Monday, November 23, 2015

Review: Borrowed Heart (Book One of the Evie Sanders Series) by Linda Lamberson

Borrowed Heart (Evie Sanders, #1) 

Book: Borrowed Heart (Book One of the Evie Sanders Series)
Author: Linda Lamberson
Publisher: Linda Lamberson
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: Signed Paperback Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
Can love survive in a world where death is just the beginning and demons are hunting your true soul mate? Read Lamberson’s debut novel in her nationally recognized romance series to find out how Evie and Quinn's story begins.

"It is a very strong love story that defines what the word 'soul-mate' means ... It's not so much about what happens after death as it is about how far love and a heart can reach." —Reviewers Helping Authors on Amazon and Goodreads

"Lamberson does a fantastic job weaving a fated love-story. She took her idea of ‘what-if’ and has created a fantastic answer." —Kathy LaMee for Tracy Riva Books and Reviews on Goodreads

Lamberson's debut novel, Borrowed Heart, was a finalist in the 2012 National Indie Excellence Awards in the romance category.


Evie Sanders is good at heeding that gnawing feeling she gets when trouble rears its head—or at least she used to be. Things change when she meets Quinn Harrison. Evie would never intentionally hurt her long-distance boyfriend or jeopardize their relationship, but she finds it difficult to resist Quinn. Just when things can’t seem to get more complicated, she’s involved in a fatal car accident. Yet, her death marks a new beginning—and her new existence as an immortal. It’s not long before Evie and Quinn’s paths cross again, and she finds herself walking a fine line between bending the rules she must now obey and breaking them.

Read the entire series to see how Evie and Quinn's story begins and ends!
—Borrowed Heart (#1)
—Peace of Mind (#2)
—Soul to Shepherd (#3)

My Review:
Borrowed Heart is a rollarcoaster ride of emotions and romance. It will drawn you right from the start and leave you wanting more at the end.

Eve, or Evie as her friends call her is just a normal college student. She has a boyfriend from high school Ryan who attends a different collage. Things are going fine until she meets Quinn in one of her classes. He is gorgeous and very persistent. After a kiss between Evie and Quinn one night at party Evie decides she needs to tell Ryan in person what happened and her feelings for Quinn. That is the night that will change her life forever.

Evie is tragically killed in a car accident. When she awakens she is greeted by Peter. He tells her that she is dead and is a Shepard, someone who watches over and protects human or as they call them, charges. Evie cannot believe that she is dead and wants answers. Peter starts to explain what a Shepard is and all the rules that go along with it. All of Evie's memories of her life are gone. She is not allowed to find anything out. While on assignment protecting a charge you are not allowed to reveal yourself to them either. There are too many other rules to list. Evie has only just started her training when she finds out that she is being assigned to a charge immediately.

When she arrives back on Earth to start her assignment her charge who just happens to be Quinn, can "feel" or sense her. He knows that Evie has somehow returned. This is where the story started getting really interesting to me. Evie starts breaking the rules starting with revealing herself to Quinn. She can go from invisible to materializing into a human like being with all her cool powers. As they start to rekindle their forbidden romance they have no idea what danger is in store for them. Evie doesn't realize that she is not only putting Quinn in more danger but herself also. The Servants, evil other worldly beings will do anything to keep them apart.

I loved the chemistry between Quinn and Evie. Their relationship is so emotional with all the ups and downs. Quinn wants to be a normal couple but Evie knows that she has to stick to her assignment to protect Quinn while trying to follow the rules. She struggles big time with this and it makes for a really great story. The ending was bitter sweet for me and a bit of a cliffhanger. I am looking forward to the sequel and the rest of this series. This book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Review: Cursed (The Touch #1) by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart

Cursed (Touched, #1) 

Book: Cursed (The Touch #1)
Author: S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart
Publisher: Ravynheart Publishing
Rating: 3 Stars
Level: Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
As a private investigator specializing in paranormal problems, London Eyer thought she could handle working for the Sidhe. They couldn’t be any worse than vampires or werewolves or wizards, could they? Oh, how wrong she was. One ‘Touch’ of Sidhe magic and she was cursed. Her only chance to survive is to serve the creep that cursed her against the vicious Changelings out for his blood. 

