Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Reaper by Kristi R. Johnson

Book Description:
Ana "Reaper" Keating has moved onto the Hugo Liberal Arts College campus, forty minutes away from her hometown. Dorm life will be incredibly different from her life in the cave at the quarry. Not only will there be reliable air conditioning and a roommate, but Reaper also believes she will no longer be threatened by the powerful and wealthy Goldwater family that adopted her mother, Sue, when she was a child. Neither Reaper nor her father, Jim, like to talk about Sue's death. And Mr. Paul, the Goldwater patriarch, still blames Jim for what happened 16 years ago.

When Reaper learns that Mr. Paul's son, Ian, has also enrolled at HuLAC, she realizes that her days of dealing with the entitled and vengeful family are nowhere near over. It is Jim's worst nightmare, but it is also what he has been preparing Reaper for all of her life.

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this book.  Reaper is a new student in college and has moved onto campus.  Her father and she lived in a cave (literally) and now she is out of the house living with a roommate.  She has always known and been aware of Ian Goldwater, but thought she was getting away from all of the Goldwater family when going to college.  She was wrong.
I really enjoyed this author's writing style!  I thought this book was going to be more of a thriller but it wasn't that action packed, still it kept my attention throughout.  The idea of living in a cave, even if it was unbearably hot, is super cool.  I really liked all the characters in the book and the author kept me guessing at a lot of the plot twists.  Overall, I think I liked Reaper's dad the best just because he is so down to earth.
This was a 4/5 for me.  I will absolutely be watching for more from this author.

Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book (via RABT).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Anzard by Christopher Conroy

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Ten-year-old Justin Cavell prays for his parents' safety as they fly a single-engine airplane through a treacherous storm. While Justin waits at home for good news with his grandparents, he discovers a mysterious comic book in his bedroom. The book, "The Path of Possibilities," will lead him on a journey that will test his inner strength and resources in magical ways beyond his wildest imaginings.

Justin is shocked to meet Poofy, an enchanted creature called an Anzard: part angel, part wizard. In an unexpected answer to Justin's prayers for help, Poofy leads Justin down the Path of Possibilities and into the strange new world of the planet Spiritania.

Justin and Poofy join forces with the Tribe of Truth, a gang of animal guides consisting of a turtle, an eagle, a chipmunk, and a strange goat-man named Billy. When the evil witch Nosefeen sends a swarm of Batflies to capture Poofy, Justin and the Tribe band together to rescue the Anzard. By listening to his inner voice and calling on his own reserves of courage and smarts, Justin has the chance to save Poofy "and" ensure the safety of his parents back on Earth.

My Thoughts:
This was a good children's fantasy book.  Justin is waiting with his grandparents and older sister for his parents plane to land safely and is going to read a strange comic book he found.  He prays for his parents and Poofy is he answer.  Poofy is a mix of angle and wizard going to help Justin in a strange world he finds himself in.  Together they go on a magical journey that will forever change him.
It took me a bit to get used to the writing style, but this really is a good book for kids.  Justin is just your average kid, but his parents are coming home and there is a bad storm so begins his strange and magical journey.  I liked Poofy!  The story was cute and I liked that there were lessons to be learned throughout the whole book.  
This was a 3/5 for me.  I do believe kids will enjoy it, but not to the level of YA.

Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book (via PUYB).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Jaguar Pride by Terry Spear

Book Description:

An impossible mission…
JAG Special Forces agents Huntley Anderson and Melissa Overton are hot on the trail of poachers when they’re suddenly saddled with two jaguar shifter cubs. They have to locate the parents, pronto—but who’s going to babysit in the meantime?

A lifetime of possibilities…
Huntley is a rough, tough jaguar shifter and an all-business agent, but he’s not going to let two abandoned youngsters come to any harm on his watch. Seeing her super-manly partner try to get the playful cubs under control stirs up some unexpected desires in Melissa, and she begins to feel like Huntley’s not the only one who’s in over his head…

My Thoughts:
This was a pretty good book.  Huntley and Melissa are JAG shifters teamed up to take down some poachers.  They manage to save the puma and her cubs but lose the ring leader.  Back on his trail, they quickly get caught up in problems with the assignment and each other.  Now, they have to rescue ones like them and keep cubs under the radar!
I liked both Huntley and Melissa.  They are both determined to get their job done, no matter what the cost and have some fun while doing it.  I had issues with their chemistry, you knew from the start they were attracted to each other and would wind up together but with both being in a relationship with other people, it was tough to swallow.  The story line flowed well and I did completely enjoy the secondary characters like Huntley's brother and mother.
It was a 3/5 for me.  Good, predictable read.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via netgalley).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason

No Place to Hide (Hidden Identity, #3)Book Description:
It's not every day you see your childhood friend and one-time crush on national news. Jackie Sellers just wishes it were under different circumstances. She can't believe that Ian Lockwood is wanted in connection with a terrorist plot, and she's determined to find him and help him clear his name. But she's not the only one looking. The FBI wants him captured. The bad guys want him dead. Ian just wants to stay alive long enough to save thousands of innocent lives.

