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Mystique Review + #Giveaway

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Mystique

Shari Arnold
 
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Release Date: November 17, 2015
 
ISBN: 978-1518757952
ASIN: B016PMLECE
 
Ebook Pages: 279
Paperback Pages: 332
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.67
My Rating: 5.0
 
Book Description:

Only Bauer Grant can pull off gorgeous while dead. But staying dead is another thing entirely. When he wakes up at his own funeral, the town of Mystique calls it a miracle, until it happens again. Something is bringing the residents of Mystique back to life, but what? Presley Caine finds herself caught up in the mystery when Bauer asks her to visit him. Presley can’t figure out why the most popular guy in school is so drawn to her.

And when Bauer is kidnapped soon after, she looks to Bauer’s brooding best friend Sam, whose dad works for the powerful Mystique military base, for answers. In her quest to discover the truth, Presley’s relationship with Sam deepens, her feelings for Bauer are tested, and it becomes clear that her own mysterious past is somehow connected to these strange events.

But is she strong enough to handle the truth when it is finally revealed?

 

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My Take:

 Wow. Just wow.

 
I was initially intrigued by the synopsis of this book, but I wasn’t sure how everything will pan out. It could have been a great book, or something that’s been to the category of notoriously bad reads. Luckily, this turned out to be a great read.
 
From page 1, the first sentence, I was hooked. It didn’t take long for me
to be invested in Presley or to become way too curious. There were a lot of moments where the characters annoyed me, but it was to be expected. What they had to go through, is not something someone deals with on a day to day basis so their reactions were warranted; I just happened to be a very impatient woman.
 
The progression of these characters relationships was also something very
spot on. It was very realistic and none of this instantaneous I love you nonsense, that while I occasionally adore in a book with a supernatural quality, I was happy to find that the author took note that this was not that kind of story.

 

And while this story, this book did have a legitimate ending, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a little bit sad is that this journey has come to an end.

 

 

5 Quills
 
All good things must come to an end, and this was definitely go so it’s not surprising that it did indeed finish, but I am a little disappointed that there will be no more Presley, no more Sam and no more Bauer. I really grew to love these characters and I admit that I would really like to know more about them and where the story could possibly go. Kudos to the author for writing such a unique and riveting tale.


About The Author
 
Shari Arnold grew up in California and Utah but now resides in Connecticut, with her husband and two kids, where she finds it difficult to trust a beach without waves. She writes Young Adult fiction because it’s her favorite. And occasionally she takes photographs.

 

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HCF – Happy Calm Focused® Supplement Review

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Going back to my roots, reviewing roots that is, was always a plan of mine but with all the health shenanigans my body was putting me through I can’t say I had much time to do anything except read. I LOVE reading so that wasn’t too much of a hit to take but I missed doing other things.

Reading, is one of the most amazing things for relaxation but it didn’t leave me much in terms of inspiration for my own writing. Sure, creatively I was at an all time high, able to write out lyrics and poems like it was nobody’s business but my books were a completely different story. Every time I brought pen to paper, because yes I’m just that old school and I can’t just sit in front of my pc and type out a best seller, I blanked. I couldn’t for the life of me hear my characters or what they wanted to do. So when I was contacted by a rep for HCF Happy Calm Focused® I was ecstatic. I used to work in South Beach at the Art Deco Welcome Center for The Miami Design Preservation League, long name I know, and they would send me on these amazing tours just so that I could write about them. Till this day the Wynwood Tour and the SoBe Food Tour are some of my favorites. 

Now, though I was excited about doing something other than a book review or the occasional movie review I used to post on my author site, I’ve always been hesitant about new supplements and the gimmicky side of things, so naturally, I did my research and looked into the company. There were reviews on both sides of the spectrum and the site looked legit if not a bit bland but to each their own. So, I talked it over with a close friend and my father and they both agreed that I should give it a go.

I received the product within a week of my response with  a little brochure and paper insert. The first thing I noticed was how full the bottle was. There was a tiny piece of cotton, literally a cotton ball so when I say this thing was packed I mean it was PACKED.

