12.07.2016

Review: Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch



Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.

Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.

Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.

Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.

As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.
First Line: "This is wrong."

Review:
Frost Like Night is the third and final book in the Snow Like Ashes series and I must say it's been one hell of a ride. The series did suffer a middle book syndrome and an un-needed love triangle but the plot overall was very interesting so can't complain too much.

I would have given this a five star but I am still pissed about who Meira ended up with, it's just not right to make us swoon over one guy and then spring the guy who you thought was for sure out of the picture back into the picture, a guy who can't even compare to the swoon-worthy lose sleep over guy. I'm pissed. I don't like how the romance aspect of it ended, the other guy never fully grew on me. SPOILER------- I fucking loved Theron. Even at the end. I'm pretty damn heartbroken honestly. Sara Raasch if you read this please write him a novella or another book, hell a whole series just on Theron with his own happily every after would be even better. :) -----END SPOILER

So clearly yes I'm unhappy about the romance but Frost Like Night was still worth the read, unlike the last book there was tons of action, lots of interesting characters, three points of views shared between Meira, Ceridwen and Mather. I loved not being able to predict what would be the fate of Meira at the end, Raasch did a great job keeping things unpredictable. The book did take me about a week to read and I blame that on me just having a lot going on and certain parts dragging out a bit longer than needed. One thing I do have to ask is NESSA? Why? SPOILER-----Why did she have to die? Meira could have saved her. She was just killed to be killed-----END SPOILER.

I know I'm sitting her complaining more than praising but the fact that I read all three books in the series shows that overall I did enjoy this series. I did grow to love the characters and that's why I feel so much for them,

10.21.2016

Review: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things 



As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible "adult" around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer
First Line: "My mother always started the story by saying, "Well, she was born in the backseat of a stranger's car," as though that explained why Wavy wasn't normal.

Review: 

This was the most uncomfortable and challenging read I've ever had. I had no clue what All the Ugly and Wonderful Things was about going in and if I had known it had to do with a taboo relationship between a man and a child I know I wouldn't have even given it a chance it's not something I can get behind even after reading the book but with all that said, I am glad I read it because it was a very well written and powerful read that stirred so many emotions in me.

The whole time while reading I was questioning myself. 'Why am I still reading this what the hell is wrong with me? This is so wrong on so many levels.' But I kept reading. And any book that can make me question myself in that manner yet keep my attention to the very end is a must read. 


I loved Wavy. Her life was tragic, she had crap parents and no one gave a damn about her. As much as I hate Kellen for being the adult and pursuing the relationship with her at such a young age I also know if it wasn't for him Wavy would have never had a chance at life at all. It's all so twisted. I'm still just so disgusted by the whole thing. What he did was not okay, he was the adult he should have known better. I'm still pissed off about the whole thing weeks after reading it. Needless to say, it is definitely an unforgettable read.

Memorable Quotes:

~"I liked learning things. How numbers worked together to explain the stars. How molecules made the world. All the ugly and wonderful things people had done in the last two thousand years."






7.12.2016

Interview with Jess Michaels - An Affair in Winter


 What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Rosalinde Wilde?

Rosalinde is a character who tends to live her life with arms wide open. She’s has some very tough times that could make her hard or cold or have a lack of belief in people. Instead, she takes risks and opens herself up. So she was fun to write and fun to consider when I think of my own way of living.

If you could introduce Rosalinde to any character from another book, who would it be and why?

Of my own books, I’d probably introduce her to Serafina from The Other Duke. Serafina was very closed off, but extremely kind and needed friends. I think they’d like each other.

 What other fictional world would most appeal to Lord Grayson?

I’m not sure Gray would be interested in any world but his own. He’s steering the future of his nation by working on steam engines and canals and he certainly would never leave Rosalinde :)

What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your subject/genre, that isn't so? 

Well, romance is the red headed step child of publishing and you hear all the comments about trash and such. I write great stories with people who overcome painful experiences and are healed by the power of love. If those aren’t important things, I don’t know what are.

 If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her? 

Teddy Roosevelt seems like a bad ass. I bet he’d be fun to spend an afternoon with. LOL

 If you could ask one author one question, what would the question be and who you would you ask?

I’ve been lucky to get to talk to, hang out with and be great friends with a lot of wonderful authors over the 17 years I’ve been writing and the 14 years I’ve been published. I love talking to other authors but those conversations happen kind of naturally. I don’t plan for them, so I guess I don’t think about it much. I’m always happy to answer questions from authors though. Twitter or email is a great way to reach out.

 Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans? 

An Affair in Winter launches a brand new series for me, Seasons. So if you’ve never read me or you want to try historical romance in general, this is a great place to start. You haven’t “missed” anything and I am so in love with this series (I just finished writing the second book, A Spring Deception, that comes out September 6 and started writing One Summer of Surrender, which is a November release.


About An Affair in Winter

Widow Rosalinde Wilde is on her way to her beloved sister’s wedding when an unexpected storm waylays her at an overcrowded inn. There she meets a tempting stranger who sweeps her into a night of unforgettable passion.

