Sunday, August 30, 2015

AUG Book Reviews

Description

Notorious pirate Barren Reed has one thing on his mind: Revenge against the man who killed his father. So kidnapping his enemy’s fiancĂ© seems a perfect plan…until he actually does it.
Larkin Lee is more than a pretty face and fiancé to a powerful man. Her fierce personality is enough to make any pirate want to push her overboard.
But when the King of the Orient comes to Barren with a task—to find the Bloodstone, a powerful gem thought only to exist in legend, Barren sees another opportunity to destroy his enemy. Together, Barren, Larkin and a crew of pirates set off to find the stone, only to discover it caused the death of Barren’s own mother and Larkin’s, too. As his strongest allies turn into his greatest enemies, and the life of the girl he kidnapped becomes more important than he ever dreamed, Barren’s quest for revenge becomes a fight to save the Orient.


Review: I felt the beginning of the book was slow but it certainly picked up. It reminded very much of the Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann love story, but that just made me like it more. I think what I liked most about the story is it had a women who actually stepped up to help the "male heroes" and held her own. Then it had the heroine actually deal with issues like having to kill someone and the guilt of afterwards. None of the characters are prefect which is a nice change of pace. Plus, I liked the added mythical elements involved. I give this book four rarrrs.




Description

She never asked for the undying loyalty of a necromancer.

1913. Austria-Hungary. Ardis knows better than to save a man on the battlefield. Even if he manages to be a charming bastard while bleeding out in the snow. She hasn’t survived this long as a mercenary without some common sense.

When she rescues Wendel, it isn’t because he’s devilishly handsome, but because he’s a necromancer. His touch can revive the dead, and Ardis worries he will return from the grave to hunt her down. Besides, a necromancer can be useful in this world on the brink of war.

A gentleman of questionable morals, Wendel drops to one knee and pledges his undying loyalty to Ardis. She resists falling for him, no matter how hot the tension smolders between them. Especially when she discovers Wendel’s scars run much deeper than his skin, and it might be too late to truly save him from himself. 


Review: I honestly don't know how I feel about this book. I started out liking it then I was what the heck and almost didn't finish it.  It started out a nice normal story line. Sword carrying heroine meets shady hot guys. Women likes guy, but guy a messed up trip. then lets toss in some interesting plot twists. I liked the idea of the book and the start, but I felt the end didn't finish strong and the meeting of new characters were being forced on readers. Maybe the main man was supposed to be a self righteous prick, but that certainly didn't endear him to me. I honestly liked the story but there were parts of the story that just made me want to stop reading and go huh.




Description

Ages 14 and up
Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister's place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin's court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time.But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster. 

Review: This was another story that I loved the plot but hated the way it was written out. I read the Arabian nights book so I get that it is in that style of writing. It was just that some parts were hard to understand and I felt disjointed from the story. Maybe the reason for this is the story would go from visions, to past, then present, and to other characters view points. I loved the different take on the plot of the story though. I always like reading about different cultures and I felt that really shined through in this story and was explained well. I loved the sisterly bond that stayed throughout the story and how both female characters were strong in there own ways. I liked reading the story I just wished it had flowed a little smoother while I was reading it.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ella the slayer tour stop



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Welcome to my tour stop for Ella, the Slayer by A.W. Exley. Ella, the Slayer is an Edwardian retelling of Cinderella with an undead problem. It is an upper young adult novel. The tour runs August 10-21 with reviews only. Check out the tour page for more information.

ELLA ebookAbout the Book:

The flu pandemic of 1918 took millions of souls within a few short weeks.
Except it wasn't flu and death gave them back.


Seventeen-year-old Ella copes the best she can; caring for her war-injured father, scrubbing the floors, and slaying the undead that attack the locals. ‘Vermin’ they're called, like rats they spread pestilence with their bite. Ella's world collides with another when she nearly decapitates a handsome stranger, who is very much alive.

