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Monday, September 1, 2014

Beauty's Beast Blog Tour : Review & Giveaway

Hi everyone! Today I have a stop on the Beauty's Beast blog tour. There is a review of the book and a giveaway for you all.

Beauty’s Beast
By: Amanda Ashley 
Releasing September 2nd, 2014
Zebra/Kensington

Blurb
Beauty

Fair of face and figure, Kristine is young, innocent, pure. Yet she has been condemned to the gallows for killing a man. The only one who can save her is a lord so infamous that some say he is the son of the Devil himself…

And the Beast

Erik Trevayne is called the Demon Lord of Hawksbridge Castle, but few know of the curse he lives under. Or the terrifying changes slowly gnawing away at his humanity. When he weds her, all he wants of Kristine is a son. But when he beds her, a wild hope is born—that love that can tame even the most monstrous of beasts...

My Review
Kristine is on her way to be hung. She is a young innocent girl who murdered a man. With time counting down till her execution she never dreamed she would get a way out of it. All that changes when she gets freed only to become the wife of Lord Erik. He is called the Demon Lord and rumors have flown about him for years. Now married to a man she knows nothing about Kristine is finally finding happiness even if Erik hides from her and keeps her at a distance. Erik has to produce a heir and he knows the curse cast upon him is nearing being complete. He is becoming more beast than man. His only hope is he leaves a heir behind. That is all he wanted Kristine for but she slowly draws him out and makes him wish for more. The two fall in love but their time together is to be short as there seems to be no end to the curse.

Kristine is a very sweet girl. She is young and had her life tore apart by a cruel man. She is always trying to get Erik to spend more time with her and even after a shock she still wants only to be with him. She will do anything to help him. Erik has gave up hope and stays by his self. He doesn't want the pity or the horror people give him when they see him. He has walls up but as Kristine tears them down you see how sweet and caring he can be. He only wants her to be happy.

As re-telling of Beauty and the Beast this is a wonderful one. Kristine is an amazing woman who will do anything and give anything to help the man she has grown to love. Even when she has never seen his face she has grown to love him. He doesn't treat her bad but he doesn't treat her great either in the beginning. They have to learn to trust each other. I love how far they go and the sacrifices they are willing to make to help each other. It Shows how much they love each other and how far they will go to show that love. I love the addition of another creature besides the witch. It added a unique touch to the story. There is tons of danger, a lot of love and magic to be found in this amazing book. I would recommend this to anyone who love a fairy tale retelling, a love story or a story with some paranormal in it.

4 out of 5 Stars



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Amanda Ashley is one of those rare birds—a California native. She's lived in Southern California her whole life and, except for the earthquakes, she loves it. She shares a home with her husband, as well as an adorable Pomeranian named Lady, a wild house sparrow named Tweety, and a tortoise who remains nameless. Amanda and her alter ego, Madeline, have written 60 books. Not bad for someone who started writing just for the fun of it. Her books regularly appear on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.

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Beautiful Ashes : Review

Title: The Beautiful Ashes
Author: Jeaniene Frost

Blurb
In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate. 

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her. 

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn't: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…

My Review
Ivy has always been different. She has visions of thins that just can't be real.  Now her sister is missing and when she goes looking for her she finds out the truth. Her visions aren't fake they are real. She can see into another realm. Her sister is trapped there and she has to save her. She finds help in Adrian. Adrian knows all about the realm. It is where he was raised and where he walked away from. He and Ivy feel an attraction between them but they can't be together. He tries his best to help her find a relic that will enable her to take on the demons that have her sister. They both are heading into danger and falling in love just can't happen. Ivy has a lot to learn about who and what she is and the journey to find it is a dangerous one.

Ivy s a wonderful character. When others would give up or go to the nut house she buckles down to save her sister. She sees other realms and what is in those realms would send a normal person screaming away. Not Ivy. She wants to know everything that has to do with what power she has and what is going on. She doesn't like secrets. Adrian seems moody at times. he has had a different upbringing than others and it has left his mark on him. He tries his best to resist anything to do with Ivy. Both are great characters with ties to an interesting history.

