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
 

Monday, December 1, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

http://bookjourney.net/ 


Last week I read: 
The Tide And The Moon (Marina's Tales #2)
 by Derrolyn Anderson

 The Moon and the Tide (Marina's Tales, #2) 


This week I'm reading: 
Robin In The Hood (Robbin Hearts Series #1) by Diane J. Reed

Robin in the Hood (Robbin' Hearts Series #1) 


Next I'm going to read:
 The Fate Of The Muse (Marina's Tales #3) 
by Derrolyn Anderson

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

What are you reading?
 

Sunday, November 30, 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!


 Socialpunk (Socialpunk, #1) 
Hallowed (Waters Dark and Deep #1) 
 Beyond the Gate 

I recently received for review: 

Socialpunk (Socialpunk #1) by Monica Leonelle
Hallowed (Waters Dark And Deep #1) by Monica Leonelle
Beyond The Gate by Monica Leonelle & Multiple Authors


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Review: The Moon And The Tide (Marina's Tales #2) by Derrolyn Anderson

The Moon And The Tide 

Book: The Moon And The Tide (Marina's Tales #2)
Author: Derrolyn Anderson
Publisher: Derrolyn Anderson
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
When Marina learned the truth about her past she thought that the drama was over, but she couldn't have been more wrong. She finds that her whole life has been a lie, orchestrated from behind the scenes by her own loved ones.


Still reeling from the shock, she is confronted with even more betrayal,and takes solace in an increasingly dangerous new habit.


After an accident dramatically exposes her secret to the world, a dangerous enemy with evil plans arrives on the scene. Marina's bravery is put to the test once again, forcing her to use all of her new-found skills to protect her family.


Can good triumph over evil?


Will true love win out over jealousy?

My Review: 
The Moon And The Tide was even better than the first book if that is possible. I really liked the first book but the author brought so much more to this one. We get to enjoy the returning characters along with some new interesting ones.

While on vacation with her dad, another one of Marina's previous visions happens. A terrible accident that will cause her to revel herself as a mermaid. This in turn sets off a series of events that will change everything that Marina has ever known. Her relationship with Ethan has some bumps in the road. This causes her to want to be in the water any chance she can get. Marina and Lorelei find themselves in some dangerous situations.

Some major secrets are revealed and there is a lot more action, adventure and emotions. Marina finds out that she has some powers of persuasion that always doesn't turn out like she hopes. I really liked how the characters really developed more into their own. Cruz just cracks me up with all his designer attitude. Megan has become much more sure of herself which plays out in her music. Shayla, I was surprised by how much she has changed. She went from bullying Marina to becoming such a good friend. I can't leave out Evie, she is like that aunt that I would love to have along with her funny bodyguard Boris.

There are so many ups and downs with Marina's emotions and relationships. There is a lot going on in this sequel but I don't want to really give away any spoilers. This is a must read though. I can't wait to read the next one and see what exciting adventures are in store for Marina, her family and friends. 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, November 8, 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!

Hi everyone!  This is my first Stacking The Shelves meme post. 

I haven't had time to post about the books that I have received in the past months.  So I am going to post about the two that I just got today.




  
The Prince's Son 

This week I received in the mail for review: 
Robin in the Hood (Robbin Hearts Series #1) by Diane J. Reed 
(signed paperback & post card)

Free on Amazon:
The Prince's Son by J.C. Valentine (e-book)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review: Between The Land And The Sea (Marina's Tales #1) by Derrolyn Anderson

Between the Land and the Sea (Marina's Tales, #1) 

Book: Between The Land And The Sea (Marina's Tales #1)
Author: Derrolyn Anderson
Publisher: Derrolyn Anderson
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Marina is a privileged girl who’s had an unusual upbringing. Traveling the world with her scientist father, doted on by her wealthy and glamorous neighbor Evie, Marina’s life seems perfect.

Everything changes in the summer of her sixteenth year when she is sent to live with her Aunt Abby and Cousin Cruz in the lovely seaside town of Aptos, California.

Only a few weeks after arriving, sixteen year-old Marina has nearly drowned twice, enchanted the hottest guy in high school, and discovered a supernatural creature. If she can manage to survive some increasingly dangerous encounters with unpredictable mermaids, she might be able to unlock the mystery of her past and appease the mysterious forces that want something from her...

And maybe even find true love along the way.

My Review:
Between the Land and the Sea is a fun, enjoyable story that I would read again.

Marina has lived her entire life traveling the world with her father. She lives in San Francisco and lives a life of luxury thanks to her neighbor "Aunt Evie". The summer before her senior year of high school Marina's father sends her to live in Aptos, a small town along the ocean. He wants her to attend public school and be around people her own age. She immediately reconnects with her cousin Cruz and her aunt Abby. Marina quickly adapts to life at the beach and becomes instant friends with Cruz's friend Megan.

