Friday, August 30, 2013

Waking Up married- Mira Kelly- Review

Book: Waking Up Married
Author: Mira Lyn Kelly
Genre: Romance; Women's Fiction

Book synopsis:
Her first thought: "Who are you?"
It's the morning after her cousin's bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she's in a stranger's penthouse having woken up with something else as well - a funny, arrogant, sexy...husband!

Up until now, finding even a boyfriend had seemed impossible - been there, got the broken heart, sworn off men for good. Then a few martinis with, Connor Reed and she's gone from first meet to marriage in one night!

Megan wants a lawyer. But Connor's shocking bombshell?

"I don't want a divorce."

Book Review: 
I have read a few waking up married books, and this is my second favorite one, there are only two as of right now. 
We have great characters, that seem so level headed but as you watch them throughout the story they appear to be anything but. Our main characters both have life plans, but they seem to fit so perfectly together. Their plans could merge into one, fit like a jigsaw puzzle. But like all great things, there are obstacles. 
There's passion denied, love that shouldn't be possible, and enough drama to go around. Though its just a simple waking up married book, I had a very hard putting it down. The author does an amazing job of making the reader connects to the characters without our knowing, making us yearn to find out what unfurls next. I feel like the characters could have been developed more, so we could get to know them more and not the sharada they put up for one another. 

Favorite quotes:

"He was a stranger. Only, this stranger was looking into her eyes as if he knew exactly who she was."

"'Oh my God I love you,' she gasped blinking back tears.
The delivery guy nodded, 'I get that a lot actually.'"

"'Always with the jokes.'
'Im a guy. That's how it works. Stop by after knitting club some time and ill explain.'
Jeff leg out an amused snort. 'Just for that I'm learning. And someone's going to have a very special Christmas coming up.'"

"People see what they want to and make assumptions based on what they expect."


All in All:
This was a good book. I feel like there were things missing, but it was good none the less. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

What I Didn't Say - Keary Taylor - Review

Book: What I Didn't Say
Author: Keary Taylor
Genre: Young Adult; Romance
Release Date: May 6th, 2012

Book Synopsis:
Getting drunk homecoming night your senior year is never a good idea, but Jake Hayes never expected it all to end with a car crash and a t-post embedded in his throat. 

His biggest regret about it all? What he never said to Samantha Shay. He's been in love with her for years and never had the guts to tell her. Now it's too late. Because after that night, Jake will never be able to talk again.

When Jake returns to his small island home, population 5,000, he'll have to learn how to deal with being mute. He also finds that his family isn't limited to his six brothers and sisters, that sometimes an entire island is watching out for you. And when he gets the chance to spend more time with Samantha, she'll help him learn that not being able to talk isn’t the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Maybe, if she'll let him, Jake will finally tell her what he didn't say before, even if he can't actually say it.

Book Review:
When I pick up a romance book for young adults, I always expect them to have the same story lines. You know the boy meets girl kind of thing, or maybe the jock gets dared to make the nerd into a hottie before the big dance and he does, but in the process he ends up falling in love with her and blah blah. This book isn't like those books. It's filled with twists and turns, that leave my heart breaking and my throat dry. There were a lot of times when I was reading this book that I got so into it, that I didn't even remember that I wasn't the one in the accident and I could talk. Let's just say a lot of people thought there was something really wrong me. The characters are very real, with situations we can relate to but at the same time we can only imagine. The love you will feel for them, just ordinary people played a large roll for me in continuing reading. I couldn't stop until I knew everything would be okay.
When things seemed to go right, Keary threw another curve ball into the story, so you're never bored with a dry plot. Your heart will break, your heart will race, and you will fight against tears as you read through this book. It ended nicely, like most of these kinds of books do but hey I am not complaining, it was nice to have something after the ride Keary gave me as I turned the pages.

Favorite Quotes: 

"My biggest regret is what I didn't say..."

"But I kind of wanted a little risk. I wanted to see what was down the end of this tunnel. The tunnel eventually had to lead to light, right?"

"Love doesn't last. It's a fantasy."

"The world wasn't going to stop crashing down until there was nothing left of me but dust."

"She's been eyeing you like you're a diet pill ever since she and Blake broke up."

"'I dropped my history textbook on his nuts the night after he hit me,' Sam said with a chuckle as she backed away. 'While he was passed out. He couldn't walk straight for a day and a half and had no idea what had happened.'"

