Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Ending of Book Loving Me... But Exciting Other News!!!

Hello my lovely blog readers and followers!! As you have probably figured out from the title of this post, I am no longer going to be blogging here. I have loved having my blog, and love all of you. I still love reading and blogging, but will not be posting for much longer here. I will keep my blog running for a little while with some older reviews that still need to post, and other posts I have already agreed to. I will still keep it and may occasionally post here, but...

I'm joining Xpresso Reads!!!!

That's right! I will be blogging on Xpresso Reads starting this week!! I am so excited to be teaming up with Giselle. We both started blogging a little over 3 years ago, and she was one of the first blogs I followed, and one of the first friends that I made in this community. Not only does she have a fantastic blog that I am now going to be a part of, but she is an amazing person and I couldn't be happier about joining her. 

So, you don't have to worry about me going away. (You really might not care since I have been such a slacker here lately.) I will still be blogging, just doing it with the most awesomesauce Giselle!! I will miss blogging on Book Loving Me, but with a full time job, and kiddo in school, it's not easy to keep up with a whole blog on my own. I am so thrilled that Giselle wants me to blog with her! Come visit us at Xpresso Reads!!!

Much love! *smooches*

Review: Silent Night by C.J. Kyle

  • Publisher:  Avon Books (Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Publication date: 10/28/2014
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

Christmas, Tennessee, is a town where no one locks their doors and the worst crime is a stolen bicycle. Until the night blood is found . . . but there's no body.

Police Chief Tucker Ambrose hopes it's just a prank, but his years as a cop in Chicago tell him different. Then a body is discovered in the middle of the woods, staged with a bible, a crucifix, and a rosary . . . and Tucker knows something dark and sinister has arrived in his town.

Miranda Harley knows exactly what's going on. In fact, she's been tracking this serial killer, hoping to gather enough evidence to convict him. Trouble is, no one will believe her, not even the sexy police chief whose heated gazes promise nights of sin. But when Miranda falls into the crosshairs of a psychopath, Tucker must put aside his doubts and race to stop the killer from striking again.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20765972-silent-night


My Thoughts
 
I always love a good mystery so of course this book caught my eye. And a town called Christmas with a serial killer? Totally upped the fun factor. The characters were a bit flimsy for me, but overall it was a decent story and kept me guessing for at least a little while. I think that I would have liked it better if the main character hadn't made me want to rip my head off at times. I also would have liked to feel the town a bit more. There were only a few points in the story where I really felt that I could imagine the setting at that time. My praise goes to a well woven story though. The way me figuring out the killer was just out of grasp for a good part of it was fantastic.

Miranda was one of those characters who drove me nuts, but all the while I still was hoping that she could get to the bottom of things. She is a bit on the unstable side due to her obsession with the killer, and being convinced that she is right about who it is. I am all about girl power and all that, but she was stubborn, pig-headed, and though smart, made a lot of stupid choices. She actually wasn't even as tough as she seemed. she fell apart easily, and when in real danger, she was pretty useless to help herself.  She also spent so much time wanting Tucker, but not giving into it. Then she would want him to leave or whatever, and then wish he wouldn't. It was enough to make my head start spinning like in The Exorcist. Besides her behaviors that drove me nuts, she really was perceptive, smart, and would do anything for the people she loves. She has a good heart, but gets too hung up on the murders that she loses sight of everything else. I did like her even though it seems like I didn't.

The romance was like a ping-pong match. They would get close, then wouldn't act on anything. Tucker would want her, then be furious with her. She wanted him the whole time, but pushed away. They really are a great pair for each other, but I never felt the strong chemistry that they supposedly had. I wanted to get that giddy feeling when they were so close to finally being together, but it was just never there. Speaking of the romance, there is a bit of steaminess, but it's very small.

This was an enjoyable book, but nothing that blew me away. The murder scenes were great, and the mystery of catching the killer was done pretty well. I love it when I am not quite sure of whether I am right or not and this one kept me thinking that for a lot of the book. The character interactions were where it fell flat for me. I just didn't feel anything for them. It's hard to really get into the characters when you feel no connection to them at all. I guess this was just an average read for me. I don't have any strong feelings one way or the other towards it, thus the average rating. I do think it's a book that a lot of people will really like though.


