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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Blog Tour: Goddess Born by Kari Edgren

Release Date: May 29, 2014

Publisher: Carina Press

Genre: Historical/Fantasy/Paranormal/New Adult/Romance

Author Info: Facebook, Twitter,

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 stars
 
The power to heal is her divine gift, the fear of discovery, her mortal curse.

Selah Kilbrid is caught between two worlds. A direct descendant of the Celtic goddess Brigid, she is bound by Tuatha Dé law to help those in need. Yet as a human, she must keep her unique abilities hidden or risk being charged for a witch. In 1730 Pennsylvania, the Quaker community of Hopewell has become a haven for religious freedom—and fanaticism—and there are those who would see her hanged if the truth were revealed.

For eighteen years, Selah safely navigates the narrow gap between duty and self-preservation, until the day a prominent minister uncovers her secret. Obsessed with her power, Nathan Crowley disregards her betrothal to a distant cousin from Ireland and demands marriage in exchange for his silence. Selah stalls for time, but when news reaches the Colonies of her cousin’s death, time has run out.

Rather than submit to Nathan, Selah coerces a stranger to pose as her husband. It’s a good plan—her only plan—even though Henry Alan harbors his own dark secrets. But when she returns to Hopewell a married woman, the real fight has just begun. As unseen forces move against her, Selah doesn’t know which poses the greater danger—a malignant shadow closing in from outside or the internal fire that threatens to consume her heart.

Book Two in the Goddess Born series will be published in November 2014 and Book Three in June 2015.

I love historical fiction and I loved the time and place that this book was set in! I thought the story was very interesting and it definitely captured my attention. I loved Selah's attitude & her stubbornness. I thought the characters were well written & it was easy to form a connection with them. This book wasn't what I was expecting at all but I liked the way that it turned out! I'm excited to read book two!

Make sure you don't miss any of the stops on this great blog tour! You can find the entire schedule here!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Conversion by Katherine Howe

Release Date: July 1st, 2014

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, Website

Pages: 402 pages

Genre:
Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 1/2 stars

It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.

First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.

Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .

Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s?


The Salem Witch Trials have always been interesting to me so I was excited to see how this book was going to incorporate the past with the present. I think I may have liked the glimpses back into the past better if I hadn't already known a lot about the trials & what happened. I definitely thought that the story was interesting and I like how several different possibilities were presented. I guessed from the beginning what the real cause was & I was happy to be right! 

Although this book was a little on the long side, I definitely enjoyed it & I would certainly recommend it, especially if you like a touch of history!








Friday, September 19, 2014

It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Release Date: March 5th, 2002

Publisher: Avon

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, Website

Genre: Romance, Chick-Lit, Sports Romance

Pages: 376 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon


Our Rating: 5 stars

What if a woman who knows nothing about sports inherits a professional football team? The Windy City definitely isn't ready for Phoebe Somerville, the outrageous York knockout who’s taking over their home town team. And Phoebe is definitely not prepared for the Stars' head coach Dan Calebow, a sexist jock taskmaster with a one-track mind. This is the book that began it all. The Chicago Stars are about to take the field... and they’re not the only ones playing for keeps.

This is my first book by author Susan Elizabeth Phillips and I have to say I enjoyed every page! I loved Phoebe at first because of her personality and how outrageous she was, but once Phillips went deeper into her past & her character I fell even more in love with every flaw & every circumstance she had dealt with. I loved Dan although he was definitely a jerk at times, but their chemistry was amazing! I thought they were absolutely perfect together! 

I loved the entire storyline, I am a big football fan so I enjoyed that aspect of the story. I also thought that the excitement of someone wanted to hurt Dan was an interesting addition to the story! I honestly liked this book so much I'd read it again right now!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Xpresso Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Leaving Liberty by Virginia Carmichael

Release Date: July 1st, 2013

Genre: Adult, Romance

Pages: 240 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 stars

At eighteen, Daisy McConnell left Liberty, Colorado and never looked back. The only bright spot in a childhood of neglect and loneliness was the town librarian, Marie. Now settled as a teacher in sunny Fresno, Daisy does her best to forget everything about Liberty including her drunk father, her MIA mother, and the town she hated with every beat of her heart.