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The pills are normal sized, no bigger than the pad of my index finger and I have pretty small hands.  The recommend dosage is three (3) capsules daily, 30 minutes before breakfast.You are supposed to take them on an empty stomach with an 8oz glass of water.

The site states “To accommodate body weight, activity level, stress level and/or inadequate diet, you may increase up to a maximum of six (6) capsules per day and/or take at different intervals throughout the day.” they also recommend that if swallowing is a challenge, that you open the capsule into an 1 oz glass of water, drink it, and then follow it up with an 8 oz. glass of water.

With  that said, I started with  the recommended 3 pills in the morning, right after waking up before I started to get ready. The first 2 days were great, but I started noticing that by the 3rd or 4th day I was feeling really weird. My stomach also wasn’t super happy with the pill. I got nauseous and if I burped (a woman burping, the horror! :rolls eyes:) I could taste the pill. It was making me queasy and I really was not for that. Like I said earlier, I have some health issues so I jumped right onto the website to see what I could possibly be doing wrong.

Turns out that the proper dosage can vary depending on the person. I immediately dropped my dosage to 1 capsule a day and the affect was almost immediate.

My second week was more enjoyable and I was able to feel some of benefits. It wasn’t a huge difference but it was something and my stomach was not angry at me anymore. I was able to get to 4pm without feeling like a walking corpse so that was a definite plus, and I didn’t need to reach for coffee. I was also able to focus on a project without feeling the need to do something else.

I decided to up my dosage but only slightly. Every other day I would take 2 capsules and I noticed I was feeling refreshed and fully rested all day. *I did attempt to take 2 daily but the negative affects returned.*

As a whole, I think the product is great an innovative. It did do what it claimed and the all natural ingredients are a good selling point but I do wish they would be more thorough with the dosage advice ON the pill bottle. There was 1 negative affect I couldn’t shake no matter the dosage and it didn’t go away till the last week and that was a loss of appetite. Though I was no longer feeling nauseous or sick, I wasn’t really hungry… at all. I had 1 particularly busy day with lots of deadlines, I woke up at 7am and got straight to work. It wasn’t till about 8:pm when I realized I hadn’t eaten and I hadn’t felt hungry. I made sure after that incident and a stern reprimand from my best friend that I set a reminder on my phone to grab a quick meal even if it was only some fruit at regular intervals.

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Bottom line is, I would recommend this product but with my own disclaimer. Make sure you start off with one (1) capsule daily and work your way up to your perfect dosage. Also, make sure that you are eating regularly even if you don’t feel hungry. I’m aware that not everyone reacts to pills the same way and some people might not feel any of the negative affects but it is better to be safe than sorry.

Side affects include:

    sleeplessness | diarrhea | headache

loss of appetite | irritability | bright lights

sadness | libido | tired

If you are interested in trying this product they offer a 14 Day supply for free. You only pay $5.95 for shipping (so I guess that’s not really free).

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Claire Daly: Reluctant Soul Saver Review + #Giveaway

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Michele Brouder

 

Genre: Young Adults Paranormal Romance

Release Date: September 20, 2015

 

ISBN: 978-1515080503

ASIN: B015NCLL02

 

Pages: 204

Goodreads Rating: 3.71

My Rating: 4.5

 

Book Description:

 

When seventeen-year-old librarian wannabe Claire Daly is dragged kicking, screaming and cursing from everything she loves—her mam, her cozy Irish village and the dreamy boy next door—to take up arms in the battle of good versus evil, she learns the hard way that sometimes you don’t get to choose your own destiny, destiny chooses you.

 

Claire’s life plan is simple: head off to university to get her degree in library studies, summon up the courage to tell her best friend Chas that she loves him and live happily ever after. She never once entertained the idea that she might possess divine powers, that she might be predestined to battle Hell’s demons, or, to complicate matters further, that another love of many lives past might turn up on her doorstep. But life doesn’t always go as planned, and when a co-worker is viciously attacked by a demon and her own family threatened, Claire must face the truth: she is called to a higher purpose and has no choice but to answer. Claire sets aside her dreams and begins learning how to deal with the Unholy once and for all. Armed with only a crash course in soul saving and her wits, she gears up for the ultimate show down in Hell. But will it be enough?

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My Take:

 

That was amazing!

