Saturday, May 27, 2017

Review - Jessica by Laura DeLuca




JessicaTitle: Jessica
Author: Laura DeLuca
Series:
 
Pages:
 19
Release Date:
 October 15th 2012
Genre: Horror
Publisher:
 Pagan Writers Press 
Source:
 Amazon
Format:
 eBook
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Synopsis: Wilbur was used to going to his college formals alone. He thought the Halloween Ball would be no different. He’s amazed when a beautiful girl in a Victorian costume displays an interest in him and even more amazed to find himself alone with her on one of the campus nature trails.

What Wilbur doesn’t realize is that another woman has her eye on him too. The White Lady returns every Halloween to take revenge on the men of the campus for her brutal murder. She has chosen Wilbur as her next victim.

My Review: Jessica is about a young guy named Wilbur who has gone to all of his college dances alone, but that all changes when he attends his college’s Halloween dance.

When he gets to the dance he meets a lovely young girl named Jessica who is dressed in Victorian clothing.

Jessica and Wilbur leave the party and go for a walk on the college grounds, Wilbur thinks he is going to get lucky but Jessica just wants to talk to Wilbur about the schools legend of The White Lady.

Jessica tells Wilbur about how a young girl was at a college dance where a group of boys attacked The White Lady and killed her and legend has it that The White Lady killed each one of the boys who attacked her.

Wilbur thinks he is going to get lucky, but he ends up falling pry to The White Lady as her newest victim.

The story is only a few pages long but I really wish it was a full length novel as I would like to read more as I feel sorry for The White Lady and would like to read more about her and we don’t get to see if she finally finds peace.

This is a great short read if you are looking for something quick to read.

Currently Reading: Check Mate by Ken Fry
Read In 2017:
  10/30

Friday, May 26, 2017

Review - Goodnight Sam by Inger Iversen



Goodnight Sam (Running in the Dark, #0.5)Title: Goodnight Sam
Author: Inger Iversen 
Series:
 Running in the Dark
Pages:
 12
Release Date:
 November 18th 2011
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Publisher:
 Inger Iversen Books, LLC
Source:
 Amazon
Format:
 eBook
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Synopsis: An intimate narrative of the exchange between Samuel and Hope, told from Hope's perspective, this short story prequel to the Running in the Dark series sheds light on a frightening event witnessed by Beth, who later narrates book one of the series.
Goodnight Sam reveals the tragic history of Sam and Hope, who have existed as vampires since the eighteenth century. Sam has grown weary of the new world along with the escalating conflicts of his kind and wishes to attain peace in what is known as 'the true death', while Hope desperately desires to pursue a more fulfilling life together. The repercussions of the shocking mutual decision they make, and Beth's role as a witness to it, become the catalyst for the dangers facing Beth in the Running in the Dark Series

My Review: Goodnight Sam is a very short story about two vampires Sam and Hope told from Hope’s PoV.

Sam and Hope have been vampires since the 18th century and Sam wants to die because he has spent more than three centuries on earth, slightly longer than Hope who doesn’t want him to go because she loves him and doesn’t believe she can go on without him.

The story is a prequel to the Running in the Dark series so it is only a short scene which is full of emotion.

The ending was pretty sad and I probably would have cried if it was a full length novel and I got the chance to connect with the characters a lot more.

This is a great short read for any vampire lovers out there.


Currently Reading: Check Mate by Ken Fry
Read In 2017:
  10/30

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review - Skin Deep: Zeke by Alice La Roux


Skin Deep: ZekeTitle: Skin Deep: Zeke
Author: Alice La Roux
Series:
 
Pages:
 
Release Date:
 February 24th 2017
Genre: 
Publisher:
 
Source:
 Amazon
Format:
 eBook
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Synopsis: Lust. Desire. Pain.
I trade in these things and get paid handsomely for it.
A tattooist.
An artist.
A Dom.
I own you, and I won't let you forget it.
Ever.

This is a delicious short story about a need that only someone who understands your hunger can satiate. Meet Zeke and his glamourous but guarded client Avalon. The connection they have goes beyond the money she pays him and the proclivities they share, but will she give him a shot outside the studio?

"A tale of tantalizing Eroticism that left me dying to read more. The author combined sensuality with alluring storytelling skills which are sure to leave you yearning" - Sai Marie, author of Simply Scarlet.

