Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Life Sentence by Lily Luchesi

*The author gave me an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Rating:
4

Synopsis:
   She can fight evil, but can she fight the darkness in her own blood? 
   After the disastrous events with Miranda have subsided, Danny and Angelica have to adjust to a new kind of like at the Paranormal Investigative Division. 
   Fiona is still on the loose, and she has all of Hell on her side. Danny begins to enhance his psychic abilities with the help of a soul just like his. Angelica is caught between a rock and a very dark place. 
   Can their love survive these new trials, or will the past tear them apart? 

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Excerpt from Life Sentence:
   "Well, well, little vamplet," the wolf growled, "it is a true pleasure to see you in person. I see you got my note."
   "Ever hear of email?" Angelica asked. Danny felt the tension in her body flowing in waves. She was just barely restraining herself from launching at the wolf, getting revenge for her fallen employee.    "You know of me, eh? Well, then you know what I'm capable of."
   "Oh, I do," it growled deeply, as if pleased. "And I want to challenge you."
   "Challenge me?" Angelica asked. "To what?"
   "A fight. Just us, to see who can win in an old-fashioned, one-on-one brawl."
   "It's been a while since i was challenged hand-to-hand. You sure you're up for it?"
   Angelica's smirk was a little alarming. Danny saw Brighton open his mouth to speak, but thought better of it a the look on her face. Angelica was about to go one-on-one with a cursed shifter. Any idiot could tell yo that that was a bad idea, even for a full-blooded vampire. 
   "Can you promise me that your male harlem back there won't get involved? Because if they do, this whole thing is off the table," the wold said. 
   Angelica chuckled. "They know better than the interfere." 
   Brighton grabbed Danny;s sleeve. "Are you really going to let her do this?"
   "Do you think I can stop her? Or even help her? You know her, Brighton. She'll incapacitate me in a second before going about the fight as if I never interrupted," Danny said. "Stubborn as a mule." 
   "I can hear you," she said as she began to remove her black gloves. her eyes never left the wolf in front of her. "Tell me, why do this? Your orders are to kill me, not challenge me."
   The wolf growled before it answered. "I heard what you did to the ones who came before me. They underestimated you. The only way for me to get a real, fair fight is to challenge you head-on. Why do you think I let that crazy witch turn me in the first place? For the power, I love a challenge. You, Angelica Cross, are a challenge."
   Angelica turned around and placed her two guns on the ground, as promised. She had not brought her sword in her haste to catch the wold. "Then let's go-monster to monster."
   The shifter scoffed. "At least I'm not still part human."
   Angelica's eyes darkened, turning blood red. Her claws started to extend, something that had never happened when she was a vamplet. Finally, Danny watched as her jaw became distended, and her fangs released. These were not the two "Dracula" fangs she had had before; these were the long needle fangs every vampire had. Each tooth became thin and sharp, while the canines on the top and bottom reaching over two inches in length. 
   "See, that's the thing: neither am I."


About the Author:
   Lily Luchesi is a young author/poet born in Chicago, Illinois, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things "dark". At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle by the time she was twelve, and, as her family has always been what they now call "gothic", she doesn't believe she shall ever change. She is also a hopeless romantic and avid music-love who will always associate vampires with love, blood, and rock and roll. 
   Her interest in poetry came around the same time as when she was given a book of Edgar Allan Poe's complete work. She then realized that she had been writing her own poetry since she could hold a pen, and just had not known the correct terms. She finished her first manuscript at the age of fourteen, and was first published at twenty-one. 
   Her debut novel, Stake-Out (Paranormal Detectives Series Book One), was published by Vamptasy Publishing on May 19th, 2015. Book two, Miranda's Rights, was released on January 8th, 2016. book three, Life Sentence, will be released on August 2nd, 2016 by Vamptasy Publishing, and book four (title TBA) was also just accepted by the publisher and will be released in January 2017. 
   She has a short story, "Undead Ever After" in the CHBB Publishing anthology Love Sucks (released on June 13th, 2015). Her first erotic story, "Have No Fears", was published in the Hot Ink Press anthology Naughty Bedtime Stories: In Three Words on October 10th, 2015. She will also have a short erotic horror story, "The Devil's Dozen", in the upcoming Hot Ink Press anthology Death, Love, Lust, which was released on February 4th, 2016. her horror short "Too Young To Kill" was released in the CHBB Publishing anthology Lurking In The Shadows on June 28th, 2016. 

