Sunday, April 22, 2018

Review: Unfortunate Souls

Unfortunate Souls Unfortunate Souls by Jade M. Phillips
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

My name is Ruby Carter. I was a normal teenage girl who only wanted what every other teenage girl wanted- love and acceptance. But when my parents revealed a painful secret I couldn’t accept, and my boyfriend broke up with me the night before my eighteenth birthday, I turned into something beyond average. Betrayed and broken, I tore off in my car, into the storm, and straight toward my death. I was sucked into a dark and terrifying world I never knew existed, changing my life forever. That’s when I met him… 

My name is Guy Stone. I’ve been told I have no heart- a cold, ruthless killer. And I liked the perception others gave me for it allowed me to shut out my past and focus on hunting down every last Unfortunate Soul, seeking my revenge. But the night I found her lying amongst the flames of the battle, helpless and confused, I caved, finding myself drawn to her dark innocence, unable to follow the rules. And by that one decision, not only did my life change forever, but I found myself falling for the one thing I despised the most: A vampire. My enemy. An Unfortunate Soul. 

This book is recommended for ages 14 and up.

My Thoughts:

Cover/Title: The cover on this book is beautiful. The title doesn't tell the reader much ahead of time but does fit once you read the book.

Characters:Ruby is an interesting person. Not your typical vampire for sure. I like that Guy is very open-minded.

Plot: Ruby's whole world is crashing in around her. Understandably upset, she drives off in a storm and crashes. She wakes up and finds herself confused and changing. This is where Guy steps in and they need to think about the future.

Overall: An interesting vampire tale. It is definitely an interesting start to the series and I am looking forward to reading more.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Review: Under the Stone Paw

Under the Stone Paw Under the Stone Paw by Theresa Crater
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

Anne Le Clair, a successful, young attorney, has managed to remain free from her family’s gothic past—until now. When she inherits her murdered Aunt’s antique necklace however, she finds no escape from its secrets. Under the Stone Paw is a thrill ride from the upper crust of New York society to the forbidden tunnels underneath the Sphinx, from a time before Jesus and Mary Magdalene sought to free humanity to our own time when a shadowy consortium of powerful individuals threaten to control it.


My Thoughts:

Cover/Title: The cover on Goodreads is kind of boring but the Amazon cover (and the cover on my copy) is right on with the Sphinx. The title fits the story perfectly as well.

Characters: There is an interesting assortment of characters. The author doesn't really delve into the backgrounds of most of the characters. For the most part they are likable.

Plot: Anne discovers that her crazy relatives are not really crazy and her mother has been telling her that they were just to protect her. She is drawn into the mystery of the 6 keys and is fighting against time to put it all together.

Overall: This book started out well. At first, I loved all the history but then it just seemed to drag on. There was some action but it was dragged down by all the history they learn along the way. The book really needed to move faster. I almost put it down halfway thru because I was getting tired of all the historical background on their mission but not as much on the people themselves. Towards the end, I just didn't care if they succeeded or not. I just wanted to finish it. It is a shame because at the beginning I thought this might be a 4 or 5 star book.

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Review: Summer of Change

Summer of Change Summer of Change by Elena Aitken
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

With the Springs resort set to open in mere weeks, Trent Harrison needs to stay focused and see to every detail. The last thing he needs is a complication, even one that comes in the form of sexy bar owner, Samantha Burke. 

Samantha loves her quiet close-knit community of Cedar Springs, just the way it is. The addition of a fancy new resort as well as its arrogant owner, and the change they’re both sure to bring, is certainly not welcome. 

With Trent pushing his way into her town, and her life, Samantha’s resistance to him wavers in the face of the passion and heat they share. Change is inevitable, but can either of them drop their guard long enough to accept it when there’s so much on the line?

My Thoughts:

Title/Cover: Honestly, I only grabbed this book because I wanted something short and sweet for a spell-it-out challenge. It wasn't the cover or the title but the low page count that drew me in.

Characters: Sam & Trent are ok. I didn't feel much of a connection with the characters.

Plot: Sam is upset that Trent and his brother are changing her hometown by building The Springs. Trent is bent on changing Sam's view of him and his company.

Overall: A short and sweet romance. A perfectly good way to kill a couple hours.

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Review: New Corpse In Town

New Corpse In Town New Corpse In Town by Lucy Quinn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

FBI agent Cookie James is enjoying her extended leave from the agency on Secret Seal Isle, managing her quaint inn and flirting with the oh-so sexy-handyman, Dylan Creed…until her sixty-year-old mother goes skinny dipping and is almost drowned by a corpse.

A phone call to the sheriff should mean the end of Cookie’s involvement, but when it’s clear the sheriff has no interest in the investigation, Cookie calls in reinforcements…her ex-partner Hunter O’Neil. Suddenly it’s like old times while the pair questions the residents of Secret Seal Isle. Except it’s not. Now she has both Hunter and Dylan vying for her attention, a wayward hippy mother, and a potential killer on the loose.
With her love life heating up, her mother lighting up, and all signs pointing to the most unlikely suspect, Cookie does the only thing she knows to do—focus on solving the case. 

My thoughts:

Cover/Title: The title is what drew me in. I love titles that are a little play on words.