Seth deMage, the new Duke of Leithfield, has returned to his ancestral home with a mission from the War Office — to control the plague of vermin in rural Somerset. He needs help; he just didn't expect to find it in a katana-wielding scullery maid.

Working alongside Seth blurs the line between their positions, and Ella glimpses a future she never dreamed was possible. But in overstepping society's boundaries, Ella could lose everything – home, head and her heart…


AWEAbout the Author:


Books and writing have always been an enormous part of A.W. Exley’s life. She survived school by hiding out in the library, with several thousand fictional characters for company. At university, she overcame the boredom of studying accountancy by squeezing in Egyptology papers and learning to read hieroglyphics. Today, Anita writes steampunk novels with a sexy edge and an Egyptian twist. She lives in rural New Zealand surrounded by an assortment of weird and wonderful equines, felines, canine and homicidal chickens.



Review: I was entrained by this book, as I thought it had an interesting take on the classic story of Cinderella. I liked that Ella was a kickbutt heroine that stood out from other characters. However, there was a lot going on in this story and even though it flowed I wish I could of learned more about some of the side characters. Not to give the whole Zombie thing away but I enjoyed the different take on how zombies function and how Ella meets her "prince charming" Seth. This book is a good solid alternative to some of the typical Cinderella stories we read and I hope there is a second book to elaborate on the ending better.




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Monday, July 6, 2015

July Book Reviews


Description

When Kat accidentally rips apart an old picture book, she's magically transported into the world of Cinderella--as Katriona, one of the ugly stepsisters! Life turns upside down now that she's a highborn lady and must learn how to survive the social season, including how to get through the door in a huge metal hoop skirt. To get back, she'll have to complete the story, right to the end of happily ever after. But the odds are huge: the other stepsister is drop-dead gorgeous, the fairy godmother is nowhere to be found, and the prince, despite being insanely hot, openly dislikes balls. Can she ever return to the modern world?










Review: The first thing I thought while reading this book is it reminds me of the movie Labyrinth. I think it was a lovely twist on the long standing story of Cinderella. Kat is an everyday relateable heroine who shakes the Victorian like era with her modern day ideas. The thing I enjoyed about this book was realizing how farm we have advanced in society in civil rights and science. It was also neat how the story had the heroine as the "ugly stepsister" for most of the book. However, that is all I will say so I don't spoil the book.

Description

Claudia De Santos has always looked out for every witch but herself. She fought from the shadows as her coven turned dark, and with a little help from her half witch/half alpha werewolf cousin, Tessa, Claudia is doing everything she can to keep her friends and family in the light.

Now the coven has splintered into two factions: Luciana’s army of witches wielding dark magic, and Claudia’s few stragglers who fight with the wolves. War is coming, and it won’t be much of a battle if Claudia can’t find the spells to counteract Luciana’s demonic power.

The answers lie in ancient magic, and Claudia must journey to Peru to rediscover what the Inca mages knew. Fighting evil will require a pure spirit, but her quest is full of temptations, including a handsome Peruvian guide with secrets of his own. 


Review: From what I understand this book is numero 4 in the series. As I have not read any of the other yet I am just reviewing it as a stand alone. I enjoyed the shake up of culture and how the heroine had help but did a lot of the things herself. It seems like our girl has had a troubling past but she is working to make things better.  Namely trying to save her brother! I would of liked to see a little more story line to this as everything in the story seemed to be really sped up. From the ending of this book I predict the next book to be a little more action packed and hopefully Claudia will be a a great part of it.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Belle Voxbox review

"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

I had the opportunity to try out the lovely products that came in the Belle voxbox. There were so many different products so I am just going to review them list style.

DOVE® Fruit (chocolate covered blueberries) -these came in a snack pack and were freaking delicious. i ended up eating them at work and all my co-workers stole some.

 All the rest of the items I used in my Kentucky Derby look pictured below



EcoTools Complexion Collection Mattifying Finish Brush- I used this brush to apply my mineral foundation and it provided an even finish and was super soft on my skin. For an added bonus there were no stray bristles left behind.

