Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Review: The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke

Release date: September 13th 2016
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister, Faith. Since then, Faith’s childhood has revolved around her sister’s disappearance—from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention, to dealing with so-called friends who only ever want to talk about her missing sister.

Now, thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the front yard of the Logans’ old house, disoriented and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Can her sister finally be back? Faith always dreamed of her sister coming home; she just never believed it would happen. But soon a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated from her family and paranoid about her sister’s motives. Before long, Faith begins to wonder if it’s the abduction that’s changed her sister, or if it’s something else. . . .

*Received a physical copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

From the opening chapter I was intrigued and wanted to understand the family and Faith. It was easy to say she was being bratty and not very considerate of the situation, but at the same time I could understand her feelings. It was obvious that Faith was somewhat neglected by her mother and in some ways by her father as well. Her parents had spent all their time and efforts in finding Laurel, that they seemed to have not paid much attention to their other daughter. And when they were informed that Laurel had reappeared, Faith's mixed reaction wasn't surprising. I sensed jealousy a tad in her, because all the attention was given to her sister and not much was left for her. Over the years, she basically took care of herself. And honestly, I was happy that her parents weren't together. The mother seemed like such a trip, and I found nothing likable about the woman, and I wish there were more scenes with Faith's stepfather because he was the only one really there for her. 

Now, on to Laurel. It was great that one parents misery was coming to an end, and  their kidnapped daughter had finally come home. But I had my reservations. Something didn't seem right, especially with how Laurel didn't mind being in the spotlight and the way she acted with Faith's boyfriend. He was another story. With the way Faith questioned her feelings for him daily, I knew she had no business being in a relationship with him, and sadly it took too long for her to realize that. Even after what happened towards the end. 

The truth became pretty obvious to me from early. So for the rest of the story, I diverted my focus to the relationship between the girls; how they acted with each other, if Faith would finally break and unveil how she truly felt, and how the story would wrap up. It was terribly unfortunate what Laurel had experienced and I was happy that she was free from that. But with the state of the family, I didn't think it was healthy for her to be with them because she needed to know what it was like to have a normal, loving and supportive family. The father was barely around and the mother was pretentious and acted as if the world owed her. She got too caught up in the press and money and lost sight of what was important. She also pressured Faith a lot and treated her like crap, often dismissing her feelings or putting the guilt trip on her. The whole situation made me cringe and I yearned for the moment each of them would have an epiphany.

The ending wasn't much of a surprise, but it was emotional when Laurel spoke about her ordeal at last. Her pain felt so real and I could picture every single detail in my head as she revealed them. I'm not so sure I'm contented with the way things ended, but a part of me understands why they did that. 

To conclude, The Lost and the Found is an interesting story with a realistic tragedy no one should ever go through, but I did have some issues and that's why I rated it three stars. The writing's good, but at times I felt like there could have been less of some things mentioned, and more given at other parts. Also, I wasn't as emotionally invested as I was expecting to be, and I didn't really connect with the characters. Like I mentioned before, I already knew the truth from early so it was more about how it would end, and that was my main drive to keep reading. 


Cat ClarkeAbout the Author
Cat was born in Zambia and brought up in Edinburgh and Yorkshire, which has given her an accent that tends to confuse people. 

Cat has written non-fiction books about exciting things like cowboys, sharks and pirates, and now writes YA novels. She lives in Edinburgh with a couple of cats, Jem and Scout, who spend their days plotting to spit up furballs at the most inconvenient times. She likes cheese A LOT, especially baked camembert.

Monday, September 19, 2016

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY~The Panther Moon by Beth Trissel [Sept. 26th - 30th]

Check out the blog tour for the third book im Beth Trissel's adventurous YA fantasy series and enter to win awesome prizes!

Series: The Secret Warrior #3
Release date: September 30th 2016
Publisher: Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Being the seventh Morcant has its perks: Morgan is learning to fly and wield magical blue fire. 

But the coyote shifters are growing bolder. Mateo and his panthers seem impossible to defeat. And vampires aren't real – are they? 

When the elusive and enigmatic Chief Okema disappears and the wards protecting the Wapicoli territory falter, Morgan and Jackson are forced into the role of leaders. 