 

I had high hopes for this book, and to be quite frank I wasn’t sure it was going to pan out when I first started reading this book. It wasn’t that it was bad or the writing was hard to follow but more that Claire seemed to annoy me more than anything. I really wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about a book with a lead I couldn’t stand. Luckily for all involved, Clare kind of grew on me. I’m still not her biggest fan but I do enjoy the story, the history, and the premise. It also doesn’t hurt that I enjoyed the other characters.

 

The storyline is really original and captivating. So while Claire wasn’t my favorite character at first, the story itself was more than enough to keep me hooked. Now if you are wondering why Claire was not my favorite heroine… simple, she was overly childish most times. She also can off as selfish and a wee bit naive.

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4.5 Quills

 

So Claire wasn’t the most likeable, but the storyline was and the author is extremely talented if she can manage to keep me 100% invested even when the lead drives me bat shit crazy. It was that great writing that ultimately made me a ‘reluctant’ (see what I did there) fan of Claire. Because, even with all her faults, Claire does have moxie!

 

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About The Author Michele Brouder

 

I was born in western New York, the oldest of 5. I’ve loved reading since I was very little. From the age of 9, I’ve wanted to be a writer. In high school, I wrote a lot of angst-ridden civil war dramas ala Gone With The Wind, knowing more about the Battle of the Bull Run than a normal teenager should know. I dabbled in writing after that but didn’t get serious about it until 2006, when I decided that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

 

I’ve had many interesting jobs but my passion has always been writing.

 

I lived in Ireland from 2006-2013 with my husband and 2 boys. We moved back to the US and settled in Florida briefly (2 years) before returning back to Ireland in August 2015.

 

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Craving Beauty by Jennifer Silverwood Review + #Giveaway

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Craving Beauty

A Wylder Tale

Volume 1

Jennifer Silverwood

 
 
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy
Release Date: October 31, 2015
Publisher: SilverwoodSketches
 
ISBN: 978-1517701963
ASIN: B00GXV971I
 
Pages: 239
Goodreads Rating: 3.67
My Rating: 5.0
 

Book Description:

 
Vynasha has spent the last four years tending her mother’s roses and looking after her nephew. The fire that killed their family has left her scarred and put Wyll on the brink of death. Soon the first frost will come down from the mountains and she knows this winter will be his last.
 
Until a strange beggar appears on the road, telling her of the majikal Source that can heal her Wyll. With nothing left to lose, Vynasha braves the forbidden Wylder Mountains to seek out a cure and her fate.
 
A lost kingdom is uncovered by an equally lost girl, but the castle is not abandoned as she believes. Shadows cloaking unseen eyes watch. Tapestries whisper from the hidden corners, wondering if the one to break their curse has come. And a hungry beast waits, ready to devour her soul.
 

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My Take:

 
Growing up Beauty and the Beast was always one of my favorite fairy tales. It didn’t matter which way the story when or how I got my fix, all that mattered was that I could be a story about a love that transcends the physical. I always found it so mystifying an unreal that there was a love so true that someone could fall in love with a beast. With that said, it’s no wonder I was so excited to get the opportunity to read this story which is a retelling all that classic.
 
This isn’t your typical Beauty and the Beast, there is definitely a lot more going on and so much that you can’t even fathom. I found myself needing to turn the page, meeting to discover the mysteries hidden within the words. Unfortunately, what never occurred to me was that this might possibly end on a cliffhanger. Lucky for me it was not the kind of person that makes you want to rip out your hair, but I am really impatient and I do need to get my hands on book 2 of The Wylder Tales.
 
While reading this book I did have plenty of speculations and well some of them hands out the lot of them didn’t this book will literally keep you on your toes.
 

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Whatever you think you know, forget it, you are probably wrong. As I said earlier, there is so much going on within the pages of this book you won’t know what to expect but that is what makes this book so utterly amazing. It was so different. It took a classic fairy tale one that I absolutely adore and made it something more. It made it something new.

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About The Author author

 
Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of the Heaven’s Edge series, Stay and Silver Hollow.
 