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Mascara created by Kate Moss- I am actually not the biggest fan of massacre but this one left no clumps and the brush curls up which helped lengthen my lashes.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate- I liked the color of the lipstick but it didn't seem to last through all the festivities as long as I would of liked. 

Not Your Mother's Deja Vu Do Style Extender- I wasn't exactly sure about this product but it defiantly help keep my hair styled all day. I am talking there was zero hat hair and that is a terrible problem with my hair.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs- I also used the air brush lotion on my sad pale legs that day. I though the color was just a little tanner then i would normally go but there was no residue from using it.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Stay the Distance Book Review

Description

July Carter’s world is perfect from the back of a horse. From the ground, everything is a complete mess: her jockey mom ran off for California years ago, her dad always seems more interested in the horses than in her, and the horse July wants for herself will never be hers.
Even though the New York racing circuit has taught her not to get attached, July can’t help connecting with Kali, a hopeless filly that refuses to run when it counts. When bankruptcy rumors start swirling around the barn, the future is murkier than ever. July can’t stand losing one more thing, and Beck, the barn owner’s son, knows more about the rumors than anyone else. July will get the truth, even if she has to pry it out of him, for Kali’s sake and her own.






With it being racing season I thought it would be a great time to publish my review for Stay the Distance.

Review: I actually read this book right after I went to the Kentucky Derby and thought that added to my book experience. For those of you you don't get that experience I think this gives a unique perspective of the horse industry that focuses more on the trainers bond with the animal and not the owners. July is a young adult who is in a sort of limbo and on top of that she has family drama. Add into that this love/hate relationship and you get real life drama set against a industry a lot of people are not necessarily privy too. I enjoyed reading it and hope we get to see if the story develops farther.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Demon's Deadline Book Review Tour Stop

The Demons Deadline

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The Demon’s Deadline by Tori Centanni
 
Nicki almost died in the car accident. Instead she was offered a deal.
 
Now she works for the demon Azmos, delivering his mysterious envelopes all over town. Only her boyfriend Cam knows the truth about her after-school job—Cam, who’s (thankfully) as understanding as he is gorgeous and smart. Nicki’s never had Cam’s bold ambitions; her only talent is guessing the killer in a horror movie. All she wants is to graduate high school, marry Cam someday, and live happily ever after… but lately her work for the demon’s pulling her into deeper danger. Danger that threatens her life and also the bonds that matter most to her. Her best friend Melissa, whom she’s forced to lie to. Her grieving father. And Cam.
 
But is it even possible to free herself from the contract that saved her life?
 
And what if she did manage to untangle herself from the arcane world forever — without it, what kind of life does Nicki have left? Once you’ve seen death and darkness, once you know that magic is real, how can you ever go back to being a normal teenager?
 
It’s finally time Nicki faced her own demons….
 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tori Centanni is a nerd girl and a recovering goth. She likes dark, quirky stories with elements of humor. When not reading or writing, she can be found baking, watching too much television, and wrangling cats. She lives in Seattle, WA.
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My Review

When I started reading this book I couldn't help but think it reminded of a book I read previously. Not the plot but in the style it was written. I finally figured out it reminded me of L.J. Smith's Forbidden Game series. Both books have  humor but the story has a darkness embedded in it.  I actually liked that there was an existing relationship and think that made the whole story. To be honest though it took me a couple chapters to start getting into the story, but finally things started falling in place and engaged me a lot more.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Carefree voxbox review

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

 I had the opportunity to review the carefree voxbox from infuensters.  Inside were carefree liners. I am going to be honest I feel like it is awkward to talk about anything related the down under feminine area. Not just liners but tampons, pads, and adult diapers. It is just this taboo topic that we can talk about among ourselves but it is not something we talk about about publically. I will be honest in my review but it still feels strange to discuss my review.

Review:
I had no big problems with the liners, they seemed to emit no smell and did the job they were supposed to do. The packaging color wasn't my favorite but its just a wrapper, so, it's not the end of the world since the product did what it was supposed to do. I would have no problem purchasing this product in the store.