Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Review: Cinderella Screwed Me Over by Cindi Madsen

  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/22/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Darby Quinn has a bone to pick with Cinderella. Burned one too many times by ex-boyfriends, Darby has lost all belief in the happily-ever-after that the fairy-tale princess promised her. She's sworn off love, Prince Charmings, and happy endings and she's happy about it. Really. Or at least she was…until she met Jake, her gorgeous neighbor and the manager of her favorite restaurant. But Darby has rules about dating, ones she's culled from her years spent with so-called “princes,” and starting something with Jake would break all of them.

Charming, fun, and unwilling to give up on her, Jake doesn’t fit any of the profiles Darby has created from her case studies of ex-princes-gone-bad. Finally presented with her own Prince Charming, can Darby take a chance on a happily-ever-after?

Full of wit and sarcastic humor, Cinderella Screwed Me Over proves that sometimes the perfect love, like a perfect pair of shoes, is just within your grasp.

My Thoughts

This book was awesome!! I loved how the main character kept case studies on her ex boyfriends based on fairy tales. It was a great way to get to know about her past failed relationships and get to know why she is so hesitant to take the leap of love again. Cindi Madsen is one of my favorite authors because even if I don't necessarily love the characters, I get them. She has a way of sucking you right into their story and making you need to keep going. I didn't quite love Darby at first, but I grew to love her and I really enjoyed getting to know her.

Darby is a very independent woman. She throws herself into her work, and has a condo in a nice building. She is happy with her life the way it is. Or so she tells herself. Darby is so anti-love that at times I got annoyed with her. Everyone but her could see how awesome Jake was, and how crazy about her he was. She was so stubborn, but something about him made her want to break the relationship rules she had made for herself. She slowly starts to let her walls down, and let him in the way she hasn't let anyone in a long time. She's been hurt so many times that instead of giving him a fair shot, she goes out of her way to find things that are wrong with him, or ways to push him away to make what is growing between them fail. As frustrating as it was to read at times, I really enjoyed it though. She wasn't going to change her mind that easy and I really liked that she was true to what she believed and didn't give in that easy.

Jake is pretty much Prince Charming come to life. He is sexy, sweet and will stop at nothing to make Darby believe in love again. What I loved the most about him was that he was persistent, but never pushy. He wanted her to realize it on her own time. That's not to say things were easy. Just when he thinks things might be starting to go okay with her, she pushes him back away again. Oh, and did I mention that he can cook? I love a man who knows his way around the kitchen.

The chemistry between Darby and Jake was sizzling. There was no denying that. He's got a few strikes against him right off the bat though.He is co-owner of her favorite restaurant and he lives in her building. She is willing to break some rules for him, but when it becomes harder for her to find the negative things about him, she tries too hard to push him away. Even as she is helping her best friend plan for her dream wedding to the love of her life, Darby continues to be a skeptic. Jake is just what she needs to show her that all of her case studies, and take on love, are all wrong. She just hadn't found the right guy to sweep her off of her feet yet.

I loved how fairy tales were incorporated into the story, and how we see Darby's rules and ideas on love go out the window. It was great how Jake made her think of things in ways she hadn't before. Besides that, I loved the family aspect of it. Her family was great!! I loved the relationship she had with her brothers, and how she was with her friends. This was much more than your typical romance. It was amazing. Fairy tales may give girls an unrealistic look at romance, but there are real Prince Charming's out there. They will just come into your life when the time is right. Once again, Cindi Madsen has made me adore her writing and her books!! She is an author that I will read anything that she writes!!


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

Monday, October 28, 2013

Book Blogger Trick or Treat!!

So, I know there are tons of great Halloween Graphics that I could use for this, but I pretty much suck, so I didn't feel like looking for one. I could always use some of my own photos too, but again, too lazy. Lol!! Anyways... the awesome ladies over at Great Imaginations put together this super fun Halloween event to spread the spooky love!! If you don't follow them, you should. If you don't zombies should eat your brains. They also are both on Twitter. Find Lyn here, and Kara here. Now that I have babbled enough, I will get on with it. 