Review:
   Hey everyone! A couple of cool sales going on, right? I'm so happy to be part of this book's release! 
   Life Sentence did not only capture my heart, but also my imagination as I read through and pictured to scene right before me. Once again, Lily did not disappoint. 
   Continuing the Paranormal Detective Series, Life Sentence set the stage for the final battle against the antagonist witch, Fiona. But a life-altering event makes Angelica reluctant to have Danny by her side, making it hard for them to work together. I personally enjoyed seeing their relationship struggle in this way, because in the end, it really brings them closer together. You also see Angelica's tough exterior but vulnerable interior when you read her POV. 
   What I also thoroughly enjoyed were the flashbacks of the past, explaining how everything came about. How Angelica's human father fell in love with her vampire mother. How Danny's past-life's great-great uncle became who he is today (is that confusing?). It all circled around and connected, and I love the moment when everything finally connects together. It's so mind-blowing. 
   (I'm currently listening to With You by Chris Brown and I'm imagining Danny singing this to Angelica.. <3 Shipping them so hard). 
   The read was easy with little to no grammar mistakes, which always makes me happy. The writing was written very well: when the book took place in modern day, the writing was casual, but during flashbacks to England, it was more formal and appropriate for the time period, making you dive deeper into the book with realistic phrases and dialogue. 
   As you know, this series is dear to my heart since it's the one that had me loving vampire books. Life Sentence has some gore in it, so I'd definitely recommend this to people who don't mind a lot of blood. I can also say (as I do in every review for this series) that if you're not into vampires as I was, this series is a great way to slowly transition you into them! Especially now that they're on sale ;) 
   I cannot wait for book four!!! I already know it's going to be epic ;) 

Monday, July 18, 2016

No More Heroes by Roo I Macleod

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Rating:
2.7

Synopsis:
   On the crime ridden streets of Old London Town the law has been subcontracted and justice awarded to the highest bidder. But from the dark depths of despair and chaos, a hero is born. 

   A murder on the crime-ridden streets of Ostere isn't headline news
   A vagrant running from conscription is common place
   But this vagrant knew the deceased and was witnessed fighting with the deceased 
   So now the police want a word
   As do the killers 
   Ben Jackman, vagrant by day, hunter of road kill by night, isn't the man to take the fall
   Proving his innocence is obvious
   Finding the killer is crucial
   But Ben needs a gun, a big gun with lots of bullets, because the seedy streets of Ostere have a new breed of criminal and they aren't looking to take prisoners

Links to Buy:
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Barnes & Noble
Amazon

Review:
   Hey everyone! Wow, summer is already halfway gone and I feel like I didn't accomplish anything! I have to finish my summer assignments for school and get started on my college applications. You know, it kind of sucks when the major you're looking for is brand new close to no colleges have the program you want... At least my top college does... it's just a matter of if I get in or not. I can't believe I'm a senior. For those of you younger: trust me, high school goes by so fast. At least it did for me. I had decent teachers and met amazing friends. I'm scared but excited to go away to college... if any of you out there are in college, what is it like?
   Okay, onto the review. No More Heroes is a great, fast-paced book with lots of humor... but for me, I just didn't click with the book and it didn't help with making it an enjoyable read.
   I found it hard to keep track of the copious groups and people. It took me about half the book to understand which is which and who belonged in which group.
   I also felt that Roo did a wonderful job of describing the environment and creating a picture for me while reading the book. It was great that I had a good visual, but though the author excelled in creating a picture, he lacked in explaining why things are happening. Like in the beginning of the book, this huge attack against the police and a rebel group just started out of no where. Yes, it's obvious the people don't like the government officials, but I just wanted to know why. Why are they so mad? Why is there such a huge tension? There was no background of the whole history behind it. Maybe the story started with a bag being misplaced and an innocent man accused of murder, but I feel like there should be a plot building so I feel like I'm deep into the world and not just on the outside looking in.
   There were also quite a few grammar mistakes that made it a little difficult to read as well. It's so much better in the long run if the book is proofread by a few people or had an editor give it a once over before it gets published.
   I really loved the story and I feel that it has a lot of potential. The original story and the humor mixed in with the haunting feel makes for a good laugh. I just wish I connected more with the story and I'm sorry that I didn't.
   I'm sure that the book is amazing and plenty of people will enjoy the book from page one. No More Heroes is definitely great for people who love a good, fast-paced mystery.
   I hope you all aren't too mad about my review! See you soon with another one.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Life Sentence by Lily Luchesi Cover Reveal!

 
   Hey guys! Today, I'm so pleased to tell you all that I'm part of a cover reveal for Life Sentence, coming out on August 2nd! Life Sentence is the third installation of The Paranormal Detective series. If you haven't checked out my book reviews for the first two books, be sure to check them out!

Life Sentence (Paranormal Detectives Book Three)
By Lily Luchesi
Genre: Paranormal, horror, mystery
Release Date: August 2nd, 2016
Publisher: Vamptasy Publishing

She can fight evil, but can she fight the darkness in her own blood?
After the disastrous events with Miranda have subsided, Danny and Angelica have to adjust to a new kind of life at the Paranormal Investigative Division. 
Fiona is still of the loose, and she has all of Hell on her side. Danny begins to enhance his psychic abilities with the help of a soul just like his. Angelica is caught between a rock and a very dark place. 
Can their love survive these new trials, or will the past tear them apart?

