Friday, December 25, 2015

Review of Chomp Snack Sticks+ giveaway


Still looking for holiday gift ideas, well check out these Chomp Snack Sticks.
Description: Chomps Snack Sticks are an awesome new health product made with 100% Non-GMO Grass-Fed Angus Beef which is sourced from New Zealand. The sticks contain no artificial ingredients (no nitrites, nitrates, MSG, colors, flavors) and are shelf stable for a year with the help of celery juice!

I had the opportunity to try out three of the flavors offered, Crankin' Cran, Hoppin' Jalapeno, and Original. I really liked the crackin' cran and original. The Hoppin' Jalapeno didn't taste bad but it was to hot for me to handle. I was skeptical when I read it had celery juice in it, but it really tastes like other jerky's you just feel better when you eat it. The packaging also super easy to throw in my purse or gym bag for a to go snack. Interested in getting some here's the link.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Dec book reviews Part 1


Description

A Secret Past
Fiery redhead Stella Stonewall can’t decide between a margarita and a manhattan.
The rest of her life? Please. Stella has never really fit in, and her pretty world comes crashing down when she learns it was never her world at all.
Rowan Gresham is domineering, brooding, and as sexy as chocolate-dipped sin. When he transports Stella to the magical realm of her parents she recognizes her rightful place immediately. Gresham’s motivations are less clear.
A Scorching Chemistry
The enigmatic Gresham aids in Stella’s metamorphosis and their chemistry ignites, though a long-time girlfriend and a significant age difference stand in the way.
A Battle for the Rest of Her Life
Stella’s life fast-tracks to extraordinary when she enrolls at Radix Citadel for Supernatural Learning, an enchanted college whose students turn furry on the regular. As Stella learns to navigate the magical new world of Thayer she must also find her animal form, a task as elusive as her ancestry. Stella soon faces an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn to manipulate an animal
form she never knew she possessed.


Review: Uhhhhh, well where to start? For some reason this story reminded me of harry potter, but instead it is all fantasy creatures.To be honest I liked parts of the story and the more adult feel to it, but the story seemed shallow in a sense. During the whole story hardly any of Stella's questions are answered, but the developments come bam bam towards the end. I hated how super crappy Stella's mom was and to be honest some of the plot just made me go, huh. However, I think I could really enjoy the story once we get more into certain characters back stories.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Dead Ringer Giveaway


DEAD RINGER CALI-STYLE SWAG BAG GIVEAWAY!



Jessie Rosen’s debut novel DEAD RINGER is here, and so is Laura Rivers, new girl at Englewood High School. In DEAD RINGER, Laura wants to start the school year with a splash and bring some fun to her new life on the East Coast, but is stopped short by the rumors flying around—rumors about how she’s the uncanny doppelgänger of the school’s most famous suicide victim: Sarah Castro-Tanner.



Regardless, Laura is determined to shake off the weird stares and make a stunning first impression. How? Bright colors, cool accessories, fresh beauty favorites, and a killer attitude.



But Laura may be covering up some secrets with all that California sunshine…



In honor of Laura Rivers and DEAD RINGER, Full Fathom Five Digital is giving away a fabulous pack of prizes designed to give you the Cali-girl look you’ve been dreaming of. Three winners will walk away with Laura Rivers-inspired prizes that, altogether, value at over $400!



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TWO (2) RUNNER-UP WINNERS will receive:



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- One (1) set of three girly stockings from Wade & Belle – exactly what Laura wears to the homecoming dance with her vintage Audrey Hepburn-inspired dress



- One (1) Cali Trucker Hat from Billabong – it would totally remind Laura of her sunny Cali days



- One (1) Maybelline lipstick in the shade “Faint for Fuschia” – the same shade Laura wears on her first day at Englewood High



- One (1) “Go Teen” Skin Authority Kit – which Laura would use to maintain her perfect, sunkissed, Cali complexion



- One (1) “FAB Faves” To-Go Kit from First Aid Beauty – perfect for all the on-the-go touchups Laura might sneak in at school





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- One (1) olive-sapphire bracelet in white-gold, provided by Starling Jewelry – blue to match the bluer of Laura’s different-colored eyes



- all of the beauty- and fashion-related goodies listed above!