After an near drowning Marina meets Ethan. Things seem to going good for Marina until she starts to feel drawn the ocean and the mermaid that she meets. It's then that strange things start happening to her and the people that she cares about most. There is also her family secret about her mother that I found interesting.

I really enjoyed this story and the characters. I liked how Marina and Ethan's relationship took some time to develop. I loved Cruz and Megan, they are too funny. I did at times feel that the story got lost on the side things. There was a lot of talk about fashion, what designers Marina's clothing and accessories were. Overall though a great story. I am looking forward to finding out what is next for Marina. 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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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bait (Order Of The Spirit Realm #1) by K.C. Blake/Kasi Blake

Bait 

Book: Bait (Order Of The Spirit Realm #1)
Author: K.C. Blake/Kasi Blake
Publisher: K.C. Blake/Kasi Blake
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
At sixteen, Bay-Lee Bishop is not a typical girl. The last thing she wants is to be popular, but flying under the radar is nearly impossible when you’re the tallest kid in the eleventh grade. She works hard to maintain a steady C point average, never raises her hand in class, and avoids extra-curricular activity of any kind. The other students would be shocked to learn she’s living under an alias, relocating at her uncle’s whim, and hiding from monsters who want her dead because she’s Van Helsing’s daughter.

Life is weird. Then everything changes. A reaper uses her closet to cross over from the Spirit Realm right before her father whisks her away to a new school. This is the school she was born for, the school where she will learn to hunt and kill monsters, but it isn’t what she imagined. Students hate her, her mentor refuses to help her, and wraiths are murdering hunters on their birthdays. She is laser-focused on training. Love is not an option for her. Try telling that to her heart.

My Review:
I knew I would not want to put down Bait as soon as I started reading it. It is so good! It has lots that I love, vampires, hunters, werewolves, supernatural creatures and of course forbidden romance.

Bay-Lee is not your average teenager, she is Van Helsing's daughter. She has been hiding out and moving around for most of her life with her Uncle. She has always dreamed of attending her father's school for hunters. When she finally gets the chance her life will change forever. Bay-Lee wants to train so that one day she can avenge her mother's death. Once she arrives at her new school she is taken into a mock battle almost immediately. Most of the other students don't like her and thinks that she gets special treatment because of her last name. One of the students that really dislikes her is Nick. He is a hunter and one of Van Helsing's best. Nick volunteers to mentor Bay-Lee. It's then that he realizes that he is intrigued by her. But there is a prophecy that will not allow Nick and Bay-lee be together. So they must keep their relationship a secret and figure out a way for the prophecy not to come true. If that's not enough there is someone creating wraiths to kill students on their birthdays. There are other surprises that will keep you guessing throughout.

This book will take you for one wild ride with lots of twists and turns. I was in love with the story and the characters from beginning to end. One of my favorite side characters is Keisha. I love her kick butt attitude and how she is such a great friend to Bay-Lee. I am left with unanswered questions but also wanting to read book two like right now. LOL I was shocked and surprised by the last part of the book. I am hoping that there is much more to this in the next book. I want a different ending. You will understand when you read it. This is a must read! 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, October 7, 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: 

"So why are we checking the bathroom if she's daydreaming?"  "Because Micki threatened to call Van if we don't look for evidence of a ghost."

Bait (Order of the Spirit Realm #1)25% on Kindle ~ Bait (Order of the Spirit Realm #1) by Kasi Blake/K.C. Blake  

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Review: Blogger Girl by Meredith Schorr

Blogger Girl by Meredith Schorr 

Book: Blogger Girl
Author: Meredith Schorr
Publisher: Booktrope
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to find out. A chick lit enthusiast since the first time she read “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” Kim, with her blog, “Pastel is the New Black,” has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law firm. While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads—and pages—a cross the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox—for review. With their ten-year high school reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her off-line life.

My Review:
Oh my gosh Blogger Girl is one of those books that I couldn't put down. Being a book blogger myself I totally related to that part of the story. I was like oh my gosh that is what I do with my blog, posting, reviews, author friends and the list goes on.

Kimberly Long, aka Kim, is a legal secretary at a law firm in Manhattan. While she enjoys her job she has always thought of being a writer. She has a great boss, Rob, who she seems to "boss" around most of the time. Then there is Nicholas, the lawyer down the hall who Kim has been crushing on for a while.

