Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines



"Being the good girl isn't all it’s cracked up to be. Ashton Gray has grown weary of playing the part to please her parents, and to be worthy of the town’s prince charming, Sawyer Vincent. Maybe That’s why she’s found herself spending time with Sawyer’s cousin, Beau, while he’s away for the summer camping with his family. Beau is nothing like her perfect boyfriend. He’s the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, dangerous in ways she’s only day dreamed about, and the one guy she should stay away from. 

Beau never envied Sawyer his loving parents, his big nice home, or his position as quarterback. He loves him like a brother. Which is why he's tried everything in his power to keep his distance from Sawyer’s girlfriend. Even if he has loved her since the age of five, Ashton is Sawyer’s girl, so therefore she’s off limits. But when Sawyer leaves for the summer, Ashton, the one girl Beau would move Heaven and Earth for, decides she wants to get into trouble. Stabbing the one person who’s always accepted him and stood by him in the back, is the cost of finally holding Ashton Gray in his arms. Is she worth losing his cousin over?.... Hell Yeah."  synopsis from amazon

The Vincent Boys was a surprisingly complex and heartwarming book. Even though Beau is thought to be the "bad boy" you start to completely fall in love with him through out the length of the book and actually start to find yourself rooting for him to get the girl, when Sawyer is away. Then Sawyer comes back to town and you can't help but feel his heart breaking as he starts to realize what is happening between his best friend and his girl. There were times my heart was racing, I was laughing, I was crying, and I was even screaming at Ashton to stop being such a stupid girl. The most surprising part of this book was the twist that changes everything and makes you fall even more in love with all of the characters. All in all this book was worth every single moment spent reading it. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and i cannot wait to read the sequel to this book.

For more information on "The Vincent Boys" or Abbi Glines please visit the author's website at http://www.abbiglines.com/


Friday, April 27, 2012

Arranged by Catherine McKenzie

Cover Photo Courtesy of Amazon


Arranged is a new book by Catherine McKenzie (author of Spin, read my review for Spin HERE). In Arranged we meet Anne who at the beginning of the book leaves her cheating and unapologetic boyfriend and starts a new life.

The only problem is, Anne is well into her Thirties and is starting to wonder if she even knows how to make a relationship work. So, when she finds a business card on the street for a company that specializes in arranged marriages, she decides to give it a shot.

Anne is one of the most realistic characters I have come across in a novel in quite a long time. She is insecure, down to earth, and completely relatable. This book was written very well and there are twists and turns that I honestly did not see coming. I found myself thinking of the book and wondering what was going to happen next and how Anne would handle it while at work, grocery shopping, and even while watching T.V., making me turn it off to find out what happens.

This book is a must read and receives 4 stars. For more information on Arranged click on the link below or check out the authors website at http://catherinemckenzie.com/



Tuesday, April 24, 2012

More Like Her by Liza Palmer



More Like Her is a story about 3 friends: Frannie, Jill, and Lisa. Frannie is the central character and she has just come out of a relationship with what she thought was the perfect guy. When Emma comes to the Markham school and is seemingly Perfect. She is beautiful, smart, has a great career, and a perfect marriage, and the three friends all want to be more like Emma. That is until everything they thought they knew about Emma is tested when she is killed in front of them by her seemingly perfect husband.


There are thousands of books on the market that can get considered "a good book" but rarely do you come across a book that is so good, it makes you change the way you think.

"More Like Her" is that kind of book. While shelved as a Chick Lit, this book is much more than that. It has three well developed characters that have flaws but are still easy to read. The book made me laugh, cry, and sigh in happiness. More Like Her is literally one of the best novels I have read in a very long time.

I give More Like Her 5 Stars, and would recommend everyone run out and get a copy today.

For more information on More Like Her, please click on one of the links below or head over to the author's website at http://lizapalmer.com/



Saturday, March 31, 2012

Me and My Ghoulfriends by Rose Pressey


Me and My Ghoulfriends by Rose Pressey is the first of a new series about Larue Donovan, a woman who owns a bookstore in a small town that happens to also see ghosts.