Each of the bloggers taking part in this event have chosen their favorite Halloween candy. There are a bunch that I love, but at this time of year I can't get enough of Kit- Kats. The little snack size ones are nice and easy to devour and I could consume ridiculous amounts of them. I love the original ones, but I also am a fan of the orange Halloween ones. (they are white chocolate, which I normally don't like much, but they are just awesome!)

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Look at all of that yumminess!! Who knew there were that many kinds?!!!

What better way to enjoy Kit-Kats then with a great book too. Luckily for you, Great Imaginations has put together a fantastic giveaway to win some awesome creepy reads!!! Don't forget to visit their blog and the other blogs on this fun event!!

Cover Reveal: Wild Cards by Jamie Wyman

Happy Monday everyone!! I have a fabulous cover reveal for you to start off the week!! Wild Cards by Jamie Wyman from Entangled Publishing!!

WILD CARD
by: Jamie Wyman
Release Date: 11/25
Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Synopsis

It was bad enough that gods gambled with human souls, but Catherine Sharp’s soul just had to be won by the Greek goddess of Discord, Eris. As if working a dead-end tech support job didn’t suck the life out of her as it was. Now, Cat finds herself performing random tasks for the goddess in her free time.
But when Coyote, the Native American trickster himself, claims to have won her own soul in Mayhem's weekly poker game, Cat wants in on the action. With five sneaky gods upping the ante, Cat needs to find a way to collect the winning chips that could save her soul.  
Marius, a handsome yet irritating satyr with his own debt to Eris, might finally come in handy for something. If they play their cards right and work together, Cat and Marius may just get their freedom back. If they don't kill each other or fall in love first.



Author Bio

After a misspent adulthood pursuing a Music Education degree, JAMIE WYMAN fostered several interests before discovering that being an author means never having to get out of pajamas. (However, she can eat/spin fire, tell you a lot about auditioning to be a Blue Man, and read/write in Circular Gallifreyan.) As an author, Jamie’s favorite playgrounds are urban fantasy, horror and creepy carnival settings. When she’s not traipsing about with her imaginary friends, she lives in Phoenix with two hobbits and two cats. She is proud to say she has a deeply disturbed following at her blog. 

There are no purchase links for the book yet, but you can go to the Entangled Publishing Website, and they will be there as soon as available. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Book Promo: The Muse by Kenya Wright - Free on Amazon!! 10/25 - 10/27


Hello everyone!!! Some of you might remember the book spotlight I did for this book recently. Well, lucky for you, if you were interested in it, but haven't bought it yet, it's FREE this weekend!!! You heard me right! FREE!! As far as I know it's only on Amazon, but you could always check the other sites if you want. Anyways, I will give you the link below.


And, if you don't know what the book is about, or forgot, I will put the details below for you!!!

  • Publisher: Self Published
  • Publish Date: 10/12/13
"If you're looking for a read that is full of mystery, sexual tension, romance, and a little bit of eccentricity - this is the read for you."-Jamie's Book Reviews


"Another book that had me up into the wee hours reading it!! . . . I loved that this book was not only a suspense, but also a book about finding one's identity." Jesse's Book Blog.



"What happens when Death is the Muse?"


On the first day of her nude modeling job, Elle deals with a corpse, an eccentric dark artist, his sexy brother, and a grandmother that can see someone's future by just touching their hands. Although these crazy distractions shove her on edge, it's just what she needs to mend her battered heart and forget about her ex-boyfriend. Besides, she does get to live in their castle for the whole three months.

Everything seems magical and perfect. Until more dead bodies are discovered.

There's something going on at night, right in the artist's garden. Under the moonlight, young women are being cut and sliced, and no one has a clue to who's doing it. And the more Elle is around the weird family in the castle, the more she realizes that they all are hiding secrets.

So, what are you waiting for?! Go get it for FREE this weekend only!!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Audiobook Reviews: The Midnight Heir and The Rise of the Hotel Dumort by Cassandra Clare

  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 7/16/2013
  • Series: Bane Chronicles Series 
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Read by: David Oyelowo
  • Length: 1 hour and 31 minutes
  • Source: Digital audiobook provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | Audible | B&N | Simon & Schuster 

*Warning, if you have not read the Infernal Devices series all the way through, this installment of The Bane Chronicles will contain spoilers for the series.

