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Monday, December 30, 2013

Captured by Erica Stevens



OK first of all I have to say WOW!! This book was amazing!! I literally couldn't stop reading! It had mild sexual content, mild language use, and just a super story!

It starts off at the slave auction with just two words, 'Blood slave'. The daughter to the leader of the resistance, Arianna has been caught by the vampires her father fights against. She and others found in the woods are sent to the slave auction. Those unlucky enough to be bought will be used as blood slaves, the lucky ones are killed. Aria is hoping to be lucky.  She is shocked to find Max, the man she use to have a young girl crush on and who is also her brother's best friend on the auction block with her. She is devastated to figure out he is there because she got herself captured and hoped he could somehow save her. When he is bought her hopes of being lucky are dashed. She can't condemn him to this fate while she is released to death so when she is called she begins to hope to be bought, even though no one has ever escaped the vampires before.

Aria is claimed by none other than Braith the vampire Prince. Her hopes of escape diminish completely when he steps forward. The Prince confuses her. She doesn't understand why he chose her and what he wants with her. Why does he wear those dark glasses all the time and why does he make her feel so warm when he is around? Things get tense between them, but will they be able to overcome the obstacles of blood slave commandments?

This book draws you in emotionally from the moment you begin to read. Aria's despair, her confusion, her rage and her excitement are all felt. Braith's struggle, confusion and his rage are so strong it will make your heart pound. This book leaves you FEELING!! It has an unbelievable ending that will make you immediately buy the second book.


Sunday, December 29, 2013

30 Days by K. Larsen


First off this novel should be read by 18 years and up. More so because of dealing with issues of abuse. It does have moderate language use in it. Though this book has several sex scenes they are not explicit and only give little details. NOTE: If you have a hard time handling abuse in any form this book may be hard to handle. It talks about mental abuse mostly and slight physical abuse (Hitting).

This novel was hard to put down! It dealt with real emotions and feelings of a woman struggling to overcome her abuse. It delved into her mind during her abuse and showcased her new life she was creating after she escaped to become a strong independent woman.

She just begins the list she created while she was undergoing treatments at the hospital in the psych ward when she meets Colin and his two friends at a bar. She is at first unsure of herself and what she is feeling, but she quickly comes in to her own and becomes a woman her sister would be very proud of. She also makes new friendships she holds very dear and become not only strong of mind but also strong of body. The question is, is she strong enough?

This book has hilarious moments, it has emotional moments and it has plot twist you may not expect. I absolutely loved it. I just really hated the cliffhanger! Thank goodness the second book is already available or I would be crazy right now. This book is a definite read. Second book in this series by K. Larsen is Committed you can find it here


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

THE PROTECTOR by Marliss Melton

THE PROTECTOR (Book #1) Taskforce Series, by Marliss Melton (4 ½ star rating at Amazon.com) is now available as an audiobook! Narrated by the fabulous voice talent, David Brennan,  who brings the memorable characters to life, this audiobook will pull you in from opening scene and keep you riveted to last word. Enjoy suspense and romance as you’ve never heard it before, then come back for more with THE GUARDIAN and THE ENFORCER, released next month.
 
 
 
 
 
IT TAKES A FEARLESS WARRIOR
Eryn McClellan teaches ESL in Washington, D.C., until the day she’s targeted by terrorists avenging her father’s actions in Afghanistan. The FBI has stepped in, but when it looks like they are using her for bait, General McClellan enlists the aid of the only man he knows he can trust:  former Navy SEAL Ike Calhoun.  
TO DEFEND HER AGAINST TERROR
Embracing solitude in his remote cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ike thought he’d left the War on Terror far behind. Now he’s stuck shielding a blue-eyed beauty from ambitious federal agents and crazed jihadists. More disturbing still, the charming Eryn seems intent on shattering his self-imposed isolation. Ike does his best to resist her welcoming ways, but he can feel his restraint eroding like a mountain in a mudslide. With the FBI hot on their heels and the terrorists not far behind, Ike willingly wages a one-man war in defense of the woman whose passion and faith have given him the strength to rise above his past.  
****4 ½ stars on Amazon
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Divergent Series