Lynette Eason throws readers right into the action from page one, propelling them along a dangerous road and asking the provocative question of how far we'd be willing to go if we were up against a wall.
 

My Thoughts:
I completely loved this book.  Jackie is determined to help her childhood friend Ian.  No matter what the news says, he is not a terrorist and she is going to help him prove it.  She wasn't expecting to be immediately dragged into a life or death race against time.  She also wasn't expecting the feelings she'd once had to still be very much there.  Now, they have to run and clear both their names while staying out of the clutches of those trying to kill them.
Jackie was great.  I loved that she and Ian's first interaction after years apart is a fight.  The fact that she was actively searching for him to help him while others were trying to kill him just shows how deeply she cared for him.  Her back story was sad and at points mysterious.  Ian was awesome.  He used to be a geekish guy but started working out and he had never gotten over Jackie.  The story was great.  All the secondary characters were woven perfectly into this story.
5/5 for sure.  I couldn't put this one down.
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tiny Bear's Bible

Book Description

Tiny Bear's Bible is a WARM, FRIENDLY, FURRY Bible for preschoolers with an irresistible message: GOD LOVES his children.
An adorable story Bible for kids 6 and under written by bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones. Tiny Bear's Bible is a warm, fuzzy reminder of how God loves his children - in a format that kids can cuddle. Together with their friend Tiny Bear, children discover eleven Bible stories in a book they can carry with them wherever they go. The closing story leaves us with this loving reminder: "No matter what, no matter where, God is with us, Tiny Bear." Sally Lloyd-Jones presents some of the most familiar Bible stories to children, which provides parents and grandparents lots of teachable, cuddly moments as they explore God's love together.

My Thoughts:
This was a good book for children.  This book has several Bible stories that are retold on a young child's level.  The pictures are colorful and go perfectly with the stories.  I read this to my three children (7, 4 & 4 months) and all three of them sat and listened.  The baby loved the feel of it and the older two listened intently to the stories.  Great for teaching young ones about God and different stories.
5/5 for young children.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of the book (via BookLook).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep (YA Series Book 1)

Book Description:

There Be Monsters Here. . .

It's not as great as you'd think, living in a tourist town that's known as "the most magical place in America." Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

I try to keep out of it. I've got my mom's bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend's pawn shop, and I have to make a call--get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn't. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I'm stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I'm going to end up just like her. . .

My Thoughts:
Absolutely loved this book.  Lila doesn't want to have anything to do with the mob families that live on the mountain.  She wants to continue her life as it is, a thief that under the radar and great at what she does.  That choice is taken away from her when she steps in and saves a guy's life.  She stepped right in the middle of the magical mob mess!  She now has to protect the very people who cost her mother her life and may well cause Lila hers.
I completely loved Lila.  She is the reluctant hero.  Her hidden powers are more than enough to get the job done,  but she would much rather stick to the thief life.  I thought it was interesting that she wasn't going to help at all until she saw how good of a guy Devon was.  Devon is the last person she would have normally tangled with but what she sees in him, she cannot ignore.  I loved the secondary characters.  Devon's mother, his best friend, the crazy pixie, Lila's former boss....all of them are perfectly written into their roles.  I am very happy with this new magical series.
5/5 for Estep's new YA series!  Love this first book and can't wait to read more.
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via netgalley).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Every Bride Needs a Groom by Janice

Every Bride Needs a Groom (Brides With Style, #1)Book Description:
Small-town girl Katie Fisher is planning her wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn't managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't enter a contest in "Texas Bride" magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? But when her boyfriend breaks up with her and takes a job in another town--the very same day Katie wins her dream dress--her world is turned upside down. Should she claim her prize? And will the hunky former pro-basketball player who runs the swanky Dallas bridal shop--yeah, you read that right--catch on to her humiliation if she does? 
Janice Thompson designs a romance sure to delight, with plenty of fish-out-of-water moments, a hilarious supporting cast, and more of the wedding biz world her readers adore.

My Thoughts:
Loved this book.  Katie is certain her boyfriend is going to propose.  So since he is going to, she CAN enter the contest to win her dream wedding dress.  Problem is, he dumps her and moves and she wins the contest!  Now, she wants to get the dress but now she doesn't have a groom for her fairy tale wedding.
I adore how Janice Thompson's characters are so real.  Katie loves her hometown and doesn't want to leave it for the big city.  She fantasizes about her wedding and even when everything blows up in her face she keeps on going.  There are consequences to her actions and it isn't a fairy tale, but real life.  The characters from previous books that we got to catch up with were wonderful!  I couldn't put this book down for wondering what in the world would happen next.
5/5 for me all day!
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Author Interview of KG Stutts

AW: Tell us about yourself…

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Hi! I'm KG Stutts. I live in Burlington, NC with my wonderful husband, Brad. I work full time in a business call center and write when I can. I am the author of the Mirror series, the Amethyst Chronicles, and several separate romance novels.

AW: What genre do you write and why? 

