Saturday, August 6, 2016

AUDIO BOOK REVIEW FOR - A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES - BY SARAH J. MAAS

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DESCRIPTION:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. 

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

"Tale as old as time, True as it can be, Barely even friends, Then somebody bends, Unexpectedly"

This is the second book I have read this week that is a Beauty and the Beast re-telling.  I have been one happy reader.  That song has been going through my mind for like three days now.    I have had this book on my audible for way too long.  Why did I wait so long?  I don't even know!  I LOVED this book.

When Feyre kills a wolf, she has to pay the price for it.  She is taken from her father and sisters to live in the faerie land with Tamlin. 

Feyre only knows the stories she has been told her whole life about the faerie lands.  It's all nightmares and horrible creatures. 

While living with Tamlin, Feyre learns there is fare more to this beautifully, broken world than the stories told.  Dark creatures are about, but only at the hand of another High Fae who is determined to take over all of the faerie lands.

Feyre and Tamlin become friends.  Feyre longs to get back to her family, but as time passes she doesn't ache for them like she use to.  She finds herself drawn to Tamlin and he in return finds she is far more intriguing than just some human.

When Tamlin realizes that Feyre's life is in far more danger being with him, than it would be if she returned to the human world, he sends Feyre away.  Of course, the story only gets better from this point on.

Fighting for the one you love is always a good story for me.  Finding out that there is more to an individual than what meets the eye is always so fantastic as well.  

This world is beautiful, complex, and full of interesting characters.  Maas is such a fantastic author.  Just amazing.  I cannot wait to see what the next installment of this story brings!

Source:  I bought this book for myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.




Friday, August 5, 2016

BLOG TOUR / REVIEW FOR - BEAUTY AND THE CLOCKWORK BEAST - BY NANCY CAMPBELL ALLEN




Welcome to my stop for this awesome book!



DESCRIPTION:

Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast. 

When Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her ailing cousin, Kate, she finds more than she bargained for. A restless ghost roams the hallways, werewolves have been reported in the area, and vampires lurk across the Scottish border. Lord Miles himself is clearly hiding a secret. He is brash and inhospitable, and does not take kindly to visitors—even one as smart and attractive as Miss Pickett. He is unsettled by the mysterious deaths of his new wife, Clara, and his sister, Marie. Working together, Miles and Lucy attempt to restore peace to Blackwell Manor. But can Lucy solve the mystery of Miles? Can she love the man—beast and all?


MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

I love re-tellings so much, when they are done well.  This one is done well.  Different!  Plus, this is Beauty and the Beast.  Does it get any better than that?  Not in my opinion.  This is one of my all time favorite fairy tales.  What better story than seeing beyond what's outside and seeing what really matters.

This story is just that.  Lucy arrives at the Blackwell Manor and has heard all the horror stories of the Lord of the manor.  Not having met him yet, she only had to go off what every one else had told her about him.

Lucy was not there for the Lord of the manor though.  She was there for her cousin Kate.  Who is as close to her as a sister.  Kate had been ill since being married and going to the Blackwell manor.  Lucy is determined to find out what is ailing her and won't give up until she does.

Lucy finds that there is more going on in the manor than meets the eye.  There is so much to this story.  There are 'bots' that take care of the manor.  There are forces outside of the "real" world that are in the manor.  Miles Blackwell, Lord of the manor is not just a man.  

Lucy, is a lovable and funny character from the very beginning.  She is spunky, and one hard headed woman who knows what she wants.  Love her.

There are so many elements to this book that just made me happy.  I love the world that Allen brings to life in this book.  I love the characters!  Each one brings a new spin to the book.  There are so many wonderful, cryptic, interesting, fantastic things happening.  It was exciting to read, and kept me interested from beginning to end, with a love story to boot.  It doesn't get much better than that.

Source:  I was given this book as part of a tour, in return for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Nancy Campbell Allen

Nancy Campbell Allen (N.C. Allen) is the author of twelve published novels, which span genres from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. In 2005 , her work won the Utah Best of State award. She has presented at numerous writing conferences and events since her first book was released in 1999. Nancy received a BS in Elementary Education from Weber State University. She loves to read, write, travel and research, and enjoys spending time laughing with family and friends. She is married and the mother of three children.


