in their apothecary shop. Céline earns additional money by posing as a seer and pretending to read people’s futures.

But they exist in a land of great noble houses, all vying for power, and when the sisters refuse the orders of a warlord prince, they must flee and are forced to depend on the warlord prince’s brother, Anton, for a temporary haven.

A series of bizarre deaths of pretty young girls are plaguing the village surrounding Prince Anton’s castle. He offers Céline and Amelie permanent protection if they can use their "skills" to find the killer.

With little choice, the sisters enter a world unknown to them — of fine gowns and banquets and advances from powerful men. Their survival depends on catching a murderer who appears to walk through walls and vanish without a trace — and the danger around them seems to grow with each passing night.

REVIEW:
This was my first book by Barb Hendee and definitely won’t be my last. The Mist- Torn Witches is her latest series that dives deep into a creatively mysterious fantasy world that was not only wonderfully written, but also brought to life many memorable characters to which I cant wait to follow in the next book. I love stories that surprise me by easily hooking me right at the start, before I knew it was was half way through the book and didn't want it to end.

The Mist-Torn Witches follows sisters Celine and Amelie from a young age of loosing their mother and learning to survive on their own. Celine follows in her mother’s footsteps as an Apothecary and so-called seer. Though her mother had the true gift, Celine pretends to be a seer to keep her sister and she afloat. But that is until one reading changes everything and Celine soon realizes she’s not pretending anymore.

Celine takes over her mothers Apothecary shop with her sister Amelie, they both have learned how to keep each other safe and stay away from trouble. Celine has a vision that changes everything. She is a go with what her gut/vision type of girl. I enjoyed watching Celines character mature, she has a lot to learn about herself and her gift. She isn’t perfect but she is follows the rules and tries to do what is best and help when she can. The only true person she trusts is her sister and their dynamic, and differences were so believable. For me having a sister myself I was able to connect to them both.

Amelie is the opposite of her sister; she is the more tomboyish one and always read to battle. Throughout the story she and her sister learn a lot about their mother and their family history, it was interesting to see how she connects to the magic and mystery behind their family. I liked how Amelie was never wanting to get all dressed up, she had the tougher attitude and she beat all the men in a game of cards.

There is a lot of magic and mystery, the plot take some interesting twists; the sisters must help a young prince who is surrounded by a darkness. There was action and spooky moments, I never knew who was behind all the terrible occurrences, but the sisters kept on helping until they could find out the truth. There are slight hints of romance; just attractions between the sisters and two men that I feel may get focused on in the next book. Hendee knows how to hook her readers with beautiful detailed settings, and. This could be read as a stand-alone since the story ends at a solid note and a great beginning to enter into the next book. After reading this in one sitting, I will gladly be continuing this series and look forward to reading more from Hendee.


RECOMMENDATION:
This is a fantasy series that will allow you escape to another world while you read it. Fans of Robin LaFevers His Fair Assassin series and M.J. Scott’s The Half Light City series will love The-Mist Torn Witches series by Barb Hendee.

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Monday, May 6, 2013

{Review} of Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon

Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: YA Science Fiction
THEME: Aliens, Space
RECEIVED: Publisher
AUTHORS BLOG: Christian Schoons' Site

BLURB:
Zenn Scarlett is a resourceful, determined 17-year-old girl working hard to make it through her novice year of exovet training. That means she's learning to care for alien creatures that are mostly large, generally dangerous and profoundly fascinating. Zenn’s all-important end-of-term tests at the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic on Mars are coming up, and, she's feeling confident of acing the exams. But when a series of inexplicable animal escapes and other disturbing events hit the school, Zenn finds herself being blamed for the problems. As if this isn't enough to deal with, her absent father has abruptly stopped communicating with her; Liam Tucker, a local towner boy, is acting unusually, annoyingly friendly; and, strangest of all: Zenn is worried she's started sharing the thoughts of the creatures around her. Which is impossible, of course. Nonetheless, she can't deny what she's feeling.

Now, with the help of Liam and Hamish, an eight-foot sentient insectoid also training at the clinic, Zenn must learn what's happened to her father, solve the mystery of who, if anyone, is sabotaging the cloister, and determine if she's actually sensing the consciousness of her alien patients... or just losing her mind. All without failing her novice year....

