Saturday, October 31, 2015

Review: Worth It by Linda Kage

Worth It by Linda Kage
Release Date:

I fell in love once.It was amazing. She was amazing. Life was amazing. I lived for each time I could see her, and nothing else mattered, not that our families were enemies, our time together was forbidden, or we had to meet in secret. Our love could conquer all.
Until it didn't.

So I was ripped away from the love of my life and shoved into hell, forced to continue without her. It shattered me, broke the best parts of me, left me permanently damaged. Or so I thought.

Years later, I swear history’s trying to repeat itself because she’s back in my life, and I’m just as drawn to her as I was before. But I'm older and wiser now, and I know she should stay away from a worthless ex-con like me. So, I will not let her in. I absolutely refuse to hurt her. I will keep her away.

Then again, sometimes risking your greatest fear to get to a smile makes everything worth it, and besides, I’m not sure I can resist her, anyway. This is the story of how Felicity Bainbridge changed my life forever, starting one summer day long ago after I was forced to change a dirty diaper... --Knox Parker

OMG!! Linda Kage is just amazing!  I love this series so much, and just when I think that she can't get any better, and that the next book can't possibly top the last one, it does.  This book had tragedy and a forbidden love in a Romeo and Juliet type way.

I loved both of these characters from the very beginning.  My heart absolutely broke for Knox.  Here's a guy that fell in love with the wrong girl.  She's the a part of the family that his hates, and vice-versa. The two of them are able to set aside their families' hatred and develop a relationship at a young age. And then they were ripped apart.

One thing I really loved about this story is that you got to watch the progression of their love twice.  First they're teenagers falling in love with the wrong person, and then years later they're new adults and you get to watch it all over again from a new perspective where tragedy, horrible events, and guilt keep getting in the way.  Knox has been broken and rose out of it, only to find out about another horrible tragedy in his life that he didn't know about.

For her part, Felicity was an amazing character as well.  She was so sweet, such a caring person, and she had some spunk to her.  I loved what she did with her life, and how she made it her own.  When the two of them are brought back into each other's lives, it was wonderful to watch.  The romance was like a return to home, but at the same time, it slowly progressed, since one of them fought it as hard as they could.

Linda Kage knows how to get your heart strings and yank on them.  This story was beautifully and poignantly told. The characterization was perfect, and the ending was exactly right.  I dearly love this series and really hope she intends to just keep going with it.  I'm already waiting impatiently for the next one.  Perfect read.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Review: Falling For the Wrong Guy by Sara Hantz

Falling For the Wrong Guy by Sara Hantz
Release Date: October 12, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Ruby Davis has a crush on her brother’s best friend. At least, he was his bestie until the big betrayal. Now Drew is off limits to everyone, especially Ruby. She can’t stand the way people treat him, or the way he feels about himself. It isn’t right. And those deep green eyes are calling to her.

Drew is scarred and damaged, and he has no business even looking at Ruby. But he can’t help himself. She’s beautiful, but he does his best to stay away. When they are assigned a school project, they become reluctant friends – even though they want so much more.

She’s torn between her feelings for Drew and loyalty to her brother. There’s no way they can ever be together...but love just might find a way.

I love these types of stories that play on the forbidden love angle.  Forbidden love is exciting and intoxicating, and the author has created a very unique situation here to play out a forbidden love story. The big betrayal is revealed almost immediately in the story, and I felt immediately drawn to Drew because of it.

Drew was my favorite character because I felt he had the most emotional connection with me, and he really brought me into his hurt and anxiety.  This is a guy who was scarred and horribly burned during "the big betrayal", and to me, it wasn't even a betrayal.  People were placing blame where it didn't belong, and the saddest thing about it was that Drew welcomed the blame.  He feels they're all right about him, that he deserves this, and that somehow he doesn't deserve any happiness he manages to get. With this in mind, he keeps his growing attraction and relationship with Ruby a secret from everyone.  It was so sad to watch a character go through such self-torment.

