Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It's a COVER REVEAL!!!! Love Always, by Sonya Loveday and Candace Knoebel

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TITLE: Love Always,
Authors: Sonya Loveday & Candace Knoebel
COVER DESIGN: Najla Qamber Designs
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: August 25th, 2015

I’ve met boys like him before. Rich. Bored. Always wearing a silver-spooned smile. But there is something different about him that piques my curiosity. The way he looks at me, like he is staring through the bars of a gilded cage he’s never left. Like he is one breath away from suffocating beneath a mound of responsibilities. He is different from the rest because he doesn’t wear his money… his money wears him. I just don’t think he knows it yet.She’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. She’s everything I’ve never been able to be. Carefree. Whimsical. A dreamer. Her laugh is infectious. She is irresistible. I can’t help but be drawn to her with an intensity that steals my breath and muddles my senses. I want to know her, need to know her, but how can I allow myself that liberty when I don’t have the freedom to make my own choices?
Phillip and Maggie think they have it all. Even though they come from opposite backgrounds, they each have bright futures paved out, with no distractions holding them back.
Until the fateful day they meet each other.

After a brief, adventurous time together in The Hamptons, Maggie and Phillip find themselves saying goodbye just as the spark of love flashes intensely between them. Can their budding connection be enough to survive the pulling tides of change, or will they drift apart before they even have a chance to explore what could have been?

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Friday, June 19, 2015

eArc Book Review: Damaged by Avelyn Paige

Title: Damaged
Author: Avelyn Paige
Publisher: Self
Date of Publication: May 3 2015
Source: received from author for honest opinion
Level: Mature 18+
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Book Synopsis:
Evie Carter has faced trials and tribulations her entire life. Her teenage years have been ripped away from her as she battles cancer. Just when things can’t get any worse, her doctor delivers the news that it’s finally time to make a life or death decision. Her options are limited and come with deadly consequences. The miracle drug that is meant to save her life changes her on a cellular level. She might not be damaged anymore, but she might just be damned in her new life.

My Thoughts: 

First off, look at that cover!  It is a pretty badass representation of Evie, our protagonist in the story.  Just from that cover, we can tell this is going to be a very gritty and dark story.

Damaged makes us question how we would be willing to go in order to live our lives, no matter the circumstances.  It puts us in touch with our morality and makes us look deep into our hearts to see how we could cope with the price.  

Our protagonist, Evie Carter, has a type of cancer that is incurable.  The doctors have tried everything and yet it keeps coming back.  Then they pose the question to her : can we try something controversial and new?  Left with no other options besides giving up, Evie decides to try this unexpected drug.  

This is when her life gets even more turned upside down.  

I can totally understand why Evie went for the drug trials; I probably would have done the exact same thing.  No one wants to look death in the eye at such a young age.  It is not in us to just give up.  So right then, we see that Evie is a fighter.  

This is when we see the development of Evie's character more when she has to literally try to cope with her morality and new abilities, while trying to learn who she can trust and not trust.  
I did feel like Evie was a little too forgiving for my tastes; but at the same time, I guess I can understand how alone she must have felt without anyone.  

I did enjoy watching Evie learn her body's powers and limitations and really just learning to live again.  She is only in her twenties; yet she really hasn't experienced life as a young adult.  

The world builiding was decent.  As I was reading this book, I felt that the pacing was a little slow and I was seeing this as a three star book.....
But then we got close to the end and OHMYGOODNESS!!!!  The last few chapters were freaking amazing!  There was so much action and drama; I was pretty much speechless!
And it gives us this to die for cliffhanger!  

Basically, Damaged is a pretty good book.  It has this science fiction kinda feel to it with some definite drama scenes mixed in with it.  One of my favorite parts is that we get to see Evie grow as a character and person.  She gets to experience life; albeit not the life she would have chose, but still life.  And the ending is wonderful!  

Of course, this is a gritty book with lots of cursing in it and it does have some sexual scenes in it as well.  But I would urge any adults to give Damaged a try.  It will make you think about how far you would go to beat death.  

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Book Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Title: The Darkest Part of the Forest
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Date of Publication: Jan. 13 2015
Source: bought, hardcover, 324 pages, YA
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Book Synopsis:
Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.
Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.
At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.
Until one day, he does…
As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

My Thoughts:

I love Holly Black!!!!!

I mean how can you not love her?? She takes these simple concepts, like fairy tales, that we have all read growing up and she flips them upside down to create something all new.
And scary.
I always feel so free and sophisticated reading her books; which I know doesn't make sense.  But her books just gives me these awesome feelings when I get immersed in her world building.
The Darkest Part of the Forest is simply beautiful!  I find myself slipping into my childhood memories wandering around in the woods behind my parents' house.  I remember pretending to  battle evil forces while riding my pretend white stallion as I rescued everyone that needed it.
Relating so strongly to the premise of this story, I found myself trying to savor each and every part of the story.  But being that I love the story so much I actually ended up reading through it within two days.

Holly Black does this amazing job of developing characters that can be so complex; so intriguing you wish they were real.  I adore Hazel and Ben; I think Jack is Prince Charming in a nutshell; and the Horned Boy is eerily seductive and mysterious.
She has this immense imagination and comes up with such creative creatures that it is hard not to wish there really was a Fairfield where magic happens all the time.  Black makes magic seem like it really can come true; even if it contains more of a darker side to it.

Besides doing a fantastic job of creating characters, Black has this incredible talent to paint a world that seems so real as if you could just reach out and touch it.  Her storytelling skills is unparalleled.  Through her imaginative storytelling she is able to make the words on the pages come to life and adds a more intimate dimension to the story.

The Darkest Part of the Forest channels some of our basic imaginations concerning fairy tales but then it delivers something else entirely.  It gives us the allure of the magic; but it also forces us to see the darkness the power can bring as well.  I love this book and I honestly wanted to read more and more with these characters.  I really hope that Ms. Black will take us back to Fairfield one more time in the future.
It is definitely a magical experience.

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