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Thursday, August 4, 2016

AUDIO BOOK REVIEW FOR - THE EYE COLLECTOR - BY SEBASTIAN FITZEK

The Eye Collector Audiobook
pic and description taken from audible.com

DESCRIPTION:

Ready or not, here he comes.... It's the same each time. A woman's body is found with a ticking stopwatch clutched in her dead hand.
A distraught father must find his child before the boy suffocates - and the killer takes his left eye.
Alexander Zorbach, a washed-up cop turned journalist, has reported all three of the Eye Collector's murders. But this is different. His wallet has been found next to the corpse, and now he's a suspect. The Eye Collector wants Zorbach to play.
Zorbach has exactly 45 hours, seven minutes to save a little boy's life. And the countdown has started....

MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock......Time is running out for Zorbach.  He is on the hunt for the eye collector who has brought him into his sick game of kidnapping and murder.

Zorbach, doesn't know what hit him.  He is all of the sudden the prime suspect in a kidnapping case.  He gets a visit from a blind lady who seems to see the past.  Little does he know that she has also been brought into this bizarre game of hide and seek.

This book starts at the end, and works it's way to the beginning.  It was a very interesting concept.  I have really enjoyed Fitzek's writing.  Fitzek only has a few that have been translated into English, but they have all been very good.    

There is a lot going on in this story, and it kept me on the end of my seat the whole time.  I know I say this all the time, but I was sure who the "murderer" was the whole time.....I am happy to say I was wrong...  I was surprised.  I did not see the end coming the way it did.

If you like creepy, exciting, edge of your seat books, you will enjoy this one.  Fitzek is an awesome author.  His writing is beautiful, and the narrator makes the story really come to life.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

pic taken from:  http://www.sebastianfitzek.de/en/authors-questionnaire/my-biography-in-full-length/
bio taken from:  Goodreads
Sebastian Fitzek was born in Berlin in 1971. After going to law school and being promoted to LL.D., he decided against a juridical profession for a creative occupation in the media. After the traineeship at a private radio station he switched to the competition as head of entertainment and became chief editor later on, thereafter becoming an independent executive consultant and format developer for numerous media companies in Europe. He lives in Berlin and is currently working in the programme management of a major capital radio station.








Wednesday, August 3, 2016

AUDIO BOOK REVIEW FOR - THE WIDOW - BY FIONA BARTON

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DESCRIPTION:

When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen...

But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.

The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…
 

MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

What a great debut novel for Barton.  I bought this audio book for myself after reading about it on a new release blog page of a fellow blogger.  

I enjoyed this book from the very beginning to the very end.  I enjoyed Barton's writing, and the story she brought to life in this book.

Jean thought her life with her husband was perfect.  Then, little things started happening, and Jean was forced to face a life she did not want.  Jean's husband was a the front of an investigation regarding a missing child.  Then, as if Jean's life hadn't gotten out of control enough her husband dies.  Right in front of Jean.

I thought I knew who the "bad" guy was the whole time, and then something would happen that made me rethink who it might be.  Barton did a great job of keeping me on my toes and guessing "who done it".  I was not expecting the ending at all.  

Jean's life is full of reporters, and investigators now.  Her life is being pulled into a million different directions, and she is forced to face things in her past, or her husbands past.  Life isn't quite what she wanted.

Pick this one up...you won't regret it.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Fiona Barton The Widow
pic and bio taken from http://fionabartonauthor.com/

My career has taken some surprising twists and turns over the years. I have been a journalist - senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at The Mail on Sunday, where I won Reporter of the Year at the National Press Awards, gave up my job to volunteer in Sri Lanka and since 2008, have trained and worked with exiled and threatened journalists all over the world.
But through it all, a story was cooking in my head.
The worm of this book infected me long ago when, as a national newspaper journalist covering notorious crimes and trials, I found myself wondering what the wives of those accused really knew – or allowed themselves to know.
It took the liberation of my career change to turn that fascination into a tale of a missing child, narrated by the wife of the man suspected of the crime, the detective leading the hunt, the journalist covering the case and the mother of the victim.
Much to my astonishment and delight, The Widow is available now in the UK, and around the world in the coming months.
However, the sudden silence of my characters feels like a reproach and I am currently working on a second book.
My husband and I are living the good life in south-west France, where I am writing in bed, early in the morning when the only distraction is our cockerel, Sparky, crowing.