REVIEW:
It’s always great to find a young adult story that finally get’s away from the love triangles, vampires, werewolves, and fae plots. This is a science fiction story, the characters are living on a different planet and aliens are real! I read some other reviews on this book and I felt a lot of people just couldn’t understand or were too stuck in the paranormal world to get into a science fiction story. I really enjoyed Zenn Scarlett, the complex alien life forms, the strain in politics with humans and alien, and one girl being stuck in the middle of a conspiracy.

Zenn Scarlett follows Zenn a young girl who lives on Mars in one of the many colonies from earth. Following in her mothers foots steps she strives to become an exoveterinarian (an alien veterinarian). At the moment she is studying and hoping to pass all her test, but for some reason things aren’t going her way. Zenn starts to realize something is happening at the cloister (animal alien clinic), someone is targeting her home and mysterious disappearances with transport ships may be connected. Zenn is put right in the middle of it all.

Zenn is a determined and smart young girl who lost the one person whom she strives to be like. Her mother’s death took a toll on not only her but also her father. He leaves her uncle in charge of the cloister while he goes off on his own mission, leaving problems behind and Zenn worried. I felt for Zenn, the readers could feel her concern for her father and the problems in debt that the clinic has. She wants one thing to go right not only for her but for her uncle until her dad returns. Zenn’s character development is great even though she struggles with her test; she realizes something is happening to her. A connection to the alien animals that has hurt her testing and confused her, I hope we get more insight on this in the next book on why this ability is happening to her.

There are many colorful characters that go on this wild adventure of mystery with Zenn. A fellow student name Hamish who is an intelligent alien described to be an insect type alien. He becomes good friends with Zenn helping her with the many strange occurrences, also learning along with Zenn about taking care of alien animals, and how to be his own person. Then there is Liam a human that doesn’t understand the importance of alien animals like Zenn does. He has a lot to learn and makes plenty of mistakes, but Zenn is someone who helps teach him why to care about these creatures. I also sense a hint of a possible romance, which I’d love to see.

Overall Christian Schoon does a fantastic job creating unique and memorable alien creatures and beings. It will give you the sense of what life Zenn has grown up knowing. It makes me wonder how Schoon came up with the many alien creatures; they’re so detailed in where they are from, what they eat, their personalities, and the whole shebang. I do hope in the next book we get more details about Mars. I loved getting sucked onto planet Mars and taken on an adventure with Zenn, Hamish and Liam. I can’t wait to continue this journey especially after the suspenseful ending. I applaud Schoon for a great debut.


RECOMMENDATION:
This is young adult science fiction novel that will take you on a great adventure that’s out of this world, literally. Fans of the Unraveling series by Elizabeth Norris and The Host by Stephenie Meyers will love Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon.

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Friday, March 1, 2013

{Review} of Blood's Pride by Evie Manieri

Blood's Pride by Evie Manieri
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

GENRE: Fantasy
THEME: Romance, Magic
RECEIVED: NetGalley
AUTHORS BLOG: Evie Manieris' Site

BLURB:
Rising from their sea-torn ships like vengeful, pale phantoms, the Norlanders laid waste to the Shadar under cover of darkness. They forced the once-peaceful fisher folk into slavery and forged an alliance with their former trading partners, the desert-dwelling Nomas tribe, cutting off any hope of salvation.

Now, two decades after the invasion, a rebellion gathers strength in the dark corridors of the city. A small faction of Shadari have hired the Mongrel, an infamous mercenary, to aid their fledgling uprising—but with her own shadowy ties to the region, she is a frighteningly volatile ally. Has she really come to lead a revolution, or for a more sinister purpose all her own?

This thrilling new epic fantasy is set in a quasi-Medieval Mediterranean region, drawing together the warrior culture of Vikings, the wanderlust of desert nomads, and the oracles of ancient Greece. Evie Manieri's Blood's Pride is an intricate, lush fantasy novel full of taut action, gut-wrenching betrayal, and soaring romance.

REVIEW:
For me strong written fantasies take some getting use to, for example Game of Thrones has a lot of characters, different regions, and details that need to be followed. Blood’s Pride fits in that same category of many characters in which they each have a key purpose, a culture and history that is very detailed, and plot that has been thought out wonderfully, it makes for a thrilling story. I’m not usually one who likes hard fantasies but the world development was really enjoyable.