In Edwardian London, Magnus Bane discovers old friends and new enemies—including the son of his former comrade Will Herondale. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

Magnus thought he would never return to London, but he is lured by a handsome offer from Tatiana Blackthorn, whose plans—involving her beautiful young ward—are far more sinister than Magnus even suspects. In London at the turn of the century, Magnus finds old friends, and meets a very surprising young man . . . the sixteen-year-old James Herondale.

This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. This story in The Bane Chronicles is written by Sarah Rees Brennan and Cassandra Clare.


My Thoughts

I have loved getting to know Magnus and reading about all the time periods and places he has been. In this we get to reconnect with some of the characters from the Infernal Devices series and see them at a different point in their life from that series. It is quite interesting reading about them grown up. I do feel that we are really getting to see all the layers of Magnus as well.

Magnus is in London and he encounters James Herondale at a bar. He is in some pretty rough shape and Magnus can't help but come to his aid whether he wants it or not. He then gets to revisit old friends, one being Will Herondale. I felt like I was having a reunion with old friends. Magnus still has his weakness for Herondale boys apparently, and I thought that it was very sweet and endearing. Along with that he discovers some dark secrets that are still surrounding the Blackwell family.

The narrator was great too. Even though each of these installments has a different narrator, it doesn't take away from the stories at all. The way that they are told works perfectly. It's just someone else telling one of Magnus's many tales. I liked that he was able to sound so similar to Magnus as the other narrators has. He was a very good story teller.

These get harder and harder to review as I go because I don't really know what to say. They are still different tales of Magnus, but they are about him. I like seeing him in the different situations and seeing how he handles them. He is a very in depth character, so I am always feeling like I get to know him better and uncover more of the mysterious Magnus that is hidden away. 


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


  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 8/20/2013
  • Series: Bane Chronicles Series 
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Read by: Stephen Luntsford
  • Length: 1 hour and 11 minutes
  • Source: Digital audiobook provided by the publisher for review.
Purchase: Amazon | Audible | B&N | Simon & Schuster
In 1920s Manhattan, Magnus Bane hobnobs with the elite at a glamorous Jazz Age hotspot.

The immortal Magnus Bane is making the most of his time in the Roaring Twenties: He's settled into New York society and is thriving among the fashionable jazz set. And there is nowhere better to see and be seen than the glamorous Hotel Dumort, a glittering new addition to the Manhattan landscape. But a different type of glamour may be at play...

My Thoughts

I love the Roaring Twenties, so I was super excited to read one of my favorite fictional characters in this setting. I liked a lot about this one, but also didn't at the same time. I don't know if maybe it's just too much of a good thing, but it seems like the further into The Bane Chronicles I get, the less enjoyment I am getting out of them.

This takes place in New York City. I always love this setting because it's so vibrant and full of life. Magnus running a speak easy was a very fun story to listen to. As always, he helps someone in need. That's just how he is. He really has a kind heart. Also, being as old as he is, he has all sorts of wisdom on life stuff such as love and relationships. I didn't feel like we got to know him as much in this one though.

This has more danger, and we get to see some of the evil being done in the background, and get to know the sort of relationship Magnus has with The Clave. He is powerful, he is smart, but he is still a Downworlder. Even while trying to help them, he still is not really respected as much as he should be. We also get to meet a very powerful demon that is a bit scary, and someone that we have wanted to know a bit more about. And someone from Magnus's past reappears at the end of this.

The narrator on this one did a great job, but I wasn't feeling it as much as some of the previous narrators. He did the New York accent decently and I was able to tell one character from another well, but he wasn't a favorite of mine out of these stories.

I like hearing each story and seeing how some things came to be. I enjoyed the characters that we meet in this one, but I think I am getting a bit bored of these chronicles. I am a huge Magnus fan, but I can only take so many of these stories before I just kind of don't care anymore. I will continue on with the series because the installments are good, but I don't look forward to each one like I did before.  