All In All: 
I think one thing I truly admired about this book was how original the plot was, it helps me power through the book because I DON'T know what's going to happen next. In this book you will discover an island filled with loving people, but also people filled with venom and jealousy. You will discover love is a wonderful thing that comes in any package, and that family is wherever there is love. 

Meet Keary Taylor:
Keary Taylor grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now resides on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two young children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night. She is the author of THE EDEN TRILOGY, the FALL OF ANGELS trilogy, and WHAT I DIDN'T SAY. To learn more about Keary and her writing process, please visit

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Deja Vu - D.J Starling Review

Book: Deja Vu
Author: D.J Starling
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: March 9th, 2013

Book Synopsis: 
Focused on demanding careers that leave little time to cultivate meaningful relationships, Deanna Lewis and Josh Haber each sense a powerful connection at their first meeting.  At the same time, Deanna is haunted by a recurring and increasingly intense nightmare that threatens her well-being.  When she finally accepts the help of her best friend, Faith—who believes she could supply an antidote for the horrifying dreams—an incredible scenario unfolds.  Yet, when faced with the stunning past Faith uncovers, Josh refuses to accept the truth until a vintage keepsake clears the path to everlasting love.

Book Review: 
This was a novel I had some serious trouble putting down. The story line was very much unlike any books I have read before. I laugh, cried, became frustrated, lets just say that I experienced a rainbow spectrum of emotions reading this book.
The characters were very lovable, with deeper pasts than you would think. The spark of reconnected love is enough to make your heart flutter, and your heart will break when unconventional love becomes denied.
One of the things I really loved about this book was the past they uncovered. I thought maybe they met when they were young children and were little kid sweethearts, but I was pleasantly surprised. I won't give it away, but you're heart will break as mine did as you read on and turn the page uncovering more than you ever could have thought possible.
Though it seemed far fetched, the author does an amazing job making it believable. All in all Starling has spun a well written piece of work featuring love, loss, pain, sorrow, happiness, and has proved that love can transcend through all, even time.

I am unable to provide favorite quotes due to technical problems.

All In All: 
This book was definitely a breath of fresh air from other books I have read, you know the ones with the similar plot lines that makes you feel bored because you can already guess what is gonna happen. With such a refreshing plot, lovable characters and plot twists that leave you breathless you will fall in love with Deja Vu as much as I did. 

Vengeance - Kelly Carrero Review

Series: Evolution
Book: Vengeance
Author: Kelly Carrero
Published: August 2013

Book Synopsis: 
Life doesn’t always work out the way you want. People deceive you and take things from you. But when someone takes the one thing most precious to you, how do you ever get past it?

The last few months have been a build-up to the moment when Jade will face off with her tormentor. Life will never be the same, and Jade knows it. 

Can she work out a way to get it all back, or will she be damned to live an eternity where trust will always elude her?

Book Review
I have waited for this book to hit the market since i finished book 3, and the moment I heard that it was available on Amazon I had my kindle at my side and bought it. In no time flat I finished this book, completely lost in the words Kelly has put together to make such an amazing book! Our favorite characters are back and better than ever. No matter how hard it is, they are facing their challenges head on to live for a better tomorrow, or just to even live tomorrow. As drama unfurls and truths are made known to Jade, everything she knows and believes to be the truth is put to the test. My heart pounded, my temper flared, I felt anguish, relief, and so many emotions with our characters as I turned every page. The ending was definitely a surprise to me, I won't say what it is though; wouldn't want to spoil it for you. Kelly has outdone herself in this installment of the evolution series, with a perfect ending I am sure none of us saw coming. With plot twists at every twist and turn, you will not become bored and you turn the pages.

Favorite Quotes:
"'Don't be silly,' she said waving me off. 'You know I love to do these sorts of things.'
'You?' Aiden asked. 'Don't you mean Bernard?'
'But I'll be helping him,' Anna said."

"'We have to go to the hospital.'
'I know' he replied, making no attempt to move. He kept playing with my hair.
'We should probably get out of bed soon.'
'I know.'"