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2Emerge (The Awakening #1) Book Review

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The Awakening Series

Book #1

Melissa A. Craven

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy
Release Date: April 1, 2015
Publisher: Midnight Hour Studio

ISBN: 978-0990981992
ASIN: B00VID65W0

E-book Pages: 440
Paperback Pages: 424
Goodreads Rating: 4.09
My Rating: 5.0

Book Description:

Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.

You’re born.

You live.

You die.

She has no cause to believe that equation works differently for her, but there has to be a reason the world treats her like a pariah.

When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He doesn’t shrink from her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends, who aren’t exactly comfortable with Allie, but they seem to get her in a way most people don’t.

Finally, Allie has a real shot at normal and rides that high right up to her sixteenth birthday when she wakes in agony—an experience Aidan insists they have all faced. She struggles in ignorance, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t. When she emerges, Allie is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.

As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world. A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.

…only Allie hates to fight.

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My Take:

I am at a loss for words and in complete awe of this book. I was hooked from the first page an unwilling to put this book down. Its an innovative and unique story with loveable characters.

Allie is such a strong female lead and I loved that she didn’t need a man to define her or her abilities, as a matter of fact romance was not even really a factor in this story which is really really refreshing. Sure, there are love interests but that does not make pr break the story. I really can not find enoug words to describe how utterly awesome this story was!

The Great (Pros):

  • Allie. Like I said, Allie is a super strong and feisty character. I loved her tenacity.
  • Aiden. He’s adorably jaded and such an amazing character.
  • Sasha. I loved Sasha. She wasn’t a character that was mentioned a lot but I really loved when she interacted with the other leads!
  • Other Supporting Characters. I really enjoyed the interactions between the other supporting characters just like I enjoyed Sasha’s character. It was really fun to learn about these characters and what made them tick.
  • Bonds. I loved all the bonds formed between characters, superficial or otherwise. The inclusion of these ‘supernatural’ bonds that are formed between individuals was also another major selling point for me.
  • Storyline. This story line is in a league of its own. Never once did I feel like I was reading a world I had already visited. I loved all the intricacies that make up this story and all the character story lines.
  • History. The history of these characters is astounding. I’ve always been a bit of a history junkie so I got a massive kick at the inclusion of these great figure heads in history being included in the history of this book. I also really like how these characters shared their history with others.

The Not So Great (Cons):

  • Vince. I really was not a fan of his character. He just felt so unnecessary. Granted, he seems less annoying now that I’ve read the novella that follows this book and serves as a prequel. It makes a lot of this going ons in this book make so much sense, so I really recommend reading them both! But anyways, Vince wasn’t a ‘bad’ guy per say, at least not in this book or yet, but he just irks me and felt like a useless character although in retrospect he probably is a tad more important than I give him credit for now that I’ve read book 1.5
  • Some minor inconsistencies. Nothing to get all in a huff about but there were like maybe 3 or 4 moments that didn’t really match up, but I’m just overly observant. Once again, if you read 1.5, its cleared up for you but since this is a review of book 1, it has to be mentioned.
  • Use of har har. I know it seems like such a random con but it was just really annoying and broke up the flow of the dialogue. I got really peeved after about the 10th time I read it so yea lol.

5 Quills

I’m really happy I had the opportunity to read and review this book and I am anxiously awaiting book 2 in the series. Unfortunately, I could find no info on the release of that novel or even a working title so sadly I in the dark completely BUT based off of the 2 I have read, I have high hope for the sequel. If you are looking for a great read with strong and loyal character that you will most probably fall in love with, then look no further! Emerge: The Awakening is an action packed, emotionally driven story that is sure to draw you in.

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About The Author

Melissa A. Craven (the “A” stands for Ann—in case you were wondering) was born near Atlanta, Georgia, but moved to Cleveland, Ohio at the age of seventeen. She still thinks of Cleveland as home, so it was only natural for Emerge to take place there.

Today, she is back in Atlanta—for some reason she can’t seem to stay away from the ungodly heat that makes her long for things like “lake effect snow” and wind that will knock you flat.

Melissa decided a long time ago that the “life checklist” everyone else was clutching so tightly in their fists, just wasn’t for her. She does everything backwards because she is weird like that, but then, she is an artist and artists are notoriously “unique” and “quirky.”

