Monday, March 17, 2014

"Crave" by Melissa Darnell


Crave (The Clann, #1)Crave by Melissa Darnell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Five star reviews are perhaps rarer for me to click out than they once were. That comes from a prolonged exposure to the best and worst of recent fiction, both Indie and Traditional. On a first glance, besides the gorgeous cover art, Crave seems like just another teen vampire romance. With a nod to the literary community, I feel I have read almost every twist and turn of this genre possible. Melissa Darnell proved me wrong. Crave doesn't begin like you expect it to, with quirky heroine, Savannah the target of bullying and classic case of the misfits. And much like the "Misfits," she undergoes one radical, shocking change.
This modern Shakespeare drama is told from both Savannah and Tristan's perspectives. I found it refreshing, seeing how the actions of one teen were constantly misinterpreted by the other. While tiresome at times, it reminded me all to well of the feelings I felt not that long ago. And perhaps that is where Melissa Darnell best casts her magic. Not only are you pulled in by such fleshy characters, but you share their pitfalls and highs. For a precious few hours you do what you paid your hourly wages for, an escape into the lives of very different yet hopelessly familiar highschoolers and their parents.
The East Texas setting constantly offers nostalgia for me, and the supernatural elements flow naturally into the narrative. The dialogue is fresh and peppered with pieces of Friday Night Lights drama with a refined version of Twilight. Savannah doesn't rush around desperate to break the rules set in place to protect her family. Darnell successfully shows how guilt and love and raging hormones can couple with the paranormal.
Don't miss this read! If you're anything like me, you'll be rushing to purchase the rest of the series and more.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

"Tangled Tides" by Karen Amanda Hooper

Tangled Tides (The Sea Monster Memoirs, #1)Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tangled Tides begins with one whinging heroine, a devastating hurricane and a gorgeous merman. While Yara's initial childishness is annoying, she is actually entitled to throw a tantrum or two when you think of it from her point of view. But once she learns to accept her new fishy life, the magic she embraces also jumps through the pages of the imagination of any girl who wanted to wear a rubbery tail. The novel dives and pivots in different directions and while occasionally easy to spot the twists, manages to stand on its own. After reading so many novels about vampires, shape shifters and angels, it's a welcome respite to dive into uncharted waters. A truly mythical tale, Tangled Tides manages to bridge together YA whimsy and melodrama, with Grecian legends and heart pounding romance.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Grimoire Saga Freebie!

Love Fantasy?

Award Winning Author S.M.Boyce has a treat for you. The first book in her Grimoire Saga, Lichgates is FREE for a limited time



ABOUT LICHGATES (Grimoire Saga#1)
Kara Magari is about to discover a beautiful world full of terrifying things—Ourea.
Kara, a college student still reeling from her mother’s recent death, has no idea the hidden world of Ourea even exists until a freak storm traps her in a sunken library. With no way out, she opens an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire and unwittingly becomes its master, which means Kara now wields the cursed book’s untamed power. Discovered by Ourea’s royalty, she becomes an unwilling pawn in a generations-old conflict—a war intensified by her arrival. In this world of chilling creatures and betrayal, Kara shouldn’t trust anyone… but she’s being hunted and can’t survive on her own. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn’t know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.
For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this human girl, there is something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.
Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.
 

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Winter Nights Scavenger Hunt!

If y'all haven't yet, don't miss a chance to check out Gliterary Girl's Winter Scavenger Hunt!

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SCAVENGER LIST 


Cute White Puppy in a Cup 



Leaves with the word LOVE cut into them 

Dish of Colorful Candies


 


                                   A Pencil with a note that says "You Make My Heart Glow"
Heart shaped pocket watch hanging in the trees. 









Friday, January 31, 2014

"A Girl By Any Other Name" Review


Synopsis

Everyone tells him he needs to move on, but how can a man function without his heart?
Ten-year-old Caleb Tanner wants nothing to do with Sylvie Cranston, the annoying weird girl who moves next door to him and gets him in trouble for swearing. But at twelve, they become friends when he teaches her how to hook a fishing line and she shows him the value of a selfless act. At fourteen, he falls in love with her.
At sixteen, she dies.
Or so he’s told. But Cal never believes it. Sylvie has become part of his soul. He knows her like the steady beating of his own heart. He’d know if she was dead. Cal looks for her, prays for her and finally he just waits for her.
Nine years later, she walks into the community college English class Cal is teaching. Only this girl claims her name is Sophie Becker and she doesn’t know him. Cal knows better. He’s determined to get the girl he loves back—and protect her from the danger that took her away all those years ago.

