Dec 3, 2012

Review: Even White Trash Zombies Get The Blues by Diana Rowland

Even White Trash Zombies Get The Blues by Diana Rowland
Series: White Trash Zombie #2
Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Mystery
Released: July 3rd, 2012

Synopsis From Goodreads
Angel Crawford is finally starting to get used to life as a brain-eating zombie, but her problems are far from over. Her felony record is coming back to haunt her, more zombie hunters are popping up, and she’s beginning to wonder if her hunky cop-boyfriend is involved with the zombie mafia. Yeah, that’s right—the zombie mafia.

Throw in a secret lab and a lot of conspiracy, and Angel’s going to need all of her brainpower—and maybe a brain smoothie as well—in order to get through it without falling apart.

My Thoughts

Let's just start with I WANT THE NEXT ONE GIMME GIMME!

You know the feeling when you read something amazing and want more but alas the next installment doesn't come out any time soon? Yeah this was one of those reads for me. That's why I like reading my series when they are all finished. I don't have to agonizing months and then forget why I liked the previous book in the first place. Probably noticed not a fan of re-reading my already read shelf unless it's a cupcake book. 

So all things aside specially the fact of me not getting my fat grubby hands on the next book, this was excellent. Again the book cover, it's always been a put off for me and no Zombies did not look like that from what I gathered. So yeah if you are a fan of Zombies, this is a must read. Put it on your TBR along with it's previous book. 

I give This

White Trash Zombie Series

My Life As a White Trash Zombie

About the author

Diana Rowland worked as a bartender, a blackjack dealer, a pit boss, a street cop, a detective, a computer forensics specialist, a crime scene investigator, and a morgue assistant, which means that she's seen a lot of weird crap. She won the marksmanship award in her Police Academy class, has a black belt in Hapkido, has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition, and can't rollerblade to save her life.

Nov 3, 2012

Review: Iced by Karen Marie Moning

Iced by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Dani O'Malley #1 (Fever #6)
Genre: Fantasy
The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.
My thoughts:

First and foremost, what the ever loving freck? That was some serious mind fuck right there!!!!!!!

Now that excessive exclamation marks are out of the way, I am a Fever fan. Through it's high and low and no matter how much I wanted to throw the previous book(s) in the gutter I am a fan. So yes when I saw the book continuous, not with Mac and Barrons but with Dani, Ryodan and Christian I was ecstatic. You can count on KMM to bring on more of the Fever world, what I didn't thought was Dani being fourteen. Well I am okay she is fourteen, lots of people in the world are fourteen, my youngest is fourteen so yeah completely fine. Dani kicking ass being the teenage superhero she thinks she is. Great stuff. 

Dani surrounded by two pedophiles perverts grown men who fancies her and make her their future whatever, okay I am still on board dude not jumping off the ship yet because of Dani of course. 

Dani constantly puts things in prospective for me by pointing out how anciently old both dudes are. So yes lets say this KMM sure knows how to rile up the fans with her stories. 

Ryodan, you used to be so cool. Christian, you too baby, you and your-dick-of-death is no cool no more. Jo, there shall always be groupies. Kat, meh. Dani, you are totally the shit and Dancer, NERDY GLASSES WEARING TALL GUY WITH SUPERBRAIN AND HOTNESS AND HOW IS THERE NOT MORE OF YOU? 

So yeah the story might have pedophile perverted thoughts inappropriate thoughts among the too sexy dudes but if you are a fan of Karen Marie Morning's writing and the fever series give this a go but I highly recommend that you wait till all three books come out before starting on them.  

I give this

My review of the previous fever series

About The Author

Karen Marie Moning
Karen Marie Moning (rhymes with 'awning') is the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of 12 novels, including the Rita-award winning Highlander novels and the internationally bestselling urban fantasy Fever series. Her books have been published in 21 languages, and her events draw fans from all over the world.

She divides her time between the mountains of Georgia and the beaches of Florida. 

Nov 1, 2012

Book Cover: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Look at the pretty cover. GIMME GIMME! WANT!

The final book in the New York Times bestselling trilogy, perfect for fans of Battlestar Gallactica and Prometheus!

Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh--to build a home--on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience.

But this new Earth isn't the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed's former passengers aren't alone on this planet. And if they're going to stay, they'll have to fight.

Amy and Elder must race to discover who--or what--else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed--friends, family, life on Earth--will have been for nothing.