Badly outnumbered and outgunned, do they have time to search for the secret of the Divining Tree, and will it help them in the final battle?

About the Author
Beth TrisselMarried to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by my children, grandbabies, and assorted animals. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. In addition to American settings, I also write historical and time travel romances set in the British Isles, and nonfiction about gardening, herbal lore, and country life.

NOTE: Please do not post negative reviews that are hurtful to the author and affects the tour. Post a spotlight instead, or send me an email if you'd like to withdraw from the tour. Thank you for understanding. 

September 26th -
Buried Under Books *Review & Favorite Quotes
Shooting Stars Reviews *Guest Post

September 27th -
Rockin' Book Reviews *Review & Excerpt

September 28th -
Kindle and Me *Review
The Silver Dagger Scriptorium *Review & Excerpt

September 29th -
CBY Book Club *Guest Post
Illuminite Caliginosus *Guest Post
Desert Rose Reviews *Review
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A Book Addict's Bookshelves *Spotlight

September 30th -
Books Are Love *Review & Excerpt

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

CAN'T WAIT TO READ: The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett

Release date: January 10th 2017
Publisher: Tor Teen
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
“I plead the blood.”

Those were the last words seventeen-year-old golden boy quarterback Clay Tate heard rattling from his dad's throat when he discovered him dying on the barn floor of the Neely Cattle Ranch, clutching a crucifix to his chest.

Now, on the first anniversary of the Midland, Oklahoma slaughter, the whole town's looking at Clay like he might be next to go over the edge. Clay wants to forget the past, but the sons and daughters of the Preservation Society—a group of prominent farmers his dad accused of devil worship—won't leave him alone. Including Ali, his longtime crush, who suddenly wants to reignite their romance after a year of silence, and hated rival Tyler Neely, who’s behaving like they’re old friends.

Even as Clay tries to reassure himself, creepy glances turn to sinister stares and strange coincidences build to gruesome rituals—but when he can never prove that any of it happened, Clay worries he might be following his dad down the path to insanity...or that something far more terrifying lies in wait around the corner.

Kim LiggettAbout the Author
At sixteen, Kim Liggett left her rural midwestern town for New York City to pursue a career in both music and acting. While attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kim sang backup for some of the biggest rock bands in the 80′s.
After settling down to have a family, she became an entrepreneur, creating a children’s art education program and a travel company specializing in tours for musicians.
She’s married to jazz musician Ken Peplowski, has two beautiful teens, and a very neurotic dog that drags her through Riverside Park everyday on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Behind the Pages #29: Meghan March on her 'Unapologetically Sexy Romance'

Next to be featured is USA Today Bestselling Author Meghan March, author of contemporary and erotic romance novels. Meghan is the unashamed reader and writer of smut, and her stories are known to make readers sweat, especially when they're about "dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees." So of course I had to reach out for an interview to learn more about this awesome author. Check out our Q&A below and enter to win an ecopy of her bestseller Dirty Billionaire

1. Where are you from and when did you realize you wanted to become an author? 

I’m from a small town in West Michigan, and I decided I would write a book when I was 13. I didn’t actually consider the possibility seriously until early in 2012 when the self-publishing revolution was really taking off.

2. According to the bio section on your website, your past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. How has your previous jobs impacted your writing? 

I think every author’s prior jobs impact his or her writing in a big way, and I’m not any different. I can’t help but use my own personal knowledge when I’m plotting and writing. I love cars, so you’ll see most of the cars in my books are pretty specific (and in my opinion, pretty cool). Because of my career in corporate law, I have a habit of including legal and business twists and turns in my stories.

3. Who are some of your favorite authors? 

I have dozens! That’s such a tough question because I read as much as I possibly can. I’d have to say Kristen Ashley, Kresley Cole, and T.M. Frazier

4. Best and worst thing about Self-Publishing for you? 

The best part—having total control. The worst part—having total control. That’s probably not the answer you were looking for, but it’s the truth. I love being the decision maker for every detail, but it can be an all-consuming job and take away from my writing time. 

