Monday, April 6, 2015

April showers.....bring book reviews!



Meet Lyla: Jinn, belly dancer, and the hottest new urban fantasy heroine in town.
To escape an arranged marriage, a jinni granted Lyla her wish: to live a thousand years as a jinni herself.
Now, her servitude is ending, but there are a few obstacles in Lyla's path to freedom. A Magi intent on binding her again, a jinni bent on vengeance, and not to mention the nightmare from her past that threatens to make her curse permanent -- and claim her very soul.

Jinn and Juice is the first in a new series by fantasy writer, Nicole Peeler set in a world of immortal curses, vengeful jinni and belly dancing.






Review: This was a fun read and kept me entertained, but I felt like the end left me a little hanging. Lyla is almost free when a dumb Magi binds her to him, and she is forced to obey him. The magi is not a bad guy and just needs her help, but all is not what it seems. Lyla has a whole cast of friends that made the story for me more then the romance between the jinni and magi. All in all, it is a humorous story that is good for a light read.




Jace has been the property of the U.S. Army since they found out about her when she was five, and now she has become one of its most valuable weapons. But Jace is not the only one of her kind. Gray is one too, but with the help of his sister, he has spent most of his sixteen years hiding from the Army.
Now, the Army has found out about Gray and they cannot allow him to roam free. Operating on the theory that it takes one to catch one, Jace is send out with a special ops squad to hunt Gray down. But Jace is not the only one pursuing Gray, and the competition is after her too. What ensues is a desperate chase through city after city as duty and honor collide with love and sacrifice.





Review: This was an iffy story for me to read. I thought most of the plot was good and I enjoyed that the story was from Gary and Jace's point of view. From Jace's view you get some good fighting and lots of action. You also get an in depth look at the government program Jace has been forced to live in. Gary's life shows a contradictory view of basically what Jace life could of been if she had a sister that cared enough to keep her out of the program and go on the run. Gary is the good hearted guy that cares about people, while Jace cares about people in her own way (she likes to beat people up beacuse she cares). What I disliked about the story is that I felt like I was waiting for something the entire story but it never happened. I can't exactly put my finger on it, maybe, I just expected there to be more plot between Jace and Gary or maybe it was that there mind thing never got explained. I'm not sure but something was missing. Also, it took me a spell to get used the the shifters becoming other humans, but it was an original idea so I give props. I think this series has potential and I have higher hopes for the next book.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Book Reviews March

It is time for some more book reviews, so hold on tight and keep all appendages in the vehicle.

The most important rule for an Apprentice Consul is simple: Don't get involved with daemons. Well, Piper is planning to break that rule — big time.


After a near-deadly scandal with the Sahar Stone, she has the chance to return to the only life she's ever wanted. All she has to do to keep her Apprenticeship is forget about Ash and Lyre. Ash might be enigmatic and notoriously lethal, and Lyre might be as sinfully irresistible as he is irritating, but they’re not bad for a couple of daemons.

There's just one problem: Ash is missing.

Really, she shouldn't risk her future for him. He lied. He betrayed her. But he also saved her life, damn it. Wherever he is, he's in trouble, and if she doesn't save his sorry butt, who will? But with every dangerous secret she unravels, each one darker than the last, she slips deeper into Ash's world — a world with no escape for either of them.

BIND THE SOUL is the second book in the Steel and Stone series.

Review: I also was given the opportunity to read the first book and really enjoyed it. I actually thought this one was better than the first, just because, everything is already established and the story line is much more fast paced and complicated. I dislike a sequel that dwells on the first story, but in Bind the Soul, Piper jumps right in where the other one left off and we are off to find Ash (in the underworld dahhh dahhh dumm). Piper shows how far she has come as a character in this story. She was never a total push over before but now she takes on a more kick ass role and shows why she is no damsel in distress. Lets not forget we get to meet new characters such as a prince and a sister. To summarize we have a budding romancish thing going on, new friends, lots of action, sad torture moments, lots of things being destroyed, and a next book to look forward too.


Part-time Princess (Ladies-in-Waiting, #1) 

Two Princes are in love with her. Too bad she’s an imposter… 

Hold tight to your tiara, grab your scepter and be prepared for the New Adult hilarious, modern-day romantic-comedy ride of your life! 











