Monday, September 28, 2015

Ho-Ho-Ho Read-A-Thon November 12th through November 17th!














.So thanks to Megan's recent post @ Reading Away the Days I was inspired to sign up for the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-A-Thon this year! The challenge is hosted by the lovely ladies Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Jennifer @ The Book Shelfery. If you'd like to participate you can sign up here.

About the challenge courtesy of Jennifer @ The Book Shelfery:

We love holiday themed reads from the covers to the warm & fuzzy tales on the inside. For this read-a-thon you must read holiday themed or winter setting reads. For bloggers, we have spoken to most of the main publishing houses and for ARCS of holiday books released in Sept/Oct, they are fine with you posting a review in November and December since that is when folks look to buy them. Below are the rules. Read them, grab the button and link up. For our non-blogger friends you can join too. Just link your Goodreads, Tumblr or Facebook account. Looking forward to spending time with you.

Well I'm off to find me some wintery books! If you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments below. ( Don't forget, I LOVE HAPPY ENDINGS!!)
 :)


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Review: Significance by Shelly Crane


 photo 11731861_zpstcfdwyrj.jpgSignificance 
Author: Shelly Crane
Series: Significance #1
Release: June 15th 2011
Publisher: Kiss Me Publications
Source: I received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Genre: YA paranormal romance
Rating: 6 STARS ... I know I know, but it's my favorite!!
Website: http://shellycrane.blogspot.com/




Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who's had a bad year. Her mom left, her dad is depressed, she's graduating, barely, and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has. Then she meets Caleb. She saves his life and instantly knows there's something about him that's intriguing but she is supposed to be on her way to a date with his cousin. But things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally. They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she's ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive. Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, and a pain as well, but Caleb's enemies know he's imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities and take her from him. Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another? 

My thoughts on Significance...

If I could legally marry a book this would be the one! I originally read Significance back in 2012, to this day it is still at the top of my favorite YA romances of all time! Shelly Crane you are a beautiful genius!

From the very first page, I knew I’d like this book. What I did not expect was getting my heart melted over and over again throughout the story! If you aren’t a believer in love at first sight, this book will make you second guess yourself!

Caleb and Maggie are freakin adorable! When we meet Maggie, well let's just say her life is pretty much in shambles. Her mom just up and left, her dad is severely depressed, and her boyfriend dumped her! First of all, what kind of guy dumps his girlfriend when her mom just left? A selfish one, that’s for sure!

Well, let’s just say I’m a believer in fate. Maggie is just minding her own business when she stumbles upon Caleb, literally! Nevertheless, she saves his life and from that point on she knows that something has changed. As soon as they touched they imprinted, they are each other’s significant. A significant is a soul-mate. Strange things begin happening to her, she needs Caleb’s touch to survive. The ironic thing is, she was on her way to meet his cousin for a date!

From this point on some serious shit hits the fan! Let’s just say, Caleb doesn’t have a fan club out there. As soon as his enemies find out he’s imprinted they are out for revenge. Caleb and Maggie are the first couple in their generation to have imprinted, and no one knows why.

If you are in the mood for a sweet romance, you know the soul-mate, I need you in my life forever kind of book, then Significance is for you!

If you love this book you will be happy to know that it is in pre-production to become a TV show! According to IMDB.com, it will be airing on October 28th 2015, ahhhh I'm so excited!! I am so happy and anxiously awaiting to hit record on my DVR!!



Monday, September 21, 2015

♥Cover Reveal ♥ Twisted Sisters by Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Title: Twisted Sisters
Author: Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Series:The Orion Circle (Book 2)
Genre: Urban Fanstasy, Young Adult
Release Date: October 27th 2015


It’s a child’s toy—what could go wrong?
While playing with a spirit board, two sorority sisters summon the vindictive spirits of three women brutally murdered by a psychopath. Join Logan, Kacie, and the rest of the Orion Circle as they delve into the disturbing events of the past to find the key to freeing the spirits.
But this isn’t any ordinary haunting.  These ghosts were banished before, and now they have returned more powerful than anyone could have imagined. Anger breeds hatred and hatred leads to darkness—these phantoms are on the verge of losing their last spark of humanity and becoming completely lost to the shadows.
Can Logan and Kacie convince the tortured souls to embrace the light and move on, or will the spirits succumb to the hypnotic pull of evil, leading to an eternity of torment and suffering?

