Nov 29, 2014

Review -- Poison Tree

22020176Poison Tree (Reflection Pond #2)
Author: Kacey Vanderkarr
Release Date: December 2nd, 2014
Publisher: Urban Fey Press
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 234
Format: Ebook, Received from author in exchange for an honest review

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The road to the City of War is dangerous.

With their home in ruins, Callie and Rowan are Eirensae’s last hope of stealing the cauldron back from Fraeburdh. They must travel into the human world where the Fallen hide. The banished fae wait for Callie, desperate to sacrifice her before she comes of age.

If Callie and Rowan survive the journey, something worse looms in Fraeburdh. Rowan is destined for a dark family legacy too horrifying to accept, and his father is anxious to welcome him home. Once the truth is revealed, will Callie ever look at Rowan the same way?

Trapped between feuding cities lost in a centuries-old war, Callie and Rowan will face their biggest rivals yet, and neither of them will make it out unscathed.

My Review:
Check out my review for the Reflection Pond, the first book in the series!!

I really enjoyed the first book in the series, but this one beats that. Where the first book is slower, introducing you the world that they are in, this one sucks you into the characters that you got to know. The first book sets you up to follow this wonderful story and gives you a story that is very rare to find these days.

Callie goes through so much in her life and yet more and more happens to her. The poor girl just can't get a break. She may need to pull into her shell for a little bit here or there, but what I love about her is she sees all of it as a challenge. She won't let anyone break her, no matter who it is. If they get under her skin for a little bit, they find out the hard way that they shouldn't have even tried. She is such a strong character and her soft spot is Rowan. She is there for him no matter what trying to make him see that no matter what, he will always be good in her eyes.

I love Rowan. Even when he does something difficult by thinking it was better for Callie, he still can't stop thinking about her. It is so sweet when you have the characters that didn't get close to really anyone, but once they work their way over that wall, there is no letting them go back around it. Rowan does so much for Callie, his actions are what he thinks are best for her, no him. He does make mistakes like any guy out there, but since you get to follow him around, you get to see the reasoning and can't help but say Awww at things that he does. His heart is in the right place, even if he doesn't seem to think that it is.

This book has so much going on. You follow from place to place and all the things that happen to Callie and Rowan. You also have a new character pop in by the name of Gunner. I felt so bad for him when he is first introduced and he blossoms into such a strong will character on his own and becomes very important to Callie and Rowan.

You have to learn through the book who you think you can trust and who you can't. Kacey sends you on a whirlwind that you aren't able to predict. There is so many curve balls thrown at you through the ball that you are in a state of blissful confusion that makes it impossible to stop reading.

This book deals with faeries, but also has a strong sense of war and dystopia mixed throughout the story that it is a lot more than a love story between the Fae. The messages of being tough and never give up are strong and make you feel empowered well after the story is over.

Nov 28, 2014

Review -- To The Sea

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Author: Deirdre Riordan Hall
Release Date: February 11th, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 314
Format: Ebook, Gifted

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Fresh out of college and newly married, twenty-something Kira plans the perfect future with a house in the suburbs, ski getaways, and fancy dinners. When her husband Jeremy dies in a car accident, loss casts her adrift, but her heart cracks wide open when she uncovers the secrets he left behind.

Despite her dislike for the ocean with the whipping wind and itchy sand, Kira seeks solace in salt: tears, sweat, and the sea, helping her move beyond the myth of perfection, and guiding her toward the truth of who she really is.

She takes surf lessons to overcome her fear of the water and her well of grief. In the local surf scene, she meets sultry Jamie, with a hot Australian accent. He’s eager to spend time with her, but mostly between the sheets. Then there’s soulful Ian, her surf instructor, who helps her get on her feet and ride the waves.

During a transformative trip to South Africa on surfari, she learns the best way to be loved, yet when she returns to the shores of New England, grief continues to haunt her. She must let go, but how? Torn between the tides, Kira discovers strength and courage, navigates loss, lust, and love, taking readers along for the plunge.

My Review:
I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book. I knew it had some surfing in it, which I have learned to love thanks to Nikki Godwin, but I saw about losing her husband. I am sensitive to books like that, I don't do that well with death. Due to Deirdre being awesome as well as getting the swag for this book, I decided to give it a chance.

I waited until the end of September so in case this book was hard on me, it wouldn't put me in a book slump at the beginning of Swag September. I am mad at myself for this as well as glad. I am mad at myself because the book was wonderful. I am glad I waited because she has 3 other books in this series and I know if it was the beginning of the month I would have read all of them and not been able to get many other authors in for a read.

