Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Release Day!!! And Review - Goddess ( A Runes Novel) by Ednah Walters

Goddess by Ednah Walters
 Runes Novel, Book 7
Genre: YA Fantasy

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BLURB:
Cora Jemison has come a long way from her stint in a psych ward and her fear of the dead. A confident Medium, she allows souls to possess her to help them find closure. When she decides to tell her parents the truth, that she still sees the dead and that her fiancé is a soul reaper, the Jemisons reveal secrets of their own.

Her world starts to crumble, the ripple effect threatening to destroy the one thing she can always count on. Her relationship with Echo. Cora must sort through the lies to learn the truth about who and what she is. Only then can she embrace her destiny and claim her soul mate, Echo.

My Thoughts:
I was so excited to read Cora's story!  This did not disappoint!  As I've said in reviews past, Ednah has such a gift with weaving all aspects and different views of the story into a multi-dimensional universe!  Cora and Echo have such a sweet & spicey love story.  I melt every time I read something new from their story.  I really enjoyed all the new relationships Cora developed and even the new one she had with Eirik.  Cora has turned into a character just as wonderful and loveable as Raine.  It's hard knowing this series is coming to an end.  It's like preparing to say goodbye to dear friends.  You will love this series if you haven't already succumbed to its magic!! 

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USA Today bestselling author Ednah Walters holds a PhD in Chemistry and is a stay-at-home mother of five. She writes about flawed heroes and the women who love them. Whether shes writing about valkyries, pirates, nephilim, or contemporary millionaires and billionaires, love, family, and friendship play crucial roles in all her books.


Her award-winning YA Paranormal RomanceRunes Series
started with Runes and has a total of 9 books to date. The next one, Goddess, will be released in 2017.  

Her YA Urban Fantasy seriesThe Guardian Legacy Series is published by Spencer Hill Press (BeaufortBooks). The series focuses on the Nephilim, children of the fallen angels. GL Series started with Awakened and has a total of 4 books.

Ednah also writes Contemporary Romance as E.B. Walters. Her contemporary works started with The Fitzgerald Family series, which has six books, and now focuses on her USA Today bestselling series, Infinitus Billionaires.

When not writing, Ednah travels with her family.
 


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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Rise of Miss Nottey by Rachel Anderson

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  The Rise of Miss Notley by Rachael Anderson To escape an undesirable match, Miss Notley must give up her riches for rags. When Miss Coralynn Notley’s father barters her off to the first titled gentleman to come along, she realizes she must flee her home or be forced to wed a despicable man. Driven by desperation, she applies for the position of housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor, the home of the handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow. The moment Jonathan sees Miss Notley, he is intrigued. She is far too young and inexperienced for the position, yet there is something about her that that inspires a certain hope within him. Does he dare offer her the position of housekeeper or will doing so result in catastrophe? The Rise of Miss Notley is the delightful tale of a mysterious gentleman and a determined young woman, caught together in a web so tangled it begs the question: Will they ever get out?
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add to goodreads   RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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Friday, December 30, 2016

Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levensellar


A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.

If you want something done right . . .

When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there's only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who's going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it's down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?

Debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.

My Thoughts: 
I loved that this book was from a female pirate's POV.  The book was interesting and a fun read.  Alosa was not your typical female character.  Not once she plat the damsel in distress.  She was witty and smart.  I loved her strength and tenacity.  She has many secrets and does a good job of hiding them.  I can't wait to read more about her in the next installment.  Riden was wonderfully complicated.  I like characters that have some dimension to them and he did not disappoint.  He was conflicted and loyal.  He and Alosa had great banter that kept the story entertaining.  Some things I'd like to learn in the next book or books are about both of their pasts; such as how did Alosa get to be in her father's custody and what really happened to Riden's father.  Any reader looking for a fun and adventurous story will love this book.  
P.S.  I hope they do a better cover to do this book justice.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

Recommended for reader's 16 & up.
Mild to moderate sexual and adult content.



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Review: Jack Templar and The Last Battle by Jeff Gunhus

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  In the last book of the Jack Templar series, Jack and his friends race to stop Ren Lucre before he launches this Creach army against humankind. But the Lord of the Lesser Creach and the Lord of the Zombies hold the last two Jerusalem Stones Jack needs to have any chance of success. To make matters worse, the Oracle predicts that one of their group will die in the upcoming fight, and Jack discovers betrayal among those he trusts most. Even so, Jack must find the courage to lead his friends into battle. Either they collect the Stones in time to defeat Ren Lucre or die trying. It’s "Do your duty, come what may" no matter the cost. The fate of the world hangs in the balance. amazon add to goodreads

My Thoughts:

As with all great series there's a bitter-sweet feeling when it ends.  On one hand I'm glad to see how things have turned out.  On the other hand I'm sad the adventure is over.  I've loved this series from the first book.  I've become so attached to Jack, Eva, Daniel, Will, T-Rex & Xavier.  They've all changed and grown so much; each of them conquering their own personal demons.  In the end they all stayed true to themselves.  Jack discovered the true value and power in their bond of friendship.  From the beginning chapter to the last epic battle this book was loaded with adventure.  I can't help but hope it will become a series of movies that I can fan-girl over.  I've recommended this series to countless people looking for a great story and EXCEPTIONAL writing.  My daughter, a 7th grader, LOVES this series and tells all her friends about it.  I don't have to tell you what high praise that is!  If you haven't started this series I don't know what more you're waiting for.  Packed full of adventure, witty dialogue and "lol" moments this series is bound to get even a reluctant reader interested.  I can't wait to see what Jeff Gunhus will entertain us with next.  