I have to say this book turned out way different than what I thought it would. It was so much better! There is several twist i didn't even think of from reading the blurb and I love how the author twisted them in. This book is fast paced and you don't want to put it down for anything. You just keep wanting to read to see what next. I have to say Ivy does amazing at everything that is thrown at her. She has to do many things and change several times to reach her goal. Some of these changes are hilarious. While there is something between Adrian and Ivy for the most part they try to keep it under control. There is a lot of danger in this book and I loved seeing the different realm and creatures. I am now left with the impossible task of waiting for the next book. Something that is not easy to do as I love this world the author has create. I want to know what next. if you love a book with fabulous characters and a wonderful story line pick this one up!

5 out of 5 Stars

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About Jeaniene Frost: 
Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, and the upcoming Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

For information on Jeaniene's books, reading the first 20% of each book free, book trailers, deleted scenes, creature mythology, and more, please visit: www.jeanienefrost.com

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Betting on Julia : Review


Betting on Julia (Melville Sisters #2)
by Nina Croft

Blurb 
Small, blonde, bubbly, and with a penchant for all things pink, Julia Melville has always considered herself a nice girl – until she was attacked by a werewolf. Months later, and still in total denial, Julia spends the time between full moons fantasizing that her life is normal. And who could be better to help her with that than her new neighbor, handsome accountant, Sebastian Crane.

For two hundred years, Sebastian, a powerful warlock, has been possessed by a demon. Each day, his soul grows darker, and he knows that soon he will be beyond salvation. But the demon loves to gamble, and he’s made Bastian one final bet—get a good woman to say the words “I love you” and he’ll be free.

Julia wants a normal guy. Bastian needs a good woman. Maybe together they can find something far more valuable…redemption.

My Review
Julia loves all things pink. having her nails done and being dressed up. Getting turned in to a werewolf threw a kink into her life and she spends her time now trying to ignore the wolf inside her. She hates having to shift and calls her wolf thing. She is ready to have a little fun in between the full moons. Her hot new neighbor seems just like the normal guy she needs in her life to feel normal herself. Sebastian isn't a normal guy. He is a warlock who is possessed by a demon. He has to do thing to keep the demon happy and from hurting innocent people. He finally has the chance to be free of the demon. He just has to get a good woman to say I love you in a months time. Julia seems like the perfect woman to get to fall in love with him. The two begin to spend time together and grow to care for each other. The biggest problem is what secrets they have between them. Can Julia deal with him not being normal and Sebastian get over his hatred of werewolves to give Julia a chance.

Julia puts me in mind of a Barbie. She is a small blonde and loves her pink. She has a great personality when she is letting being a werewolf get her down. She hates shifting and really treats the wolf inside her kind of bad. They seem to butt heads constantly. She thinks being normal is all she needs. Sebastian has a dark side to him. At first I wondered how much was him and how much was the demon inside. I liked getting to know the softer side of him when he was with Julia. He is very stubborn and only wants to be free. 

I love this series and this author. I have yet to read a book of hers I didn't like. Julia and Sebastian are wonderful together. At first they have their own reason for wanting to use each other but they slowly begin to fall for each other. Julia has to learn she has changed and the wolf is only a new part of her. I love how she tries t come up with another word so she doesn't have to say wolf. The demon inside Sebastian is truly a twisted creature. Sebastian hates the stuff he has had to do and battles constantly to keep the demon from doing harm. They both have reasons they should hate each other but they have to learn to work together. If you enjoy paranormal romance I recommend this series and book!

4 out of 5 Stars

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Goodreads Book Link: http://bit.ly/BettingJuliaGR
Amazon Buy Link: http://bit.ly/BettingJuliaAM 
Barnes & Noble Buy Link: http://bit.ly/BettingJuliaBN

A Duke's Wicked Kiss : Review


A Duke's Wicked Kiss
by Kathleen Bittner Roth

Blurb 
Miss Suri Thurston knows the pain of abandonment. Intent on confronting the grandmother who tossed her to the lions, she travels from England to her birthplace in India. Her plans run afoul when she encounters the man who, ten years prior, left a mark on her soul with one stolen kiss. But he is a duke, and far beyond the reach of even her dreams.

The Duke of Ravenswood, secret head of the British Foreign Service, has no time for relationships. His one goal is to locate and eliminate key insurgents involved in an uprising against the British East India Company before it's too late. But when Suri appears in Delhi, his resolve is tested as he finds his heart forever bound to her by the one haunting kiss they shared once upon a time.

With Suri's vengeful Indian family looking for her death, and insurgents intent on mutiny tearing their world apart, can their love rise above the scandal of the marriage they both desperately want?

My Review
Suri never had plans to settle down or have kids. She is the product of a love affair her father had and doesn't want to pass on being a mix blood to kids. She has had a good life growing up with her father and his family. Only one man has ever caught her eye when they had a kiss years ago. Now she is going to India to try and meet her mothers family. In India she is surprised to run into John again. John is now the Duke of Ravensworth and also secret head of the British Foreign Service. He is there to stop an uprising and had no plans to fall for a woman. He can't resist Suri the girl he has never forgot. They begin a relationship but danger is set to keep them apart. Her mothers family wants her dead and he is an a dangerous position. Can they overcome the odds against them to find happiness?

I loved the different setting sin this book. India was fascinating to read about and I could picture clearly the settings. Suri is a great character who knows what she wants and doesn't want. At times she rushes into things but she means well. I enjoyed reading about her. John is a great guy who works hard and has his own secrets. I love how committed he is to his cause and the reasons behind it. There is tons of danger in this book and I was surprised how far Suri's family was willing to go to kill her. Another favorite thing in this book is John's cheetah. that was an awesome addition and I love that cat. India is just the start of Suri and John's problems as they still have stuff to deal with even back home. it seems know matter how much they are in love something keeps trying to come between them. The author does a great job with the characters and with the plot. It is a great story you can really get into that is not full of fluff.

4 out of 5 Stars

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Goodreads Book Link: http://bit.ly/DukesWickedKissGR
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

His Secret Superheroine : Review


His Secret Superheroine (St. Louis Superheroes #1)
by Patricia Eimer

Blurb 
All kindergarten teacher Peyton Pearson wants is a nice, quiet life. Unfortunately, quiet isn't something she's had a lot of after tainted medicine turns her into a superhero. She's single, and saving the city from criminals—which is increasingly dangerous as the anti-superhero movement in St. Louis gains traction. Then there's her hot next door neighbor who makes her think super-dirty thoughts, and has no idea who she really is. 

Police officer Dylan Wilson is trying to make the world safe by working to unmask all superheroes. When his sexy neighbor, Peyton, is evicted, Dylan offers her his spare room, unknowingly opening his home—and his heart—to the city's most reluctant superhero.

Can love survive when the masks come off?

My Review
Peyton never wanted to be a superhero. She just wanted a normal life as a teacher. thanks to a jerk ex husband her life is not what she thought it would be. She is hiding who she is from the world and especially her hot next door neighbor. Dylan likes Peyton and when she becomes homeless he offers her a place to stay. His daughter loves her and he likes her. What he doesn't know is she is one of the superheroes he wants to unmask. He is a member of the anti superheroes who want them all unmasked. As they begin to fall for each other danger rises up and Peyton as to reveal who she really is. Will love be enough to keep them together or will her being a superhero tear them apart.

Peyton is very sweet. She is a great teacher and loves kids. She also has a few self confidence issues and doesn't see her self as beautiful. I liked that as it made her seem normal. Dylan is a great dad and great cop. He does have faults like thinking all super heroes are bad or will become bad. He lumps them all together. At times he can seem awful but he does have his reasons. Both have problems with their exes.

I really enjoyed reading this. Peyton didn't want super powers and she hates having them at times. She has an ex that everyone thinks is great but she knows different. She constantly worries she may hurt someone with her powers not meaning to. I liked her a lot. Dylan I liked as well even if at times I wanted to smack him for being dumb. There is all kinds of action in tis book as it has heroes and villains. There is the love between Dylan and Peyton but they have so many things between them you wonder if it will ever work for them. Peyton shows many times how great a person she is in this book. I look forward to reading more in this series. If you want a great book about some super people try this one!

4 out of 5 Stars

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Goodreads Book Link: http://bit.ly/HisSecretSuperGR
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The Duke of Snow and Apples : Review


The Duke of Snow and Apples
by Elizabeth Vail

Blurb 
Frederick Snow, first footman, is the perfect servant: efficient, hardworking, and completely bereft of emotion. Unbeknownst to his employers, he’s the lost Duke of Snowmont, on the run from a suspicious stepfather and a powerful magic he can only control by burying his passions beneath his frosty demeanor. He's managed to hide behind his carefully ordered life until an impertinent miss arrives and challenges everything he thought he wanted.

If Charlotte Erlwood wants to land a wealthy, titled husband at her great aunt’s house party, she has to stop losing her temper – especially with inordinately handsome footmen. Perhaps if she recruits Frederick for her matrimonial schemes, she'll be able to direct her attention toward suitable single noblemen and away from inappropriate dalliances. But Frederick’s frigid control is no match for Charlotte’s irrepressible spirit, and her passionate kiss could summon the darker side of his magic...or wake his heart from its frozen sleep.

My Review
Frederick has been hiding as a servant for many years. He is actually a Duke but he must hide from those that would see him harm and use his powers. He has a powerful magic but does not use it as it could take a life. He just wants to live his life and do his job but when he meets Charlotte that all changes. She is there to find a husband and at first treats Freddie as she calls him awful. She then decides to use him to help her land a rich husband. They two gradually begin to care for each other. A person from Frederick's past shows and they both will have to use their powers to keep Frederick's powers from killing someone. 

This was an enjoyable story that I liked. I didn't love it as I could not connect to the characters. I liked Frederick more than I did Charlotte. He just wants to keep his power under control and not hurt anyone. Charlotte at the beginning is to me rude, snobby and seems to have many sides. She is selfish at times but then wen around some people she throws on the charm to try and get what she wants. She does have a change in her actions later in the book. I just never did grow to love her. It seems all in this book have some kind of power and I liked the magical part of the book. there also wasn't any instant love and fall right into bed and that was great as well. If you like fairy tale retellings you may enjoy this one.

3 out of 5 Stars

Links
Goodreads Book Link: http://bit.ly/DukeSnowApplesGR

Amazon Buy Link: http://bit.ly/DukeSnowApplesAMBarnes & Noble Buy Link: http://bit.ly/DukeSnowApplesBN

The Jewel : Review


The Jewel (The Lone City #1)
by Amy Ewing

Blurb 
The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

My Review
Violet never wanted to become a surrogate. She would rather have stayed in the Marsh with her family. Since she has a gift she was taken away and raised in a school until it was time for her to be sent to the auction to be purchased by a royal and made to carry their child. She is purchased by the Duchess of the Lake and while she is given a lot of stuff she never had before living in the Jewel is not what she wants. From the beginning she is slapped to show her what could happen of she thinks of disobeying and told she is to be called by her auction number 197. She is told they have big plans for her and she must not fail. Her life is to carry a child for the Duchess and that is all. She has to work on growing her powers and stay in line. That becomes hard to do when she meets Ash and falls for him. It is forbidden and they both could die if they are caught. The Jewel is a dangerous place where the surrogates have to follow orders. Everyone wants to have the next greatest child and Violet has to be careful. While everyone thinks they want into the Jewel Violet just wants out with Her life and Ash.

Violet is a special girl who is smart but at the same time she can be very stupid. She rushes into things and should use her head to think them through first. She has a powerful magic and it is only growing stronger. She is beautiful even if she doesn't know it at first. You have to read to see why. She does care about her friends and tries to help them when she can. She tries her best to help her best friend survive. Ash I have to say I didn't care for at all. He is handsome yes but he is also selfish. He knows more than Violet what could happen if they are together but he goes ahead and falls for her. He is charming but he can also be a jerk. Or at least he seemed so to me.

First off I love this cover. It is very fitting to the book and just beautiful. Ok I like Violet I didn't love her but did like her. She never asked for this life and just wanted a normal one. The Jewel is what all hope to live in some day. these girls don't realize how dangerous a place it is. They are only to be used as a brood mare and that is it. they have no life and everything is told to them on how to speak, act and really they are just told everything to do. The other royals aren't above murder to get what they want and if a surrogate gets killed oh well it seems. There are some who try to help the girls but they have to be careful. I liked the plot a lot in this book. I didn't care for the Violet/Ash relationship. I would have liked to know more about how all the powers/sectors and such where started and set up but hopefully there will maybe be a prequel or more explained in the next book. This book has lots of danger and is fascinating to read. The ending did shock me as it has a twist I didn't see coming. I look forward to the next book to see what happens next.

4 out of 5 Stars