Thursday, December 1, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Miss Frost Saves The Sandman
Author: Kristen Painter
Series: Jayne Frost #3
Release Date: November 20th 2016
Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.
Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost's daughter, Santa Claus's niece, heir to the Winter Throne and now...private investigator. Sort of.
When the Sandman comes to Santa’s Workshop, the shop Jayne manages, to do his first ever book signing, it’s a major event. He’s kind of a supernatural celebrity and she needs to keep him happy.
All is well until trouble shows up at the party thrown in his honor. Trouble in the form of Luna Nyx, the Mistress of Nightmares and his creepy counterpart. The Sandman’s assistant says Luna is dangerous, and Jayne believes it when her dreams turn dark.
Can Jayne keep the Sandman safe from this gothic goddess? Or will Luna’s threats put them both to sleep for good?
As I was reading this two things occurred to me:
I keep thinking of this as a PNR. Basically I expect a standalone romance a la Nocturne Falls. The Jayne Frost series is simply neither. These are not standalone novel nor are the romances.
These are more what I think one could describe paranormal mysteries They have this cool little Agatha Christie meets paranormal vibe going. I enjoy that immensely. So once I let go of my expectation of romance, I really got into the story.
The other thing however, going to back to the romance part: I am just not into the love triangle we got going here. Because I don't much fancy either of the love interests. It puts a bit of a damper on the entire story. But while I let go of the romance expectations at least somewhat, let me just say this; I actually think Lucien would be a much more interesting subject. Just saying.
For me this is definitely not going to work as standalone, unlike the Nocturne Falls series, which is why I even bring it up. This should be read in order of the series, I also think it makes the books more enjoyable,since each book is a continuation of the previous one, even if we get a new mystery in each one.I found there was a lot of repetition in this book, explaining past stories. It slowed the first third of the book down for me, add to that the world building.. and the first third was considerably slower that the previous books. I would have prefered less explanation of past stories. Actually there was way less action in this one than in the previous ones.
I did however really enjoy the story. And I really got into the plot.
Gotta just say that I guessed who the culprit was right off the cuff. And I found Jayne's assumptions a bit frustrating, I kept thinking she is judging a bit too fast The solving of the mystery was a bit to rushed for me. I mean I still feel a bit iffy why the culprit did, what was done? And what happened to the other two? Basically I was left with a few questions. I do hope that they will be answered in the next installment.
The world building of the series has been consistently innovative and interesting. And Painter does deliver once more. And I am really looking forward to what Painter will add to the awesome world of Nocturne Falls next!
I have read a considerable amount of novels by Painter. And just like always I enjoyed her writing style.
As I said earlier, I am not a huge fan of the love triangle, then again I never am one for love triangles. But in this case, I am just not that smitten with any of the male love interests. I mean I like them well enough. They are interesting, well constructed characters. I just am not swoony over them.
Somehow I think they are too archetypal both of them for my taste. This is just personal preference. Yet I do love the character building.
Painter has done a great job at creating an interesting group of people. I like Jayne, though I find her a bit exasperating at times. I kinda feel about her like one does with an old friend. I know her shortcomings but adore her anyway, and am more than happy to overlook them. She feels real and relatable, even if she is a winter elf.
I can't wait to read more about her adventures and the entire support cast. Especially considering the ending of Miss Frost Saves The Sandman. While it isn't exactly a cliffy. Not at all. But it did blow things right open. And I am quite anxious to see where Painter is taking the story next!
Also I would like to just mention, that I really really hope there will be more about Lucien..
Monday, November 28, 2016
One Sexy Mistake
Author: Sarah Ballance
Series: The Chase Brothers #5 (Novella)
Release Date: Nov 28th, 2016
Olivia Patton’s life just imploded. One night with sexy hacker Grady Donovan seems like the perfect, ego-soothing plan—until an epic snowstorm shuts down the city and thwarts her morning-after escape. Now the only walk-of-shame she'll be taking is right back to Grady's door.
Forced to actually talk, Grady and Olivia realize they can't stand each other. Forget another round in the bedroom—if it wasn't his apartment, she'd shove Grady outside to freeze. But with all the blistering sexual tension flying around, a second night with the hacker might be exactly what she needs...if they don't kill each other first.