Excerpt from the book:

The old hag, because that’s what she was now, laughed in a low chugging sound that rattled around in her chest. She held out a hand toward me, clenched into a fist. Slowly, she opened it with her palm up. Resting in her hand was the Jerusalem Stone I’d left her.
“You tried to use it,” I said. “You promised you wouldn’t.”
“And I lied,” the witch hissed. “What? Did you think only the Black Guard could tell lies? Only hunters were allowed to break their vows?”
The fire in the hearth blazed higher as if feeding off her bitterness and anger. In the light, I saw that the hand holding the Stone was curled into a claw. Worse, it was blackened. No, worse than blackened. It was charred as if the Stone had caught fire but she’d refused to let it go.
“What did you try to make it do?” I asked. In my heart, I knew the answer, yet I had to ask. Everything that had happened since walking into the cottage somehow felt out of my control. Like I was on a path I couldn’t get off. And I had a bad feeling the path was leading me somewhere I didn’t want to go.
“Why is it that I’m made to suffer?” she asked, ignoring my question. She took a hobbling step closer. “I was the one who was wronged. You see that, don’t you? Anyone can see that.”
I remembered the dozens of Talib, the small-bodied creatures that had been everywhere the last time we were there. Each one had an identical head grown in the witch’s cauldron. All of them made to look like her murdered son.
“Where are the Talib?” I asked.
She clutched the Jerusalem Stone in her hand, and smoke rose from her fist. The air reeked with a burning smell. “I just wanted … I wanted …,” she whimpered. “I just wanted to take back what those monsters stole from me.”
As she said the words, I looked past her to the wall where the firewood was stacked from floor to ceiling. Only now, I realized it wasn’t firewood at all. It was all the heads of the Talib, rows and rows of bodiless heads, piled up ten or twelve high across the length of the wall, their eyes all open and staring at me.
She noticed me staring and turned toward the heads.
“I tried to bring him back,” she said. “You can see how hard I tried. But the Stone refused to work for me. I knew I should wait until I had three, but I was impatient. I thought one might do it. I thought that one might be enough.”
My body tensed. What she was saying wasn’t far off from my own thoughts. I hoped the reunited Jerusalem Stones would be enough to turn both Eva and Daniel back into their human forms. Shakra, the Lord of the Vampires, had told me it could be done, that she knew the Stones had performed this transformation before. But bringing someone back from the dead? That was entirely different.
“But what happened? Why are they all …all …?”
“Why are all my children without bodies?” the witch asked. “Because the second I tried to use the Stone, somehow all the magic I’d used to bring them alive was gone. The heads just rolled off onto the ground. The bodies, the ones I’d spent so many years gathering, all fell to the ground. Worthless.” She turned as she spoke and stared into the fire, losing herself in the flames. “I should have waited,” she mumbled. “Should have waited to get the other Stones.”
Her hand with the Jerusalem Stone in it fell open again. That terrible smoke stopped. Somehow, I had to get that Stone and get out of there. I was starting to regret coming by myself. “Bella,” I said. “You and I made a pact. You swore on your son’s name that you would return that Stone to me if I was able to get the Stone from the Lord of the Demons. I’m going to unite the five and defeat Ren Lucre for good. Give it to me so that I can continue my quest and make him finally pay for what he did to your son.”
She continued to stare into the fire, but she must have heard me because she answered in a whisper. “But you’ll fail. Just like your father before you. Just like your mother. Traitors, the both of them. In their own way.”
I took a step forward, fighting down an impulse to pull my sword. “Why do you say that? What do you know about them?” The Lord of the Demons had said something similar to me. Said I was a pawn in a game I didn’t even know I was playing. Even Aquinas had hinted there was part of the story about my parents that I didn’t know. I was starting to get a little tired of it all. I wanted answers.
The witch only smiled, pleased that I was upset. “A trade, perhaps? The other Jerusalem Stone for the truth about your parents. About Aquinas. About this fool’s quest you’re on. Give me the Stone and I’ll tell you everything.”
“Whatever you tell me will be lies,” I said.
She lunged toward me, moving faster than I imagined she could. One second she was by the fire, the next she was right in front of me, her face a grotesque sneer. “I might be the only one willing to tell you the truth,” she rasped. “Give me the Stone. Give it to me now.”
I took a quick step back and pulled my sword. “No, you give me the one I left with you,” I said. “Look at the way it’s burned your hand. Look at what trying to use it has done to you. It won’t bring your son back. I’m sorry.”
She jerked back sharply as if I’d slapped her. “You’re sorry?” she asked. “Did you say you’re sorry?”
“Give me the Stone. Please,” I said. “I don’t want to fight you.”
“You don’t have to fight me, Jack,” the witch said, clenching the Stone in her fist again. Black smoke rose from it immediately. She raised both hands over her head as if she was about to throw something at me. “All you have to do is die.”
   