With Ruby, I felt a deep connection to her as well because she's the only one willing to give Drew a chance, to look at the betrayal from the right angle, and to try to pull him out of himself. She does this at the risk of alienating her own brother, because she understands he's wrong.  Her dad has also been burned and physically hurt in another accident, and she has watched what it has done to him, what it continues to do to him, and could do to Drew's future.

The things she does to try to show Drew how she accepts and cares for him made me love her as a character.  Both characters were special and sympathetic, and I loved them both.  The author did a fantastic job with some very sensitive issues.  When I first read the premise and read how they get thrown together for a school project, I thought this was going to be a little cliche, but the author surprised me.  That just kicks things off and is never really mentioned again, which I loved!  Made it unique. And the relationship moved along at a steady pace.  I thought this was a very good read that was surprising, deep, and sweet.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Review: Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch

Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Perfection comes at a price. As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury.

Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows… and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.

But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving… and if she’s unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death.

I was definitely in the mood for a dystopian when I picked this book up to read, but I knew I didn't want the same old type of dystopian I've read in the past.  Perfected was exactly what I needed, and it delivered.

Ella comes from what I term a factory, a place where young girls are engineered and trained up to be "pets" for the elite of society.  Imagine a puppy mill, except with young girls trained to be the perfect pets, complete with etiquette, obedience school, and pretty much anything you can think of.  They are all trained in certain talents so that they can entertain their owners, they all are trained how to address people correctly, and how to be the perfect pet.  In this society, I suppose they don't consider this to be slavery, but I did.

Ella is purchased by an older man, a congressman, as a pet for his young daughter.  And let me tell you, I had a bad feeling about this pretty much from the moment she was bought.  He and his wife take her home where she meets the sweet little daughter, and the son who is a little older than her.  Almost immediately, I got strange vibes from the congressman from the very beginning, and there was a mystery surrounding this, as she's not the first "pet" the family has had.

The very interesting part of this story, besides the unusual and unique premise, was the relationships built between Ella and the congressman's children.  The young daughter is adorable, so sweet to Ella, and is someone she can care for.  Her relationship with the son was ever so much more complicated, and I loved every second of it.  I so enjoyed watching him awaken her to things she's never seen, heard, or felt before.  It was a slow-building, sweet, and yet still passionate romance.

The story had a wonderful mixture of intrigue, danger, romance, innocence, and dystopia to really satisfy all my desires.  The author did a fabulous job making you care about the three main characters, and to root for Ella.  I loved it and am eagerly awaiting the second installment!

Waiting on Wednesday: Consent by Nancy Ohlin


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on.

This is one of my favorite posts to read on the blogs that I follow because other bloggers have found so many wonderful books that I had no idea about! I get most of those from reading Waiting on Wednesday posts. :-) I urge you to visit other blogs and read theirs to find these great lists!

In this sexy and intriguing novel, an intense—and passionate—bond between a high school senior and her music teacher becomes a public scandal that threatens the reputation of both.

Bea has a secret. Actually, she has more than one. There’s her dream for the future that she can’t tell anyone—not her father and not even her best friend, Plum. And now there’s Dane Rossi. Dane is hot, he shares Bea’s love of piano, and he believes in her. He’s also Bea’s teacher.

When their passion for music crosses into passion for each other, Bea finds herself falling completely for Dane. She’s never felt so wanted, so understood, so known to her core. But the risk of discovery carries unexpected surprises that could shake Bea entirely. Bea must piece together what is and isn’t true about Dane, herself, and the most intense relationship she’s ever experienced in this absorbing novel from Nancy Ohlin, the author of Beauty.

Release Date: December 15, 2015

Why I'm excited about it:
I love taboo stories,
especially student-teacher stories!
Sue me!!

Have you heard of this one?  Leave a comment and let me know what your WoWs are this week!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Review: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Duplin' by Julie Murphy
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

There's just so much I want to say about this book and I almost don't know where to start.  I loved the entire concept, and if anyone reads that summary and thinks it's unlikely, or cliche, trust me, it's not. This was a fantastic story with excellent characters.