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

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Weekly Recap Recap / Stacking the Shelves (73) The past 3 Weeks of Bookishness!

*Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Hello everyone!! Sorry that I haven't done one of these in a while. I have been super busy on the weekends when I normally film my vlogs and haven't had a chance to do one in a few weeks. I apologize for how long this one will probably be. I have gotten a lot of really great books the past three weeks. I will be getting back to blogging more regularly in the next few weeks also. It's been a challenge getting used to making time to put together posts and read since I am out of the house most of the day Monday-Friday now. Now that I am settling into a schedule somewhat, I am excited to be more present again. Thank you all for being so patient with me while I have been MIA mostly.




Books Mentioned

Review

Bought or Kindle Freebie
Won
(both signed by the author)

For Giveaway
Thank you so much to William Morrow, Entangled, Tor, Macmillan, Witness Impulse, P.T. Michelle, Simon & Schuster Audio, Harper Collins, Flux, Edelweiss, NetGalley, J.L. Bryan, and Julie Cross.

Since this post is already long enough, no weekly recap or search terms. Leave me a link to your post and I will visit back. Love you all!!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Blog Tour: Finding It by Cora Carmack - Review and Tour Giveaway



Hi everyone!!! Welcome to my stop on the Finding It Blog Tour! I have my review for you, the list of other blogs on this awesome tour, and a great giveaway!!


  • Publisher: William Morrow Books
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Series: Losing It Series , #3 
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review/tour
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong...

Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She's having the time of her life . . . or that's what she keeps telling herself.

It's a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you're afraid you won't like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey's loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey's mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.

My Thoughts

Being a huge fan of the previous books of this series, of course I wanted to read this one. Going into it, I was a bit skeptical of how much I would like it though, seeing as I was not a fan of Kelsey in the first book. I wasn't sure if I really wanted to read a whole story about her. Though I did enjoy it, I didn't love it like I did the other ones. I figured out Jackson's secret almost right away, and I just wasn't really feeling Kelsey at all. Also, there was the hot and cold and the push and pull between them far too much. With that being said, it was a good book that I think was well written, and other people who liked Kelsey will most likely love this one.

Kelsey was a hard character to like. It's obvious that she is trying to find herself. She is pretty much just doing whatever she wants, and has some majorly self-destructive behavior. She goes out drinking and partying every night, sleeps with random people, and just really doesn't give a crap about anything. It is clear that she is hiding some dark past that makes her this way, and as it unravels, I just felt... underwhelmed. It's not that I don't think her situation was wrong, because it was very wrong, but I was just expecting something more. (To not dig myself into a ditch, I am in no way saying that what happened to her wasn't a serious thing. I think I have just read some really effed up books.) I want to say that underneath her don't care attitude, she was a different person, but she really wasn't. That's pretty much her. I did like who she started to become through the story though. I just wish that I had been able to feel for her. I never really got any emotional pull from her. 

Jackson on the other hand, I really did start to feel him. We don't even get his POV since it is entirely told from Kelsey's POV, but I felt a much stronger connection to him then I did to her. He seemed very mysterious and evasive to Kelsey, but since I had a lot about him figured out early on, I was able to somewhat understand his situation. Not totally since there was still a lot that I didn't know about him, but he was much more interesting and in depth to me. I just couldn't figure out what he saw in Kelsey for the longest time. He truly was a good guy that was stuck in a bit of a bind, but I do think that he should have been more honest about things with her. On the other hand, I get why he wasn't. I know that probably sounds really vague, but I don't want to really give anything away. He was definitely fun and charming, and I loved getting to know him a bit. 

This had a whole different tone than the other books. That makes sense since it's a different set of characters, but I think I was expecting more wit and humor. There was some, but really it was more of a tension filled, kind of romance. After a while the almost letting each other in, then shutting them down again got tiring. I am all about good sexual tension, but there gets to be a point where you almost don't even care anymore because they are both being too stubborn. I was almost there. The romance was definitely there, but it didn't have that spark as it did in Losing It and Faking It.