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  jeff-gunhusAuthor Jeff Gunhus Jeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and reached the USA TODAY bestseller list. After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel or on JeffGunhus.com.


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Monday, November 7, 2016

Review: Omega by Lizzie Ford



In a modern world ruled by territorial Greek gods, the human race has been oppressed, exploited and now, nearly destroyed by the constant infighting of gods. 

However, a human girl with the power of a goddess is coming of age. Alessandra is the Oracle of Delphi – the last prophesized – and bears the mark of the double omega. Soon after she turns eighteen, Alessandra is told her destiny: to step between the warring gods and the human race and save her world from certain ruin. 

For the gods, her appearance marks the beginning of the end – their end. They and the Triumvirate – leaders of the human elite – who serve them will stop at nothing to preserve their power. 

Alessandra emerges from the forest where she spent her life hidden from gods and men and immediately plummets into a race against time, gods, and herself to discover who and what she is in a world where everyone she meets has a hidden agenda, and those pulling the strings remain in the shadows.

Before she can determine exactly what kind of savior her world needs, she must first master her power by completing three trials devised by the Triumvirate to enslave her. 

One lone girl stands between warring gods and the people she’s destined to protect, but it’s the battle to understand who she is that she must win first.


My Thoughts:
I love Greek mythology and this particular take on the story of the Oracle is unique and interesting.  Alessandra has been sheltered from the outside world for as long as she can remember.  While this has given her plenty of disadvantages, it has also prepared her for a battle that will decide the fate of humanity.  Alessandra handles her new situation pretty well.  I do think she trusts a little too easily.  It was hard to tell who was really trying to help her and who was trying to use her for their own gains.  I can't wait to read the next book and see what happens.  I look forward to seeing Alessandra's abilities grow as well as her inner strength.  This series is off to a great start!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Review: King of the Friend Zone by Sheralyn Pratt

From the Power of the Matchmaker series:

Esme Taylor has an amazing fiancé, a lifelong best friend, and a problem. 

The problem stems from the fact that her best friend is named Hunter and, well. . .he’s kind of (totally) hot. It’s hate at first sight when her fiancé, Jon, and Hunter meet. Jon’s convinced that Hunter is in love with Esme, and that Hunter must be out of the picture if their upcoming marriage is to succeed.

Esme thinks Jon is paranoid.

The truth is, Jon’s not that far off. Hunter is in love with his best friend and always has been. What Jon has wrong, however, is that Hunter never had any plans of ruining Esme’s happily ever after. Hunter wants what’s best for Esme, even if that’s not him.

When Jon pushes hard to end Esme and Hunter’s friendship, opposition comes from the most unlikely of places. It’s an eccentric lady with a cookie cart who suggests a different solution to Esme’s problem: Hunter and Esme should give each other a chance.

They’ve both thought of the possibility over the years—of course they have. But with a ring already on Esme’s finger and a heap of hurt feelings and broken trust in the mix, there hasn’t been a worse time to explore the depths of their feelings for each other.

Both Esme and Hunter think it’s time to move on and leave childhood crushes in the past. The question is: Can one woman and the taste of one cookie change their minds?



My Thoughts:
I loved Ms. Pearl's role in this book the best so far.  She was a "hoot"!  I liked Esme & Hunter.  I thought Esme was a little bland at times but I think that's how she was meant to come across.  I got so frustrated with both of them when they were being so stubborn.  Oh how I despised Jon.  I thought he was a control freak.  I really liked how Hunter handled him.  This book had some great banter & funny moments.  I really wanted to find out more about Luke  his story.  I hope that comes along soon.  I recommend this book along with all the books in the series.  They are each so unique.

Recommended for readers 16 & up.  Mild to moderate adult situations & sexual content.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Review: The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson


When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother need to vacate the house they've called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied. They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience?

Fate plays her hand when Lucy discovers the earl unconscious and injured in the middle of the road. When he awakens with no recollection of who he is, Lucy seizes the opportunity to teach the earl a much-needed lesson in humility and tells him that he is nothing more than a mere servant. Her servant, in fact. 

And thus begins the charming tale of a pompous lord and an impetuous young woman, caught together in a web so tangled that it begs the question: Will they ever get out?


My Thoughts:
I usually don't enjoy historical romances. The reason being usually the language puts me off a bit. However I really liked this book. The story was well written and none of it got lost in the language. I loved how Lucy didn't take herself too seriously. She wasn't so worried about propriety that she wouldn't help with the daily tasks of her own life. She was brave & strong willed. She manages to teach Colin how the other half lives. Colin was, at first, your typical "Lord of the Manor." He was more worried about his responsibilities that he was missing out on some important things in life. Then he starts to see some of the simple joys in life. Rachael Anderson always writes well-rounded characters and entertaining stories. Every time I read one of her books I'm left with a light hearted and satisfied feeling. This is a clean, sweet read. I recommend it for readers 14 & up.
 
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