Sci-fi romance. I've always been a big sci-fi fan. Growing up, I would watch Star Trek and Star Wars with my dad and brother. I love the genre. There are no limits

AW: Tell us about your book…. 

Amethyst Chronicles: Winter's Kiss is the first in a series. It's actually a spin-off of sorts, takes place one thousand years after my first series. Amethyst is a group of genetically enhanced super-humans, having to work with a military team to stop a scientist from using a weather machine to freeze Earth.

AW: What was your inspiration for this book? 

I love the color purple. I began to play around with the idea of a group of purple-eyed people. Then the ideas came. Why are their eyes purple? Does it give them special abilities? And what would they do with said abilities? It really steamrolled from there.

AW: Do you have a favorite character and why that one? 

It's really hard to pick a favorite. Ember Wilson is a tough, no-nonsense leader, but I would probably say Alexander Nova. He's just really funny.

AW: Did you find anything particularly difficult in writing this book? 

I am a huge fan of Joss Whedon and subscribe to his philosophy on women. I really wanted Ember to be someone everyone can get behind. I wanted her to be strong, sexy, smart, and engaging.

AW: What project(s) are you currently working on? 

Just finished edits on the second book in the Amethyst Chronicles series. Currently beginning a prequel to the Mirror series and writing a romance story
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 AW: Do you have any interesting writing quirks you want to tell us about? 

I love to write by hand. I have notebooks filled with stories.

AW: Do you have any advice for writers out there? 

Write every day and do not negotiate on your principles. Don't let anyone push you around. Tell the story you want to tell.

AW: Where can we find you? 

Facebook.com/KGStutts, Twitter.com/KGStutts kgstutts.blogspot.com andkgstutts.com

AW: And of course we have to know, where can we find your book?

Find all my links atkgstutts.webs.com/buystore.distinguishedpress.com Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Vampires Never Cry Wolf by Sara Humphreys

Book Description:

Vampires are nothing but trouble…
As far as beautiful vampire Sadie Pemberton is concerned, werewolves shouldn’t be sticking their noses into New York’s supernatural politics. They don’t know jack about running a city—not even that hot-as-sin new vampire-werewolf liaison who’s just arrived in town.

Werewolves are too sexy for their own good…

The last thing Killian Bane wanted was to end up in New York City playing nice with vampires. Unfortunately, he’s on a mission, and when he encounters the sexiest, most stubborn female vamp he’s ever met, he’s going to have to turn on a little of that wolfish charm…and Sadie’s going to learn a thing or two about what it means to have a wild side…

My Thoughts:
I really liked this vamp/wolf romance!  Sadie is a vampire and is comfortable with knowing exactly what she is.  Killian is a werewolf and the heir to the throne.  Wolves and vamps have had a very precarious relationship and both sides want to strengthen that relationship.  Killian and his guards go nightly to Sadie's club, and not just for the reason he gives.  Killian is completely attracted to the sexy vampire and is determined to find out if Sadie is as attracted to him as he is to her.
I loved Sadie's attitude.  She loves her family and misses the connections they once had after two of them found their bloodmates.  Killian is such a sexy, strong man that you can't help but love him.  He is devious but the fact that he is so set on catching Sadie is hot.  I enjoyed the whole story and really liked the characters throughout.  There were a couple twists and turns to keep you interested and sexy characters are great.
4/5 for this paranormal romance!

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via netgalley).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Wild Hearts by Sharon Sala

Book Description:
Past Sins Cast a Long Shadow 

Dallas Phillips refuses to believe her father committed suicide, even though things were tough on his farm and he was deeply in debt. When she hears he'd told a neighbor about an upcoming windfall, she grows suspicious, and her suspicion only deepens when she realizes someone is lurking in the nearby mountains after dark. 

For help, she turns to Trey Jakes, local police chief—and her former lover. As they begin to investigate, another mystery comes to light. Trey's mother is beginning to remember events from thirty years ago, something shadowy that happened in the mountains, and Dallas's father was there, too. Is what happened that night connected to his "suicide"? As they search for the truth, Trey and Dallas struggle to fight their attraction, but they may not be able to fend off another force—a killer who's more than willing to kill again to make sure old secrets stay buried.

My Thoughts:
Great book!  Why would a killer come back after 30 years for people who were drunk teenagers and can't remember what they witnessed?  He wouldn't unless he needs to hide his skeletons.  Dallas doesn't believe her father committed suicide and no one can convince her otherwise.  When she discovers his plan to keep the farm out of foreclosure, she knows there is more to his death than anyone knows.  Trey is the local police chief and he and Dallas have a past.  He can't say no when she asks for help, even if it brings a killer after them.
I absolutely love Dallas.  She is strong and determined on many, many levels.  I love how she was going to save her father's farm in his way.  The mountain people are always amazing and I adore how they came to Dallas' aid.  Trey was great, strong man.  He was awesome with his family and their interactions were a great addition to the story. There was plenty of suspense and the story never slowed down.
Solid 5/5.  Great start to a new series from an awesome author!

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via Netgalley).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.