She is an avid student of art and design, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of West Georgia in 2009. She worked as an interior designer for several years, but she’s always thought she might like to be a writer when she grows up.

In her spare time, if she has any, she enjoys shopping for derelict furniture she refinishes to exercise the interior design part of her brain.

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The Fading Dusk by Melissa Giorgio Book Review + #Giveaway

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The Fading Dusk

Smoke & Mirrors

Book # 1

Melissa Giorgio

 

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: July 19, 2015

ISBN: 978-1515150589
ASIN: B0125KV45W

E-book Pages: 257
Paperback Pages: 408

Goodreads Rating: 3.88
My Rating: 4.5

 

Book Description:

 

In the gritty city of Dusk, seventeen-year-old Irina makes her living as the street magician Bantheir’s assistant. The job isn’t glamorous, but she loves the crowds, the shows, and most of all, the illusion of magic. But Irina’s world is shattered the night she is arrested and charged as Bantheir’s accomplice to murder—murder by magic.
 

Real magic, the kind that’s been forbidden since the old wars.
 

Irina finds the idea of flashy showman Bantheir using actual magic to kill someone laughable, but she’s the only one who sees how ridiculous the claim is. But how can she convince everyone Bantheir is innocent when they’ve already made up their minds? Desperate, Irina must decide who she can trust to help her win her freedom. Is the surly, handsome Captain Leonid telling the truth when he says he believes Irina is innocent, or is he just using her to get to Bantheir? What about Aden, the sweet soldier and longtime fan of Irina’s who claims he’s on her side?
 

Irina said she wanted to know the truth, but when she stumbles across a dark secret that changes everything, will she be strong enough to survive?

 

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My Take:

 

Wow, just wow.
 

When I first started reading this book I was interested but not hundred percent invested. But it didn’t take long for me to follow love with this story and the characters or to be sucked in by the mystery or the setting. Once I reached chapter 4 I was I was not able to put the book down.
 

I really love it when I’m able to imagine everything in a book, the world the characters are living in. But what I find even more special is when the author has the ability to make you care about characters and have you fully invested well-being and what is going to happen to them. This book has all that and more. You got a strong heroine who is so kindhearted and good that it occasionally becomes irksome… But I promise that’s a good thing. Irina is a great and loyal character with a neck of a lot of spunk and perfectly matched with the characters surrounding her.
 

The whole premise of this book focuses on murder and forbidden magic with some romances thrown in to spice things up a little bit more. And I loved every gosh darn second of it!
 

Forewarning, there IS a bit of a love triangle but it’s over so quickly, I was able to get passed it without feeling frustrated or annoyed. So, if I can get through it, and you all know how much I bitch and moan about love triangles and predictability, then you can rest assured that it does not dominate or mar the pages of this amazingly written book.
 

Speaking of romance, Irina’s love interest is perfectly suited for her and has clawed his way to the top of my book boyfriend list with his swoon worthy description and heroic actions.

 

4.5 Quills

 

I’m really looking forward to reading the next installment and learning more about this world and what consequences our heroes will face!

 

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About The Author Melissa

 

Melissa Giorgio is a native New Yorker who graduated from Queens College with a degree in English. She’s always dreamed of being a writer and has been creating stories (mostly in her head) since she was a little girl. Also an avid reader, Melissa loves to devour thick YA novels. When not reading or writing, she enjoys watching animated films, listening to music by her favorite Japanese boy band, or exploring Manhattan. She is also the author of the Silver Moon Saga.

Author links:

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Death Becomes Me by Elizabeth Holloway Review + #Giveaway

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Death Becomes Me

Call Me Grim

Book #2

Elizabeth Holloway

 

Genre: Young Adults Paranormal

Release Date: November 3, 2015

 

ISBN: 978-1518678122

ASIN: B016TOEKTM

 

Pages: 256

Goodreads Rating: 4.00

My Rating: 4.5

 

Book Description:

 

Libbi and Aaron are Grim Reapers on the run. They may have escaped their hometown of Carroll Falls unscathed, and are together and alive (well, more or less), but they’ll soon find there’s a price to pay. A deadly one.

