The Edge Of Never by J.A. Redmerski (Review)

"The Edge of Never is a MUST READ. It was absolutely perfect in every way a book is supposed to be perfect."

Captive by A.D. Robertson (A. Cremer) + Giveaway

"Forbidden love, an old prophecy, shapeshifters, magic, betrayal and sacrifice - Captive has all that and more."

Heaven Bound, Hell Hunted by Caitlin Elyse [Review + Giveaway]

"the best paranormal romance I've read in a while"

The Name of The Star by Maureen Johnson [Review]

"If you're looking for an eerily, ghostly read, this is definitely something you should pick up."

Reaping Me Softly by Kate Evangelista(Review)

"I am literally mesmerized by the story of Arianne and Niko."

Six Months Later by Natalie Richards (Review)

"Six Months Later is a total nail-biter from start to finish!"

Vicious by V.E. Schwab (Review)

"...a fascinating meditation on life, death, and everything in between."

Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Review)

"I honestly cannot say enough good things about this book"

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Getting By- A Knight's Tale #1 by Claudia Burgoa [Xpresso Tours Book Review & Giveaway]



Genre
New Adult
Publication.Date  February 18th 2014
Pages:213
Published By:  Amazon Digital Services, Inc
WebsiteClaudia Y. Burgoa

Getting By Goodreads
My review copy:I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. 

                                     Where to get:

http://www.amazon.com/Getting-Knights-Tale-Claudia-Burgoa-ebook/dp/B00II6IKLO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398270820&sr=8-1&keywords=Getting+by
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/getting-by-claudia-y-burgoa/1118637452?ean=9781495385896


When Emma Anderson arrived at San Francisco International Airport, she regretted accepting the distinction of being the maid of honor to Gaby’s—her childhood friend—wedding. It had been years since the last time she set foot in Menlo Park, where her parents had been killed. The rug where she had been shoving her feelings since that day looked bumpier than a camel’s hump. Who could blame her; if she hadn’t been selfish they’d still be around. Ever since that fateful day, Emma has been perfecting the knack of Getting By.

Cade’s wedding in Menlo Park—a city close to San Francisco—might be the perfect place for Jake Knight to shake the memories of his ex, Emma Anderson for good. Single, available women galore for an entire week was the perfect medication, one he intended to take three times a day for an entire week to return to his player days. It was a plan the former spy thought flawless until he came face to face with the maid of honor. Jake’s perfect retreat turns into a flight, fight or hide week of celebrations




"Three months ago I ruined the little piece of ordinary life I had. I, no one else, ended it. Another set of memories and feelings I chose not to grieve upon. Reality sucks, get a grip and pull yourself together. Under the rug, remember?"
 Yet I lived in my own hell and kept carrying the guilt of knowing that those men depended on me to see them through another day and I failed them. What could I do for a family, if I couldn't save seven grown trained men from hell? There wasn't anything I could offer Emma, and she didn't want to be saved by me. I had to follow her lead and let her go, as she did me. Before heading for bed, I opened my phone and checked my album where pictures of me and Emma were conveniently saved to remind me of those times I had been alive. Liam was right, that girl brought me back, and without her I was dead.
Back when I was eighteen, I exchanged alcohol for guns and women for the thrill of becoming a hero. The lighthearted boy who once cohabited my body, died soon after that. Who I became went through life ignoring the blissful impressions others talk about. Family mattered; I had one, no need to extend it. Adding a wife and children would only add to the burden of more loved ones that I could lose. Those people I shared so much with died without a second thought.
 

"The man was my past, and I had a future which involved cute and complicated and wouldn't be his."
Getting By tells the story of two very lost souls. Jake and Emma met two years ago by accident in an elevator . They both felt a spark that they just couldn't ignore but Emma quickly told him that if it was meant to be, they would meet again. So ensues Jake popping up everywhere Emma is. Stalkerish or fate? You decide but this couple is complicated, electric and so much fun to read about. Finally they decide to start an affair. No emotions, just amazing sex. Unfortunately, Emma wakes up one morning and decides she's finished and tells Jake to leave his key with the bellman and walks out while he is still in a sleep slumber.

Fast forward to a few months later and both find themselves attending a wedding. Emma is the maid of honor and Jake is the close cousin of the groom. Neither has any idea the other will be there. When Jake realizes Emma will be there, he is beside himself. He has no idea how to get through the weekend without getting lost in Emma once more. The girl left him, how can he be around her? 

This is a tender, heartwarming story about what happens when two people are so meant for each other but they are the last ones to know. Constant denial, past hurts continuously get in the way. Will these two ever find there way back to each other? 

The extra stories surrounding the main story are just as good and juicy as the main story being told. The supporting characters, such as Jake's parents and brothers play a pivotal role in this couple's story and they all play their parts really well. The story is well put together and told with such passion that it becomes extremely hard for the reader to let go in order to live normal life.

This is my second book by Claudia Y. Burgoa and I am an avid fan. She is able to weave such passion and heartbreak into her stories. She writes the protaganists in a way that lets the reader know what they must be going through and she makes the secondary characters just as loveable. I find her books captivating and I am so ready for the next book in this series. Please release it soon!! 

