Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hearken by Kristen Day Release Day!


Hearken ( Daughters Of the Sea #4 ) 
Now Available!

7/22/14


Haven't read the first 3 in the series?!

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When the evil you fear is born from within, who will save us…from ourselves?

Sometimes our souls hear what our minds and hearts refuse to accept. It will whisper its continuous cadence until we're strong enough to glimpse the truth. But when the soul's whispers morph into screams, we're forced to gaze into the mirrors of time and see ourselves for who we really are.

 Grappling with her newfound leadership position, Stasia begins to experience a recurring nightmare of murder, as well as curious reveries about a violet-eyed girl who can control the moon. When tragedy grips the Tydes and several important relics are stolen from the Sons of Daimon, Stasia’s Council leaves for the forgotten island of Atlantis. Unfortunately Atlantis harbors its own secrets, and they are all calling to Stasia. As her nightmares become worse and she begins to lose control of her mind, those around her must find a way to reach her…and fast.

 Olivia Campbell is used to getting what she wants, when she wants it. But destiny never asked Olivia what she wanted. Being Chosen to be a Paladin at birth had not been something she wanted, and she definitely hadn’t wanted her charge to be Anastasia. Unfortunately their irritatingly persistent Atlantean guide, Sebastian, seems to know all about her and the secrets she’s been hiding. As she fights to protect Stasia from an unknown force, Olivia’s own courage and loyalty will be tested in ways she never imagined. Will she be able to tell Stasia the truth before it’s too late for them both.    

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About Kristen Day
 
  I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I've been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).  When I'm not writing I'm making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband.







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Monday, July 21, 2014

Christmas in July Giveaway Hop!




Welcome to Trista’s Open Pages! It has been awhile since I have joined in a Giveaway Hop and I can tell you it’s good to be back. I am super excited!

Introducing the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop by I am a Reader and Laurie Here. This hop runs from July 22 till July 31. There will be one mandatory entry and a few extra entries.

Everyone loves a good Christmas story but who am I to chose which one you get?? So, for my prize I will be giving away a $15 online gift card to winner’s choice of Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.

To enter: (You must fill out the form located down below to have your entry counted!)
1 MANDATORY entry – Leave a comment on any post. I recommend taking a look at my reviews or press junkets, there are some pretty cool things going on in the reading/writing world but it can be a simple “Thanks for the opportunity” on the contest page if you are in a hurry. (Choose Contest page or review or press piece

Extra Entries:
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2.     Follow my reviews on Goodreads.com – Enter your name
3.     Add as friend on Goodreads.com – Enter your name



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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tethered by Brandi Leigh Hall

Tethered (A Birth Right Novel #1) by Brandi Leigh Hall
New Adult Fantasy/Paranormal
Rating:  4 Stars



No matter how you try to fight it—destiny has a mind of its own!

Since foreseeing the imminent death of her parents six years earlier, Chloe has lived a simple, not-so-charmed-life away from her remaining Wiccan family.
Zero magic.
No close friendships.
While struggling to bench-press more guilt than any nineteen-year-old ever should.
But fate intervenes and forces Chloe to return home. As if being an in-the-closet-Seer wasn’t bad enough, now she has to spend summer break with the snarky sister who hates her—and the magical birthright she was hell-bent on denying for all eternity.
Luckily, meeting Mr. Perfect takes the edge off her endless family drama. Hunter’s twenty-five, sometimes old-fashioned in a Jane Austen hero sort of way, and more delicious than molten-lava cake. But the more she tries to hide her family’s magical secrets from this ever-present stranger, the more quickly she realizes he’s hiding a few doozies of his own.
Will the lies and betrayal destroy their relationship before it really begins? Or will learning of their tethered future create an unbreakable bond neither can deny? Either way, their hearts will be forever entwined by destiny.

My Thoughts: This is one of the many novels that get to me. The story itself is great. It’s fantastic even. I have never heard of an idea like this one and I really enjoyed that. Not to mention I am loyal to my witch stories. I had great hopes for it and even though I loved the book I was slightly disappointed.
            While the plot is good the problem I had with this one was the writing. At times I was able to throw myself into the story but then there were times I just frustrated. Ever hear of “show, don’t tell” before? Well this story does not follow that at all. Most of the story is the characters telling us the same information over and over again. Like, something happens in the story and then the person explains it to other people. Only, each and every time the character is actually speaking it instead of just saying they are explaining it. It’s fine to explain things when you need to but when you are constantly retelling the stories over and over again it begins to feel like fillers. You know, things you add in just to up your word count. There were also a lot of unnecessary lines and a lot of cheesy lines. If it sounds cheesy as you write it then it will probably be perceived as cheesy to your readers.
            If you can over look the constant over-talking the story is actually pretty good. Not to mention the characters. Chloe is a very relatable character. She is pretty much like every other young woman. Smart but at times very stupid and immature.  Whoever disagrees with that comment is lying. At that age you are in between your teenage life and your adult life. There are moments when you feel so grown up but then the next you are acting like a blubbering sixteen year old. It got worse when the hottie stepped onto the scene. I think that Brandi captured how people that age act and feel.
            Overall, there were some things that I didn’t like about the writing but the storyline and the characters made it worth reading. It seemed a little too cheerful to me. Especially when Pap was dying and no one seemed to actually realize it. They said they knew it was going to be bad but then acted completely different. Being cheerful doesn’t give you the drama you need to keep the readers going. I have the second one to read as well so I am hoping that I don’t have the same problems with that one as well.
             

Cover: 5/5
Writing: 3/5
Characters: 4/5


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Promo: Forsaken (Daughters of the Sea Series #1) By Kristen Day

 
Daughters of the Sea Series by Kristen Day
Young Adult Fantasy
Forsaken
Book 1
Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…

Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago.

Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her.
Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.

Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendents of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.

But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.

She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesied to be a part of. The fate of all the descendents will forever depend upon it.
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About Kristen Day
I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I've been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).
When I'm not writing I'm making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband.
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