Monday, October 27, 2014

Book Review: The Tethered Trilogy by Jennifer Snyder

Hey guys!  I want to thank Mrs. Snyder for the chance to review these three books and a huge thanks to AToMR Tours for the chance as well.  
I want to apologize for not getting this post up earlier; my Internet has been down all weekend and I have been stressed to say the least!  
Thanks again and enjoy!

Title: The Tethered Trilogy
Author: Jennifer Snyder

Catalyst Summary:

Sometimes who we really are lies buried just beneath the surface…
After learning she’s inherited a house in the beachside town of Soul Harbor, Georgia, Addison Harmon and her best friend decided to take a much needed vacation before the pressures of life after high school suffocate them too heavily.

But what Addison finds isn’t a chance to recoup from a bad break up and hang out with her best friend while she decides what she wants to do with her future. What she finds is Kace Sullivan—a sexy guy she can’t seem to get enough of—someone who with one touch reveals a seductive world full of magick and secrets Addison isn’t sure she’s ready to be a part of.

My Thoughts:

So, I seriously believe that Addison is a shadow of me???  I just moved from North Carolina to GA and I was actually from GA before I moved to NC to start with.  This is like my life here; except for the magick and all the fine young specimens on the beach.  But I digress...
I enjoyed the magical element to the story.  I found Addison an interesting character and I loved how she accepted the fact that she was different pretty easily.  I also enjoyed how there is this bad girl side to her but she is pretty level headed for the most part.
I love the town of Soul Harbor!!!  I have always thought GA has this insane magical element to it and I just love that  the author included that in the story.  I really felt the mysterious aura surrounding the small town that Addison moves to!
We have some interesting characters and I love Theo!  Yes, he seems like a bad boy but I would fall for him hands down every time, instead of Kace.

All in all, I  believe Catalyst is the perfect sexy love story to get you in the mood for summer or that one more summer fling before life comes back!

Very awesome!

Conjure Summary:

Sometimes to understand the present you have to conjure up the past…
The last thing Addison Harmon needed was to become tethered to the broody, often seemingly cold, Theo Van Rooyen, but that’s exactly what happened.

Forced to partner up with Theo to figure out a way to break the tether, Addison soon realizes she may have bitten off more than she can chew.
My Thoughts:
Conjure really picks it up a notch in the fire (no pun intended) department!  Addison is so lucky (yes I said it!) to have been tethered to Theo but now she wants to figure out a way to break it.  We get to see a complex side of Theo.  He isn't just this bad boy we thought he was in the first book; but instead he is a very unusual Hoodoo artist as well.  
I can understand the emotions Addison is going through while interacting with Theo and Kace at the same time.  I had already figured some of the mysteries that are revealed in Conjure out already but I still enjoyed the deliverance of them too.  

I just really don't like Kace!  Sorry, he just seems so off.  And it is funny because his friend Adam is supposed to be the dick; but I just think Kace has this holier than thou attitude that I just can't get with.  
We learn a little more about Addison's power and more about the Hoodoo powers as well.  I found this very interesting and I would love to read some more books based off of these type of magical beings.  You can really tell the research the author does into the magick rules and explanations.  It is a very interesting genre and I love to read anything and everything about witches, Voodoo, Hoodoo, etc.  

I loved Conjure so much!  

Confined Summary:

Sometimes the things in life that seem to confine us most are often the ones that save us…
To Addison Harmon becoming initiated appeared to hold the answers to her every problem—all except what she would do after, when the tether was finally broken. But when the after Addison imagined isn’t the one unfolding before her, she finds herself tangled even further in a web of secrets, lies, and betrayal.
It’s not until Addison is captured by the last person she ever suspected would betray her that she’s forced to rely on herself for survival.
Questions will be answered. Trust will be misplaced. And hearts will be broken.

My Thoughts: 
Holy Crap!!  There has been a lot that has happened and I wasn't expecting the ending I got!  In a way,  I was hoping there was a little more action but then I think maybe it was better it ended this way.  Addison, I think, could have stood up a little more for herself in this one, but we do get to see Theo come to the rescue and that is always enjoyable.   
Who loved Theo's cousin?  I adored her and I would love to see a spinoff with her; maybe a prequel?  I think everything ends up the way it should, thank goodness!  I was actually a little sad to say goodbye to Soul Harbor and the gang!  Maybe we will get another novella just to see what is happening with everyone.  I would really like that!  We learn about betrayals, and we learn the sad truth with Addison's mom.  I would have also liked a way for Addison to meet her birth mother (maybe in a magical way with her ghost??) and that could have played an interesting role too!