Let's start first with Will. She's an amazing character who is a big girl, and who has had to grow up living with a mother who once won a beauty pageant, and who now spends huge chunks of each year organizing the same annual event, and treating her daughter like a problem to be solved due to her weight.  You would think that Will would grow up feeling extremely insecure under this type of treatment, but she's surprisingly confident and sure of herself.  It's not that her mother's comments and actions don't bother her, because they do.  She would like it if her mother could just love her the way she is, but she doesn't let it change her own outlook toward herself.

Enter Bo.  Bo is hot, and for some reason, he's into Willowdean.  It isn't until they begin to see each other that she starts to let insecurity enter her heart.  She wonders why a guy like him would like a girl like her.  This insecurity grows to the point where she knows she has to change her outlook, get herself back, so to speak.  And so she enters the beauty pageant, to her mother's evident embarrassment.

Let me just say that I loved how confident this girl was.  I loved how she did this, did for herself, and didn't worry about what anyone thought.  Despite all this going on, there is a very sweet and hot romance as well, and I loved how that developed. It wasn't perfect at first, it was full of doubt, but at the same time, I thought Bo was a great character who didn't even think about getting caught up in stereotypes.  Gotta love a guy like this.

I related to Will very much, and was able to sympathize and empathize with her on a deep level.  I loved her from the start.  The author did an amazing job with characterization and really making you fall in love with her characters.  The story was beautifully written, and had an excellent message.  I would recommend this book, no doubt!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Discussion Post: What do you do when life interferes with your blogging?

My Discussion Topic This Week - What do you do when life interferes with your blogging?

This one is on my mind right now because it just happened to me, and it's still going on to a certain extent.  I have a lower back problem (degenerative disk disease) where my disks compress.  I can have a bulging disk that hits my sciatic nerve and hurts so bad I can barely walk.  I didn't want to do surgery, so I get spinal decompression when it flares up.  Let me tell you, it works.  But I digress.

This issue caused me to go out of work on a medical leave, and being in  pain and laying down a lot, it was just too difficult for me to be able to write posts.  Then, I'm also working a job that has been basically working me to death because they expect you, including managers like me, to work late hours just on principle, and they give you the stink eye if you have the audacity to leave (gasp!) on time! Hence the need for the medical leave.  But I digress again.

I said all of that to say, all of the above interfered with my ability to blog for about two weeks there. The first week I was in so much pain that I must admit I gave very little thought to what I wasn't getting done on the blog.  Thank heavens I didn't have any blog tour or author-scheduled posts in that week. The second week, I was back to work and just working hugely long hours.  

I typically pre-schedule posts, but I had gotten a little lax doing that in the week or two leading up to this, and I couldn't have foreseen that getting behind on scheduling posts would mean that two weeks later my blog would be dead in the water while I was out sick and then working.

Has this happened to you?  Did you feel as guilty as I did?

I don't think there's any way we can prevent life from interfering because it's going to do that.  I just made sure that when I was able, I posted a quick message letting people know where I was and where I had been.  Should I have done more?  Should I have made myself post a "I'm going to be out for while" message when it first started?  What do you do in situations like these?

Let's discuss...

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Tempting New Tales

Tempting New Tales is my weekly post where I share what new books I managed to acquire this week. Credit goes back to the Stacking the Shelves weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  

Below is my breakdown of what was posted last week, and what I'll be posting in the coming week. 

I'm having to do this a little different since I was away for almost two weeks with my medical leave, and then with long hours at work.  So bear with me here as I try to get back into the swing of things. I'm combining a couple weeks into the below of what's been posted recently.  

  • Review: Jane Unwrapped by Leah & Kate Rooper.  Post here.
  • Review: Touching Fate by Brenda Drake. Post here.
  • Tale Temptress Says: I'm back!  Post here.
  • Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep.  Post here.

Here's what to look forward to next week:

  • Discussion Post: What do you do when life interferes with your blogging?
  • Review: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
  • Review: Perfected by Kate Jarvick Birch
  • Review: Falling for the Wrong Guy by Sara Hantz
  • Review: Worth It (Forbidden Men #6) by Linda Kage

Now, on to the new bookshelf items.  Here's what I got this week!

