Monday, May 26, 2014

Crane by Stacey Rourke Release and SALE!

Crane by Stacey Rourke
Legends Saga Book 1

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The Horseman is unending,
his presence shan’t lessen.
If you break the curse,
you become the legend.

Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep. 

What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?

Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse. 

But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?

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About Stacy Rourke

There is nothing worse than being put on the spot and asked to talk about yourself. For me it brings back that inevitable moment in a new school when the teacher would ask me to stand up, introduce myself and tell the class something about myself. I was always worried I would blurt out something stupid that I would get teased for. Something like, “My name’s Stacey and I like pickles!” Then for the rest of the school year I’d be known as the Pickle Girl and let’s be honest, no one wants that. So to avoid such a faux pas I will simply say that I love to write. It allows me to get my crazy out just enough that I can function as a normal member of society.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Moonfall: Tales from the Levant by Vanessa Morton

Moonfall: Tales from the Levant by Vanessa Morton
Young Adult
Rating:  3 Stars

When sixteen-year-old Rachav drinks the Moon Temple's forbidden wine, she hardly expects it to result in the death of a priestess. But when King Nur orders Rachav to serve the Queen of the Night—the kingdom's powerful goddess—as restitution, Rachav's identical twin, Zaron, has her own reasons for joining the priesthood and offers to take her twin's place.

But choices have consequences.
Now Rachav's family is in danger. As she uncovers the shocking reason why, she finds an ally in Salma, a brooding nomad who wields an ancient force powerful enough to destroy the entire kingdom. While the epic showdown rages above the city, Rachav plays a dangerous game of her own. Can she rescue her sister and right the wrongs of that fateful choice? Or will the king succeed and trap her in the doomed city?

My Thoughts: First off, let me give credit where it belongs. I received a copy of this book from for my honest review. I am always honest so it’s not that difficult. If you are not a member of NetGalley you are missing out and should definitely take a look at the website. It’s an amazing site for book bloggers.
            Onto my honest review! This book was not what I really expected. There was not as much action as I thought there would be. In fact there were moments I was straight up bored. Other moments I was confused. Particularly the moment the point of view switched to Salma. I don’t know if it was my e-book copy or what but I don’t recall any thing to announce the change of point of view. I feel like there was no entrance to Salma at all.
            Rachev is the idealistic main character. She is a bit mischievous and rebellious but that all fades away when her family is in danger. Her family comes first in her eyes and would do anything to help them. This is the major plot point in the story, her dedication to her family. Everything bad that happens to her is because she is trying to protect them. She puts them first.
            Salma is a slightly confusing character. He was kind of thrown in the there with no explanation and no real reason other than to save Rachev. Which is clearly important because we need her to keep the story going. Then he was gone. Until later of course when he returned. If he hadn’t that would have completely confusing.
            Overall, this was a good book but not really my type. It’s a historical kind of novel and I’m not a huge fan of those. I won’t let that get in the way of the review though. What I will let get in the way is how confusing most of it was. Either things weren’t explained enough or I just didn’t get it. Things just didn’t seem to fit together or build up to anything. I was kind of bored and no one likes a being bored when they are reading. There were interesting parts not enough to keep me interested. I don’t know whether it’s the style of the book or just the writing so I can’t just dismiss this one as bad because of that.

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

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Luthier's Apprentice is available NOW!!

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The Luthier's Apprentice by Mayra Calvani
Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists who ever lived and rumored to have made a pact with the devil, has somehow transferred unique powers to another…
When violinists around the world mysteriously vanish, 16-year-old Emma Braun takes notice. But when her beloved violin teacher disappears… Emma takes charge. With Sherlock Holmes fanatic, not to mention gorgeous Corey Fletcher, Emma discovers a parallel world ruled by an ex-violinist turned evil sorceress who wants to rule the music world on her own terms.

But why are only men violinists captured and not women? What is the connection between Emma's family, the sorceress, and the infamous Niccolò Paganini?

Emma must unravel the mystery in order to save her teacher from the fatal destiny that awaits him. And undo the curse that torments her family—before evil wins and she becomes the next luthier's apprentice…


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About The Author

Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, and Bloomsbury Review, among many others. When she’s not writing, reading, editing or reviewing, she enjoys walking her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family. Represented by Serendipity Literary.  

