Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Blog Tour: Book Review and Giveaway: Keeper by Ingrid Seymour



Welcome to  my stop on the Keeper blog tour! I am so excited to share my review with you because this book really was so original and fun. I hope you all check it out and give it a try.





Book Description:

For them, free will is a luxury . . .

Greg Papilio both wants and dreads his impending metamorphosis. He’s tired of being a runt—always picked last on the basketball court—and tired of being ugly, when he could be what girls call “drop dead gorgeous.” But as much as he looks forward to the transformation, he also fears the caste it will inevitably assign to him. He doesn’t want a common caste. He wants a powerful one, a cool one.

Samantha Gibson is average. She’s short and a little full around the hips—a terribly cute look for a future chef. She’s two years away from culinary school, from her uncaring parents, and from carving a perfectly Human future. She wants independence, a career and a quiet life of her own.

Except fate couldn’t care less about what Greg and Samantha want and gives them exactly the opposite. Greg’s metamorphosis assigns him a caste that enslaves him to Samantha, while her chance to attend Le Cordon Bleu is taken away. But things are never as interesting as when Ashby—an intriguing blonde with a hidden identity—enters her life with a splash.

Greg’s fate is to protect Samantha at a time when someone wants her dead. He's her Keeper and will stop at nothing to ensure her safety, even if her secret past proves deadly, even if he's keeping her safe for someone else.




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About the Author:


Ingrid Seymour loves, loves, loves to write. She’s a young and new adult author. She writes in a variety of genres including romance, urban fantasy, paranormal and horror. She loves pizza and sushi, Sunkist and gum. She believes in vampires, witches, but not zombies (uh-uh, never!) She writes to loud music, daydreams constantly and spends too much time in twitter!! Find her there?  Ingrid has incredible fun doing what she does, but more than anything she enjoys hearing from her readers. It’s a dream come true.


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If I had to review this book in just a couple of words, these are the words I would use to describe it, captivating, well developed and completely unique. 

I was immediately drawn right into the story and into Greg, Sam and Ashby's story. I was fascinated with the morphism and what it all meant.

The author managed to give us just enough detail to explain what was happening without so much info that we felt overloaded or overwhelmed.

I loved Sam, Greg, and Ashby from the get go and felt invested in their outcome and happiness. I wanted the very best for all of them but just knew that probably wouldn't be possibly with the way the storyline was headed. 

I know this was originally released as a serial novel but I am so very glad that I had all four volumes before starting it as I can see how each one ended in a cliffhanger and I just know I would have been on the edge of my seat waiting for the next installment to be released, this really was that good.

My only real complaint was the world building, I just felt like there could have been just a little bit more explanation about where it all started and how it all came about but other than that I really was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. The ending took me by surprise and I am still not sure what to make of it all, I definitely wasn't ready for it to be over.





*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*






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WoW Pick of the Week



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It is a chance to share those new releases were are super anxious to get our hands on and read.

Okay this one like last week, isn't a normal pick for me. Yes I love ghost stories but I wasn't a huge fan of  The Lovely Bones and so having that in the description makes me a little nervous but that darn cover whore in me can't resist the cover on this one and the rest of the synopsis is appealing so even though I think I might get burned by this one, I still want to give it a try.



Book Description:

A haunting mystery, romance in the vein of The Lovely Bones by New York Times bestselling author.

"The yard of this house is a graveyard of moments and everything left behind is a clue. And I am here to dig."

There's a ghost haunting 208 Water Street. She doesn't know who she was, or why she's still here. She does know that she is drawn to Maggie, the new girl in town, and her friends - beautiful, carefree Pauline and Liam, the boy who loves her.


But the ghost isn't all that's lurking in Gill Creek... Someone is killing young girls all across the county. Can the ghost keep these three friends safe? Or does she have another purpose?



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blog Tour Book Review and Giveaway: Wild Iris Ridge by RaeAnn Thayne


Welcome to my stop on the Wild Iris Ridge Blog Tour hosted by CBB Book Promotions !




Series: Book Seven in the Hope's Crossing Series

Published By: Harlequin (June 24, 2014)

Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)

Purchase Links:

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Book Description:

Lucy Drake and Brendan Caine have only one thing in common… 

And it's likely to tear them apart. Because it was Brendan's late wife, Jessie—and Lucy's best friend—who'd brought them together in the first place. And since Jesse's passing, Brendan's been distracted by his two little ones…and the memory of an explosive kiss with Lucy years before his marriage. Still, he'll steer clear of her. She's always been trouble with a capital T. 

