Friday, August 18, 2017

{Blog Tour} The United Continuums (The Continuum series #3) - Jennifer Brody (Review)


The United Continuums (The Continuum series #3)

by Jennifer Brody
Publisher: Turner Publishing
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Genre: Young Adult,  Sci-Fi
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Synopsis:

In the epic conclusion to the award-winning Continuum Trilogy, Aero leads a group insurgents from the Second Continuum to overthrow his rival Supreme General Vinick and unite his space colony s military forces, while Seeker takes on a secret mission back to her home colony to reinforce Earth's defenses and defend the First Continuum against an even greater threat. Meanwhile, Myra's nightmares have become a reality as the Dark Thing hurtles toward Earth with designs on eradicating the planet s fledgling populace. The only thing standing in the way are the three Carriers and those who would join them to fight against a second coming of the Doom.




Review

I have read the first two books of this series and really enjoyed it.  I couldn’t wait to get to the last book in the series I wanted to know how it was going to end and I was NOT disappointed!

I feel right back into the book and could easily recall the first two books.   The author’s writing style is easy to follow along and she keeps the action moving in the book.

The author does a great job with the world development and all the descriptions.  This is one of the strongest parts of the author’s writing I have found before and it doesn’t disappoint in this book.  The book really grabs my attention and I get completely lost in the new world.  I love the reflection back and forth for how we got from the past to the present.

I would suggest this as a nighttime read.  There are parts of this book where I did read later into the night than I would have liked, but I do get sucked into reading very easily.  The book has a lot of action, but some points where you can take some time to put it down and reflect on the writing.


I received a copy of this book from The Fantastic Flying Book Club for providing an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of this book. 




Jennifer Brody’s award-winning novel The 13th Continuum sold to Turner Publishing in a 3-book deal and is being packaged into a feature film. Return of the Continuums and The United Continuums (July 11, 2017) complete this epic trilogy.

She is a graduate of Harvard University, a creative writing instructor at the Writing Pad, a volunteer mentor for the Young Storytellers Foundation, a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. She founded and runs BookPod, a social media group for authors. She lives and writes in LA. After studying film at Harvard University, she began her career in Hollywood. Highlights include working for Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes and New Line Cinema, most notably on "The Lord of the Rings" films and "The Golden Compass."





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Thursday, August 17, 2017

{Blog Tour} Rowan Wood Legends (The Lost Clan #2) - Olivia Wildenstein (Review)



YA Bound Book Tours is organizing a Blog Tour for: Rowan Wood Legends (The Lost Clan #2) by Olivia Wildenstein. This tour will run from August 14th to 18th. Check out the tour schedule.

*Rowan Wood Legends can be read as a standalone but does continue the story from Rose Petal Graves. Rose Petal Graves will be available to anyone who wants to read it first!*

Rowan Wood Legends (The Lost Clan #2)
Genre: Paranormal/Faeries
Release Date: August 14th 2017

Summary:

SOME LEGENDS ARE BETTER LEFT UNTOLD.

I wasn’t the sort of girl who believed in fairytales, let alone tales about faeries. But that changed the day Faeries came to my small town and Hunters rose from their graves. 

On that fateful day, I received a book, a peculiar collection of myths and legends. Turns out it was so much more than stories. And just as I was on the verge of unlocking its secrets, it was stolen from me by someone I called a friend. 

Now, I don’t know whom I can turn to, whom I can trust. All I know is that there are two sides, and I am straddling the great divide because I am both Faerie and Hunter. And although I swore I would never choose, I am slowly falling for one of those sides…

Fans of Karen Marie Moning's Fever series will adore Wildenstein's Lost Clan series.


  


Previous book in the series (click on image for Goodreads link):



Review:

This is the second book in The Lost Clan series and continues to follow Catori as she learns more about her history and the legends of Rowan Wood.  My favorite part about this book was I felt like I could jump right back into these series and it picked up right where it left off. I love the authors writing it is very descriptive and she does a great job creating a story that I don’t want to put down.