Characters: The characters are interesting. I loved reading about all the trouble Cookie's mother Rain could get into.

Plot: Cookie and her mother Rain, move to the island to hide from her past. Then a corpse shows up an the deputy sheriff has no interest in solving the crime. So Cookie calls someone from her past to help.

Overall: This mystery is short and sweet.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Review: Under the Trees

Under the Trees Under the Trees by Ashley Maker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

Desperate to prevent an abusive arranged marriage, Princess Araya flees to a neighboring kingdom, only to land at the mercy of the impulsive Crown Prince Thoredmund, who provides refuge in a secluded forest and teaches her survival skills. Her surprise at the unexpected hold the prince has on her heart mirrors his shock at falling for the one girl he can’t have. 

As the young couple’s feelings for each other grow, the fragile alliance between the two kingdoms threatens to break apart. With a vengeful duke and an enraged king fast on their trail, Thor and Araya must decide how much they’re willing to risk for love. 

Even if staying together means starting a war. 

My Thoughts:

Cover/Title: The cover and title are perfect for this book. They got to know each other under the trees and that is where the majority of the story takes place.

Characters: Araya is sweet and independent. I like strong and independent heroines and she fits the part well. I liked Thor as well as he was the perfect hero for this book. I was surprised about Silas and his part in this book.

Plot: Betrothed to a cruel and abusive man, Princess Araya runs away. Prince Thor saves her from the men chasing her and vows to keep her safe.

Overall: This is a sweet romance. I enjoyed reading their story and I am sure I would enjoy other stories by this author.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Review: Under His Nose

Under His Nose Under His Nose by Candice Gilmer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

"Guys and Godmothers, Book 1"

Christy normally deals with girls in her fairy godmother gig, but ready for a challenge, she decides this time, to take on a boy.

Helping Roark Turner find his perfect girl certainly wouldn’t be a challenge for a veteran fairy godmother.

Especially one about to retire. Even with as little magic as possible.

After all, Roark’s perfect match is his best friend Stephanie Bowers—best friends since kindergarten. It should have been easy.

But Cupid starts shooting arrows into Roark, forcing the mortal to fall in love, and bending his will.
Christy must get Roark and Stephanie together without changing either of their free will, ruining her perfect record, and thwart Cupid’s meddling, or she’ll never get her own Happily Ever After. 

My Thoughts:

Cover/Title: The synopsis is what drew me in. I have only read a couple books with godmother's. I enjoyed those so I wanted to read another one.

Characters: I loved that the godmothers are helping guys in this book. Most of them are helping girls like Cinderella.

Plot: 3 guys are talking about finding their true love. The godmothers decide to take on these guys as their charges. This book follows the first one as he finds his HEA.

Overall: I really enjoyed reading this story. I loved how Cupid kept showing up and annoying the godmothers. I will definitely be reading more of this series.

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Review: The Queen Gene

The Queen Gene The Queen Gene by Jennifer Coburn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

They're back!
In a follow-up to Tales From the Crib, Jennifer Coburn brings readers into the wacky world of Lucy Klein and her hilariously dysfunctional family. After selling her home in the suburbs, Lucy decides to pursue her lifelong dream of starting an arts community in the Berkshire Mountains. She envisions a creative oasis where struggling painters, sculptors and musicians visit from around the world. But the dream soon becomes a nightmare when the artists arrive and not a single one can create anything -- except trouble, that is.

To make matters worse, Lucy's ultra-high-maintenance mother, Anjoli is singularly focused on finding a holistic cure for her teacup Chihuahua's obsessive compulsive, hair-pulling disorder. Rebirthing, acupuncture and white light therapy just aren't helping poor little Paz. But Anjoli soon has new problems to contend with, like the NYU sorority house going up across the street from her.

Then there's Lucy's gorgeous cousin Kimmy who recently married herself in a dress made of disco ball mirrors, and now wants to get pregnant with Ivy League sperm. Deciding sperm banks have too many rules, she decides to go about things the old fashion way -- with a roundtrip train ticket to Princeton and a change of panties in her designer purse.

Lest we forget about Lucy's 84-year-old Aunt Bernice who is grieving the loss of her sister who recently died at Red Lobster. Though she misses her Floridian counterpart, Bernice is not going to let anything stand in her way of exploring brave new worlds -- and Brazilian bikini waxes.

Between Lucy's relatives and the artists from hell, it's a wonder she can focus on her own life.
Enjoy a wild ride through the world of way over-the-top kiddie birthday parties, puppy psychotherapy and "performance art" weddings with a family so nutty, it will make you appreciate your own! 

My Thoughts:

Cover/Title: This cover is cute but the version with the dog on the cover is so adorable!!! I have never read anything by this author before (including book 1) but the synopsis made me want to give it a try.

Characters: I absolutely loved this wacky family. You've got the crazy mother, the crazy aunt, the crazy cousin and a couple crazy ghosts as well.

Plot: Lucy and her husband opened an Artist's retreat. Basically, they invite artists to come live there for a season to work on their art. At the end of the season, they have an art show. Awesome, right? Well add in some crazy family members, some ghosts and hilarity ensues.

Overall: This book made me laugh at some of the antics. There is almost always something crazy silly happening. I am only sorry that I didn't read book 1 yet (but I will).

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