Thursday, November 20, 2014

Doomboy by Tony Sandoval

DoomboyDoomboy by Tony Sandoval
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Warning the following review contains spoilers so continue on with caution.

I'D a.k.a Doomboy feels like there is a hole in him. His life will never be the same after the death of his girlfriend Annie. So in order to fill it he plays his guitar to the sky for her not realizing it is being picked up on radio air waves and that is music is touching all that can hear it.

The story its self is told with the combination of drawing and words. And they flow together great. I found the art work to be a little hard and rough around the edges but I think that was the point. This is a story of a guitar playing, metal loving kid who just got his heart ripped from him and his journey to find away to become whole again.

So graphic novel + metal I assumed it would equal awesomesauce but it didn't quite reach my expectations. That is not to say it wasn't good because I did enjoy it. Just not to the full extent as I though I would.

I was given an eARC for review via Netgalley.


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Book tour: The Girl Who Came Back to Life: A Fairytale by Craig Staufenberg

The Girl Who Came Back to Life: A FairytaleThe Girl Who Came Back to Life: A Fairytale by Craig Staufenberg
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sophie is a 12 year old girl who lives with her grandmother ever sense the death of her parents. She desperately wants to take the trip up north to the City of the Dead not to send them over to the next life but to take them back to the land of the living. Her grandmother willing to take her along as she goes to send of her husband but only if Sophie can pay for her half of the trip.

I really don't know what I think to be honest. I was expecting something TOTALLY different then what I read. And I mean totally. I was expecting something a little more fantasy like I think. Yes it had elements of it, with the City of the Dead. But this book is more about the journey Sophie takes as she learns how to deal with the death of her parents.  It's a story about different ways people cope with loss and finally being able to move on and let them go.

See I thought it was going to be a story of a young girls adventures in the City of the Dead not the means in how she got there, in fact there is not a whole lot of time or attention on this place once we finally get there which isn't until the end of the book pretty much.

So I was a little disappointed, but I have myself to blame as I was envisioning a different kind of story. But for what it was a journey, a coming of age story it was alright. I don't get how it's called a fairytale though, that part baffles me a little.

About the author:


Craig Staufenberg is a writer and filmmaker living in NYC.


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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Book Tour: Twinkle by SJ Parkinson


Publisher: SJ Parkinson (July 14, 2014)
Category: Science Fiction, Thriller
Tour Date: October, 2014
Available in: Print & ebook, 600 Pages

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!!!!

Oh sweet mother of pearl, what can I say about this book.

Intense!
Gripping!
Action-packed!

Twinkle captivated me and held my attention, For book of this size it's hard to imagine that I wished I could read it all in one sitting.  For me to give something 5 stars is something. I'm rather picky when it comes to my star rating and well I found this book to be most deserving. A sure sign that I will love a book is when I think "okay would make a kickass movie, this NEEDS to be a movie." which I can complain that they left such and such a scene out. But that's a different story.

Imagine this if you will it's the 4th of July and you go out with your family to watch the fireworks display, a fire works display that is worldwide and record breaking as it's the first of it's kind. A fireworks display set off from outer space. Of course you will will want to be out watching it, and probably kicking yourself if you can't.  It's big, it's out of this world, it crashes Twitter for f's sake. Now imagine the next day the world as you know goes black....

A world wide blindness.....

There are suicides, chaos, society and the government as we know it is falling. And now it's up to those unlucky enough, or should I say lucky enough to have not seen the display to race against time to save humanity.

Ok this was a fantastic scifi thriller and I loved it. I will admit I grumbled a little a first with all the character hopping, but I got quite use to it as the book went on. But yes overall fanfrickintastic!!!!!!

Go read this book! And someone anyone turn into a motion picture, please!

I was given a paperback copy of this book for review by the author for Premier Virtual Author Book Tours!


About the Author:

Mr. Parkinson was an Air Force avionics technician, a decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf War, and several United Nations peacekeeping missions. He has lived overseas in numerous countries and travels extensively. His novels have been praised for their realism and sold in fourteen countries, winning multiple international awards.
Awards: Three “Outstanding in Genre” Gold Seal awards from Red Adept Publishing and Kindle Book of the Month award Oct 2013 by the People’s Choice Book Awards.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Book Tour: Always with You by Andrea Hurst

Always with YouAlways with You by Andrea  Hurst
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing

Publication Date: February 6, 2014


This is the first book in this genre I have read in quite sometime now, to be honest I haven't been in a romance book mood lately. Other areas peaking my interest, that's not to say I'll scoff at them, many line my bookcase in my room.

