Sunday, June 25, 2017

{Blog Tour} In Black & White - Catherine Lavender (Review)

Catherine Lavender - In Black & White - Review Tour
Romance
Date Published: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Chamomile Books LLC


Micah Winters always knew that she was different. It was the pigment of her skin and the texture of her hair that revealed that she was a woman from biracial parents. For five decades, Micah’s African American mother has remained silent about Micah’s estranged father (Sidney Irving). It is not until after Sidney Irving’s death that Micah learns that she is the daughter of the legendary novelist and screenwriter. Now with her mother’s memory fading away from Alzheimer’s disease, Micah can only rely on a novel that was written from her father years ago to understand her parents past during the time of segregation in the United States. Micah’s once simple life is not so simple anymore as she tries to make sense of an unfamiliar world as she inherits her father’s wealth and private past. With an abandoned heart, Micah must forgive the past in order to discover who she really is.

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Review:
This book follows Micah who is trying to figure out who she is based on the past and her father.  Micah did not know her father and wants to know more about him.
The author did a great job keeping with the realness of the time period in which parts of the story is told.  The major issue of race is well displayed in this book and the author takes her time to really showcase it.   The author kept the book engaging and wanting for me to read.  
My one major issue was that parts of the book where slightly confusing with switching back and forth between past and present.  I had to go back and reread parts to make sure I was getting the full story.

I would suggest this as a nighttime read.  I did find portions of the book hard to put down and very gripping, but there were sections that were easy to stop at.  Also, this book does give you a lot to think about so it was nice to take a break and sort out my thoughts.

I received a copy of this book from My Addiction is Reading to provide an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of this book.

My Rating: 3/5

About the Author
Catherine Lavender is from Baltimore, Maryland but now resides in the sunshine state of Florida with her miniature schnauzer named Ripken. She is an animal activist, as well as a supporter of the organization First Book which helps supply literature for underprivileged children. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys reading classic literature and playing the acoustic guitar.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

{Blog Tour} Lost and Found Sister - Jill Shalvis (Review)

   


From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes her first women's fiction novel—an unforgettable story of friendship, love, family, and sisterhood—perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover, Susan Mallery, and Kristan Higgins. Order your copy today!

   

They say life can change in an instant…

After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, chef Quinn Weller is finally getting her life back on track. She appears to have it all: a loving family, a dream job in one of L.A.'s hottest eateries, and a gorgeous boyfriend dying to slip an engagement ring on her finger. So why does she feel so empty, like she's looking for a missing piece she can't find?

The answer comes when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim. This shocking revelation washes over Quinn like a tidal wave. Her whole life has been a lie.

On impulse, Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend. She heads up the coast to the small hometown of Wildstone, California, which is just a few hours north, but feels worlds apart from Los Angeles. Though she doesn't quite fit in right away, she can't help but be drawn to the town’s simple pleasures…and the handsome, dark-haired stranger who offers friendship with no questions asked.

As Quinn settles into Wildstone, she discovers there's another surprise in store for her. The inheritance isn't a house or money, but rather something earth shattering, something that will make her question everything she thought she knew about herself, about her family. Now with a world of possibilities opening up to Quinn, she must decide if this new life is the one she was always meant to have—and the one that could finally give her the fulfillment she's searched so long for.

   

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Review
This book follows Quinn on her road to self-discovery.  Quinn lost her sister recently in a car accident and just feels lost in her life.  She is going through the motions, but doesn’t seem to be putting much effort past that.  One day she gets a surprise visit and finds out about an inheritance in Wildstone.  Quinn now needs to figure out what she is going to do with her life.

I loved that the author could put humor into the book while dealing with such a heavy topic of loss.  The author did a great job keeping the story light while also dealing with heavier topics.  I never felt overwhelmed while reading, but just wanted to continue and hoped for the best for each character.

Quinn by far is an amazing main character.  She is young and just turning 30 and has no idea what she wants out of life.  Quinn is taking each new opportunity with stride and focusing on figuring out what she wants.  I loved that the author made Quinn feel so real.   I could totally relate to Quinn and her struggles.  I do feel she doesn’t give herself enough credit for her ability to keep going as well as her ability to think things through.

The romance that sparks up between Quinn and Mick is adorable.   The author does a great job creating the dynamic between them because at first there is some miscommunication and it needs to get straightened out.  I love that Quinn could open up to Mick about her life and I really felt that they had a deep connection almost instantly.

I can’t think of anything specific I didn’t love in the book.  The book was very nicely paced and kept moving along.  I wanted to know what was going to happen to everyone in the book and was rooting for all the characters because even with some flaws I wanted everyone to end up happy.

I would suggest this as a beach read.  I found it difficult to put this book down and was easier to read when I had a longer amount of time to read.