Review: This reminded of the Princess and the Pauper story on steroids. You have stereotypical poor girl who is nice that gets paid to be a "princess" by the snobby royalty. I liked reading it though because there are several surprises to be had, including a fun bunch of ladies in waiting and some sabotage. The dating dilemma is also quirky and cute without being overally dramatic. All in all, I think it is a fun read and it had a good fairy tale ending.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sister India by Peggy Payne+giveaway







Sister India
by Peggy Payne

Summary
The exotic and suspenseful New York Times Notable Book that tells the story of an eccentric guest-house keeper in Varanasi, India, and the passions evoked by her sacred city along the Ganges










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Review:
       I don't typically read this genre of book but it sounded interesting and I am all about getting out of my comfort zone. This a cultural story that takes place in India. The story focuses on the Saraswati Guest House and all of its inhabitants. What makes this book different is the Guest House keeper, Natraja, she is not a native Indian and is a fairly large women. What I thought was intriguing about this book was that you learned about the characters little by little as it jumped from the different view points and conversations. There was also real world issues besides the characters personal problems, as killing happened in the street and curfew went into effect.
       Since the story tended to jump from character to character and went from past to present, I sometimes had a hard time keeping up with the pace of the story. Otherwise, I love how the story talked about the Ganges, Indian culture, unrest in the city, and politics especially involving the prince.This kind of gave the story a gritty quality to it that worked with the plot. I am not sure how I felt about the ending of the book as it was not your normal ending but just kinda faded off into the distance. I thought there was so much we could of learned and resolved with all the characters, but otherwise I thought it was an interesting read.



I was compensated for this the review, but all opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Insanely Drawn book stop+giveaway+playlist




Book Info-

Title- Insanely Drawn
By- Dani Morgan
Genre- Paranormal Romance


Blurb-
Your first job out of college. It’s supposed to be a stepping stone or a transitional job, not the single defining decision that will alter the course of your entire life. Sienna Kennedy never signed on for the craziness, danger and even love that her new job thrust into her world.


But she didn’t run either.


Assigned to a maximum security floor of Western State Hospital for the mentally ill, the last thing she expected to encounter was a reminder of her past.


Cade Collins’ animal magnetism draws her into an unseen world filled with creatures from her wildest imagination. Discovering his story, as well as the very institution in which she works, becomes her obsession. Her every waking moment is consumed with unearthing a way to free the man that has stolen her heart, body and mind.


The secrets Sienna finds will free them of their bonds…or lead them to their doom. Fate flung the two destined souls together, but how can any love survive in such a demented place, filled with peril and danger?

Playlist
Please share the playlist you listened to while writing ‘Insanely Drawn’ with us

The Sound of Madness by Shinedown

Psycho by Puddle of Mudd

Sanitarium by Metallica

Madhouse by Anthrax

Nightmare by Avenged Sevenfold

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About the Author-
I was always the girl who spent most of her life living in her head, even at an early age. My made up worlds were so much more interesting than real life. In them, anything was possible. I could be a reckless archaeologist digging up a mummy who came to life, terrorize a medieval village by drinking all their blood, start an intergalactic war between rival planets, or ride a wild stallion with a hunky Native brave clad only in a breech cloth, all within the course of a weekend.


Life didn't stay simple. I had to grow up, get a job, became a wife and mother and put all my dreams on hold. After a change in my life, I found myself a single mom who had plenty of time to fall back into the land of make believe.


One night I opened up my computer and soon several novels were penned. Now I have embarked on a journey to become the person I always envisioned myself to be, an author, sharing my crazy ideas with the world.


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Monday, February 2, 2015

The Commitment Test spotlight

   
The Commitment Test
(The Marin Test Series: Book Two)
Release Date: February 4th, 2015
Publisher: Elephantine Publishing
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Purchase on Amazon: http://amzn.to/16b162T
Synopsis: When a Valentine’s Day proposal doesn’t come with an engagement ring, Marin Johns begins to wonder if she and James will ever get married. As her closest friends begin to move forward with their lives, she refuses to be left behind.   Hope is restored as she devises a plan to get James down on one knee by becoming the ideal mate. Everything seems to fall into place until her college boyfriend resurfaces after a decade with his own ideas about their future. Will Marin be forced to choose between the man of her dreams and the diamond ring she’s always dreamed of?  
Amanda Aksel Bio
Amanda Aksel is an author with an affinity for love. Becoming a couples therapist was her “backup” career, and after completing her BA in Psychology she was on her way to solving love’s most complicated quandaries one couple at a time. Now she plans to solve love’s most complicated quandaries one novel at a time.   Social media links Website: www.amandaaksel.com Email: amandaaksel@gmail.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/amandaaksel Twitter: @amandaaksel Instagram: http://instagram.com/amandaaksel Link to buy Amanda's first novel The Man Test (The Marin Test Series: Book One)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Dec Book Review Roundup!