Have you read any of these yet?  What did you get this week?  Leave a comment!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep

I am so excited and pleased to take part in this blog tour for Jennifer Estep's Dark Heart of Magic, the second book in her amazing new Black Blade series.  Check out the awesome details about the book, author, and giveaway below!!

Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade #2) by Jennifer Estep
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: YA Fantasy

Something Wicked This Way Comes...As a thief, I stick to the shadows as much as possible. But when the head of the Sinclair Family picks me to compete in the Tournament of Blades, there's no escaping the spotlight—or the danger.

Even though he's my competition, Devon Sinclair thinks I have the best shot at winning what's supposed to be a friendly contest. But when the competitors start having mysterious "accidents," it looks like someone will do anything to win—no matter who they hurt.

As if I didn't have enough to worry about, mobster Victor Draconi is plotting against Devon and the rest of my friends, and someone's going around Cloudburst Falls murdering monsters. One thing's for sure. Sometimes, humans can be more monstrous than anything else...

Dark Heart of Magic reminded me yet again why Jennifer Estep is one of my favorite authors.  I fell in love with her and her books in her Mythos Academy series, and this new series just keeps me coming back for me.  There was no second book slump for this series.  It packed a good punch for me and had me going and on pins and needles until the end.

Jennifer brings so many wonderful talents to her writing, but four of my favorites, which were prevalent in this book, are: 1. She knows how to write characters. 2. She knows how to write a good mystery. 3. She knows how to amp up the action.  4. She knows how to develop a romance.  So let's look at each one.

The characterization in this story developed further on what we know from book one.  I loved the fact that we got to know Lila even more, and had some tidbits about her past.  She's a unique, tough and feisty heroine, which I absolutely love.  Devon is sweet, sexy, and honorable.  It's hard not to proclaim this guy a book boyfriend.  Off tangent now... the character development and growth in this story was extremely good, especially considering the broader cast, with new characters being introduced and more time spent with the old ones.  And yet she managed to juggle it all so well.

The mystery has to do with what's happening to the trolls, and I was surprised at how this all turned out.  I don't want to give anything away, but Jennifer does such a good job with misdirection, red herrings, and leaving you just the right amount of clues, and yet I was still surprised.  And the action in this story was great.  If I haven't said this before, she does action so very well.

Finally, there's the romance.  I mentioned how well she writes romance.  There's never a fear of insta-love in an Estep novel, because she knows how to draw it out, and how to develop it gradually.  I love watching each step in this process.  The romance in this second installment progressed further, and it was a great addition to the story to see a little bit more happen, but not too much!  It was just right.

If you haven't guessed by now, this book was another winner for me.  I love Jennifer, love her writing, and loved this story!!

Book Links

And if you haven't already read the first book, check it Cold Burn of Magic!
Then be looking forward to book 3, Bright Blaze of Magic!


About the Author

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.  Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin adult urban
fantasy series for Pocket. Books in the series are Spider's Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads, Spider's Revenge, By a Thread, and Widow's Web.  Thread of Death, an e-novella, is also available.

Haints and Hobwebs: An Elemental Assassin short story can be found in The Mammoth Book of Ghost Romance.  Deadly Sting, the eighth book, released on March 26, 2013.

Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. Books in the series are Touch of Frost, Kiss of Frost, Dark Frost, Crimson, Frost, Midnight Frost, and  Killer Frost.  First Frost, a prequel e-story to the series, is available as a download.  Halloween Frost, an e-short story, is available in the Entangled e-anthology.

Jennifer is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series. Books in the superhero-themed series are Karma Girl, Hot Mama, Jinx, and Nightingale.  A Karma Girl Christmas, an e-story, is also available.  Excerpts, free short stories, and more information on Jennifer's books can be found at:

Author Links


Careful of the falling persimmons, Devon Sinclair stepped up beside me and craned his neck back. His black T-shirt and khaki cargo pants were splattered with even more persimmon pulp than mine, making it look as though he’d been caught in a red rainstorm. Just about the only part of him that wasn’t covered in fruit was the silver cuff that glimmered on his right wrist, one stamped with a distinctive design—a hand holding a sword aloft. The symbol of the Sinclair Family.

