Friday, April 17, 2015

Blog Tour: Attraction by Penny Reid



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Attraction


Author: Penny Reid
Publisher: Caped Publishing
Series: Elements of Chemistry #1
Pages: Kindle Edition, 169 pages
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: April 6th 2015



Summary:

One week.
Private beach.
Invisible girl.
Jerk-faced bully.
What’s the worst that could happen?
Kaitlyn Parker has no problem being the invisible girl, which is why she finds herself hiding in various cabinets and closets all over her college campus. Despite her best efforts, she can’t escape the notice of Martin Sandeke—bad boy, jerkface bully, and the universe’s hottest, wealthiest, and most unobtainable bachelor—who also happens to be Kaitlyn’s chemistry lab partner.
Kaitlyn might be the only girl who isn’t interested in exploiting his stunning rower’s build, chiseled features, and family's billionaire fortune. Kaitlyn wants Martin for his brain, specifically to tabulate findings of trace elements in surface water.
When Kaitlyn saves Martin from a nefarious plot, Martin uses the opportunity to push Kaitlyn out of her comfort zone: spring break, one week, house parties, bathing suits, and suntan lotion. Can she overcome her aversion to being noticed? Will he be able grow beyond his self-centered nature? Or, despite their obvious chemistry, will Martin be the one to drive Kaitlyn into the science cabinet of obscurity for good?



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Elements of Chemistry: ATTRACTION is the first part in a three part series; it is 45k words; and it ends with a cliffhanger.
Part 1 (ATTRACTION) will be released April 9, 2015
Part 2 (HEAT) will be released April 30, 2015.
Part 3 (CAPTURE) will be released May 16, 2015.




About Penny Reid:


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SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

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Review:

My first reaction when I got to the end of this:



I mean this left me hanging! ALL I wanted is MORE.
Yep, seriously. I was left a tethering mess. I mean, REALLY.
Let me warn you first up. This ends on a cliffy. And it end way to early.
Way way way to early.
The pleasures of reading serials....
I just got the ARC for the next one. So right now I feel way better about the wait.
As always if you not a fan of cliffhangers or serials, it might be best to wait until the entire novel will be released.
I personally would not ever choose this option- it's Reid after all.


The writing is as always great. I love Reid's humor and her geeky take on life. And Attracion has pleeeeeeenty of that to offer. But unlike her Knitting in the City Series, this is way more fluffy. Cute and fluffy through and through so far at least.
While I adore the Knitting in the City Series for it's wit but also for it's surprising depth, I didn't mind the fluff. I was a bit surprised at first. But once I got over the fact that this is a different series and that I can't expect the same thing.... I was hooked. I read this in a single sitting. And well, nearly threw my kindle when I realised that I am at the end. And that I won't get more of Kaitlin for a long while.

It was so beyond appropriate it was...It was inapproriate.

I adore Kaitlin.In fact I think Reid's got a great knack for writing unusual and clever female characters. Kaitlin is your geeky scientist, who chooses not to curse and reads lots. I totally can connect- being both a scientist and a reader... I do however have a potty mouth at times. Reid managed to create a quirky clever girl, with hangups and all - we all can relate to her, but she is utterly unique. I totally would be friends with her. I totally root for her. All camp Kaitlin over here! *raised her hand*
While I am usually totally enamoured with her male ones, I am not that sure about Martin. He is growing on me. And well we only a quarter in after all. Martin is too much of hotness and too much of a jock for me. No one is that perfect and that ...well.. hot. BUUUUUT I know I can expect more. There are hints and well as I said Martin is growing on me.
I can't wait to see where Reid is taking these two. So far their battle of wills and attractions was fun to watch.


She was pretty nasty to Martin, called him some unpleasant names I won't repeat, but I will say they are synonyms for whoreson

The story line is fun. And true to form cute and fluffy. I enjoyed the different scenes, even if they a tad more cliche that Reid's previous. I frankly don't care, that so far it was a bit predictable. I mean it's entertaining, well written and Reid fabulosity.

I have two sisters, and I tell them this all the time. Be the marriage girl. Don't be the hook-up girl. Don't be her. She's stupid and shallow. Yes, she get lots of male attention, dressing in her sexy lumberjack or sexy nun costumes...for a time. But then she's used up, hardened, disillusioned and desperate, because no one stays with the hook-up girl

Sooo if you like Reid's writing. A MUST read. IF you a fan of the GENRE... what you waiting for?
Never mind the cliffy. Don't wait. Get entertained... and we after all closer to the release of the next one...well at least I am.. *goes to read Heat*


"Listen to me for one fucking second, ok?"
"Only if you stop using the f-word like you get paid royalties every time you say it."
"I'll fucking use whatever fucking word I want to fucking use whenever I fucking want to."