Blood’s Pride follows the aftermath of Norlanders taking over the city of Shadar. Many generations later the Shadar people are planning on overthrowing the Norlanders who have enslaved them for so many years.

I normally pinpoint specific characters in the books I read that are highly focused on but in this type of story there are no real main two characters. Each character has a purpose; such has the character known as the Mongrel. She is a mercenary who is hired by the Shadari people to help with the uprising. Little do they know she has her own connection to the region, but I felt her character development was the most significant. All in all the main characters are Eofar, the son of the governor who has a good heart and Harotha, the woman he loves who is a Shadari. Her bother Faroth is leading the rebellion along side the Mongrel, Eofar sister Isa and a damaged warrior Rho. There is many more character that has important roles, but its better to read such a complex story to get the idea of how everything and everyone is connected.

What was difficult for me is that since there are so many characters that meant there were multiple POVs. I’m not a fan of jumping around to so many characters, since it will get me lost and I loose interest. I would of like to a focused on two or three specific characters so that I could follow their journey and in their eyes see the development of other characters. There was just too much happening that was crammed into this book that I felt I wasn’t able to connect with the characters and their purpose.

Overall Manieri’s writing was beautifully done, she knows how to captivate with her words and create a whole world. Though her vision may have been lost in her character development, I felt that the ending really brings on a new journey that she can create more focus on specific characters instead of multiple. The beginning of this book was what kept me reading, some fantasy books don’t have that major impact but Manieri hit that spot. It was errie, mysterious and made the readers feel that horror for the Shadari people as their livelihood was about to change. I hope in the future books that feeling in the beginning stays through out the book, it will connect the readers to the characters more.


RECOMMENDATION:
This is a fantasy book with a complex plot, unique character names and very epic start to a trilogy. Fans of Maria V. Snyder’s Poison series and Patrick Rothfus’ The Kingkiller Chronicals will enjoy Blood’s Pride by Evie Manieri.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

{Review + Giveaway} of Renhala by Amy Joy Lutchen

Renhala by Amy Joy Lutchen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: Magic/Romance
RECEIVED: Author
AUTHORS BLOG: Amy Joy Lutchens' Site

BLURB:
Kailey Rooke, timid accountant, dedicated to philanthropic work, finds herself spiraling into a deep depression after she suffers a horrifyingly odd and humiliating assault, to only discover more of these freakish assaults occurring across the globe.

A chance discovery leads Kailey to a meeting with elderly Gunthreon, actual master of persuasion. Gunthreon, who seems to know too much of Kailey's history for her liking, opens Kailey's eyes to a coexisting realm she never knew existed: Renhala, while entrusting her with the knowledge of her newfound power as karmelean, serving as a beacon for karma from the Higher Ones. Kailey slowly starts revealing new talents, and Gunthreon is fascinated with what she starts achieving.

She soon discovers that Renhala is in danger, and this danger has been leaking into her own realm. As she uncovers secrets within herself, and toughens up, she fuses with an unlikely band of fellow travelers (including a dragon, woodsprite, six-hundred-pound greble, her faithful female canine companion, and a "giver"), balances the egos of two very strong males, deals with her sexy and flirtatious best friend’s “issues,” and finds the courage to master a new deadly weapon.

On her mission to save Renhala, Kailey will find herself running from life-threatening disasters, such as greble Tartarin, who likes to remind Kailey that when he catches her, he plans on eating her brains with ice cream; she'll run from the deadly meeples: small cute bunnies with talons and an undeniable thirst for imposing self-destruction on others. Kailey will also run into the possibility that a centuries-old Renhalan rumor is true, that advanced technology existing in Kailey's realm shortens all life spans.
As blood is shed and puzzles near completion, Kailey pulls from deep within herself, conjuring up mystical qualities that enable her to astonish as once predicted at her birth, but despite the newfound strength, Kailey will discover that monsters not only come in ugly packages, but can be easily disguised as those she has come to love and trust.

