Friday, August 29, 2014

Book Review - Perfect by J.C. Mells

Perfect (Pierced, #4)
by J.C. Mells
Published 2014

492 Pages

What a fantastic addition to the series! In this fourth installment, we find Pierce coping with past traumas, and learning to control her newly discovered abilities. Still adjusting, and with Pink by her side, she has tapped into the mysterious wellspring -- a seemingly boundless source of energy, that's keeping her up at night, and fueling her. She's losing sleep, but it's better than the alternative.

Once she sleeps, her dreamwalking is taking her back to the very source of her trauma... back to Dorian. And now, above the rafters of Dorian's secret lair, a mysterious creature lurks, with leathery wings, shielded under a shroud of doom. Trying to understand the purpose of the creature's presence, and seeking to uncover the location of Dorian's secret lair, Pierce keeps her dreamwalking a secret. But will she unravel the mystery before it's too late?

There are so many amazing characters in this series, and in this installment we delve deeper into the lives of this fascinating cast of vampires and werewolves. This is truly a character driven plot -- the characters have deep, rich, and troubled lives. And as the story unfolds, you can't help wanting to follow them into the darkest corners of their enchanting world to get a closer look at what will happen next! 


Perfect combines colorful descriptives, enticing characters, and plenty of wit to keep you entertained to the end! An imaginative and spellbinding tale, and a must read for paranormal romance fans!

Available on Amazon 

Read our reviews for other books in the series!
Pierced (book #1)
Escaped (book #2)
Pinked (book #3)

Reviewed by Stephanie
5 STARS

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cover Reveal - Kissed by a Demon Spy by Sharon Kay

Cover Reveal
Kissed by a Demon Spy
by Sharon Kay

Available 
October 7, 2014
Pre-order your copy today!
Amazon

About the Book

Kidnapped as a teen and forced into a life of sexual slavery, Garnet vowed long ago to do whatever she could to spare others her fate. When karma comes full circle with an offer of freedom for her and her young son, she jumps at the chance.

Masquerading as a village innkeeper, Aden keeps his espionage work secret from the gentle pixies he lives among. Using his skills to prevent a group of vicious demons from attacking the innocent, his world is draped in mist, shadow, and danger.

Steeped in shame, Garnet is loath to share her past with Aden. But Aden senses a sweet, loyal strength in her that no amount of horror can erase. His dangerous work is the opposite of the stability Garnet craves. Yet Aden’s patience and strength make him the hero she never had. When the enemy targets them, Garnet and Aden realize that honesty is the truest form of courage. 

Read our reviews for other books by Sharon Kay:

Wicked Wind (Solsti Prophecy, #1)
Wicked Waves (Solsti Prophecy, #2)
Wicked Flames (Solsti Prophecy, #3)


About the Author

Sharon Kay was bitten early by the writing bug. At age twelve she wrote a short story, about a magic ring, that won a statewide contest. With her nose always in a book, she read the most novels for her age group in her local library’s summer reading program. 

In her teens, writing took a backseat to fashion, as she was determined to find clothes different from what everyone else bought at the mall. And what she couldn’t find, she created. She learned to sew, worked in a fabric store after school, and spent her spare time with a needle in hand. Her black and orange prom dress is still one of her favorite creations. 

Sharon lives in the Chicago area with her husband and son, and didn’t expect to write again. But Wicked Wind and the Solsti Prophecy series formed in her head one weekend and refused to stay quiet until she put pen to paper. Her characters tend to keep her up at night, as they banter, fall in love, and slay endless varieties of power-hungry demons.

Sharon Kay
Author of The Solsti Prophecy Series
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Book Review - Scars by C. Michael Lorion

Scars (Totem, #1)
by C. Michael Lorion
Published 2014
303 Pages

In 1978, as a great blizzard descends upon the City of Old Wachusett, Massachusetts, we are introduced to a variety of characters. Going about their lives, and facing an array of relationship and other challenges, a sense of impending doom is cast upon the people of the city. 
 

Achak and Kimi -- both from a different time -- are in search of a powerful Totem in a land once inhabited by their tribe. Setting out on a collision course with the people of Old Wachusett, the fate of those in their paths has yet to be revealed. Who will survive, and what is the deeper meaning in the plight of these travelers?

This first installment in the Totem Series showed promise, and I eagerly anticipated the direction the author would take us. The high quality writing, coupled with compelling characters early on presented a story that seemed destined to propel us toward an exciting climax. However, about halfway through, the plot lost momentum. 