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Saturday, October 31, 2015

October Book Reviews





Summary: Allisn McKready is a succubus. So is her twin sister. But while Allison spends her summer break hiding in the library behind her Goth makeup, Jade fools around as often as she can. Allison can’t believe Jade would ignore their mother’s fatal example so recklessly, but concealing a cursed bloodline and its dangerous effects is far from Allison’s only problem. Mean girl Julie’s snob mob is determined to ruin her summer, and Aunt Sarah’s Bible thumping is getting louder. Only her new friend, Ren Fisher, offers safe haven from the chaos of her life.
When one of Jade’s risky dates leads to humiliation and sudden tragedy, Allison reels, and Ren catches her. But as her feelings for him grow, so does her fear that she’ll hurt him—or worse—in an unguarded moment. The choice is coming—love him or save him—but Allison might not live to make it. One way or another, the curse will have its due.






Review: This is not what I excepted when reading a book about succubuses. I loved the contrast that showed between the two girls. It gave these "fantasy characters" a type of everyday reality to them. At some points in the story I felt Allison was a little to angsty for my liking but I loved the twists the author threw in. I would probably give this book a 3 out of 5 and I hope the main problem in the book gets resolved in the future.




~Wendy Higgins, the author of the New York Times bestselling Sweet Evil series, reimagines the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Singing Bone” with The Great Hunt, a dramatic, romance-filled fantasy in which hunters compete to kill a great beast and win the hand of the princess.


Kill the beast. Win the girl. New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, and a princess willing to risk all to save her kingdom.

When a monstrous beast attacks in Eurona, desperate measures must be taken. The king sends a proclamation to the best and bravest hunters: whoever kills the creature will win the hand of his daughter Princess Aerity as a reward.

Princess Aerity recognizes her duty but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger—she was meant to marry for love—until a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention. And while there’s no denying the fiery chemistry between them, Princess Aerity feels that Paxton’s mysteriousness is foreboding, maybe even dangerous.

Paxton is not the marrying type. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He is determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast—but the princess continues to surprise him, and the secrets he’s buried begin to surface against his wishes.


Review: Can I just take a minute and say AHHHHHHHH! We get so many points of view in this book and here's the magical thing, they are all cohesive. Thank goodness for that awesomeness.  The book is kind of typical fairy tailesct in that there is a princess and a monster. However, toss in a little underlining political agenda and you have a book that combines brave with beauty and the beast. There is so much going on in this book and to be honest you have a monster but no clear bad guy and I find that adds to the intrigue of this book.  I would give this a 4 out of 5.

*spoiler*
The end kills me though, I just wanted to throw my book and go what the heck just happened. Someone needs to V8 Paxton, is all I'm saying.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Pledge Box Release celebration + giveaway



The Pledge Box Set Release Celebration
October 20th, 2015


ABOUT THE BOOK

THE PLEDGE TRILOGY BOX SET
Author: Kimberly Derting

Release Date: October 20th, 2015
Publisher: 
Margaret K. McElderry

SYNOPSIS:

The complete Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy, is now available in a collectible paperback boxed set.

In The Pledge, seventeen-year-old Charlaina lives in Ludania, a country stratified by a caste system divided by language and ruled by the cruel tyrant Queen Sabara. But Charlie has a secret skill, and as clashes escalate between the totalitarian monarch and the rebel forces, Charlie might be her country’s only chance for freedom. And though Charlie lays claim to the throne in The Essence, the influence of the evil Sabara does not disappear. Faced with the ultimate betrayal, Charlie must turn to an unexpected resource for help—and to an unexpected ally for love. Then when peace negotiations go awry in The Offering, it seems the only option to secure Ludanian freedom is for Charlie to sacrifice herself. But things aren’t always as they seem. Is Charlie walking into a trap?

Full of danger, intrigue, and blood-rushing romance, this gripping trilogy is sure to satisfy and makes an ideal gift.
 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kimberly is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins), THE PLEDGE trilogy (Simon & Schuster), and THE TAKING trilogy (HarperTeen). She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the ideal place to write anything dark or creepy...a gloomy day can set the perfect mood. She lives with her husband and their three beautiful (and often mouthy) children who provide an endless source of inspiration.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Her Favorite Cowboy Bookblast+giveaway



Welcome to the book blast for Her Favorite Cowboy by Mary Leo! Her Favorite Cowboy is a contemporary romance and released September 1, 2015 from Harlequin.