Warning: This short story contains adult content and is only suitable for readers 18+

My Review: This isn’t the type of story I would normally read but I read it after receiving it from the author after promoting the book on the blog.

Because this is such a short story this review will be short as I don’t want to spoil it.

The story is about two characters Zeke and Avalon and told from Zeke’s PoV.

Zeke is a tattoo artist and Avalon is one of his customers who will only let Zeke tattoo her.

Zeke and Avalon share a secret, Avalon loves pain and Zeke like to deal it to her.

The story is written fantastically especially for a debut story and I cant wait to read the next one.

Currently Reading: Check Mate by Ken Fry
Read In 2017:
  10/30

Review - Echo of Fear by Tara Meyers


Echo of Fear (The Chris Echo Files Book 1)Title: Echo of Fear
Author: Tara Meyers
Series:
 The Chris Echo Files
Pages:
 187
Release Date:
 February 27th 2017
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Publisher:
 
Source:
 Amazon
Format:
 eBook
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Synopsis: Chris Echo, a CSI profiler, is forced to go on vacation after struggling to rebound from an officer-involved shooting. Playing vacationer isn’t her thing but the small, private island in the south pacific might be just what she needs.

Kyle Stone has been undercover for too long. With his goal in sight, he’s caught in a storm during his final mission and washed ashore the remote island. When the unsuspecting guests are taken hostage, he can either break cover to save them, or rely on his emotionless state to see him through.

Each of the visitors to the island arrives harboring their own, private fears. Fear of trusting, of letting go, of needing, and of love. They’re about to confront the ultimate fear of all, a struggle for life and death. But in the midst of the turmoil, Chris comes to realize that perhaps death isn’t her greatest challenge … it’s allowing herself to live

My Review: This is the first book in the Chris Echo Files series and it’s a none stop action packed mystery that kept me hooked from the start even with the two different PoV’s.

Chris Echo is on a forced break from being a profiler for the CSI after having to shoot a murderer what broke into her home after she had been hunting him for a while.

After getting to the island where there’s no WIFI or phone reception, Chris goes on a hike on one of the islands trails with one of the resort employees. The trail reminds her of the trail near her home that she runs on.

At lunch all the resort guests learn that the beautiful island is about to be hit by a hurricane so the resort owners suggest that everyone stay’s in the main house instead of their cabin which is a good suggestion when the hurricane gets upgraded to a catagory 2 and hits the island.

While the guests are taking shelter in the main house Kyle an undercover agent tried to get the guerrillas to call off their smuggling deal because of the storm but the leader doesn’t want to listen to Kyle. Kyle and the guerrillas get stranded on the boat which ends up getting capsized and they wash up on the resort beach.

The leader takes the guests hostage in the main house where Chris and Kyle who don’t know each other’s real jobs try to keep everyone safe and alive after the mob leader shoots one of the guest.

After Kyle is made to help another mob member search the guest cabins Kyle finds out who Chris really is and he keeps it secret and manages to get Chris to help him keep everyone safe and take down the guerrillas.

Echo of Fear is great and I am looking forward to reading more in this series.

Currently Reading: Check Mate by Ken Fry
Read In 2017:
  10/30

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review - Kiss & Blog by Alyson Noel


Kiss & BlogTitle: Kiss and Blog
Author: Alyson Noel
Series: N/A
Pages: 240
Release Date: May 15th 2007
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: Amazon
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Synopsis: What's the best revenge when your best friend ditches you for the popular crowd? Alyson Noël reveals all in her hot new young adult novel, Kiss & Blog.

As freshmen at Ocean High last year, Winter and her best friend Sloane thought they could ditch their nerdy past, launching from invisible to cool. But after another miserable year of standing on the sidelines they make a pact to do whatever it takes not to go unnoticed in their sophomore year, promising each other that whoever makes it into the cool group first will bring the other along.

One Sloane gets a taste of life on the A-list, she slams that door in Winter's face. Suddenly cast out of her former best friend's life, Winter takes revenge the modern way: by announcing all of Sloane's dirty little secrets on an anonymous blog. Then the blog becomes more popular than she ever dreamed and Winter must decide if her retaliation is really worth the consequences—and if the price for popularity is one she's willing to pay. Once again, Alyson Noël navigates the tricky waters of the high school social scene with the heart and humor her readers have come to love.

My Review: Winter and Sloane are best friends and have been forever, they have spent the whole summer planning their first day of Sophomore year. They planned their outfits, make up, made up a new cheer and routine to go with it and made a promise to each other that if one made it to the top of the popular food chain they would take the other one with them.