I haven't lost someone in the way she did, but I did go through the whole cheating thing. I know the pain it causes to see someone someway and then have that torn apart. For her I feel even worse, I was at least able to confront them and get answers, Kira wasn't given that option. She had no choice but to keep going even with how bad the pain was for her. I was proud of her for keeping going and all the tough things that she had to do. I don't think I could have done the things she did.

I didn't like Jamie. I had a feeling he was very similar to her ex-husband, Jeremy. Just how fast he went about things and I knew he was leaving soon, I just got that feeling. I was urging for Kira to realize it and was surprised it wasn't obvious to her, but I know how it is just to want to feel loved no matter how you are getting the attention.

I loved Ian. From the first time you meet him, I could tell he was a great guy. I could also tell he was reserved and in a way it seems like he is pretty shy. He knows the waves, he knows how to surf, but when it comes to love, he seems to be scared. I waited quite a while through this book to get to know Ian some more! He is definitely wonderful and a great guy to get sucked into!

This book takes you on an emotional rollercoaster following Kira. You get to watch her ups and downs and start to come to terms with who she really is and the life she wants. You see her gain acceptance to then have it yanked away as memories come to wash over her all over again. It was refreshing to see a character that seems real and didn't change right away. She was a normal person who you could see you meeting on the street. She was more than just a fictional character.

The book goes between her house on Lilac Court to her going to the beach. There is also a chunk of the book that is set with her in South Africa. She takes the time she was supposed to be on a honeymoon and takes a spontaneous trip to South Africa instead. Here is a time you can really see some things happening and watch her blossom into herself. It was great. You got to witness the changes within her and even get explanations on the battles she is fighting within herself.

Deirdre has created a wonderful story for anyone to enjoy. Male or female, it doesn't matter, you can both follow this. It is emotional but in a way that shows personal growth not the sappy story that most men don't want to read. There are some scenes that could be considered not meant for young eyes, so I would keep this book for high school age or above just in case. The scenes aren't very graphic or anything so I could see someone in high school still being able to enjoy it without it being considered too much for them!

Nov 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday -- Life in the No-Dating Zone

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!!

Life in the No-Dating Zone
By: Patricia B. Tighe
Release Date: December 2nd, 2014

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After surviving her parents' relationship drama when her older sister elopes, Claire Gardner vows not to date during high school. Now, three years later, Claire is thrust into new relationship drama--her two best friends have boyfriends. Which means Claire is spending more and more time alone. And she's more than a little peeved.

Enter Gray Langley. His year-long crush on Claire's friend Lindsey has made him desperate enough to ask Claire for help. Hesitant at first, Claire agrees--anything to get rid of Lindsey's current evil boyfriend. But as Claire and Gray plot together, an attraction develops, and now she must decide if being with Gray is worth the pain that will come from confronting her parents with the reasons for her vow.

Nov 25, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday -- Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you at The Broke and the Bookish!! Each week we will be releasing a top ten book related list for you all to enjoy!

Most of these are also on my re-read list, but they are ones that I really want to read and get around to :) So only a couple of them are new for you all to see!!

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

1. Last Bite by Nancy Verde Barr

2. Italian for Beginners by Kristin Harmel

3. Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by E.L. James

4. When in Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison

5. Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

6. Wings Series by Aprilynne Pike

7. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

8. The Duff by Kody Keplinger

9. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

10. Syrena Legacy Trilogy by Anna Banks


 Well, that's my list for the week! Hope you all enjoy! 

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Teaser Tuesday -- Poison Tree

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

 Anyone is able to play along, just do the following :)
  • Grab your current read 
  • Open to a random page 
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page 
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!) 
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

" Rowan shook his head, turning to her. His failure burned inside of him, hot as coals, bitter as acid. He'd promised to keep Callie safe, keep her in Eirensae where the Fallen couldn't find her. Yet, here she was, out in the human world. Vulnerable."

On 1% of Poison Tree by Kacey Vanderkarr

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Nov 24, 2014

Blog Tour -- True Calling

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23293202True Calling
Author: Siobhan Davis
Release Date: August 1st, 2014
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 410
Format: e-book, received from author for an honest review
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Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17 year old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.

As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent pre-occupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.

Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant, ‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.


My Review:
This is the first space book that I have read, and I know I will be reading more books like this in the future!!

I don't want to really compare this book to others, but I saw bits of other books that I have read in this one. I saw the Selection with her having to pick a husband and The Hunger Games with the rebels and government trying to control everything after Earth has a not so good turn of events.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and had a hard time finding time to give it the attention it deserved. My work doesn't allow us electronics so I wasn't able to read it while the kids were asleep, though I desperately wanted to. Then coming home I was dealing with being sick as well as having to do work paperwork. I was sad, but still tried to get at least a chapter in a night. Once I finally go the time, I sat down and refused to do anything until I was able to finish the book up. Now my problem is, I WANT THE NEXT BOOK!!