REVIEW:
Now this is an Urban Fantasy you don’t want to miss out on! I was seriously brought back to when I first fell in love with Urban Fantasies, reading about complex fantasy worlds, with imaginative characters and a story that is so detailed you feel as if your really there. This story is an adventure that just kept on coming and the surprises were at every turn of the page; I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Renhala follows Kailey Rooke who is trying to get back on her feet after being horribly attacked. With the push of her best friend Amber, she sets out one night and meets a mysterious elderly man who changes her whole life. She is told of a realm and that she is not only apart of it but holds a unique power of Karma. Kailey sets off on many quests to uncover secrets of the other realm as well as trying to save it. With many dangers heading her way, she and her new friends must fight together to save their worlds and stay alive.

Kailey is one heck of a girl, the readers will see her character develop from a scared and sad young woman, to a warrior and devoted friend to many people. For everything that happens to her and all the information she has to take in about herself and the other realm, I don’t know how she kept it all together. She does have her freak out moments; she isn’t perfect and starts to discover her strengths bit by bit, which I felt made her a fantastic protagonist. My favorite tidbit about her character was the relationship she had with her mother, it was sweet and they had such an amazing bond.

The men! I’m very fond of romances in Urban Fantasy books. I adored both love interests, even though I’m not a fan of love triangles. Conner is a sweet man who has an immediate spark with Kailey when they first meet. They do have their ups and downs, but most of the time it’s jealously. I enjoyed their development and how he too has a special gift like Kailey. Ladimer is a very unique character that is super hard to explain without giving too much away. I loved finding out about his history and he is also very protective of Kailey. There does seems to be one man that’s chosen at the end but in series, you never know who she’ll end up with until the very end.

I have some favorite secondary character that I couldn’t get enough of. Let me just say there are lots…and I’m mean lots of characters that get introduced to, this is a longer and very detailed story. My two favorites were Bu and Kioto, Bu is a big, smelly creature from the other realm that I just adored to pieces and Kioto is Kailey Akita who is protective and such a warrior pup. I seriously wished that I had a Bu as a friend, but at least I do have a Kioto but he’s a German shepherd.

Overall, this was an insanely creative first book. The details of the worlds and history, were just amazing, Lutchen must have had to brainstorm like crazy to create such amazing characters, creatures and magic. Kudos to her! The only thing that bothered my through out most of the book was Kailey’s best friend Amber; I don’t know how Kailey even wanted to be friends with her or stayed friend with her. She was a horribly rude and selfish character, but I loved the interesting development with Amber as well. In the end, this is a must read, the romance, magic, and characters that you will love from beginning to end, you will not want to put this book down!


RECOMMENDATION:
This is an adult book with some sexual content for a mature reader. Fans of Kim Harrisons Hollow series and Rachel Caines Weather Warden series will want to get there hand on Renhala asap!

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

{Review} of Guardians of Stone by Anita Clenney

Guardians of Stone by Anita Clenney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Fantasy
THEME: Mystery/Romance/Historical
RECEIVED: Author
BLOG: Anita Clenney's Site

BLURB:
Kendall Morgan is a human bloodhound. Spending her childhood hunting relics with her ambitious archeologist father, she knew the two of them shared a sixth sense for the history and location of objects—sometimes even people. What she didn’t know was that their paranormal gift could ultimately be their undoing.

After the tragic plane crash that killed her father as well as her childhood best friend, Kendall dedicated her life to finding and protecting relics. When mysterious, sexy billionaire Nathan Larraby hires her for his latest expedition—the search for four powerful relics —she’s thrown into a world of high-octane danger. He sends brooding mercenary Jake Stone to watch Kendall’s back, but he may have created danger of a different kind.

As the team chases down clues, a man called the Reaper makes a play for the artifacts and will stop at nothing to put them to his own sinister use. What’s worse is that Nathan hasn’t told the whole story, and the dark secrets he’s keeping could cost them the mission…and their lives.

REVIEW:
This being my second book by Anita Clenney and of course enjoying her Highlander series, I couldn’t wait to dig into her new series. This was definitely an adventure and for a fan of Indiana Jones, I loved the mystery, adventure and romance that were mixed in to finding a mysterious relic. This is one series I can’t wait to continue.

Guardians of Stone follows Kendall Morgan who has just been assigned to find a missing relic. As this is her specialty, she also has a special talent, she can sometimes sense the past of objects. Her mysterious employer, the very wealthy and smoking hot Nathan send her on this mission with a mercenary and down right bad boy, Jake Stone. Together they look for this ancient relic, a box that shouldn’t fall into the wrong hands. They also need to stay alive and it getting harder as they get closer to box and the mysteries behind it.