Oct 26, 2012

ARC Review: Building From Ashes by Elizabeth Hunter

Building From Ashes by Elizabeth Hunter
Series: Elemental World #1
Genre: Urban fantasy
Release date: October 23, 2012
Synopsis from goodreads
For a thousand years, powerful earth vampire Carwyn ap Bryn has served others. God. His family. His friends. But tragedy and loss disrupt his peaceful existence, causing him to question everything he has committed his eternity to.

Brigid Connor has known about vampires since they rescued her from a painful childhood. But not even their vast elemental power can save her from the demons that torment her.

As loyalties are tested and new paths are forged, a lurking danger slowly grows in the Elemental World. Carwyn and Brigid will learn that even secrets revealed can come back to haunt you when you least expect it.
My Thoughts: 

I love the world of Elemental Mysteries Elizabeth Hunter has created so it's only fair to say when I found out about the new series of Elemental World I just had to have it. Miss Hunter was very nice and sent me one of the arc's, it might have been because I had begged and poked till she gave in.

Carwyn is such an old vampire with the elemental power of earth  and very very different from Giovanni but charming nonetheless even though he prefers Hawaiian shirts and watching wrestling marathon with Gio just makes him more amazing. Brigid is different from any other character I have met so far, I have to admit it took me a bit to warmed up to her but I got there. She has had a damaged childhood and a very tough life and she has grown the most in this story among all the characters. I didn't know how this would play out Carwyn being such an 'experienced' for a lack of better words, vampire and Brigid being in her twenties I really hoped I wouldn't cringe. So kudos to Miss Hunter for making this so believable with her writing.

Building From Ashes is definitely worth reading if you are looking for a new urban fantasy to sneak in your reading, but without reading the Elemental Mysteries first there might references that would be hard to catch on to.

You can win a copy of Building From Ashes, by following this link

I give this:

About The Author

Elizabeth Hunter is the author and publisher of the Elemental Mysteries Series. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College in the Department of English (Linguistics) and a former English teacher. A native of Central California, she now lives in Southern California with her husband, son, and an assortment of dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, travel, and bowling. Someday, she plans to learn how to scuba-dive. And maybe hang-glide ... but that looks like a lot of running. A Hidden Fire is her debut novel. 

Find out more about Elizabeth Hunter from her Website Twitter Goodreads

Oct 14, 2012

Something Wicked Comes: Interview with Elizabeth Hunter and Giveaway

Hey all! Thank you for stopping by and checking out my interview of E.Hunter for Something Wicked Comes hosted by my turtle buddy Heidi at Rainy Day Ramblings and Lila at Babbling About Books. You can also win E's latest book Building From Ashes, just follow the instruction at the end of the post.

I have Elizabeth Hunter with me today, the author of the Elemental Mysteries Series and many more. 
So first I would like to ask, how did you get into writing?
I was a technical writer for years, writing things like manuals and sales proposals, but then I started writing a little fan fiction for fun. And it was that experience that showed me how fulfilling creative writing could be. I started my own stories and just never stopped.
What inspired you to write The Elemental Series?
I love paranormal fiction. Have loved it for years. I was thinking one day about what I would do if I had eternity to live. I’m a total bookworm, so I figured I would just read a lot! From that idea sprung the idea of Giovanni Vecchio, an immortal whose life revolved around books. And the series really grew from that.
What was the hardest part to write in this series?
I think endings are always hard to write. Each book has been difficult to end, but particularly A Fall of Water, because it was the end of Gio and Beatrice’s story arc. It was the right time to say goodbye to them, but it was difficult.
What are your favorite parts of the books you loved writing?
I love dialogue. Particularly flirting. I love banter and humor. Those parts are some of the most fun to write for me. I start to twitch if I see too much narration on the page with no one talking.
If you weren’t an author, what do you think you would be doing instead? 
Probably, like Beatrice, I would be a librarian. Information science and research are passions for me. I’m a very curious person.
Over one year you have written and published five books now, how do you do it?
I don’t sleep much! I also think it helps that I’m very organized about how I work. I always outline a project completely before I start. For me, this helps to keep me very focused when I actually sit down to write. While the writing of my last four books took a little over a year, the planning and prewriting took longer.
You wrote both paranormal and contemporary, which did you like writing more?
I like both, but paranormal and fantasy will always be my first love.
Who are your biggest supporters?
My readers! I have amazing, brilliant readers. I also have a crazy, diverse family who are amazing and very supportive and a wonderful group of friends who are writers.
If you had the chance to have a date with ANY character from your book, who would it be and why?
Carwyn, probably. I like to laugh and he’d be a fun date, don’t you think? I like beer, wrestling, and motorcycles, so I think he’d go for it. ;)
Just one more before we go to the quickies, any plans for starting another series in the near future?
I am working on a shapeshifter series right now! I’m about 3/4 of the way finished with the first book and have already published a short story prequel called Long Ride Home: A Cambio Springs Short Story, which is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It’s a different setting and feel from the Elemental Mysteries, which is fun, but deals with some of the same themes about love, family, and friendship that all of my books do.