This book has so much going on. You have Ariana who is having trouble with the idea of being forced to get married and have children. She is trying to figure out who Zane is in her dreams. She also is trying to figure out why Cal won't leave her alone. As all of this gets sorted out, you get more and more sucked into the pages.

I usually pick one guy that I want the character to end up with when there is a love triangle, but I seriously can't pick one. I would be happy with her being with either one. Just when you think she is final on one of them something happens at the very end of the book that leaves you with a cliffhanger of how things will turn up. I think Zane is a sweetheart and I like him very much. He is modest and tries not to hurt anyone feelings. Even Isla who is chasing him, he doesn't let up on letting her know how he feels about Ariana. He is super smart and is very vital to the rebel cause. Then there is Cal, who has a hot temper, but there is no denying that he cares about Ariana. He seems so sweet even though his life isn't the greatest at home, he turns out to be a great guy even if his dad is awful.

The author is wonderful in describing everything enough that you are able to picture all of it even though it is set in space or in a more technological world that earth has become. There are all sorts of high tech gadgets for us to learn about.

This book is one that I would recommend to anyone that asks for me a new book to read. It is mixed with a bit of dysopia, to swoon worthy romances, and family ties. It also gives you the strength to want to do things you are know difficult for the benefit of the world around us. Things aren't always easy, but it is up to us how we want to handle them and keep going with our lives. Now I get to wait as patiently as I can until the next one comes out!!


About the Author

Siobhan Davis is the author of YA science fiction romance series True Calling. A self-diagnosed ‘teenager forever’—at least when it comes to books, music and movies; Siobhan is totally addicted to teen fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. Siobhan loves baking, crime novels, shoes, bags, make-up, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward).

Siobhan has forged a successful corporate career, in Human Resources, over the last twenty years.

A member of the IWI writers group, Siobhan resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.


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Memory Lane Monday #33 -- My Dog: The Paradox Review

This is a new weekly meme that Kristalyn over at The Sarcastic Palmtree and I, Amber at Paradise of Pages, came up with. We have been wanting to re-read some of our favorites but feel overwhelmed by all the other new books coming out that our re-reads get put to the side. That is how we came up with this meme, we decided we don't want to put them aside anymore, so we will be taking turns putting up our reviews on the re-reads we do throughout the month. This does not mean we won't keep up with recent releases as well, it just means we will make more time for those we have read before as well.


So here is how this meme will work:

  • Each week the co-hosts will trade off with recapping when it is a re-read or what they have heard so far about the book and the other co-host will put up their review. 
  •  The participants can read anything that they remember reading in the past, or something that they have wanted to read that has been around for a while and just haven't gotten around to reading it yet for whatever reason. 
  • Participants can decide if they want to recap the book before reading it or just put up a review of what they read. 
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  • We ask you kindly to follow BOTH of our blogs. 
  • Most importantly remember to just have fun! :)

We will be providing each week a linky that you will be able to also link your posts for us to view. All we ask is for you to put up our banner as well as a link back to BOTH hosts on your post. 

17138271My Dog: The Paradox
Author: Matthew Inman
Release Date: May 7th, 2013
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover, bought

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In My Dog: The Paradox, Inman discusses the canine penchant for rolling in horse droppings, chasing large animals four times their size, and acting recklessly enthusiastic through the entirety of their impulsive, lovable lives. Hilarious and heartfelt, My Dog: The Paradox eloquently illustrates the complicated relationship between man and dog.

We will never know why dogs fear hair dryers, or being baited into staring contests with cats, but as Inman explains, perhaps we love dogs so much “because their lives aren’t lengthy, logical, or deliberate, but an explosive paradox composed of fur, teeth, and enthusiasm.”

My Review:

Read my recap for this book Here.

This book makes me laugh everytime I read it. The dog even looks like my little Moose. That is the name of my chihuahua by the way, Moose.

The book sounds so much like my dog, though I must say, he doesn't eat his own poop thank goodness.

The fact that he calls people he doesn't like Horsebeast is hilarious. He calls his owner a Friendbeast, so I guess that makes me a Friendbeast to my own pup!

I think anyone who is an animal person would love this book. Even if you aren't, I could still see you laughing as well.

There is a line at the end of the book that is definitely my dog. It is a picture of him standing over his owner sleeping. The moon is out in the background and it is all dark. There is a while thought blob that says "Hey wake up. I gotta go stand in the yard and sniff things instead of peeing." My Moosey does this almost every night to my boyfriend and it really hits me how much I love my dog.

This is the kind of book that given you have an animal of your own, you will want to go pick them up and snuggle with them and try to let them see how much you love them. My life is forever changed because of my little Moosey and I thank God for him everyday.