Friday, July 8, 2016

BLOG TOUR / REVIEW FOR - RESIST (SEQUEL TO REMAKE) BY - ILIMA TODD


Welcome to my stop for RESIST.  Thanks to Shadow Mountain for the opportunity to review this wonderful book.




DESCRIPTION:

Having been rescued, Remade, and returned to Freedom, Theron must now face a life without Nine. Though he’s chosen to be a healer, he uses all the vices Freedom affords to try and dull the pain of losing Nine. But he can’t find the peace he so desperately needs. Until he meets Catcher, a man who shows him the dark truths behind Freedom’s Batcher program. From him, Theron learns what it means to be a leader and a father. When he falls in love with a captured rebel named Pua, Theron must choose: Freedom and its easy pleasures, or a life that is truly free but full of hardships and decisions.

MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

I am going a little to the left field for a minute.  I might be introducing you to my inner "nerd" but I am totally okay with that.  Now, let me ask a question...Am I the only person that writes an ending or a sequel to a book that you really liked in your head?  Well, now that I have asked the question you know that I do this.  When a book has a cliff hanger, I can dream about it forever until I come up with an "ending" that will satisfy me until the book comes out.  OR, when I know there is a sequel coming out and it won't be for a while, I "write" in my head how I want the book to go...hehehe  

Now, I was super excited to get invited to this tour because I really enjoyed the first book in this series.  REMAKE.  If you haven't read it, pick both books up.  They are great.

I had a scenario in my head already when I started this book (go to above statement ;)), and as I started reading this wonderful book, the story starts to unfold in a way I was totally not expecting.  Well, some yes, others no.

The book came to life right away.  I watched as the words brought the whole world back to the front of my mind.  After Nine, and Theron get "remade" something happens, and Nine doesn't come back from her Remake.  

Theron is introduced to a new trade.  We get to meet new characters, that are just as wonderful as the previous characters.  Ilima, is a beautiful writer.  I loved how she brought these new characters in and the roles they play.

Theron is devastated that Nine is gone and cannot seem to find a way to get her out of his mind.  When introduced to his new trade, things begin to change for him, in a way Theron was not expecting.  Regardless of whether or not he will ever see Nine again, he decides to go into this new trade and do the best he can.  He meets Catcher.  There is way more to Catcher than meets the eye,

While this story unfolds into the wonderful story it is, I was again taken into a scenario I indeed did not expect.  It was fantastic.  I cannot wait for the next book to come out.  In the mean time I am going to have to "write" my own version so I don't dream about it every night.  

Ilima's world, story, writing, and character building is fantastic.  I do not think you will be disappointed if you pick this series up.  

Source:  I was given this book as part of a tour.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Ilima Todd


YA sci-fi author of REMAKE and RESIST (Simon Pulse/Shadow Mountain). Wife. Mama. I majored in Physics: to save time, let's just assume that I'm always right.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

AUDIO BOOK REVIEW FOR - THE CITY OF MIRRORS - BY JUSTIN CRONIN

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pic and description taken from Goodreads



DESCRIPTION:

In "The Passage" and "The Twelve", Justin Cronin brilliantly imagined the fall of civilization and humanity's desperate fight to survive. Now all is quiet on the horizon but does silence promise the nightmare's end or the second coming of unspeakable darkness? At last, this bestselling epic races to its breathtaking finale.

"The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?"

The Twelve have been destroyed and the hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy – humanity's only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.

One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.
 

MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

I have been waiting for this book to come out since I finished book 2.   I have love, love, loved this series.  This was such a great conclusion to the trilogy!

If you liked the first two books of this series, you will not be disappointed with this one.  There is so much going on in this book.  

I listened to this because I loved the narrator so much on the first two.  End of the world things are not my favorite but this series was so fantastic.   I couldn't get enough of it.  It took me a little while to finish, but so worth it.  I think I didn't listen to it constantly so that I didn't have to end the series.

The twelve are done with.....100 years have passed and those who survived have thrived.  Built homes, families etc.  

We get to revisit some of the great characters from book one and two, and are introduced to some new ones in this book.  They are realizing that the world can be great again, but it may take time, patience, and hard work.

One man realizes that the land left in his family has a history to it.  When he comes to realize what it all means, its fan freaking tastic.  Seriously you need to read this series.   I just loved it.

