Monday, 31 October 2011

Bitter EndBitter End by Jennifer Brown

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bitter End is a book about a girl falling in love with a handsome young man, who held her, who loved her who made her feel special. Feelings she had never felt before. She was in love! Then he gets a bit jealous, and then he says he is sorry, he loves her. Then he hits her, calls her names, and says he sorry ...holds her loves her. Nothing she can do because she loves him so much. She loves him...... he loves her, he holds her touches her loves her. Then he hits her calls her names. She loves him.

Jennifer Brown is a great author and hits the emotions the reality of loving an abusive man.

Every young woman should read this story.

She loves him, he hits her, he says he sorry and loves her.

This is a sad, heart wrenching story; it’s the story of many women.

Book Description:

When Alex falls for the charming new boy at school, Cole, a handsome, funny, sports star who adores her, she can't believe she's finally found her soul mate-someone who truly understands her and loves her for who she really is.

At first, Alex is blissfully happy. Sure, Cole seems a little jealous of her relationship with her best friends, Zack and Bethany, but what guy would want his girlfriend spending all of her time with another boy? But as the months pass, Alex can no longer ignore Cole's small put-downs, pinches, or increasingly violent threats. As Alex struggles to come to terms with the sweet boyfriend she fell in love with and the boyfriend whose "love" she no longer recognizes, she is forced to choose - between her "true love" and herself.

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Sunday, 30 October 2011

DylanDylan by D.V. Patton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this story we are introduced to Dylan, he is a kindhearted, hardworking, beautiful young man. He works hard, help's take care of his home and mother who had cancer and he has a feeling its back.

The story is about friendship, love loss and growing up. Half the book is when he is 17 years old and what he experinces then the last half jumps into his life when he is around 20 years old. The story is written well and it does make you feel for Dylan it made me laugh a couple of times. It a good story.
D.V Patton writing is good I found only a couple of errors, I am not to sure I liked that it jumped 3 1/2 years but he did try to fill in some of the blanks for us.
All and all I enjoyed the book and left you hoping that Dylan has truly found his happy ever after.

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Red Heart TattooRed Heart Tattoo by Lurlene McDaniel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I’ve read by Larlene McDaniel, I was given a copy to review through NetGallery and find myself now trying to write a review. Larlene has written many novels as far as I can tell, she writes about love, loss, death, illness, and trauma that young people face today face.

The story starts with the explosion, 7:45 am a bomb goes off at Edison High, the explosion happened in a nanosecond, bursting first with a brilliant flash of white, followed by deafening roar....when the blast was over nothing that existed before would ever be the same.pg1

We are introduced to Morgan, high school president, her boyfriend Trent, football player, her best friend Kelli, and of course Roth, who has a reputation of the bad boy status who happens to have a wild crush on Morgan and Liza who is madly in love with Roth.

The book explores the main characters and the author gives us a view of what their life’s are like before the explosion and how it affects their lifes after.

This book touches on what it is like for high school students, not just the popular ones we get a bird’s eye view on the one’s standing off on the sidelines. The struggles youth have today with just being different. It is a good story and Larlene McDaniel does a great job of writing this book, she makes you hope Morgan can move on and be happy, you end up loving Roth and you feel bad for Liza and you want the best for them. If an author can do that with her writing I say she is a great writer.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading y/a novels.

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Friday, 28 October 2011

Beg for Mercy (Cambion #1)Beg for Mercy by Shannon Dermott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Beg for Mercy by Shannon Dermott

I found I really enjoyed this book, I liked all the characters and I really enjoyed the writing style of Shannon Dermott. This is a series I will keep my eye on.

In the beginning of the book we are introduced to Mercy who is a teenage Succubus, Mercy doesn’t know much about being a Succubus because her mother won’t talk about it. After a bad experience with a boy and her first kiss, Mercy knows her mother is right she needs to stay away from boys.