About the Author....

Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a bestselling YA author with a soft spot for sweet romance. In addition to writing, she works as an editor for two publishers as well as select indie authors. She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs and lots of dragons. Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, video games, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!) Winner of the 2014 Rising Star Award at the BTS Red Carpet Awards in NOLA.

Author Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/URgwH



Sunday, September 20, 2015

What I've been up to and why I blog...

Hello everyone! I hope everyone's weekend has been well, luckily I had a three day weekend instead of the usual two! I really needed that extra day, as I'm getting over a stubborn cold. I'm not sure if I told you all or not, but I work a LOT of hours September through December.

Tonight I am finishing up reading Lord Fenton's Folly, my review will be posted
on October 3rd! It's been really fun reading it, plus Carla over at Lipstick & Mocha just read it, so I get to chat with her tonight about it! We're planning on doing a review together, I have no idea how that looks but I'm sure it will be fun!

The reason I wanted to write this post was because I just finished watching Magic Beyond Words, The JK Rowling Story. (This movie is on Netflix instant!) My husband and I watched it, he's not a big reader but he really enjoyed it. I am still trying to talk him into reading the series, in my opinion the Harry Potter books are even for people who don't read very often.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Book Blast: The Courtlight Series by Terah Edun

Lauded as a “fantasy world that you don’t want to miss out on”, the Courtlight Series consists of seven full-length novels that give readers an imaginative escape into a high fantasy world. With over 100,000 English-language books sold, global readers have become “captivated from beginning to end”.
The series weaves an epic story of fantasy and romance, with avid comparisons to Tamora Pierce and Mercedes Lackey, as a girl struggles to overcome the odds of her place in society while saving a prince and his empire from mortal peril.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Review: The Carnelian Legacy by Cheryl Koevoet


The Carnelian Legacy 
Author: Cheryl Koevoet
Series: Carnelian (Bk 1)
Release: January 28th 2015 (2nd printing)
Publisher: Abbott Press
Source: I received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Genre:YA Paranormal RomanceRating: 5 wonderful heart-melting stars!!!
Website: http://www.thecarnelianlegacy.com/





Marisa MacCallum always believed that the man of her dreams was out there somewhere. The problem is—he’s in another dimension. 

After the death of her father, eighteen-year-old Marisa's life is on the verge of imploding. She seeks comfort on her daily ride through the woods of Gold Hill, but when a mysterious lightning storm strikes, she is hurled into the ancient, alternate dimension of Carnelia where she is discovered by the arrogant but attractive nobleman, Ambassador Darian Fiore. 

Stranded in a world teeming with monsters, maniacs and medieval knights, Marisa is forced to join Darian on a dangerous mission to negotiate peace with his cousin and archenemy, Savino da Rocha. Along the way, she starts to see Darian's softer side and finds herself falling in love. But once she learns that he is locked into an arranged marriage, her heart shatters. 

When Savino falls for her charms and demands her hand in exchange for peace, Marisa is faced with an impossible choice: marry the enemy of the man she loves or betray them both and become the catalyst for a bloody war.   

"Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be." ~Job 8:7

The above quote is in the beginning of the book & sums the story up beautifully.

My thoughts on this heart-melting book...


Here I am, enjoying a steaming cup of tea, minding my own business when 3am decides to sneak up on me! I mean seriously, I wasn't doing anything wrong but enjoying a good GREAT book, why couldn't you wait a bit before you sneaked up on me time?!? The world within the pages will swallow you up & immerse you in it's pages, I must WARN you, you may lose track of time and forget what's actually going on around you for extended lengths of time! I was powerless to stop the pull The Carnelian Legacy had over me! Who needs the real world when there's Carnelia!?!