Kendall has a really interesting background, growing up with a father who had the same talent as her, it really made me want to learn more about her background. I’m hoping that Clenney digs more into Kendall’s past and what really happened to her father. She also has a huge problem with going with her gut feeling; it normally lands her into some trouble. Which makes for some entertaining bickering with her and Jake. They get stuck even sharing a room together multiple times, which I found to be some of my favorite scenes, these two are so much fun together.

Jake, the bad boy who pretty much does whatever he want and loves to irritate Kendall as much as possible. Their chemistry is fantastic and the love hate is all fun and games, as the reader I know that they feel that connection. But all in all this guy is a great protector and really want to keep Kendall safe and get the job done. He also has some history with their employer Nathan and the two act like two brothers competing for the prize when it comes to Kendall. If I had two choose between Nathan and Jake, I would pick Jake with no questions asked.

Nathan is a whole bundle of confusion. I couldn’t figure this guy out and Clenney left me with so many questions that I can’t wait to get answered. Something strange is happening to him, which Jake points out frequently, but Nathan is mum about it all and looks like he’s trying to find is own answers. He has a major soft spot for Kendall but keeps the professional act on every time he around her.

Overall, Guardians of Stone was a heck of an adventure; I loved the non stop mystery, action packed fight scenes, romance and of course memorable characters. The details in the historical background, Clenney creates for the plot and for her character was fantastic and really sucked me into the story. I’m hoping for some more romance in the next, book because the teasing was actually stating to get repetitive. Also I’m not a huge fan of love triangles, but the boys are so much fun that I can look past that. I can’t wait to see where Nathan sends Kendall and Jake to next and what mysteries are in store for them.


RECOMMENDATION:
Fans of Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom series and Keri Arthur’s Dark Angel series will love The Relic Seekers series by Anita Clenney. This ARC was received from the author for an honest review.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

{Spotlight of the Week} Guardians of Stone by Anita Clenney


This weeks Spotlight is Anita Clenny's upcoming new series Guardian of Stone! I'm super excited about this book because its describes as an Indiana Jones meets Stephanie Plum. How can that not sounds like a fun read! I'm a huge Indiana Jones fan and I love Stephanie Plum, so I know I'm going to have a blast reading it. Tell me what you think and hmm I'm not sure who sounds more interesting Nathan or Jake? :)

BLURB:
Indiana Jones ~meets~ Stephanie Plum. A feisty heroine with a sixth sense and two sexy heroes, a mercenary and a dark, eccentric billionaire, are on a hunt for four powerful relics that could change their lives…and the course of history.


EXCERPT:
       She parked in front of the mansion and started up the steps. 

       Nathan met her at the door, dressed in a suit that probably cost as much as her apartment. His light brown hair was cropped close and, as usual, his handsome face tense. In the months she’d worked for him, he never laughed, rarely smiled. He was all mystery and no clues. If she wasn’t so busy working on his relics, she’d turn her talents to decoding him. He raked her over once with dark, smoky eyes. “Hope I didn’t interrupt anything important.” 


       “Just a date.” Since she’d started working for him, she hadn’t had one that he hadn’t interrupted. Maybe he was spying on her. 


       “My apologies.” A muscle twitched in his jaw. He hadn’t shaved and the faint shadow made him look sexy. He escorted her inside, through the elaborate atrium that led to his library, adorned with first editions, priceless historical documents, and rare art. If Aunt Edna got a glimpse of this place, she’d be hearing wedding bells. Maybe that would stop the barrage of personal ads for Hillside, Virginia’s finest bachelors that Kendall had started getting after her aunt discovered e-mail. 


       Two men on Nathan’s technical security team were just leaving the room. Fergus stood behind them, his face worried.


       “…trace the data security breach,” one of the men said.
       Nathan pushed back his sleeve and looked at his watch. Not a Rolex as Kendall would have expected, but a worn silver watch on a leather band. “Meet me back here in two hours with an update.”


       The two men left and Nathan motioned Kendall inside. He took her jacket and handed it to Fergus, who nodded his head as if she were royalty. Every inch the proper butler. “Miss Kendall, I hope you’re well.” 