Kim attends her high class reunion and runs into the high school "mean girl" Hannah who happens to have just written a chick lit book. She wants Kim to read and review on her blog Pastel is the New Black. This makes Kim jealous, even though she doesn't realize it at first.

I liked how the story didn't just focus on the blogger part of Kim. It really followed her throughout her daily life. The ups and downs of being a blogger and the romance in her life.

Blogger Girl is humorous and the characters are so real. I don't normally read contemporary or chick lit but this book has changed my view on it. I loved the office party at the end of the book and the karaoke singing. All in all a well written book. I will be on the lookout for more stories from this author.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Review: Fate Fixed (Erris Coven #1) by Bonnie Erina Wheeler

Fate Fixed: An Erris Coven Novel 

Book: Fate Fixed (Erris Coven #1)
Author: Bonnie Erina Wheeler
Publisher: Bonnie Erina Wheeler
Rating: 3 stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
Fate Fixed is a young adult paranormal romance/ suspense novel. When Lexie's mother announces she is marrying a Romanian immigrant, Lexie leaves behind her life in Connecticut for her penance in "The Moose Capital of the World." Small town living is strange enough, now Lexie must cope with her overbearing stepfamily monitoring her every move. They disappear into the woods and keep a secret locked in their shed. Her calm mother is now having violent outbursts and Lexie's sister is hearing sinister sounds coming from the forest behind their home. She soon discovers the boy she has been dreaming about is living in Maine. Despite Torin's reputations, Lexie cannot resist the attraction pulsating between them. Animals and people are turning up dead and Lexie learns the strange, new world she lives in has real-life monsters. When she decides she wants to be with Torin forever, she must fight to protect her family from a formidable evil.

My Review: 
Fate Fixed gives you a mix of vampires and werewolves. There's romance action and suspense to keep you on your toes.

Lexie lives with her Mother and sister after the death of her Father. She still blames herself for her Father's death. Once Lexie's mom meets and marries Dragos things change. The new family which now includes three stepbrothers, moves to Maine. Lexie has to leave her best friend Liz and everything she knows behind.

Lexie has been having dreams of a mystery guy. Once she moves to Maine she literally meets the mystery guy from her dreams, Torin. Something is different about Torin though. While at the same time Lexie's new family is not quite human either. When people come up missing and are found dead Lexie tries to figure out what is going on.

I liked Lexie and Torin although I thought their relationship progressed pretty quickly. Lexie's stepbrothers were a bit strange at times. I liked Alik for the most part, I didn't like Maxim and Nicoli was just kinda there. The more I read the more I was figuring things out or so I thought. There were some twists and turns with some mystery here and there. The action scene at the end was good. I enjoyed it but didn't love it. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Tuesday, September 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: 

Fate Fixed (Erris Coven, #1)"Oh, if that's all - Listen, for now I don't want you and your sister up here.  There are some creatures in the forest that could hurt you both and I don't know what we would do if that happened."

54% on kindle ~ Fate Fixed (Erris Coven #1) by Bonnie Erina Wheeler

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Review: When Fully Fused (The Schasm Series #3) by Shari J. Ryan

When Fully Fused (Book 3: Schasm Series) 

Book: When Fully Fused (The Schasm Series #3)
Author: Shari J. Ryan
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult/New Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
 In the third and final book of the Schasm Series, author Shari Ryan takes you on a final journey of the mind. Chloe and Alex together again maintain their composure and romance as they raise their four-year-old son, Sammy. But fairytales are merely stories they read in the nursery at night, for lurking behind each thought is a world out of control like the chaos of a car crash. As life likes to do, everything Chloe firmly believes in twists in the opposite direction. With three paths to choose from she can only choose Left. Right. Or Start Again. All the questions have answers, and the forces of good and evil wage an epic battle solely within the mind, leaving behind the constraints of reality. From time travel to drifts, When Fully Fused is a thrilling ride from start to finish, literally.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review: Fissure Free (The Schasm Series #2) by Shari J. Ryan

Fissure Free (The Schasm Series) 

Book: Fissure Free (The Schasm Series #2)
Author: Shari J. Ryan
Publisher: Booktrope
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
Author Shari J Ryan reunites the colorful cast of friends and family in Book 2 of the Schasm Series with a powerful tribute to the power of the mind and heart in this romantic, suspenseful, and engaging novel. After nineteen years of suffering with a psychological condition, ethereal Chloe had finally come close to finding her ultimate escape—or, so she thinks on the vibrant streets of Paris. Finally in a relationship with Alex, a man she fell in love with in Schasm, Chloe thinks life is finally coming together. As she battles her own demons, she attempts to repair the damaged man she’s grown to love. But as his clouded past abruptly crashes into their lives and falls heavily upon their budding romance, Chloe must fight to maintain her relationship. Although even when the problems begin to subside, she comes to realize certain things cannot be escaped. Just as Chloe believes she might have sealed the doors of darkness once and for all, new questions, new findings and new inceptions arise. Whether or not Chloe wants to continue forward with the path her life seems to be leading, she quickly learns that any choice she makes will ultimately land her in a place she never knew she was destined to be.