Now I'm off to go annoy Moosey with lots of hugs and kisses!!


We will be back next week with our review or recap!

What about you? What do you remember about the time that you read this book/series?

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Nov 22, 2014

Review -- Those Four Letter Words

17916342Those Four Letter Words
Author: Christina Channelle
Release Date: July 3rd, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 62
Format: Ebook, bought

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Eighteen-year-old Jade Reamer is a tough girl with a reputation to prove it. She loves three people and three people only: her brother, her boyfriend, and her best friend. Everyone else is irrelevant.

That is … until Reed enters the picture again.

Suddenly things start to spiral out of control and things aren’t as they seem. Life is no longer simply black and white, love versus hate. Suddenly, it’s hard to figure out which of those four letter words is true.

Especially when she can’t look away from those devil eyes.

I love you. I hate you. I love you. I hate you. Which is it? I don’t even know anymore.

Well, let’s find out.

My Review:
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I have to admit I didn't really like the cover for it, and it was part of the reason I was hesitant to read the book. I knew it was a rather short book, more of a novella, so I decided to go ahead and try it.

It was a great book. It read really fast since it is short and all the stuff had to be packed into the pages, but it didn't feel rushed or like things weren't meant to be there. It all flowed very nicely and I'm glad about that.

I wasn't sure how I would feel about Jade. It makes her come across as this really tough girl, and she is for the most part, but you learn that she is like that because of some traumatic times in her past. You aren't sure what through most of the story, but at the end it all comes out.

There is Connor, her boyfriend, but there was something about him that just made me not trust him. I felt like he was trying to earn redemption at the end, but I didn't feel sorry for him. He could have let it all out, but he lied to her several times.

I didn't know what to think of Reed. He is kept mysterious through most of the story, but at the end both his story and Jade's come out. You get to finally understand what happened and how things are going to be worked out.

There is also Bryn and Nina. Bryn is her brother and Nina is her best friend. You don't learn much about Nina other than they are best friends and they eat lunch together. She tries to tell Jade that she is stupid about going back to Connor but you don't really get the full affect of why until the end. Then there is Bryn her best friend/brother. They are very close even being siblings and she loves her brother very much. They drift apart a little due to him becoming an alcoholic but they find ways to stay together anyway. He stays the protective brother no matter what else is going on. I liked that about him. I also like that he wasn't the typical brother to try and kill any guy going after his little sister. He figures out what happened years ago and gives him opinion on the subject. His opinion shocked me but also made me like him even more.

Even though this book is really short, you are sucked into the pages. There is so much that gets thrown at you time after time that you just aren't able to stop reading it. Even when you think thing are going to settle down, another curve ball was put into the pages. There is also a lot of emotion. You can feel the pain and the anger throughout the story as well as the shock that happens. It is hard to capture that especially in such a short book, but Christina was able to pull it off!

Christina had a great writing style that flowed extremely well. I've read quite a few novellas that just felt rushed or choppy. Even with how short the book is, she still gave you just enough to get to know the characters without it feeling like something is missing. Of course in shorter books you don't get extreme detail in everything, but she did a wonderful job of balancing it all. Some characters you learn about quite a bit, others you get just a little but enough to still understand.

Nov 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday -- The Shape Of My Heart

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!!

The Shape Of My Heart
By: Ann Aguirre
Release Date: November 25th, 2014

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Some people wait decades to meet their soul mate. Courtney Kaufman suspects she met hers in high school only to lose him at seventeen. Since then, Courtney's social life has been a series of meaningless encounters, though she's made a few close friends along the way. Especially her roommate Max Cooper, who oozes damaged bad-boy vibes from every pore.

Max knows about feeling lost and trying to move beyond the pain he's been on his own since he was sixteen. Now it's time to find out if he can ever go home again, and Courtney's the only one he trusts to go with him. But the trip to Providence could change everything because the more time he spends with Courtney, the harder it is to reconcile what he wants and what he thinks he deserves.

It started out so simple. One misfit helping another. Now Max will do anything to show Courtney that for every heart that's ever been broken, there's another that can make it complete.

Nov 18, 2014

Teaser Tuesday -- True Calling

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

 Anyone is able to play along, just do the following :)
  • Grab your current read 
  • Open to a random page 
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page 
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!) 
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

"     'Cadet Remus,' he nods at Cal. 'Cadet Skyee,' he says, as he turns his attention towards me.
     'Mr. Rada,' we acknowledge him in tandem as we move past him.
     He edges in closely to me and I feel the warmth of his breath on my ear as he whispers,'I'm watching you.' "

On 10% of True Calling by Siobhan Davis