But all in all, I enjoyed this series!  It gives us the sex appeal, as well as the magick and paranormal aspects that we need and love!  It has definitely put me in research mode because I want to learn everything about these interesting magick descriptions.    
If you are looking for a fun, sexy and witchy good time then The Tethered Trilogy is definitely up your alley!

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About the Author:
Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing New Adult and Young Adult Fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Book Review: The Demon Stone by Christopher Datta

Today I'm excited to bring you a Guest Post and Kind Fire Giveaway from Chris Datta.  His first Novel Touched with Fire was a number one best-seller in the Historical Fiction category, and this supernatural thriller lives up to the high expectations readers have for this talented author.

The Demon Stone by Christoper Datta

The Demon Stone is a powerful supernatural thriller that leads you from the killing fields of Africa to the quiet Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota. In braided narratives, Datta spins a terrifying story about the spiritual forces—both real and supernatural—that incite the basest, bloodiest and most frightening of human behaviors.
"Reading Chris Datta is like riding a rollercoaster. It’s a fast ride filled with twists and turns. His Demon Stone is scary fun. Stephen King, watch your back!"
-Richard Rashke, author of The Killing of Karen Silkwood
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Review of The Demon Stone

Title: The Demon Stone
Author: Christopher Datta
Publisher: Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Date of Publication: May 4 2014
Source: received from author & Novel Publicity for review in exchange for my honest opinion

Book Summary:
The Demon Stone is a powerful supernatural thriller that leads you from the killing fields of Africa to the quiet Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota. In braided narratives, Datta spins a terrifying story about the spiritual forces—both real and supernatural—that incite the basest, bloodiest and most frightening of human behaviors.
When Kevin volunteered to travel to a war-ravaged country in Africa to help out his childhood buddy, Bill, now a physician with Doctors Without Borders, he knew he might face danger. But he could not have envisioned the brief, nightmare encounter that would rob him of his friend, his principles, and quite possibly his sanity. When he returns to his family in the United States, he carries with him not only survivors’ guilt, but, according to a grizzled old juju man in the service of a warlord, a powerful demon.
Liz cannot understand why, precisely, she agreed to go camping with her old college friend Kevin and his sullen teenage daughter, but it was clear that in the wake of his sudden divorce and a horrific family tragedy, Kevin needed someone to lean on. The canoeing trip in the Boundary Waters was supposed to be an escape, an opportunity to bring back the old Kevin. But once in the forests, Kevin’s behavior grows increasingly off-kilter, and Liz feels a growing sense of unease, one that ripens into fear. As the trio glide further into the wilderness, it becomes clear that someone, or something, is stalking them
My Thoughts: 
This story just jumps right in with the horror factor and grabs you in the first few pages!  You find yourself asking yourself "Why is this happening?" before you even understand what is truly happening.  

The Demon Stone had some huge symbolism connected with it concerning the evil that is haunting our main characters.  It makes us question the things we see in the world now as compared to what is happening in the story line too.  Was the stone truly evil or was it the people in possession of it that was the monsters?  These are some intriguing questions that makes you think throughout the story as you delve deeper into the darkness.  

The characters are interesting enough, although, a few did irritate me personally.  Kevin, our main character, was infuriating because he seemed to flip flop a lot on so many things.  I thought him running to Africa to see a friend that he seemed to harbor mixed emotions for and leaving his family behind was crazy but he obviously craved something more in his life as well.    Then there was Bill.  I understand he was helping people and that is wonderful but he had this attitude that just got on my nerves.  He seemed so judgmental.  
Liz was likable enough and the one I seemed to connect with the most.  I also dislike camping and would not have been out in the middle of nowhere for my friend who was seriously creeping me out.  But hey, she was the most caring of all the characters, it seemed.  

The settings flip back and forth between the past and present.  Every other chapter explains the situations that happen in Africa, causing Kevin to come in contact with the demon stone.  Then, the opposite chapters are what is happening while they are camping in the woods.  These two places seem to be the perfect settings for terror to take true form.  Africa is a dangerous world, mixed with folklore and military evils; and the woods can have their own eeriness too.  

I would have liked a few more personal chapters with Morgan, Kevin's ex wife.  I enjoyed the dive into her darkness that we see but it would have been even more terrifying if we could have stayed with her as she goes through the different stages of releasing her darkness through the stone.  I also pitied her immensely, though I don't condone how she handled things in the end.  