One night her friend Maggie convinces Mercy that they should go to a party where all the popular seniors will be hanging out, and this leads to Mercy sitting around playing a game of spin the bottle. Turmoil inside of her when she realizes the bottle has stopped and is pointing at her and to her horror the boy besides jumps in grabs her and plants a kiss right on her lips. In a panic she runs out of the room, so worried about what she may have done only to find out a few minutes later the boy is fine.

This moment is when she starts to wonder and realizes she needs to question her mother more. Can she have a boyfriend???

Now Mercy has a boyfriend, Mercy is going to have a step brother and her best friend Paul is looking at her different. She meets a few werewolves and a young man named Sebastian who she is not quite she what he is.

Throughout this book the internal struggles and dialogues she has with herself and her inner Succubus is great. You actually start to feel bad for her, trying to figure out if it's her or the Succubus.

This was a fantastic story, I think its better then a love triangle type of story because Mercy is just coming into herself a young woman and a succubus. In the end, I believe she lets go of the one she loves to protect his soul. But I am hoping that they somehow they get reunited in book two.

I would recommend this story to anyone who likes to read y/paranormal romances types of books. I cannot wait for Waiting for Mercy (Cambion #2).

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Thursday, 27 October 2011

The BringerThe Bringer by Samantha Towle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I rated this book a 3 stars, I really liked the concept of the book, and it appeared to have a new and unique story that I was interested in reading. We are introduced to the main character Lucyna who is a Bringer. Bringers are beings who are there when a person passes on, the bringer are sort of a delivery service they do not get to go to heaven with you but the bring you to heaven's door.

The first 30 pages seemed to drag on for me and it lost some of my attention a few times, I even put the book down a couple of times which wasn’t a good sign for me. I knew I had to review the book so I kept picking it up hoping that as the story unfolded it would capture more of my attention so I would continued to read this book.

First I will say the Bringer is a paranormal romance, Lucyna is now called out to do her next job/delivery and we meet Max. Max is having a hard time deciding if he can leave his son all alone. He asks Lucyna to promise that she will look in on his son James and if she agrees he will go to heaven. When she see James for the first time something strange happens to her, it was almost like she could feel and Bringers don’t have feelings or emotions. In her confused state she ends up promising Max she will look in on his son James.

There were times I found the writing a bit confusing and it jumped around a couple of places, but like I said the concept and the story is good. I would say read it and see what you think.

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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

MaliceMalice by Griffin Hayes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Malice is the first book I've read by Griffin Hayes and I will say I am glad I came across it. The cover is what first attracted me to the book, I am a fan of paranormal books and thought I better read the description on this one to see if it was something I should read.

Griffin's writing is fantastic, it is one of those book that kept my attention so I couldn't put the book down till I reached the end.

It is a murder, mystery, and a bit of romance, but it is a murder/sucide,creepy, witches,paranormal thriller type of book.

There are many dark secrets, dark shawdows, someone is murdering people and there is a connection to the past. Can Lysander figure this all out without getting killed.

If you like y/a paranormal books this is a must.

Goodreads Description:


by Griffin Hayes (Goodreads Author)

4.11 · rating details · 9 ratings · 5 reviews

Something unspeakable is murdering the townspeople of Millingham and only seventeen-year-old Lysander Shore knows what it is. A dark shadow that possesses its victims and forces them into grizzly acts of suicide. Lysander knows because he has seen it and he's pretty sure it saw him too.

Now he can't shake the eerie feeling he's being watched. And when his friends and neighbors begin to die under mysterious circumstances, he knows his only hope is to uncover what the shadow wants.

Lysander's frantic search for answers leads him to a dark secret. One that traces back to a witch's brutal torture and execution 350 years before. A secret about himself Lysander never knew. A secret he desperately wishes he could forget.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Night Cries (Hunters of the Dark #2)Night Cries by Dave Ferraro

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Night Cries (Hunters of Dark2)

First when is book 3 going to be released???

I really enjoy Dave Ferraro's writing, this story is filled with mystery, action and romance. I can't wait to find out what is going to happen next.

I love how he tells us about all the characters and the different points of view when things are happenning. I really want to know what is going to happen with her and Damion.

Do you need a beta tester lol (new word I learnt this week).