My Review:
Cursed is a novella and is a quick read. It is filled with action, suspense and romance. The reader is given just enough information to keep you reading without giving too much away.

London is a human and also a private investigator for the paranormal. Her best friend Selena is a vampire. London has a meeting with a new potential client, Rico, a Sidhe. When she arrives she realizes that her friend Selena is making a meal out of him. She assumes this will be an easy assignment. It's only when Rico "touches" London that she realizes that this new job may not be as easy as she thinks. She needs to find the changlelings that Rico is looking for fast so she can break the curse of "the touch" before she goes crazy.

I liked London, she is a kick butt character who is also feisty. I liked the novella but didn't love it. I would have liked to known more about the characters and just more to the story itself. Overall a quick likable read. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way. 

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Review: True Faces (A Ciara Steele Novella #1) by Catherine Banks

True Faces (Ciara Steele Novella Series, #1) 

Book: True Faces (A Ciara Steele Novella #1)
Author: Catherine Banks
Publisher: Catherine Banks
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
Vampires, Werewolves, and Werebears, Oh my! Ciara Steele's life is far from normal and it gets even more complicated when she receives a promotion at work. Her ability to See people is somehow common knowledge and not everyone is happy that she can See them. She is faced with one of the toughest decisions of her life as her future is offered on the head of the man she loves.

My Review: 
True Faces is a short story/novella that kept my attention until the very end.

Ciara is a Seer and can "See" wereanimals, vampires, werewolves, etc. with her third eye. It is not a physical eye but she is able to "See" through the glamour of other creatures. She is training with Aiko, her dojo sensi to learn to control it.

She also is a legal secretary that works for a lawyer firm. When she gets a promotion to be a secretary on the first floor she is a bit nervous. The first floor is where all of the wereanimals work. Things look up though when she meets the new hot lawyer she will be working for, Mr. Eric Wolfe.

When she starts working for him she has closed her third eye and refuses to open it. So she thinks that he is just a normal human. But it's not long that she starts to realize that he may not be who he seems. He owns a nightclub and the people that work for him and that go there seem to all know that Ciara is a Seer. While Cira and Eric are attracted to each other, Ciara has a hard time letting her feelings show. She doesn't want something bad to happen to Eric. It seems that every time she turns around someone or something is after her. Will she let her feelings for Eric be known and will both of their lives be in danger?

While this is a short story it has a lot of action and romance packed into it. The ending leaves the reader with a cliffhanger that happens very fast. I really enjoyed reading it and will continue with this series. I just wish that it would have been longer, I really liked the characters. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way. 

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Review: The Burn (The Burn #1) by Annie Oldham

The Burn 

Book: The Burn (The Burn #1)
Author: Annie Oldham
Publisher: Annie Oldham
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
The Burn is full of nuclear fallout, roving gangs, anarchy, unreliable plumbing. That's what Terra's father tells her. She has lived her whole life in comfort in a colony at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. She hates it. And she would pay any price to leave. But when Terra finally escapes the colony, she finds out her father is right.

She finds a group of survivors that quickly become friends, and every day with them is a race for survival. When she witnesses and commits unspeakable acts, she has to decide where her loyalty lies: with the colony she despises or The Burn, where every day is filled with nightmares.

My Review:
The Burn is a dystopian that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.

To what once was the United States is now New America (aka The Burn) a hundred years after The Event. People will do anything to survive and it is illegal to have a gun or live outside of the government controlled cities. Medical supplies and food are given out once a month and people will fight or even kill to get some. Everyone has a tracker put inside their arm/wrist so they can be tracked by the government.

Under the ocean is an entirely different world, The Colonies. They were formed by scientists after The Event. People up on The Burn just know The Colonies as stories. This is where we first meet Terra. She does not like living below the ocean where everything is controlled. She learns about The Burn in school from her teacher Mr. Klein. She has always dreamed of what it would be like to live on land where she could do what she wants. Her family and friends think she is crazy to be thinking this way. She will make a huge sacrifice to leave The Colonies.