After hearing the excitement about the final installment of this trilogy I knew I needed to read it. People were waiting in line at midnight to pick it off the shelves upon it's release date and staying up all night reading it. After reading all three books I decided to write one review about them together rather than one per book. The series as a whole was a great story. I wont give away the ending only to say that I did NOT keep in with my read books that make me feel happy and I will try not to have any spoilers. THAT aside, The series is about a post war torn world where a small city is built, maintained, and lived without any knowledge of anything or anyone outside its walls. The social structure in the city works well keeping everyone categorized by talent, separating them into factions, until one faction leader becomes hungry for more power. Book 1, Divergent basically gets you use to what is happening in their world, how it works, how the factions are set up, and sets up for Book 2. There are 5 factions and they each have one character trait. Amity are peaceful, Dauntless are brave, Abnegation are selfless, Candor are honest, Erudite are smart and then there are Factionless those who failed initiation into one of the factions. Book 2, Insurgent is a huge roller coaster ride, I was almost exhausted after reading it. A sign it was well written! The day of Tris's initiation Ceremony instead of celebrating as she and her friends should have they are sent to war. Four, also known as Tobias and Tris try to save as many as they can. Guilt begins to eat Tris up after the things she had to do during the fight. Tris and Tobias eventually find out who is trying to take over all the factions, how they are planning on doing it, and fight to keep it from happening. They both lose a lot but also gain in this book. When Book 2 ended I wanted to be angry it ended on such a huge cliff hanger but luckily for me I already had the 3rd book waiting! Wow it's so hard to write this without giving anything important away! Book 3, Allegiant brings on another crisis that you see coming in book 2. It opens up a whole new world for the characters but also a whole new set of problems. This book also wore me out. It had so many ups and downs between the characters, but it also gave you a different view point. The narrator would switch between Tris and Tobias. I will say I am very glad I waited until all 3 books were available before reading this series. It would be very hard to have read one book one year and have to wait until the next year for the next installment! Without giving away any good bits I know I have left a lot out about each book, but I believe if you are going to read it you will regardless how I describe it. It was likened to Hunger Games by several other people who had read it and yes I can see a bit of comparison, but this series is in a league of its own. On March 21, 2014 Divergent the movie is supposed to be released to movie theaters. You can watch the movie trailer here. I don't watch a lot of TV so I don't know any of these actors names or faces well except Ashley Judd who will be playing Natalie Prior. Shailene Woodley will be playing Tris, I have the visual of a thin short girl with straight hair in my head, and this girl is close though I'm not sure how short she is. Theo James plays Tobias Eaton and he is close to what I imagined. Really the only person that didn't look like I expected to even a little would be Ray Stevenson who plays Marcus Eaton. I always imagined him as a pudgier, older version of Tobias. This guy is older, but he is super fit! Maybe they will be doing a serious makeover on him for the movie. What do you think about the chosen cast? Also hope they follow the book as much as possible and not take out or change around important parts like they did in the Hunger Games. That really ruined that movie for me a bit. Do you have high expectations when they make a book into a movie? What were your thoughts on the books? Do you PLAN on even watching the movie? I probably will, but have to admit I will probably wait until it comes out on disc. What would you rate it? I give The Divergent series 4 shovels for such a great story.


Friday, October 11, 2013

Just A Quick Post

One of my favorite authors is Marliss Melton. I'm not afraid to admit I like romance novels. They always have happy endings, and to me that's essential for me to enjoy a book. Life can suck enough all on its own without adding a depressing, sad, tear jerking book. I would much rather read a book with a happy ending. Now that being said, because I'm trying out new things, book wise, I am going to do my best to stick to this. I am still going to aim for my happy endings, and to be realistic I know all books are not romantic. I will be happy knowing the Murderer is caught, the Cop solves his case, the aliens are defeated, all the clues are found and solved.. what ever I find myself reading. Just so long as it ends with me feeling good and not crying like a 2 week old baby with diaper rash. That would just make me angry. I know I am probably setting myself up for being royally ticked at some point over a lot of books. I will make myself a deal right now. If I am not left feeling like a manic depressant, sobbing baby, or utterly defeated then I will call it good. Is that more realistic? Hmmm, we will find out! Now back to Marliss Melton. She posted a rather awesome blog introduction for her new book THE ENFORCER book 3 in her Taskforce Series you can find here. Also, Marliss Melton is pleased to announce the release of all three Taskforce Series novels in one boxed set (available in all e-book formats, no paperback). This specially priced box set lets you enjoy all the excitement, all the passion, all the danger of Marliss Melton’s Inter-Agency Counterterrorism Taskforce, from finding its leader to carrying out its most thrilling missions. Priced at only $9.99, you save over $8 over what you would pay for each individual book. Makes a great Christmas gift! Visit www.marlissmelton.com for more information.
Anyone who after reading her introduction to the 3rd book in this series isn't curious about her books is a stronger person than I. I have all her books, and this is the perfect way to own them. She has another series called Navy SEAL Team 12 that is just as great! Now, I'm going to listen to my WICKED soundtrack and read my book. I hope everyone enjoys the weekend! If you have read a Marliss Melton book let me know! Write a review, rate it, or just let me know what you thought of her books.  

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Starting Fresh

I'm learning to dig through this enormous mine field of literature. I have so many places to look for new books, authors, new authors and their books. It is almost too daunting for someone who usually just visits a site, sees a book, and either downloads it, orders it or goes to the book store and buys it. Now I am searching for more. I want to find books, not just for pleasure reading though to be honest with myself and those who may read this, I am at heart hedonistic. I want to read books pleasurably AND to expand what I now read. I want to step out of my 'genre comfort zone' and begin to read more of what other genres have to offer than I have done so far. Though I do read out of other genres, I have noticed they need to have elements of what I would usually read even to get me to crack open the cover. SO While going through some of these sites and looking through magazines and newspapers, I have come across some books that sounded quite interesting. I have decided to make a Quarried Book list (if I can ever get the gadgets to work again :< they seem to be broken at the moment) located below that will list the books I have found. I will mark them off as I read them. I will write short reviews on them as I go, and I invite anyone who has also read the book to write what they thought of it also. These books may be old and been out for years or they could be new. Since I am just finding my way among a whole new set of reading material, the possibilities are endless! One book I have found so far that had caught my attention is The Bleiberg Project by David Khara. It is out of my usual reading comfort zone, but it still looked quite interesting. It is a conspiracy thriller that was a sensation in France. If you would like to check it out you can get it on eBook here. If you have already read it, please post a review, give us a quick description (without spoilers), or a rating. Let us know what you thought of the book. Happy reading everyone!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Welcome!

My new page, my new venture! I am always on the look out for my next book, my next new series. I look in many places searching out new authors, new releases, and finding old authors, previous released books that I would love to read. I will be scouring the sites and looking for interesting books; posting reviews from the ones I have read. I will also welcome reviews from others who had also read them. I would welcome recommendations for authors and books. With this short introduction to what I hope will be a successful blog I am going to go and scour those pages I mentioned.