Anyway I would reccomend this book or series to anyone who likes the paranormal/fantasy genre.

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Book Description from Goodreads:

A surprise attack on Shanna Hunt and her friends prompts the monster hunters to travel to Greece, where they encounter an abandoned city, ancient ruins, and a haunting mystery. Something has caused the entire city to evacuate, something evil that will stop at nothing to get what it wants. Even if whatever is waiting in the wings isn't enough to tear the team apart, are the secrets that they are hiding from one another

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Her Dark Destiny (Hunters of the Dark, #1)Her Dark Destiny by Dave Ferraro

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Her Dark Destiny (Hunters of the Dark, #1) by David Ferraro.

The first of the series this book starts off with action and adventure. The main character of course is a strong young woman who is a demon hunter, taking a night off from hunting she decides to go out with her best friend to a club to have fun and dance. During the evening she soon realizes fun is not what she was going to have. She ends up in a fight for her life and meets up with two other hunters who help her out in battle. When the night ends she gets more information from the other hunters about The Agency, they have been trying to recruit her to go work for them. Losing her only friend she decides to go and try to work with other hunters to rid the world of evil creatures and not just demons. We see many different types of paranormal creatures in this story; demon’s (many different types), vampires (good ones and bad ones), giants, werewolf’s etc.. So you know this will be an action filled series.

Dave Ferraro did an excellent job with this book, with his excellent writing skills he gave us a beginning to each character and you can see many future books in this series (hoping that is). What I really liked is we get to see each characters point of views while he is telling us this story.

And of course besides action and adventure there are love interests, young woman meets cute guy, then she meets handsome vampire, and like most women we kind of cheer for the bad boy vampire type. Well at least I do.

I know this is a good book because when I finished it I went a purchased Night Cries (Hunters of the Dark #2).

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Saturday, 22 October 2011

Someone Else's LifeSomeone Else's Life by Katie Dale

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book from NetGallery to read and review.

Katie Dale did an amazing job with this book, it is well written and her writing brings out true emotions for all the characters in this story. To me this is a sign of a great author.

So it begins with Rosie who's mother Trudies dies from Huntington's disease, reading Rosie struggles and her loses so she could take care of her mother, the affects of this disease on Rosies' life is heart wrenching.

Then Rosie finds out through her mom's best friend that Trudie was not her birth mother and that she was switch at birth. As Rosie embarks on her search to find her birth mother she finds more then she bargained for.

The story seems very real at times and you can imagine how this would affect other people lives and feelings. Then there were times when I was really disappointed in Rosie's actions and the decisions she made. It was like she forgot to think of how this would effects others and not in a good way. So not sure if it was the authors intent or not but at these points the story didn't feel as real as I first thought.

Even though there were a times when I was disappointed with the story I didn't put the book down. If anything I thing one of the main reasons a person should read this book is for the awareness of Huntington's disease.

I think Katie Dale did a great job shedding some light on the disease which I actually have never really heard of or just didn't pay attention to. There is no cure and it must be heart breaking on the families who have to watch their loved ones with this disease.

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Elemental: The FirstElemental: The First by Alexandra May

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What can I say first about this book well you know when you’re reading a good book and you don't stop till you reach the end, that's what this book was for me. And then you reach the end you and you want the next book right NOW. Searching you find that it’s not released yet and you curse under your breath. Well that's what happened when I finished this book. LOL

It is written well I really liked Alexandra May writing; it flowed and was easy to read. I will read anything she writes at this point.

I enjoyed all the characters, Daisy is not your typical grandmother, and she gives Rose freedom to make her own decisions and expects Rose to give her the same back.

This story has a drama, mystery and of course romance 2 handsome young men, both who Rose has some connection with.... So who does end up with humm guess we will have to see is it Morgan or will it be Aiden?

This series is going to be good; I hope Alexandra is writing fast so we can continue on with this exciting series.

Book Description From Goodreads:

ROSE Frost receives a bracelet on her sixteenth birthday, a parting gift from her mother who claims it is a family heirloom. From that night Rose starts having vivid dreams and strange visions.