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First up, I have never read anything by Ballance. To be honest, I kinda just liked the cover, and that's why I ended up reading the blurb... which sounded, well, super cute.
Which is why I ended up reading this. I know that this is book 5 in the series, but it does work as a standalone. And after reading it, I will rectify my oversight soon enough.
I was hoping for cute and fluffy with a splash of geek. And o boy did I get that and some.
It's very cute, super swoony and quite smoldering actually.
I think I am in a romance mood atm, so that helps I guess. *looks at her reading list of late*; yep I clearly am.
The plot is quite fun, though other than the coincidences that stagger up quite high by the end of it, it feature a lot of classic cute & fluffy favorites. It's a mash of a lot of well known and well loved rom-coms really. It is however cleverly done, which makes this a rather swoony and fuzzy read rather than a string of cliches.
It's quite insta, well actually very insta, considering this spans mostly over two days. But for some reason I just didn't mind at all. Again cleverly done, but also well written. So I only realised these things, after I sat down to write a review.
My only little bit of meh moment was the epilogue for some reason. Which is why this is 3.5 Stars rather than really 4.
The character building is what drives this, in my opinion. I adored Grady from the get go. I love his inventiveness, his straightforwardness, his aversion for romance, I get his commitment issues- but to be honest the reason he gave for them.. not so sure how I felt for it. I mean can't a person just have commitment issues? Without some traumatic experience?
Same goes for Olivia. A clever, sweet and self-professed romance junkie , who is at the same time feisty and strong.
A light, very enjoyable cute & fluffy with a hotlilicous geek that makes even a romance-gesture-grinch like me all swoony
Olivia’s heart skipped a beat, then seemed to flail down a flight of stairs. Or ten. She so did not do hookups. She usually didn’t have the nerve for something this random.
Worse, she was failing at it.
Her entire purpose was to cut loose and do something wild. Classic delayed response to a bad breakup, following the most vanilla sex life had by anyone ever. A response with merit.
So why the hell was she hitting up a computer geek?
Because he was stupid-hot, for one. But her ex wasn’t bad to look at, and that hadn’t gotten her anywhere but missionary. Nope, had to be more. She just wished she knew what, because beyond the somewhat geek-mussed hair and seriously intense gray eyes, she wasn’t sure what made this guy stand out. Or what had made her go for it. But he did, and she had, and her fingertips hovered over the keyboard, daring a response.
Even her fingertips wanted sex.
She glanced back at her roommate, who was not-so-subtly glaring at a magazine. An upside-down magazine.
“I’m pretty sure this isn’t that crazy,” Olivia said. “I mean, there are entire apps dedicated to this kind of thing, so just think of me as jumping on the bandwagon.” She hoped she sounded convincing. She needed to convince herself.
“I think you’re rebounding a little hard,” Emily said warily. “Lots of people break up without resorting to this.”
“It’s been a couple of months,” Olivia told her, ignoring the part Emily had left unspoken. Olivia had taken it hard. Way too hard to start vetting potential relationships again. She’d lost her job, and her ex had blindsided her by dumping her the next day.
She was a software developer and had put together a killer program, which had been on its way to being some of her best work. But someone within her company had pushed it live without her go-ahead, at which point a test hacker had destroyed it. It hadn’t been ready for that kind of scrutiny. She’d known that, and that’s why she hadn’t released it herself.
But someone had.
Consequently, her unfinished program had left gaping holes in online security for the entire company, which the freelance tester who went by the pseudonym Han Dono had so kindly discovered. Bam, no job.
She’d felt an unreasonable amount of rage toward Han Dono, whoever he or she was. Until, twenty-four hours later, she’d suddenly found herself single. Apparently her state of disgrace hadn’t sat well with her career ladder-climbing ex, but she didn’t care about his excuse. Just that he was gone.
And good riddance.
After two months of few decent leads on the job front and zero physical contact with the opposite sex, unless gropers on the subway counted, she was in desperate need of a pick-me-up. She only wanted one thing from this hookup, and it definitely wasn’t to be reminded of being blindsided and dumped. With utter sobriety, she told her blatantly dubious roommate, “I’d like some sex, please.”
Emily stared, expressionless. “Well, don’t look at me.”