"'So you'll help me do it?'
He shook his head. 'I didn't say that.'
'What are you saying then?'
Harry swung his legs off the side of the bed. 'I'm saying that your mum would probably have my arse if I helped you.'
I took a step forward. 'I don't care what Mum says. Marie's in the hospital because of me, and if there's a way I can fix her, then I want to do it.'
A smile slowly spread across his face. 'You're lucky I don't care for my arse then, aren't you?'"

"Even if I wasn't the one getting jabbed, I couldn't stand to look at it. I turned my head so I couldn't see it and closed my eyes to be on the safe side. 'You really are a wimp, aren't you?' Harry said with a laugh.
'Pathetic and proud.'"

All In All:
Like I said before I have been waiting (somewhat) patiently for this book and I was most definitely not disappointed  It was everything that I wanted and more. I highly encourage you to check out the whole series if you haven't already. This isn't your average young adult book and I hope you will enjoy it just as much as I did. 

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Back To Life - Danielle Allen Review

Book: Back To Life
Author: Danielle Allen
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit
Published: July 2013

Book synopsis: 
Brief summary of book: Sahara Lee has spent the last ten years living with the guilt of a tragic accident and its aftermath.  She accepts her lonely existence as penance for the role she played in the accident. That is, until she meets Tyree Barker, the good looking entrepreneur with baggage of his own. When suddenly forced to confront the past she's been running from, Sahara's future becomes complicated as she heads down a tumultuous path of forgiveness, love, and heartbreak...and not in that particular order.

Book review:
It's not easy finding such a good book, one that leaves me breathless as the final page is turned leaving me wanting more. Yet, I found one right here under the title of Back To Life. 
To start out, the characters were quite lovable even though hey were broken. You just wanted to pick up those pieces and put them back together. The connection with them was immediate as they were placed in real world situations that crated love, lust, loss and pain. 
As the story unravels I became more and more entrapped into the world Allen created. With the turn of every page, it appears some new twist and turn has been tossed into the work in the form of words. Emotions the characters experienced raged through me with a fierce vengeance making it seemingly impossible to put the work down. Not only that, but her use of songs that fit the situations they were placed in were quite clever and definitely an added bonus to helping understand the situation tons better than before. 

Favorite quotes:

"Before the kiss had a chance to continue, Biggie thumped through the speakers. Instantly, I remembered that I had put the iPod on random shuffle. 'How did the playlist go from soft and sweet to hood without any warning whatsoever?'"

"Art and love-the only two things that can bring you back to life"

All in all:
I am amazed and greatly pleased at the world Allen has strung together through the usage of words. My heart broke and put itself back together so many times during my reading of the work I don't know how it's still working. It's clear that this work will become high on my life of favorites. I encourage you to go and grab your own copy and fall in love with the work just as I did.

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The Secret Dreams of Sarah-Jane Quinn Review

Book: The Secret Dreams of Sarah-Jane Quinn
Author: Sharon Gerlach
Series: Harper & Lyttle
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Women's Literature, Thriller, Suspense, Drama, Humor
Release Date: July 30th, 2011

Book synopsis:
“Sarah-Jane Quinn has many secret dreams: to own the bed-and-breakfast inn where she stayed as a child; to finally capture the elusive Coleridge “Collie” Tate, on whom she has an enormous crush; and most importantly, to be someone’s top priority for once in her life.
But Collie is a single father with a potential custody battle on his hands, and Sarah ranks roughly Number 917 on his list of concerns. So when Gus Haldemann, the sophisticated director of Human Resources, shows a marked interest in her, she finds it not only flattering (and mystifying), but decidedly tempting and irresistible.
And then Sarah is brutally attacked by a violent stalker. In the aftermath, she must re-evaluate her priorities and decide which man reaches deepest into her heart – and let the other go forever.”

Book Review:
I think out of all the books I have read, this is my favorite book ever. I reread it at least once a month and every time it feels like I am reading it for the first time. This book is extremely well written, with love, loss, drama, pain, an almost rape and a hot German guy. What more could you ask for? The characters are so easy to get to know right off the bat, as Sharon creates lovable people with lessons to learn that shall be cherished long after the final pages of the work has been turned. Our protagonist Sarah-Jane never seems to catch a break (I know exactly how you feel Sarah) which makes for a work filled with sadness and laughter. Every new chapter holds something new, with little twists and turns that you didn't see coming (well I didn't see them anyway). You can also see that though mixing work and love aren't exactly the best combination but when you work hard enough I guarantee you you will have a (insert favorite dessert here) that will make your mouth water for more. I seem to be babbling for some time now but it is only because I am having trouble placing the feelings I have about this book into readable words.