Unfortunately for Winter this doesn’t happen and she is left behind like yesterday’s rubbish. Winter realises that the popular girls are fakes and two-faced but Sloane doesn’t seem to realise this and she manages to make it to the top.

I couldn’t put this book down, Alyson made the characters come to life. It reminds me of when I was at High School, two-faced friends who only want to know you when they want something from you.

Winter’s dad is famous kind of, and he is divorced from Winter’s mum, he lives a plane journey away, so when things go really wrong at school with Sloane, Winter skips school and hops on a plane to get away, using the plane ticket that her dad has sent her.

While Winter is at her dads she meets a boy and they hang out and she really starts to come out of her shell.

Winter gets an idea from her new friends to start a blog and she decides to use it to take out all her frustration with Sloane, she makes up a code name for everyone She goes by ‘Eleanor Rigby’, Sloane is named ‘Princess Pink’ and the popular crowd are called the ‘Pastel Posse’. Winter uses the blog to tell everyone all of Sloane’s secrets from her kissing her own cousin twice that’s right not once but twice, to sending her junior high principal an inappropriate  valentine’s day present.

Winter falls in love with a boy her mum hires to cover Winters shifts in her mums shop, they have a few ups and down but which couple don’t.

Winter’s dad tells Winter that he has been asked to do a reality show that he wants her and her sister to be a part of, when Sloane finds out about this she starts being nice to Winter until one day when Winter is hiding out in the back of her mums shop she overhears Sloane talking with the ‘Pastel Posse’ about how she is using Winter to get on her dads show.

Sloane ends up getting dumped by the popular crowd and is on the bottom of the schools social food chain while Winter has new friends and a nice boyfriend.

I really wish Winter would have stood up to Sloane and told her she knew she was a fake and wanted nothing to do with her.

This book is a definite read especially if you’re a huge YA fan and Alyson Noel fan.


Currently Reading: Check Mate by Ken Fry
Read In 2017: 10/30

Review - Spy Society by Robin Benway


Spy SocietyTitle: Spy Society
Author: Robin Benway
Series:
 Also Known As
Pages:
 320
Release Date:
 June 18th 2013
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher:
 Simon and Schuster
Source:
 Supermarket
Format:
 Paperback
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Synopsis: Being a 16-year-old safecracker and active-duty daughter of international spies has its moments, good and bad. Pros: Seeing the world one crime-solving adventure at a time. Having parents with super cool jobs. Cons: Never staying in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend. But for Maggie Silver, the biggest perk of all has been avoiding high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations.

Then Maggie and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, and all of that changes. She'll need to attend a private school, avoid the temptation to hack the school's security system, and befriend one aggravatingly cute Jesse Oliver to gain the essential information she needs to crack the case . . . all while trying not to blow her cover.

My Review: Maggie is a 16 year old safe cracker, her parent’s work for a group called ‘The Collective’, the group give out assignments and try to stop the outside world finding out about them.

Maggie is good at her job, the only downside is they are always moving, she doesn’t attend school and she has no friends, her life is boring.

Spy Society had me laughing a lot, Maggie is great, witty and a super safe cracker.

Maggie is home schooled as she travels the world while her parents complete assignments. Maggie is bored because it is the summer holidays and she is stuck at home while her parents are working a case in Iceland, she wants a case of her own.

When Maggie finally gets a case of her own, she to attend high school and get close to a real boy not one she day dreams about.

Her mission is simple, get close to Jessie Oliver and retrieve a file that his dad has that will expose ‘The Collective’.

Maggie has no experience of being and acting like a normal teenager so she makes errors plus high school is terrifying, her parents are in for a massive shock when their baby girl starts high school.

Maggie becomes friends with an awesome girl named Roux. Roux likes to get drunk because her parents are never home they never know she’s always drunk, Roux also loves to have fun, the only problem is everyone at school hates her.

One of the best things about the story is that Maggie doesn’t fall instantly in love with Jessie Oliver.

While at a Halloween party at Jessie’s house Maggie manages to lift the file but she later finds out that there is a double agent in ‘The Collective’ and she enlists help from Jessie and Roux to expose them.

If you love spy stories then Spy Society is a good quick, fun read.

Currently Reading: Check Mate by Ken Fry
Read In 2017:
  10/30
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