Catori seems to have matured a lot from the first book.  Although it doesn’t feel like much time has passed in the series she seemed to have learned the importance of not trusting everyone.  I feel Catori is a lot more questioning of things this time and less reactive to situations.  Catori wants to learn about her past and see where her future can go. 

The author does a great job with all the other characters in the book.  The story is told from Catori’s point of view and I love that she has doubts about so many people, but still is trying to move forward.  It really kept me reading and wanting to figure out exactly what was going on.  I enjoyed that we got to see more of a few smaller characters in the first book in the second book of the series.  I loved how the author expanded on Catori's friendships in this book.  We get to see Catori's relationships with several characters in the book and the author does an amazing job bringing them to life.  I love when you get to see a relationship go through different stages I feel like you learn a lot more about the characters. 

My one complaint would be I would have loved a little bit longer of a prologue just giving a quick recap of the characters.  After reading the first few pages I could recall most of who everyone was and what previously happened, but I did feel like there could have been more background on it.  I don’t think this book could be read on its own I would suggest reading the first book in the series first, which is another can't put down book.  I also can't wait for the next book in the series I wish it was out now.

I would suggest this as a weekend read.  I got totally sucked in and couldn’t put the book down I just wanted to know what was going to happen.  

I received a copy of this book from YA Bound Tours to provide an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of this book.

My Rating: 5/5







About the Author

Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City, the daughter of a French father with a great sense of humor, and a Swedish mother whom she speaks to at least three times a day. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor’s in comparative literature. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for a laptop computer and a very comfortable chair. This line of work made more sense, considering her college degree.



When she’s not writing, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, baking up a storm (that she actually eats), going to the gym (because she eats), and attempting not to be late at her children’s school (like she is 4 out of 5 mornings, on good weeks).

Wildenstein lives with her husband and three children in Geneva, Switzerland, where she’s an active member of the writing community.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

{Blog Tour} The Greatest French Holiday Stories of All Time (Review & Giveaway)

The Greatest French Holiday Stories of All Time (short story collection) 
 Release date: October 10, 2017 at New Vessel Press 
ISBN: 978-1939931504 142 pages 
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SYNOPSIS

A continuation of the very popular Very Christmas Series from New Vessel Press, this collection brings together the best French Christmas stories of all time in an elegant and vibrant collection featuring classics by Guy de Maupassant and Alphonse Daudet, plus stories by the esteemed twentieth century author Irène Némirovsky and contemporary writers Dominique Fabre and Jean-Philippe Blondel. With a holiday spirit conveyed through sparkling Paris streets, opulent feasts, wandering orphans, kindly monks, homesick soldiers, oysters, crayfish, ham, bonbons, flickering desire, and more than a little wine, this collection encapsulates the holiday spirit and proves that the French have mastered Christmas. This is Christmas à la française—delicious, intense and unexpected, proving that nobody does Christmas like the French.

THE AUTHORS

Alphonse Daudet, Guy de Maupassant, Anatole France Irène Némirovsky, Jean-Philippe Blondel, Dominique Fabre, Paul Arene, Francois Coppee, Antoine Gustave Droz, Anatole La Braz
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Review

This is a short story collection like none I have ever read before.  A few of the stories are uplifting towards the end of them and some gave me a lot to think about.  I also want it to be Christmas time after reading the book.

My favorite story was in the beginning of the book with the old man who is out with his family.  He goes into portions of his life and how it went wrong with him and his deceased wife.   I loved getting his reflection back on life and how he came to be sitting with his family.  The author did a great job even going into the dynamic of the family it was only a short story, but it felt very memorable and a lot longer. The ending of the story is adorable and really makes me believe in fate.  This was an excellent addition to the Christmas story collection. 

Each story has a different meaning and is written in a different style.  I found some of the stories harder to follow along with than others, but overall the stories where great with very profound lessons.   Each story is unique in it's own right and they don't really have to be read in any particular order.