Favorite quotes:

"Morning breaks (don't expect me to fix it)

“she said she could deal with the surprise of learning her boyfriend likes to cross-dress, but no-one—stress, no one—wears her undies.”

“I think there should be a federal investigation into dentists. They’re the sadists of the civilized world, and they not only go entirely unpunished, they get paid for inflicting abject pain and misery on people.”

“I’m starting to wonder if Cupid didn't hit me in the same damn place he hit Gretchen. What can you expect from a freaking naked cherub who flies around shooting arrows at people, anyway? A menace to society, if you ask me”

“I want to set the record straight right here and now: pregnant women in labor are not cute. They are not radiant and peaceful and serene. Once the contractions start, they turn into demon-possessed, sweaty little dictators with all the self-control of a willful five-year-old”

All In All: 
There is a reason this is probably one of my favorite books I have ever read. You will feel as the characters feel and fall in love with them as I did as you watch them grow with each turn of the page. I strongly encourage you to grab a copy of it! When I bought it it was free so maybe you'll get lucky too. This was defiantly a great book for the price and I have a pretty good feeling you won't be disappointed.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Beasthood - A.Z Green Review


Series: The Hidden Blood Series #1
Book: Beasthood
Author: A.Z Green
Genre: Dark fantasy; Romance; New Adult; Mystery
Published: May 22nd, 2013

Book Synopsis: The bloody, raw meat was tantalizing her; calling to her. She hated it and yearned for it all at once. 
"Stop." She ordered. "What are you doing?!"
"So hungryyyyy," snarled a primal voice deep within her.
"Don’t you dare!" She screamed back. 
But it did dare.” 

What would you do if you discovered you weren't human? That you turned into a bloodthirsty monster against your will? 
What if your instincts, emotions and desires were torn between your own and the dark, dangerous animal lurking inside of you?
If it could make you yearn for someone you shouldn't, make you say and act in ways you wouldn't and overwhelm your whole existence?
If everything you'd ever known about your life was a lie? 

In a world where a deeply hidden community is swathed in mystery, deadly secrets, betrayal and murder, Jaz Barker struggles to fight against the dangerous Beast within her and the emotions and desires it thrusts her way.
When tensions ride high and people she cares about are put in danger, she will have to decide how much of her newly awakened animal side she's willing to let in. 

And if it is worth the risk...

Book Review: 
I finished reading this book a few weeks back actually and I was really pumped to write the review. Then some things came up and I forgot about it and now here I am writing this. It won't be as detailed of a review as I would have liked it to be, but I still think it'll be a good review none the less. Alright, now let's get down to it.
The only problem that I really had with this book was the first few chapters. They were confusing, and as I read them I can honestly say I had no idea what was going on and I was worried that would continue through the whole book. After a few chapter though things do begin to piece themselves together and you find yourself on the path of sense making, so thankfully I didn't have to go through the whole book in some sort of lost daze. 
The book was very well written, especially for a first book in the series. It hooks you right in, and leaves you wanting more from the second book. When I finished reading it I wanted to get the next one right away, but low and behold there is no second one yet so I just sat around upset for about an hour or so until I realized that I had other things to do. The characters have lovable personalities that makes it hard to stay upset at them even when they do something stupid or wrong. Well, most of them anyway, there were some of them who I would have loved to rip their eyeballs out for being just plain rude, but I know i would be dead before I got within a foot of them so I shall be content at staring at them through the pages.I experienced emotions with the characters in this book. I felt their fear, I cried their tears and yelled in their frustration. This author is in the accomplished area of tying me to the characters, something you can find a lot of authors forgetting. After all if I can't connect with the character why should I continue to read his/her story?

Favorite Quotes:
"The kind that every guy does a 180 head spin and stares so long - even when they're walking/jogging - that they end up falling over or bashing into things."

"'I could smell you from a mile away,' Garik said snidely, stubbing out his cigarette in his palm and putting it in the breast pocket of his cotton shirt for later. 
'You must be getting old then, huh? I'd be able to hear you fart from triple that distance without even trying.'"

