Attention Authors or anyone wanting a review: I am currently NOT taking on any more reviews at this time. Sorry for the inconvenience, but I'm overwhelmed at the moment.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

{Book Review} Tortured Souls (The Orion Circle #1) by Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Tortured Souls (The Orion Circle #1)
by Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Publisher: Sea Dragon Press
Released: July 28th 2014
Genre: Fiction- YA: Paranormal romance
How I got it: Received a copy from author via YA Bound Book Tours

Sometimes Rest in Peace isn't an option...

Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts—and it's ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can't keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.

When the phantom appears at a party, Kacie's longtime crush, Logan, saves her. He invites her to join the Orion Circle, a group of supernatural hunters with chapters in schools all over the country. Through the Circle, Kacie learns to embrace her spiritual powers, and for the first time in her life she feels in control rather than a victim.

But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily. A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he's never seen before—a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.

Kacie can't ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster.

Review: Kacie can see ghosts, to her this power is nothing but trouble. It's cause her mother to abandon her and sever ties. She has to hide it from her friend of be labeled a freak, basically she wants nothing to do with it. So whats a girl to do when her crush, can also see ghosts? Logan knows what Kacie is going through and is willing to help, bring her into his world.
I really liked the idea of the Orion Circle, a group of teens and adults studying the paranormal and helping those with powers like Kacie. As Kacie embraces her gifts, she starts having dreams of kids who have been murdered.  Which leads them to Foxblood manor, and the terrors it holds.
I liked Kacie, while reluctant she takes to her powers well, once she realizes she not as strange as she thinks. I also liked Logan, how he was protective of  Kacie and willing to help her even though she was a bit standoffish at first. I enjoyed the chemistry between Kacie and Logan, as well as how their relationship budded. I liked the supernatural aspects of the book, and was swept up in the plot.
There were a few things in the book that made me go um, not cool. Like the cowboy spirit that was in Kacie's house, before she had it blessed. The plot was fast paced and interesting. I enjoyed the clues and how everything came together. Over all a fun and enjoyable read.

Monday, September 29, 2014

{Book Review} The Betrayed by Heather Graham

The Betrayed
by Heather Graham
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Released: September 30th 2014 by
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Paranormal Romance
How I got it: NetGalley

Sleepy Hollow isn't so sleepy anymore?

One night, New York FBI agent Aiden Mahoney receives a visitor in a dream, an old friend named Richard Highsmith. The very next day he's sent to Sleepy Hollow because Richard's gone missing there.

Maureen "Mo" Deauville now lives in the historic town and works with her dog, Rollo, to search for missing people. She's actually the one to find Richard, or more precisely his head, stuck on a statue of the legendary Headless Horseman.

Mo and Aiden, a new member of the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI's unit of paranormal investigators, explore both past and present events to figure out who betrayed Richard, who killed him and now wants to kill them, too. As they work together, they discover that they share an unusual trait the ability to communicate with the dead. They also share an attraction that's as intense as it is unexpected if they live long enough to enjoy it!

Review: This is book 14 in the Krewe series, as with the others I've read it can be read as a stand alone, but I feel once you start reading these books you'll want to read them all. Ms Graham does a wonderful job of mixing history and the paranormal.
Maureen "Mo" Deauville and her dog Rollo are called out to help look for missing Highsmith. Using her ability to communicate with the dead, she finds his head on a statue of The Headless Horseman. Aiden and members of the Krewe arrive to find out exactly what happened to Highsmith. As the case progresses Aiden and Mo have to fight their growing attraction, even though they have great chemistry. I enjoyed their interaction with each other and the other Krewe members.
The plot kept me engaged and interested, the twist and turns the book took kept me on my toes wondering what was going to happen next.
As with her other books in this series I think Ms Graham did a great job blancing mystery and romance.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

{Book Review} Party Games: A Fear Street Novel (Fear Street) by R.L. Stine

Party Games: A Fear Street Novel (Fear Street)
by R.L. Stine
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Released: September 30th 2014
Genre: Fiction- YA: Horror
How I got it: NetGalley

Her friends warn her not to go to Brendan Fear's birthday party at his family's estate on mysterious Fear Island. But Rachel Martin has a crush on Brendan and is excited to be invited. Brendan has a lot of party games planned. But one game no one planned intrudes on his party—the game of murder. As the guests start dying one by one, Rachel realizes to her horror that she and the other teenagers are trapped on the tiny island with someone who may want to kill them all. How to escape this deadly game? Rachel doesn't know whom she can trust. She should have realized that nothing is as it seems… on Fear Island.