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Meant to Be by Tiffany King

Meant to Be (Saving Angels #1) by Tiffany King
YA Paranormal Romance
Rating:  3 Stars

Krista Miller feels like she has lived her entire life in a glass box with her every emotion on display. She can’t help feeling like a defect as her sensitivities have made her socially inept and without any real friends; the one exception being the boy that visits her each night in her dreams.

Krista’s emotions are put to the test when a move to California triggers a devastating change to her fantasy world. The nightly comfort that the boy provides has now become a recurring nightmare as he is taken from her by an unseen force.

Struggling to appear normal, Krista enrolls in a new school and finds it to be nothing like she thought. Her new life is sent spiraling out of control from a strange connection with a boy, Mark, who claims to know all her secrets.

As Krista begins to explore the emotions that Mark evokes in her, secrets about their mysterious past and their predestined purpose threatens to separate them just when they have found each other

My Thoughts: This is one of those books I have a love hate relationship with. It’s mostly because of the romance bit (I’ll get to that later). Krista is a super sensitive young girl who moves into a new town and believes the only way to hide herself is to go to a private school where everyone has a high IQ (Judging much?? I went to a public school and find that a bit insulting). While she is there she literally meets the man of her dreams. Drama ensues and things happen (Don’t you just hate spoilers?).
            Krista is an okay character. I can’t sympathize with her because she isn’t really a smart person. She loves books and has a high IQ but she has no street smarts. For instance saying that only smart people go to private school. Public schools have advanced classes and no one gets picked on or singled out for being in them. In fact people are having way too much fun being teenagers to care.
            Here is the romance bit. How does anyone find these kinds of relationships acceptable? If I had a guy who became way too protective of me I would tell him to get his crap straight or I will kick him to the curb. Then there is the woman getting physically sick without the guys being around? This is high school and they are teenagers, they can’t be together all the time. It doesn’t sound like love to me, it sounds like obsession. I just can’t support relationships like that. It’s Twilight all over again.
            Whatever happened to building relationships? Now it’s, “Hello, I just literally met you but I am deeply and madly in love with you.” No one experiences that while they are in high school. You may have feelings toward someone at that age and possibly grow up and get married but ask any of those real people and they will say they didn’t immediately know the moment they spotted each other.
            Overall, I love the story and I love the idea but I hate the characters and I hate the romance. The characters have no individual identity. They are the couples. I hate giving reviews like this but just because it’s a young adult novel does not mean it has to have immature relationships. I highly recommend someone do some research on abusive relationships and then steer clear of these types of relationships.

Cover: 4/5
Writing: 3/5
Characters: 1/5

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Forbidden Fire by Karpov Kirade

Forbidden Fire (Forbidden Trilogy #2) by Karpov Kinrade
YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Rating: 5 Stars

Sam and Drake may have escaped, but they aren’t free—not with a powerful Seeker after them. As Sam struggles with the ethics of her new powers and embraces a blossoming physical relationship with Drake, Lucy and Luke face challenges of their own.
With forces coalescing inside and outside the Rent-A-Kid dorms, it’s only a matter of time before the fire they started forces each of them to make choices they can’t undo. But will it be enough to save them?

My Thoughts: I love the Forbidden Trilogy. I have read up until the second book but it is a fantastic series. I got this book a while back and read it but never got around to reading it so I can’t tell you how I got it. I can’t remember if I bought it or if I received it for a review or anything. Oh well. Either way it was on my kindle.
            I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the whole series. It’s an interesting concept. These kids have powers and are rented out to help people. Not all the people are good but that’s the point of making money in a cruddy world. Well, this world is a little bit more demented than that. In the last book Sam finds out she was being forced to have powerful babies against her will. In this one she and Drake escaped and are on the run. More drama arrives and there are some issues on the relationship side between the two. Love the drama.
            Overall, I love Kinrade and her books. I can’t wait to finish the series and find out how all this drama will sort out. Especially since I didn’t particularly enjoy that ending. I need to see some resolution.

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

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