Larue has a way of attracting the ghosts to her and she often has a handful of them following her around. The current gang includes a nagging woman who will not stop using her awful singing voice to try and get her way, and Abraham Lincoln, the charming ex president who is full of advice.
When a handsome stranger moves to town and opens up a coffee shop right next to Larue's shop, she isn't surprised when Brianna, the creepy boutique owner across the street from Larue's store, sets her sights on him. But she is surprised with Callahan, the hot coffee shop owner, shows interest in her instead.
Until one day when he starts to act like he doesn't even know who she is, and he and Brianna are suddenly an item. Now Larue has to try to figure out what is happening to a zombie like Callahan and help her Ghoulfriends find the light.

This book was very unique, and not what I expected at all, in a very good way. Larue was snarky and strong, like all of Rose Pressey's Heroines. There were enough twists and turns that kept the pages turning, but not too many to make it confusing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and like the twist of a woman who can see ghosts, even if some of them are annoying.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fun paranormal read. For more information on Me and My Ghoulfriends click the link below or visit http://rosepressey.com/.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dark Waters by Shannon Mayer

Dark Waters is the first book in a new series titled, Celtic Legacy. In Dark Waters we follow Quinn who is taking a vacation with her younger sister, Ashling to celebrate her sisters graduation. The problem is, her sister has decided to go to take surf lessons and Quinn is deathly afraid of the water after she was attacked by a shark months before.

While taking Surf lessons her sister is pulled under the water by some hideous creatures that have one eye and a huge mouth full of teeth that looked scarily similar to a sharks. Gripped by her fear, Quinn is unable to save her sister and watches as she is pulled down towards the bottom of the ocean.

Now Quinn is on a mission to save her sister and in the process meet two men that both have her panting.

Wow, this book was so much more than I ever thought it was going to be. Being a lover of anything Irish or Celtic the name of the Series pulled me in enough to buy the book, but the book itself was fast paced, exciting, and very unique. I cannot wait to read the next installment of this series just to find out how far Quinn will go with the delicious love triangle that is cooking up.

I give this book 5/5 stars, which I don't often do. You can click on the link below to purchase this book from Amazon, or for more information check out Shannon Mayer's Website HERE.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Arena One: SlaveRunners by Morgan Rice


Arena One: Slaverunners is the first book in a new trilogy titled "The Survival Trilogy"  by best selling Indie Author Morgan Rice.

In this book we meet Brooke Moore and 17 Year old living in a savage "post-apocalyptic" world after the united states are basically destroyed by what is considered the "Second Civil War".

Brooke and her younger sister, Bree have been hiding out in the mountains of Northern New York for years, barely surviving.

Until One day when the Slaverunners, a violent gang of people running the countryside looking for survivors, show up and capture Bree taking her to the one place Brooke was hoping they would never have to go, Arena One.

Nobody gets out of Arena One alive, but Brooke will stop at nothing to get her sister back...

I will admit, before this book, I had never read anything post-apocalyptic before. I never thought they would be something I would enjoy. So when Morgan contacted me about reviewing her new book (I had reviewed her books before) I was excited to finally try something new, even though I didn't have high hopes.

Well, I was very pleasantly surprised at how addicting this book one. Arena One was one of those books that you read late into the night until your eyes start to cross because you don't want to put it down.

It is no secret that I love strong heroines in the books I read and nothing makes me put a book down more than a whiny heroine whose life revolves around finding romance. Well, I didn't have that problem with Arena One. Brooke was tough, strong, un-relentless, and while there is romance in the book, Brooke wasn't ruled by that.

I would highly recommend this book, as well as Morgan's Vampire Journals. I give Arena One 4/5 Stars and a big fat Thumbs Up.

For more information about Arena One click the link below, or you can visit Morgan Rice's website for more info on Arena One or some of her other bestselling books.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Overbite by Meg Cabot

Photo Courtesy of HarperCollins
Overbite by Meg Cabot tells the story of Meena Harper, a woman who can look at people and see how they are going to die, who is still in love with her ex-boyfriend, who just happens to be the Prince of Darkness and the son of Dracula, or Vlad the Impaler.