Cathy has been through a lot and has come out strong for it, maybe a little too strong with a wall around heart. She runs a successful health restaurant/inn  catering in organic and other health foods, some coming her very own garden.  She's happy with her life, at least she's content with it. That is until an old high school friend needs a favor.

When Pam, her husband Jamie and their four year old daughter Amber become guests at Cathy's house the things she thought she wanted in life start to change. Wanting more then the lot she's been given.

Always with You for me was a very quick read, fluffy as expected. I don't say fluffy as an insult, just a way to describe the lightness of the story. I was torn when reading this because I liked Cathy and I wanted her to be happy but torn because of the situation, it was made a little easy by my dislike of Pam because well she a little bit bitch like. To be fair it's a little understandable but I mean come on, some low blows lady.

I wasn't really sure how I expected the story to play out and I was a little surprised at times. I have to say the epilogue made me smile.

We have forbidden love, the importance of family and finally the strength to love again.

Over all it was an okay book 3.5 stars.

Some parts felt a little to familiar to me but I guess that's life it's easy to connect and relate to sometimes.


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A.S. Bond

When not visiting local farmer's markets or indulging her love for chocolate, Andrea Hurst is an author and literary agent. Her passion for books drives her to find and write stories that take readers on a journey to another place and leave them with an unforgettable impression. She is a developmental editor for publishers and authors, an instructor in creative writing at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and a webinar presenter for Writers Digest. She lives with her dachshunds in the Pacific Northwest, on an island much like the fictional Madrona, with all of its natural beauty and small town charm.
Her published books include Always With YouThe GuestbookThe Lasy Dog's Guide to Enlightenment and Everybody's Natural Food Cookbook, and she co-authored A Book of Miracles.
To learn more about Andrea and her books, visit www.AndreaHurst-author.com.
Join her on Facebook for book giveaways and more delicious recipes and scenic photos from Madrona Island at www.facebook.com/andreahurstauthor
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I was given a paperback copy for review from the author as a part of Pump Up Your Book! virtual book tour*



Monday, October 27, 2014

Book Tour: Order of the Seer Trilogy by Cerece Rennie Murphy


4 out 5 star for whole trilogy!



A seer is a individual who gets visions of the future and according to society is "the devil". But that is just a load of BS feed to the public so an organization call the Guild can go around "collecting" them for their own purpose. And by collecting I mean breaking into homes, murdering the entirety of the house while kidnapping the seer. And Seers are the bad guys? Riiight..

So what is right and wrong? Legal and illegal? It is illegal to test on humans but yet it's legal to murder seers loved ones and capture them against their will? So yet again I ask you what is right and what is wrong, legal and illegal?

This story centers around a few different set of characters, and their journey to band together to take down the guild with the help of others, sadly like in any battle there are casualties in the process. But that being said  there is reunions, and bonds of love so strong. Brothers and sisters, lovers, fathers and sons. Mother and daughter. 

So when I decided to sit down and start these books, I did not realize how quickly I would be sucked into them.  The Order of the Seer is a page turning, trilogy that will grab your right from the start. It will hold your attention and before you know it you've finished and left amazed at how fantastic the whole ride was. 

Each book picks up where the other ends and is action packed right from the start. The writing is superior and I have to say Cerece Rennie Murphy is going to be an author to watch out for. I know after flying through these I will be flying through the next books she releases.

About the author:


Cerece Rennie Murphy fell in love with science fiction at the age of seven, watching “Empire Strikes Back” at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C., with her sister and mom. It’s a love affair that has grown ever since. As an ardent fan of John Donne, Alice Walker, Kurt Vonnegut and Alexander Pope from an early age, Cerece began exploring her own creative writing through poetry. She earned her master’s degrees in social work and international relations at Boston College and Johns Hopkins School for Advance International Studies, respectively, and built a rewarding 15-year career in program development, management and fundraising in the community and international development arenas – all while appreciating the stories of human connection told in science fiction through works like Octavia Butler’s “Wild Seed,” Frank Herbert’s “Dune” and “The X-Files.” In 2011, Cerece experienced her own supernatural event - a vision of her first science fiction story. Shortly after, she began developing and writing what would become the “Order of the Seers” trilogy. Cerece lives just outside of her hometown of Washington, D.C., with her husband, two children and the family dog, Yoda.