DAYS after, her family separate and Rose moves into her grandmother's house. Rose remembers happy childhood holidays with her grandmother, and is eager to rekindle her friendship with Hannah and Mira, the two girls she played with as a child. Rose's dreams start to involve a woman called Halíka Dacomé. A legend or a figment of her imagination, she knows not, but her grandmother, Daisy, remains reluctant to talk it.

DANGER strikes one night. Rose is first on the scene after she smells burning and discovers a car that has been purposely set on fire. She is convinced that the boy in her latest vision is inside the car. The mysterious Aiden Deverill pulls Rose to safety, but not before a window explodes and a ball of fire burns them both. She uses her secret healing gift to heal the scars and to all appearances remains unscathed.

But Aiden is free from burns too and Rose doesn't know why.

She is drawn to his alluring smile, his gorgeous dark looks and hypnotising blue eyes, but as they get closer her friends warn her off claiming that he's bad news.

Rose tries to find the truth about Halika Dacomé and more about why Aiden is so disliked, but she soon gets drawn into helping her friends solve the mystery behind the missing Warminster townsfolk. The latest missing person is her new friend Jez's father.

During the investigation she meets Morgan, a family friend of Daisy's who lives in the cottage at the bottom of Daisy's garden. He's kind, funny and clearly devoted to her, but Rose finds out that his hatred towards Aiden and his grandfather, Ben Deverill, lies rooted in a shocking event that happened years before involving both families.

For Rose, her new life is beginning but she soon realises that people are not always what they seem, and finds it difficult to determine who to trust.

What she always believed to be a happy family and a friendly town soon turns on its head when she discovers that her family secret, Aiden Deverill and the truth behind Halíka Dacomé is at the heart of the whole conspiracy.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Expected publication: November 1st 2011 by NAL Trade

Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires #5)

by Chloe Neill (Goodreads Author)

4.41 · rating details · 204 ratings · 73 reviews

Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can't tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times haven't been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay low for a bit, and let the mortals calm down.

That's when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black-and things really start getting ugly.

Chicago's mayor insists it's nothing to worry about, but Merit knows only the darkest magic could have woven a spell powerful enough to change the very fabric of nature. She'll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who's behind this, and stop them before it's too late for vampires and humans alike.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

EnchantmentEnchantment by Charlotte Abel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Enchantment by Charlotte Abel

Reading this story it reminded me of young love and the wanting and dreaming of meeting your very own Prince Charming. This is one of those stories that you see the story unfolding and you turn every page to make sure it’s going to happen. The writing is great, easy to read, words flow so you just keep reading till you reach the end.

The story begins with Channie (Enchantment) moving to a new city with her family, her father is on the run from a very powerful family, he owes them a huge gambling debt, this family is well known and will not just want money they may even kill Channie’s (Enchantment) family to get revenge on her father.

Starting at a new school is hard enough but to be living around non magic humans is a whole other complication. Channie (Enchantment) meets Josh and their amazing almost fairy tale story begins.

All I can say is this book is well written its about love, magic, awful parents, dreams, hopes and its touching funny and you just want the best for Channie and Josh.

I will be keeping an eye out for a sequel.

If you’re looking for a heart warming read this is the book to read.

Charlotte Abel is an amazing author/storyteller.

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Sunday, 9 October 2011

The CallingThe Calling by Ashley Lynn Willis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I've read by Ashley Lynn Willis and first I would say thank you for the free copy to review.

I enjoyed her writing style and will definately keep her on my list to read any future books she writes.

So the story is about Justin and Mandy, Justin is a Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer and Mandy is trying to live life after surviving breast cancer and heartbreak. Of course you fall in love with both charecters and want them to live happy ever after. I didn't stop reading this book last night and found myself up till 4 am trying to finish it. Sex scences were great.

It is a paranormal romance book but unlike other paranormal books this is not the focus of the book. It was a great read and I gave it 4 stars, I would of given it 4.5 if available to do that.