This author is a favorite of mine, and though I didn't have the crazy love for this one as I did her previous ones, I will still read whatever she puts out. This was a good book that I am sure tons of people will love. I think to me it was more the characters than anything. I loved the settings, and the writing was great. It made me want to travel all over Europe and see some of the places that they went to. If I had been able to care for the characters more, this would have gotten more stars from me. Overall, it was a quick enjoyable read for me and I can't wait for more from this author. 

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

FINDING IT Blog Tour Schedule

October 13th
K-Books-Author Interview

October 14th
A Bookish Escape-Review Only
Reviews by Tammy & Kim-Review Only
Romance Addict-Excerpt

October 15th

October 16th
I Heart Big Books-Character Interview (Jackson Hunt)
BookGoonie-Review Only
Rumpled Sheets Blog-Review Only

October 17th
The Book HookUp-Author Interview
Jenuine Cupcakes-Review Only

October 18th
Stuck in Books-Excerpt
Putting Pen to Page-Review Only
Book Loving Mom-Review Only

October 19th
Mean Girls Luv Books-Review Only
WhollyBooks-Review Only
Martini Times-Guest Post

October 20th
The Story Siren-Author Interview
Live Read and Breathe-Review Only

October 21st
I Read Indie-Dream Cast
A Book Lover’s Review-Review Only
Stuck in YA Books-Review Only

October 22nd
Whirlwind Books-This and That
SMI Book Club-Review Only

October 23rd
Scandalicious Book Reviews-Review Only
The Bookish Babe-Author Interview
Books Over Boys-Excerpt

October 24th

October 25th
Love Between the Sheets-Review Only
Love N. Books-Review Only

October 26th

October 27th




Cora Carmack Bio:

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.




Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Book Spotlight: How To Be A Good Wife by Emma Chapman Plus Teasers and Giveaway

Hi loves!! I have a great post for you today! I am spotlighting the book How To Be A Good Wife by Emma Chapman for release day!!! It sounds excellent and if I had more time in my schedule I would have wanted to read and review it. Unfortunately, I don't, but I did want to feature it on my blog. So you all get to see what the book is all about, read some teasers, and one lucky winner will receive an ARC of the book. (Thanks to St. Martins Press) So, onto the good stuff!!

  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
Purchase:  Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

In the tradition of Emma Donoghue's Room and S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep, a haunting literary debut about a woman who begins having visions that make her question everything she knows


Marta and Hector have been married for a long time. Through the good and bad; through raising a son and sending him off to life after university. So long, in fact, that Marta finds it difficult to remember her life before Hector. He has always taken care of her, and she has always done everything she can to be a good wife—as advised by a dog-eared manual given to her by Hector’s aloof mother on their wedding day.

But now, something is changing. Small things seem off. A flash of movement in the corner of her eye, elapsed moments that she can’t recall. Visions of a blonde girl in the darkness that only Marta can see. Perhaps she is starting to remember—or perhaps her mind is playing tricks on her. As Marta’s visions persist and her reality grows more disjointed, it’s unclear if the danger lies in the world around her, or in Marta herself. The girl is growing more real every day, and she wants something.

It sounds really great!! I believe that the teasers are supposed to be advice from the manual that was given to her. They seem very degrading to me, but I am not totally sure since I haven't read the book and don't know what they are about. 




















Now onto the giveaway!

One ARC of How To Be A Good Wife

US Only (Sorry, I am shipping this out and INT shipping is pricey)
Must be 13 years or older or have parent/guardian permission
Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen
I am not responsible for lost or damaged packages
No cheating!! I will moderate entries.


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Release Day Launch: Finding It by Cora Carmack

I am a huge fan of Cora Carmack, so I am especially excited to be taking part in this release day launch for Finding It. I am also taking part in the blog tour! Look for my review on Friday, October 18th.


Cora Carmack's FINDING IT is finally here! 


You can get it in your hands right now! You don't want to miss this fantastic Contemporary Romance from Cora Carmack. Book 3 in the Losing It, FINDING IT is ready to be yours on your ereader or in paperback form! Check out all of the information regarding this fantastic novel and Cora Carmack below! Then, celebrate Cora's Book Birthday by entering the giveaway for a signed copy of LOSING IT, FAKING IT, & KEEPING HER!