Once on The Burn she saves someone's life. She also quickly finds out how people really live on The Burn and just how dangerous life here is. Terra is taken in by a group of people who live outside the cities hidden inside of an old abandoned school. While some trust her many do not. She must learn to adapt to life here fast or risk being captured and put in a work camp or ending up dead.

The story was well written, descriptive but not overdone and the characters were as likable as they could be due to their circumstances. Terra's sacrifice to leave The Colonies for The Burn was really gross to me and made my stomach turn. I was glad when that scene was over. The story is fast paced with lots of action and suspense. There is twist at the end that leaves the reader wanting to know what is going to happen next. I know I do! This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way. 
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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Review: The Eternal Child by David Wasserman

The Eternal Child 

Book: The Eternal Child
Author: David Wasserman
Publisher: Outskirts Press 
Rating: 4 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source: Signed Paperback Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
For centuries, Alex Montera has led a life of running and hiding. That all changes when he comes to the rescue of Iris Lisant

My Review:
The Eternal Child was a fun, lighthearted vampire novel. It was fast paced with lots of action, some romance and great friendship.

Alex has been a vampire for many, many years and has had a bounty of his head for most of that time. Many things have changed in his life over the years. Some good, some bad. One night he saves a human girl, Iris and that changes the course of his life once again. It's from then on that Alex and Iris are drawn to each other.

I enjoyed their relationship and how it took some time to develop. I really liked their friends and their day to day banter. At the same time we can't forget that there are many others after Alex and that includes them coming after Alex's friends.

The plot was good and the story was well written. There was some inconsistency and some of the scenes were a little over descriptive for me. Other than that it was really good and I enjoyed reading it. The ending had a cliffhanger that I did not see coming at all. It really through a twist into the story and then it ended with to be continued. I am hoping that there will be a sequel sometime soon.

This book was provided to me for review. This did not effect my review in any way. 
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Author Interview & Giveaway: Marc Johnson

*Giveaway has ended.  *
Congratulations to Brigman, you are the winner!

Please welcome author Marc Johnson to Fantasy Book Chick 

Marc is the author of one of my favorite fantasy series:
The Passage of Hellsfire

Author Interview Questions

Tell us a little about yourself...

I’m a man who can barely keep up with his own thoughts and whose mind is never in the present.

What do you enjoy doing when not writing?

I read a lot, watch way too much TV and movies, and I also spend a lot of time gaming—board and card gaming mostly. Every weekend, I seem to be a tournament of some sort. While I’m not as good as I used to be because I’m old now, I do enjoy the social aspect of playing games with friends, and I love competing and winning!

When did you begin writing?

I was about 7 or 8 when I began writing. One of my earliest stories was basically The Adventures of Milo & Otis except it was about my turtle who had ran away. Long, sad story.

Do you listen to music, drink coffee, etc. while writing?

Sometimes I’ll listen to music when I’m writing. More often than not, I’m watching TV while I write. And by watching, I mean, listening. And by listening, I mean, it’s on in the background and only if it’s a good or interesting show do I actually pay attention to it.

How long does it take you to write a book?

Not very long. Maybe two to four months. Of course, editing is what takes me forever. I have to get it right. You should see the early drafts of some of my books. They’re terrible. But I’ll take as long as needed to get the story right. That’s all that matters to me.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Dreams. All my story ideas come from the dreams I have, which considering stories I’ve written, and plan to write, seems a bit strange. I have an uncanny ability to retain my dreams and control them if I want to. Thanks Kruger for terrorizing me when I was a kid!

What book are you currently reading, just finished reading or going to read next?

One of the books I’m currently reading is Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance. It’s good, although I much prefer the first book more, and his other works like the Mistborn trilogy and Warbreaker are much better.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

In no particular order, Kevin J. Anderson, Brandon Sanderson, Stephen King, Joe Hill, Jim Butcher, Sophie Kinsella. I’m sure I’m forgetting some.

Why did you choose to write this genre?