Now time for some quickie fun questions
Writing or Reading? 
Tough one, but writing. If I had a whole day to myself, I’d write before I’d read. I love my job.
Favorite Actor? 
Oooooh, probably Michael Fassbender. He’s very talented and has such a presence on screen. (And yes, incredibly handsome.)

Prangon here pops in to spam with Michael Fassbender yummies

Favorite Movie? 
The Big Lebowski? Maybe. I’m moody about these things.
Favorite author?
No possible way I can answer that!

Thank you so much E for being so patient with me and taking the time out of your busy schedule to do the interview. 
Elizabeth is giving away one copy of  Building From Ashes. This giveaway is open to EVERYONE so all you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave your name and email address in the comment box. Winner will be chosen on 1st November.

Building From Ashes (Elemental World #1)
by Elizabeth Hunter 
For a thousand years, powerful earth vampire Carwyn ap Bryn has served others. God. His family. His friends. But tragedy and loss disrupt his peaceful existence, causing him to question everything he has committed his eternity to.

Brigid Connor has known about vampires since they rescued her from a painful childhood. But not even their vast elemental power can save her from the demons that torment her.

As loyalties are tested and new paths are forged, a lurking danger slowly grows in the Elemental World. Carwyn and Brigid will learn that even secrets revealed can come back to haunt you when you least expect it.

A continuation/spinoff of the Elemental Mysteries series. The timeline in this books stretches from BEFORE A Hidden Fire starts (so you see a little character history) until AFTER A Fall of Water finishes. As I’m sure lots of you could tell, Carwyn had quite a few things going on in his life that didn’t make it into Gio and Beatrice’s story. So Building From Ashes explores that storyline and also sets up the Elemental World for some new adventures...

Oct 4, 2012

Review: My Life As a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

My Life As a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland
Series: White Trash Zombie #1 
Genre: Horror, Borderline YA

Synopsis from goodreads
Angel Crawford is a loser

Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she's a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who's been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken.

That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in an horrible car crash, but she doesn't have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there's a job waiting for her at the parish morgue—and that it's an offer she doesn't dare refuse.

Before she knows it she's dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey—just when she's hungriest!

Angel's going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn't, she's dead meat.

My thoughts

I have been pushing this off my reading list every time it appears in my kindle. I am glad that I finmally gave in and read this. I really am. Lemme just say paranormal, UF is an extraordinary world where authors brings new myths, stories, creatures to life that you never thought possible. 

When I hear the word Zombie it's associated with Walking Dead, Evil Dead anything that is mindlessly dead and do not at all have a brain, that works like human more like human brain eater. So Rowland's White Trash Zombie is one of those books that made me think twice about my zombiesist (is that a word?) ways. 

One of the thing that put me off reading this for so long was the cover. I know it's pretty but it's really not how I saw Angel Crawford when I read the book. I can not deny the fact that I do in fact love the cover but it just didn't get me started on the book immediately, so yeahhhh... that's just me =/

I am trying retain myself from flailing around about the book right now but I will say that if you have even an inkling love for zombie anything really, this is the thing to try. 

I give this

About the author 

Diana Rowland worked as a bartender, a blackjack dealer, a pit boss, a street cop, a detective, a computer forensics specialist, a crime scene investigator, and a morgue assistant, which means that she's seen a lot of weird crap. She won the marksmanship award in her Police Academy class, has a black belt in Hapkido, has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition, and can't rollerblade to save her life.

Oct 1, 2012

Review: iFrankenstein by Bekka Black

iFrankenstein by Bekka Black
Genre: Young adult, Paranormal
Released Date: September 16.2012
My copy: Received from the author

Synopsis from goodreads
Frankenstein comes to life for the wired generation.