Book Description:
The Calling

by Ashley Lynn Willis (Goodreads Author) (author)

4.20 · rating details · 15 ratings · 10 reviews

Mandy Hardy lost more than a breast to cancer; she lost her fiancé when he dumped her a week before her mastectomy. Her ego bruised and her self-esteem battered, Mandy’s sure she’ll never fall in love again.

Justin Seward is a headstrong Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer with a heart of gold and the supernatural ability to command the seas. He had to hide his feelings while Mandy was engaged to his best friend. Now that she’s free, he’s vowed to make her his.

Together, they may hold the key to each other’s salvation. But when Justin’s past catches up with him, and Mandy’s ex-fiancé wants vengeance, they realize they might not live long enough for happily ever after. The Calling is a 360 page light paranormal romance to be released October 19th 2011.

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Bulletproof (A Matter of Time #5)Bulletproof by Mary Calmes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not to sure what to write about this book so here is what the book description is:

Sequel to A Matter of Time I & II

Jory Harcourt doesn't have to go looking for trouble. Wherever he goes, it seems to find him—particularly when his partner, Sam Kage, is working undercover on a federal task force.

After the recession forces him to close his business, Jory goes to work as a matchmaker and event planner. From there, it's only a matter of time before his big mouth and up-front attitude make him the rope in a tug-of-war between a trust fund baby and a drug-smuggling criminal. Then, as if that situation weren't delicate enough, Jory's undercover lover shows up working for the smuggler.

Between the men who want him and the men who just want him dead, Chicago is getting a little crowded for Jory, so on the advice of his brother, his boyfriend, and the FBI task force, he heads for Hawaii... where a serious accident threatens his quality of life. Can Sam and Jory keep the faith and prove that their relationship really is bulletproof

I do enjoy Mary Calmes writing it is easy to read and she writes extremly well.

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The Burdens of TruthThe Burdens of Truth by Etienne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this story Etienne writes about four new characters; Dr. Ian Sanderson who teaches and Georgetown and his partner Lt.Colornal Randy Richardson who works at the Pentagon and both men have a teenage son. We also get to read about some familiar faces from a earlier Avondale book.

The story involves kidnapping of the two sons, escape, a couple close calls as the kidnappers try to get the boys back, and a new budding romance for a marine.

Etienne writing keeps you turning the pages. His writing is descriptive and detailed as in his past books he describes the food and restaurants so well you really want to go try it out. I even tried one of the wines that were mentioned in a previous book.

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Condor and the Crown (Condor Series, #5)Condor and the Crown by John Simpson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Condor and the Crown is the fifth book of this series, the story starts off with David and Shane along with their son Jack moving to England. David Windsor has been appointed to serve as the American Ambassador to England.

It is a quick read, in this story there is a kidnapping, a rescue and of course even a budding new romance for the new president son. There is not alot of hot m/m sex scenes if that is what the reader is looking for.

John's writing never disappoints me though, it easy to read, keeps me interested and when I sit down to read his books I don't stop till I've read the last page.

This book did leave me with hope of a story between Darren and Micheal. (have to read to find out who they are)

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Monday, 3 October 2011

Magic FingersMagic Fingers by Etienne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoy Etienne's writing, and this book did not disappoint me. This story is about two alpha males both ex military,over coming obstacles, old injuries but in the mean time they find love.

Etienne's story telling gives us just enough sex to show us even with limitations imposed on them from an injury the love they have for each other.

This story has a grandmother coming to live with them and the men trying to adopt his newfew.

Great addition to the Avondale series.

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StickStick by Andrew Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a story of a 14 year old boy named Stark nicknamed Stick,and his brother Bosten. Stick was born with one ear and is bullied for being deformed. Their parents are abusive and the love between the two brothers shows as they try to protect each other from their them.

When Stick finds out his brother is gay he fears for his brothers life knowing he would not survive the abuse from his father. Bosten leaves home for his own safety. Stick follows him and in his search for his brother he mets up with some good and bad people along the way. This story is about Stick and his love for his brother and Stick finding his own way.

I would recommend and rated it 4 stars.

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