Lucy couldn't wait to shed her small-town roots for the big city. But now that she's back in Hope's Crossing to take care of the Queen Anne home her late aunt has left her, she figures seeing Brendan Caine again is no big deal. After all, she'd managed to resist the handsome fire chief once before, but clearly the embers of their attraction are still smoldering…




About the Author:


I'm not one of those people who knew from birth she was destined to become a writer. I always loved to read and throughout my childhood I could usually be found with a book in my hands. To the disgust of my friends, I even enjoyed creative writing assignments that made them all groan. But I had other dreams besides writing. I wanted to be an actress or a teacher or a lawyer.

Life took a different turn for me, though, when my mother made me take a journalism elective in high school (thanks, Mom!). I knew the first day that this was where I belonged.

After I graduated from college in journalism, I took a job at the local daily newspaper and I reveled in the challenge and the diversity of it. One day I could be interviewing the latest country music star, the next day I was writing about local motorcycle gangs or interviewing an award-winning scientist.

Through it all -- through the natural progression of my career from reporter to editor -- I wrote stories in my head. Not just any stories, either, but romances, the kind of books I have devoured since junior high school, with tales about real people going through the trials and tribulations of life until they find deep and lasting love.

I had no idea how to put these people on paper, but knew I had to try -- their stories were too compelling for me to ignore. I sold my first book in 1995 and now, more than 30 books later, I've come to love everything about writing, from the click of the computer keys under my fingers to the "that's-it!" feeling I get when a story is flowing.

I write full-time now (well, as full-time as I can manage juggling my kids!) amid the raw beauty of the northern Utah mountains.

Even though I might not have dreamed of being a writer when I was younger, now I simply can't imagine my life any other way.








I have been in a bit of a romance slump lately, for whatever reason the genre just hasn't been appealing to me as much as they usually do, with a few exceptions of course. 

Maybe I have been reading way too much YA lately, or maybe just the wrong reads period but, either way, by the time I picked this one up, I was ready for something more. For something to wow me and throw me right out of my slump and back into happy times.

Thank heaven that is exactly what Thayne managed to do.

This is what I am talking about. These are the reads that can pull you out of a slump and make you eager to read again. Flipping pages at an alarming rate because you just can't get enough of the sweet story inside.

There is just something so endearing about a good soft romance between friends turned lovers. The sexual tension, tender moments and witty banter that make your heart race and leave you longing for more.

The whole Caine clan were the type of family everyone wants in their life. The meddling, the wisdom, the fights, the love, the friendship, they truly are the type of family that no one would want to resist, let alone try to.

Brendan was no exception and Lucy, she was his match in every way.

This was such a sweet read and even though this is the first time I have picked up this series and tried this author, I wasn't lost in the least. In fact, all it did was make me want to go and grab all the other books and jump right back in and I just might very well do just that.





*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*










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Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

Title: Ghost House
Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Series: Book One in the Ghost House Saga
Published By: Harlequin Teen (August 26, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Paranormal
My Rating: 2-2.5 Stars


Book Description:
From the New York Times bestselling author of Halo comes the start of a beautiful and powerful new series.

After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother's country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…

Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander's past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.

To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever… and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.












Never let it be said that I don't love a good ghost story. It doesn't matter the time of year, season, or whether it is night or day, I love them, sometimes crave them and seek them out every chance I get.

This has all the aspects of a good ghost story, without being so gruesome or frightening it is hard to stomach or will keep you up at night.

It will give you the chills and make you guess, maybe even creep you out at times but it isn't overly done or dramatic. With a setting ripe for the taking and a good haunting to take place, really you can't go wrong with this one.

Except, that it slightly did go wrong. It maybe was a bit too mild at times and the romance had a nasty habit of taking over the storyline and although it had a grand setting fit for a fabulous gothic feel, very little atmosphere was established and set for the story to really take root and thrive.

The story did get more solid as it went but still never lived up to it's expectations.


I can see a younger audience really liking the romance aspect and of course the unforeseeable cliff hanger at the end is sure to draw people back to read the second book simply because they are curious to see where the story will go from there but I don't think I will be one of them. 






*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Sunday Post



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.


Happy Sunday everyone! 
Another week of summer has gone by and this weekend we finally had some relief from the scorching heat. A storm moved in and while it didn't provide any moisture it is bring the temperatures back down to a manageable mid 90's. Way better than the 100 plus we have been getting. 