 

By escaping Carroll Falls, Libbi and Aaron have broken the Reaper’s covenant with Abaddon, aka Death himself – and now they’re right at the top of Abaddon’s Most Wanted list. There’s nowhere to hide, and not a single person, alive or dead, they can turn to for help.

 

But just as it’s looking like the end of the line, Libbi hears word of a Reaper in hiding – a Reaper who once escaped Abaddon’s wrath. Finding this mysterious Reaper might be the perfect solution… if Death doesn’t find them first.

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My Take:

 

Ugghh

 

I hate this book…. but I LOVE it.

 

When I read book one I couldn’t stop myself from diving right into book 2. I fell in love with the characters and the story and I need a resolution…. I didn’t really get one but then I don’t think I really expected 1.

 

This is a really interesting and unique story, that is written extremely well. I laughed, I cried and I made the appropriate “aww” sounds. I have read a lot of ‘death’ and ‘reaper’ books lately but I think this series is fast becoming one of my favorites in this particular genre/field. It’s not something I expected to like this much but I did.

4.5 Quills

 

There was a bit of everything you look for in this kind of book. You have a romance that transcends time, unwavering friendships, strong and beautiful familial ties, heartbreak, action and betrayal. I can’t wait to see what happens next and what Libbi has planned.

 

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About The Author Elizabeth Holloway

 

Elizabeth Holloway is a writer of young adult fiction living in Southern Pennsylvania with her two teen children and their growing number of pets.

 

In addition to writing, she is a registered nurse, an avid reader, an out-of-practice artist, a karaoke singer, and music lover. She is still trying to decide what she wants to be when she grows up.

 

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The Cobbogoth Series Review + #Giveaway!

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Uncovering Cobbogoth

Cobbogoth Series

Book #1

Hannah L. Clark

Genre: Young Adult Romantic Fantasy
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

ISBN: 978-1462114269
ASIN: B00KBYQ4IM
Pages: 320

Goodreads Rating: 4.15
My Rating: 5.0

Book Description:

 

Norah Lukens needs to uncover the truth about the fabled lost city of Cobbogoth. After her archaeologist uncle’s murder, Norah is asked to translate his old research journal for evidence and discovers that his murder was a cover-up for something far more sinister.

When she turns to neighbor and only friend James Riley for help, she realizes that not only is their bitter-sweet past haunting her every step, but James is keeping dangerous secrets. Can Norah discover what they are before it’s too late to share her own.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20492095-uncovering-cobbogoth
  
 

My Take:

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That was both beautiful and magical. Beautifully magical? Magically beautiful? I don’t know which would be the better statement, but regardless that is the best description I can give this book.

 

In this book you’re introduced to the characters that will draw you in and make you feel something for them. It’s almost hypnotizing to read the story. The details are so crisp and clear you’re able to envision everything that’s being told, and I for one found that I almost couldn’t bear to put the book down.

 

When I first saw this book up for review, I was slightly intrigued but I didn’t have an opening during the month of the tour so I had to pass up on reading it. Luckily, a month or so later, I got another tour invite for book two in this series and they were offering book one for those who hadn’t read it. So of course I jumped right onto that bandwagon, and I’m really glad I did. I’m always looking for a new series to fall into. Something. You make me love the characters as much if not more then characters I grew up reading. I genuinely feel like this series has that potential.

 

The characters in this book are so realistic, the way they handle certain situations the way they feel and act, feel real. Sure there is a lot of other worldliness in this story but the core aspects are what I’m talking about. I loved Norah, she’s the kind of character you hope to read about when you come across a story with a female heroine. She makes her mistakes, but she owns them. She’s not someone that is compliant, she’s very much her own person and I love that. It’s so easy to read about Norah and James and Lylend; and it’s even easier to care about them.

 

The romance in this book, is breathtaking. I found it to be probably one of the most beautiful love stories I have read, not because of the sweeping gestures or the abundant love scenes, because that isn’t in this book. You just have these two characters that are so beautifully woven together but you can’t help but root for them. It’s just lovely. And even though it’s very important its not overbearing, you are still going to get a full story that really has nothing to do with the romance. And that to me is one of the best treats as a reader and the hardest feats for an author to pull off.