 

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT:
Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. Two beagles who believe they are human, and a bichon who thinks she’s a beagle. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story.

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Foresight by Erika M. Szabo (Tour Review + Giveaway)



Genre:
Paranormal,  Romance
Publication Date:November 16,2013
Pages:278
Published By:  Golden Box Books
WebsiteForesight on Goodreads

Erika M. Szabo Website
My review copy: ecopy provided for honest review in tour

Where to get:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-ring-and-the-crown-melissa-de-la-cruz/1116342736?ean=9781423157427
http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781423157427
http://www.amazon.com/Ring-Crown-Melissa-Cruz-ebook/dp/B00HEVTPHC/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1398024500



FORESIGHT, part one of the Guarded Secrets series Ilona has been in love with her unsuspecting best friend, when a dashing stranger explodes into her life. The sudden magnetic feeling frightens her. Will he break her heart, or will he bring true happiness? A sinister dark man appears, Ilona connects his presence with the series of mysterious deaths around her. She is an emergency room doctor, born into an ancient tribe which still exists hidden amongst us with its fiercely enforced rules. She doesn’t know much about her heritage besides legends and rituals that she continues out of respect for her parents. She begins to remember the forgotten instructions concealed as rhymes her mother was teaching her since she was a small child and discovers that she can rearrange the human body to its healthy state. This ability is exciting as well as frightening. She is conflicted between having confidence in her intelligence and inherited abilities while having no confidence as a woman. Her insecurity created barriers which keep others out, and I also keep her caged in. She has been evacuated from her easy and steady life, and is forced to face the unknown.



  Interesting Concept

  Starting this read I was undeniably interested in the concept of just the name Hun.  We know the stories of Attila the Hun and I was curious to see where the author took this.  Turns out it has nothing to do with that Hun, or at least not yet.  Of course this is a paranormal read, but it is always interesting to hear a new take on different beliefs.  Szabo, did a wonderful job of doing just this and really did capture my attentions with the concept of Huns and unique abilities. 

  I can't stress enough that I loved the Hun world that was built in this book.  It was intelligent, creative and unique.  I was intrigued by this group of people that can recognize another Hun by not only a common mark that they all have but occasionally just by looking.  There is also teachings from their own legends, and little bits of their own language throughout. The only thing that took away from the experience for me was the constant "you will know when you are ready."  The more it happened the less I cared.  This being said it is not that it made me care less about the story but more it made me care less about the questions being asked.  There is a breaking point even for Ilona, and with it comes a lot of change.

  I liked Ilona to start.  There is no doubt that she is strong and loving but she is always down on herself.  She is a successful woman but doesn't really see herself as a big deal, despite her young age and all that she has accomplished.   Although Ilona is a success, she is a private person.  Even the people around her know very little about her beyond the fact that she is a great doctor.  This does not however bother Ilona, and for the most part she is content with her life the way it is.  That is, she is content with everything except the fact that she can't get answers.  This inability, is the breaking point for the woman who seems to have endless calm.  I could really appreciate this character for this because I seriously sympathized.

  The romance in this one confused me.  It is one of those reads where you are never quite sure if there is a triangle or not.  Bela has been her best friend fr years and though she is attracted to him and wishes there to be more he says they are just friends.  However, he seems like he wants more.  I believe if he was honest with her they would already be happy...but sadly he can't be and they are not.  Enter Zoltan.  He is definitely easy on the eyes and is also attracted to Ilona but they don't feel as easy as Bela and Ilona.  Sure they can talk and Ilona feels like she can talk to him but I can't shake the feeling that these two are just not meant to be.  Regardless, the romance does not play off like a high school drama and is executed well.

  Foresight captured my attention and I will continue on with the next book, because the author has done such an outstanding job creating this unique world.  The ending had me sitting on the edge of my seat and there were a few twists and a cliff hanger at the end.  I honestly can't think of something to compare this read to but would recommend it to anyone looking for something fresh and fun.

 
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I love to read magical realism/fantasy stories. About two years ago, on a rainy afternoon, I wanted to snuggle up on the couch to read, but I didn’t have any new books.
I voiced my disappointment, while browsed my numerous bookshelves.
My daughter had enough after a while and said, “Mom, stop whining! If you don’t have a book to read, then write one.”
She surprised me with her statement, but I took her advice, sat down and started writing my Guarded Secrets series.


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pulled Beneath by Marni Mann [Blog Tour, Book Review & Giveaway]



Genre:
New Adult
Publication.Date  March 18th 2014
Pages:244
Published By:  Booktrope Edition
WebsiteMarni Mann

Pulled Beneath Goodreads
My review copy:I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. 

                                     Where to get:

http://www.amazon.com/Pulled-Beneath-Marni-Mann-ebook/dp/B00IH8QAWY/
: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pulled-beneath-marni-mann/1118927292?ean=9781620152195



What happens when you uncover years of secrets and find out everything you thought to be true was a lie?