I got my new laptop and I must say, I adore it. I am still getting use to it but so far I am doing well with Windows 8.1. It wasn't as bad nor as scary as I imagined it to be. The hardest part was getting my files all transferred over and Calibre, that was a chore! I didn't realize just how many books I had until I tried to transfer them all over.

I am not even going to tell you how many because it is crazy. Even my husband raised an eyebrow at me when it saw the sheer number of files. What is worst is that I haven't' even read a third of them. :(  I might have a book buying problem. :P 

But is one is going to be addicted to something, might as well be books right?

This week on the blog this is what I featured in case you missed anything:

Blog Tour Book Review and Giveaway: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

Cover Reveal: Fierce by L.G. Kelso

Release Day Review: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

My WoW Pick of the Week

Review: One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington

Blog Tour and Review: How to Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser

Book Blitz: Winter Angel by Mia Hoddell


Review: Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich

This coming week I will be reviewing/featuring the following:

Review: Ghost House by Alexandra Ardornetto

Blog Tour Book Review and Giveaway: Wild Iris Ridge by RaeAnn Thayne

My WoW Pick of the Week

Blog Tor Book Review and Giveaway: Keeper by Ingrid Seymour

Review: How To Fall by Jane Casey

Review: Feral by Holly Schindler

Review: Renegade by Cambria Herbert


My books this week:

Another quieter week for me but I am glad because I just haven't had as much time to read this summer as I had planned so the less books I add, the better. 

As always a huge thank you to the authors and publishers. 










Saturday, July 19, 2014

Review: Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich

Title: Eleven on Top
Author: Janet Evanovich
Series: Book Eleven in the Stephanie Plum Series
Published By: St. Martins (June 20, 2006)
Source: Purchased
Genre: Mystery/Humor
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Book Description:
Stephanie Plum is thinking her career as a fugitive apprehension agent has run its course. She's been shot at, spat at, cussed at, fire-bombed, mooned, and attacked by dogs. Stephanie thinks it's time for a change. So she quits. She wants something safe and normal. But the kind of trouble she had at the bail bonds office can't compare to the kind of trouble she finds herself facing now...

Stephanie is stalked by a maniac returned from the grave for the sole purpose of putting her into a burial plot of her own. He's killed before, and he'll kill again if given the chance. Caught between staying far away from the bounty hunter business and staying alive, Stephanie reexamines her life and the possibility that being a bounty hunter is the solution rather than the problem. After disturbingly brief careers at the button factory, Kan Klean Dry Cleaners, and Cluck-in-a-Bucket, Stephanie takes an office position in security, working for Ranger, the sexiest, baddest bounty hunter and businessman on two continents. Tempers and temperatures rise as competition ratchets up between the two men in her life her on-again, off-again boyfriend, tough Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and her boss, Ranger. Can Stephanie Plum take the heat? Can you?







The Stephanie Plum series is my go to series when I need a good laugh. When I want something that in fact, will make me laugh so much and so hard my cheeks will be sore and my sides will ache afterward. 

There is just something to be said about the shenanigans Stephanie gets herself into. Like Ranger says, “she is a magnet for disaster.”

Oh and Ranger, yeah, he and Morelli don't hurt the series at all either. I have always said, what is better than one hot hunky guy? Why two of course!

And “Cupcake” and “Babe”? I love it. So fitting for both their personalities.

Okay, so these books aren't well written literature that will one day become classics but they are great funny books with just enough mystery and danger to keep me wanting  and to make me keep coming back for it without hesitation. 
 In fact, truth be told, I sort of hoard them. I buy them up and then hang on to them when I need something to cleanse my palate and leave me laughing my butt of and in a far better mood than when I started them. 

Once again Evanovich doesn't disappoint with the crazy hijinks and trouble Stephanie and Lula get themselves into or with the steamy tension between Stephanie and Ranger, not to mention the hot and cold on and off again relationship with Morelli. And have I even mentioned Grandma M yet? Goodness I love that woman and her craziness. 

This is just one of those feel good series I depend on when I have had a slew of bad reads or just want something I know I will love and will let me escape for a couple hours. 





*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*



Book Blitz: Winter Angel by Mia Hoddell


Winter Angel
by Mia Hoddell

Genre: YA Romance
Release date: 25th June 2014
Length: Novella

Blurb:
She was on holiday. He was tricked into returning.
Neither of them wanted to be there, but neither could avoid it.