Isn't that cover pretty?? Read on and find out everything you need to know below! 


FINDING IT Synopsis:

Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong...

Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She's having the time of her life . . . or that's what she keeps telling herself.

It's a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you're afraid you won't like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey's loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey's mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.

Cora Carmack Bio:

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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And now for the Giveaway! Go enter to win! 


Monday, October 14, 2013

Book Spotlight: The Muse by Kenya Wright Plus Teaser!!!

Hello everyone!! I have a great post for you today. I'm spotlighting The Muse by Kenya Wright and have a great teaser for you too!

Title: The Muse
Author: Kenya Wright
Series: Dark Art Mystery
Genre: Multicultural Romantic Suspense




On the first day of her nude modeling job, Elle deals with a corpse, an eccentric dark artist, his sexy brother, and a grandmother that can see someone's future by just touching their hands. Although these crazy distractions shove her on edge, it's just what she needs to mend her battered heart and forget about her ex-boyfriend. Besides, she does get to live in their castle for the whole three months.

Everything seems magical and perfect. Until more dead bodies are discovered.

There's something going on at night, right in the artist's garden. Under the moonlight, young women are being cut and sliced, and no one has a clue to who's doing it. And the more she's around the weird family in the castle, the more she realizes that they all are hiding secrets.

Buy Links: Amazon | B&N

Excerpt

Prologue
We all came to watch her die.
We were distorted silhouettes against a moonlit sky like goblins or ghosts who came out at night, when the moon was full and welcomed wicked things to earth.
We surrounded her in a large circle, and she fluttered her eyelashes like an injured butterfly wagging its broken wings in a last attempt to fly. And similar to the insect falling to its demise, she lay on the wet ground in the midst of a garden, dying among growing things—carrots and cabbage, grass and fertile earth.
Stars glittered in the night. The moon glowed. A breeze kissed her flesh for the last time. It was beautiful in a way that was immorally wrong.
And then her expression froze into a picture, one discarded among forgotten things, except no one would ever forget her.
“I'll make sure they remember.” I took a strand of her hair.
Everyone nodded in silent agreement, and then one by one disappeared into the castle’s dark shadows where night met blackened air and creepy things whispered the most haunting words into the wind.
 

Kenya Wright always knew she would be famous since the ripe old age of six when she sang the Michael Jackson thriller song in her bathroom mirror. She has tried her hand at many things from enlisting in the Navy for six years as a Persian-Farsi linguist to being a nude model at an art university.

However, writing has been the only constant love in her life. Will she succeed? Of course.

For she has been coined The Urban Fantasy Queen, the Super Iconic Writer of this Age, The Lyrical Genius of Our Generation. Granted, these are all terms coined by her, within the private walls of her bathroom as she still sings the Michael Jackson thriller song.

Kenya Wright currently resides in Miami with her three amazing, overactive children, a supportive, gorgeous husband, and three cool black cats that refuse to stop sleeping on Kenya’s head at night.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Review: Day One by Nate Kenyon

  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

Scandal-plagued hacker journalist John Hawke is hot on the trail of the explosive story that might save his career. James Weller, the former CEO of giant technology company Eclipse, has founded a new start-up, and he’s agreed to let Hawke do a profile on him. Hawke knows something very big is in the works at Eclipse---and he wants to use the profile as a foot in the door to find out more.

After he arrives in Weller’s office in New York City, a seemingly normal day quickly turns into a nightmare as anything with an Internet connection begins to malfunction. Hawke receives a call from his frantic wife just before the phones go dead. Soon he and a small band of survivors are struggling for their very lives as they find themselves thrust into the middle of a war zone---with no obvious enemy in sight.

The bridges and tunnels have been destroyed. New York City is under attack from a deadly and brilliant enemy that can be anywhere and can occupy anything with a computer chip. Somehow Hawke must find a way back to his pregnant wife and young son. Their lives depend upon it . . . and so does the rest of the human race.

