Monday, June 30, 2014

Uncovering Cobbogath Book Blast

Uncover Cobbogoth
Uncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L. Clark

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 its too late to share her own.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Murder Farm

The Murder FarmThe Murder Farm by Andrea Maria Schenkel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fictional account of a true story and is told in an unconventional way. Interviews are given to people who live near where a gruesome murder has taken place. Chilling accounts are given as we hear from the friend of the little girl that was murdered as well as other friends and neighbors of the family. The story gradually unfolds as we learn the fate of the entire family and their maid.

Its a short read but one that packs a punch. I was pulled in right from the beginning and couldn't put it down til it was finished. Definitely made me want to double check my locks at night. Creepy and scary its a must read for mystery fans.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Eve of War

The Eve of WarThe Eve of War by Rae Gee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give 4.5 stars to this awesome read, the next installment in the Veetu Industries series.

The time of war is coming ever closer. Cedo, Billy, Erus, and Francis have returned from Dynasty and have started preparing for what is to come. Cedo is still torn between his love for Billy and his love for his master as well as longing for freedom. The three characters have really evolved since Mars on the Rise and likewise their relationships with each other. Erus is even more accepting of Billy and things definitely heat up.

We see more world building as well in this installment. Erus and Cedo travel to London to help plan for the coming war. While there we see life in the city as well as the social stigma against those who are different or live outside the mainstream of society.

There's a lot that happens with war preparation, its relevant to any society or time frame: men are called up to fight, governments do things they shouldn't in the name of progress, people lose those they love. All these things are very present in this read.

This is a great next installment to a great series. Its best to read it in succession to get the feel for the relationships and what is happening at this point. Love it! Can't wait for the next one.

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True Colors Book Blast

True Colors CoverTrue Colors

Landry Albright enters a modeling competition with her two best friends, but runs into jealousy when she advances to the next level without them. Enter the gorgeous Devon, who also makes the first cut of the modeling contest. Devon seems like the perfect new best friend, but can their friendship survive the competition? Throw in a new boy, jealousy and loyalty issues, and insults from hair stylists. How’s a girl to deal?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Contact Book Blast

ContactContact by Laurisa White Reyes

Mira wants to die. She’s attempted suicide twice already and failed. Every time she comes in contact with another person, skin to skin, that person’s psyche uploads into hers. While her psychologist considers this a gift, for Mira it’s a curse from which she cannot escape.

To make matters worse, Mira’s father is being investigated for the deaths of several volunteer test subjects of the miracle drug Gaudium. Shortly after Mira’s mother starts asking questions, she ends up in a coma. Although her father claims it was an accident, thanks to her “condition” Mira knows the truth, but proving it just might get her killed.

Polar Opposites Book Blast

Polar OppositesPolar Opposites: Super Villain Academy #2

The supers are balanced. Academies have altered their curriculum to teach both sides of the super power spectrum. All’s well in the super world. Right?

When Mystic kidnaps Oceanus, Jeff learns it isn’t all right. Turning to the newly balanced supers for assistance, he panics to find they’ve done nothing to rescue Oceanus. When no ransom request follows, he worries Mystic’s plan never included returning his girlfriend. Frustrated, he’s forced to work with the only super willing to help. Oceanus’ ex-villain, ex-boyfriend, Set.

Mystic isn’t the only one hiding something. Nothing about Jeff is balanced. Temper flares result in scorched clothing or flying furniture, and his charm has become an indiscriminating people-magnet.

Jeff is convinced, or maybe just hopeful, that his lack of control is directly related to Oceanus being gone. But will he and Set find her before Jeff loses control completely and will they find her alive?


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Kindle Fire Giveaway

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Hunt For Tomorrow




A virtual scavenger hunt through twenty-two fictional dystopias.

Friday, July 18 at 6:00pm (EST) - Sunday, July 20 at 6:00pm (EST).

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


CarmillaCarmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an awesome read for a variety of reasons. This read is not only a precursor for Dracula (having predated it by about 25 years) it is also quite the opposite. Carmilla is a short, melodramatic gothic read where Dracula is quite masculine and harsh.

Carmilla comes into the life of the narrator, Laura, quite suddenly. There is a carriage accident at the schloss where Laura lives and Carmilla comes to stay with them for a short time. The relationship between Laura and Carmilla, while very subtle is also very obvious there is more than friendship here. And the horror is that the face of love is also the face of evil.

This well written gothic tale is a must read for those who enjoy vampire lore. I enjoyed it much more than Dracula.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

The Lost Centurion

The Lost Centurion (The Immortals, Book 1)The Lost Centurion by Monica La Porta

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book in the Immortals series. Marcus was a Roman Centurion that was made immortal after a vampire killed his wife. Marcus vowed to avenge her death however long it took. Two thousand years later (talk about patience) he finally gets a lead. As he goes to meet an informant he runs into trouble and rescues Diana, a vampling with no clue what has happened.