Following her critically-acclaimed iDrakula, award-winning author Bekka Black breathes life into a modern re-telling of iFrankenstein, using only text messages, web browsers, tweets, and emails.

Homeschooled teenager Victor Frankenstein is determined to write his own ticket to independence: a chatbot to win the prestigious Turing prize and admission to the high tech university of his choice. He codes his creation with a self-extending version of his own online personality and unleashes it upon the internet. But soon he begins to suspect his virtual clone may have developed its own goals, and they are not aligned with Victor’s. The creature has its own plan, fed by a growing desire to win darker and more precious prizes: unfettered power and release from loneliness.

As the creature’s power and sentience grows and its increasingly terrible deeds bleed over from the online world into the real one, Victor must stop his creation before his friends and humanity pay the ultimate price.
My thoughts

This is the second cell phone novel I have read from Bekka Black. And like iDrakula this too was impossible to put down till the very end. iFrankenstein is the modern techie take of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein.

Over the years there have been allot of movies, series, plays based on the original book, I ought to know cause I am a big no HUGE Frankenstein fan. However from all the Frankenstein takes I have witnessed thus far, iFranktenstein is one of the most memorable one. I suppose if Frankenstein was a teenager in this time of era I imagine he too would be quite the genius and create a monster such as VV that lived in the internet.  

iFrankenstein is definitely something worth checking out if you haven't already. And if you are looking for more cell phone novels like iFrankenstein I would also suggest you check out iDrakula, another awseome text/email tale of Dracula. 

I give this

Books I have read from Bekka Black 

About the author

After a childhood often spent without electricy and running water, Bekka escaped the beautiful wilderness of Talkeetna, Alaska for indoor plumbing and 24/7 electricity in Berlin, Germany. Used to the cushy lifestyle, she discovered the Internet in college and has been wasting time on it ever since (when not frittering away her time on her iPhone). Somehow, she manages to write novels, including the award-winning Hannah Vogel mystery series set, in all places, 1930s Berlin. The series has received numerous starred reviews and the first book, A Trace of Smoke, was chosen as a Writer’s Digest Notable debut.

She lives in Hawaii with her husband, son, two cats, and too many geckoes to count. iDrakula is her first cell phone novel.

Author's website/goodreads

Sep 30, 2012

ARC Review: Protecting Truth by Michelle Warren

Protecting Truth  by Michelle Warren
Series: The Seraphina Parrish Trilogy #2
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: October 6th, 2012
Synopsis from goodreads
Seraphina’s keeping a secret from her Wandering team: she’s perfecting her fighting skills. But telling Sam and Bishop the truth would only alert them to her plan: to go back in time, save her mom, and finish what she started. With the help of Turner, Bishop’s handsome twin, she progresses toward her goal but plummets deeper into dangerous territory where the lines of friendship and romance are blurred. One passionate kiss changes everything, leading Sera to unravel a shocking web of family secrets, heartbreaking ulterior motives, and sinister agendas. Love and lies collide in a haunting climax, where the truest souls may not survive.
My thoughts

Can I have the next book already! I simply can NOT wait to read the third book of the series. I honestly can not believe I have to wait another year before I have the third book in my hands. 

Protecting Truth picks up a few months after the ending of Wander Dust, answering many of my unanswered questions and yet creating many ones at it's leave. 

Seraphina has grown since Wander Dust, she is a little wiser, a bit more kick-ass and turning out to be strong Wanderer. I still swoon over Bishop, I do but Turner is GAHHH! Twins, yet so different from the other and it's so hard to choose. 

I won't go into the lengthy details of the book but I sure as hail will rave about just how much I loved it specially Turner and Bishop. End verdict? If you have read Wander Dust you must check out Protecting Truth and in case you still have not read the The Seraphina Parrish Trilogy yet, pick up Wander Dust and read it!!

I give this
The Seraphina Parrish Trilogy #1

About The Author

Michelle Warren didn’t travel the road to writer immediately. First, she spent over a decade as professional illustrator and designer. Her artistic creativity combined with her love of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy led her to write her first YA novel, Wander Dust. Michelle loves reading and traveling to places that inspire her to create. She resides in Maryland, in a historic Baltimore row-home, with her wonderful husband.

Sep 24, 2012

Review: The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins

The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins
Genre: Contemporary romance
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Synopsis from goodreads

Lucy Lang isn't looking for fireworks...