“He’s not a very happy fellow, is he?” Devon murmured in his deep, rumbling voice. “No wonder the tourists are complaining about him.”

Cloudburst Falls was known far and wide as “the most magical place in America,” a place where “fairy tales are real,” so tourism was the name of the game around here. People came from all over the country and the world to see the magnificent views from Cloudburst Mountain, the rugged, fog-covered peak that loomed over the city, as well as spend their money in all the shops, casinos, restaurants, hotels, and other attractions that ringed the Midway, the main tourist drag in the center of town.

But monsters were also drawn to the area because of all the bloodiron, a magical metal, that had been mined out of Cloudburst Mountain over the years. At least, that’s what the local legends and tall tales claimed. Tourist rubes might like to ooh and aah at the monsters in the various zoos in the Midway and photograph the creatures in their natural habitats during tours and expeditions up the mountain, but the out-of-towners didn’t appreciate tree trolls throwing persimmons at them as they walked down the sidewalk. And the tourists especially didn’t like to get attacked and eaten by some of the more dangerous monsters that lurked in the dark alleys and shadowy spots in and around town. So it was the job of the Families, or mobs, to make sure that the monsters stayed in their designated areas. Or at least didn’t snack on too many tourists at one time.

This particular troll had taken up residence in a tall blood persimmon tree that sat at the edge of one of the shopping squares off the Midway. Since this particular square was part of the Sinclair Family territory, we were the ones who’d been called in to deal with the creature. For the last three days, the troll had been fruit bombing everyone who dared walk by its tree, causing several tourists to drop and break their expensive phones and cameras. Nothing pissed off a tourist more than losing their fancy new phone. I knew, since I’d spent the last few years swiping phones out of the pockets, purses, and fanny packs of every out-of-towner who looked like an easy mark.

Beside me, Devon shifted on his feet, moving out of the bright, direct sun into a pool of dappled shadows closer to the tree. The warm rays filtered down through the branches and danced across his muscled body, showing off his intense green eyes, rugged features, and the honey highlights in his dark chocolate brown hair. I breathed in, catching a whiff of his crisp pine scent, mixed in with the sticky sweetness of the splattered persimmons. Just standing near Devon made my heart do a funny little pitter-patter in my chest, but I ignored the sensation, just as I’d been doing for weeks now.


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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Chosen by Nadia Nader


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on.

This is one of my favorite posts to read on the blogs that I follow because other bloggers have found so many wonderful books that I had no idea about! I get most of those from reading Waiting on Wednesday posts. :-) I urge you to visit other blogs and read theirs to find these great lists!

Zarza, a simple Island girl, longs for a life of adventure and glory, such as was known to the heroic Riders in songs and story. She never believed such a life could be hers until the fateful day she is whisked away from home and family and taken to the Fortress, a training ground for the Kingdom's elite fighting force. There she is trained as a Rider, and introduced to a new life she never thought she could have.

Release Date: December 14, 2015

Why I'm excited about it:
I love stories about girls being
trained as warriors!

Have you heard of this one?  Leave a comment and let me know what your WoWs are this week!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Finally back!

Okay, so maybe you've noticed I haven't been around very much lately.  I posted a couple times but you know me... I usually post every day.  In the last two weeks though I've hardly been around and I just wanted to let everyone know I haven't disappeared.

I've had a couple things happen recently that's kept me away.  First of all, my back decided to injure itself and I had to take a week's medical leave from work to get treated every other day and then lay in the bed. It's hard to post when you're laying down.

The good news?  I got to take a medical leave from work!  Sad that this is excited, but it is.  My company has had me working some EXTREMELY long hours, which is the second reason why I haven't been around much in the last couple weeks.