Grayson Danford never expected a night with the irresistible Mrs. Wilde, but she was a welcome distraction from the unpleasant duty of breaking up his brother’s impending nuptials. He’s shocked when he discovers his passionate lover is none other than the sister of his brother's intended.

Now Rosalinde and Gray will butt heads, even as their simmering desire for each other threatens to boil over. Who will win? And who might lose it all?
 


About the author

Jess Michaels always likes the "good parts" when she reads romance, so it makes sense that she writes erotic books. She is a USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author of over 50 novels and novellas. When not writing, she enjoys being a geek and trying to keep the cat from scratching the furniture. She lives in Tucson with her husband.

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6.07.2016

Review:Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods

Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods



Fans of Jennifer E. Smith and Jenny Han will fall in love with this heartfelt and humor-laced debut following one girl’s race to find the guy of her cosmic dreams.

When zodiac-obsessed teen Wilamena Carlisle discovers a planetary alignment that won’t repeat for a decade, she’s forced to tackle her greatest astrological fear: The Fifth House—relationships and love.

But when Wil falls for a sensitive guitar player hailing from the wrong side of the astrology chart, she must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her dead mother’s legacy and the very system she’s faithfully followed through a lifetime of unfailing belief.
First Line: "Two fears have plagued me from the time I was little, and today I must face one of them."

Review: Wilamena "Wil" puts all her faith in the stars. Her mom was an astrologer and to carry on her legacy Wil is dedicated to following in her footsteps. She lets the stars guide her way in life including her love life right down to the sign that should be her soulmate, when she finds out she has a limited amount of days to find her soulmate or wait for another decade she goes on a mission to find him, and that is where things go all screwy in her life.


I found Summer of Supernovas to be a cute and fun read with lots of humourous moments. Yes there are two guys and it becomes a love triangle but I loved it, I was a little skeptical going in because me and love triangles usually don't mesh well together but it really didn't bother me at all. There are two brothers Seth and Grant, one is her perfect match according to the stars and the other one will bring her to ruin. So why does she have these intense feelings for the one she should run in the complete other direction from. It was fun to see Wil grow as a character, the main plot obviously had to do with the romance but there was more to it, Wil had a lot of inner conflicts. Even though her mom died when she was quite young you can tell the astrology thing was more so her just trying to hold on to her mom and sadly it became a little unhealthy when it started to interfere with her own happiness.

As for Seth and Grant, I fell for Grant hard! Seth is a little bit more complicated and I really liked him too but a few things happened that made me love Grant more and more. Not to mention the chemistry between Wil and Grant were off the charts.

I did find the story to be a bit cliche and predictable but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book especially when I was really in the mood for a light fun summer read.


Memorable Quotes:

~"Sometimes life requires a leap of faith."

5.18.2016

Review: Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca

Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca



Before:
Kelsey and David became best friends the summer before freshman year and were inseparable ever after. Until the night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke, and everything around her crumbled—including her friendship with David. So when Kelsey's parents decided to move away, she couldn't wait to start over and leave the past behind. Except, David wasn't ready to let her go...

After:
Now it's senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends, genuine popularity, and a hot boyfriend. Her life is perfect. That is, until David's family moves to town and he shakes up everything. Soon old feelings bubble to the surface and threaten to destroy Kelsey's second chance at happiness. The more time she spends with David, the more she realizes she never truly let him go. And maybe she never wants to.

Told in alternating sections, LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE is a charming and romantic debut about loving, leaving, and letting go.
First Line: "The first day of senior year, he came back."

Review: Right off the bat Last Year's Mistake was a quick read. I read it in under a day and there were so many times I wanted to take my kindle and just throw it across the room because of how frustrating Kelsey was.

There was drama, angst, more drama, and plenty of slut-shaming. And yet here I am still giving this book a three and a half star rating and I'm still confused on why because slut shaming to the extent that was in this book along with the overblown drama usually makes me give a low rating or even dnf a book but here I was reading Last Year's Mistake and devouring it even though I was pissed for majority of the read.

The book is told in alternating chapters between the past and the present so we can really understand the relationship between Kelsey and David. The two were actually friends, best friends at that but after something happened Kelsey packed up and moved. Flash forward to present day, Kelsey has the perfect HS life unlike her previous high school she is now popular, lots of friends, and a hot boyfriend. Everything is great until David walks back into her life and things start to unravel very quickly, she thought she was over him but apparently her heart didn't get the memo.

There was a lot of back and forth between David and Kelsey, one minute Kelsey wanted her current boyfriend then the next David, and David loved Kelsey but dated other girls. It was all so complicated but honestly, it was teenagers being teenagers that is what I chalk it up to. As far as Kelsey went I did not like her that much, at least not present day Kelsey. Her actions made her very unlikeable and I just wanted to smack some serious sense into her. David was a good guy you can tell he obviously still really cared about Kelsey, he had his dumb moments here and there but they were usually provoked by Kelsey.

Overall this book may not be for everyone. Even with all its complications there was something about it that I still can't put my finger on which made it a very fast read for me but I would say preview a few chapters and see if this is the book for you.


Memorable Quotes:

~"Because knowing he hated me would have been a thousand times easier than knowing he didn't love me anymore."

~"I'm kind of an idiot when it comes to you. And I don't know why
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