Amy wants to be back under the sun in Portugal. However, when her suggestion is overruled in favour of a skiing holiday, even she can't turn it down. What she couldn't have predicted is that the holiday could make her break the one, and only, rule she has: not to get into a serious relationship again.

When Amy first sees Luke, she knows something is wrong. He's struggling to cope with everything and her need to help people makes him the perfect distraction from the cold. He hasn't been to the Alps in five years and he swore to never ski again. But as his defences are broken by Amy's persistence, the winter paradise begins to reawaken his desires.

However, with constant flashbacks triggering his anxiety, he's torn, battling conflicting emotions as he becomes increasingly captivated by Amy. She has a rule though. She didn't go on holiday to fall for someone and the last thing she needs is to ignore her own advice. Whether or not she can move past her insecurities will depend on whether Luke can face his biggest fear.

Winter Angel is a standalone, young adult romance novella, but is the second book in the Seasons of Change series.

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Excerpt

White. Gazing out of the small, circular window, it was the only colour he could see surrounding him. The bursts of light—which had broken through the heavy, grey clouds—were reflected back as the ground grew closer with each passing second. Not too long ago he had been blissfully unaware of the location his sister was dragging him to for a holiday. A bubble of excitement had surrounded him throughout the early morning as he got up, and stayed with him through travelling to the airport and catching the flight. However, it had burst as soon as the icy tips of the mountains appeared and the plane began its descent. Until that moment, he had hoped his guesses had been wrong.
His sister had carefully planned the trip, making sure to hide all clues as to where they were heading, and as she glanced across at him, it seemed as if she had been successful. Luke’s knuckles were white on the arm rests. He had claimed both of them, gripping them so hard they looked like they would snap under the force, or at least be moulded to the shape of his hands when he removed them.
Ellie watched as he took in a shaky breath, but she heard no exhale.
“Luke?”
The silence that filled the space around them was icier than the Alps they had just flown over. Her brother’s gaze remained fixed on the window, watching as the ground, and his fate, drew ever closer. Deep, ragged breaths steamed up the window, which was almost touching his nose. Desperately, he tried to control the tremors shaking his body, and his pounding heart, from the fear that washed over him in waves.
“Luke, please, say something.” Worry had crept into Ellie’s tone. She had thought her idea would do him good, that forcing him to face everything would turn him back into his old self. Ellie missed the brother she had grown up with and wanted him back. However, seeing his eyes wide with fear, his jaw clenched in anger, and his arms tense with both, suddenly she wasn’t so sure about her plan.
“You promised, Ellie. You swore you wouldn’t pressure me, and I trusted you with that. You know how I feel about this.” His voice was sharp and curt as he spoke through clenched teeth, trying to keep a hold on his emotions.
The urge to flee surged within him. He wanted to go home, to get off the plane and board the next flight straight back to England, but he couldn’t. Not only was the plane still minutes from landing—trapping him in the confines of economy class, which felt even smaller as realisation forced him to understand Ellie’s plans—but he also refused to waste more money on the pointless trip Ellie had conned him into taking. If he was going to use the money he had earned from before everything changed, it would be on his own terms.
“You’ll enjoy it when you’re there,” Ellie stated, brushing off his comments like they meant nothing to her.
“That’s easy for you to say. You don’t have to live with, or through, what I have.” Luke was trying hard to control his voice. Had they been in private, he would have already been shouting. The cramped environment meant that Ellie was getting off lightly, but he swore that when they reached their chalet, he would not hold back. She had no right to interfere with his life.
“Never tell me I didn’t live through it, Luke. I was there when it happened, in the hospital, and when you got home. I was there through it all. It may not have been me, but it wasn’t like it had no effect on my life,” Ellie hissed. It was the only way she could convey her anger without disturbing other passengers.
“Why though, Ellie? Why is this such a big deal to you?” Luke’s eyes were full of sorrow as he turned to face his sister for the first time, begging to understand her reasoning for putting him through something she knew would hurt him.

About the Author

Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything paranormal and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning.

With three poems published before the age of sixteen, Mia moved on to short stories but finding she had too much to tell with too little space, Mia progressed to novels. She started her first series (The Wanderer Trilogy) at the age of fourteen and since then hasn’t stopped writing. Elemental Killers is her second series and with an ever growing list of ideas, Mia is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them.


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