The only problem is that now she words for the Palatine, a secret organization led by the Vatican whose purpose is to find and kill all demons, including her vampire ex-boyfriend.

Well, that's not the only problem because now someone is turning people from Meena's past into vampires which are stopping at nothing to try and kill her. She must use everything she has to figure out this mystery before she turns up dead.

When I first started to read this novel, I will admit I was a little confused. But, as I looked at the Author's website, I noticed that it was in fact a sequel to her novel titled Insatiable. Once into the book it didn't take long to catch up with what was going on and after the first couple of chapters I was truly enchanted.

All of the characters seemed like real people and the main character, Meena, was a strong and flawed character, and so very right for the story.

All in all a very good book that rightly deserves 4/5 Stars...

For more information on Overbite and Insatiable you can click the link below or go to the HarperCollins Website or Meg Cabot's Website




Monday, February 6, 2012

Flat-Out Love - Enhanced Edition | Jessica Park

After posting my last review of Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park, I got a very nice email from the people at http://digiglyph.org/ asking me if they could do a guest post to give more information abotu the Enhanced Edition of Jessica's book. I of course said yes, so now I will hand it over. Enjoy!




Indie publishing and storytelling just got a whole lot better. Jessica Park, self-published author of the best-selling Flat-Out Love, is about to bring her story to life as an interactive book designed for the iPad and iPhone.

Flat-Out Love is a warm and witty novel of family love and dysfunction, deep heartache and raw vulnerability, with a bit of mystery and one whopping, knock-you-to-your-knees romance. This is a true all-ages novel – very suitable for older teens, and equally engaging for adults. With over 65,000 e-books sold in just six months, great reviews, and many, many readers returning for a second and third time, this is a story we believe readers would love to see rendered in a beautiful, media-rich app for their iPad, iPhone, and iPod.

'Flat-Out Love: Enhanced Edition' augments the reading experience with:
  • Author commentary
  • Photo illustration
  • Short video scenes and music
  • Bonus chapters
  • Musical accompaniment by indie rock band In Like Lions
  • Interactive sequences
  • And more! We can’t give away all of our secrets :)

Additionally, the much-loved Facebook status updates, messages, and chats between the characters will be brought to life, allowing the reader to experience  the suspense of the conversations as if they were happening in real time. We are trying to create a truly new reading experience that can pull the reader further into the story and captivate them with high impact pictures and interaction.

TO LEARN MORE :
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digiglyph/flat-out-love-the-enhanced-app-experience-jessica

THE TEAM:
http://flatoutlove.blogspot.com
http://inlikelions.com
http://digiglyph.org

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park


Way back in April of 2011 I got an email from an author that had just finished writing  new book and decided after months of rejections that she was going to self-publish to get her book out into the public. Well in that email she asked me to read an advanced copy and review it for her.

I jumped at the chance and what happened when I read this fantastic novel was magic. That novel was Flat-Out Love and that author was Jessica Park. This is the original review I put up in April...

"Flat-Out Love is about a small town Ohio girl, Julie, who moves to the big city of Boston to start her college life, but due to extenuating circumstances is asked to live with her mother's college Roommate Erin.
Julie quickly sees something off in this family as the youngest daughter; Celeste carries around a cardboard cutout of her oldest brother Finn while he is away traveling the world. The middle son Matt and the rest of the family will not tell her what caused Celeste to become so socially distant, and until she can uncover the truth, tries to help Celeste out of her shell.
This book was well written, the characters jumped off of the page, and this book will keep you up at night because you will not be able to put it down. I give this book 5/5 Stars."

The book went on to be a best selling phenomenon on Amazon and now Jessica has teamed with DigiGlyph Inc to create a one of a kind interactive book reading app for the iPhone and iPad. I won't go too far into the specifics of what this app can do because there is a link on the left hand side of my page that you can click to learn more.