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   I hope you guys get this book! This series has really gotten me into loving vampire books (It's not so bad after all). I certainly can't wait to get my hands on this book :D 
   Enjoy your lovely day, everyone! 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Rating:
4.75

Synopsis:
   Erik "Fish" Fiskare loves the theater, but his guarded nature prefers backstage to center stage. While studying stagecraft at college, his spotlight turns on a talented dancer named Marguerite "Daisy" Bianco. Soon, Erik is drawn to a first love as soulful as it is passionate. For two years, the romance thrives within a tight-knit circle of artists and friends. Then a newcomer arrives: James, a brilliant but erratic dancer with a misguided infatuation and a burning desire to belong. 
   Rejection sets James on a course for destruction and when the smoke clears, Erik's world lies in ruins. He soon discovers that in the face of heartache, grief and betrayal, love is not always enough to make you stay. And sometimes, it's the only thing that can bring you back. 
   Spanning fifteen years and following a man's thrilling emotional journey back to the truth of himself, Laqueur's debut novel explores the dark side of devotion and the futility of running from one's past. The Man I Love is an epic tale of love and forgiveness that will linger longer after the last page is turned. 

Links to Buy:
Books-A-Million
Barnes & Noble
Amazon

Review:
   Wow.


   That's really all I can say for this book. I just went on such an emotional roller coaster reading this book... I honestly don't know where to start.
   I guess from the beginning.
   Right from the start, I knew this book was going to be great. The writing is flawless. Very few to no grammar mistakes and the style was just what I was looking for. It was poised and elegant, which took me by surprise because I didn't expect that coming from a book of this genre.
   I loved the writing, and then I loved the story. I'm not really into theatric art but I loved the way the elegance of the dancers matched the way the writing was. I loved learning about the behind-the-scenes of the stage. So much goes into production, it's crazy (new respect goes out to those who take part in any of it).
   But I guess what I loved the most is how Suanne really showcased the reality of grief, love, life, and so much more. You guys know me, I cannot do unrealistic situations. The Man I Love was so explicit in how Erik and his group of friends felt and went through life. Their decisions, though sometimes not rational, were realistic given the situation. It really felt as if I was looking into someone else's life.
   And man, do I feel for all of them. TMIL started off sad, but upbeat and hopeful. Turning into happiness and love; nothing could go wrong. But literally within minutes, life decides to take a 180 turn on the characters and it's... depressed, bleak... hopeless. But unlike most books, the bad times carried out for a good amount of the book. I liked that though, because it just shows how long it takes to get through something terrible. It doesn't always take days or months. Sometimes it takes years, and Suanne highlighted that. I think she did an exemplary job portraying both the good and bad in relationships and situations.
   I only have one critique but I'm not even sure if it's even a bad thing. It was a really long book; carried out to fifteen years with almost 600 pages. There were times when I felt as if it was just filler information, not important to the storyline and, honestly, boring. But then... throughout the book, you start to see everything connected. There was a reason why Suanne had it in the book. Like those freaking pepparkakor cookies. Why the heck do you need to know how they taste or why they were made? Trust me, THE ENDING. Everything had such a small yet significant job in the book and I really loved that. So I think the brief times I wanted to skip through a little dialog or explaining, I'm so glad I didn't.
   I'm honestly just so awed by this book and its story that's being held between two covers by its binding. I truly didn't think it'd be this good.
  Obviously, I recommend this book. It's a great read if you're looking for something that holds a lot of meaning between the lines.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Miranda's Rights by Lily Luchesi

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Rating:
4

Synopsis:
   The dead don't always rest easy...
   Retired detective, Danny Mancini, is haunted by nightmares after he found out that paranormal creatures exist. All he wants is to forget them... especially a certain half-vampire. When cursed werewolves show up to kill him, he is forced to go back to the Paranormal Investigative Division for help against a powerful old enemy. What he was not expecting was a dead ex showing back up after twenty-six years. 

Links to Buy:
Books-A-Million
Barnes & Noble
Amazon

Review:
   Hey guys! Wow, even I didn't think that I'd be back this soon! But seriously, this series is so good. If you guys haven't read my review for the first book, Stake-Out, go and read that first!
   Miranda's Rights, the sequel, goes more in depth with Angelica's family and history... Which I think is sooooo interesting. I mean she's lived for two hundred years so she must have a lot of stories to tell, haha. We only saw a fraction of her story, but I think it was amazing to flash back to a different time period. I also loved how we saw Fiona (the antagonist) in a different light. In the beginning, she wasn't so bad... though why she turned so evil was kind of... stupid. Like okay you're mad but you don't need to go all bat crazy (did I spoil anything?...).
   I also loved how Miranda came into the picture. Everything just fit together so perfectly with her story, and though I hate her guts, she was another perfect antagonist. I (personally) didn't really like the way Danny treated her though. They were about to get married and when she came back (admittedly a different species and twenty-something years later), it's like she didn't mean anything to him. Like at least have a little sympathy even though she's lost her mind.
   Don't get me wrong, I hate her and love triangles annoy me so much, but you know... at least be sympathetic, you know? Nonetheless, I loved her story and she even got her own book all about how insane she is!
   Danny and Angelica? Yeah I ship it. So hard.
   Lily does a fantastic job with the story, changing the POV at just the right time. Right when I want to know about someone's thoughts or actions, she changes the POV to that person, like she saw the future and knew exactly what I was going to be thinking.
   I did see a few more grammar mistakes than last time, but it was still on the minimal side and I was super happy about that.
   I flew through this book so fast. Miranda's Rights is faster paced because there's no need to build up the chemistry and story. Though I love the story and character development, I love the action that occurs within the book. SO many new faces and twists and turns (MAN, THAT FREAKING ENDING)!
   In the end, this book was so very pleasing. It did have a little bit more blood with more detail about vampire bites, but since the first book already got me into the vamp world, it was not a big deal for me at all.
   I really hope you guys read this series, even if you're not into vampire books, it's a great series to start expanding your horizons. The writing is very smooth, and if you like multiple POV's, well this has them. I personally cannot wait for the third book comes out in August! I'll definitely have the review for that coming up ASAP ;)
   Well I hope this review was enlightening, hopefully I didn't spoil too much! Haha stay tuned for another review coming up ;)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Stake-Out by Lily Luchesi