She's looking for a nice, decent man. Someone who'll mow the lawn, flip chicken on the barbeque, teach their future children to play soccer. But most important... someone who won't inspire the slightest stirring in her heart...or anywhere else. A young widow, Lucy can't risk that kind of loss again. But sharing her life with a cat named Fat Mikey and the Black Widows at the family bakery isn't enough either. So it's goodbye to Ethan, her hot but entirely inappropriate "friend with privileges" and hello to a man she can marry.

Too bad Ethan Mirabelli isn't going anywhere. As far as he's concerned, what she needs might be right under her nose. But can he convince her that the next best thing can really be forever?

My thoughts

Have we establish the fact by now that I am in love with contemporary romance, specially when it's Kristan Higgins'. 

I confess I was a wee bit reluctant to read this because well with miss Higgins' books and me goes something like this, LOVE LOVE LOVE, meh ahh whinie noises, GAHH SO GOOD I WANT MORE, huh okay, BAM WOOOOOAHHHH. Does that at all make any sense? *cricket cricket* Well I guess not. However I enjoyed reading this book very much. Most of the contempt books I have read is far from the angsty stuff that's one of the main reasons for me to love this genre. But with 'The Next Best Thing' miss Higgins tried a bit of angst while it was still fluffy the angst just made the book more appealing as I went on. Again another record while reading this, yes I stayed up all night and finish it even though I had classes at 7 and had to work till 7 in the evening afterwards. Ahh good ol' times. 

End verdict, I love Kirtan Higgins and if you have seen me raving about her books trust me they are all good with a bit of bumpy rides.

I give this

Other Kristan Higgins I have read

About the author

Kristan Higgins lives in a small Connecticut town with her two children and husband. She is a contemporary romance writer, she loves to write books about relationships, since the search for love and security is one of the driving forces of life. 
Find out more about Kristan Higgins from her  goodreads/website/blog

Sep 8, 2012

Review: Too Good to Be True by Kristan Higgins

Too Good to Be True by Kristan Higgins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis from goodreads
When Grace Emerson's ex-fiancé starts dating her younger sister, extreme measures are called for. To keep everyone from obsessing about her love life, Grace announces that she's seeing someone. Someone wonderful. Someone handsome. Someone completely made up. Who is this Mr. Right? Someone...exactly unlike her renegade neighbor, Callahan O'Shea. Well, someone with his looks, maybe. His hot body. His knife-sharp sense of humor. His smarts and big heart.

Whoa. No. Callahan O'Shea is not her perfect man! Not with his unsavory past. So why does Mr. Wrong feel so...right?
My Thoughts

Before I go deep into my incoherent ranting I would just like to point out that from the four books I have read from Miss Higgins, this is the second book I loved. Now that is out of the way lemme tell you why I loved it. 

First, this is more of a how the characters first met and fell in love sort of story so comparing the previous books from Kristan Higgins I love reading about a boy meets girls and the process along the way of falling in love rather then they were already in love for years just didn't say it out loud. 

The story in general is pretty nice. Grace take on how she had lied about her 'boyfriend' is pretty hilarious,  and reminded me a lot about my sixth grade. Yeah we all do it once to get into those social circles which  later becomes rather awkward to talk about. Callahan O'Shea is not the typical boy next door we read so much about but in a way he also sort of is. 

Must read.

I give this

Other Kristan Higgins I have read

About The Author 

Kristan Higgins lives in a small Connecticut town with her two children and husband. She is a contemporary romance writer, she loves to write books about relationships, since the search for love and security is one of the driving forces of life. 
Find out more about Kristan Higgins from her goodreads/website/blog


Sep 3, 2012

Review: My One and Only by Kristan Higgins

My One and Only by Kristan Higgins
Genre:  Contemporary romance
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Synopsis from goodreads
Divorce attorney Harper James can’t catch a break. Bad enough that she runs into her ex-hubby, Nick, at her sister’s destination wedding, but now, by a cruel twist of fate, she’s being forced to make a cross-country road trip with him. And her almost-fiancĂ© back at home is not likely to be sympathetic.

Harper can’t help that Nick has come blazing back into her life in all of his frustratingly appealing, gorgeous architect glory. But in Nick’s eyes, Harper’s always been the one. If they can only get it right this time, forever might be waiting—just around the bend.
My thoughts

Kristan Higgins' contemporary romance is one of my favorite. Specially when I need fluff I get one of her books. After reading Just One Of The Guys, I was pretty reluctant to read another Kristan Higgins but all in all it was a good read. I felt en-synced with the entire scenario.

