Sunday, July 29, 2012

Special for Sundays: 5th Sunday in July

Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related





Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:


1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occasions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 


We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!


Welcome Back!!! This is the rare occasion where we get do a quickie review on a book we have read.  Since starting this blog I haven't not reviewed a book here.  So I am going to go back and choose a series that I didn't love which is the His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman.  I wanted to read the series before seeing the movie as the movie looked pretty good.  However after reading the book I decided not to see the movie.  


I thought the books moved so slow until the last couple of chapters where it would pick up and give me hope for the next book.  When I got to the next book I was disappointed because it started out and I had absolutely no clue as to what is going on.  This works with some series, with this one I found it very detracting.  I honestly kept hoping that it would be good, but unfortunately I found it disappointing.  I won't be reading this series again.




Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Work In Progress by Brad Cotton

I was asked to read and review Work in Progress.  The blurb caught my attention and unlike other books lately I couldn't find anymore about the book.  So I took a leap of faith and decided to read it.  I did enjoy it, and it was a quick read.


It was interesting to me to read from the point of view of the main character since he was depressed.  He joins a group therapy session to begin a new life.  These meetings allows him to meet the author, musician, artist, and nurse.  I also felt that the meetings had also given him the strength to deal with other issues that came up later in the book.


I did like most of the characters as they were quirky, and had different issues of their own.  However I did not like Carrah, the ex-girlfriend, which is due to a personal issue.  I didn't like her treatment of Danny since it resemble a past relationship of mine.  Otherwise she might have been ok, although I still don't think I would have thought the world of her.


Overall I did enjoy reading the book and I give it my Pretty Good Rating:



Monday, July 23, 2012

A Work In Progress

This week I am participating in a promotional event for Brad Cotton and his novel A Work in Progress. Read Below for more info about the book and an awesome giveaway(it is being run on other blogs as well). Also be on the look out this week for my review of the book!




A Unique Lit Fiction Novel with Moving Dialogue!





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A Work in Progress is a new literary fiction novel by author Brad Cotton. The book has received great reviews and is on sale from July 23rd to August 3rd! Download your copy here.


In addition, Brad is doing a big giveaway, including a $100 gift certificate to Amazon and signed copies of his book!


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Tweet, like, follow, share, blog and grab a copy of his book to enter.





Get your copy of A Work in Progress today! On sale on Amazon only.



About A Work in Progress

Writer Danny Bayle’s life is in shambles. His true love has left him and his grandfather — the last and most important influence in his life — has just passed away. Danny has spent the last few months languishing, unable to write a single word, but at the urging of a friend ventures out into the world in an attempt to jumpstart a new life, befriending in the process an interesting assortment of characters including an author, a musician, an artist, and an elderly retired nurse. Garnering the attention of more than one woman, Danny sees his new friends unwittingly begin to shape what could just be the story of his life. But will he ever let go of the girl that got away?


About the author


Born and raised in Toronto, Brad Cotton has been writing professionally for over a decade. An average guitarist, a subpar painter, and a horrible juggler of anything larger than a tangerine, he is currently married to a woman, but does not have a cat, a drum set or any children. A Work in Progress is his first novel.



Learn more about the author and his work at: http://www.bradcotton.com/

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Special for Sundays: 4th Sunday in July

Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related





Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:


1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occassions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 


We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!


Welcome Back!!!  So this week we are looking at books on our TBR mountain.


One For The Money (Stephanie Plum, #1) From Goodreads(image and blurb):


ONE FINE MESS
Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, home to wiseguys, average Joes, and Stephanie Plum, who sports a big attitude and even bigger money problems (since losing her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store). Stephanie needs cash—fast—but times are tough, and soon she’s forced to turn to the last resort of the truly desperate: family...


ONE FALSE MOVE
Stephanie lands a gig at her sleazy cousin Vinnie’s bail bonding company. She’s got no experience. But that doesn’t matter. Neither does the fact that the bail jumper in question is local vice cop Joe Morelli. From the time he first looked up her dress to the time he first got into her pants, to the time Steph hit him with her father’s Buick, M-o-r-e-l-l-i has spelled t-r-o-u-b-l-e. And now the hot guy is in hot water—wanted for murder...


ONE FOR THE MONEY
Abject poverty is a great motivator for learning new skills, but being trained in the school of hard knocks by people like psycho prizefighter Benito Ramirez isn’t. Still, if Stephanie can nab Morelli in a week, she’ll make a cool ten grand. All she has to do is become an expert bounty hunter overnight—and keep herself from getting killed before she gets her man


So I picked this up because the movie looked really good(I still have yet to see it, but I think it looks funny). Plus my mom has read it and told me I should read it.  I take her suggestions seriously, so I have it in paperback sitting on my end table.  I am not sure when I will get to it quite yet, but I do plan on getting to it at some point!