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Rating:
4.5

Synopsis:
   In a city overrun with the undead, an ex-cop is given a chance to get revenge...
   Danny Mancini is given a case, following a murder suspect. When he catches him, he finds out that the perp isn't even human: he's a 200 year old rogue vampire! 
   The department doesn't believe him, and puts him on early retirement, despite his many years of service to the Chicago Police Department, which sends him into a downward spiral. 
   Two years later, Danny gets an invitation from the beautiful, young and very attractive Detective Angelica Cross to join a secret branch of the FBI to help her track down Vincent, the wayward vamp. 
But renegade werewolves, meddling immortal witches and Danny's strange visions of a life lived a century ago with Angelica makes things more difficult than it should be. 

Links to Buy:
Books-A-Million
Barnes & Noble
Amazon

Review:
   Wow... It's been since April since my last post! School definitely kept me busy :P But I'm proud that I put everything into school because my grades look amazingggg and it definitely paid off. Now, it's summer and I am finally free to read and review the list of books that have been requested...
   Starting with this one! This review has been a long time coming and I give a shout out to the author, Lily, for being so patient with me. I was so terrible in guessing how long it'd take me to write this review and I'm so embarrassed. But thank you for not yelling at me! Haha.
   Okay, Stake-Out is the first book that I've read that held vampires as one of the main types of characters. I actually don't know why I'm not into vampires. I guess I don't like reading about how the blood oozes out of someone's throat. But at the same time... I'm not one to get grossed out easily... Who knows. Anyway, Lily did an amazing job incorporating vampires and hunters (as well as other supernatural animals) without making the story too gory. I thoroughly enjoyed having the vampires in this book :)
   I also enjoyed the writing. Lily wrote in third person for the characters and I loved how it frequently changed POV's between Danny and Angelica. It was perfect knowing what each of them were thinking. Especially when 'the secret' gets out and everything hits the fan ;) I loved how there were very minimal grammar mistakes. It made reading much more smooth and enjoyable. It takes a lot to edit or hire an editor, but it's unbelievably worth it in the end for the reader.
   The only thing that got me was the overuse of the word 'perp'. I'm sure there are other variations of the term using different words that the author could have used, and I wish she did. I guess that's why I wasn't really into the book until after around the first half of the book. It gets tiring seeing the same word over and over again. Thankfully, Lily stopped using it so much after a little bit and it became a much more enjoyable read.
   Other than that, the book was amazing! I have already started reading book 2, Miranda's Rights hahaha. The epilogue of this book was so good; it really captivated me, wanting to know more about the two main characters' history and also hoping that their future brings them together again. Agh it's so hard writing this without giving everything away!!!
   All I can say is you must read this book. If you aren't a fan of vampires, this is a great book that slowly transitions you into loving it.
   It felt so good writing a review again and I can't wait to read a book and do another one! Don't worry, you guys won't have to wait as long as last time ;) I'm also reviewing book two of this series! So stay tuned for that ;)
   Hope you guys enjoyed! Must get back to reading ;)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Blog Tour- Paper Hearts: Some Writing Advice by Beth Revis

*I was given an e-copy of volume 1 in exchange for an honest review*

Rating:
4.5

Synopsis:
   Fight the blank page.
   When it comes to writing, there's no wrong way to get words on paper. But it's not always easy to make the ink flow. Paper Hearts: Some Writing Advice won't make writing any simpler, but it may help spark your imagination and get your hands back on the keyboard.
   Practical Advice Meets Real Experience.
   With information that takes you from common mistakes in grammar to detailed charts on story structure, Paper Hearts describes:
- How to Develop Character, Plot, & World
- What Common Advice You Should Ignore
- What Advice Actually Helps
- How to Develop a Novel
- The Basics of Grammar, Style, & Tone
- Four Practical Methods of Charting Story Structure
- How to Get Critiques and Revise Your Novel 
- How to Deal With Failure
... And much more! 