Hey y'all (insert southern accent) I am finally getting around to posting some of my book reviews. I could say I was slow because of the holidays, but I may have been binge watching Supernatural on Netflix. I have officially joined the dark side and discovered there is gif for anything from supernatural.
SPNG Tags: I REGRET NOTHING / Castiel / Misha / Happy Dancing / Swan Song meets Black Swan / Tra la la la la

Now without further ado lets get to some books, heehaw (insert really bad southern accent)!


Piper Griffiths wants one thing in life: To become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. There are three obstacles in her way.

The first is Lyre. Incubus. Hotter than hell and with a wicked streak to match. His greatest mission in life is to get Piper into bed and otherwise annoy the crap out of her. The second is Ash. Draconian. Powerful. Dangerous. He knows too much and reveals nothing. Also, disturbingly attractive — and scary. Did she mention scary?

The third is the Sahar Stone. Top secret magical weapon of mass destruction. Previously hidden in her Consulate until thieves broke in, went on a murder spree, and disappeared with the weapon.

And they left Piper to take the fall for their crimes.

Now she’s on the run, her dreams of becoming a Consul shattered and every daemon in the city gunning to kill her. She’s dead on her own but there’s no one she can trust — except two entirely untrustworthy daemons . . . See problems one and two.

Review: Piper is intertwined with the supernatural world but lacks the one things she needs the most to fit in, magic. This doesn't stop piper from taking on daemons and stopping at nothing to get her father back after an attack on the Consult. Piper is not alone in her mission though, as Lyre and Ash (hot glamoured boy daemons) join her. Piper does a lot of quick growing up in this book and deals with real life issues that have supernatural twists, such as, ex-lovers, new feelings, friendzoning, and parental issues. When I started reading this book I was kind of iffy on it, about two chapters in it really picked up. I really got into this book and could picture the world Marie created. I actually enjoyed this book so much that I searched for the book 2 which came out Friday and is next up on my to read list. I would give this book a 4 out 5.



The Diamond Thief
Sharon Gosling
No-one performs on the circus trapeze like 16-year-old Remy Brunel. But Remy also leads another life, prowling through the backstreets of Victorian London as a jewel thief. When she is forced to steal one of the world's most valuable diamonds, she uncovers a world of treachery and fiendish plots.

Review: Remy just has crappy luck is what I decided after reading this book, but hey it ends up okay in the end. The story is told from two different perspectives and that really reminds me of some of the books I had to read in my Brit Lit class. I thought this story was entertaining, but honestly I would only give it 2.75 stars out of 5 (who says I have to round up). It was a nice book I just felt like the plot dragged along in some parts but I really liked how some of the steam punk was incorporated into the story.


Before Astarti’s mother abandoned her to the deadly ocean tides, she gave her infant daughter a parting gift: a tattoo known as the Griever’s Mark, meant to carry her into death. But before the tide could claim her, the Earthmaker Belos, cast out by his people for his cruelty and for delving into forbidden magic, found and saved her. At least, that’s his story.
For seventeen years, Astarti has served Belos, using her control of the energy world, known as the Drift, to help Belos gain power throughout the kingdom of Kelda. Though she hates her master, the Leash he has anchored deep within her makes defiance impossible.

But when Logan, a handsome Earthmaker with his own reasons to hate Belos, recognizes that Astarti may be more than she seems, Astarti begins to unravel Belos’s lies: about her Mark, about her parents, and, most importantly, about her power. Astarti also discovers that Belos’s plans are bigger and more terrible than anyone has guessed, and she must decide: how much will she risk to stand against him?


Review: Wohoo! This story was insane can you say plot twists everywhere. I mean we are talking about magic, different realms, and kings and successions (insert lion king reference). Astarti has been dealing with crap most her life but that all changes one day when she runs into Logan. Lets just say that is the beginning of the end for Astarti.This story is action packed and never stops, the only thing that irked me was it ended in a cliffhanger (heads up), and no sequel in sight (tear).In my book this is a 4 out of 5 star book.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

KISS InstaWave product review

I recently was able to review the Kiss InstaWave curler. I was a little skeptical at first because I have long hair and it tends to tangle. As you can see in the demo video below my hair came out super easy and after I got the hang of using the curler I was done with my entire hair in 10 min, usually it takes more like 20 min. I actually don't even have my product anymore because my mother hijacked it from me when I left it at home one weekend. So sigh, guess i will have to go get another one. Although it is automatic it is super easy to use and has two heat settings hi and low. The only thing that bothered me about this product is that the motor hums. However, if the curler is left on more than 90 min it shuts off by itself.


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