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

My Rating: 5/5


Excerpt
To say that Tilly had had a bad day, a bad week, a bad month was an understatement. But as she stared down from the tree house, looking into a face that so resembled her own, somehow, in spite of not being able to breathe, she managed to find her voice. “I don’t need you,” she said, hating that she sounded thin and quivery, like she’d been crying.
She had not been crying.
At least not that she would admit to.
She hadn’t been in the tree house in a while. Not since she’d gone through a rough patch at school when the girls had been bitches and the teachers jerks, and her mom had been on her about her grades, and all she’d wanted to do was make herself invisible. But no matter how much she’d wished for superpowers, including invisibility, they’d never come.
So she came here to vanish. The tree itself was tall and stable, and it always protected her. She’d named it Kevin.
Kevin had come through for her more than anyone else, with the exception of her mom.
The first time she’d sat up here, her mom had freaked out and called the cops to report her missing. When they’d found her, her mom had gotten a ladder and climbed up to the tree house, and with tears in her eyes she’d said, “Don’t fly away from me yet, darling, I’m not ready.”
After that, Tilly always had told her mom whenever she’d needed to be invisible and her mom had understood.
But now she was gone. There’d been no one left to give a shit if she disappeared or not. Especially not Quinn, a mysterious sister she hadn’t even known about. “I don’t need you,” she repeated.
“Well, that’s fair,” Quinn said. “I don’t like to need anyone either. You going to come down so we can talk?”
“No.”
“Is there a ladder?”
“It rotted.”
“Okay then.” And to Tilly’s shock, Quinn inhaled deeply and then began to climb the tree herself. “Yikes, they’re some seriously gigantor ants.”
“And killer squirrels,” Tilly said.
Maybe two whole feet off the ground, Quinn froze, looking terrified. “Killer squirrels?”
“They throw acorns with deadly accuracy,” Tilly said. “And the kamikaze blue jays are vicious, so watch out.”
Quinn searched the tree with concern, making Tilly laugh for the first time in a long time. “Are you afraid of squirrels and blue jays?”
“Of course not,” Quinn said. “I’m afraid of killer squirrels and kamikaze blue jays. In fact, there’s a squirrel starting at me right now with beady, shifty little eyes.”
“City girl.”


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    About Jill Shalvis: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.      

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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{Blog Tour} Taking the Mystery out of the Menu - Naomi Powell (Review)

Taking the Mystery out of the Menu

A pocket guide to cuisine and understanding the menu by an author who's passionate about food and fine dining. 
Eating out is not only a ‘special event’ activity enjoyed by families and friends in our modern high speed world, but very often a necessity for the great work force whose long working day and often unsociable working hours allow little time for home food preparation. However, when eating out for whatever reason, it can be very confusing when presented with a menu of unfamiliar terms and dishes. This pocket guide will help diners to master the mysteries of the menu with ease!






Review:
This book is the perfect guide to have at home; that you could flip through at any time.  I enjoyed the intro to this book and it helped me understand exactly what the author was going for.  The author does a great job explaining how the book came to me.

The book is split into letters of the alphabet and has definitions of common terms you might see in a menu or I would argue hear people talking about when they talk about food.   The definitions the author provided where very easy to understand and made complete sense while reading.  If two items where related the author also would relate them back to one another.  There were definitions of cook methods as well as sauces or spices, it is a very eclectic dictionary of food.

I would highly suggest having this as a coffee table book that you could flip to at any time.  The book is setup perfectly that you could either look up a specific term or just flip through to learn some new food terms.

I received a copy of this book from Authoright Marketing & Publicity to provide an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of this book.

My Rating: 5/5



About the author:

After retiring from her career as a music teacher, Naomi Powell returned to Somerset with her husband, Maurice. She is an active member of the Ricard III Society, the Nelson Society and the Royal OverSeas League, as well as an enthusiastic gardener. From her home garden, she began Somerset Garden at the Limes, a business growing, harvesting and making her own preserves, which she operated for five years with retail outlets across North and South Somerset. This is her first book.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

{Blog Tour} Internet Famous - Danika Stone (Review & Giveaway)

Internet Famous

by Danika Stone
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Romance
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Synopsis:

High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments. Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.


This book follows Madison who runs a well-known blog.  Madison is a high schooler who is taking classes online while running her blog.  Madison also has a sister who is autistic.   Madison ends up running into a cyberbully who she wants to stop during the book.

First I love Madison as the main character.  She has a lot of family issues going on, as well as her trying to figure out online life versus real life and where they can combine.    Madison cares a lot about her sister Sarah and is always trying to help make her life easier, even if it directly affects her own life.  I did like how the author made her family life challenging because it added to Madison as the character.  I also felt the online outlet was how she was coping with her family life and made complete sense as a teenager.

Laurent.  I mean I think the name itself could have its own sentence! Laurent was exactly what I wanted as a male lead in the book.  He knew what Madison needed and when she needed it.  I felt like he was just a great counter to Madison.  I loved how he helped her to open to the real world.

The story dealt with a few difficult topics of not only autism, but bullying.   I think the author did a great job staying with the two difficult topics and making them come to life.   Bullying is a major issue especially online and it was great that the author could explore this topic.  The author does a great job keeping the story light with difficult topics. 

I think my one complaint was that some of the beginning I wanted to learn more about the relationship between Madison and her sister.  I felt like we could have focused a little more on that because it was such a different relationship you often don’t read about.