I enjoyed the bits and pieces of the older French culture that came through the book.  A large amount of the stories are set in the past and it was great to read about life in that time period in France. I liked how the stories where also dated so you could tell the time period of when the story was taking place. 

I would suggest this as a great nighttime read around Christmas time right when you are getting in the spirit of the holidays.   I would also suggest this could be a book for a middle school reader, although some of the topics where tougher I think it has a lot of valuable Christmas lessons to learn.   

I received a copy of this book from France Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.   This does not effect my opinion of this book.

My Rating: 3/5

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

{Blog Tour} Summer on Firefly Lake - Jen Gilroy (Review & Giveaway)

Divorced mom, Mia Gibbs' family is her life, but her world is turned upside down when she falls for her one-time teenage crush Nick McGuire, a workaholic lawyer who isn't a family man. Fans of Susan Wiggs' The Lakeshore Chronicles will love this heartwarming friends to lovers story releasing this summer from Grand Central - Forever.


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About Summer on Firefly Lake (Firefly Lake #2):
Title: Summer on Firefly Lake
Author:




Jen Gilroy
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Publisher: Forever – Grand Central Publishing
Series: Firefly Lake
ISBN: 9781455569601

Sometimes love is better the second time around.

Mia Gibbs spent her marriage putting her husband’s needs before her own. And now, after a painful divorce, she’s building a new life for herself and her two daughters back home at Firefly Lake. The last thing she needs is a man to complicate things. But former bad boy turned friend Nick McGuire has turned everything upside down.

Attorney Nick McGuire wasn’t meant to be a family man. His career has always been his focus, and after taking time out to help his mother, he’s ready to get back to the city…until Mia and her daughters arrive at Firefly Lake. Mia is beautiful and intriguing, and it doesn’t take long to realize being “just friends” will never be enough. As the summer nights turn colder, Nick will have to choose between the life he’s always wanted…and the woman he can’t live without.

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Available at:  Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Kobo  |  iTunes


Review

This book follows Mia who has recently gotten divorced from her very controlling husband.  She has moved back to the one place that she feels comfortable with and that is Firefly Lake.  Mia used to go to the lake during the summer with her family and always felt connected.  Mia has two daughters who are with their father during a portion of this book, but never far from Mia's thoughts. 


I loved Mia in this book she was working so hard to get her life together.  Mia was trying to make the best decisions not only for herself, but for her two children that she loved very dearly.  I loved that her children aren't with her during part of the book, but she is constantly thinking about them.  I feel that Mia is a devoted parent who just wants everything to be right for her children.   Mia is also looking to be herself and learn more about her own-self during the book.  I loved the growth that we saw out of Mia as she becomes a new person.

This story is told from multiple points of view, the three are Mia, Nick and Nick's mom.  Each chapter is told from another point of view and very easy to follow along with.  I enjoyed getting Nick's take on what was going on.  Nick has his own issues and he really hasn't worked on them at all.  I feel like if Nick could just talk about what is going on with him things would have gone a lot different in this book and in his life.  Nick keeps a lot bottled up inside. 


The story is very cute in nature.  Mia is helping out Nick's mother, which bonds them, while she is still trying to get her life together.    We also get the point of view of Nick's mother who is trying to move on with her life as well.  She has recently battled cancer and was on the full road to recovery.  She also wants to live her new life to the fullest.


The author does a great job with all of the descriptions of Firefly Lake.  I felt like I could imagine myself their with the characters. 


The ending of this book if perfect! I couldn't have asked for a better ending everything was summed up perfectly and exactly how I thought this cute romance would end!


My one complaint was I felt like there where sections of the book that felt very repetitive that could have been cut out.   The flow worked, but some sections if they just communicated better a lot of the misunderstanding would have gone away.


I would suggest this as a perfect beach read.  The book flowed very nicely and it was able to hold my attention.  It was a great book to just get lost in for the day. 


