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 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.



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