One last thing. Laura, a new book blogger is having a giveaway on her blog and you can win a t-shirt from the book, worn my Matt and Phinn... So check that giveaway out here...

For more info on Flat-Out love click the link below or go to http://flatoutlove.blogspot.com/


Monday, January 30, 2012

How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue

How to Eat a Cupcake is a new debut novel by Meg Donohue that is the story of two friends, Annie Quintana and Julia St. Clair. The two friends have not had an easy relationship and upon graduation high school had gone their separate ways after a huge betrayal on Julia's part.

Now, 10 years later Annie has a chance encounter with Julia that ends with them becoming partners and opening up a cupcake shop together. Now they must learn about forgiveness, love, and patience as someone is targeting their shop for vandalism.

This novel was a very chick lit novel that will make you both and cry and  there was a twist that I honestly did not see coming. I would recommend this novel to anyone and give it 4/5 Stars.

This book will be released in March 2012 but it is available for pre-order through amazon. For more information click the link below or go to http://www.megdonohue.com/.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Graveminder by Melissa Marr


Graveminder is an American Gothic Novel that centers around the fictional town of Claysville where everyone that is born there has to die there, or there can be grave consequences.

In the novel we meet Rebekkah Barrow, who was not actually born in Claysville, but still considers it home as her beloved grandmother Maylene still lives there. Although Maylene is found dead in her house and now Rebekkah must return for her funeral where she finds out that something is off about Maylene's death and with the help of her first love, Byron she has to find out the secrets of the town.

I have never read anything from Melissa Marr before, so this was my first novel from her and I really enjoyed it. The story takes a while to really get started but once you are into the first page, it is hard to put down.

Marr has a way of creating worlds and characters that makes them not only believable but vibrant and outstanding all at the same time. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books with a paranormal twist. I give this book 4/5 Stars.


 If you would like more info about this book you can click the link below or go to http://www.melissa-marr.com/



Friday, January 20, 2012

Archon by Sabrina Benulis


When I received this book I was very excited to read it. Between the really beautiful cover (click on the picture above to see the detail in this cover) and the good synopsis on the back, I jumped right in as soon as I got it.

There was a bit of a problem though, as hard as I tried I couldn't get through it. I decided that maybe I wasn't just feeling it at the moment and put it aside to try again. I read another book then tried again about a week later. I did finally get to the end of the book, but it took me longer than most books that are in a Young Adult category.

I hate to give bad reviews on any book because I understand how much work and love go into writing a book, especially one with kind of story line this book had.

Here is the synopsis on the cover...

"There are some things worse than death . . .
For years, Angela Mathers has been plagued by visions of a supernatural being—an angel with beguiling eyes and magnificent wings who haunts her thoughts and seduces her dreams. Newly freed from a mental institution where she had been locked away for two years, Angela hopes that attending Westwood Academy, the Vatican’s exclusive university, will bring her peace and a semblance of normality.
But Angela isn’t normal. With her stain of dark red hair and alabaster skin, she is a blood head—a freak, a monster, and the possible fulfillment of a terrifying prophecy. Blessed with strange, mystical powers, blood heads hold a special place in the Academy. Among them, one special blood head is more powerful than them all: the Archon, the human reincarnation of the dead angel Raziel. And when the Archon arises as foretold, it will rule the supernatural universe.
Barely in control of her own life, Angela has no ambition to conquer an entire universe, not when she’s suddenly contending with a dangerous enemy who is determined to destroy her and a magnetic novitiate who wants to save her. But the choice might not be her own . . .
Torn between mortal love and angelic obsession, the young blood head must soon face the truth about herself and her world. It is she who holds the key to Heaven and Hell—and both will stop at nothing to possess her.
In Archon, Sabrina Benulis has created a dazzlingly imaginative tale set in a lush, vivid supernatural world filled with gargoyles and candlelight, magic and murder, in which humans, angels, demons, and those in between battle for supremacy—and survival. "

That sounds great right? Unfortunately it didn't quite work that way and I found myself bored and daydreaming about other things while trying to read it.

