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