R.L. Stine makes his triumphant return to Shadyside, a town of nightmares, shadows, and genuine terror, and to the bestselling series that began his career writing horror for the juvenile market, in the new Fear Street book Party Games.

Review: As a young teen girl I loved the Fear Street books. I was even a member of the Scholastic Fear Street book club, which dropped off new Fear Street books to my house every month. So when I saw Party Games on NetGalley, I couldn't resist this little piece of nostalgia.
Rachel is invited to Brendan Fear's birthday party. Since he's her crush she says yes, even though he is a Fear and everyone knows Fear's are weird. Ferried out to Fear Island to Brendan's families summer house, she and a group of kids from school plan to party all night. Little do they know what's waiting for them.
The plot was engaging and spooky, with fun twists that kept me guessing.
I felt this was a great addition to the Fear Street line, and Mr Stine still has it after all these years.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

{Book Tour} Killer Wasps by Amy Korman

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Title: Killer Wasps 
Genre: Mystery/Detective 
Author: Amy Korman
Publish Date: September 16, 2014 
Publisher:  HarperCollins 
Event Organized ByLiterati Author Services, Inc.


Crime really stings in Killer WASPs.
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, is a haven for East Coast WASPs, where tennis tournaments and cocktails at the club are revered traditions. Little happens in the sleepy suburb, and that is the way the Lilly Pulitzer–clad residents prefer it. So when antiques store owner Kristin Clark and her portly basset hound stumble upon the area's newest real estate developer lying unconscious beneath the hydrangea bushes lining the driveway of one of Bryn Mawr's most distinguished estates, the entire town is abuzz with gossip and intrigue.

When the attacker strikes again just days later, Kristin and her three best friends—Holly, a glamorous chicken nugget heiress with a penchant for high fashion; Joe, a decorator who's determined to land his own HGT V show; and Bootsie, a preppy but nosy newspaper reporter—join forces to solve the crime. While their investigation takes them to cocktail parties, flea markets, and the country club, they must unravel the mystery before the assailant claims another victim.

Fans of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series will enjoy shaking up the Philadelphia Main Line

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About the Author

Amy Korman is a former senior editor and staff writer for Philadelphia Magazine, and author of Frommer’s Guide to Philadelphia. She has written for Town & Country, House Beautiful, Men’s Health, and Cosmopolitan. Killer WASPS is her first novel.


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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Warning: I'm going to be writing spicer stuff

So for years I wrote romance and erotic works. I decided to take my backlog of books, which I was offering as free reads on smashword, and give them to Excessica. I've worked with this company before, I love how they treat authors and it's more of a co-op than an actually publisher. I have complete control over everything, and they will help with all the nitty gritty stuff I don't like dealing with. Now here's why I'm posting this warning... Excessica is very taboo. My books are basically on the spicy side of Harlequin, but some of the stuff on Excessica is rather racy. Hey if that's your kink you're welcome to it, but it's not for everyone.
I was originally going to make a new blog to showcase and promote the adult stuff but I just can't handle another blog. So I will try to keep things on here PG13 although I do post a few hotter books now and again.
They will also be limited, I made this blog to do reviews and help promote others work. My stuff will be up on my other blog. I know this probably doesn't make sense, but most things I do don't make sense.

Friday, September 19, 2014

{Book Review} Bones Never Lie (Temperance Brennan #17) by Kathy Reichs

Bones Never Lie (Temperance Brennan #17)
by Kathy Reichs
Publisher: Bantam
Released: September 23rd 2014
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Mystery, Suspense
How I got it: NetGalley

In the acclaimed author’s thrilling new novel, Brennan is at the top of her game in a battle of wits against the most monstrous adversary she has ever encountered.

Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD’s Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she’s been asked to meet with a homicide cop who’s a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common—the killer. Years ago, Anique Pomerleau kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, then narrowly eluded capture. It was a devastating defeat for her pursuers, Brennan and police detective Andrew Ryan. Now, as if summoned from their nightmares, Pomerleau has resurfaced in the United States, linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina. When another child is snatched, the reign of terror promises to continue—unless Brennan can rise to the challenge and make good on her second chance to stop a psychopath.

But Brennan will have to draw her bitter ex-partner out of exile, keep the local police and feds from one another’s throats, and face more than just her own demons as she stalks the deadliest of predators into the darkest depths of madness.

In Bones Never Lie, Kathy Reichs never fails to satisfy readers looking for psychological suspense that’s more than skin-deep.

Review: I think I've mentioned before that I am a huge fan of the TV show Bones, so it was kind of a no-brainer to request a Kathy Reichs novels. It might surprise you to find out this is actually the first book in the Temperance Brennan series I've read and it number 17. This wasn't a problem though as the book worked well as a stand alone.
Brennan must help stop a serial killer, who slipped custody some years before in Canada. Although as the book progresses not everything is quite as it seems. In order to capture this criminal, Brennan requires the help of her partner which she has to seek out and convince to come back. The plot pulled me right in and kept me glued to my chair. The clues were well dropped and kept me guessing. I did figure out what was going on before the end of the book, but then I tend to do that.
I have to admit I couldn't help comparing the book and the TV show, and have to say that I enjoyed the book much more. I found the book version of Brennan to be much better and more personable than the TV characters.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

{Book Review} Uncontrollable (The Nature of Grace #2) by S.R. Johannes

Uncontrollable (The Nature of Grace #2)
by S.R. Johannes
Publisher: Coleman & Stott
Released:September 24th 2012
Genre: Fiction- YA: Suspense
How I got it: Received a copy from the author

As Grace recovers from tragedy, her science class is chosen by Agent Sweeney at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to help with research on the new "Red Wolf Reintroduction Program".

While she’s excited about helping with the conservation of the endangered wolves, Grace knows this means being outdoors in the worst winter recorded, in a place she no longer feels comfortable. It also means working closely with Wyn (her ex) and his annoying girlfriend (Skyler), a girl whose idea of getting close to nature is picking silk plants and growing fake plants.

After a couple of wolves show up dead, Grace almost quits. However, when a fellow project team member goes missing, Grace continues the assignment under a renewed suspicion that someone might be sabotaging the conservation program. She quietly begins to hunt for clues.

Little does she know, she is being hunted too.

Review: This picks up several months after Untraceable. Grace is understandably traumatized from her ordeal and slowly getting her life back together. When she's picked to help research the new "Red Wolf Reintroduction Program" by Agent Sweeney she is excited and also wary. Grouped with Wyn, her ex, and Skyler, his new girlfriend, she must go out in the worst winter on record to gather information. When wolves start dieing, Grace almost gives up but her dedication to the project and renewing her life gets her right back out there in the thick of it.
While I liked Grace, she seemed overly cautious in this book and it made her feel less confident than she was in the first book. I understood why this was, but it also took something from the character. Her conflicted emotions over Wyn, bugged the hell out of me. He irked me as well, I mean he has a girlfriend yet he's willing to make out with Grace in a snow shelter. Makes me wonder about him, especially after how he's treated Grace. I guess it boils down to I just didn't like him.
The plot is fast paced, with lots of twists and turns as well as heart pounding action. Grace's survival skills are put to the test, multiple times. I have to admit this did push my limits of suspending disbelief because I couldn't imagine responsible adults putting teens in the dangers that occurred in the book, but I rolled with it. I was actually surprised by the outcome at the end and who was behind everything. While I had an inkling of who it was, Ms Johannes was able to twist the clues so things were never quite what they seemed. Over all this was a good read and follow up to the first book.