Lane Bennett’s life as a small town cop is pretty close to perfect. He’s got his dog, a pretty date when he needs one, and plenty of time to fish on the weekends. No other place can compare to his hometown and he’s happy to devote his life to keeping the folks of Liberty safe. When Marie passes away, Lane knows one of the best parts about living in Liberty is gone, along with the old Carnegie library. It needs repairs the city can’t afford and the city managers won’t pay the new flood insurance. It’s too bad, but safety comes first.


When Daisy comes home for Marie’s funeral and hears the only safe place she knew as a child is going to close, she refuses to let it happen. She hatches a plan to save the old library, run the summer reading program, and keep Marie’s legacy alive. 


She once vowed never to come home and he’s vowed never to leave. Daisy and Lane discover together that true love happens when you least expect it and you should never say never in Liberty.


This was a cute story that was a nice, relaxing read. I enjoyed the characters & the story and I thought the ending was perfect. I loved Daisy & Lane, they were great together. It was funny, emotional, and sweet-all the components for a great book!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Deviation by Christine Manzari

Release Date: August 9th, 2013

Publisher: CreateSpace

Author Info: Goodreads, Website, Twitter

Pages: 430 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Review: 3 1/2 stars

Being a Sophisticate of the Program seems like it’d be a pretty sweet deal: a little genetic alteration and anyone can be smarter, faster, and stronger. It’s a dream come true. All you have to give up is your freedom.

Cleo is a Sophisticate and she has a bright future in the Program. But she has a secret. When she gets upset, bad things happen. Explosive things. Things she can’t control.

When her secret is discovered, she’s sent to the Academy to train in the military branch of the Program. She’s destined to be a human weapon in the war that’s been going on since Wormwood occurred nearly 30 years ago. She soon learns that although her ability is unique, there are others like her — other Sophisticates with lethal skills and odd code names like Archerfish and Mimic Octopus.

Immersed in a dangerous game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust. Ozzy, the annoyingly attractive cadet who has perfect aim in weapons class and deviant lips behind closed doors, begs her not to use her powers. He’s the golden boy of the Program, but can she trust him? Or will she find herself a target, caught in his crosshairs?


I thought that this book was interesting, but a bit long. I feel like the story could have been told a little more quickly & the length kind of made it drag a little bit, at least for me. I enjoyed the characters & the storyline. This is definitely a book meant for Science Fiction fans, so if that is the genre for you I would definitely suggest it!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Farmer Wants a Wife by Shelley Munro

Release Date: August 26, 2014

Publisher:
Samhain Publishing 

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, Website

Pages:
217 pages

Genre:
Romance  

Buy it Here: Amazon


Our Rating:
4 stars

Think finding the perfect lover is difficult? Ask Susan Webb—she knows it is. Lonely, tired of dull routine and dud men who only think with their lower brains, she takes a calculated risk to shake up her lackluster life.

Now she’s set to take part in a reality dating show. Her objective: to find a good, honest man who’s up for enjoying lots of sexy fun on the road to love. Failure is not an option.

One look at his older brother’s Farmer Wants a Wife candidate, and Tyler Penrith is intrigued. Prim and proper on the surface, she has a secret smile in her eyes and an exotic dancer sway to her step. And calamity follows her around like a tame dragon.

Susan might be in his brother’s age group, but Tyler’s not about to let Nolan waltz off with the first woman to snare his attention in ages.

As the show’s ratings go through the roof, Susan finds herself falling for the wrong man—and her simple plan for happiness on the brink of falling apart.

Warning: Contains sibling rivalry, lots of sneaking around, sexy times in the great outdoors, a bright blue vibrator, and a reality show that’s giving everyone something to talk about
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This book was definitely not what I was expecting! I wasn't expecting how outgoing & open Susan was, she definitely wasn't afraid to speak her mind. The book was a lot more sexual than I was expecting, but the story line was entertaining. I hated Tyler & Nolan's mom-she was so judgmental and bitchy. I also didn't like some of the other women contestants. Nolan was also a bit of a jerk to Susan at times, which I hated. In general I thought the story was entertaining & a quick read!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

Release Date: February 1st, 2011

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Author Info: Goodreads & Website

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Paranormal Suspense

Pages: 310 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 5-stars

This whole grim reaper thing should have come with a manual.
Or a diagram of some kind.
A flow chart would have been nice.


Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people. Really. And it's her job to convince them to "go into the light." But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (like murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she's been having about an entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely. But what does he want with Charley? And why can't she seem to resist him? And what does she have to lose by giving in?

With scorching-hot tension and high-octane humor, First Grave on the Right is your signpost to paranormal suspense of the highest order.

I picked this book up on a random whim-I saw it on the shelf at the library as I was waiting to check out. I am so glad that I picked it up! I immediately got hooked into the storyline, it was exciting & entertaining with just enough mystery/suspense to keep you wondering what you were missing and what was going to happen next. I LOVE Charley....if I had to pick a character to be friends with in real life I would definitely want it to be here..although I think I'd rather be her! She is funny & sassy, she doesn't take shit from anyone (dead or alive) and I can't wait to start the second book in the series!! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Rejected Suitor by Teresa McCarthy

Release Date: April 6, 2004

Publisher: Signet

Author Info: Goodreads & Website

Age Group: Adult

Pages: 228 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating:  4 stars

A tale of love and intrigue during the era of Jane Austen and Napoleon Bonaparte.

Lady Emily Clearbrook secretly loved Jared, the Earl of Stonebridge, but one day, he left her without a word. Now, years later, Emily’s four brawny brothers have decided she needs to marry. With no idea about Emily's past love, the Clearbrook brothers ask their friend, Lord Stonebridge, to guard Lady Emily from unfit suitors until they find her a proper husband. With his dangerous past, the last thing Stonebridge needs is to be watchdog to Lady Emily. But he certainly cannot tell her brothers that the person Emily needs the most protection from is himself!


There were a lot of things that I really liked about this book. I loved the time period & setting that it took place in. I loved the spy aspect of it and how little things were thrown in here and there. I also loved the back story between Emily & Jared and I couldn't wait to see them finally get together!! The only real negative of the story was that parts of it seemed to really drag on for longer than necessary. I found myself skimming through some parts, which is not typical for me. 

If you are in the mood for a historical romance I would definitely suggest checking this book out! 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Release date: February 26th, 2013

Publisher: Atria

Author Info: Website, Twitter, Goodreads

Pages: 460 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Sage Singer befriends an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone's favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. They strike up a friendship at the bakery where Sage works. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses... and then he confesses his darkest secret—he deserves to die, because he was a Nazi SS guard. Complicating the matter? Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.

What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who's committed a truly heinous act ever atone for it with subsequent good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren't the party who was wronged? And most of all—if Sage even considers his request—is it murder, or justice?


Let me start by saying that this is the first book I've ever read by Jodi Picoult. I saw a friend post about it & when I read the description I decided to check it out. I've read a lot of books about the Holocaust, both fiction & non-fiction, and that is what made me decded to read this story. There were a lot of things that I loved about this book and the good definitely outweighs the few things I wasn't crazy about. First, I liked how the book jumped around a bit-from person to person, through time, and even in the fiction story that Sage's grandmother wrote. However, I thought that some of the transitions could have been smoother & there was even a point or two were I felt like there was really no transition. I think that was really the only negative that I can name.

The characters were great! Honestly, there wasn't a single one that I didn't like. I even found myself feeling bad for Josef at times, especially at the end. Sage was great, although I hated her relationship with Adam & I was not sad to see that end! I was a little disappointed in the ending (I predicted it) and I wish that there had been more to it, but I think it was a great story & I'm glad I read it! 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

One Good Cowboy by Catherine Mann

Release Date: April 1, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, Website

Genre: Romance

Pages: 192 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 3 stars



From Ex to Eternity?

To inherit his family's empire, Texas cowboy-turned-CEO Stone McNair must prove he has a heart beneath his ruthlessly suave exterior. His trial? Finding homes for his grandmother's rescue dogs. His judge? Johanna Fletcher, the woman whose heart he broke.

Sure, Johanna can handle a week traveling the country with her ex-fiancé to fulfilll his dying grandmother's request. She and Stone want different things—plain and simple. But there's nothing plain about Stone, or simple about the heat that still flares between them. One week may not be long enough…


 I'm not sure what it was about this book, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It was a decent read, there just didn't seem to really be anything that pulled me in. The characters were okay, but nothing really made me fall in love with any of them.