I would suggest this as a nighttime read.  I found a few natural stopping points where I could put the book and still understand what was going on. 

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

My Rating: 4/5


Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens (All the Feels and Internet Famous) adults (Edge of Wild and Intaglio). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.







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Monday, June 12, 2017

{Blog Tour} From The Falls - Heather Renee (Cover Reveal)


Title: From The Falls
Series: The Falls Trilogy, Book Two
Author:


Heather Renee
Release Date: August 4th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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Blurb:
Arvata is thriving and Kali is finally getting a handle on being an Elder. She’s been learning her Arelia abilities, while enjoying being a newlywed. The only thing missing from Arvata is their town healer, who left a year ago and didn’t tell anyone why.
Lorelle finally returns and explains to the Elders what the Fates had assigned to her, but she now needs their help with the mission. Half-Guardians, that shouldn’t even exist in their world, are out there and need to be protected, but time is running out.
Dark magic lurks within these hybrids and nobody knows how they came to be. They possess powers unlike full Guardians and it’s up to Kali and her friends to figure out how to protect the half-Guardians and prevent more from being created.
Trust will need to be earned, unseen powers will emerge and loved one’s lives are threatened. Will the risk be worth it in the end?

About The Author:
Heather Renee lives in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest in Oregon. She writes YA Fantasy that has a mixture of suspense, humor and a little romance.





When Heather's not writing, she is spending time with her beautiful daughter and amazing husband. Two cats and a dog who loves the snow, complete their household. On weekends, if she doesn't have a book in her face, you can find Heather going on different adventures with her family. Her favorite being hiking Multnomah Falls.
She loves to hear from her fans, so visit her webpage and the Contact Me link for ways to connect. www.HeatherReneeAuthor.com

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{Blog Tour} It Could Happen - Mia Kerick (Review & Giveaway)



YA Bound Book Tours is organizing a Blog Tour for: It Could Happen by Mia Kerick. This tour will run from June 6th to 16th. Check out the tour schedule.

It Could Happen
by Mia Kerick

Genre: NA Romance (LGBT)
Release Date: June 5th 2017
Dreamspinner Press

Summary:


Three misfits, mismatched in every way—Henry Perkins, Brody Decker, and Danny Denisco—have been friends throughout high school. Now in their senior year, the boys realize their relationship is changing, that they’re falling in love. But they face opposition at every turn—from outside and from within themselves. Moving to the next level will take all the courage, understanding, and commitment they can muster. But it could happen.

Henry is a star athlete and the son of religious parents who have little concern for the future he wants. Brody is a quirky dreamer and adrenaline junkie, and Danny is an emo artist and the target of bullies. Despite their differences they’ve always had each other’s backs, and with each of them facing a new and unique set of challenges, that support is more important than ever. Is it worth risking the friendship they all depend on for the physical and romantic relationship they all desire?

In this unconventional new adult romance, three gay teens brave societal backlash—as well as the chance that they might lose their treasured friendship—to embark on a committed polyamorous relationship.
Review
This book follows three best friends on their journey of self-discovery.  Henry is the jock of the group with strict parents, Danny is the gay goth kit, and Brody is the loaner looking for an adventure.  The book is told between all three points of view for the boys, although Danny’s is told in poetry format.

I loved how the author developed each of the characters to have very different personalities.  The author took her time to make each person separate and make them work together.  Henry has a large part of the book because his parents are so strict with him. Henry needs to figure out what is the most important to him and take charge of his life.  Henry does grow during the book and figure out what is important in life and what is not as important.

Brody is my favorite character in the book.  He has a clear picture of what his life is like and what is important in it.  He tries very hard not to take anything for granted and I think that makes him more enjoyable in this book.  I love to read about Brody’s need for adventure since that is a big part of his personality.  The author does a great job also displaying Brody’s weaknesses and what he needs to work on within himself.

I would have loved to get more of Danny in this book.  He seemed to have a few issues that arose during the book such as previously abusive relationships and an absent mother that I would have liked to get depth on.  I sort of felt like Danny had a lot going on and through his poems we weren’t getting the full picture.  I would have loved to read more of Danny’s emotions and what was going on in his head.   Danny probably has the largest issues and they weren’t fully developed.

The romance was done very well with this book.  I can totally see how the relationship blossomed for the characters in the book.  The author doesn’t make it to sexual, but more of a deeper level relationship.  I liked that we get a lot of emotions coming through the characters and how we get to see these emotions being acted upon.   I also enjoyed how the story flowed naturally.

My one major complaint was I was left hanging at the end of the book.  I wanted more and to know what was going to happen to these three after high school.  I wasn’t ready for the book to end I felt like it never hit the big climax I was waiting for.

I would suggest this as a nighttime read.  The book did read quickly, but I felt like there were very natural stopping points that I could put the book down and pick it back up.

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


My Rating: 3/5



About the Author
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

Contact Mia at miakerick@gmail.com.


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{Blog Tour} In Black & White - Catherine Lavender (Review)

Catherine Lavender - In Black & White - Review Tour Romance Date Published: June 7, 2016 Publisher: Chamomile Books LLC Mic...