What an interesting and scary conversation between Liz and Abgado!!!  That was a very enjoyable part of the story and I am super glad that it was in it.  

We had a very centralized theme throughout the story.  It seemed to be the question, Where does evil truly come from?  that kept running through my brain as I read 
The Demon Stone.  The stone was a symbol for what we as a society blame the darkness and wickedness that we see in our lives.  

The Demon Stone was a disturbingly riveting thriller that had moments of extreme terror but also moments of deep reflection.  I may not have enjoyed  all of the characters but I was invested in the plot enough that I found it hard to put down.  If you love horror but also love a novel that forces you to think about where the terror is originating from, then I encourage you to give The Demon Stone a try.  

But be warned: you might find a little darkness inside yourself.


About the Author

Chris1Debut author CHRISTOPHER DATTA is no stranger to civil conflict or the still-extant scourge of slavery. Most recently the acting ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan where he helped end a war in April of 2012, he has spent a distinguished career moving from one strife-torn country to another, including Lebanon, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. A lifelong student of the American Civil War, his research for Touched with Fire is exacting and based in part on a true story.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mini Book Reviews: Be Patient, Pandora & Play Nice, Hercules by Joan Holub, Leslie Patricelli

Title: Be Patient, Pandora!
Series: Mini Myths
Author: Joan Holub
Illustrator: Leslie Patricelli
Publisher: Abrams Appleseed
Date of Publication: Sept. 24 2014
Source: received from author in exchange for my honest opinion of it

Book Summary:
Ages 1-4, board book. First in series.
When Pandora is warned by her mother not to open a box, her spirited curiosity trumps her obedience. Pandora harmlessly touches the box, innocently leans on the box, and eventually, albeit accidentally, bursts the box open! The cupcakes that were hidden inside are ruined, except for one last vestige, which Pandora presents in the hope that her mother still loves her. Leslie Patricelli’s depictions of this physical comedy bring a lively narrative to Joan Holub’s carefully crafted text. Includes a summary of the original Pandora’s Box myth at the end.

My Thoughts: 

I was so lucky and honored to be picked to review these books!  I want to send a big thanks to Renee at Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Mrs. Joan Holub for giving me the opportunity to dive into these adorable books.
So I have four boys and my youngest is six years old, which didn't exactly fit into the age limit for the book, but I have to say he still enjoyed these books very much!  And I did too!  He is still learning to read and we really enjoyed the easiness of the words in Be Patient, Pandora.  These board books are also a great way to get our little ones interested in the Greek mythology we love so much.  They are so colorful and the pictures are fun and adorable, getting even my older sons (9 &11 yrs old)  peeking over our shoulders as we read.

Mrs. Holub does a fantastic job of introducing some of the popular myths to younger kids with situations that are much easier to grasp for a 6 year old and under.  In Be Patient, Pandora  our main character learns that her curiosity can get her in trouble if she doesn't heed her Mother's warnings.  These books are adorable and I am totally in love with them!  My only problem is I wish they were around when my twins were this young.  This is definitely a five heart book!

Title:  Play Nice, Hercules
Author: Joan Holub
Illustrator: Leslie Patricelli
Series: Mini Myths
Publisher: Abrams Appleseed
Date of Publication: Sept. 16 2014

Book Summary:
Hercules is not as interested in “playing nice” as he is in playing strong! But when one feat of strength destroys his little sister’s 12-piece tower, he must use his powers for good to restore the tower and seek her forgiveness. She forgives him indeed, and then shows her own strength by gleefully knocking down the stacked blocks herself! Joan Holub’s expertly focused text pairs perfectly with Leslie Patricelli’s famously humorous illustrations. Includes a summary of the original Hercules’s Twelve Labors myth at the end.

My Thoughts: 

I think my son, Jace, really loved Play Nice, Hercules the most, probably because it reminds him of himself.   So because he loved it so much I am going to let him do the review for it!

Jace:   I love the pictures!  All the colors makes the pictures look 3D to me! It was fun to read about Hercules and watch him stomp around knocking things down.  I remember doing this to my older brothers a lot and now I know a little more of how it feels.  But Hercules learns his lesson and helps his little sister build the blocks back up.  After my mom read me the 12 Labors of Hercules, I went back the story and found the different pictures on the blocks.  These are the 12 Labors!!  I am really in love with these books and I can't wait till I can read the next in the series!! Everyone should try these out!

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