Monica La Porta's work is always a joy to read and this one is no exception. The flow of this work sweeps you away and pulls you right into the story. Her characters really come to life complete with believable flaws. The romance between Marcus and Diana isn't instant, both have issues not only with each other but with themselves.

As will all her books, I loved this one and can't wait to read more about the immortals. There are a couple of steamy parts but nothing over the top. Its a great paranormal romance.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Goddess Born

Goddess Born Tour


goddess born coverGoddess Born

Pennsylvania, 1730

Selah Kilbrid keeps a dangerous secret: she has the power to heal.

A direct descendent of the Celtic goddess Brigid, it’s Selah’s sacred duty to help those in need. But as the last of the Goddess Born living in the New World, she learned from an early age to keep her supernatural abilities hidden. The Quaker community of Hopewell has always been welcoming, but there’s no doubt they would see her hanged if her gift was revealed.

When a prominent minister threatens to try her with witchcraft unless she becomes his wife, Selah has only one hope—that her betrothed, a distant cousin from Ireland, arrives as planned. Marrying Samuel would keep her secret safe, preserve her sacred bloodline, and protect her from being charged as a witch.

But when news of Samuel’s death reaches the Colonies, Selah is truly on her own. Terrified, she faces an impossible choice—forfeit her powers and marry the loathsome Nathan? Or find an imposter to pose as her husband and preserve her birthright?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Almond Tree

Almond Tree tour

Almond Tree Book CoverThe Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti

“An epic drama of the proportions of The Kite Runner… Grabs you from the first page… A gripping and compassionate work of fiction”

—Huffington Post

The unforgettable story of a young Palestinian boy whose mathematical gifts allow him to escape the difficulties of life as an Arab Israeli, The Almond Tree is a beautifully crafted debut novel written by a Jewish American woman from the perspective of a Palestinian Muslim male. It is about the power of love, the price of hatred, and the possibility of redemption.

Even as a young boy Ahmed Hamid struggles with knowing that he can do nothing to save his friends and family. Coming of age under Israeli martial law, his entire village operates in fear of losing their homes, jobs, and belongings. But more importantly, they fear losing each other.

On Ahmed's twelfth birthday, that fear becomes reality.

With his father imprisoned, his family's home and possessions confiscated, and his beloved brother Abbas succumbing to hatred in the face of conflict, Ahmed must find a way to care for his family and find a better future for himself. Gifted with a mind that can solve mathematical equations, he uses his intellect to take an inspiring journey that will lead him from his war-torn homeland to a life in America he could never have imagined for himself.

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of half a century of conflict, The Almond Tree is a powerful novel that allows us to walk in one extraordinary Palestinian’s shoes and see the world through his eyes.

“Corasanti’s accomplished debut novel offers a humanistic look into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...Sensitive, moving…” —Kirkus Reviews

Unstoppable Book Blast

Unstoppable by S.R. Johannes:

After everything that has happened, Grace goes to the Everglades to live with her grandmother, Birdee. Even though she is now home-schooled by her bird-obsessed grandmother, the move gives Grace time to relax. She learns to scuba dive and starts boating with old man Rex, Birdee's casual friend/boyfriend.

One day while out in the marshes of the Everglades, Grace rescues an abused Florida panther, currently on the endangered list. The more she dives into the animal’s horrific condition, the more she ventures into the underground world of the roadside zoos that run rampant in Florida with a total disregard for the law. Eventually, she stumbles upon one large roadside zoo filled with a variety of endangered and illegal animals.

Before she can gather evidence and report her findings to the authorities, she is kidnapped by the ruthless owner and dragged deep into the Everglades for a hunting challenge. Only this time, Grace is the prey.

During a sick game of cat and mouse, Grace is offered one chance at survival. With a one-hour head start and very little supplies, time and skill are now all that stands between the hunter and the hunted.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

The Tower of the Alchemist

The Tower of the Alchemist (The Marechal Chronicles, #5)The Tower of the Alchemist by Aimélie Aames

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the fifth installment in the Marechal Chronicles and is quite different from the first four volumes. This doesn't mean its not as good as the others, it is quite a good story all on its own. Its more of a prequel since it tells the background story on the Marechal. There is also less of an erotic element to this one than the others.

As the story opens we are transported to the past, before the incident that made the Marechal what he is. There are also side stories that are carefully woven in. At first I wondered what some of these had to do with the story but by the end it all made sense. Some of the alchemy/physics scenes were a bit over my head with all the light refraction and lens production etc. But I found it wasn't necessary to understand the process to figure out the outcome.

Melisse comes into this part of the story very little. We find her at the end very troubled about what she must do and I look forward to see her continue with her quest in the next installment. She's my favorite character in the series and while I understand that the Marechal's story must be told I missed her.

Overall, I enjoyed it and it fit very well with the rest of the series. You definitely felt as though you were in the past of this world as his story unfolded. Love this series.

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