About the Book:
Back In The Saddle:

Gage Remington needs a place to start over, and Durango, Colorado, is it. By reconciling with his rancher grandfather while attending the annual Zane Grey conference, Gage hopes he can begin repairing past damage. It doesn't occur to Gage that his heart needs fixing, too, until he meets gorgeous doctor Cori Parker. And he's sure his troubled past will send the single mom running.

Since her husband's tragic accident, Cori's been focusing on her family. Though she's deeply attracted to the banker-turned-buckaroo, Gage is a wild card, and Cori can't let anyone bring her life crashing down again. Still, she realizes Gage's finally ready to be the man—and the cowboy—he always wanted to be. But will Cori be part of his future, or one more regret from his past?


Today we have some photos from the Strater Hotel, a real place in Durango Colorado and a setting in the novel.

All photos of the Strater Hotel are authentic and are used with permission. Visit http://strater.com/ for more photographs.






About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author Mary Leo writes contemporary romance, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and mystery. She loves to travel for research while she’s writing a book, or for that matter, even when she’s not writing a book . . . which always leads to yet another book.

Mary grew up on the Southside of Chicago in the tangle of a big Italian family where she learned the art of story from her creative mamma who would craft a wondrous tale each night at bedtime, and where Mary developed an appreciation for fine Italian cuisine from her colorful aunts and uncles.



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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Chained melodies book blitz


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Welcome to the Book Blitz for Chained Melodies by Debrah Martin!


Chained Melodies: a startling transgender story to rival The Danish Girl:
Chained Melodies is the story of two men, three people and the meaning of love.

ChainedMelodiesEngland in the 1960s: Will Robinson and Tom Wilson are just two ordinary boys – best friends, But Will and Tom will grow up to be very different people to the schoolboys who scrumped apples and scraped knees together. By the time they’re in their twenties, Tom has experienced death and disillusionment whilst serving in Northern Ireland and is questioning everything he ever believed in. Will has discovered he’s living in the wrong body. It takes courage to face the truth, but it takes a different kind of courage to live with it. Tom and Will find that courage through each other – and an unexpected kind of love. Chained Melodies tells Will, Tom and Billie’s stories – an echo of Lili Elbe’s, and a foreshadowing of Caitlyn Jenner’s.

Chained Melodies was first released in early 2013 to critical acclaim as Chained Melody, but has been out of print for the last year. Reviewers commented on the first release:

“…a beautiful book about love, acceptance and self-discovery …”
“…truly a must read …”
“…it's not a transsexual love story, it's a love story that happens to feature transsexuals. The author did an amazing job making the characters three-dimensional and their self-discovery journey is transforming not just for them, but the reader too.”

It has now been updated and revised and is on release from 5th October 2015 under its new title, coincidentally close to the forthcoming limited release of The Danish Girl starring Eddie Redmayne – the story of Lili Elbe, the first male to female SRS, and also mentioned in Chained Melodies. The author worked with members of the transgender community to write the book, and was interviewed on radio with one of them following the original release, which was also linked to the nationally touring portrait exhibition of transgender people titled Living My Life, compiled by Sheffield NHS trust.



Debrah Martin is a British author writing under three different pen names and in three very different genres.

She plots fast-paced thrillers as D.B. Martin, with the first in the Patchwork trilogy, Patchwork Man, having been recently awarded a coveted B.R.A.G. Medallion. Her YA teen detective series is penned as Lily Stuart – THE teen detective; irreverent, blunt, funny and vulnerable. Webs and Magpiesare the first two books in the series. And as Debrah Martin she writes literary fiction. Her second literary fiction, Falling Awake, described pre-release as “In the best traditions of Audrey Niffenegger and Carlos Ruiz Zafón… will also be on release at the end of October 2015.
Debrah Martin can be emailed on info@debrahmartin.co.uk
Her website is www.debrahmartin.co.uk

Sign up to Debrah’s mailing list for news and special offers: http://eepurl.com/3-965

Net Galley reviewers can access an ARC of Chained Melodies there from 7th October, and all reviewers can obtain a copy and more information about Debrah’s other works by contacting her at the email address below.

For the first thirty reviewers to post a review of Chained Melodies on Amazon, if you email Debrah with a link to the review, she’ll send you a bumper bundle (digital) of her other adult fiction books, including the award-winning Patchwork People series. Reviewers are also invited to contact Debrah for review copies of any of her books.