Updated Review Policy and a Few changes

This morning I had checked out In Which Ems Reviews Books(she is my blogging mentor and a good friend of mine) as she had a new post about her review policy .  She links Evie and Amanda(click on their names to see the posts mentioned) as to what had prompted her changes.  Well after seeing their posts and seeing bullying, stalking, and threats being made to reviewers I have decided to update my review policy to make sure aspects were clear, and to make a few changes.

First off I have decided that any request(as I do not actively seek out books to review) will be sent my review policy.

Second off I have limited requests to ebooks only as my email for this site is needed.  I no longer feel comfortable giving out my address to have a hard copy of a book. Which leads me into the next change: any giveaways I conduct will be for ebooks only.  Since I am no longer comfortable giving out my address I can not expect anyone else to give theirs out.  I know this will affect the turnout of the giveaways but I feel that it is the best choice for the time being.  I know I have one more giveaway that does include a paperback giveaway coming soon, but after that it will only be ebooks.

With Indie or Self published authors I will still take each request on a case by case basis.  Since I do have my Nook, I feel comfortable with using only ebooks instead of not taking any requests from them.

You can see a complete copy of my review policy HERE.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Last Refuge giveaway Winner

So the winner is:


HOPE from What More Books.  She won with her entry for following me on twitter.


Congrats Hope, enjoy it!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)From Goodreads(image and blurb):


Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King’s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world...

But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others--a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.


After reading this all I can say is WOW!!!  At some points I was extremely angry, and others so happy I wanted to dance!  Then the ending, OMG, I am dying to get to the next book!!!  I have to wait a bit, but I am so excited for the next one.  It is so hard not to explain more about the book since there are spoilers and I hate giving out spoilers since I fully believe you need to go read it for yourself.  This isn't a happy series but it  is definitely one that should be picked up!







Sunday, July 15, 2012

Special for Sundays: 3rd Sunday in July


Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related



Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:

1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occassions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 


We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!

Welcome Back!!!  This week is about one of our favorite authors, and this week I choose:


Christine NolfiFrom Goodreads(image and bio)
Christine owned a small public relations firm in Cleveland, Ohio. She closed the firm sixteen years ago when she adopted a sibling group of four children. She has been writing contemporary fiction full-time since 2004.

Her most recent novels include Treasure Me and Second Chance Grill (books #1 and #2 in the Liberty, Ohio series) and The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge. She now resides in Charleston, South Carolina.


I have reviewed Treasure Me and The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge, and loved them.  Christine is quite a storyteller.  Her characters are strong and grow through out the story.  The stories are complex and have you cheering for the characters.  I have been thrilled to work with her and get to know her and her works!  If you haven't checked out her books I do highly recommend them as you can see from my reviews:
Treasure Me and The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge











Friday, July 13, 2012

Another Giveaway!!

I really did enjoy The Last Refuge(You didn't see my review well take a look at it HERE!), and am so excited because Ben Coes is allowing me to giveaway a SIGNED copy of his book! This is for US and Canada only. So fill out the form below and GOOD LUCK!!!


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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Last Refuge by Ben Coes


The Last Refuge (Dewey Andreas, #3)

From Goodreads(image and blurb):

With time running out to stop the nuclear destruction of Tel Aviv, Dewey Andreas must defeat his most fearsome opponent yet.
Off a quiet street in Brooklyn, New York, Israeli Special Forces commander Kohl Meir is captured by operatives of the Iranian secret service, who smuggle Meir back to Iran, where he is imprisoned, tortured, and prepared for a show trial.  
What they don’t know is that Meir was in New York to recruit Dewey Andreas for a secret operation. Meir had been tipped off that Iran had finally succeeded in building their first nuclear weapon, one they were planning to use to attack Israel. His source was a high-level Iranian government official and his proof was a photo of the bomb itself.  

Dewey Andreas, a former Army Ranger and Delta, owes his life to Meir and his team of Israeli commandos. Now, to repay his debt, Dewey has to attempt the impossible ---to both rescue Meir from one of the world’s most secure prisons and to find and eliminate Iran’s nuclear bomb before it’s deployed---all without the help or sanction of Israel or America (at the near certain risk of detection by Iran).  Unfortunately, Dewey’s first moves have caught the attention of Abu Paria, the brutal and brilliant head of VEVAK, the Iranian secret service. Now Dewey has to face off against, outwit, and outfight an opponent with equal cunning, skill, and determination, with the fate of millions hanging in the balance.