220307685. What inspired your debut Flash Bang? 

Flash Bang was inspired by my interest in the doomsday prepper movement, quite honestly. I found it fascinating, and one thought led to another until I had an idea for a book. 

6. Of all your releases, was there one in particular that was your favorite to write? Why? 

Dirty Girl and Dirty Love were probably the most fun to write because Greer and Cav’s story flowed like nothing else I’ve ever written. I wish all books were that effortless. 

7. Will there be another book in the Beneath series? 

Yes! I just finished Beneath These Shadows, and it will release October 25. 

8. Tell us a little about your latest, Bad Judgment. 

Bad Judgment was inspired by my time in law school. I couldn’t stop thinking about what it would have been like to lose my scholarship right before I started my last year. What would I have done? I never had to face that question, but it was fun to explore in the enemies-to-lovers relationship of Ryker and Justine. 

9. How have you evolved as an author since your debut until now? 

I would hope so! I think it’s impossible not to evolve as an author because the more I write, the more I learn about the crafts of writing and storytelling. My life has also changed, and that impacts my stories at a very basic level. I hope I continue to evolve for a very long time. 

10. What can your readers expect next? 

Beneath These Shadows, as I mentioned, releases October 25, and then after that I’m really excited to dive back into the Dirty world and see what’s next there. 

11. Thank you for taking the time, Meghan. Please leave any tips you may have for aspiring writers. 

You’re very welcome! I appreciate the fabulous questions! As for any tips for aspiring writers… don’t aspire. Write. Begin as you mean to go on—like a professional. Write your book, it will be read and critiqued and discussed. Write the best story you can. Study the craft of writing. Learn the rules before you break them. For writers intending to self-publish, learn the business. Find out what works. Form relationships with other authors at your level and learn from each other. Thank you again!


More About the Author
Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Review: Breaking Him by Sherilee Gray

Release date: September 5th 2016
Publisher: Entangled: Scorched
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Folks in town call him a monster—say he’s dangerous. But I know him simply as Elijah Hays, the quiet, gentle giant who works with the horses on my ranch. I can feel him watching me, that steady intense gaze making me crave things I don’t quite understand, burn in a way that frightens me. He’s always kept his distance…until that night.

I remember him coming to my rescue, me following him into the barn, giving him his first taste of a woman, and his inexperienced yet barely reined touch turning me to ash.

Now all I can think about is exposing the dark desire I see deep inside him—having him turn those dark desires on me. That low, gritty voice rasping orders in my ear. Those huge, rough hands holding me down when a storm blows in.

I want his surrender. His control. I want to break him…and have him break me…

*Publisher approved request via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ahem. Ahem.

Well, this was one very sexy story. I'm talking heat level to the roof. I haven't read an erotic novel in so long, not one of this caliber, because I always felt like the majority had no substance and were just about sex. But Breaking Him had something else going on. The characters connected on an emotional and sensual level, and I could understand how exploring each other in that sense could render them vulnerable and willing to lose all control.  

Loved the small town setting and how the characters' lives revolved around a ranch. Abigail had inherited it from her father and was doing her best to keep it going, with the help of Elijah--a terribly misunderstood man who came off so kind and protective at heart. He treated Abigail with respect and always looked out for her. Even when intimate he would always make sure she was okay to take things further. I loved his gritty exterior and wanted to know more about what went on in his mind. So I was happy when Abigail broke through and got him to open up to her. Things weren't easy with these two at start, towns people were often judgmental and Abigail wasn't always sure of what Elijah wanted, but it was nice to see how things played out in the end. They both deserved to be happy.

Nicely written with vivid descriptions that one could get lost in, Breaking Him offers a darker, desirous, more intense pull away from fluff that will definitely make you blush and leave you gasping for air. My only wish is that it was longer.

Sherilee GrayAbout the Author
Sherilee Gray writes sexy, edgy contemporary and paranormal romance. Stories full of heat and high emotion, following stubborn characters as they fight against the odds… and their happily ever after. She’s a kiwi girl and lives in beautiful NZ with her husband and their two children. When not writing or fueling her voracious book addiction, she can be found dreaming of far off places with a mug of tea in one hand and a bar of Cadburys Rocky Road chocolate in the other.


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