Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Review: The Turning Tides (Marina's Tales #4) by Derrolyn Anderson

The Turning Tides (Marina's Tales, #4) 

Book: The Turning Tides (Marina's Tales #4)
Author: Derrolyn Anderson
Publisher: Derrolyn Anderson
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Marina has been through a lot in the past year; she knows what she wants, and she decides to take matters into her own hands to get it. When a twist of fate takes her away from Aptos, she returns to find that her whole world has changed once again. A fortune teller’s ominous prediction seems to be coming true, people around her aren’t who they appear to be, and to top it all off, she’s being followed again.
Marina and Ethan only want to be together, but find they are being torn apart by their very natures. Can they overcome a final obstacle to build the future they dream of?

My Review: 
The Turning Tides is the final book in this series. It has been quite a journey for Marina, her family and friends. If another book would be written in the future I would love to read it. It would be great to see the characters in the future. But for now I am happy to have read such a great series.

Marina continues to be one strong young lady who just seems to find trouble no matter where she is. Her relationship with Ethan is tested once again but this time I wasn't sure if it would survive. The author brings in some new characters into the story that shake things up. The story mainly focuses on Marina but we do get a few updates from some of my other favorites throughout. There is a lot more suspense and action in this book than there was in the previous ones. It seemed more intense and I found myself not wanting to put it down. With the new characters comes some surprising news. Marina must figure out who she can really trust because her life and the lives of the mermaids depends on it.

When I finished reading, I was happy with how the series ended. I am going to miss reading about the characters that I have come to enjoy. Overall a great series that I would recommend. I will be on the lookout for more stories from this author. This e-book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Review: Stone Of Thieves (Robbin Hearts Series #2) by Diane J. Reed

Stone of Thieves (Robbin' Hearts Series #2) 

Book: Stone Of Thieves (Robbin Hearts Series #2)
Author: Diane J. Reed
Publisher: Bandits Ranch Books LLC
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: NA
Source: paperback review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
The Stone of Thieves . . . for centuries its magnetic draw has twisted the hearts of ambitious men and women with the promise of power, passion, and intrigue until it fell into the hands of unlikely thieves Robin and her boyfriend Creek. But can they steal their destiny away from the curse that pursues this magnificent ruby heart? As the stone begins to spread its sorcery, Robin races to find her long-lost mother in Italy in the hopes of discovering the truth about her unique gypsy heritage and the ruby heart that is rumored to steal souls. Yet when the desire for this stone by powerful members of her family threatens their very lives, Creek decides to take matters into his own hands to protect Robin, his greatest treasure of all . . .

Stone of Thieves is a sensual, stand-alone new adult novel and the sequel to Robin in the Hood in the Robbin’ Hearts Series. Due to mature themes, readership is advised for ages 17+.

My Review:
Stone Of Thieves has taken on a whole new feel and a change up with some of the plot from the first book. The first one, Robin in the Hood, was a fun, lighthearted YA story. Stone Of Thieves has taken on somewhat of a darker theme. Robin and Creek are now 18 and things have gotten hotter between them. This story went from YA to NA very quickly. I couldn't put it down. You will not be disappointed, this is a must read!

The story picks up shortly after where the first one left off. Robin and Creek are heading to Italy to try and find Robin's mother. It's not long after they arrive that their lives are put into danger. They have people trying to kill them and have no one to trust but each other. They are on the run and have no where to hide but with the gypsies. This group of gypsies has known and loved Robin's mother for years. Now all she can do is hope that they know if her mother is still alive and if so where has she been hidden for the past 18 years.

Robin continues to have visions of her late ancestors. She is trying to figure out what it all means. Does the ruby stone really have magical powers or is it cursed? Robin's grandfather will do anything to get the ruby stone back.

I really enjoyed learning about the gypsy culture and how everything comes together. I liked the gypsies in this book but I was starting to miss the people back at Turtle Shores. I was surprised by the events and people that changed things up yet again near the end. This series just continues to surprise me. The adventure, suspense, action and romance gets better and better with each new book and I love it. This book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Review: The Fate Of The Muse (Marina's Tales #3) by Derrolyn Anderson

The Fate of the Muse (Marina's Tales, #3) 

Book: The Fate Of The Muse (Marina's Tales #3)
Author: Derrolyn Anderson
Publisher: Derrolyn Anderson
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Trouble is stalking Marina. She’s already escaped the clutches of her formidable foe once, but fate has even more trials in store for her. There are evil plans in the works– plans that threaten both her and her newly found family.
As she struggles to come to grips with her unwanted powers, outside forces threaten to tear Marina and Ethan apart, making her doubt their vision of an idyllic future together. Can first love be true love?

My Review:
Marina's Tales series keeps getting better with each book I read. I was hooked from the first book and the author just continues to reel me in for more.

In this installment it's summer in Aptos. Marina and her friends have graduated from high school. Shayla is heading to Paris to start her modeling career, Meagan is doing really well with her singing and Cruz is living in San Francisco. After all that Marina has been through in the previous books I though ok things have finally calmed down for her. Well things have only seemed to have just begun. Marina travels to Paris with Evie to meet with the mermaid council. It's here that Marina meets a new character that tells her about someone that she needs to stay away from. Things go from bad to worse after this.