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Review: Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder


Storm Glass


Author: Maria V. Snyder
Publisher: Mira
Series: Glass #1, The Chronicles of Ixia #4
Pages: Paperback, 488 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date:



Summary:

As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it's time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan's glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers—particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade—require Opal's unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap in to a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening. And the further she delves into the intrigue behind the glass and magic, the more distorted things appear. With lives hanging in the balance—including her own—Opal must control powers she hadn't known she possessed… - powers that might lead to disaster beyond anything she's ever known.



Review:

Great start to a new trilogy in the same world as Yelena and Valek. Forgotten how much I missed all those characters, and now there are new ones that I'll be missing! (Read: Kade).

Snyder is just so good at making her characters come alive, and their character growth! Even the villains never remained static. Opal has her issues, which is totally understandable because of what happened in the Study series. Just because it's understandable didn't mean I didn't want to shake her a few times so she would get that she was awesome! Her self-esteem and confidence issues were astronomical. BUT! She slowly starts coming into herself. She starts seeing the flaw in her thinking that she is useless, that she doesn't amount to much, etc, and Snyder just does it so well.

The even better part is that it's not just Opal doing some growth, it's everyone else too. It's Kade getting through his sister's death and accepting his growing feelings for Opal. It's Zitora figuring out how to get people to respect her Master Magician status.

The plot wasn't half bad either :P There was one major bit that leads to the main show down which I thought was ridiculously obvious and yet Opal was so damn oblivious. Like not even a tiny seed of doubt or suspicion about the whole thing. Trying not to hold it against Opal and Snyder too much though:P

All in all, great start and now, on to the next one!


Rating: 



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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Review: Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater


Scorpio Races


Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: Hardcover, 409 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: October 18th 2011



Summary:

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen





Review:

This is one of the stories that made me wonder what was the point of it all? Although the blurb makes the premise sound promising, it just didn't work out for me. At all.

The story revolves around a special species of horses called capall uisce who are violent sea creatures that feed on anything from a cat to a human and the Scorpio race that they are made to run in every November in a town called Thisby. I'm afraid to say that I don't know what's the timeline for this story, cause travel from America to England/London(?) is possible through ship (maybe?) and cars are around but no phones. It's all really vague and as I mentioned earlier, quite pointless. Anyway, I'm just going to start with all the problems I had with the story.

To start off, I had a huge problem with the premise. I feel like the author had a novel idea but no sense of direction when it came to executing it. I don't understand the concept of the race. Why would you wanna tame beasts and then race them when you're terrified for your life and for everyone else's in the village? From what I understand, those horses were like tigers or say, bears. Do we see anyone being stupid enough to ride a bear and then on top of that race it against other bears that could attack you anytime? Besides, why were those capall uisce only on Thisby? Why weren't they found anywhere else? I wasn't at all satisfied by the flimsy answer that Sean gave Holly.

If I try to move past the big gaping hole in the plot, I don't see any other redeeming qualities in the book either. The book is terribly slow paced and you only see characters trudging from one scene to another being sorry about the problems they have to face in their lives; and problems that we were introduced to at the very beginning of the book. I was hoping to get some background on how the races came into being, how the tradition started, why it was important to carry it on or you know, some action in between before the final race. Alas, I was left disappointed and sorely weary by the time I reached the end of the book.

If you're wondering about the characters and their impact on the story, I'm sorry to say that they were nothing but a complete letdown. Only if they could have made me care about the story line, the book would have a rounded 3 stars rating. *sigh*

I'll start with Puck. She is one of the three orphan Connolly's whose parents died in a boat accident at the sea cause of those horses, I believe. Her remaining family is in tatters and short on money as one would expect. She's making days go by until one day she finds out that her elder brother, the sole caretaker of her and her younger brother Finn, is deciding to leave the town to go the mainland without them. I know it's mighty selfish of Gabe, her older brother, but I can see why he would choose to do that and don't really blame him for his choice. But this doesn't sit well with Puck for the obvious reasons, and on a whim, she decides to participate in the Scorpio races hoping it would make her brother stay. It has the effect, albeit temporary, but it opens up another bag of problems for her. She has to bear the entire town's scorn for being the first woman to participate in the races and on top of that, she has the fear of racing against the giant, powerful and awfully fast horses on her regular, not as powerful, and definitely slower mare, Dove. I don't mind her much as a character and I think she did a good job after all, but that's it. I don't feel too strongly for or against her and that's the main problem.