I was asked to read and review the book.  I thought it sounded quite interesting plus it is a bit different than what I have been reading lately.  I had accepted and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. This is the 3rd book in the Dewey Andreas series.  I have not read any of the other books and I didn't feel lost with the storyline.  I do think the other books will reveal a bit more about a few things that were mentioned, so I think I will have to eventually pick those up too!

This is a fast paced thriller with a realistic plot.  Iran and nuclear weapons has been in the news, so as I was reading this much of it sounded very plausible to me.  Hidden nukes, Iran wanting to blow Israel up, and the political play  the United States tries to make...all of which made me want to see how it all ends up.  The book did end in a way that another story could come  out of it, although it wasn't a major cliff hanger!

This book was told through many points of view.  However Coes does a great job interweaving them so that it wasn't a distraction.  Plus at the beginning of the chapters you were told where you were, sort of like any military type movie or show would do.

Overall I really enjoyed the book, and while this is a bit different from my other reads I found it to be an Excellent read!


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Special for Sundays: 2nd Sunday in July





Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related



Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:

1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occassions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 


We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!


Welcome Back!!!  It is time for Two books everyone must read...I think I am going to go with:

The Chronicles of Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7)

From Goodreads(image and blurb)
The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, is one of the very few sets of books that should be read three times: in childhood, early adulthood, and late in life. In brief, four children travel repeatedly to a world in which they are far more than mere children and everything is far more than it seems. Richly told, populated with fascinating characters, perfectly realized in detail of world and pacing of plot, the story is infused throughout with the timeless issues of good and evil, faith and hope. This edition includes all seven volumes.
I think the world C.S. Lewis created is phenomenal!! I didn't read this as a child but as an adult and loved it then.  I highly recommend it  to anyone!  Another book due for a re-read!


The Scarlet Pimpernel>From Goodreads(image and blurb):
Armed with only his wits and his cunning, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries and rescues scores of innocent men, women, and children from the deadly guillotine. His friends and foes know him only as the Scarlet Pimpernel. But the ruthless French agent Chauvelin is sworn to discover his identity and to hunt him down.
I had read this in high school and have read it several times since.  It is quite a story and I really need to read it again sometime!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Winners of Between the Land and the Sea!

So the winners of the ebook of Derrolyn Anderson's Between the Land and the Sea are:

Sue from her Follow entry(a friend of mine).

Rachelle from her Follow entry(a networked Blogs follower).

Thanks for participating and Congrats!!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Florence by Ciye Cho

FlorenceFrom Goodreads(image and blurb):
Seventeen-year-old Florence Waverley is out of her depth. Literally. Kidnapped and taken below the waves to the mer world of Niemela, she is the ultimate gift for merman Prince Kiren: a human familiar tied to his side. But nothing is what it seems amid the beauty and danger of a dark ocean. Every Niemelan has a role to play, from the mermaids who weave towers out of kelp to the warriors who fight sea monsters. But in trying to survive, Florence will end up in the middle of a war between the mer and the Darkness. A conflict that will push her between two brothers: Kiren, the charmer inexplicably drawn to both her and the monsters; and Rolan, the loner who has been pushing her away since the day they met. But in order to take a stand--and find out where she belongs--Florence will have to risk it all: her life, her heart... and her very soul.

I was approached by Ciye Cho to read and review Florence.  It sounded very interesting, but I was worried about giving it a fair review since I was reading another mermaid story.  However this one is different from the other ones I had read, so I didn't constantly compare the two.

Florence is quite an interesting character.  She tries to hide from the world and watches what goes on around her.  However as the story progresses she does change and as the blurb mentions find where she belongs.  To me she embodies many typical teenagers in this way, including me when I was that age.  So she is was someone I could relate to.

The story is told from different perspectives, which allows the reader to know a bit more about what is going on in Niemela.  It is very easily distinguished between who is telling the story when, so it wasn't very confusing to me.  I will say that at first the story seemed to move a bit slow, but it did pick up quickly and held my attention through out the story.

Overall I enjoyed the book and think it is another great summer read!  So I give this one my Excellent rating!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Special for Sundays: 1st Sunday in July





Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related



Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:

1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occassions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 


We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!

The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, #1)
Welcome Back!!!  So it is time to pick another favorite book, so I am going with:

From Goodreads(image and blurb):

This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear

A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blond, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly--she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.


This book will always hold a special place in my heart because this was more of an adult book that my mom had recommended to me.  I was a young teenager when I had read it the first time, so it was a big deal.  I was surprised by a few things that had happened, and my mom had forgotten about those parts but I was mature enough to handle it.  I haven't read the final book that recently came out, but I do have it on my TBR mountain and can't wait to get to it!

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