*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Book Trailer Reveal: Hellhole by Gina Damico

Hey everyone!! Today I have a trailer reveal for Hellhole by Gina Damico! This book sounds awesome and I can't wait to read it. See the book description below as well as the trailer. Don't forget to check out Gina Damico's website!!

  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/6/2015
  • Pages: 368
Pre-order: Amazon | B&N | IndieBound
 There was a time when geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore would never lie or steal or even think about murder.

Then he accidentally unearths a devil, and Max’s choices are no longer his own. The big red guy has a penchant for couch-surfing and junk food—and you should never underestimate evil on a sugar high. With the help of Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side, Max is racing against the clock to get rid of the houseguest from hell before time—and all the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos this side of the fiery abyss—run out. Gina Damico, author of the Croak series, once again delivers all the horror, hilarity, and high-stakes drama that any kid in high school or hell could ever handle.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17997245-hellhole?ac=1

And now for the awesome book trailer!!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Event Recap and Giveaway!!

Hi everyone!! So sorry I have been so absent lately. With the kiddo in school and working later days sometimes, it's been tough to find the time to write blog posts. I am going to try to get the next week scheduled each weekend so that way I don't get too behind again. I have quite a few reviews to write, so hopefully I will get them all up soon. 

Anyways, the point of this post is to show that I still love all of you and do a giveaway!! I recently went to a book signing and I have a signed book set for one of you! Since it's too expensive to ship outside the US, this will be US only. Sorry to my International peeps. 

The book signing had four amazing authors and I have read all of the books except for one. I also happened to go in full costume since I was going to a Halloween Party right after. I have put some pic below for your viewing pleasure. I was Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas and it was awesome!! It took over two hours to get ready, but it was well worth it with how it came out!! 


 Right after I finished getting into costume.

 My hubs took a pic of me outside when I dropped off the kiddo at a friends house.


A few pics with the super awesome Hillary Monahan, author of Mary: The Summoning. I highly recommend reading this book. It's fantastic!! I really liked her and it was so great to meet her.


The super funny Jeff Hart, author of Eat, Brains, Love and Undead with Benefits. I have read the first one and it is a romantic, zomb-com. I have not read the second book yet. I got both signed to give away to one lucky winner.

 This is the wonderful Laurie Faria Stolarz, author of Welcome to the Dark House. She is really sweet and nice. I have yet to read this book, but since I bought myself a signed copy I will be getting to it soon.

And this is the fabulous Micol Ostow, author of Amity. She had some great stories to tell and she was super nice as well.

Last, but certainly not least, Hannah!! She is one of the coolest chicks ever. She is the YA book seller at Odyssey and she does such a great job at organizing the events that take place there. I look forward to going to the book signings because I get a chance to chat with her.

It was a fun event and I was so excited to meet all four of the amazing authors! I will be going to another four author book signing on November 8th so I will have another great post for that and most likely another signed book giveaway!

Giveaway

Signed copy of Eat, Brains Love and Undead With Benefits by Jeff Hart
US Only
Must be 13 or older, or have parent/guardian permission
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Blog Tour - The Bodies We Wear by Review and Giveaway

  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/23/2014
  • Source: Copy provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

A streetwise girl trains to take on a gang of drug dealers and avenge her best friend’s death in this thriller for fans of Scott Westerfeld and Robin Wasserman.

People say when you take Heam, your body momentarily dies and you catch a glimpse of heaven. Faye was only eleven when dealers forced Heam on her and her best friend, Christian. But Faye didn’t glimpse heaven—she saw hell. And Christian died.

Now Faye spends her days hiding her secret from the kids at school, and her nights training to take revenge on the men who destroyed her life and murdered her best friend. But life never goes the way we think it will. When a mysterious young man named Chael appears, Faye's plan suddenly gets a lot more complicated. Chael seems to know everything about her, including her past. But too many secrets start tearing her world apart: trouble at school, with the police, and with the people she thought might be her friends. Even Gazer, her guardian, fears she's become too obsessed with vengeance. Love and death. Will Faye overcome her desires, or will her quest for revenge consume her?
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20342549-the-bodies-we-wear?ac=1

My Thoughts

This book was quite a surprise with it's depth and subject matter. Yes, from the blurb it is obvious that it is about addiction, but this was so much more than that. This was a great story with a touch of paranormal that was gritty and dark. The main character was a bit difficult to like, but impossible not to. She has had a crap hand in life and is still living the nightmare. What she doesn't realize is that she doesn't have to. She struggles with hate and revenge, but also fights off her will to live a life that she can be happy in. All of it due to one horrible night when she was still just a child. The secondary characters add so much to this book as well.