For more information, follow Cerece at http://www.cerecerenniemurphy.com

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Seer of Shadows by Avi

The Seer of ShadowsThe Seer of Shadows by Avi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read: September 2014
Source: Hardcover, Library
Publisher: HarperCollins

I've wanted to read this book for a few years now, and I hate that I was not overly impressed with it. Story wise I found it creepy and interesting. But it didn't have my attention at all times. Parts just seemed to drag on as it would lead into other good bits. I don't think its unfair for me to want to be engrossed through out. And no it has nothing to do with the particular age group to which this book was written for. Because I can honestly say that if I read this back when I originally took interest in it it would probably taken me a little longer to complete.

Set in 1872 New York we have Horace, a photographer apprentice. The man he is working for sees an opportunity to make himself more none in the upper class in his field and hopes to see more money come in. Playing on a "grieving" mother he sets in motion a scheme to photo the "spirit" of her daughter. It is Horace's job to capture the images of said spirits. Not knowing that he is treading in an area that could potentially cause great harm.

I wish I wish that I didn't grow board at times, because truthfully the story-line was really good but I fair I can not rate it higher then 3.5 due to the fact that I did find it dragging. :(



Monday, October 20, 2014

Book tour: Hooked by Bobbi JG Weiss





HookedHooked by Bobbi J.G. Weiss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hooked is a story of man who never knew his father, but being told he looked very much like him. Knowing that he use to own a bookstore, was a swordsmen and they share the same temper that seems to be handed down from son to son. But other that he knows nothing. This is a tale of a man losing his mother and trying to find out who is father is. His mother never telling.

Jonathan Edward Stuart, a book store owner and former alcoholic has always had dreams, nightmares a more fitting word for it. He has always had bad habits, Melanie thinks he is a very Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide like, others that know him say he's child like. Could these be just a result of the nightmares, his drinking, or does it fun in family. he stumbles upon what looks to be a story, which appears to be the memoirs of Captain Hook, of the Jolly Roger.

But it can't really be truthful?
It's just a tale right?

Peter Pan is a name that to him, brings fear and nightmares. He is a demon boy and Neverland is child hell, where children who are bad go, that's the story he's grown up to know.  And he's always was led to think he had one foot there.

We flip back and forth between the real and the imaginary in Hooked, what is the real? One day Jonathan is here the next waking on the Jolly Roger. Be he isn't Captain Hook. Parts of whats happening in his life is missing, he's experiencing blackouts.

How do you tell fact from fiction, when both meld together, the melding is enough to drive a man crazy.

A wonderful tale of a mans struggle with what is real and isn't. Written well with just a few minor editorial mistakes.

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Bobbi J.G. Weiss
Author of Between Worlds, Age of Aquariums, Prom Time, Deceptions, Breakaway, Hiro, Hiro, Dragon Warrior, The Tale of the Mogul Monster, Token Wishes, and S...
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Book Tour: The Silver Pearl by by Michelle Diener

The Silver Pear (The Dark Forest #2)The Silver Pear by Michelle Diener
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*I received an eARC copy for review as part of Paranormal Cravings book tour.

Rane still on the search for his brother, Kayla the knowledge of her wild magic and how she can use it to stop the war that is brewing. A battle that will be epic among the sorcerers. She holds the power to end it all.

We meet a new magic welder is this story, Mirabelle, and like Kayla her powers are different, because she is the only female sorcerer. Which might not end so well for her, but all four of them, both couple share a common goal, the ending of the sorcerers battle.

The Silver Pearl takes up exactly where The Golden Apple leaves off. And for those who don't get the chance to read book one the author brings the reader up to speed in the beginning of the story.

I found this book to be more suited for the YA or lighter fantasy fans, or the fantasy romance reader. I holds your attention without gong too complex as some other fantasy books may.

I enjoyed both books and am looking forward to reading other works by Michelle Diener.






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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Release day promo: The Silver Pear by Michelle Diener

Michelle Diener's series The Dark Forrest continues with the release of 
The Silver Pear



Blurb: An unlikely princess . . .

Kayla is determined to master her new-found abilities as a wild magic witch. She's learning everything she can so she and her betrothed, Rane, can put a stop to the sorcerers who are recklessly gathering their power, building up their magic to take each other on in a war that will destroy the countries of Middleland.

An even more unlikely sorcerer . . .