Links to Buy:
Goodreads
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
The Book Depository
Kobo

Review:
   Okay, can I tell you all how surprised I am about this book?! I love Beth's Across the Universe trilogy, so I took a chance on her new non-fiction book, a genre that I don't read often voluntarily. I always wanted to know more about writing and some amazing tips since I do write on the side when I have the time to, so why not?
   I was amazing and pleasantly surprised that I always wanted to get back to it. Beth brings up so many amazing points about writing. It actually made me reflect on my books while I was reading and seeing what I was doing well on and what I felt I needed to improve on. It's so interesting and refreshing to read about an author's writing experience and knowing that they are or were in the same spot as we are. When Beth talks about her experiences, it was nice that I could actually connect with her. It wasn't something that was said and I'm like "Oh that's cool", it was more like "Yes, I had that exact same problem". It's nice to know that even the top dogs when through what we do too.
   I think it was also helpful that Beth wrote in a very informal way so the voice wasn't so monotone and boring. She added her character behind her writing and made it sound like we were both sitting down in a cafe and she was just telling me advice as if we were friends (that doesn't sound obsessive at all...right?)
   Everything was so intriguing to read. From the way she wrote to all the amazing advice she gave. I'm actually in a writer's block right now... well I don't really know if it is, but I'm having trouble where I am in my writing. Beth's book really inspired me with different ideas that I can incorporate into my writing and actually made me excited again to find time and get back into my story again.
   It's great that this book had a great effect on me and I have a book now that I can go back to whenever I need help or advice on something in my writing. I've never read an advice kind of book before, but I'm really glad that this was my first :)
   This book is great for writers that need a little push in the right direction. Like Beth said, everyone has a different way on how they write, but this book is more than just tips on writing. It's about critiques, character and plot development, and so much more.

Extras:
   Beth was so nice enough to answer a few questions I had after I read the book :)

1.     
      1. With school, many writers struggle to find the time to just sit and
write, or even think about their stories. How did you manage it in college?
   - I was too poor to afford television. It sounds trite, but it's the honest
answer.


2. What are some misconceptions about authors?
   - That we write perfect first drafts. People see the final book, and it's
been edited, revised, polished, and screened by others. They don't see the
horrible scribblings we made, the endless notes, the piles of cut pages
and hare-brained scenes. Books require work, and no writer makes a perfect
first draft.


3. How much research do you put into your books?
   - Depends on the book! I don't really research prior to writing; I research
when I get stuck and have a question. But I also surround myself with fun
"research"--I actually like learning about space, so I had a lot of
"research" done for Across the Universe before I started. And I have a
personal connection to A World Without You, so most of my research for
that book was just remembering the way I grew up.

4. How do you get back into writing after writer’s block?

   - Whenever I feel writer's block, I also either do something drastic--kill a
character, blow something up--or I start deleting. Writer's block, for me,
means that I've either strayed into some random part of the story that's
going nowhere (hence, deleting), or I'm being too easy on my characters
(hence, murder).


5. What's your favorite part of writing?
   - Whichever part I'm not currently working on!

   And she also has Tip #5 to give you all with a giveaway!
Experience everything.
The best way to write a story is to live it. Whenever you can, leave your desk and experience everything you can. This can be as life-altering as traveling the world-travel is the best antidote to writer's block. But it can also be as simple as going to your local coffee shop and striking up a conversation with someone you've never met before. It can be going to an art museum you've never been before. It can be reconnecting with an old friend and asking how life's been treating her. Do something you don't do everyday, and you'll find something to write about. A life lived well is the most vital part of being a writer. It changes your perspective, it gives you new ideas, and it makes stories blossom.

Follow the rest of the blog tour at the Paper Hearts Tour Headquarters or follow Beth Revis on Twitter! :) 

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Love At Frist Sight: Do You Believe by Stevie Bines

*The author gave me an e-copy of the book in exchange for an honest review*
Rating:
2.5

Synopsis:
   With the loss of his one true love, Allen Roarke prayed a daily prayer, "Will I ever have another love like my Lindsay?" Like many men with loss, Allen turned to his work, putting long stressful hours in to keep his mind busy. To many it seemed a man wishing to forget his past, while to others it seemed a death wish. Health issues concerns and the demands of his doctor and friend ordered Allen to take a long much needed vacation. Of course, Allen could think of only one place, the Wild Flower Inn, owned by his best friends Gregory and Renee. Little did he know that his life was about to change his daily prayer to be answered. Who would possibly think that a touch of hands and looking deep into someone's eyes would change their lives forever? "Allen have you heard of love at first sight?" Erin, the woman he just met, said as she lowered her head. afraid of the answer. He gently placed his hand under her chin and lifted her head until their eyes met. "Yes. It happened to me twice in my life," Allen answered in a raspy voice. "Once when I was fifteen and just a few minutes ago." This is the story of their adventure. Enjoy. 

Rating:
   Hey guys, I'm alive! I cannot express enough how sorry I am that I haven't been posted in forever. Seriously, junior year of high school is slowly killing me... I can't imagine what college is like. Haha I'm actually excited for college and studying what I want to do for the rest of my life... which is both thrilling and scary.
   Anyway, you all are probably waiting for the review and don't really care about my school problems xD So here it goes!
 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

After Impact by Nicole Stark

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Rating:
3.5

Synopsis:
   At first, HOPE (Humanity's One Plan for Escape) habitat appears to be a well-oiled machine, preparing 5,000 carefully chosen inhabitants for a new Earth. However, a medical assistant named Ilium reveals that certain members of the habitat have been falling ill from a mysterious virus they were inoculated against. Soon, the tranquil illusion of HOPE habitat is shattered as Avalon plays a perplexing message left by her father. If Avalon is to survive this dangerous new environment, she will have to find the strength to navigate a habitat enveloped in secrets. 