Genre: Romantic suspense
Publication Date: 12th January 2014
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My Review

"A Girl By Any Other Name" is a love story, a memoir, a suspense-thriller and what's more, a worthy read. 

The premise had me intrigued, partly because it was a love story being told from a man's P.O.V. It presents itself as being potentially anything and promises an epic romance. 

While I normally shy away from more heavy handed adult romance, "A Girl By Any Other Name" delivered more. Rather than dwell on passion, M.K. Schiller chooses to rely on the heart. At first it threw me a bit, jumping from the past memoir chapters to the current plot. But I quickly saw that the past stories, taking our characters from childhood to young adulthood, were what anchors and inevitably transcends this novel over its genre. It's a realistic budding friendship that blossoms between the childhood best friends. The setting, in a small East Texas town, adds to the charm and innocence. 

In the present day, a grown up Cal is haunted by the girl he never forgot, his "Raven." He teeters between borderline insanity and a cathartic heart, much like the literary artists he admires. He's living a semblance of a life while waiting for Sylvie to return to him. And it's her love that brings him back to life. This is not a story for the light of heart. There are twists and turns and many heartaches. But at the core of Schiller's story is a delicately painted depiction of true love, how deeply it moves and how far it can drive us.

Author Bio – MK Schiller

I am a hopeless romantic in a hopelessly pragmatic world. I have a full time life and two busy teenagers, but by night, I sit by the warm glow of my computer monitor, and attempt to conjure up passionate heartwarming stories with plenty of humor.
I started imagining stories in my head at a very young age. In fact, I got so good at it that my best friend asked me to make up stories featuring her as the heroine and the boy she currently liked as the hero. We'd spend hours on the phone while I came up with a series of unrealistic, yet tender events led the object of her desire to finally profess his love. You've heard of fan fiction... this was friend fiction.
Even with that, it took many years to realize I could produce an actual full length book that readers would enjoy. I try to make my stories humorous, realistic, with characters who are flawed but redeeming. I hope you enjoy my stories and never stop searching for your happily ever after.
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EXCERPT 


She put her hand on my arm. Her voice wavered, shifting into a soft whisper. “I can’t sleep at night and it helps me. Sometimes I get so scared that it actually hurts. I feel it in my bones, like they might crack open any minute, breaking my insides apart.”
I shifted my pole and reached for her hand. I hadn’t quite comprehended the value of hugging. “Maybe you should pray on it. Pastor Morrison says that prayer can solve a lot of problems.”
“You really think that will work?” she asked dubiously.
I shrugged. “I wouldn’t know for sure. I don’t pray right myself.”
She frowned, wrinkling her nose. “How can you pray wrong?”
“Momma says I do it wrong all the time.”
“I don’t get it.”
I sighed, staring up at the blue sky. “She always asks me what I prayed for. The first time she asked, I told her it was for a new bike and football cleats. She got real mad and said ‘Son, you are praying to God, not Santa Claus’.” I used my best Amelia Tanner impression, and the edges of Sylvie’s mouth curved upward.
“That sounds like your momma.”
“Yeah, but I guess I didn’t learn my lesson because I asked her what I should pray for then. She said I should pray to be a better person.”
“That’s a good idea.”
“That’s what I thought too. I started praying that I could throw the football longer and run faster so I could make the team in high school.”
Sylvie cupped her hand to her mouth to cover her laugh. I didn’t care. I wanted to make her laugh, even if it was at my expense. “What did she say?”
“She got pretty mad and said that’s not what she meant. She told me I was being selfish and since I couldn’t pray for myself correctly, I should pray for someone else.”
“Who did you pray for?”
I stared down at the lake. “I prayed for Mandy.”
“That’s so sweet.”
“Yeah, I asked God to make her less annoying.”
Sylvie cracked up so much I was sure she’d run all the fish away, but I didn’t care. It was one of the best feelings in the world to make this girl laugh. “You didn’t.”
“I did, but at least now I know what I need to pray on.”
“What’s that, Cal?”
I squeezed her hand, noticing how hypnotic her eyes were. “I’ll pray that you’re not scared anymore, Sylvie.”