I will start with Faye since she is the MC. She is so consumed with getting revenge on the people who forced Heam on her and killed her best friend that that is the only thing she really lives for. She trains hard and is set on destroying those who destroyed her. She lives in a time where Heam addicts are the scum of the earth. Once an addict, always an addict right? No matter how hard she tries to prove herself, she thinks that this will be her life until she dies. No future to look forward to. All she wants is to be normal, but she thinks with her scars and history there is no way that is possible. It hurt to see her with such a grim outlook, but it was easy to understand why. I felt bad for her and I wanted her to see what she was worth.

Then we have Chael. He is mysterious and a it creepy. I mean like stalker creepy. Also the fact that he knows everything about Faye. It didn't take long to figure out his secret, but once it's actually revealed, I loved how he helped Faye learn to let go a little bit. He irritated me at times, but his intentions were always good, so I can let it slide. He was a major factor in the story in how things end up in the end and I loved the story arc between him and Faye.

This book was fantastic at giving a good background on things without it being a total info dump. We learn things in pieces woven into the storyline. I loved how at the end of the book it's not just an easy finish either. Things aren't rushed and the outcome isn't completely resolved, but it's satisfying. There was plenty of action, some humor, and underlying emotion to keep me interested from start to finish. The character development was fantastic and the story itself is deep. This book may have a touch of romance, but it's very somber for the most part. The subject matter is serious so the tone was perfect for this. I really enjoyed this book and hope that many people pick this up.


*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

JEYN ROBERTS is the author of Dark Inside and Rage Within. Her first story was published in a middle-grade anthology called Let Me Tell You when she was sixteen. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in writing and psychology and received her MA from the prestigious creative-writing graduate course at Bath Spa University. Jeyn is a former singer, songwriter, actress, bicycle courier, and tree planter. Her favorite authors include Betty Smith, J. K. Rowling, Ernest Hemingway, Douglas Coupland, and Jonathan Stroud, and her five favorite books of all time are A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Girlfriend in a Coma, Memoirs of a Geisha, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, and Harry Potter. Jeyn lives in Canada. Visit her at www.jeynroberts.com or follow her on twitter at @JeynRoberts.  

Giveaway

2 copies of The Bodies We Wear
US/Canada only
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Review: Bleed Like Me by C. Desir

  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Source: eArc provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

From the author of Fault Line comes an edgy and heartbreaking novel about two self-destructive teens in a Sid and Nancy-like romance full of passion, chaos, and dyed hair.

Seventeen-year-old Amelia Gannon (just "Gannon" to her friends) is invisible to almost everyone in her life. To her parents, to her teachers-even her best friend, who is more interested in bumming cigarettes than bonding. Some days the only way Gannon knows she is real is by carving bloody lines into the flesh of her stomach.

Then she meets Michael Brooks, and for the first time, she feels like she is being seen to the core of her being. Obnoxious, controlling, damaged, and addictive, he inserts himself into her life until all her scars are exposed. Each moment together is a passionate, painful relief.

But as the relationship deepens, Gannon starts to feel as if she's standing at the foot of a dam about to burst. She's given up everything and everyone in her life for him, but somehow nothing is enough for Brooks-until he poses the ultimate test.

Bleed Like Me is a piercing, intimate portrayal of the danger of a love so obsessive it becomes its own biggest threat.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17335930-bleed-like-me?ac=1

My Thoughts

I will start off by saying that this book was a bit disturbing. In a sad way. It's obvious that this book is about self destructive behavior, but it run deep. I found myself so angry with Gannon's parents because honestly, to me, most of the fault of the things that happen fall on them. I hurt for Gannon. I really did feel bad for Gannon, but I couldn't make myself like him. He was totally creepy no matter how sweet he could be at times. I will get back to that when I talk about their relationship though. I despised her parents because they really pretty much failed at being good parents. Harsh I know, but if you read it I think you will agree.  