Same goes for Sean's character. He's been an orphan since his father died in one of the Scorpio races when he was 10. He got his father's job and has been caring for horses for 9 years now. He has a special relationship with his father's horse, Corr. Even though he doesn't trust the beast, he loves him and considers him family. All he wants in life is to be able to be with Corr and have his freedom. The thing is, Sean is just too drab for me. He is too flat a character to be likable IMO.

When it comes to the relationship that Puck and Sean share, I really couldn't care less. I can see why they would bond and I am okay with the direction the author took their relationship to, but I truly don't care.

To sum it all up, I would say that there wasn't anything in this book that could keep me entertained or bothered at all. Thus the 2.5 rating.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Scion by Kelly Oram




Scion (Supernaturals #3)
from bestselling author Kelly Oram
NOW AVAILABLE!
Just $3.99 on AMAZON


Title: Scion
Series: Supernaturals #3
Author: Kelly Oram
Publisher: Bluefields
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Other books in the series: ChameleonUngifted
Summary: Russ Devereaux used to have it all—loving father, beautiful best friend, a carefree life in a town he loved, and strong magic. He was the king of his happy universe. Five months ago, that life was taken from him. Do not pass Go. Do not collect two hundred dollars. 

He’s spent months fighting back and building himself a new life, in a new city, with new friends he now considers family. But suddenly, his new life might be in jeopardy of getting shot straight to hell just like the last one. Literally, this time. 

He’s discovered power inside of him—an ancient, dark power that he shouldn’t have, can’t explain, can’t control, and definitely needs to keep secret. He needs answers, but before he can get them, he finds himself arrested and on his way to face the supernatural council. The same council that stole everything from him the first time. 

As Russ struggles to keep his new power under wraps, his old life and he new one are about to collide and it’s bound to be explosive. He may not have all the answers he needs, but one thing is certain: he’ll be damned if anyone is taking his new life from him. That is, if he’s not just plain damned.



***TEASER***


BONUS CONTENT:
Each book in the supernaturals series focuses on a different character and is told in there point of view. Scion (Book 3) is Russ's story, and he is excited to finally have his voice heard. If you'd like to get a sneak peek inside of his head, please enjoy this bonus scene from Chameleon written in his perspective. It's the very first chapter of the entire series, so even if you haven't started the Supernaturals series yet, you can still read it. It's totally spoiler free! (And hey, then you'll know what you have to look forward to in book three!) Here's a short excerpt:

I was trying to make her nervous on purpose. My whole intent tonight was to make her see me in a new way. What better way to do that than to crawl into bed with her in the middle of the night?
We hadn’t been in bed together since we were kids. Back when the fact that we were the opposite sex didn’t matter. It definitely mattered now. She looked so incredibly sexy at the moment that I could hardly think of anything other than the fact that I wanted to obliterate the word “friendship” from all known languages.
“What happened to the Disney Princess nightgown you wore the last time we were in bed together? That was hot.”
But not nearly as hot as the tank top and panties she was wearing right now. Damn. I hadn’t expected her to sleep so risqué. I’d genuinely been prepared for Captain America pajamas or something, considering her infatuation with Chris Evans. But this…she looked… Double damn. Even if this plan totally backfired on me tonight, right now it felt like the best idea I’d ever had.
As I took a mental picture of her, Dani finally realized she wasn’t wearing a bra and freaked out, pulling her covers up over her chest while glaring at me. If she hadn’t been awake before, she definitely was now. “You’d better have a damn good reason for being here or you’re going to be very sorry.”
She was pissed but it was worth it. I gave her a pout. “Since when do I need a reason?”
She opened her mouth to unleash a verbal tirade but I lifted a hand to stop her. I didn’t need to hear her rant. No lecture in the world was going to make me feel bad for sneaking in here and catching a semi-naughty glimpse of her. Am I shameless? Why, yes. Yes I am. It’s one of my many talents. Click here to read the entire RUSS POV Bonus Scene from Chameleon.

Or you can get started reading the series now. Chameleon, the first book in the series, is available for FREE DOWNLOAD on Amazon now through April 18th. 
It's a limited time offer, so don't miss out on the promotion! Snatch it up, while it's free!


Chameleon (Supernaturals#1)
For small-town rebel Dani Webber magic and monsters are no more real than the Easter Bunny… until the day she accidentally stops time. Dani quickly discovers that not only do supernaturals exist, but she herself is one of them. This is great news for her life-long best friend Russ, who can finally come clean about his own supernatural status and his undying love for her. Before the two can start to enjoy the long overdue relationship, Dani is taken by a powerful council of supernaturals who believe she is the Chosen One destined to save them from extinction. 