So, with that I give this book only 2/5 Stars.


If you would like to check it out for yourself you can click the link below or go to http://www.sabrinabenulis.com/






Tuesday, January 17, 2012

How to Date a Vampire by Rose Pressey


How to Date a Vampire is the 2nd book in a Paranormal series by Rose Pressey about a woman named Rylie Cruz who runs a matchmaking service in the heart of New Orleans. Oh and did I forget to mention that she's a werewolf and her matchmaking service centers around other paranormal people.

In this second installment, she has finally convinced her very hot neighbor/boyfriend that she is in fact a werewolf and not the crazy psycho that he was under the impression that she was. After he goes with her to her parents house to deal with some vampire thugs things take a turn for the worse for Rylie and now she has to convince her boyfriend that he may now be a part of the paranormal world.

I really enjoyed this book, the main character, Rylie, is a snarky character that can hold her own with any man. Basically she just kicks ass and takes name. Rose Pressey has a way of writing that is not only on the edge of your seat exciting but manages to make you chuckle in quite a few spot too.

This book gets 4/5 Stars and I personally cannot wait for Book 3 to come out for this one of a kind series.

For more information on this book you can click the link below or go to http://www.rosepressey.com/



Thursday, January 12, 2012

Spin by Catherine McKenzie


Spin is an upcoming chick-lit novel by Catherine McKenzie that will be available for purchase on February 7th.

The novel follows a woman, Kate Sandford who finally lands an interview for her dream job writing for a hot music magazine. The only problem is the interview is on her 30th birthday and she shows up to the interview still drunk from partying the night before and blows her chance.

Just as she has decided to move on and get a regular job the magazine calls her with a special assignment. They want her to follow a drug addict young actress, Amber Sheppard into rehab undercover to get as much dirt on her as she can and if she finishes rehab she can get her dream job.

Kate takes the assignment without thinking twice, but as she does her 30 day rehab stint she learns things about Amber and herself that makes her question if she is actually doing the right thing.

I was pleasantly surprised by this novel, the author has a unique writing style that was easy to read and actually quite funny. I really enjoyed how the actress was presumed quite crazy and out of control at first but as the novel goes on you see that she is actually a woman that has been hurt way too many times.

I don't do this often, but I am giving this novel 5/5 stars and would highly recommend to anyone...



For more info on the book click the link below or go to http://www.catherinemckenzie.com/








Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Rock 'n' Roll is Undead by Rose Pressey





Rock 'n' Roll is Undead by Rose Pressey is the first book in the Veronica Mason series about a spunky tattooed witch named Veronica Mason who is the lead singer and owner of the rockabilly band The Voodoo Zombies.

In the beginning of the book we meet Veronica and learn that the rest of her band are actually vampires and they are singing at an all vampire bar in Memphis where the vampires have come out of the coffin due to a highly powerful sunscreen that allows them to walk in the sun. Moments after the gig, she finds her vampire bass player dead and has an odd vision of his death.

The reason it's odd is because even though she comes from a long line of witches she isn't really that great of a witch and admits that most of her spells usually either backfire on her or don't work at all.

So now in walks a mysterious and extremely hot new bass player that is too good to pass up and even though she had vowed not to date band members she can't help the attraction she feels for this sexy mystery man.

That is until she finds another dead vampire from the Rockabilly scene and as she starts to question who may be killing vampires she has to wonder, is someone coming after her next?

This book was very good, the characters, especially Veronica were very believable and had quite a bit of depth to them. I enjoyed how spunky and witty the main character was and really enjoyed the fact that she was different than most main characters you see, with her many tattoos and 50's pin up style hair and clothes she made me want to jump on a plane and go to Memphis to hear her band play in a seedy bar.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and looks forward to reading the next book in this series.

For more info on this book please click the link below or go to http://www.rosepressey.com/









*Note: compensation was not received for a review on this book, the review is the honest opinion of Amber LaShell