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Two signed print copies of Chained Melodies (INT)
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Glamulet 2015 Breast Cancer Awaerness Charms


As many of you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. That means pink is back in style. Many companies are supporting the cause and Glamulet has joined the cause. This month Glamulet is selling limited edition pink charms and for everyone bought 50% of the proceeds will go to a charity organization. Below are some of the charms.

Go check them out yourself at Glamulet.com
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Monday, September 21, 2015

September book reviews



Description

When Prince Charming comes looking for the woman who stole his heart at a Manhattan shoe store, he instead finds her stepsister, Allie. Allie doesn’t leave the best impression with the handsome Zach Brady, who quickly dismisses her as the maid. But an unusual fairy godmother with bulging biceps, long hair, and a cool demeanor has plans for her. Can Allie keep herself from falling for the wrong man and convince him to help her snag Zach? This duo quickly learns that sometimes if the shoe fits, the pair could be all wrong. 








Review: When I saw this books title I decided I had to read it (*waves* big fan of Princess Bride here). I would say this book was a modern day Cinderella retailing with a bit of the movie Just Like Heaven. I had to laugh because even though it was really well written and kept me engaged I wondered if it was almost Just like heaven Fan-fiction. I liked how developed the characters were and not to give away the end but how the ending really differed from a typical Cinderella ending. I wish we could of learned more about what previous card holder happy ending was but maybe that is a story for another time. I also appreciated that the "godmother" called Allie out on being a Debby downer because otherwise Allie would of annoyed the crap out of me. I have to say it was a good read that but a nice modern day fix yourself spin on the story, and I cant wait to see how book two goes.






MirroredA modern, multi-generational tale of Kendra, the witch from "Snow White," who trains Violet, an ugly, lonely, and heartbroken girl in the 1980s who transforms herself into "the fairest one of all" but still cannot win Greg's heart, and Celine, Greg's daughter with Violet's high school rival, Jennifer.

Review: I felt love/dislike for this book. I loved that the book stuck with the same writing style as the other books in the series and explored more about Kendra. I also liked that Violet faced problems every teenager deals with. I mean who hasn't wished there crushed liked them back or felt not so pretty. What I disliked is how awful she was the entire book and how "evil" Violet turned out to be, and personally she drove me nuts most of the book. I just wanted her to develop, but it seemed like she never grew up.





Description

Bebe Barkley has never released a sex tape. She’s not America’s Next Top Model. She didn’t get pregnant at 16, and has never auditioned for American Idol. In fact, she’s holed up in a hotel room at the Waldorf in New York City, totally depressed. She doesn’t know it yet, but she’s about to become famous. A former equestrian rider, Bebe had a bright future until a tragic accident changed everything. Now she’s unable to return to her old life, yet incapable of moving forward.

Follow her as she ventures from New York to LA, the City of Broken Dreams, where she will find everything she’s ever wanted, only to risk losing the things she truly loves. Join Bebe in her heart-stopping journey in Becoming Famous.






Review: I felt like this book was all over the place. Bebe's past experiences were thrown throughout the story but it was never really talked about. I felt like the story had awful transitions. The main character would be like lets just fly the character to California, oh I am getting bored let's go back to New York. I just felt like the stories plot was very superficial and could of been more detailed allowing me to get to know the characters better. Frankly my favorite part of the book was towards the end because Bebe actually gained some depth of character.



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 fiancé 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.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hoo-Rag Product review+giveaway

Disclaimer: I received the below mentioned product in exchange for an honest review.


What is a Hoo-Rag?



To summarize the hoo-rag is basically this tubular shaped material that is stretchy and you can wear many different ways?


Review: I ended up picking out the american flag style hoo-rag to try. When it arrived I was happy with how vibrant the colors were on the bandanna. The material is also super stretchy so it can mold to a variety of sizes "aka it fits big or little heads." There are several styles ideas illustrated on the package so I gave them a try. The alice style and the face mask are the two styles that seemed the most useful to me. I attempted the pirate flag but it just didn't really make me look good.
The positive: No matter what style I did the hoo-rag stayed really well on my head, which is usually a problem for me. I would suggest this product for working out, bike riding, horse riding, running, hiking, and other physical activities. There was a wide variety of patterns to choose from for men, women, and unisex. Also, it is one size fits all so that is nice. I thought it was easier to handle than your typical bandanna.
The negative:Even though I like it for athletic activities I don't think it is something I would wear to an office job, it just has to much a material to be a normal everyday headband.However, if I was a yoga instructor I think it would be fine for work.

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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.