But, I am back, and I'm planning and scheduling some posts.  So you guys should start to see some content go up starting, well, today I guess.

Thank you for hanging in there with me!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Review: Touching Fate by Brenda Drake

Touching Fate by Brenda Drake
Release Date: October 12, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Crave
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Aster Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn’t. Aster discovers she has a very unscientific gift—with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person’s fate.

Reese Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday—and Reese’s is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself from his inevitable death…only to find the one person who can save him.

Aster doesn’t know that the hot Dutch guy she’s just met needs her help–or that he’s about to die. But worst of all…she doesn’t know that her new gift comes with dark, dark consequences that can harm everyone she loves.

I really loved the story premise and concept to Touching Fate.  I loved the idea of a gypsy-based, magical story where a guy's family is cursed for all the first-born male children to die at the age of 18 unless they find a fate changer.  It started off great.

I loved Reese as a character.  He was sweet and lovable, as was his friend Jan.  Both of these characters were so endearing that I loved them immediately.  I felt sad for Reese's situation,and thought the story had some wonderful conflict on his side.  Aster, the other main character, was interesting in the fact that she discovers quite by accident that she is a fate changer when she and her friend go for a tarot card reading and something rather spectacular happens when she touches one of her friend's cards. After that, however, I started to run into some snags.

Aster came across as a bit cold to me, and because of that, I couldn't really understand why Reese was initially so intrigued by her, other than the fact that he discovers very early that she is a fate changer. Everybody has been through heartbreak before, and due to that, they tend to be cautious.  Aster didn't really display what I would call cautious vulnerability caused by having her heartbroken though.  She came across in a more negative way that is hard for me to articulate, other than to just say it was somewhat off-putting.  At the same time, however, the romance was insta-love, which I felt was really contrary to her behavior.  So at a certain point, I felt like saying, "okay, which is it?  Are you cautious and pushing people away with one hand due to heartbreak?  Or are you going to pull people in and ask them to go to prom with you with the other?" Because of this wishy-washy behavior, the romance was just too quick and often didn't make sense.

Although I found the author's actual writing to be well-crafted and I love the overall story idea, there were just too many things that worked against it for me to really enjoy it.  If the romance had been played out a bit better, I might have enjoyed it more than I did, but as it was, I was a bit disappointed that this story with such potential ended up falling flat for me.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Review: Jane Unwrapped by Leah & Kate Rooper

Jane Unwrapped by Leah & Kate Rooper
Releaase Date: October 12, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Crave
Genre: YA Fantasy/Mythology

Some tombs should never be opened...

Fluorine uranium carbon potassium. Jane’s experiment really went wrong this time. After a fatal accident, teen scientist Jane becomes the first modern-day...mummy. Waking up in the Egyptian underworld without a heart certainly isn’t the best—especially when it means Anubis, god of embalming, has to devour her soul. Yuck. But when Jane meets the drop-dead gorgeous god, suddenly she's thinking this might not be the worst thing to happen. And then she is pushed to do the impossible—just time-travel and kill King Tut. Well, every experiment has variables which can end in disaster... Jane just wishes she could decide whether she wants to strangle Anubis or kiss him.

Jane Unwrapped is a unique, stand-alone novel that pulled me in from the very first page.  Wow! I fell in love with this book and its characters, the setting, the mythology, and just the story all the way around. I really didn't expect to love it the way I did, but it just turned out to be so much more than the summary indicated it would be.

I wasn't sure I was going to like Jane at first because she's one of those characters that has a lot of internal scientific processing going on in her head which I usually have trouble relating too since I'm very unscientific.  It didn't take long, however, before this became less an issue for me and more of a cute quirk.  Jane is stuck in an impossible situation.  She dies and finds herself in the Egyptian underworld with the god of embalming, Anubis...who just happens to be a gorgeous guy who has spent way too long alone.  But her problem is that she is being mummified back in her own time, and done so incorrectly so that she has no heart, and therefore can't enter paradise. In an effort to earn her way into paradise, another god gives her the task of going to ancient Egypt and stealing the heart of an evil Pharaoh's heart.  The evil Pharaoh?  Tutenkhamen.