“I wasn’t.” Olivia flipped the computer around and showed off Grady’s picture. “Seriously, can you blame me?”
Emily studied the image a beat longer than necessary, a hint of wary appreciation evident. “That’s probably not even him.”
Olivia shrugged, not feeling the nonchalance. Because this was just a tad crazy, and she was so overdue a moment of insanity. “If it’s not, I don’t go in his apartment.”
“And if he drags you in before you have a chance to compare him to his photo?” Emily shook her head, worry etching her face. “At least check him out when he gives you his address. I don’t want to have to call your parents and tell them you’ve been hacked to death and eaten by some maniac.”
Olivia sighed. She’d love to be eaten by some maniac, but in the alive, sexy way. Of the has-this-address-been-involved-in-any-recent-homicides news search, she said, “That I can do. You might want to turn that magazine right side up.”
Emily frowned and tossed it on the counter instead. “Why would you pick a computer guy? You were dumped by one. Your program was exposed by one, male or female. And you lost your job because of one. I think you need to reconsider the company you keep.”
When the company looked like Grady? Olivia thought not. “This guy’s day job is a technicality because I’m planning to hit it and quit it. He’s hot. And even if he’s lousy in bed, I still get sex. And if it’s crappy sex, it’ll be that much easier to retreat back into my drought. This is an all-win situation.”
Emily rolled her eyes. “Because those exist.”
Olivia laughed, then turned her attention back to the computer before she lost her nerve. Give me your address, she wrote. I’m in, too.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Book Title: Falling for the Girl Next Door (Creative HeArts, #5; Sloane and Tru, #2)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Published by Entangled Teen
Release Day: November 14, 2016
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Sloane Whitaker never expected to like living in Texas, but after a few months in the Lone Star State, she has to admit she likes the food, the school, and the boy next door. What she doesn’t like is the fact that half her family is still back in New York. Convincing her dad to relocate to Texas requires making their upcoming visit as perfect as possible. The perfect dinner, the perfect daughter…with the perfect boyfriend.
But when her not-so-perfect boyfriend Tru Dorsey is suddenly not-so-available, Sloane has to find another dad-impressing guy to show off at dinner. Tru himself suggests enlisting the help of a fake boyfriend, but the reality of another guy with Sloane on his arm might be more than Tru can manage. Add in a mysterious blackmailer and a divided family, and Sloane and Tru’s relationship might not be able to handle the heat.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a bad boy next door, the good girl who snags his heart, and one epically disastrous ruse-gone-wrong. Join the fun at your own risk.
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About the Author:
Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning young adult author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. series, the Forgive My Fins mermaid romance series, the kick-butt monster-hunting Sweet Venom trilogy, and the Darkly Fae series. She also writes the City Chicks sweet chick lit romance series and is co-writing the Hero Agenda series with Tracy Deebs. Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.
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Read below for an excerpt from the book:
By lunchtime, the morning clouds had cleared, and the bright blue of a clear sky and soft winter sunlight practically begged Tru to film something.
He pulled his smartphone out of his pocket and opened the camera app. If he had his choice of gear, this wasn’t even in the top ten. He had three quality cameras at home and there were at least a dozen in the Cinematography classroom in Building F. Hell, he even had a decent handheld in his backpack.
But what the smartphone gave up in quality, it more than made up for in portability and the ability to take candid footage.
Sloane didn’t even notice when he started filming.
Her friend Jenna glanced at the camera and then back down at her carefully arranged lunch.
Tru loved capturing these secret moments. Not just with Sloane, although he probably loved those the most, but in everyday life in general. Those instances that happened over and over again, most of the time without anyone taking any more notice than they do of a gentle breeze.
To capture those moments, to document them for eternity—or at least as long as the technology would allow—made him feel like he was contributing to something greater than himself.
Like he was turning life into art.
And the intersection of life and art described his relationship with Sloane perfectly. She came into his life at a low point, at a moment when the prospect of spending another year in the uncertain torment of life under his father’s roof was becoming unbearable. She moved in next door and provided a light at the end of the tunnel. If he could just keep walking toward her, just keep her light in sight, then maybe—just maybe—he could make it out alive.