Let me just say, I LOVE the cover of The Carnelian Legacy! The cover caught my eye as I was browsing, but the first two lines of the summary are what pulled me in. "Marisa MacCallum always believed that the man of her dreams was out there somewhere. The problem is—he’s in another dimension." Any story where the protagonist travels to another time or dimension, my interest are immediately piqued!


Now let’s get to the world building. Cheryl has created this beautiful, majestic land called Carnelia. It’s refreshing to see  how Cheryl managed to intertwine science and fantasy together, I haven’t come across a story-line like this & I enjoyed the original take on other dimensions. In fact, this story is even for those of you who usually shy away from fantasy, she makes it so believable! If I had magical powers I’d transport myself to the land of Carnelia and live happily ever after! I love this beautiful world because chivalry is still alive & kicking, we could learn and thing or two from Carnelian society! Celino,  one of my favorite characters sums it up nicely!


This world is still ruled by the principles of chivalry. And before you go and get all mushy on me, I’m not talking about some romantic notion as defined by our world. Here (Carnelia), the concept of honor, courage and justice encompasses all people, ensuring that even the weakest members of society are treated with dignity and respect.


Speaking of characters, Cheryl sure knows how to write a diverse cast! We have the main cast:
  1. Marisa MacCallum
  2. Darian Fiore
  3. Arrigo Macario (Arrie)
  4. Adalina Fiore
  5. Matilda Da Rocha
  6. Savino Da Rocha

From the start my heart goes out to Marisa, she’s just lost her father and is in a great deal of emotional pain. I love how Cheryl wrote Marisa’s character, the way she handles her grief is very believable. At times I got frustrated with some of Marisa’s decisions or thoughts, but I had to take a step back and remind myself that she’s still grieving the loss of her father. She feels she needs time to herself to clear her head so she takes her horse on a ride through the woods, there she stumbles through a vortex into Carnelia. Pretty much as soon as she gets her bearings she meets Darian & Arrigo. I don’t want to give away too much to you the reader, I want you to meet these characters for the first time wondering and guessing just as I did!


I must say, the ending was incredible, in fact I'm going to say this is my favorite book in terms of swoon-worthy romance of 2015 so far! This story has everything, absolutely EVERYTHING I could ask for in a book! I can't wait to read the second book The Carnelian Tyranny: Savino's Revenge!

I loved this quote

"Any man in his right mind would be a fool not to offer you the world." ~Darian Fiore


Check out the book trailer...

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Review: Revel by Maurissa Guibord


Revel 
Author: Maurissa Guibord
Release date: February 12th 2014
 Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Source: I purchased this book myself
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Rating: 4 Stars Author's
Website: http://www.maurissaguibord.com/




There’s an island off the coast of Maine that’s not on any modern map. 

Shrouded in mist and protected by a deadly reef, Trespass Island is home to a community of people who guard the island and its secrets from outsiders. Seventeen-year-old Delia grew up in Kansas, but has come here in search of her family and answers to her questions: Why didn’t her mother ever talk about Trespass Island? Why did she fear the open water? But Delia’s not welcome and soon finds herself enmeshed in a frightening and supernatural world where ancient Greek symbols adorn the buildings and secret ceremonies take place on the beach at night. 

Sean Gunn, a handsome young lobsterman, befriends Delia and seems willing to risk his life to protect her. But it’s Jax, the coldly elusive young man she meets at the water’s edge, who finally makes Delia understand the real dangers of life on the island. Delia is going to have to fight to survive. Because there are monsters here. And no one ever leaves Trespass alive. 


What I thought...
Ready for an unexpected plot twist? Check!
What about an original take on Greek Mythology? Check!
Want to squeeze in some charming romance? Check!

I read Revel back in May before I started blogging, I was in the mood for something adventurous with a splash of romance and something mythological. Needless to say Revel hit the nail on the head! Now going into Revel I did not read much of the summary on this story. The only thing I knew is that it centered around an island, greek mythology, mermaids & sea monsters.


The beginning was sort of slow for me, but boy was I glad I hung in there because the middle and end are so good! The thing I liked about this book was that it almost seemed to be a mashup of genres. The beginning had a contemporary feel to it, the middle and end more of the mythological/paranormal feel. I have read books in the past about mermaids and while they were good they weren’t great. Revel is one of the greats!!