My Review:
Fissure Free is the sequel to Schasm. This book is so though out and just flows so well. It's sweet, sad, dark and romantical all at the same time.

Just when Chloe and Alex thought they were escaping their horrible real lives things take a turn for the worse. Chloe and Alex are now being held captive by her Uncle Franco. But what I loved is how they are living such a wonderful life in Paris within their drift. While most of the story takes place in their drift there are times that Chloe goes back to real life. In both reality and the drift Chloe and Alex are in danger and are seeming to run out of time. This book took their story to a entire new place so to speak. We meet new characters and learn so much more about Alex's past. Uncle Franco has some secrets of his own that change things up a bit too. While I found myself getting lost within their story I couldn't help but forget that they were living in one of their drifts and not real life. There are some major changes towards the end and an exciting change to the cliffhanger at the end.

I really enjoyed the first two books and am looking forward to reading the third book When Fully Fused. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Tuesday, August 19, 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: 

Fissure Free (The Schasm Series)"Count backwards to twenty.  That should do the trick," he instructs. "Good luck, kids."

8% on kindle ~ Fissure Free (The Schasm Series #2) by Shari J. Ryan  

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Beyond The Pale Virtual Tour: Excerpt








Beyond The Pale is a YA/NA fantasy/paranormal anthology

Here is an excerpt from:

"The Children of the Shark God" by Peter S. Beagle


Once there was a village on an island that belonged to the Shark God. Every man in the village was a fisherman, and the women cooked their catch and mended their nets and sails, and painted their little boats. And because that island was sacred to him, the Shark God saw to it that there were always fish to be caught, and seals as well, in the waters beyond the coral reef, and protected the village from the great gray typhoons that came every year to flood other lagoons and blow down the trees and the huts of other islands. Therefore the children of the village grew fat and strong, and the women were beautiful and strong, and the fishermen were strong and high-hearted even when they were old.


In return for his benevolence the Shark God asked little from his people: only tribute of a single goat at the turn of each year. To the accompaniment of music and prayers, and with a wreath of plaited fresh flowers around its neck, it would be tethered in the lagoon at moonrise. Morning would find it gone, flower petals floating on the water, and the Shark God never seen—never in that form, anyway.


Now the Shark God could alter his shape as he pleased, like any god, but he never showed himself on land more than once in a generation. When he did, he was most often known to appear as a handsome young man, light-footed and charming. Only one woman ever recognized the divinity hiding behind the human mask. Her name was Mirali, and this tale is what is known about her, and about her children.


Mirali’s parents were already aging when she was born, and had long since given up the hope of ever having a child—indeed, her name meant “the long-desired one.” Her father had been crippled when the mast of his boat snapped during a storm and crushed his leg, falling on him, and if it had not been for their daughter, the old couple’s lives would have been hard indeed. Mirali could not go out with the fishing fleet herself, of course—as she greatly wished to do, having loved the sea from her earliest memory—but she did every kind of work for any number of island families, whether cleaning houses, marketing, minding young children, or even assisting the midwife when a birthing was difficult or there were simply too many babies coming at the same time. She was equally known as a seamstress, and also as a cook for special feasts; nor was there anyone who could mend a pandanus-leaf thatching as quickly as she, though this is generally man’s work. No drop of rain ever penetrated any pandanus roof that came under Mirali’s hands.


Nor did she complain of her labors, for she was very proud of being able to care for her mother and father as a son would have done. Because of this, she was much admired and respected in the village, and young men came courting just as though she were a great beauty. Which she was not, being small and somewhat square-made, with straight brows—considered unlucky by most—and hips that gave no promise of a large family. But she had kind eyes, deep-set under those regrettable brows, and hair as black and thick as that of any woman on the island. Many, indeed, envied her; but of that Mirali knew nothing. She had no time for envy herself, nor for young men, either.


Now it happened that Mirali was often chosen by the village priest to sweep out the temple of the Shark God. This was not only a grand honor for a child barely turned seventeen but a serious responsibility as well, for sharks are cleanly in their habits, and to leave his spiritual dwelling disorderly would surely be to dishonor and anger the god himself. So Mirali was particularly attentive when she cleaned after the worshippers, making certain that no prayer whistle or burned stick of incense was left behind. And in this manner did the Shark God become aware of Mirali.


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