I liked Harper's character, she felt real for one thing and like the previous romance novel I have read from Higgins, this too had the strong female character. She doesn't believe in the entire happily ever after thing, I guess that explained the divorce attorney part! Nick, ahh he is really sweet, he is the guy you would take home to meet the folks. I started reading this around midnight and I could not put it down down till the next day.

If you are contemporary romance lover and read anything from Kristan Higgins, you won't be disappointed.

I give this

Other Kristan Higgins I have read

About The Author 

Kristan Higgins lives in a small Connecticut town with her two children and husband. She is a contemporary romance writer, she loves to write books about relationships, since the search for love and security is one of the driving forces of life. 
Find out more about Kristan Higgins from hergoodreads/website/blog

Aug 13, 2012

Cover and Excerpt of Dominion by Melody Manful

As a part of the Dominion blog tour hosted by Y.A. Reads I will be posting an excerpt and the brand new cover of the The Guardian Angels series, Dominion by Melody Manful.

I was lucky enough to read Dominion, you can read my review here.

I should have called the police the moment I woke up, but what was I going to say: “Hello. 911. Help. I think I’m going to die because I had a dream that I died?” Yeah, even in my head I sounded ridiculous.
What happened to me was horrifying. It still is. But you won’t read about it in the newspapers, because it never happened. 
“It was only a dream.” That was what everyone kept telling me. Nevertheless, they were wrong. What happened to me wasn’t a dream. I was living it. I died that night. I was murdered in a firestorm. 
Yet, where I am, I’m alive. 
One single white lie isn’t supposed to bring with it a lifetime of obstacles, right?
I lied. I said ‘Yes,’ when I was supposed to say ‘No’, and that was how I got here. 
I committed a crime. Handcuff me. Sentence me to life. Execute me. Trust me, death will be a vacation compared to the punishment I’m serving. 
“You’re such a terrible liar, Abigail.” This is what everyone I know says whenever I try to key up a lie. Then again, what does everyone I know, know for sure?  Nothing! 
I wasn’t crazy. No, honestly, before I found myself in ‘wackoland’ I was a walking ray of sunshine. Everything in my over-idolized life was perfect. 
Until he came.
First, I thought. Finally. Someone to chase away the monsters underneath my bed, but as it turned out, he didn’t come to chase them away. He was it.
My guardian angel.

Jul 3, 2012

Review: A Healing Heart by Melissa A. Hanson

A Healing Heart by Melissa A. Hanson
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
My copy: provided by the author
Released date: February 14, 2012
Synopsis from goodreads
On a bitter cold winter night Bailey Walsh’s family was killed in a traffic accident.  Two years later as she lives with her aunt and uncle in Southern California, Bailey is still plagued by the nightmares of that terrible night.  Everywhere around her are reminders of what she lost.  Even her aunt, in a cruel twist of fate, is not just her mom’s sister, but her identical twin. 

Babysitting Riley, a spunky two-year old, is a sweet distraction and one constant light in her life.  One day as she takes Riley to the park she meets Collin McKenna, a senior at her high school and her life is changed forever as he helps her find herself and realize her life is worth living.

As the romance between them grows her broken heart begins to heal. However, still nagging in the back of her conscious is the fear that her new found happiness could come crashing down and she could lose everything she loves, yet again. 

Outside forces begin to tear them apart and Bailey must learn to trust in herself and realize that she is worthy of happiness.  That sometimes love and healing comes in unexpected forms.
My thoughts

I am a sucker for good YA, I usually find myself reading YA with fluff and paranormal theme. A Healing Heart was a great change to that stereotypical reading.

What attracted me most to the book was the word building, and Melissa did a great job bringing her characters to life. Making them so believable. I simply adored reading about Collin and Bailey, my only complain is the story ended to soon.

What I struggled with was, sometimes character would go on a bit longer than necessary with their own monologue, making it hard to stay focused. Other than that it was a pretty solid.

If you are looking for a quick, well put together YA romance, A Healing Heart is worth a shot.

About the author

Melissa A. Hanson lives in Southern California, with her husband Eric and two sons, Cody & Cole. She attended Cal Poly Pomona and obtained her Bachelor of Architecture degree while working and starting her family. Aside from working as a professional architect, she is a scrapbooker and avid reader. “A Healing Heart” is her first completed novel.
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