Links to Buy:
Amazon

Review:
   I am so happy an author gave me a science-fiction book to review, because I've been missing that from my life and I'm so happy it's back! When Nicole asked me to review her book for her, I actually didn't expect to finish it so quickly because I had two other books to review. But what do you know? I opened it up and I couldn't stop reading.
   After Impact is a great book for those in need of some suspense thriller. There's a lot that goes on in this book, it's just one crazy, thrilling ride.
   Avalon, the protagonist in the book, is the daughter of the man who came up with the HOPE habitat. She, herself, is brilliant with computers and me wanting to be in computer forensics... well I hope I'm as cool as her ;) Anyway, Avalon goes through this journey of unexpectedly waking up already with doubts about everyone. Her father made her doubt the people in the habitat (for good reason), but it makes everything so much harder for her. Which sucks. I like Avalon, I really do. But when I read, she just seemed to be yelling a lot and it kind of made reading a tad bit annoying. Everyone can hear you, Avalon. No need to scream, haha.
   I did love her curiosity to find the truth and uncover the secrets. She's one determined girl, and I wish I could say that if I was in her situation, I'd do the same. You never know until you're in the situation if you'd do the predictable or the unthinkable.
   Ilium is AWESOME. He's definitely not the hottest guy, but he's the most caring and he's definitely smart. I just love him and how he's not the typical "dark and mysterious" guy. And after what happens to him at the end of the book? WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN?!?! Nicole, I need this sequel now!!
   The only think about this book that I didn't particularly favor is the fact that I didn't really feel any chemistry between Kael and Ilium with Avalon until the end of the book. Though I was always rooting for Ilium, I didn't feel anything until about 60% of the way into the book. I wish I felt more chemistry and the build-up towards their relationship more. I'm glad though, that at the end I did feel it more because now it makes me want to get my hands on the second installment ;)
   I love the huge science-fiction part of the book. You may not totally see it while you read, but at the end, it's like you figure out this entire time that it had a major part in the book. It's just like *mind blown*
   AND THE FREAKIN' ENDING. WHAT. WHATTT?! Major plot twist guys, I can't even explain. All I can say is that you guys need to get the book and read it!!
  Thank you Nicole for letting me review! Do let me know when you have the sequel ;)

Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozeniewski

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Rating:
3.7

Synopsis:
   Braineater Jones wakes up face down in a swimming pool with no memory of his former life, how he died, or why he's now a zombie. With a smart-aleck severed head as a partner, Jones descends into the undead ghetto so solve his own murder. 
   But Jone's investigation is complicated by his crippling addiction to human flesh. Like all walking corpses, he discovers that only a stiff drink can soothe his cravings. Unfortunately, finding liquor during Prohibition is costly and dangerous. From his mason jar, the cantankerous Old Man rules the only speakeasy in the city that caters to the postmortem crowd. 
   As the booze, blood, and clues coagulate, Jones gets closer to discovering the identity of his killer and the secrets behind the city's stranglehold on liquid spirits. Death couldn't stop him, but if the liquor dries up, the entire city will be plunged into an orgy of cannibalism. 
   Cracking this case is a tall order. Brainier Jones won't get out alive, but if he plays his cards right, he might manage to salvage the last scraps of his humanity. 

Links to Buy:
Amazon
Books-A-Million
Barnes & Noble

Review:
   Stephen Kozeniewski is so awesome because I never feel like I need to rush through his books to meet the deadline of a review post... because he never gives me one. He's always like "yeah, whenever you have time. No rush." And I'm always like "hell yeah!" behind the computer as I type a nice "thank you".

   Also, his books are always packed with jokes and laughter and Braineater Jones isn't an exception. Jones' humor, along with everyone else's in the book, is what kept everything light and fun compared to the very... unfortunate happenings they all went through...
    I will tell you, with humor comes the goriness... I don't even know who to feel about it. Reading the book, there were a lot of... explicit detail in how gross everyone and everything looked. I guess it'd be a good thing, though, since that just shows how good of a writer Stephen is. Still, not something one should read if sensitive to these kinds of things. I mean it's a zombie book, so one should be ready for some blood and bones.
   Over lots of pondering, I think in a weird way I liked how different this book was compared to anything else, goriness and all. It's like reading Stephen's other book, Billy and the Cloneasaurus. That book also opened up my eyes to other types of books that I've never even really considered before.
   What's also great is how intriguing the story was. It was amusing to see how terrible Jones was as a P.I. on some cases and how resourceful he was on others. What did confuse me sometimes were to nicknames to certain people. There were so many characters and doubling the names if you add in nicknames is a just a confused Caitlin waiting to come out. Eventually though, I got the names down for sure. So it's all good ;)
   Braineater Jones is a great book for people many people. Zombie-lovers, mystery-lovers, and also people who want to try out something out of their comfort zone. I was definitely in that category and it turned out great for me! It makes me want to consider other books about the undead, though I'm not so sure it'll be as cool as this one ;)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Accused by Wendy Byrne

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book for an honest review*
Rating:
4

Synopsis:
   Spawned from the depths of every parent's worst nightmare, Jillian Beckett's 16 year old troubled son is charged with murder. He's unable to remember what happened and swears he's off drugs, but should she believe him? Her ex-husband doesn't. The high-priced lawyer she hired doesn't. Where does motherly instinct intersect with reality?
   Afraid and alone, she reluctantly enlists the help of her son's football coach to find the truth of what happened. As they battle to uncover the guilty party, confidences are shattered, lives are on the line, while her son is one step closer to spending his life behind bars. 

