Sunday, July 6, 2014

On the rocks by Erin Duffy 2 stars **

 So how do I write and honest review without turning readers away from getting this book. It occurred to me that books are like food. Everyone has their own taste in books and what they like. So to ME I didn't like it but to someone else, they may love it. It is all in a persons individual taste. 

Authors go through countless hours and herd work to write books and I am not the type of reviewer to tear them down. So before I write any further, I suggest everyone go get the book and read it for yourself as this review is just my opinion and personal take on the book.

I really did not like this book as it seemed to "cookie cutter" to me. Too many books like this or similar storyline like it out there. Classic bride gets dumped before wedding and left her broken-hearted. Abby's fiance did it on Facebook. So it is publicly out there for the world to see with no escape. her best friend helps her move on and suggests ways to get back into the game. The storyline is just simple and classic to me with no pizazz  or something that makes it unique. It was hard for me to read  and the ending was not at all what I expected.  I do like how the story included modern aspects like Facebook and social media as that is truly the age we are in. Will Abby find someone or will no one be good enough.  

2 stars **

Best Regards,

The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard


I have been thinking of how I wanted to write this review. This book was unique. So here it is, I truly felt connected to the book and to the Characters in it. Allison is a person who prefers to be alone than to be in the party scene,  I am much like that.

Allison looks after her mom with the help of her grandmother and grandfather. Her mom is lost in the mind and thoughts. Liam is Allison's father and shows up at the door after years. Once he shows up her mother goes missing .... in another world.

Secrets revealed, powers revealed, people are not who they say they are, and Allison will have to trust people she barely knows to help find her mom. Be tested , being strong, where this book takes you is awesome!  I could go on and on but I seriously suggest to go read it.

Laura Howard is a wonderful Author and she did an amazing job. I was hooked from the start.

5 stars *****

Best  Regards,

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Naphil's Kiss By: Simone Beaudelaire 5***** Stars

Since ancient times, the semi-angelic beings known as the Nephilim have protected the children of men. These chaste, eternal warriors stand between humanity and the Succubae, daughters of Lilith, who drain men of their will through seduction.

Until the day one Naphil, Lucien, first encounters the succubus Sarahi. That day a creature of darkness, sick of the shadows, dares lift her face towards heaven and discovers something she never dreamed she would find... love.

But their love is overshadowed as the long-foretold war between angels and demons threatens to break over the land. For prophecy states that from the mingling of these races will come a warrior who holds the key to victory... or utter destruction.
When I first started reading this book I honestly was completely blown away and when I finished this book I was absolutely in love with Naphil and Sarahi's forbidden love story. I am a huge fan of stories about Nephilim so this book really caught my attention and for good reason to because it is worth reading it. Simone has a gift of words and knows exactly how to draw you in because she knows what to write and when to write it in order to keep your nose dug deep in the book. By the end of this book I knew each character intimately and I loved every single moment I spent in the pages of this piece of art. I truly enjoyed this book immensely and I look forward to all books she writes. Please I urge you to pick this book up because I promise you will not be disappointed.

Love on a Killer Cruise by A.N. Busch 5 ***** Stars

Happy Birthday to Sarah! Turning twenty-six and divorcing Brandon – her high school sweetheart – on the same day. With all of her plans for the future out the window, she tries her best to be content in a small apartment with her two cats.
As the months go by her best friends, Tanya and Jenny, start setting her up on blind dates. After enough bad experiences Sarah refuses to let either of them pick a man for her again. When Jenny sees an ad from a local travel agency – a chance to win a ten-day trip on a single’s cruise – without thinking, or asking, she enters Sarah's name. Now Sarah is the winner of something she doesn’t want. With an enormous amount of pressure from her friends to go and nothing to lose, she packs her bags.
The night of her twenty-seventh Birthday she meets Gabriel, a man she learns has as much baggage as she does. They make a promise to help each other let go of the past and it doesn’t take long before she lets him into her bed and her heart. Women start showing up dead, sad accidents may be to blame but Sarah finds out that some of the crew doesn’t think that is the case. The scary part is that they bare a striking resemblance to her. Sarah really gets worried when she is the person to uncover the third body and it is defiantly no accident after the security camera recording is looked at.
The number of dead women keeps rising and to make matters worse the ship has stopped moving – broken-down in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Every time a woman is murdered Gabriel’s whereabouts are in question. Sarah finds herself hopelessly lost at sea with a killer. She doesn’t want to believe it but could it be the man she has fallen madly in love with is a killer? Could she be the next to die?
A.N. Busch is a master story teller who has out did her self again. I absolutely loved this book because it had suspense, it was full of action and a good romance to go along with it. You will laugh, cry, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. A.N. Busch is a brilliant author that knows exactly what to write to keep you completely glued to the pages of a book, she truly out did herself which of course I expected nothing less from an amazing author who could write a book like Tempting Fate. This book was not only well written but it flowed together beautifully. Of course I cant forget the characters Sarah and Gabriel who I absolutely fell madly in love with. If you truly want a book that will keep you absolutely glued to the pages, then find a nice comfy spot and prepare yourself for an amazing ride because you will not regret it. I am looking forward to her next masterpiece because I have no doubt it will be just as good or better, I am never disappointed.
Happy Reading, Brenda 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Meeting Melissa De La Cruz in person!