Drew Stevens finds her world turned upside down when her parents are brutally murdered. Soon after, she learns she inherited a property in Bar Harbor, Maine from recently deceased grandparents that she believed had died when she was a baby.
Drew travels north to settle her grandparents’ estate, but finds more questions than answers as the truth starts unraveling. What she didn’t expect to find was Saint, whose reputation was as tumultuous as his past. But the very thing that brought them together was the same thing that kept them emotionally caged. With Saint’s scars so deep and Drew’s so fresh, can the pair heal from their painful wounds or will they be pulled beneath the darkness of their pasts?

"Something was pulling me to Maine. I needed to touch the house, to be in the presence of this secret that my mom had withheld my whole life. I needed to connect Mom's tales to their source. I needed to feel closer to her. I hoped Maine would give me that.
So you know him, then? I asked. Saint? he laughed, sarcastic and filled with bitterness. We went to school together. he's a few years older than me. Our local celebrity--at least with the tourists. Girls go after him like he's got something they've never seen. With everyone else, he pretty much keeps to himself... nowadays, anyway.
No more leaving, no more slammed doors. For either of us. I want you, Drew, but I want you here. In Maine. No words came out of me. Just a soft, sweet sigh that sounded just like a moan. It probably was..my lungs had emptied; my muscles had tightened as his body pressed against mine. His eyes went to my lips, his thumb parted them. he licked his, teasing me, showing me what he was able to do. Tell me you want me, too.
 


I am a fast reader. Being a fast reader means sometimes I skip the parts where the story seems to detail too much just to get to the good part. With this book? That was not an option. Every line held my attention. Every page made me want more. Every twist and turn captivated me till I came to the climatic ending. This is my first book by Marni Mann but I will tell you something, it sure won't be my last. I can not wait to pick up more books by this author. 

Drew just lost her parents in a vicious attack in their home in Florida. She was lost and wasn't looking for anything except time to mend her brokenness. Then she got a letter that said she inherited a house from her grandparents who were supposed to be dead according to what she knew anyway. So off she goes to Maine, the place her mom grew up but never talked about. She finds out much more than she bargained for and she learns some things that shape her into the new person she needs to become.

I really enjoyed this book. This story is told from Drew's perspective, but the other characters she encounters along the way play a significant role in the plot as well. Brady is the guy who is friendly to Drew right away. He quickly becomes someone she feels she can trust. His dad Shane is also a great guy and that's a good thing because they are the men doing the renevations on her grandparents house making it ready to sell. She immediately decides to make these changes to the house so she can cut ties in Maine and move back to her home in Florida. I mean she can't stay in a town she knows nothing about.  

As the story unfolds, the reader is pulled in to Drew's thoughts and feelings as if you yourself were living it. It feels quite real. I just couldn't get over how well I related to this character.  The sadness and problems Drew went through captivated me. She seemed so lost and didn't have a friend to call her own. And then there is Saint. The tough rugged man who she meets on the pier who just does something to her everytime he speaks. But Saint is a big mystery. Brady can't stand him and her new friend Rae won't really say much, but Drew knows there is more to this man than meets the eye. She is determined to get inside his head and find out what makes him so quiet, withdrawn and angry with everyone. But why should it matter if she is leaving soon anyway? 

This story was the perfect blend of romance, intrigue and emotion. I felt the author did a great job at getting into the story quickly and occupying the reader with an amazing cast of characters. I would recommend this new adult romance to anyone who enjoys a memorable story told in perfect detail.



A New Englander at heart, Marni Mann, now a Floridian is inspired by the sandy beaches and hot pink sunsets of Sarasota. She taps a mainstream appeal and shakes worldwide taboos, taking her readers on a dark and breathtaking journey. When she's not nose deep in her laptop, she's scouring for Nutella, traveling, reading, or walking her four-legged children.

Connect with Marni on her Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MarniMannAuthor or on Instagram: MarniMann




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There will be 4 lucky winners in the Pulled Beneath Blog Tour Giveaway!

Grand Prize – Signed Pulled Beneath paperback, $40 Amazon e-giftcard, Whoopie Pie, Koozie, Notepad and Pen

1st Runner Up:  Pulled Beneath e-book, $20 Amazon e-giftcard, Koozie, Notepad and Pen
2nd Runner Up:  Pulled Beneath e-book, Koozie, Notepad and Pen
3rd Runner Up: Pulled Beneath e-book



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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Who Would Be My BFF

Top 10 Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish

Best Friends Forever
I have the best friends in the world and I wouldn't trade them for anything. Of course, nobody said I couldn't add to them  :)  Below are some of the characters that I have come across during my readings that I would get along famously with. While they're are completely a mix of interests, personalities, there is something within each of them that I found myself drawn to - something within them that I found within myself - they're "good quality people." (10 bonus points and a metaphorical gold star if you can identify the character that is fond of using that phrase.) Or, on a less philosophical level, the just amuse the hell out of me.

Cath - Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
 
Allyson - Just One Day by Gayle Forman
 
Caymen - The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
(Cause then I would be a mermaid!)

Who are some characters you could be BFFs with? Be sure to leave me a link to your list!

  
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