Normally I love books with a 50/50 ratio of romance & action. This book I’d say was 20% romance, but it was a perfect mix for this plot. I will say the author is GREAT at changing it up and making your head spin in a commendable way!

Overall this book was a fun and interesting read. There were a few really good plot twist that were completely unexpected that I loved. I really enjoyed the Greek mythology that was intertwined into the book. If you want to read a YA with an original story-line mixed with mythology and mermaids this book is for you!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Remembering September 11th 2001...


I'll never forgot that morning... Our country will be forever changed. 
In honor of those we lost...
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Monday, September 7, 2015

Sunday, September 6, 2015

The Sunshine Bloggers Award!

Hello everyone! I was nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely Sinead over at Less Reality, More Books! Please go check out her blog, anyone who loves vampires, werewolves, angels and aliens, her blog is for you! Thanks Sinead for nominating me! :) 



"The idea of the Sunshine Award is that you nominate bloggers who put a little sunshine in your day, who are positive, creative and inspiring."

Rules:

– Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.

– Nominate some wonderful bloggers and write 11 questions for them to answer.

Sinead's Questions 


What's  your favorite genre?



I love paranormal & fantasy. I will read YA, NA & Adult in these genres, however YA is my FAVORITE! :)



When did you first start reading?



I remember developing my love of reading very early on, around 3rd grade or so. I loved reading so much I would read anything! Some of my best friends are books! In middle school I would finish my assignments early so I could get a pass to the library and in high school I was a library aid. Then of course "life" got in the way and I stopped reading as much. In 2008 when the movie Twilight was all the rage I picked up the book to see what all the fuss was about. Ever since then I've been more addicted to books then ever before! 



Where's your favorite place to read?



My absolute favorite place to read is on the sofa or a comfy chair with a blanket! I love the rain and find that's my more enjoyable time to read. 



What's your favorite fairy tale retelling?



Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini



What's your favorite book-to-movie adaptation?



This is a hard one for me because I don't typically like the movie. But I would say Breaking Dawn, they did a really great job on recreating the book in the movie! 



What's your favorite book quote?



Well it's from Twilight! (Of course)

Even more, I had never meant to love him. One thing I truly knew - knew it in the pit of my stomach, in the center of my bones, knew it from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet, knew it deep in my empty chest - was how love gave someone the power to break you” 

Paperback or ebook/kindle?

Paperback any day! I love the feeling of the pages under my fingertips and the smell of paper. 

How much have you paid for a book?

Upwards of $20.00. If I could get my hands on a signed copy of Twilight, I'd pay a LOT!

Do you listen to music while you read?

Unfortunately I just can't focus on the plot if I try to listen to music while I read. I do associate songs to books though! It's weird, I don't always go by the lyrics. There's a song by Rhianna called Rude Boy than makes me always think of The Forest of Hands & Teeth by Carrie Ryan. It's the music to the song, not the lyrics. I imagine me as Mary walking down the fenced in path through the woods on my guard in case a zombie comes at me! Honestly if Rhianna collaborated with Carrie Ryan to re-do the lyrics it would be AMAZING for the book! 

Have you or would you read graphic novels?

Not really, I tried reading the graphic novels to Twilight. They were very interesting. If I love a novel and the author releases graphic novels afterwards I will read them just to get more of a impression of the author's vision. 

Would you buy a book simply because it had a pretty cover?

A pretty cover "attracts" me to a book. If I like the summary or if there's a blurb on the front cover by an author I love I will pick it up in an heartbeat! 

My Questions:

  1. If you could meet any fictional character in real life who would it be?
  2. What is your favorite genre?
  3. What inspired you to blog?
  4. What is your favorite book quote?
  5. Which movie would you like to see as a book?  (Isn't already a book)
  6. You find out supernatural creatures are real, which one do you choose as your allies?
  7. What book has been your favorite so far in 2015?
  8. Who is your absolute favorite author?
  9. Favorite series?
  10. How many unread books do you have on your shelf?
  11. Fantasy or Paranormal?
My Nominations: