Thursday, April 28, 2016

Review for Gambit by C.L. Denault - 5 out of 5 stars!





SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS -


In Earth’s battle-ridden future, humans have evolved. Those with extraordinary skills rise to power and fame. Those without live in poverty.

Sixteen-year-old Willow Kent believed she was normal. But when a genetically-advanced military officer shows up in her village and questions her identity, long-buried secrets begin to emerge. With remarkable skills and a shocking genetic code the Core and its enemies will do anything to obtain, Willow suddenly finds the freedom she craves slipping through her fingers. Greed, corruption, and genetic tampering threaten every aspect of her existence as she’s thrust, unwilling, into the sophisticated culture of the elite Core city. To ensure peace, she must leave the past behind, marry a man she’s never met, and submit to the authority of a relentless officer with a hidden agenda of his own.

Her life has become a dangerous game. How much will she sacrifice in order to win?


MY REVIEW -

I loved this! I loved pretty much everything about it, and I am definitely reading the next book! This review contains slight spoilers, but most of the spoilers are things that take place fairly early on in the book.

Gambit is told in Willow's POV, and she is definitely feisty; she's a brat sometimes, but I still really liked her, and I liked her fiery-ness. Normally I would be put off by her attitude, but Denault did an excellent job of allowing me, as the reader, to understand where Willow is coming from. Gambit is set in the future, but there are elements of times of the past; it's sort of a steampunk type of thing, but not quite fully. There are areas in Gambit's world where people don't have technology and are closed off from ordinary "pleasures" in life, and have to really struggle to survive, while other areas in this world have new and advanced technology, and in the technologically advanced areas is where those of higher status live. Willow lives far from those areas; she lives in a small village, where she helps run her family's tavern. I loved how supportive Willow's family is, and how honest her parents were with her. People in the Gambit world also go through something called "the surge", which if the person survives, there is a possibility that the person could develop a power of sorts; such as telekinesis, extra strength, better sight, etc., and if a person is found to have an ability they are taken to The Core, so their ability can be put to use, or those people could be bred to create more people with that particular skill, and these people are taken even against his or her will by soldiers from The Core.

Willow and her family hear news of The Core from the messenger that an important family of The Core has discovered that their child has been switched at a young age with a child that isn't theirs, so The Core is in search of the missing child and any who have aided in this deception. Soldiers from The Core show up at the tavern in search of a suspected traitor involved with the kidnapping. Reece is the soldier in charge of searching the village, and he's a bit of an iceman in his search. All of this activity has Willow on edge, and to top it off her surge happens, and she discovers she has a power. Willow doesn't want to leave her family, so she tries to hide it, but Reece is very cunning, and sees right through all of Willow's attempts, and he also suspects Willow to be the missing child. Once it is found out that Willow is indeed the missing child, she is no longer in charge of her life. She has to leave behind her family, friends, and all that she knows, and reunite with her family in The Core, where she is to be married off to a man from another prominent family because Willow's power and his power will supposedly produce exceptional offspring. So, she is basically held prisoner and forced to go along with Reece because anyone who gets in his way will suffer the consequences, and Willow doesn't want anyone harmed. And so begins the journey across the lands to The Core.

Gambit has a bit of a dystopian feel, and I happen to love dystopian books, so that was great for me, and I enjoy books that have action and adventure in them, and Gambit has some great fight scenes, and I enjoyed the groups traveling time to The Core. Reece was a fun character because he had lots of different levels to his personality, and I could sympathize with Willow about which Reece was the real Reece, and how everything isn't just black or white, but there are shades of gray as well. Willow trying to find a way to deal with her ability was interesting, and I like how the ability isn't a simple thing; it sort of brings out a side of Willow that she doesn't necessarily like, but needs to figure out a way to deal with it. Willow is a strong female character, who isn't perfect, and that's okay. I'm looking forward to seeing how much she grows throughout this series. Gambit also has, of course, some romance, but that wasn't really the focal point as of yet, but I really enjoyed it, and I'm definitely looking forward to more in the next book; it'll be interesting to see where its going to go. Gambit doesn't really end in a cliffhanger, but the story is far from finished there is still a lot that needs to happen, and I can see this series becoming really epic, and really it already kind of is.

Gambit was really excellent, so I definitely recommend it!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Review for Skinny Dipping Season by Cynthia Tennent - 4 out of 5 stars



SYNOPSIS -

Elizabeth Lively dresses conservatively, straightens her curly hair into submission, and works hard to uphold her political family’s reputation. Her therapist might call it “OCD,” but she’s just trying her best to live by the rules—until her carefully crafted world comes crashing down when she’s fired, painfully jilted, and arrested for a crime she didn’t commit. All she can think to do is flee to her grandmother’s lakeside house in tiny Truhart, Michigan, a town that’s as quirky as it is quaint . . .

No stranger to second chances, Acting Sheriff JD Hardy isn’t pleased to have Elizabeth in Truhart for the summer. A former city cop with a painful past, JD now runs a tight ship, and isn’t keen on a newcomer with a criminal past, even one as tempting as Elizabeth.

Between lazy summer days and lakeside evenings, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, Elizabeth must decide what the future holds for her, and where her heart belongs. She will learn that sometimes you have to dip a toe in cautiously, and other times you just have to dive in . . .


MY REVIEW -

Skinny Dipping Season had some cute moments, and I enjoyed the humorous aspects. I also loved the small town aspect, and there's some interesting characters. I did have some problems with the main female lead, Elizabeth, towards the beginning; I felt she was a bit bratty, and I don't really get why she is rude to JD so often, and I also don't like how she sort of flies off the handle and does things without thinking about them, and of course that causes problems, but I liked her humor and how she stands up for herself. I did like JD, and I liked that he was a punk kid, who turned his life around. The chemistry was a little weird between JD and Liz; I don't feel like their relationship was given enough build up, but I did enjoy all of their scenes together; they have some fun banter. The story does have heart and I was surprised by some of the ways the author chose to go.

The story starts out with Liz moving into her grandmother's house in Truhart because there's a bit of a scandal in her home state because she was caught with pot in a car she was driving, and since her dad is involved in politics, it is a big thing. The majority of her family is horrible by the way; especially her mom and her sister; her sister slept with her boyfriend, so that's another reason Liz wants to get out of town, and Liz also have obsessive compulsive disorder. Liz is doing better with her disorder, but her family makes her more prone to obsessive behaviors. JD is filling in for the sheriff of Truhart, while he is out of town, and he gets called to Liz's place by her neighbor for a possible break-in, so right off the bat Liz and JD get off on the wrong foot because Liz is bratty and JD is a bit straight-laced. So we have, main characters who get off on the wrong foot, interesting small town people, and a crazy family dynamic, and all that creates some fun times.

In the end, I did enjoy reading Skinny Dipping Season, and I look forward to more books by Cynthia Tennent!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Review for Heart Like Mine by Maggie McGinnis - 5 out of 5 stars!




SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS -

Delaney Blair loves her job at Echo Lake's Mercy Hospital, where she's developed a reputation for being smart, fair, and driven. When she's assigned to cut funding, she has to temporarily relocate her office, put on borrowed scrubs, and go toe-to-toe with Dr. Joshua Mackenzie, the interim head of the pediatrics department. His killer smile and rock-star body are distractions Delaney could do without, but she's determined to stay focused while she brings his budget into line. It's not working.

Beloved by his colleagues and patients alike, Josh is too busy caring for sick kids to talk numbers with the sexy, stiletto-clad Delaney. Every time they talk business, tensions run high…but so does a powerful attraction neither of them can ignore. When an emergency brings Mercy to its knees, Delaney and Josh must work together to save lives. But can they also find a way into each other's hearts?


MY REVIEW -

This was really sweet! I loved it! I loved Delaney. She's a smart, tough, honest, hard-working woman, who has a heart of gold; she has some really sweet scenes with the patients. I liked Josh too, but I do think he was being a bit disrespectful to Delaney in the beginning, but I loved that he is a nice guy in the end, and I admire his dedication. I liked that they were sort of friends before they develop into more, but I do think it did take a bit too long to get down to the romance. It's definitely on the PG-13 side of things because although there is making out and sex is alluded to, there isn't any detailed scenes, which I happened to find refreshing. The romance was great, and they are really adorable together, and they have excellent chemistry. I enjoyed the scenes with Delaney's assistant, and also with Josh's friends; they are a fun bunch. I also enjoyed the humor throughout the story.

Delaney works in the financial department in a hospital, and Josh works as a doctor in the pediatric ward. Delaney is tasked with cutting the budget of the pediatrics department, but Dr. Josh is being a bit difficult because the department is already stretched thin, so he gives Delaney a dare of sorts. She is to work on the pediatrics floor for a week, so she can have a better understanding of the work they do there, and how much the funding is to the department. I loved how open to suggestions Delaney is in this book; it really shows how she truly wants what is best for the patients.

This book is so heartfelt, and I really enjoyed pretty much all aspects of the story! I am looking forward to reading more books by Maggie McGinnis!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Review for Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell - 5 out of 5 stars!






SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS -


What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? Once Upon a Dream marks the second book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways.

It should be simple--a dragon defeated, a slumbering maiden, a prince poised to wake her. But when said prince falls asleep as soon as his lips meet the princess's, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over.

With a desperate fairy's last curse infiltrating her mind, Princess Aurora will have to navigate a dangerous and magical landscape deep in the depths of her dreams. Soon she stumbles upon Phillip, a charming prince eager to join her quest. But with Maleficent's agents following her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are, and moreover, who she truly is. Time is running out. Will the sleeping beauty be able to wake herself up?


MY REVIEW -

Once Upon a Dream started slow for me, but by the end I really enjoyed it! The world that Liz Braswell creates is definitely fantastical and enchanting, so it is perfect for a spin on Sleeping Beauty. The story isn't a retelling, but more of a continuance of the original Sleeping Beauty story, but instead of Prince Phillip's kiss awaking Aurora, he falls under the spell as well, so Aurora has to go on a sort of quest to save herself and the kingdom within her own dreamland. Aurora starts out as a naïve princess who doesn't look to deeply into things, but as the story progresses it is nice to see her grow into her own, and she also doesn't remember much from her awake life, so she doesn't know who to trust and what is actually the correct reality. Aurora has to go through some trials in order to save everyone, and grow into a person fit to be royalty.

I enjoyed when Aurora questioned things that were in the original story, things like how quickly Prince Phillip and her fell in love, and how she really wasn't the happy, joyful angel in the woods; she's a real person with real issues, and she's not perfect. I thought Prince Phillip was great! He's everything you would expect out of a fairy tale prince. He's brave, dashing, and adorable, and definitely adds some lightness to the story. He's really sweet and understanding with Aurora, which is needed because Aurora can be a bit difficult, but through it all he remains true to her.

If you enjoy the original Sleeping Beauty, I'd say definitely give this one a read! There's cool creatures, awesome battles, fun faeries, and of course kick-butt characters! And I loved how this book just added so much to the original story, and it was great to read more with these characters. It brings some rather base characters to life and gives them personality. The only thing I would have liked more was for the ending to be a bit longer. Fun, interesting read!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Review for Saven Disclosure by Siobhan Davis - 5 out of 5 stars!



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS -

THE TRUTH WON’T HIDE FOREVER

To protect Logan, I have no choice but to deceive him.
But I’m not the only one hiding the truth.
Will our love survive all the secrets and lies?

Enemy alien ships crowd the skies over Earth while the world waits with bated breath. The Saven have been exposed, and where once they were abhorred, they are now championed as our greatest ally and our only possible savior.

Logan and Sadie have been separated, and the longer he is gone, the more their love is tested by duty, doubts, and deception.

Sadie and Jarod have infiltrated the highest levels of government, but they are playing a dangerous game. Surrounded by people with conflicting agendas—hell-bent on using her for their own aim—Sadie is confused when the lines between good and evil are blurred. It’s impossible to tell friend from foe, and no one can be trusted.

When the full extent of the experiments taking place in Sector Twenty is disclosed, Sadie can no longer sit back and watch as the lower classes face a horrific fate. Racing to save her loved ones and mankind, she risks her own safety and the love she’s waited a lifetime for to do the right thing.

But no one thought to save her from herself.



MY REVIEW -


Siobhan Davis has done it again! She has written another truly engrossing story! Saven Disclosure is another can't put down, can't stop reading, no sleep book! Siobhan knows how to create the perfect balance between the romance, the action, and the story; her writing keeps the reader engaged till the very end! I loved Siobhan's True Calling series, and now I am loving her Saven series, and I can't wait for the next book in the series!

If you haven't read the first Saven book, Saven Deception, I feel you need to read that first since this book is a continuation of the first book, and will add to the enjoyment of this book; plus that book is awesome too, so it is a definite must read! There may be some spoilers for the first book in this review, so be forewarned! And I may elude to some things in this book that may be a bit spoilery, but I think it's more of the teaser variety rather than outright spoilers.