       “Yes, Fergus. Thank you.”


       “Lovely dress. Were you at dinner?” He glanced briefly at Nathan, and Kendall thought she saw the barest hint of a frown. He probably realized Nathan had interrupted her meal. Sometimes she wondered if Fergus had his own sixth sense. He seemed to know everything. A good trait for a butler, she supposed.


       “Yes, I had dinner.” And had been looking forward to dessert. 


       “I’m sorry if you had to cut your evening short—” Nathan’s apology was interrupted when the front door slammed. Fergus hurried out, as footsteps rang across the floor. 


       “Larraby, this had better be good. I left a nice warm bed and a hot…” The man entering the room stopped short when he saw Kendall. “Meal,” he substituted. She knew that wasn’t the word he would have used had she not been there. 


       Her senses started tingling as she sized the intruder up. Dangerous. A rebel. Steel-gray eyes met hers—intelligent, calculating, cool. A mask for the anger and insolence lurking inside. She blinked, distancing her mind. She didn’t pry without good reason. After all, she wouldn’t appreciate someone digging around in her thoughts. The stranger’s gaze dropped to her slinky red dress, lingering longer than it should. Kendall squirmed under his appraisal, which was every bit as intrusive as her evaluation had been. 


       Rumpled dark hair and clothes—black T-shirt and faded jeans—backed up his claim that he’d been in bed. 


       “Kendall, I’d like you to meet Jake Stone. Jake, this is Kendall Morgan. She’s my relic expert.”


       Kendall nodded a greeting. Was that lipstick on his neck?

AUTHOR BIO:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Anita Clenney writes mysteries and paranormal romantic suspense novels, including the bestselling Connor Clan series. Clenney grew up an avid reader, devouring Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books before moving on to mysteries and romance. It was only after several successful but wildly different careers—including work as an executive assistant, a real estate agent, a teacher’s assistant, and a brief stint in a pickle factory—that Anita discovered her untapped passion for writing. She lives with her husband and two children in suburban Virginia. You can learn more about her writing at www.anitaclenney.com

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

{Review, Character Post and Giveaway} of Call of the Sea by Rebecca Hart

Call of the SeaCall of the Sea by Rebecca Hart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Fantasy
THEME: Selkie
RECEIVED: Received for review for Tour
AUTHORS BLOG: Rebecca Harts Site

BLURB:
Elysandra Winters has always yearned for a life of adventure on the rolling seas and is willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill her dream. When her Privateer father continually refuses to allow his only daughter to sail, Ellie defies him, disguises herself as a boy, and goes in search of a captain who will give her a chance to prove her worth.

Thanks to the cursed selkie blood coursing through his veins, Daniel O'Rourke needs the sea to survive. After giving up on his humanity and spending three years in seal form, he decides to give his human side another chance. Daniel goes in search of a job and a sense of normalcy, earning himself a position aboard Captain Winter’s ship, The Siren's Call. However, his new captain’s first assignment has nothing at all to do with sailing, and everything to do with his headstrong young daughter. 

Years later, when the leader of a band of bloodthirsty pirates murders Captain Winters, Daniel and Elysandra’s lives come crashing back together with the force of a hurricane. Both experts in deception, they must find a way to trust each other if they are to have any hope of hunting down the captain’s killer.

REVIEW:
I haven’t read many or enough stories based on the legend of Selkies, but every time I do I always enjoy them. Rebecca Hart brings to life a story about two people who are very different but are brought together by their love of the sea.

Elysandra (Ellie) is the daughter of a Captain; her love of the sea at a young age has made her wish for a life like her fathers. But her parents have different plans for her, thus causing Ellie to run away disguised as young boy on another ship. Then there is Daniel who lives with the curse of having Selkie blood and needs to be near the ocean to survive, he meets Ellies father who assigns him a task he couldn’t refused.

Call of the Sea follows both Ellie and Daniel as children all the way to their adult years. After Daniel saves Ellie from drowning, he applies for a job on her fathers ship called the Sirens Call. While Ellie is sent of to school after the incident, which later makes her run away. Years later the two meet up again and their adventure at sea begins.