Gannon is a very hurt girl. She lives in chaos and tries to be invisible. Her parents are to frazzled and busy with her three adopted brothers so she gets ignored or is expected to do more than she should have to. To escape the pain of not feeling loved, and the pressures of her family, she cuts to feel something. Relief or a release of stress. She knows it's wrong, but it's one of the only things that makes her feel better. When she meets Brooks, she quickly becomes obsessed with how she feels with him. It's sad that she is down such a destructive path, but there is nobody there to help her, to hear her, to treat her the way she deserves. Not that Brooks doesn't care, but he is even worse off than she is. Okay, so she does have a few people who care, but they want what is best for her and she doesn't see that. She feels like they are intruding and have no right to.

The relationship between her and Brooks is like nails on a chalkboard. Right away before they even know each other he acts possessive of her. Then when they do actually become an item, it's even worse. He is sweet to her, but in a creepy and controlling way. He is just as obsessed with her as she is with him,  probably more. He makes her feel bad if he doesn't come first to her at all times, but then will apologize and say he gets like that because he loves her and needs her. It's a very unhealthy relationship. They both know that they can't continue the way things are, but keep holding on to the thought that all they need is each other.

This book is tragic in so many ways. The lack of parenting, the downward spiral the characters are on, and the way things end up. This is not a story with a happily ever after. It's a realistic story about issues that many people go through. The ending shows that there is still a long road ahead. This was hard to read at times because of the situations that happen. I never felt a character connection, but I was still able to get the emotional impact from the story. If you like gritty issue books, this is definitely one to read.


* An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Review: The Mesmerized by Rhiannon Frater

  • Publisher: Permuted Platinum
  • Publication date: 9/30/2014
  • Source: eARC provided by the author for Beta read/review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

It is silence, not screams of terror, which proclaims the end of the world…

Minji Nordim is vacationing in Las Vegas with her small family when she witnesses the beginning of a terrifying apocalypse. When humanity is transformed into mindless drones by a terrifying supernatural event only Minji appears to be immune.

Thousands die instantly, but the other affected people are drawn to the Nevada desert. Nothing stands in the way of the mesmerized. Not fire, not heights, not rubble. As the bodies pile in the streets and the relentless wave of the mesmerized plods into the deadly desert, Minji is trapped in a burning city attempting to rescue her affected family.
Can one woman save her family and the world?
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20348749-the-mesmerized?from_search=true

My Thoughts

This book was unique and amazing!! Rhiannon Frater never fails to give me the chills and an engaging story that is impossible to put down. When I first started the book, I was so confused at what was going on, but in a good way. Was it zombies? Aliens? Government conspiracy? All of those things? Seriously, I was totally intrigued from the first few pages and it was an exciting and at times terrifying adventure through to the last page. I admit, I read this a while back so I don't remember a lot of the details, but it is a story that will stick with you and I remember all of the important things that make this book super awesome!

Minji is on a family vacation in Vegas when this crazy apocalypse hits. Her husband and child are all of the sudden in some sort of trance and she doesn't know what to do or how to save them. She just knows that she has to do something. But first, she needs to keep herself alive. It's terrifying seeing hordes of people just mindlessly walking towards something, not caring about balconies or walls, or anything that is in their path. She comes across a few other immune people, but most are scared and unhelpful. She is tough and strong and goes through way more than most people could handle. I really loved her character.

This is full of suspense and tension that keeps you needing to read on to see what is going to happen next. The whole atmosphere is so creepy and chilling. Especially The Mesmerized as they are called. The behaviors of them, as well as the immune people sent shivers up my spine. You could feel the desperation of everyone and everything. As things unfold it just makes it more intense. I can't really say much more without spoiling anything. This was such an amazing read that I recommend to everyone! It is not a YA, but I believe people of all ages will really enjoy this book. Of course, beware of language and violence. It is a horror novel.  Books like this cement my love for Rhiannon Frater and are the reason I keep coming back for more and more.



*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.