I live about 3 hours away but I couldn't miss the opportunity and making a trip was exciting to say the least. I haven't had the pleasure visit the famed Blue Bicycle Books and too see and visit in person is a great feeling. It truly is amazing! The owner Jonathan is amazing, he welcomed me and took the picture of Melissa and Myself. I really suggest making this a must do, if you find yourself in Charleston, SC.  Blue Bicycle Books hosts the yearly festival called Yall Fest every November and it is full of Authors, book signings and excitement galore!

      I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Melissa De La Cruz in person. Melissa was doing a book signing at the Blue Bicycle Books in Charleston, SC on April 2nd, 2014. We have been doing reviews for Melissa since her release of Witches of East End novel, it has been a true honor and pleasure. With that said, I was quite nervous meeting Melissa in person, fearing I would stumble on my words. Well..... Melissa De La Cruz is the most wonderful down-to-earth person. Upon talking with her, she talked to me like we have known each other forever. Melissa was so warm and welcoming and made you feel invited and glad to be there. By that I mean, it wasn't rushed or hurried; but at the same time, not wanting to take too much of her time, I thought of one question to ask.  The question was, "How do you define the characters in your books, series and be able to keep it together, yet give them each their own unique identity?" Melissa said she gets ideas here and there and forms them and brings the characters to life. We were talking about Witches of East End and how a mother tries to keep her children safe and out of trouble but the children seem to find trouble or get into trouble. A lot like families and siblings today. So true!  Pick up Melissa's latest release "The Ring and The Crown" today.

In closing, a big thank you to Jonathan and Blue Bicycle Books and Melissa De La Cruz for a wonderful time!

~~~We all find ways we connect to characters, they draw us in and we feel apart of their lives. ~~~
  Melissa Gott

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

I had no expectations when I started reading this book as it is not usually my genre. With that said, the title Dear Killer couldn't be more right. Kit is so young to be the "Perfect Killer" but yet no pun intended, exactly the perfect killer no one would expect.  Kit became friends with Alex who was a police officer helping catch "the perfect killer" Kit!

This book was not my taste but It was a good book, it kept me going to the end because I was wanting to see how the killings were described. I am not one to like grotesque descriptions but Katherine Ewell did a great job and I was able to imagine the story line as she wrote it. There were times where it was slow but give it time it does pick up. Imagine getting letters from people wanting the "Perfect Killer" to kill. It is the modern day batman but a stone cold killer instead! The letters being the signal for help.  I also in some way was enticed to see what connection Kit and Alex would make. Kit was the most prolific killer in London since Jack the Ripper... would she get caught. The ending was left open to a possible 2nd book?  Katherine Ewell wrote this book when she was 17 years old. What an accomplishment. 

I give this book a 3 stars. 

Best Regards.

Wombstone by Jessica Roscoe

  Wombstone is the first book in the Vampireland Series and is written by Jessica Roscoe. This book has truly taken me by surprise. I expected it to be like all the other "vampire - like" novels, but not even close. Mia was a vibrant high school senior , boyfriend, best friend and a future.... until... she was taken.. held captive, tortured, death seemed almost imminent. In race for freedom she risked everything.. in a twist of fate Ryan the very person who has taken her... chosen to help her seek freedom.  At what price did she pay to be free and what exactly has Mia become...

My take on this book was it was great, the story line flowed wonderfully. How everything was thought of, every detail, it really made you feel like you were apart of the character's life. The bond between the love hate relationship of Mia and Ryan kept me on my toes. Just when I thought I knew what was coming next, wrong i didn't and that was okay.  It took me about a day to read the book. I give Jessica Roscoe applause for her writing style right up to the end and huge surprise I did not see coming...

I rate this book 4 stars!!!!


                                      Best Regards,