Ellie at age ten is a strong and very much a tomboy. Just like her father she wants to be at the sea and as she grows older becomes frustrated with not being allowed to be like her father. Ellie disguises herself as a boy at age fifteen and continues on her journey until twenty without anyone knowing. I enjoyed Ellie as the lead character, no matter what she wouldn’t give up on her dream and wanted to prove she could be apart of the crew. The only part I was iffy on was that know one noticed she was a girl for five years.

Daniel is cursed with Selkie blood and he forms a bond with Ellie, little known to her, in his selkie form. As he gets older he becomes very devoted to helping Ellies father find his missing daughter. When they meet again in the future their connection is instant and I enjoyed every scene with them together. I found it interesting how Hart describe Daniels transformation, into his Selkie form, which was very detailed and gave an understanding to what Daniel is.

Overall this story was fun and full of action and lots of romance. My only issue was the ending didn’t feel finished. It definitely was left to show that there is more to come but was almost rushed. Nonetheless I want to know what is next for Daniel and Ellie because now they have a whole knew future ahead of them. I don’t want to give away too much more, but I recommend this as a great summer read.


RECOMMENDATION:
This is a mature young adult story with some sexual content meant for mature readers. Fans of mythological creatures of the sea will not want to miss out on Call of the Sea by Rebecca Hart.

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My Favorite Day as a Pirate
By Ellie Winters
When the author of Call of the Sea, Rebecca Hart handed this question off to me, I had to think long and hard about what my answer would be. There have been a lot of good and a lot of bad days in my years since joining Captain Harris’ crew on The Surf Runner. I’ve come a long way from the waif I was when I came aboard for the first time. But, after some careful thought, the answer became as clear as the summer sky.

My favorite day as a pirate was the first day Nelson trusted me to man the crow’s nest alone. Now, I’m not sure how familiar you all are with the workings of a ship, but the task is not one trusted to many, especially someone as young as I was when I hired on with Harris. The Watch is responsible for keeping an eye on the horizon and alerting the captain of anything unusual -- approaching ships, foul weather, and even the location of schools of fish that could be caught to supplement the food stores. Things on deck move pretty quickly, and there isn’t time for the captain or other crewmen to keep an eye out for danger, so that’s where the Watch comes in. Things can get boring sometimes, especially when there isn’t anything in particular to watch, but staying alert and vigilant is key to ensuring the ship and crew are safe. To be trusted with that responsibility is something to be proud of, a day like no other.

For me, the crow’s nest is by far the best part of The Surf Runner. When I’m in the basket, the worries of the day fade and I get time to me enjoy the beauty of the sea, bask in its serenity. The scurrying humanity below disappears, leaving me alone with the salted air and floating clouds.

There is no more peaceful or perfect place to be.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

{Review} Anathema by K.A. Tucker

Anathema (Causal Enchantment, #1)Anathema by K.A. Tucker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE:  Paranormal Romance
THEME: Vampires/Magic
RECEIVED: Received for Review from Author
AUTHOR: K.A. Tucker's Site

BLURB:
Evangeline has spent her teenage years in obscurity. Her foster parents have the emotional aptitude of robots and her classmates barely acknowledge her existence. About to turn eighteen and feeling like a social pariah, she is desperate to connect with someone. Anyone.

When Evangeline meets Sofie after literally stumbling upon her café, she believes she’s found that connection. Willing to do anything to keep it, she accepts a job as Sofie’s assistant and drops everything to fly to Manhattan, where she is thrust into a luxurious world of Prada, diamonds, and limitless cash.

With such generosity and kindness, it’s easy for Evangeline to dismiss certain oddities . . . like Sofie’s erratic and sometimes violent behavior, and the monstrous guard dogs. She’s even willing to dismiss her vivid dreams of mob-style murders, beautiful homeless people living in caves, and white-eyed demons that haunt her each night as figments of her imagination—especially when one of those figments is the gorgeous Caden. When she wakes up with bite marks on her neck, the fairy tale quickly turns into a nightmare. She slowly unravels the mystery surrounding Sofie and friends, and the reality of the bites and the “dreams.” What she discovers is far more mysterious and terrible than anything she could have imagined.

In a world where everyone has motive to lie for personal gain, Evangeline must decide which deception is least likely to get her killed.