I never think about the genre I choose to write in. I have an idea for a story and then I write. It’s only afterwards do I try to think about the genre it can fit in.

Do you design your own book covers or is there someone that designs them for you?

I currently use Deranged Doctor Design for the covers of my book. I recently went to them after my former cover artist quit doing covers. I completely revamped the covers of my books when I did so. I give them ideas and have the power of veto but it’s all them.

If you could be any paranormal or have a supernatural talent what would it be and why?

I don’t know if it’s a supernatural talent, but if I could, I would have the power of flight. Whether it be with wings, some kind of anti-gravity force, magnetic pushing, or telekinesis, it doesn’t matter to me. It would be the most fun thing I could do and it’s the only ability I could have that wouldn’t corrupt me.

Tell us a little bit about your book or books…

My main work is a young adult, fantasy series called The Passage of Hellsfire. It’s an adventure with magic, romance, and destiny.

Can you tell us a little about the main character or characters in your latest book?

In my latest book, Reawakening, Hellsfire is juggling multiple things. He’s trying to find a cure for the princess, defeat his old enemy, and work together with the wizard council so that there isn’t another war. It’s a lot of responsibility for a young man to handle, and it’s beginning to take its toll on him. Luckily, he’s not alone.

What other projects are you working on or have coming out next?

As I usually do after writing a The Passage of Hellsfire novel, I’m going to take a break and write another short story/novella. It’s about a young woman who can slip inside bodies and take control of them. She has a bit of fun and some good intentions, but things start to turn ugly.

Tell us why readers will enjoy reading your book...

If they want to go on an adventure full of wonder, magic, fun, hope, romance, and determination, they will enjoy it, and be in for quite a ride.

Where can readers purchase your book or books from?

They can purchase it from whatever’s easiest for them.






Are you on social media?  If so where can readers connect with you and your books?

I’m in the air, everywhere!


 Catalyst (The Passage of Hellsfire, #1)What Once Was One (The Passage of Hellsfire, #2)Reawakening (The Passage of Hellsfire, Book 3)

One winner will receive the first three books (e-books) in the series.
**Open internationally**

One winner will receive the first two books (print books) in the series.
**Open to the Unites States Only**

To enter all you need to do is leave a comment.  Please include your email address and if you live in the United States or International.   

The winners will be chosen and an email will be sent to notify the winners that they have won.  The author Marc Johnson will contact the winners for any additional information  (where to send e-books or print books). 

*Giveaway ends September 28, 2015*

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Review: Girl Steals Guy (Borrowing Abby Grace #2) by Kelly Green

Girl Steals Guy (Borrowing Abby Grace, #2) 

Book: Girl Steals Guy (Borrowing Abby Grace #2)
Author: Kelly Green
Publisher: Backlit Fiction
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book (downloaded - free promotion awhile back)

Summary from Goodreads:
Smart and sassy Abby Grace is a seventeen-year-old with a talent for getting out of trouble. Sent to repair the lives and loves of teenagers on the edge of disaster, Abby is the perfect girl for the job. She has everything going for her… except one thing: a body. 

Girl Steals Guy: Borrowing Abby Grace, Episode 2

Dropped into the life of a gorgeous senior with a heartbroken best friend, Abby Grace must navigate high school keg parties, football games and power couples as she discovers that love and revenge are sometimes the same thing. 

My Review: 
Girl Steals Guy is the second installment in the Borrowing Abby Grace series. I enjoyed it just as much or maybe a little more than the first one. The author has a way of keeping you hooked and guessing until the end.

In this one Abby finds herself in Michelle's body and life. She thinks she must reunite her best friend Heather and her boyfriend Sam. At first I had the same thoughts as Abby/Michelle that Sam is just a jerk quarterback football player. But as the story went on I came to realize that things are not always what they seem. Every time I thought I knew what Abby's real mission was the author put a new twist and the story changed again. I did not see the ending coming and what the real reason Abby was there for.

I really am enjoying this series and they are so quick to read. I loved that Abby got rewarded with a memory from her real life. I hope to get more background on Abby and Will in future installments. I am looking forward to reading more stories from this author.

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