There was a lot of excellent conflict in this story, because as she gets to know the famous King Tut, her mission isn't, and cannot be, as simple as she'd thought it would be. No one around her is what she expected, and then there's the complication of Anubis following along to "help" her. Anubis complicates matters because while he appears most of the time as a jackel with golden eyes, every now and then, he appears to Jane as that gorgeous guy that I just fell in love with.

This story was rich with mythological detail about Egypt, embalming, the gods, and one of the most famous Pharaoh's in history who has always been shrouded in mystery.  I loved the mythology, loved learning about King Tut, loved Jane's, Tut's, and Anubis' conflicts within the story, and loved, loved, loved the romance.  It wasn't rushed, was a little unexpected, and was just absolutely perfect.

This story really pulled me in and had me reading furiously into the late hours of the night.  The pacing was fast and perfect.  The writing was exciting, and the story was a perfect adventure with twists and turns I didn't expect, and an ending that was just perfect.  Read this story!!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Omega by Lizzy Ford

I'm extremely excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Lizzy Ford's Omega, and exciting new book that weaves dystopian along Greek god mythology.  Check out the exciting book details, review, and giveaway below!

Omega by Lizzy Ford
Release Date: October 26, 2015
Publisher: Captured Press
Genre: YA Mythology

In a modern world ruled by territorial Greek gods, the human race has been oppressed, exploited and now, nearly destroyed by the constant infighting of gods. However, a human girl with the power of a goddess is coming of age. Alessandra is the Oracle of Delphi – the last prophesized – and bears the mark of the double omega. Soon after she turns eighteen, Alessandra is told her destiny: to step between the warring gods and the human race and save her world from certain ruin.

For the gods, her appearance marks the beginning of the end – their end. They and the Triumvirate – leaders of the human elite – who serve them will stop at nothing to preserve their power. Alessandra emerges from the forest where she spent her life hidden from gods and men and immediately plummets into a race against time, gods, and herself to discover who and what she is in a world where everyone she meets has a hidden agenda, and those pulling the strings remain in the shadows.

Before she can determine exactly what kind of savior her world needs, she must first master her power by completing three trials devised by the Triumvirate to enslave her. One lone girl stands between warring gods and the people she’s destined to protect, but it’s the battle to understand who she is that she must win first.

This book was an immediate hit.  Just, wow!!  I loved the mythology of course, but it's sort of a cross between a mythological dystopian.  It's supposed to be present day, but I say dystopian because the Greek gods rule the world and cause havoc.  When Allesandra is pulled from her sheltered world at the beginning of the story, she's on the run with one thought in mind, and that is to find her mentor who was taken.  In that journey, she ends up thrown into the company of three different factions that all want to use her for their own purposes.

I loved this character so much.  I loved her from the moment we met her.  She's strong, she's self-assured, and she determined.  She's so brave in the face of some of the things she must face, and I loved that about her so much.  She had me from the beginning and I couldn't help but root for her.

The most interesting character in the story for me was Adonis.  I loved, loved, loved this guy!  Yes, he's one of the villains (or is he?) but I loved his journey as a character.  There are so many things that have made him what he is, and the gods are great at removing memories, so as he begins to recover some of those, it makes you like him even more.  Wow, sexy, smart, badass, and romance, all wrapped into one. And that segues me into the romance. It was perfect. Not insta-love, not rushed, but drawn out in agonizing detail that was just perfect.

The author's writing of this story was perfect for me.  It was a fast-paced thrill ride with twists and turns and shocking little discoveries that had me on the edge of my seat.  Great characterization and romance.  I absolutely loved this book and can't wait for the next one!!

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Lizzy Ford is the award winning, internationally acclaimed author of over thirty five books written for young adult, new adult and adult romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling Rhyn Trilogy, Witchling Series and the War of Gods series. Considered a freak of nature by her peers for the ability to write and release a commercial quality novel in under a month, Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring.

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