Marina and Ethan's relationship is tested once again, but this time it's Marina rethinking things. A new guy comes into Cruz's life. I personally thought it happened really fast but I like them together. I cannot leave out the mermaids. I love how wherever Marina is surfing she encounters new mermaids who are always there to help her out of something. I liked the new little mermaid Nixie, and how she fits into the story.

This book continues to add more romance, suspense, danger all with previous and new characters. I'm looking forward to reading book four in this series. If you have not started reading this series I recommend that you do. It's so good! This e-book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Stacking The Shelves

Stacking the Shelves 
Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

This week I received for review: 

 Stone of Thieves (Robbin' Hearts Series #2) 

Stone of Thieves (Robbin' Hearts Series #2) by Diane J. Reed
Paperback (signed)

The Gatekeeper’s Forbidden Secret 

The Gatekeeper's Forbidden Secret by Penelope A. Brown
e-book

What books did you get this week?


 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers: 

"I have carte blanche in the garage," Cruz said haughtily, throwing his overnight bag over his shoulder.  "So, how are things here in tinytown? Are you two kids behaving?"

The Fate of the Muse (Marina's Tales, #3) 
26% on kindle
The Fate of the Muse (Marina's Tales #3) by Derrolyn Anderson 
 


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Robin in the Hood (Robbin' Hearts Series #1) by Diane J. Reed

Robin in the Hood by Diane J. Reed 

Book: Robin in the Hood
Author: Diane J. Reed
Publisher:  Bandits Ranch
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: Paperback review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
"Is it any wonder I became a bank robber?" But she never dreamed she'd fall in love . . . Wealthy high school student Robin McArthur thinks she has it all figured out when it comes to bilking her work-a-holic dad for guilt money as a substitute for his genuine affection. Until one day he suffers a stroke at his law office, and she learns the brutal truth- They're broke. Her stepmom has skipped the country. And everyone from bankers to bookies has lined up in her dad's hospital room to collect on the millions he's racked up in debt. Panicked and desperate, Robin figures she has two choices: either surrender to the pestering caseworker and live in a skanky foster home, or take a chance and sneak her dad out of the hospital to make a run for it. Little does she know that stealing a car and hitting the road means that before the day is through, she will rob her first bank. Now an outlaw, Robin finds a backwoods trailer park to hide her dad from authorities where she encounters Creek, a bad-boy in crime who first steals her money and then steals her heart. The two of them embark on a round of increasingly dangerous heists to provide for their motley trailer park neighbors. But what Robin hadn't counted on is the way these hardscrabble people begin to embrace her and become the first real family she's ever known. And along the way, worldly-wise Creek teaches her how to develop a genuine relationship with her dad based on the hard truths of their lives instead of his past lies. As Robin and Creek's criminal journey forces them to make gut-wrenching choices, they soon begin to discover that people are more precious than pocketbooks, and true love means opening your heart to the kinds of treasures money can't buy.

My Review: 

Robin In The Hood really surprised me.  When I was asked to review it I thought alright it sounds good.  Well it was better than good, it totally blew me away.  I haven’t read a book that I enjoyed reading so much in a while.  I read it in a short time and didn’t want to put it down. 

Robin is living in all girls’ boarding school where everyone is rich and fake.  Her father is a wealthy lawyer who only cares about making money and having the finer things in life.  Living a life of luxury, maids and nannies is all Robin has known her entire life.  

That is until her dad suffers a stroke and their world comes tumbling down.  Robin is shocked to find out that her family is broke.  People are after her dad for money he owes.  When Robin sees a chance at the hospital to get her dad out and make a run for it that is what she does.  She steals a car and tries to rob a bank but all does not go as she planned.  They end up at Turtle Shores trailer park.  It’s here that she meets some really odd, loving, country people.  Robin thinks that they are just a bunch of crazy white trailer trash.  Somewhere that they can hide until she can figure out what to do next.  She has no idea the truth that she will uncover about her family’s history. 

I fell in love with Creek as soon as he made an appearance.  He is this gorgeous, bad boy outlaw, a kind of person that Robin has never come into contact with.  At first she doesn’t like him and doesn’t really want to be around him.  That is until something happens and she sees how protective he is of his little brother Dooley.  I loved the story of Robin, who went from riches to rags. 

I found myself laughing at all the crazy wild things that went on and was said at Turtle Shores.  I also really enjoyed how Robin and Creek’s relationship developed.  The way that he made her see how you can love people and be truly happy with pretty much nothing.  The way that she overcame her feelings and anger towards her dad made me happy for them.  

While there are some sad situations that are going on there is so much humor, romance, action and suspense that you will keep you glued to this story.  Oh and can’t forget about those crazy TNT boys and their explosives.  Just some of the colorful characters in this amazingly written story.  The situations that Robin and Creek find themselves in while trying to get money will have you laughing too.   

This is a must read that I highly recommend!  I need to get the other books in this series soon.  This book was provided to me by the author for review.  This did not affect my review in any way.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

Robin in the Hood (Robbin' Hearts Series #1)"Well I'm not going to share you with every freewheeling cowboy in the county, mister! And it's high time you gave me back my favorite t-shirt," I hissed, shoving Creek into the beef jerky turnstile until he toppled over with a clatter. "Take that, you traitor!"

pg. 129 ~ Robin In The Hood (Robbin' Hearts Series #1) by Diane J. Reed