My Rating: 4/5



Praise for Summer on Firefly Lake:

“Has charm to spare...The delightful supporting cast...and expertly plotted story add depth and richness to this tale, leaving readers eager for another visit to Firefly Lake.” – Publishers Weekly


“Gilroy’s second Firefly Lake novel encapsulates the quaint, busybody small-town feel and the slippery slope of friends becoming lovers quite well…Engaging...(a) fast paced page turner.” – RT Book Reviews


Excerpt:

“I want this.” Mia lifted her face to his as a cloud scudded across the moon. “I want you.”
Even if it could only be for tonight, she was Mia, not a mom, not a sister, and not a wife who’d been tossed aside for someone younger and curvier. For this one moment, she didn’t have any responsibilities except what she wanted and needed.
I want you, too.” Nick took her hand and led her toward the car. “A part of me has wanted you since I was fifteen and you hung out at the town beach in that green bikini with the white flowers.”
Her heart lurched. He’d noticed her enough to remember the bikini she’d hidden from her mom. The one she’d bought because she’d heard Nick say he liked green. “You were always with the guys by the life guard station.” Everything about him was a lot sexy and a little bit dangerous.
“I wanted to see you.” His smile was forced, like the admission cost him more than he wanted her to know.
Mia curved her cold hand into his warm one. She’d guessed she’d hurt him the one time they’d gone out, but until tonight she hadn’t understood how much. She couldn’t regret the past, and she couldn’t predict the future, but she could do something about the present. “I want to be with you. Even though we’re not teenagers anymore and I don’t have that green bikini.
Nick’s gaze skimmed her body from head to toe and lingered at her breasts. Then he gave her a grin that was pure bad boy. “I was always a lot more interested in what was underneath that bikini anyway.”
He opened the passenger door for her to slide in.
She looked at him from under her lashes and flirted like she’d wanted to do all those years ago but had been too shy. “You were, were you?”
“Oh yeah.” He shut the car door and, in the sudden silence, panic rolled over her again. Except, there was excitement too…
Copyright © Summer on Firefly Lake 2017 by Jen Gilroy


Other Books in the Firefly Lake Series:
Title: The Cottage at Firefly Lake
Author: Jen Gilroy
Publisher: Forever – Grand Central Publishing
Series: Firefly Lake #1
Date Released: January 31, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction
ISBN: 9781455569595

Some mistakes can never be fixed and some secrets never forgiven … but some loves can never be forgotten.

Charlotte Gibbs wants nothing more than to put the past behind her, once and for all. Yet now that she's back at Firefly Lake to sell her mother's cottage, the overwhelming flood of memories reminds her of what she's been missing. Sun-drenched days. Late-night kisses that still shake her to the core. The gentle breeze off the lake, the scent of pine in the air, and the promise of Sean's touch on her skin…True, she got her dream job traveling the world. But at what cost?

Sean Carmichael still doesn't know why Charlie disappeared that summer, but after eighteen years, a divorce, and a teenage son he loves more than anything in the world, he's still not over her. All this time and her body still fits against his like a glove. She walked away once when he needed her the most. How can he convince her to stay now?

Add to your “Want to Read” shelf:  Goodreads

Book 1 is available at:  Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Kobo  |  iTunes


Praise for The Cottage at Firefly Lake:

“Gilroy’s debut contemporary is packed with potent emotions…[the] protagonists tug at the heartstrings from the beginning of the story and don’t let go. Long on charm, this story invites readers to come in and stay a while.” – Publishers Weekly

“Memories, regrets and second chances are front and center in Gilroy’s fantastic debut.” – RT Book Reviews


About Jen Gilroy:

Jen Gilroy lives in a small town in eastern Ontario, Canada where her Irish ancestors settled in the nineteenth century. She's worked in higher education and international marketing but, after spending too much time in airports and away from her family, traded the 9-5 to write romantic women’s fiction to bring readers' hearts home.

Jen likes ice cream, diners, vintage style and all things country. Her husband is her real-life romance hero, and her teen daughter teaches her to cherish the blessings in the everyday.

The Cottage at Firefly Lake, the first book in her Firefly Lake series, was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® award in 2015. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award 2017.

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