He knew he was being a bit melodramatic. His life wasn’t actually on the line. The situation with his father never escalated to a dangerous level. But escape was almost always on Tru’s mind. Sometimes he felt like he might go insane under the constant scrutiny and attempted control.
Ever since Sloane and her mom moved in next door, he’d been thinking about escape less and less.
She gave him a reason to stay.
A grape popped him in the forehead as Sloane finally realized he was filming her.
“What?” he asked with a grin, shaking off his dark thoughts.
“We talked about this,” she said. “No filming me without warning.”
“No, you talked about it.” He kept filming. “I never agreed to anything.”
She reached for the phone, but he pulled it out of reach, careful to keep her in the frame.
“This is why I can’t bring you home to meet Mom,” she teased.
He knew she meant it as a joke—he’d met her mom dozens of times. They were neighbors, after all. But there was an edge of truth beneath the sarcasm. An edge just big enough to sharpen his own humor.
“But does it explain why I can’t bring you home to meet the ‘rents?” he tossed back.
He regretted the words as soon as he said them. He couldn’t be prouder of Sloane or of being her boyfriend. To even suggest she wasn’t good enough for his family was ridiculous. Especially when the opposite was actually true. He wasn’t good enough for hers.
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I love this series. And I really enjoyed Sloane and Tru's first book.
But then when I started Falling for the Girl Next Door, Sloan was back to her old antics. And I wasn't a fan of her when she had that attitude in book one, I really couldn't stomach her in this book. It really overshadowed my entire experience of Falling for the Girl Next Door. Simply because it kinda didn't mesh with what I felt Sloan had worked through...
The plot was ok. Except that I feel that Sloan did act rather annoying - which lead to Tru being jealous and mostly avoidable dramas. I do like that they did however, grow from this, that they did overcome some heavy issues together and also most importantly Tru facing up to things.
Though this is the second book of these two, it can be easily read as a standalone. Which Childs did very cleverly. I'm not sure if I personally liked this however, because as I mentioned, Sloan went through similar growth and problems in the first book. Also inevitably I kept on comparing the two books, and somehow for me book 1 just was cuter and sweeter and more swoony. However, book 2 is deeper and tackles some big issues, which is why I gave this a rather reluctant 3 stars rather than 4. I wish I wouldn't mind Sloan's attitude as much as I did. I think it would have been a really good book.
But alas for me, it wasn't.
Still Child does write interesting characters, does drama like a queen and beyond that did a good job at tackling some bigger issues without it becoming a heavy book.
So sadly not quite as enjoyable for me as I wished for, but definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Hello Readers! Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for
The Breakup Support Group by Cheyanne Young
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After four years of first love bliss, Isla Rush just got dumped.Any hope she has of winning her ex-boyfriend back is shattered when the town rezones her neighborhood, forcing her to spend senior year at a wealthy high school in the next town over.With a broken heart consuming her soul, Isla can’t focus on anything, except maybe Emory Underwood—a ridiculously hot guy who dates a new girl almost every day. She can’t help but crush on him, even though it’s wrong.When memories of her ex make her cry in second period, the school counselor sends Isla to a club that meets during lunch. The Break-Up Support Group is a collection of broken-hearted misfits who are all helping each other heal.Just when Isla’s heart is finally on the mend, Emory shows up, forced to atone for all the broken hearts he’s caused over the years. While hiding her massive crush, she helps him understand the seriousness of breaking a heart.In turn, Emory offers to help Isla get back on the dating scene by agreeing to be her fake date for the homecoming dance. Isla gladly accepts the ruse, because if anyone can make her into a desirable girlfriend, Emory can! There's just one small problem.Isla's little crush on Emory might be exactly full blown. And a homecoming fake date with him could push her over the edge to possibly uttering the "L Word!"Isla can't afford another heartbreak so soon after the last one. She will have to resist his charms, refuse to look into those dreamy eyes, and above all else, not make the mistake of letting him kiss her.If only she hadn't let her guard down at the end of the night, under the light of her porch in a toe-curling kiss moment of weakness. And now, after months of Break-Up Support Group therapy, and with a heart fully on the mend, Isla has just handed it over to a guy who knows full well just how to break it.
The Breakup Support Group by Cheyanne Young
Publication Date: November 22, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Romance
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