Saven Disclosure picks right up where Saven Deception left off, Sadie and Logan are a committed couple in deep love with each other, but are separated because Logan is on the road with his family to build support for an alliance between the people of Earth and the Saven people. Sadie is dealing with the backlash of dating an alien; she is being harassed and threatened, so she has to have a bodyguard, Haydn. I liked the addition of Haydn; he creates some interesting drama in Saven Disclosure, and I'm looking forward to seeing how his story develops. Sadie doesn't get much freedom, so the pressure is starting to get to her. Sadie isn't content to sit back and do nothing, so she's been having further contact with the rebels in hopes of helping the lower class from being taken over by the Saven. Sadie has to contend with being pulled at from various sides; she is being pressured to do things that go against what she thinks is right, and she finds herself in some really difficult spots. On top of that, there is another alien race threatening Earth, so War is looking more imminent; especially with Saven relations not going so well, also Sadie's sister is in trouble, so she needs to figure out a way to help her, also there's the issue of trying to figure out more about the Eterno bond, and to top it all off, there are too many "secrets" between her and Logan. I just want to say that you can't expect other people to be truthful, when you can't be truthful yourself, and all the "secrets"; a.k.a lies, just cause more problems! If you truly love and trust someone then you should trust in them to understand where you are coming from! Plans would go a lot smoother if there was honesty. Okay sorry for the rant, it was just bothering me.

I love Sadie's sass and her humor! And I think she handled a lot of tough situations really well, and showed maturity and intelligence and grace. I almost found her to be too understanding at times; I kind of wanted her to be a bit more selfish sometimes, and I felt she was a bit dense about a couple things, but I still think she is an incredibly strong character. Her and Logan's relationship is adorable, and I love them together; they are just so sweet and cute! And they compliment each other really well, and have wonderful chemistry. I wasn't completely happy with how far Logan takes a certain thing; that goes with the whole keeping "secrets" thing causing problems.

I loved all the action! And the camaraderie between the whole group was terrific! I especially love the friendship between Sadie and Jarod. It's great that all the girls get along too! Plus, I love the alien aspect! So much is going on in this book, but I never felt overwhelmed by it all. Siobhan does an amazing job building up the Saven Disclosure world, and as I was reading I could really visualize the scenes.

Siobhan's books are definitely some of my favorites, and I'm really excited to read the next books in the series! I love these characters, and I'm looking forward to reading more as their stories unfold. Saven Disclosure is a must read! All of Siobhan Davis' books are a must read! Plus the books have such beautiful covers!


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

SAVEN DECEPTION by SIOBHAN DAVIS BOOK BLITZ!!!! A TRULY AWESOME, AMAZING SERIES!!!

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Saven: Deception (The Saven Series #1) by Siobhan Davis. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 30 March till 5 April, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

Saven: Deception is now free on all book selling sites, so make sure to grab your copy! And there's a tour wide giveaway!


Saven DeceptionSaven: Deception (The Saven Series #1)

By Siobhan Davis

Genre: Science Fiction Romance

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: December 15, 2015



Blurb:

I’ve fallen hard for an alien, but he’s harboring secrets.

Massive secrets that threaten the very essence of humanity.

How can I give him my heart when his race plans on taking my future?


Sadie Owens has been slowly dying inside. Bit by bit, piece by piece, day by day. Trapped in a life she hates, she relies on only one person—herself.

Despised by her family and betrayed by an unscrupulous government, Sadie dreams of a different life. When she is chosen to participate in the government’s new social experiment, she is ecstatic at the prospect of spending six months in Thalassic City, the shiny new city under the sea.

Immediately drawn to Logan Chandler, Sadie is captivated by the beautiful boy with the ocean-blue eyes. Logan seems to embody everything that has been forbidden, but he isn’t all he appears to be.

Confused over Logan’s true intentions and concerned when best friend Jenna starts transforming in front of her eyes, Sadie partners with newcomer Jarod in a bid to uncover the government’s real agenda. The truth is more shocking than anything she could ever have imagined.

When Sadie finally understands why the Saven walk among us, will it be too late to save her heart and the human race?






About the Author:


Siobhan Davis writes young adult science fiction fantasy romance books, and she is the author of the Amazon bestselling True Calling series. The first book in her new Saven series was released in December 2015.


A self-professed teenager forever–at least when it comes to books, music, and films, Siobhan is totally addicted to teen fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. She loves baking, shoes, bags, makeup, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward).


Before pursuing a full-time writing career, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in Human Resources over the last twenty years. She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.



You can find and contact Siobhan here:

- Website: http://www.siobhandavis.com

- Blog: http://myyanabookobsession.com/

- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TrueCallingBooks

- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/siobhandavis

- Google +: http://www.google.com/+SiobhanDavisAuthor

- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8390357.Siobhan_Davis

- Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Siobhan-Davis/e/B00M8JJ8IG

- Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bv8gKz


Sample chapters, quotes, reviews and book excerpts are all available to download from the authors website: http://www.siobhandavis.com




There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Saven: Deception. Open international. Below are the prizes you can win:

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- The Complete Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

- Signed paperbacks of Saven Deception and Saven Disclosure by Siobhan Davis


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