Mirabelle's father was one of the greatest sorcerers in Middleland, but when he used the magic in the silver pear to bespell his pregnant wife to give birth to the greatest sorcerer who would ever live, he never thought that child would be a girl. Mirabelle is nothing like a usual sorcerer, confounding every expectation, and when she comes to the rescue of Rane's brother, Soren, she makes a decision few sorcerers would. She saves him, rather than herself, losing the silver pear in the process.

And using magic always exacts a price . . .

With war not just a possibility but simply a matter of time, there are no neutral parties and no fence-sitters in Kayla and Mirabelle's new world. Everyone is either an ally or an enemy and there is a price to pay for everything. The question is, how high will it be?

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Book Blitz: Distance by Andrea Heltsley



Distance by Andrea Heltsley
Publication date: September 23rd 2014
Genres: Comedy, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Lexi has sworn off guys for good.
She’s always been a hot mess, but accidentally finding her boyfriend of three years cheating on her is just too much for her to handle.
All she wants is to get this summer done and over with, so she and her best friend Elena can travel cross country for college. Then she will finally be free of this town, the friends that dropped her in favor of her ex, and her klutzy reputation.
Lexi’s policy was working perfectly, until a guy named Mason comes to her rescue. Not once but twice in one night. For once, her mishaps have led to something good.
She’s feeling things that scare her, but she’s drawn to him. Can Mason break through her walls, or will she stick to her plan and steer clear of him?
This is a new adult romantic comedy. Recommended for ages 17+ due to 
mature content.


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Andrea Heltsley is a new adult and young adult author. She left the world of science, started writing in 2012 and hasn't stopped since. She lives in Tennessee with her husband and two Italian Greyhounds. Ice cream, coffee and candy are always necessities. When writing, Andrea loves to listen to all kinds of music and always has a candle burning. When she's not writing, you can find her nose in a book. Her favorite forms of entertainment are reading, listening to Shakira and watching Bitten and The Vampire Diaries.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Blitz : Phobic by Cortney Pearson

Phobic by Cortney Pearson
(The Forbidden Doors #1)
Publication date: September 8th 2014
Genres: Horror, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Fifteen-year-old Piper Crenshaw knows her house is strange. It’s never needed repairs since it was built in the 1800s, and the lights flicker in response to things she says. As if those things aren’t creepy enough, it’s also the place where her mother committed murder.
To prove she’s not afraid of where she lives, Piper opens a forbidden door, which hides a staircase that leads to the ceiling. That’s when the flashbacks of the original residents from 1875 start, including a love affair between two young servants. Each vision pulls Piper deeper into not only their story, but also her house. Piper confides in her best friend, Todd, whom she’s gradually falling for, but even he doesn’t believe her. At least, not until her house gets axed during a prank, and the act injures Piper instead, cutting a gash the size of Texas into her stomach.
Piper realizes her house isn’t haunted—it’s alive. To sever her link to it, she must unravel the clues in the flashbacks and uncover the truth about her mother’s crime, before she becomes part of her house for good.


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AUTHOR BIO
Cortney Pearson is a book nerd who studied literature at BYU-Idaho, a music nerd who plays clarinet in her local community orchestra, and a writing nerd who creates stories for young adults. She lives with her husband and three sons in a small Idaho farm town.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ARC Review: Brew by David Estes

Brew (Salem's Revenge, #1)Brew by David Estes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Series: Salem's Revenge
Source: eARC for review
Read: September 2014
Expected publication:  October 1st, 2014
Publisher: Self Published.


*I recieved this eARC for review*

Do you believe is witches?

Some of you will say yeah sure. But I bet the most of you will say, nope. Because they are just found in books, tv, and movies. All made up for your entertainment. Sure some people call themselves one but they can't really be real. Right??

That's what Rhett Carter thought too.

Rhett I can't say was a typical teenager. He played football, a book blogger, was picked on and had been through the system a few times. Finally living with a foster family he liked, The Smiths. He had a best friend and a girlfriend, the three of them were always together. Until the attack happened, and now Rhett the football playing book blogger is on a hunt.


I have to point this out as it was something I found really cute, I don't know if cute is the right word but it's the one that popped into my head. But anyways, I really liked how Rhett turned everything into a "blog" post in his head. Giving it titles and rating aswell. It felt as if that was his way of keeping his wits together as everything else falls apart.

