Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Book Review: The Fifth Petal

One of my favorite books that I have reviewed this year. I really loved this one. This book is part of a series but I think you can jump in at any time. I wish I could have liked this book more than I did

The book is set in modern day Salem, which is still really connected to its eerie past. This part of the book is painted in such a way that is so intriging. It has the subject of witch trials and tragic endings. I really enjoy this type of topic so I was ready to jump right in. 

This book is a hefty ready, it also is confusing at points. It has too much going on at times. It is a fast paced read. I enjoy that part. It also has interesting setting and characters, family secrets, and twist that will blow your mind. 

Huge thanks to Blogging for Books and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Description:

Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, investigates a 25-year-old triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess Murders,” in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed one Halloween night. Aided by Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims who has returned to town, Rafferty begins to uncover a dark chapter in Salem’s past. Callie, who has always been gifted with premonitions, begins to struggle with visions she doesn’t quite understand and an attraction to a man who has unknown connections to her mother’s murder. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian and sometime-aunt to Callie, is guilty of murder or witchcraft. 

But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again?

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Book Review: Dessert First

Man, was this a hard book to read. I really need to stay away from sad books about cancer for a while. Just so you all know its the almost the 5th anniversary of my father in laws passing. He lost is long battle with cancer. So maybe this wasn't the best time to read this one.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It wasn't a bad book at all it just isn't something that was memerable. It was your typical YA book with all the same problems.

This was a solid 3-star book for me. 

Dessert First
by Dean Gloster
  • Publication Date: September 2, 2016
  • Genres: FamilyFictionYoung Adult 13+
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Merit Press
  • ISBN-10: 1440594546
  • ISBN-13: 9781440594540

When I first requested this book for review from Merit Press I was intrigued by the title and little blurb that went along with it. I have been wanting to read more YA, so I thought what the heck, go for it girl! Boy, did a bomb hit me when I learned it was about cancer.

My main issue with this book is content. This book would have been great if it was scaled back a bit. This story includes just about every storyline and the kitchen sink. Sometimes less is more. This time it needed to be a lot less.

In this book we see a brother facing cancer, lots of teen bullying and all sorts of school drama, then we have a catfisher, a potential suicide, and some high school crushes. That leads to a whole lot of drama. I am all for drama but not a book filled with it. I also felt like because there were so many issues they never got properly addressed or resolved. Some of them felt very rushed.

I never really connected with the main character Kat. She is sort of a drama queen, and very hard to like. I am always rooting for the victim but in this particular story, it was hard to really even feel much sympathy. I didn't like the way she treated people, regardless of the hard situations she was facing. We all go through hard times and that is not an excuse to lash out at people.

Overall,  this was just an okay book. I know this sounds completely negative, but I did enjoy many parts. This book wasn't for me sadly. Don't let that stop you from checking out this book at these awesome books stores. Remember this post contains affiliate links when you purchase a book from my link I earn a tiny commission that helps fund this little blog. Thank you for all your support.  Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Disclaimer: I received this book from Merit Press in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. All thoughts are my own and my review reflects that. 

Goodreads Description: 

Upbeat--that's Kat, the girl in the family who everyone turns to when things get difficult. Especially now, when her beloved younger brother Beep is in his second leukemia relapse, and a bone marrow transplant from Kat may be his only chance.

But Kat's worried that she and her bone marrow may not be up to the task: She can't even complete homework, and she's facing other rejection--lost friendships, a lost spot on the soccer team, and lots of heartache from her crush on her former best friend, Evan. Kat doesn't know if her bone marrow will save Beep, or whether she can save herself, let alone keep her promise to Beep that she'll enjoy life and always eat dessert first.

Dessert First is a funny, moving story about coping, appreciating sweetness, and learning to forgive.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Troll Cries by Ashley C Harris

TROLL CRIES, the sequel to Ashley C. Harris's international bestselling novel TROLL, will leave readers gasping for more

Out Jan 31st – Troll Cries, book two in the Troll Series by Ashley C. Harris.
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Title: Troll Cries
Author: Ashley C Harris
Series: Troll Series #2
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Print Length: 209 Pages
Format: Digital
ISBN: 9781370736812


Abby thought that after magically escaping the world of bewitching trolls and killer knights her life could go back to normal. Too bad Michael, her stepbrother, has returned from his time underground with more than just terrifying memories; something is happening to him, he’s changing . . . .