My Thoughts

I have always loved adult thrillers so I was really excited to read this book. The premise sounded awesome and I haven't been reading nearly enough in this genre lately. It used to be practically all I read. Unfortunately, this did not quite hit the mark for me. Despite my low rating of the book, it's not that I didn't like it. I did, it just wasn't quite as much as I wanted. I was anticipating a high action intriguing story with high tension and emotion. Some people may get that out of it, and I really hope they do. It was just lacking in characterization for me, so the situations that would seem really tense didn't do a whole lot for me. I honestly didn't care either way about the characters. Now the story was really cool and a bit scary because it seems like a realistic possibility with us so dependent on computers, internet, and our phones. It really makes you question what could be happening with all the tech geniuses out there.

John Hawke is the main character and the mind we are in through the book. He's done some really shady things in the past and even had close calls with the law. He's very smart when it comes to computers. He is a devoted father and husband and you can tell that he cares about his family by the flashbacks that we read about, but I never felt it. I wanted to really immerse myself in it and get a feel of what he was going through. The adrenaline, the fear, the emotion at needing to make sure his family is safe. It's all on the page, it just didn't jump out of the book and into my heart and mind. It was just that, words on a page.

There are quite a few other characters that are a big part of the story too. A lot of different personalities. They all know something, they all have secrets, and no one knows who they can trust or not. I wanted to get wrapped up in it, but again, I just didn't feel it. All the characters were just really flat for me.

What was done really awesome was the plot and setting. I could really imagine all the destruction and locations that they go through. The plot was very cool and creepy at the same time. A crazy computer takeover that ensures that no one who is anywhere near anything that has a chip is safe. Government control from the inside, fake framing of people, explosions, chases, and gore. It was very action packed and fast paced. From the beginning it was just non stop. That is except for the flashbacks. I loved learning a little about John's history, but I didn't feel like it added to the story. In fact, I think it was disruptive. I would be really getting into the action, then it would go into a story about his wife or son and totally kill the excitement.

This review may make you wonder why if there was so much I didn't like, I rated it as I did. Well, even though there was a lot that didn't really work, it was a great story. I loved what it was about and how it ended. I was excited when I was into certain parts of the story. I just never really felt like I could care what happened. There was a lot of death and destruction and it just didn't really phase me. I think if the characters had been more developed and the story flowed better, I would have really enjoyed it. I do think that this is a book that a lot of people will really enjoy. I would definitely read more from this author, this book just didn't work for me.


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

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Book Girls Don't Cry - What Makes Me DNF


Hello fabulous readers!! This week our topic for Book Girls is DNFing books. We all have different ways to go about it and so each of us wanted to talk about our system for it. 

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I am very patient when it comes to books. I mean, with so many books to read, I can't sit there and listen to a book drone on an on about who knows what if it's not holding my attention. So when is the point I DNF? Well, there are many reasons.
 
Characters
 
I am a big character reader. To me, the characters are the most important part of a book. Not to say the rest isn't important too, I will get to that. I want to feel some type of connection, especially if it's a book written in first person. If I don't care about a character at all, why am I going to care where the story goes? I don't even have to like a character. I just have to be convinced that I want to read about them and know what will happen. I will admit though, that if a character is especially awful, I would rather they just go fall off a cliff along with the book.

Story

Well, this is a reason we all pick up a book right? I need the story to flow well. It needs to make sense. I know that when we get into time travel and parallel universe stuff it can get tricky, but make me believe your story without making my head spin please.

Repetitiveness

Ever feel like when you are reading a book you keep seeing the same types of phrases over and over? I don't know why it bothers me so much, but it does. Like when they characters are like "Hey." and then the other is all, "Hey yourself." on every other page. Okay, we get it. They like to say it, but I am sick of reading it every other minute. Okay? Thanks.

Then there's always just the WTF am I reading thing that happens once in a while. You start a book, you are really excited, you get like 40-50 pages in and are like O_o!! I usually try to give a book until 100 pages, but sometimes it just doesn't work. Then there are other books that I give the benefit of the doubt if they are short, and I wish I had just put them down. I don't have a solid system, but it's something. Lol!! 

What makes you DNF? Do we share some of the same thoughts? Let me know in the comments.