I found Brew to be a highly captivating book, it held my attention from start to finish. Its filled with action, magic, interesting characters it's an overall a great read. Fans of YA magic related/fantasy novels should enjoy it. Fans of Harry Potter and post apocalyptic books should find it equally as engrossing.


Looking forward to the next book in the series.

You can pre-order Brew here on Amazon.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Book Review:Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade: Book 1 by Stephanie Greene

Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade: Book 1Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade: Book 1 by Stephanie Greene
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Library book
Read: September 2014
Publisher: Puffin


Posey is starting grade one and she doesn't like the idea of not having her mommy all day or having to be dropped off and left alone. She wishes she could wear her favorite outfit, a pink tutu that even though it as a hole in it and is torn makes her feel like a princess, Princess Posey. The boys next door are of no help, they try to convince her that there are monsters at school who like to get the first graders.

Princess Posey is a cute and quick chapter book great for teaching your little ones that its going to be okay in school, especially for your first time in full day school and having to be not with their parents. Its a big step up and change from Kindergarten. This book helps explain that even though it maybe new and a change, it doesn't mean it's for the worse and who knows you just might like it.

I love they fact that it's a little series.



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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Book Review: Empath (Flawed, #1) by Becca J. Campbell

Empath (Flawed, #1)Empath by Becca J. Campbell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given an ecopy of Empath for review.

Jade is an Empath not only can she sense the feelings and emotions of those around her she can feel them. They can take right over if she isn't too careful, which is why she has lived such a sheltered life. Which makes it strange when she does start to make friends, calming ones at that. And these friends maybe just as "flawed" as her.

This book was rather interesting and well intense at times. We have this person, Ethan who is a monster, a psychopath. His passion is the fears of others, he thrives off it it, gets off from it. He is just a sick person and Jade is in his sights.

I was got sucked into this book, I found the concept to be refreshing. I've been reading more dystopia novels as of late so it was a nice little break from them.

I'll be looking forward to the next book in the series.


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Monday, September 1, 2014

Cover Reveal: PUPPET by Pauline C. Harris.


About the book: Penelope lives in a world of advanced technology but many claim society has yet to catch up. Marionettes have advanced in the form of robots; lifelike creations remote controlled to perform super human tasks.
When Penelope makes a deal with Jed, a marionette-obsessed scientist, she doesn’t fully realize what she’s getting herself into. In order for Jed to take her away from the orphanage she lives in, she must first agree to undergo his experiments and tests, ultimately creating something no one ever dreamed possible; the first living marionette.
As Jed shows off his scientific creation to the world, concerns arise surrounding Penelope’s abilities and what she’s capable of doing. Ordered to somehow lessen her abilities, Jed makes a desperate attempt to change Penelope to make her more human, more vulnerable. After Penelope lies to the officials about her past, Jed makes sure it’s the last one she’ll ever utter. The truth is now the only thing she is capable of telling.
As Penelope struggles with her past, her disturbingly new present, and her uncertain future, she is thrust into a magically twisted world of mayhem in search of the one thing she wants, but knows she can never have. The chance to be just a girl again. To be normal. To be real.

Puppet is slated to be an October release, so mark your calenders!


About the author:  
Pauline C. Harris is the author of middle grade and young adult science fiction novels and published her first book at the age of fourteen.  She's currently working toward a degree in English.  Other than writing, her time is consumed mainly by reading, playing the violin, watching old black and white movies, and trying to survive her college classes.  You can find her on Twitter at: @PaulineCHarris

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Book Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So...hmm...okay....

This book, this book. When I first opened the pages I got so extremely excited for it. And I knew right away I was going to very enjoy it.

As we continued on I had to pause at many many different moments, pausing to reflect on the words I just read, pausing to soak it all in, pausing to smile.

But then something happened, something wasn't the same. My feelings of "oh I so need to pick up my own copy" (as this is a library book) started to subside. Don't get me wrong I still totally was into it but it kind of I don't know, umm slowed a little.

I still dig it though, (I can't believe I said the words "dig it") so many fantastic band mentions in this book, The Cure, The Smiths, Misfits, etc. Just yeah like I said fantastic.

The ending left me lost, happy, sad, just..I don't know, there was so many thoughts and feelings and to be honest with you a little too real, a little too close to something I've been through/done. Not going there as well it's personal and well this is a book review.

You know as I sit here looking at my library copy, with all the sticky notes in it to mark things I liked I'm gonna probably end up picking my own. Yeah chances are good.



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