Links to Buy:
Amazon

Review:
   It's been a while since I read this book but I haven't had a time to write a review, so I am deeply sorry, Wendy! Believe it or not, I still remember this amazing story.
   Accused is an amazing suspense/mystery that makes you want to just keep turning the page. It's in the POV of the mother and son and switches POV's to other people from time to time, which I think is super awesome because I love when I get to see into multiple people's mind.
   The best thing about this book is the mystery of it. There is so many characters and so many things at play that you just keep suspecting everyone as a possible suspect for framing her son. Sometimes you even think the son is just faking everything and is really behind the murder. YOU NEVER KNOW. All you know and that this mother and hot football coach are automatically shipped together and you're crossing your fingers that he isn't the bad guy.
   I can say... I didn't even know who the evil mastermind was until I was five pages from knowing the truth.
   It's so great because this book has stuck with me after all this time. I still remember the deck in the back of their house. When the football coach and mother had dinner out there and had a good time. One of her only happy moments throughout the whole book. I remember The boy and the girl he was involved with. When the mom finally figured out who was behind it when she went into the office to find evidence. The football coach's mom and how optimistic she was about the whole situation.
   I really remember it all and it just proves how this book will just stick to you for a very long time.
   It's amazing to read a book about such a supportive mom. No matter what crap her son has been through, she's been there to help him get out of it. And though she had no reason to believe her son this time, she did and she worked her ass off to find proof that he wasn't the murderer. It's not everyday that a mother would do that. She really cares for her son and she blames everything on herself, not others. Mother's are always so underestimated and it's nice to read this book and see the power a mother actually does have.
   So thank you, Wendy, for letting me read this and I'm so sorry it's been delayed. I can promise you it will not happen again!

Burning Bright by Chanda Stafford

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Rating:
4

Synopsis:
   Three years ago, Samantha Gray killed her parents.
   Haunted by their deaths, she hides her scars behind sarcasm and vintage t-shirts, counting the days until she can escape her foster home is Alegria, Arizona. The she meets Ben, a California boy whose filmmaker parents constructed a big cat sanctuary outside of town. She's hesitant to get close, terrified he'll learn her secret. 
   When Ben introduces Sam so Solomon, a Bangal tiger on borrowed time whose gruesome history eerily mirrors her own, she must decide whether she's strong enough to overcome her past and save not only Solomon's life, but her own. And to do that, she'll need to tell Ben the truth.

Links to Buy:
Amazon

Review:
   Hey everyone! Today is basically my review day. I have so many book reviews to type up, so you guys will see just a mad rush of posts coming up from me! Today's Friday, but I'm off of school because it's a teacher work day where they put in last minute grades before the next quarter starts. Yay for an extended weekend :)
   Burning Bright is a story you'll never forget. I never will, at least. It's about a girl, Sam, who is haunted by her past and now lives with crappy foster parents (I mean, you read the synopsis, right?) They foster parents are so bad that she decided to live in a tent outside of the house... yeah.
   I love this book because until others, it really shows you from the protagonist's present POV the physical and mental abuse a person is going through. Most other books tell it from a past-tense "this happened to me" but this book is in present tense "this is happening to me" and it just really hits you how terrible some people can be. How this could be happening to someone right now. And that's sad to think about.
   I also really like the tiger idea. It's so different from what I've read and I liked how she had someone (something..?) she could relate to, because then she didn't feels so alone.
   What I didn't like was Ben's... hesitancy. Argh it's so arduous to try to explain something without giving it away. Anyway, I'm always against disloyalty and I just felt like he if he wanted to go towards another... path, he should make it clear the other path is no longer going to be taken... I feel like Chanda is reading this right now, laughing at my struggle to explain this xP
   I also wish there was more of a suspense with finding out Sam's past. You don't know until the end, but during my reading, I sometimes forgot about her past because at times, there wasn't anything to remind me of what she's been through. I wanted more hints here and there to keep me guessing.
   Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! It really sticks with you.
   So thank you so much Chanda for letting me review this book! Hope you hear from you soon about other books on the way ;)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Excerpt: Chapter 1 of Stay

Hey everyone,
   So as promised, I have an excerpt for you guys! I've been working on a story called Stay, based on the song called Stay by Florida Georgia Line with the chapters of the book being lyrics from the song. I haven't been updating it on Wattpad, and I don't want to until I get the whole thing down. That way, if I want to make changes to previous chapters, it won't be a big deal and I can do it before you guys see it.
   It's been taking me a while to write it because of my personal life and whatnot, but I'm about halfway through and I think it's time to show you a little bit of what I've been doing!
   Chapter one has been the same since a month ago, so I'm pretty sure that it's good enough to show you ;) Hope you guys enjoy!!! Be brutally honest and tell me what you all think!