Content:  There is some language and talk of sex and maybe a little sexual encounters, but it didn't distract me from the book.

Source:  I bought this book for myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Justin Cronin
pic and bio taken from Goodreads

In 2010, Justin Cronin’s The Passage was a phenomenon. The unforgettable tale that critics and readers compared to the novels of Cormac McCarthy, Michael Crichton, Stephen King, and Margaret Atwood became a runaway bestseller and enchanted readers around the globe. It spent 3 months on The New York Times bestseller list. It was featured on more than a dozen “Best of the Year” lists, including Time’s “Top 10 Fiction of 2010,” NPR’s “Year’s Most Transporting Books,” and Esquire’s “Best & Brightest of 2010.” It was a #1 Indie Next Selection. It sold in over 40 countries and became a bestseller in many of them. Stephen King called The Passage “enthralling… read this book and the ordinary world disappears.” Now, PEN/Hemingway Award-winner Justin Cronin bring us the conclusion to his epic trilogy with The City of Mirrors. For the last time, Amy—the Girl from Nowhere, who lived a thousand years—will join her friends and face down the demons that threaten the last of humanity. Justin Cronin is also the author of Mary and O’Neil (which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize), and The Summer Guest. Other honors for his writing include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Writer’s Award. A Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Rice University, he divides his time between Houston, Texas, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

REVIEW FOR - THE SIREN - BOOK 2 IN THE SOUL SUMMONER SERIES - BY - ELICIA HYDER

pic and description taken from Goodreads

DESCRIPTION:

All the missing victims of North Carolina’s deadliest serial killer have been found, all except Rachel Smith. When the FBI produces a photo proving Rachel is alive and well in Texas, one case is closed but another one is opened. Either this is a case of mistaken identity or there are more people than just Sloan Jordan and Warren Parish who seem to walk the earth without a soul.

Along with Detective Nathan McNamara, Sloan and Warren travel south to find Rachel and solve the biggest mystery of all: determining who—or what—they really are.

The Siren is Book 2 of The Soul Summoner Series.



MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

***** MAY BE SPOILERS BECAUSE THIS IS BOOK 2 *****

This book was so good.  I thought the first one was good, but this one is so much better.  I really enjoy it when a series I am reading stays strong through all of the series.  Although this is only number 2, but I have a feeling there will be another one :).

Sloan has the ability to read people and to heal people.  She can automatically tell if you're a good person or a bad person.  I wish I could have this talent....for real!  

Sloan finds out more about herself, and how she has the abilities that she has.  It's a fun and exciting journey to take with her.  

This book is full of twists, and turns that kept me involved the whole time.  I love when a book grabs me right from the beginning and flows well enough to keep me from putting it down.  It just makes my heart happy.  I felt like I was with Sloan and her friends the whole time.  

The only, and I mean only bad thing I have to say about this series is that there is a love triangle, and I hate those more than anything.  I usually won't read a book if I "know" there is the possibility of a love triangle.  That is how much I dislike them.  BUT, on the flip side there were so many other fantastic things about the story that I had to keep reading to find out what happens.

If you like mystery, adventure, and eerie happenings, you will really enjoy this series.  I am only giving it 4 stars because of the love triangle.  I just really don't like them.  If that wasn't in the book it totally would have been a 5 star read.

Source:  I was given this book as part of a promotional tour.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the books.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Elicia Hyder is the author of several contemporary fantasy novels such as The Soul Summoner, The Siren, The Angel of Death, and The Daughter of Zion as well as a few contemporary romances, The Bed She Made and To Be Her first. Elicia studied American Literature and Creative Writing at the American Military University. She lives with her husband and five children in central Florida.

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DESCRIPTION:

Blessed–or cursed–with a connection to the souls of others, Sloan Jordan can see the best in people… and the worst. For twenty-seven years, she's kept her ability to judge the innocent from the wicked a secret, but eleven young women have been murdered in the mountains of North Carolina, and Sloan may be the only hope of finding their killer.

She has just agreed to help Detective Nathan McNamara with the case, when a stranger--who is as alluring as he is terrifying--shows up at her doorstep with a dark past and another puzzling mystery: she can't see his soul at all.

Now, Sloan is on the hunt for a deadly psychopath with two irresistible men. One of them would die for her, and the other would kill to keep her safe.

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