"Oh come on, werewolves? Seriously? If I'm a werewolf then pigs fly. She eye'd the sky out of the window momentarily before blinking and shaking her head at her stupidity."

"'Karma is a bitch huh?' she sighed. Carr grinned. 'I thought her name was Fraya?"

"Wow, I thought you'd come out with something fouler in language than that. And your speech had the largest amount of variations of arse in it, I've ever heard."

"'She is. She's the creative one, Swain's the pretty one, I'm the nasty one.' 
Jaz grinned, forcing her top lip back over her bloody teeth. 'I don't believe that.' Driver looked her way swiftly. 'Swain's not that pretty,' she added with a smirk."

All In All:
This book was quite enjoyable. You don't seem to find many good werewolf books these days, always about the stupid vampires (-.-) and I was very happy I found one I know I will be sticking too following the series as it progresses. Green has begun to craft an original and seemingly unforgettable series. I recommend this book to all you werewolf lovers, even if you're not read it and join the wolf fandom ;)

Meet A.Z Green:
A.Z.Green was born in 1989 and raised in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. She met the love of her life aged 16 and moved to London, finally settling down near Brighton. She has written various novels and short stories in her lifetime but has only recently decided to publish. She writes a wide range of genres such as dark fantasy, romance, thriller, historical fiction, dystopian, horror and paranormal. Her books tend to fit better into the New Adult genre as they usually have a more mature theme. Beasthood is her first published novel.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Rise from the Ashes: Lena's Story - Laura Franklin Review


Book: Rise from the Ashes: Lena's Story
Author: Laura Franklin
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, YA Adventure
Release Date: March 24th, 2013

Book Synopsis:
The Taliban have bombed the US with a chemical agent. It wiped out over half of the population and left the country in shambles. Those who are left find unexplained things happening like premonitions in their dreams and enhanced senses. Lena, a young woman from Vermont, and Mick, a young man in the US Army, grow close and become leaders as they trudge north to meet up with a military camp at Lake Champlain. Their dreams continue to get more peculiar and have even synced up in a historical setting. With the power out and gasoline a scarce resource; motorcycles, horses and bicycles have become the new mode of transport. In another group that is trying to survive, a priest leads discouraged parishioners north and is faced with tough decisions as he has to put the well-being of the group ahead of individuals. They have to band together to make it through this new chaotic situation, relying on their intuition and basic survival skills. This motley crew must reorganize the country just as was done after the revolutionary war. The clock is ticking as the persisting threats of the Taliban, drug lords from south of the border and rival gangs across the country put US freedoms in jeopardy.

Book Review:
I have always loved a good dystopic novel, haven't you? I have to tell you though this book is short (its only around 50000 words or 162 pages), it was well written and captivating. We are thrust into the middle of the chaos, but we still get to know our characters and admire, respect and love them. They show courage and strong will in times of great distress when everything they know is being tested, which is something many people probably wouldn't be able to do if we were faced with a situation such as the one taking place in this work. The scenarios were believable, as sad as that may sound. I could picture the world in the chaotic state described in the book, and I hung onto every word finishing the work in about an hour and a half. At the end it leaves you wishing for me, which I do hope we will be getting soon! One thing I really liked in this book would be that no matter how hard things got for out hero's, they put on brave faces and kept pushing onward leading those who chose them as their leaders. 

The Bad:
The only real problem that I had with this book was when the view points would change. There were several times when you would suddenly be following another hero and would have to read a paragraph or two to understand who was talking all of a sudden. Once you do though it is easy to pick up who we are traveling with. 

Favorite Quotes:
"Survival. Do you think you know what that really means?"

"The bullets hit wild. Gee, poor girls; must be hard to shoot from the back of a moving bike."

"We both had a premonition type dream before. This one was warning us, but it had already happened. The warning came too late, That's even creepier than a dream that comes true."

All In All: 
I enjoyed this book very much. The characters were very likable, the situations were painfully tense at points and you are given a glimpse into what life would be like if a scenario such as the one in this book would take place. The author has done a well job writing a wonderful piece of work and I would love for you all to go and grab a copy and see for yourself. Like it said before it is short, but sometimes good things come in the form of a small package.

About the Author:
Laura Franklin is a writer from Nebraska. She is happily married with 3 great dogs and has a background in Accounting and Finance. A newbie in the world of writing and writing is just one of her passions.
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