Scars introduces us to new characters in almost every chapter, and reads more like a series of short stories. That didn't bother me, as I imagined the lives of the characters would eventually intersect in a meaningful way. Unfortunately, it never really came together, and certain details that were presented early in the story were left unexamined. More attention was needed on plot development and pacing, to create cohesion. Additionally, the characters lacked depth, which made it difficult to stay invested in their lives and hardships. 

Despite the issues, there were strengths, including the author's ability to set the stage for suspense and intrigue. With more attention to plot, pacing, and character development in future installments, this has the potential to become an engaging series!

Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Stephanie
3 STARS

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Book Review - The Butterfly Crest by Eva Vanrell

The Butterfly Crest (The Protogenoi, #1)
by Eva Vanrell
Published 2014
469 Pages

The Butterfly Crest is a mesmerizing
story, set in a vivid and imaginative world. Every scene, and every character is rich with detail, as ancient mythologies and Japanese culture are intricately interwoven throughout the story. It's nothing short of amazing!


The author does a great job delving deeply into the subject matter -- so much so, that at times it took away from the narrative of the story, but not enough to put me off. I was too intrigued to stop reading. And I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the charming main character!

Elena Vicen h
as lead a seemingly ordinary existence, when her life suddenly takes a turn, and changes in ways she's altogether unprepared for. After receiving a letter, she learns of a mysterious inheritance, tucked away in a safety deposit box. And from there Elena is swept away from the wonderful City of New Orleans, to the breathtaking backdrop of Japan. 

In acquiring the contents of the box, Elena sets off a chain of events, and is thrust into the midst of an ancient war between deities in the various pantheons. But the real mystery is shrouded in a daunting journey through the realm of the afterlife, as Elena discovers her role in an ancient prophecy that could alter the course of the war. Through it all, Elena shows strength and courage, pushing forward for answers, despite her fears and lack of knowledge in how to deal with this mysterious world of mythology!

I absolutely loved this novel, and was captivated by the different gods, spirits, and demons from different cultures, coexisting together. This is a complex and imaginative story, complete with unique and engaging characters. Any fan of mythology and fantasy will be riveted by this story!


Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Shari
4 STARS

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Book Review - The Monster by Mandy Baker

The Monster (Alex and Liz, #2)
by Mandy Baker
Published 2014

246 Pages

Only a year after Alex and Liz's last big expedition, Alex becomes increasingly curious about strange events occurring in a secluded village in the Amazon. Despite Liz's protests, Alex sets off on his own to solve the mystery of The Monster. Soon, he realizes he's in over his head, as strange occurrences surface from the moment he reaches the small South American village. And now, with a car trying to run him off the road, things are getting stranger by the minute.

Surrounded by peculiar events, and without a viable plan, Alex calls on his friend Bob, who agrees to send help. But once help arrives, things get even stranger. With mournful sounds in the night, and odd behavior exhibited by the villagers, Alex discovers more questions than answers. There are secrets deep in the jungle, and all of Alex's courage is about to be tested. But will he uncover the truth and defeat The Monster? And who will make it out alive?

I kept turning the pages, and was eager to see what was around the next bend! I would have liked to get to know the characters better, but imagine their backstory was covered in book one. For the most part, the author does a nice job, with regard to filling in gaps on important details. Some additional descriptives would have helped me to decide for myself how magnificent things were, as Alex made his way through the jungle. Still, the tale was intriguing, with a well paced plot plot, and plenty of twists and turns!

If you enjoy mystery and adventure set in an exotic location -- over waterfalls, and through hidden caves -- this is the book for you! Although this book can be read as a standalone, I recommend starting with book one to get the full story.


Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Stephanie

4 STARS

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cover Reveal - Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward

~ Cover Reveal ~ 


STEPBROTHER DEAREST

by Penelope Ward
Release Date: 9/29/14

About the Book:
You’re not supposed to want the one who torments you.

When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn’t prepared for how much of a jerk he’d be.

I hated that he took it out on me because he didn’t want to be here. I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room. But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him.

At first, I thought all he had going for him were his rock-hard tattooed abs and chiseled face. Then, things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.

Just as quickly as he’d come into my life, he was gone back to California.

It had been years since I’d seen Elec. When tragedy struck our family, I’d have to face him again. And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.
I had a feeling my heart was about to get broken again.
Stepbrother Dearest is a standalone novel.
About the Author:
Penelope Ward is a USA Today Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers. She spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family friendly career. 
Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.
She is the proud mother of a beautiful 9-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 7-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life. 
Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island. She is currently working on her third novel and loves friend requests from readers! 

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Read our reviews for other books by Penelope Ward:
Gemini (Gemini #1) 
Jake Undone (Gemini #2)
My Skylar (Gemini #3)