REVIEW:
Anathema had a very original plot using the typical vampire paranormal romance, but Tucker was able to create a very unique plot that really intrigued me.  The story is full of deception and adventure, the lead character being pushed and pulled in every direction and as the reader you’re along for a very adventurous ride.

Evangeline is a young girl who has a very trustful mind, but all the while lives a very lonely life until she meets Sophie. From there her life changed dramatically after meeting Sophie’s acquaintances that are very mysterious and usually friendly. While living with them Evangeline begins dreaming every night of a world similar to her own… but there something different…something more terrifying about it. She soon becomes enthralled in this new world after meeting a group of people who take her in and befriend her, one of which is named Caden. A man whom Evangeline cant stop thinking about.  Little does she know that both her world and the world she’s dreaming of have one very dangerous thing in common, vampires.

I really enjoyed the plot to Anathema; though the beginning pace was a bit slow for me. Once the story developed a little more I was sucked into Tuckers writing and her characters were fun, exciting and enthralling, I just couldn’t get enough.  The story takes you back and forth between each world without it being confusing, the characters were all well developed and I have to add there are some really awesome animals in the book. My favorite being a dog called Max who is Evangeline’s protector and friend and is a lot more than what he seems.  

The romance wasn’t an in your face typical romance, it was paced well with bumps in the road that made it realistic and fun. I enjoyed Evangeline as the lead, she was thrown into a situation that was difficult and she handled it like any real person would: she was scared, distrustful when she knew something wasn’t right and always questioning, making for a smart lead character.

Overall this was a great first book in the Casual Enchantment Series, the ending really leaves you wishing that the next were in your hands. I’m not a fan of cliffhangers, but I was actually happy with what Tucker did and thought it was a perfect fit to get me ready for the second installment. If your looking for a paranormal romance, with adventure, plot twist, and a great big cast of fun characters then this is the book for you!

RECOMMENDATION:
This is adult book but is suitable for many ages; fans of the adventures in Rachel Caine and Nalini Singh’s writing will love K.A. Tuckers Anathema.



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Monday, June 6, 2011

{Review} Shimmerspell: A Faerie Tale Girl Novella by Kimberly Spencer

Shimmerspell: A Faerie Tale Girl Novella, #1Shimmerspell: A Faerie Tale Girl Novella, #1 by Kimberly Spencer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
GENRE: YA Paranormal
THEME: Fae/Magic
RECEIVED: Received for Review from Author
AUTHORS SITE: Kimberly Spencers Blog

BLURB:
When sixteen-year-old Jensen Meadows is cut off from her sister and finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient faerie war, she quickly learns that faeries aren't made of sparkly goodness. They're vicious. And worse, they're after her.

With the help of Liam Casey, she searches for her sister and begins to suspect that her whole life has been nothing more than a faerie tale.

But what if the truth turns out to be more than she can handle?

REVIEW:

Shimmerspell by Kimberly Spencer was a fun read! As for novella’s it was a quick one, but a lot happened where it almost felt like a whole book. I also found the cover to be beautifully intriguing with the characters eyes, it defiantly caught my attention.

Jensen is a sixteen-year-old girl who lives a life moving around place to place with her older sister, who is a con artist. But after Jensen meets a mysterious boy named Liam, who gives off some strange vibes her world changes into something she never imagined. Her sister disappears and Jensen finds out there is some major history and magic in her families past.

I enjoyed the quick pace of the story, but at times I felt almost too overwhelmed with the information and twist through out. The legends of King Arthur are a major connection to this story and Jensen’s family but adding the twist of the Fae. It is a great mix and I’m interested to learn a little more about the Fae since we got bits a pieces.

Many characters are introduced, Jensen the female protagonist is a determined young girl who is learning a lot about her self as she goes on this journey into the fairy world. The male lead is Liam, who is all sorts of mystery as well as being very attractive. The two have some great chemistry with each other and I can’t wait to see how it progresses. The secondary characters are fun and great support to Liam and Jensen, most of all Fee who is full of spunk.

I’m really interested to learn more about Jensen’s sister whose character I found the most intriguing even though she wasn’t really in the book a lot. She has a great twist to whom she’s connected to and why she disappears and leaves her sister.

Overall this was a fun read and I recommend this to all YA fans, especially those who enjoy Fae and the Tales of King Arthur.


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