 

5 Quills

The Lemorian Crest

Cobbogoth Series

Book #2

Hannah L. Clark

Genre: Young Adult Romantic Fantasy
Release Date: August 23, 2015
Publisher: KinStone Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 978-1514655276
ASIN: B014RVEB20

Pages: 436
Book Cover Design: Seedlings Design Studio

Goodreads Rating: 4.40
My Rating: 5.0

Book Description:


After being raised from infancy in Boston, Mass., Noria (a.k.a Norah Lukens) has no idea what to expect upon entering New Cobbogoth, where she never would have guessed that paths of light can make you vanish; doors can lead to realms both near and far; myths and legends are actual history; a mere kiss can seal two souls as one; and, of course, a stone is never “just a stone.” Her Uncle Jack’s stories never could have prepared her for the magical and dangerous place her native realm is turning out to be.

When the Gihara’s promises begin to crumble, her best friend and soul-mate Jamus (a.k.a. James Riley) is in more danger than ever. Then when his father Lylend abandons her to search for an ancient relic called The Lemorian Crest and she is taken captive by the very people she’s risked everything to save, Noria begins to lose faith in the Cobbogothian gods and the mission they sent her home to accomplish.

Only when a series of new friendships and loyalties are forged in the most peculiar of places, does Noria dare hope again. Hope for Jamus’ safety, for their future together, and for the survival of the entire Cobbogothian race.

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25773335-the-lemorian-crest

 My Take:

I’m not sure how it is at all possible that this book is better than part 1, but it is. Once again I am in awe of the author’s ability to make me fall in love with a story and the characters involved. I had really high expectations for this book especially coming right off my high from book 1, but this threw those expectations right out of the water. It’s everything you would hope for from a sequel and so much more.
 

I was so happy to see the growth of these characters and witness and their transformations. This is truly a spectacular story. If I’m honest though, I was slightly worried that this book may fall flat. I was scared that while book one was an amazing high, that the author wouldn’t be able to follow through. I was scared that there would be too many inconsistencies and the story wouldn’t progress but all it did was pull me in. I’m definitely hooked on the series, I think the author is absolutely amazing, I am obsessed with these characters, and I cannot wait for book 3. I definitely need to know where the story is going to go, I need the resolution almost as much as Norah/Noria does!

 

5 Quills

About The Author

Hannah L. Clark lives with her husband and two children in the Rocky Mountains. She has always known she would be a storyteller. In 2006 she graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in English and immediately began writing her first novel.

Uncovering Cobbogoth was Clark’s first book in the seven book Cobbogoth series—a YA fantasy series based on her mythological brain-child, The Legend of the Cobbogothians. It was released in May 2014 through Cedar Fort Publishing. Book 2 in the series, The Lemorian Crest will be released in Summer 2015.

Clark loves running, mythology, singing while playing the guitar, herbal tea, escaping into imaginary worlds, and being with her peeps. Like her heroine Norah, she also kind of believes that trees might have souls, but must clarify that she has never hugged a tree. The closest she has ever come to that kind of bizarre behavior was the time she hugged the pillars outside Harry Potter Land. Which, all things considered, is not bizarre at all if one takes into account how exquisitely happy she was to finally be there.

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To Catch a Cat Thief by Sean Cummings Book Review + #Giveaway

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To Catch a Cat Thief

Sean Cummings

 

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Mystery

Release Date: September 15, 2015

Publisher: Rebelight Publishing

 

ISBN: 9780994839909

Pages: 104

 

Goodreads Rating: 4.50

My Rating: 5.0

 

Book Description:

 
Hundreds of cats are missing! Fear not-Penelope Ann Pickersgill and her hippie grandma are on the case. While her friends go to cool camps, twelve-year-old Penelope has to spend the summer with Grandma Bev, who is convinced that cat-eating aliens are beaming the town’s furry friends aboard their mother ship at night. Lights in the sky point to UFO’s, but Penelope is sure there’s a more logical explanation. With a little help from Sherlock Holmes, she and Grandma Bev set out to find the cats. Will they be able to solve the mystery before all the cats in Thornhill disappear?