As if being kidnapped and expected to save the world isn’t bad enough, an ancient prophecy warns of the Chosen One’s dark nature: “Only the truest love will keep her an agent for good.” The council believes they know who this “true love” is and, unfortunately, that person isn’t Russ. The mysterious, powerful and devastatingly handsome Seer is the last person Dani wants in her life, but when she starts having visions of a horrific future, she has no one else to turn to for help. 

Soon Dani finds herself torn between two very different boys with two very different opinions of whom she can trust. With the visions getting worse and time running out, Dani is forced to put aside her feelings and work with both the Seer and Russ before an ancient evil is unleashed upon the earth.






Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and a cat named Mr. Darcy.
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Friday, April 10, 2015

Review: Only For Her by Cristin Harber


Only For Her


Author: Cristin Harber
Publisher: Mill Creek Press
Series: Only #2
Pages: Kindle Edition, 82 pages
Genre: Romance
Release Date: March 17th 2015


Summary:

The second installment in the Only series. Must read book one first!!

First loves never die but Grayson Ford comes close. Bleeding out in a war zone, he barters with God. Bring him back alive, and he'll make it right with his girl.

All I want is Emma. I need her, and I fight for her memory. A story. A smile. Anything. But it's all blank .

Emma is not his girl anymore. Time has skipped by and life's been hard. She strips to pay the bills, waitresses to fill the hours between classes and her third job. All while working to be the best mama she can be to the little girl who will never know her daddy. Even though Grayson abandoned her, she mourned his death. Until he calls, and everything she knew was wrong.

It's him. The him that ruined my life. That made my life. That confused my mind to the point that I can't figure out if I've been destroyed or set free. The him that... is... dead.

He's back with one objective--Emma Kingsley--and she never sees it coming.

Only for Her, Only #2
The novella series will release in its entirety this spring.




Review:

"Our path isn't pretty, and maybe we're still hovering near the starting point, but I'm the man you're supposed to be with."

Ever since I read Only For Her - which is over two weeks ago - I've been trying to write a review rather than a bunch of fangirling statements... And even after two weeks, I seem unable to do so.
So let's just look at this and be honest. I still stand with my initial reaction. And the fact that even after all this time and quite a few books I still feel like it, is a huge credit to the serial.

If you would have told me a couple of years ago that I shall be a teetering mess about a contemporary romance involving an alpha action hottie, I would have snorted - and doubted your sanity. This is me, I find a lot of contemporary romances a bit, well too romantic? Too much? Too been there done that... but Harber for some reason manages to write heroes I melt for. Storylines I adore, and smut... well.. smut that I can't resist. I think she could totally make me into a smut reader. Remember this is coming from someone who complains about too much smut in many romance novels....I don't read erotica, well it defo has too much smexy times in there... BUT Harber weeeellll.....she gets it just right.  And with the Only Series she definitely is officially one of my favorite romance authors.

Okay. I warned you. I am trying really hard not to fangirl here. It's difficult. Give me a minute.


So just like in the first instalment, I wanted to throw my kindle after finishing, it's frustrating to wait for the next release to say the least. But I still would read it on it's released day rather than waiting for all of them to be released and read them in one go.
Only For Her has answered many of the questions that I was left with. Not only that, I got so much more. I mean Grayson was cute before. Now. Now, he is absolutely and utterly hot.
Harber did not only an amazing job at bridging the gap that one was left with, but also did a fantastic job with the characters. We speaking several years later after all. These aren't kids anymore, a lot has happened for both of them, they have both changed. Harber made both MCs and where they are at, what happened all of that believable and also I totally could identify with both of their reasons.

In these last few days, I tried hard to take a step back from my personal response to Grayson and co, and just look objectively on the story line.  For me this it totally character driven.  Hence the fangirling. The character building being fabulously done and the great writing makes this a winner for me. So when I thought just about the story line? Well, it's a romance novel. It you star crossed lover situation, the best friends who became more, big misunderstandings...  and a couple of rather real life twists. A good story line, but nothing completely new. And to be frank, given the amazing characters and the writing- I don't really care, at all. That it is well paced, has some surprising twists and a connection to Harber's previous novels makes this all the more a great series to read.

Again, I can only recommend this to lovers of the genre and fans of the author. And as I said after reading Only For Him- if you not a fan of serials- wait until all the parts are released and read it in one go.

I am desperately waiting to get my hands on the next instalment. Because well, GRAYSON and all that, but also this has been left with a cliffy .... a minor one, on one level.. BUT  I need to know what happens next. Like RIGHT NOW.
Looks at her diary, takes a deep breath.
Just a few more days until the 14th.



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