Chapter 1: I’m Sorry


He watched her walk away from him- from their life- and stood helplessly as the door slammed shut. The physical pain he felt could never be described in just a few short words; it would take a whole book to explain the sudden emptiness in the air, like something-or someone- was missing, and a ten foot canvas to illustrate the gash in his heart.


He rushed towards the window, desperate to see her one last time. Her silky, brown hair blew around her in the Texas breeze, and showed off that gorgeous neck he used to kiss every morning. More tears threatened to come, but he shook it away. The last image of her will not be ruined and blurred by my foolish tears. Her face was set in determination, one of the infinite things he loved about her. Except this time, it was used against him, with her jaw set and eyes glued to her car to keep her from gazing his way. Roads of tears streak down her face and caused his hands to squeeze tighter on the window to keep himself from throwing the nearest object across the room.


I put those tears there. I put that pain in her eyes.


She opened the door and stood there, as if debating whether she should look back at him or not. Hope surged through him; his eyes started to glimmer, and his heart started to pump. Look at me. But the love of his life got in the car, igniting the engine while igniting his heart and burning it to ashes.


Her car started to fade, but he could’ve sworn she looked back. Just once.

I made her leave.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Extended Weekend!!!

Hey everyone! 
   I'm so happy to say that I have an extended weekend because of a big storm that's supposed to hit my area! Though I'm happy for no school, I'm still not going to love shoveling or the possible power outage... At least I'm charging up my laptop and phone as we speak (or I should say as I type...) so I get a chance to read and write! I'm so excited to maybe start writing again! 
   Speaking of my writing, I may or may not post an excerpt of the story I'm writing on! It's called Stay and based off of the song Stay by Florida Georgia Line. So stay tuned for that! 
   I hope I'll be back very soon with a book review or a story sneak peak! Gotta go get to work now ;) Bye everyone <3 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Between Shadows by Chanel Cleeton

*An e-copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review*
Rating:
4

Synopsis:
   X lives by three rules: Show no weakness. Trust no one. Don't get caught. She lives by the rules they gave her. 
   The Academy- set in London, shrouded in secrecy- it trains spies, computer experts, and assassins. Their mission? Dispensing justice and altering the course of world politics. Or so they think. In a world where secrets are weapons and some kills are impossible to forget, everything X thought she knew about her life is about to change. 
   They taught her to fight. To blend into the shadows like a ghost, to operate on the fringes of society, to change her identity with ease. They taught her to kill. 
   She'll need every skill they taught her, to stay alive. 

Links to Buy:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Review:
   Hey everyone! How is your 2016 going for you guys so far? I wish my break could last a couple more weeks... unfortunately, it has come to an end and I'm right back to studying my butt off. So I guess this counts as my break from all of that, haha. I've also been stressing out a little about what I want to do with my life, career-wise. My whole life, I've wanted to be a vet, but some turns and bumps in the road had me realize I didn't actually want to be that. So ever since I've been in high school, I've been on and off about a lot of career jobs. Now that I'm halfway into my junior year, it's time for me to find out what I really want. And I think I've found it! I just need to think and plan and all that stressful stuff haha.
 Anyways, I've been needing to review this book, but this is the first time I've gotten a chance to get back on my blog since the last time I was on here! Chanel Cleeton is so nice to talk to. If you don't follow her on Twitter... DO IT.
   Between Shadows is one of my favorite romance thrillers ever. I don't really read a lot of romance-type stuff so this is a big deal. What I really love most about it is that the whole romance part took more of a backseat while the thriller part just took the wheel. The story line was great and flowed really well with everything that was going on. Between Shadows is a great read if you want a faced-paced book with a whole lot of action, and not just the fighting kind ;)
   The two main characters are hella hot. I loved X and Luke. They make the perfect combat partner and actual partners in that romantic kind of way. Both of them are super strong, both mentally and physically. They work so fluidly together, it's impossible not to like their chemistry. And the best thing: I didn't get annoyed at all with either one of them! I actually want to see more of them :D It'd be cool if we saw a Luke POV of this book OMG.
   Haha, seriously. I also like how each of them, even when they know they're the only one they can trust, they still have a hard time doing it. It really showed how even love and history can't surpass fear. Not unless you're ready.
   I think the biggest compliment, but also the biggest criticism, I can supply for this book is that is was so closely related to a show called Nikita. The show has been cancelled for a while but it was one of my all-time favorite shows. I loved that Chanel took the basis of the show and tweeked around with the events, details, and characters, but I also didn't like how some things were just soooo similar. I get that authors use their favorite shows/movies and/or experiences as inspiration, but I wish I saw just a little more originality and creativity from this book. It was great being reminded of my favorite show, and because of Between Shadows I'm rewatching Nikita on Netflix, but I felt like I was always comparing the book to the show and vise-versa. When I read, I want to just solely be thinking about the book and the story line... and occasionally some memory that appears when I read.
   Other than that, I really really enjoyed this book. I can't wait until the next Assassin's novel is available! I want to thank Chanel for letting me review this book, and I hope you come to me if you need anything else! I also want to thank you guys, the readers, for making my 2015 great by reading my posts and Tweets. You guys are marvelous and I'm so happy to be starting another year with you guys!
   Love you guys, see you next week for another post!