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My Take:

 
Before Reading this book, I curled up in my bed with a nice cup of Bavarian Wild Berry Tea and before long I was accompanied by a black super furry attention seeking feline.

 
It was a really great and fun read. Super cute and with characters that were extremely well developed. From start to finish I was interested and that tends to be tough when it comes to middle grade fiction books… at least I find it difficult to stay focused with characters that are so young. But I found Penelope to be a breath of fresh air and not at all what you would expect of a 12 yr old. I can’t say I found any flaws with the execution or story line and I’m genuinely looking forward to buying this book for my niece who loves all animals and anything science related. I think its a great book for kids and even families to share together. I only wish that the book was a tad bit longer but other than that I felt like it was truly golden.

 
If this author is capable of writing such a great middle grade book than I can only assume the rest of his works will be just as good so I’ll definitely be picking up some of his other works!

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About The Author Sean-Cummings-Hi-Resolution

 
Sean Cummings is a mutli-published author with works ranging from urban fantasy (Shade Fright, Funeral Pallor) to dark fantasy and superheroes. (Marshall Conrad) 2012 saw the publication of Sean’s first young adult novel. Poltergeeks is a rollicking story about teen witch a race against time to save her mother’s life. The second book Student Bodies, hit stores in 2013. In 2014, he published The North, a gripping post-apocalyptic thriller for teens. To Catch a Cat Thief is Sean’s first middle grade novel.

 
Sean lives in Saskatoon Canada with his wife, two lazy cats and a spotted dog named Stormageddon.

 
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Spectacle by S.J. Pierce Book Review

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Spectacle

S.J. Pierce

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Release Date: July 13, 2015

ISBN: 9781311403599
ASIN: B00YLUZO3S

Pages: 363
Goodreads Rating: 3.82

My Rating: 4.5

Book Description:

Hunger Games meets Avatar in this spellbinding new Young Adult, Science-Fiction novel by bestselling author Susan James Pierce.

Two hundred years after the Great Disaster, the day earthquakes ravaged Earth’s landscapes, humanity has finally regrouped and is working toward a better future. But in New America – one of three remaining landmasses – overpopulation makes a better future seem bleaker by the year.


Mira (Mirabella) Foster and her parents are citizens of New America, and with the threat of starvation and disease looming on the horizon, a new discovery threatens to push everyone to the brink of chaos: blue markings develop on people’s skin. Markings that allow them to camouflage their skin, but also make them feared, and eventually, targets of violence.


Mira’s dad is one of them.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25672560-spectacle

 

My Take:

 


That was both heartbreaking and beautiful. Star Crossed meets Hunger Games meets Avatar. This was a tear jerker that was impossible to put down. The characters had such raw and endearing qualities that I found it impossible not to love them. This was also a very ‘meaty’ book, long and descriptive but never once boring. Its over 60 beautifully written chapters that took a good chunk of my day to read through. That was really refreshing and I can definitely see people enjoying this book throughout a nice long rainy weekend.

I loved how the girls were portrayed and the whole premise of this story was enthralling. My only forewarning to any prospective readers is the synopsis. That was literally the least descriptive synopsis ever, it barely skims the surface of this book. The story was about sooo much more than what you are lead to believe. If this was written any differently that may have been the nail in the coffin for this book but luckily, I found this story so appealing that I didn’t care that the synopsis was vague and lacking. It was literally just a quick summary of the first couple of chapters and not at all of the story as a whole. Had this book been split into different novels it probably would have suited the book more but as it stands, the description could use a little sprucing up.

I loved the way the friendships were forged and portrayed and found our main characters to be some of the most real and noble I’ve ever read. The romance takes a really long time to show itself so if you’re looking for an instant connection love story, this probably isn’t for you but I actually loved that about this book. It lets Mira develop as a person and do what needs to be done.

 

4.5 Quills


I not only recommend this book to all science fictions readers but I also recommend some tissues be in your general vicinity. I loved the length of this book and the content. It was literally an all-around good read. The cover is amazing and yet simplistic and the title is absolutely perfect.

About The Author

Susan James Pierce has a degree in Marketing Management, works for a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, Georgia, and devotes her precious, spare time to writing Fantasy, Paranormal and Sci-fi novels.

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