Could the person who holds the key to helping him be Abby’s wicked cousin turned troll queen, Sofia? Making a bargain with her could bring on a hefty price. Or is the answer with Wilhelm, Abagail’s first kiss who she betrayed to a death sentence in order to save her school?

For Wilhelm, all seems lost as he waits, plotting and hoping to escape the knights. But are they unknowingly revealing a mystery to him? One that would lead him back to a new weapon, and the girl whose kiss changed everything….

The secret kingdom of the trolls, and those that hunt them, is about to get a lot more deadly.
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Excerpt one:

Wilhelm only saw Abby, safe and sound for a mere second; she’d looked exactly how he remembered, so normal and innocent and yet, he knew she wasn't anymore… Then Wilhelm had felt it. Something irresistible, a gem from his world had appeared. What in all hades? Something most trolls would kill and slaughter for. So what is it doing appearing here? All his attention was pulled toward it like a cat to catnip. It was in the middle of the road, suddenly appearing in the blink of an eye as he’d watched an overgrown Halfling dive for the gem and then his Abby trying to rescue the kid and not the stone —a dumb human move considering the stone’s value over the Halfling, and so Abby. She ran into the road and he was about to watch the person who'd sentenced him to the knight world die. Yet something inside him rocked, and tore at his insides. 

One moment, a truck was speeding toward her and the next, Wilhelm hadn’t known what was coming over himself. This would foolishly expose him before he had a foolproof plan, but he couldn't help it. Feeling Abby’s emotions and the emotions of every human nearby, he pushed to use it all to propel his body. He shot out fast, past all the other Halflings, past Michael who was almost about to get hit too as another like him, a Halfling named Kayla, was pulling him back and screaming franticly. All of this was going down in the blink of an eye, as Wilhelm pushed to get between the truck and Abigail, with a big vehicle coming toward his flesh.

About Ashley C Harris:
Author and film director Ashley C. Harris resides in Florida. Ashley was first recognized for her edgy writing and unique film work when she wrote and directed the teenage film “Lines”. Lines was the first feature film in the world captured using only Mac Laptops.

In 2013 she teamed up with Barclay Publicity to release the first in a new young adult novel series, “Shock Me”. Ashley then went on to author eight other titles, in multiple genres, as she also worked behind-the-scenes on a morning news show that aired on ABC.

In 2014, four of Ashley’s books landed on the Amazon's Best Selling Top-Ten-List. In 2015, she received her first publishing deal for “Troll”, a KindleScout novel winner.

When Ashley is not dreaming up new manuscripts and working on film sets, she loves spending time with her family, obsessing about biblical mysteries, and watching lots of Doctor Who.

Keep an eye out for her newest releases!

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Book Review: The Traveler

This is such an interesting book. Will is a writer for Traverlers Magazine. It has really helped him create this story. He has traveled all over the world for his stories. He is married and his wife also works at the magazine. This part reads pretty straight forward. His wife really has no idea what he is up to. We readers know, and anyone with half a brain can guess. The beginning of the book is just filled with speculation. Just not my cup of tea really. Sure it created interest but it also just annoyed me a little. 

I read this book in two days. It was a page turner. I was quite interested the whole time. I was quite invested in what would happen to our main characters, Will and Chloe. I was rooting for their marriage to work, fixing up their house, and ultimately be happy. 

The plot was intense and pretty crazy. There are all these little side stories, twist, major turns were involved. Some really blindsided me, while others I saw coming a mile away. I feel like a few didn't even work with the story line. 

The only issue is writing with a prose style in present tense. I feel it took away from the story. 

Disclaimer: I received this book from blogging for books in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All thoughts are my own! 

Goodreads Description: 

A pulse-racing international thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Expats and The Accident

It’s 3:00am. Do you know where your husband is?

Meet Will Rhodes: travel writer, recently married, barely solvent, his idealism rapidly giving way to disillusionment and the worry that he’s living the wrong life. Then one night, on assignment for the award-winning Travelers magazine in the wine region of Argentina, a beautiful woman makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Soon Will’s bad choices—and dark secrets—take him across Europe, from a chateau in Bordeaux to a midnight raid on a Paris mansion, from a dive bar in Dublin to a mega-yacht in the Mediterranean and an isolated cabin perched on the rugged cliffs of Iceland. As he’s drawn further into a tangled web of international intrigue, it becomes clear that nothing about Will Rhodes was ever ordinary, that the network of deception ensnaring him is part of an immense and deadly conspiracy with terrifying global implications—and that the people closest to him may pose the greatest threat of all.

It’s 3:00am. Your husband has just become a spy.