Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review: Sherwood's End (Robbin' Hearts Series #3) by Diane J. Reed

Sherwood's End  (Robbin' Hearts Series #3) 

Book: Sherwood's End (Robbin' Hearts Series #3)
Author: Diane J. Reed
Publisher:  Bandits Ranch Books, LLC 
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: New Adult
Source: paperback review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Sometimes a great love won’t let go…until you believe.

The elite Pinnacle Boarding School for Girls is renowned for keeping away far more high school applicants from its hallowed halls than it lets in. But lately, someone has been lurking in the shadows, writing cryptic messages on mirrors, and putting people’s lives in peril. When Robin and Creek begin to suspect that this otherworldly guest may have a connection to a tragedy in Creek’s past—and isn’t about to go away anytime soon—they return to Robin’s Alma Mater to try and uncover the truth behind the mysterious spirit’s rage. What they discover is a love story for the ages that leaves them breathless and inspires healing and hope for all those who dare to believe in miracles.

Due to mature themes, readership is advised for ages 17+.

My Review:
Sherwood's End is a love story to end all love stories. It will take you on a thrilling, heart wrenching and emotional ride. You truly will not want to put this down once you start reading it.

When strange things start happening at the elite Pinnacle Boarding School for girls, Robin's former school, Robin and Creek know they must figure out what is going on. With the help of Granny Tinker's magical spells and the Stone of Thieves Robin and Creek will embark on one wild ride.

They have been through so much together already, from Robin showing up at Turtle Shores, falling in love, and traveling to Italy to find out about her mom. Now they will finally know the truth about Creek's parents and what led to the life that made Creek who he is today.

I fell in love with Sherwood Flynn right from the beginning. The way that he swept Caroline off her feet to their tragic ending. I was so engrossed in the story that I sometimes forgot that I was reading a book and not actually there with the characters. When you read Sherwood's End you will understand what I am talking about. I could go on and on about what scenes I loved and what happened but I don't want to give away any spoilers.

This is such a wonderful, dark at times, love story. There is lots of romance, and some scenes are more mature themed. I was surprised by the revelations of the characters backgrounds. By the end we will know the truth and any loose ends are all tied up. I loved that the story took us back to Turtle Shores. The people there are so unique, fun and magical. I wish that there were more books in this series because I didn't want it to end.

I really enjoy the writing style of the author. The stories and the characters are so real that it makes for some really great story telling. If you enjoy an amazing love story that you need to read this series!

This book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way. 

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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!

The Athena Effect (The Athena Effect, #1) 

The Mackenzie Legacy (The Athena Effect, #2) 

 The Caledonian Inheritance (The Athena Effect #3) 

The Redcastle Redemption (The Athena Effect Book 4) 

These are some books that I received recently for review
 from a couple of fabulous authors.  

Sherwood's End (Robbin' Hearts Series #3) by Diane J. Reed 
*Paperback copy (signed & a signed postcard)*

The Athena Effect (The Athena Effect #1) by Derrolyn Anderson
The Mackenzie Legacy (The Athena Effect #2) by Derrolyn Anderson
The Caledonian Inheritance (The Athena Effect #3) by Derrolyn Anderson
The Redcastle Redemptino (The Athena Effect #4) by Derrolyn Anderson
*E-books for my Kindle*

What books have you gotten lately?

Friday, February 13, 2015

Review: Between Worlds: Nekkel Ace by Yianna Yiannacou

Between Worlds: Nekkel Ace 

Book: Between Worlds: Nekkel Ace
Author: Yianna Yiannacou
Publisher: Yianna yiannacou
Rating: 3 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
On a distant planet called Caledonia, a young woman named Sophia Amaro embarks on a journey to self-discovery. Living the sheltered life with servants waiting on her hand and foot everyday just isn't enough for her. After an accident which leaves her father in critical condition, it's up to her to save his life. But to find the cure, she must visit the forbidden planet: Earth. Sophia uses the secret portal to journey to Earth. Not only is she trying to save her father's life, but she also has to figure out what she wants to do with her own along the way. Just when things couldn't get more complicated, she unexpectedly finds love. Sophia has to realize what is more important to her; her father's life, or the one she loves. Between Worlds: Nekkel Ace will have you turning the page after every chapter, eager to learn what will happen next.

My Review: 
Between Worlds: Nekkel Ace is fast paced and has an interesting story line. It is a stand alone book and is well written.

Sophia lives on the planet of Caledonia where she spends her time hanging out in her garden daydreaming. She tries unsuccessfully to steer clear of Paul Jr. who is annoying. She has heard about planet Earth and would love to one day get the chance to go there. Her parents are not willing to let her visit there as people on Earth are not supposed to know about Caledonia.

After an accident leaves her father in critical condition Sophia uses this opportunity to go to Earth. She has been told by her father's doctor that if she can find the Nekkel Ace it will heal her father. She has no idea what is in store for her when she goes through the portal. It's on Earth that she meets Joshua. They instantly fall in love. But when Sophia finds Joshua's father's journal she finds out more than she would like to know. She doesn't know how things work here and she's not sure if she can trust him anymore. Unable to find the portal back to Caledonia will she be stuck here forever?

I liked this story and the characters. Well most of them, I didn't like Paul Jr. at all. Matteo was such a great brother. I found his story interesting and well written. Sophia and Joshua's relationship was a bit fast for me. I understand that this is a stand alone book but I just wish that it would have been drawn out a bit more. The Nekkel Ace was had me stumped of what is was that Sophia was looking for. When it was reveled I was like what, how did I miss that? I was quite surprised by the end of the book and happy at the same time. This is an author that I will be on the lookout for more books from. 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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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays

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:  

"So how was Earth?" It's rude to cut someone off, but I had to.  "Well, I was having trouble with the Portal, but other than that -" Dad stopped talking.

29% on kindle ~ Between Worlds: Nekkel Ace by Yianna Yiannacou

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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